26 August 2005

Going nuts?

I walked home from the Kmart today (8,761 steps - 6.1 km). Why? Because I could!

All the way home I was thinking about last year when I became ill and had no energy and was too overweight. DH had to park the car really close to the Doctor's surgery every time he took me because I could hardly walk to the car. So today I was springing along in the sunshine thinking how glad I am to feel healthy and fit and happy. I have decided that I can walk anywhere and as far as I want to, but I must have a purpose. I don't really like to just go for a walk. If I know I am going somewhere to do something, or buy something, or have lunch, or see someone, I don't mind how far I walk. So I will try to find a purpose for a long walk each day.

I think it often takes a health scare or a major event in our life for us to change our ways, I know it certainly did with me. Now I just want to yell out to people and tell them how much better I feel and how everyone should try to get that little bit healthier

(I won't though, I'll just tell you, because they might think I'm just going nuts!!!)


Have a lovely weekend everyone!

14 comments:

Jodie said...

I find having a purpose for walking I great but I also just walking for the sake of it and becoming healthier and fitter. Actually I don't think you are nuts at all. Shout it from roof tops. You have worked hard for it and you have every right to be proud of yourself. Have a fantastic weekend. XX

Kellee said...

I know exactly what you mean about wanting to shout it out loud! Everyday I see people who as big (or bigger) than I used to be and I want to stop them and talk to them about how wonderful life can be when you take that first step to lose weight (and all the millions of steps after that!). I especially get sad when I see mothers and daughters who are both big, as I know that the cycle will just continue if they don't do something. But we are not evangelists, so it's not our place.

Good on you with the walking, too. I don't know if it would work for you, but I walk to the shopping centre to get fresh veggies everyday (about and hour round trip) and that works for me. Is there a shopping centre near you?

Jaykay said...

I would love to have more time to walk places, but I just don't seem to have enough time in the day.

Isn't it great that the sun is actually shining for a change.

Makes me want to be outside all the time.

Have a lovely weekend Suzy.

Mary said...

I agree about finding a purpose to walk. It certainly helps with the motivation. I hope you have a great weekend too Suzy!

Donna said...

i feel exactly the same way, it's great to think that now i'm healthy enough to walk anywhere and i have so much energy.
it's a great achievement for you Suzy to get to that level of fitness.
have a great weekend.

M said...

OMG you are a walking machine :) Well done. You are doing so well and it is great when we can relate to how we were a year ago, a month ago, an 'event' ago, and see how much we have changed - for the better!

You keep walking like you are and you will be able to get people to pay for sponsorship on your back. A walking billboard LOL

Felicity said...

The healthy option is so invgerating why did we let ourselves get into the unhealthy state when this is so rewarding. Great walk Suzy, no fear of u going back to the old ways u will be a goalie girl for good. Awesome u wait till I am there with ya at goal

Leighanne said...

Wow you have come so far in a year - great going girl:)

Danatasia said...

I'm with you on that one, though I'm a bit less discreet and will tell anyone willing to listen how much better it feels to be fit(ter) and healthy. The funny thing is, if someone who had 'been there' had talked to me, I might actually have listened and done something years ago, rather than just the skinny people who had never been overweight or had the health problems associated with it telling me I was too fat.

kathrynoh said...

I like walking for a purpose - if you are going to put fuel into your body, you may as well use for something practical. You wouldn't fill up the car and then leave it revving in the driveway :)

Sarah said...

I am the same when it comes to walking - I have to be going SOMEWHERE! Great going with the walk yesterday!!

michelle said...

That really puts it in perspective when you consider how your health has changed. You have the perfect reason for walking, you have recognised that it makes you feel so good and you will live a longer and better life because of your hard work.

- u said...

i understand completely what u mean, but i think u have to be ready in your own head as well to make the change. some people, when not doing it for themselves or because they feel "they should" drop out quickly or make things worse by amplifying their bad habits once they drop out... it's not an easy change...
i know u didn't say it, but for anyone out there, it's amazing the amount of unhealthy skinny people too! ;o) i'm a half healthy: i've done the food, drinks and such changes, but i still can't quit smoking.
and i'll stop pestering u! sorry! kuddos on the walking! and thanks for the lovely comment! :oD

LeisaB NewMe said...

I dig where you are comin from with the walking. I can walk, and walk and walk - a bit like Forrest Gump as long as I have a purpose and direction. It feels good. Considering I used to complain about walking 7 mins to the bus stop....how things change.

Have a great week and No I don't think your nuts.