So, today I was feeling more tired than usual and not really motivated to exercise yet. That's not unusual, as I have been doing my activities mostly in the late afternoon / evening, since I'm not a morning person.
As I went into my bedroom to absorb some of the chilled A/C air, I looked in the mirror and thought, "Do I want to take a nap? Or should I walk to the library?" Trust me, the nap was edging out the library... but then I saw the reflection in the mirror of the beautiful sunny day outside and my mind said, "Hey! Don't waste this precious weather. Get outside! Enjoy yourself! You don't have to power walk there... take it slow and enjoy some 'ME' time."
I changed into some comfortable clothes, put on my tennis shoes (although I prefer sandals, but I know they're not good for walking, hehe) and headed out the door.
My rural area is very scenic for walking but there are challenging inclines and some 80 steps down a steep ravine to the main road where the library is located. I saw it as an adventure!
I left my house at 2pm. I walked, walked, walked... down the hills, down the steps (which hurt my knees just a little) and then over a pedestrian suspension bridge across the river that made my legs feel like rubber bands as I bounced my 250+ frame along.
I made it to the library only slightly winded and felt proud of myself! After perusing the books for about 15 minutes, it was time to head home. Some storm clouds loomed in the distance so I tried to pick up my pace a little bit. I was also lugging some hard cover books with me that felt like they weighed about 2 lbs.
I walked, walked, walked... then came the hills. I felt my breath quicken, and my face redden, but I took it slow. I felt like a snail inching up the mountain. Across the bridge... up another incline, and then -- EEK! -- an 80-step climb up the ravine. The steps themselves weren't too high, thankfully, but I started the climb, counting one-by-one. 10-20-30-OMG-40... thankfully there was a platform. I could hardly catch my breath, my heart was pounding. I waited under the shade for a minute and thought, I have my cell phone -- I could always call hubby to come get me -- but no, I could do it! With trepidation, I started the second 40. Egad am I out of shape! I wanted to collapse at the top and I still had about 1/2 a mile to go to my house. I leaned against the railing for 5 minutes and let myself settle down a bit.
From there, the remainder was a breeze and I am so proud of doing it! While I may not make this walk everyday, I know I will get stronger the more I exercise and pretty soon (like in a year), I will run up those steps Rocky Balboa style and cheer!
*Gonna fly now....* =)
Thanks for reading along about my adventure. You guys are amazing inspirations and support! I appreciate that so much.
PS - I was back home by 3:08pm, so all in all it only took me 1 hour to make the circuit. 45 mins of walking; 15 mins of library time. HOORAY!