Walking. I love it! No matter what time of day you go walking there are always fun things to see. My friend Janine and I used to walk around our neighborhood every morning with our four dogs. We walked when it was hot in shorts. When it rained, we carried umbrellas and wore boots. When it was cold, we bundled up with coats, mittens and scarves. We missed very few days of walking back then. Once a week we would take a different route that ran along our local beach and through a grove of Eucalyptus filled with wintering Monarch butterflies. We walked every morning for at least two years, probably more. What happened you ask? Why do I talk about walking in the past tense?
Janine moved away from this area for about a year and I got out of the habit of walking. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid. One of its symptoms is achy, crampy muscles. I would try to walk and when I would come home, my muscles felt either too weak to hold me up or so tight they might cramp if I moved wrong. Then my daughter had little Scotty and that has really changed my life. When he was very young we didn't walk because of all the "stuff" you have to carry. Then as he got older, he didn't want to sit for as long as the walk took. Now, Scotty weighs nearly 30 lbs. That's 30 extra pounds to push up hills and all around. Not to mention that I too have gained at least 20 lbs. since those walking days. Pounds I probably put on because I wasn't walking anymore.
So, guess what I did today??!! I went for a walk! Not just "a walk" but "THE" walk of two years ago. Oh My Gosh! It felt so good! Once we got moving it was like something took over and before you know it, we had past 1, 2, 3 houses.... then a block, then another and before you know it, we had done the entire walk! My muscles didn't hurt when I got back and all I felt was energized. So guess what we're doing tomorrow??? That's right!