Well, the weight gain that I talked about here, and the fact that I just haven't had my usual energy has gotten me to dig out the walking shoes again. For three days I have been up at six and out the door at seven.
Early morning has always been my favorite time of the day and this week the weather is perfect. Highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's. It feels more like late September than mid July. I actually had to wear a light sweater when I walked.
I am really out of shape. I can only do about 25 minutes and then I have to quit, but I know if I can just keep it up every day I will build myself back up. I sometimes wonder what happened to that young girl who could just walk and walk forever. I used to walk everywhere, but of course when I learned how to drive and my parents bought me a car I thought I was too cool to walk.
There have been times during my adult life that I have taken up walking again and have done some hiking, but I never seem to sustain it. I get busy, life gets in the way, or I just get lazy. Whatever the reason, I know that it is something that I need to do for not only my physical well being, but my mental well being as well. It is amazing how much better I feel when I walk consistently.
So once again I am out and about in my neighborhood. Greeting people as they leave for work. Enjoying the gardens. Listening to the sounds of families. It makes me really happy to start my day this way.
Simple and serene living at its best.