Saturday, August 8, 2009
I made this journal page for Inspire Me Thursday's positivity challenge and Theme Thursday's purple challenge, and as a celebration of reaching an important goal that I set for myself in June. You probably don't know that I've been a runner for over twenty years because last year I got lazy and slacked off on all exercise, and, as a result, I put on some extra weight, and my blood pressure went from my typically low/normal rate to what my doctors referred to as "borderline." Since I have heart disease on my sides of my family, this really concerned me. So, at the begining of the summer, Ava and I began to walk one hour every morning and one hour every evening, about 6-8 miles daily. I also significantly changed my eating habits, eliminating most carbohydrates, cutting back on red meat, and eating mostly vegetables, fruit, fish, and chicken. In two months, I managed to take off twelve pounds, but, best of all, I'm physically fit again. Last Thursday Ava couldn't go for our nightly walk, so I decided to use the time to try to run and see how it felt. It felt incredible. I ran through the twilight for two and half miles, and afterwards I sat on my screen porch sweaty and loose and euphoric. For some reason, I'd begun to perceive running as a burden, but I see now how lucky I am to be fifty years old and still even be able to run. I won't take it for granted again. Not only am I going to continue my evening walks with Ava, but I'm going to alternate those walks with some runs and add swimming laps to my exercise routine. I'm going to do what I have to do to stay healthy and active for as long as I possibly can, and I think I might even treat myself to shopping trip for some new clothes exactly one size smaller!