Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another New Wooded Wonderland



Recently Kris and I walked at a place that was new to us.  West Tyson Park.  It's near Six Flags amusement park on I-44 west of St. Louis, MO.  There are several walking trails marked off in the park and we chose the intermediate length.  It was a lovely day, not too hot, not too humid.  The trail was rated a single diamond.

Well, the single diamond was not accurate.  While this is not the most rugged trail we had walked, it was certainly at least a 2 diamond trail.  It was almost all uphill - about 1.5 miles - full of stones, roots, washed out areas, and other trail hazards.  The downhill part was much less rugged.  We were glad we had not brought along the dog for this walk as there were several places that were not wide enough for both the dog and me.

 

Kris and I are used to walking single file on these wooded trails.  That's not a problem.  One nice thing about this trail was the lack of bicycles.  Lately we have encountered many ill mannered and ill behaved cyclists with whom we are supposed to share the path.  They are not following the posted rules of announcing themselves when the come upon us from behind.

As I have said many times, if a cyclist hits me, well, I'm fair game.  But, if a cyclist hits my dog who is walking, as trained, on my left, then I'm likely to stomp on that cyclist as he lies on the muddy ground.  No excuse for such lack of manners if they want to share the trails and roads. I give them wide berth when I'm in the car and I feel it's only fair that they behave politely on the trail.  More and more, Kris and I are migrating to trails with fewer cyclists - and Kris, herself, is a cyclist.



That said, this park is lovely.  The longer trail will take you to a site that overlooks the Meramec River as it turns from north to west on its journey to the Mississippi River about 12 miles east (as the crow flies).  The shorter trail is about one mile.  Great for beginners.  As you can see from the pictures, there was plenty of shade on the trail - and that's a plus!

Note:  The last picture shows a huge limestone boulder that has slid down the hill from up much higher.  It is retained only by the single tree you see.  A beautiful site.


*************************** Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

Friday, August 15, 2014

My Walking Clothes Bone To Pick




I just received an email from New Balance advertising their latest workout fashions.  Sleeveless, camisole type tops and lycra, skin skimming pants.  Well, I'm sure there are plenty of lovely young things who will happily wear this workout gear, but I'm wondering where the workout gear for the rest of us is?

I'm wearing tee shirts and shorts that are over twenty years old because I am unable to find suitable work out/walking garments in retail outlets.  I need a sleeve - not a cap sleeve or one of those skimpy little 2 inch long sleeves that look lovely on Michelle Obama's sleek arms.  My arms - and most of the women I know share this trait - need to save the world the heartbreak of close attention.  My preferred sleeve length is to the elbow but I'll take them an inch or so shorter.  But, I will not pay $35 for a skimpy top that doesn't cover the 'bingo wings'.

As for the lycra pants, well, that's another story.  I have really toned legs from all my walking and I can wear those lycra pants as well as the next middle aged woman - pants that no one over the age of 12 should be wearing.  But, I have an abdomen that has been pregnant four times and is not toned - oh, so not toned!  It would take a tunic style top to cover those lycra pants to the point where only my nicely toned thighs and calves would be seen.  And, who the heck wants to wear all that when it's 90 degrees outside?  Um.  Not me!

And, just for the record, I need a bra that actually HOLDS UP something - uh, two somethings.  Sports bras, jog bras, yoga bras are not suited for me or anyone larger than a B cup.  And, that's a lot of us!

Baby boomers are booming!  Many of us have money to spend on good clothes and shoes.   Surely, at least one designer from New Balance or somewhere could come up with some suitable designs for women over age 50 who are not rail thin. 

I read that cotton is no longer the preferred fabric to sweat in.  I should be wearing wicking fabrics that will pull the moisture away from my body.  Kinda sounds like Pampers, right?  I'm not sure if these newer wicking fabrics are all form fitting, but if so, the patterns needed to be altered to allow for our 'wobbly bits' (to quote bridget jones) to be modestly hidden as we work on improving and toning them.

So, what do you think about this?  Please weigh in here - and maybe send an email or two to your favorite work out clothing maker(s).





*************************** Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In Case You Need More Enticement To Take A Walk......

The latest news from the world of medical research clearly demonstrates that 10 minutes - TEN MINUTES - of physical activity a day leads to a longer, healthier life. 

Who doesn't have 10 minutes to invest in herself?  Ten minutes is about what it takes me to drink my morning cup of coffee.  In 10 minutes I can get two baskets of laundry folded and put away. 

So, wanna live healthier and longer?  Walk for 10 minutes a day.  Sounds too good to be true - but it's not.  This one is for real!


Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sad Shoes, Mad Wrist

I feel like an invalid today.  This morning, I wore a new pair of shoes to walk at the mall with a friend.  We did our usual 55 minute walk and my feet didn't bother me much.  But, when I returned home and removed the shoes, I had a huge blister on the bunion on my left foot and two red marks on the knuckles of my right foot.  Are those knuckles if they're on your feet?

Those shoes are going back to the store!  I do not 'break in' shoes.  I've learned the hard way that breaking in shoes is double talk for a poor fit.  I now know the difference.  Over the past year, I have worked hard, visited two doctors, and purchased five different pairs of shoes and have succeeded in clearing up the corns, calluses, and sores on my feet.  I'll not willingly go back to those painful feet with open wounds on them.  No way!

On top - almost literally - of that, last Monday I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right wrist.  This procedure used to be one where you wore a cast for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.  That has changed dramatically.  Now, you have a bandage on the day of surgery and the next day, you remove the bandage, clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide, slap on a bandaid and go about the business of 'your routine activities'.  Now, I like my  hand surgeon and I'm sure he means well.  But, no way can I resume my normal activities.  Lifting things.  Writing things.  Typing things.  Crocheting things.  Tying my shoe laces.  Really?  Well,. no, not quite.  I had trouble single-handedly pulling up my elastic waist shorts.  Can you fold laundry with one hand?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Things have actually gone really well until today.  My husband (the doctor) insists I've just 'over done'.  Well, what does resume your normal activities mean then?  It means that my wrist and the incision now hurt like the dickens and I should probably not be typing.

But, I did walk.  I walked this morning and again this evening.  I wore a pair of shoes that normally is quite comfortable this evening and put a bandaid on that darn quarter-sized blister.  The walk helps with the pain in general.  Walking and talking, rather than dwelling on my misery, is much better.  I  highly recommend it.  No, the wrist and the blister - and even the thunder - would not deter me today.  I know what works for pain management and exercise is a big part of that 'cure'.  Try it.




*************************** Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Yes I Did It!




*************************** Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Just Say Yes



Are you old enough to remember when Nancy Reagan coined the line about resisting drug abuse, 'Just say no.'?  It was a fairly naive thing to say.  Clearly she never suffered peer pressure to try a smoke or some weed.  Doubtful that she felt like an outsider as a teen, looking for a way 'in'.

But, still, there is truth to her simplistic tag line.  'Just say no.'  Why not 'Just say YES!' to exercise for yourself, for taking time for yourself, for giving yourself a break and a chance to improve your life and your health?



Just say yes, I'll go for a walk today.  Just say yes, I'll walk in place during all the commercials during the ball game on TV tonight.  (I wonder how many minutes of commercials there are in that three hour ballgame??)  Just say yes to feeling and looking better.



Or, as Nike put if even more succinctly, Just Do It!


*************************** Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friends With Benefits

There is a huge benefit to having a friend who enjoys walking.  There is no downside to having walking buddies.  When someone calls, wanting to hit the trail, I'm usually ready.  But, it's even better if it's just routine and the only question is what I text my friends - 'when and where?'

Routine is beneficial with exercise and all those other things that are 'good for us'.  Routine can be deadly in other areas - like love affairs and creativity.  But, for probably 75% of the things we do each day, routine pays off.

If you have little kids, you'll find they are comforted by routine and their behavior improves or remains easier if they know what to expect.  Breakfast at a certain time in a certain place.  Playtime then lunch and naps.  Dinner then bath, book, and bed.  I never had trouble with my kids in getting them to bed and staying there.  They knew this was not a 'gray' area.  Once you've been put to bed, you stay there.  No one can make you sleep, but your feet better not hit the floor.  To this day, my kids know that if I'm home around 1 PM, it's quiet time for an hour.  They are well trained.

This sort of routine pays big dividends when we apply it to daily or weekly chores like paying bills and cleaning the kitchen.  If we put off paying bills in a timely manner, our credit rating is destroyed and we end up paying extra for everything.  If we don't clean the kitchen after each meal - well, you've seen the kitchen of a college student.  Probably easier to thrown out the dishes than try to soak the grunge off them!

So, the routine works very well for daily exercise.  Pick your 'treat' (not poison).  Walk, gym, dance, jog, bike, swim, etc.  If we just say 'yes' every day to one or another of these activities, they become a welcome part of our routine.  We come to rely on that block of time we give to ourselves.  And, before long, it's not a chore but a treat.  Not poison, but - what's exercise for 'chocolate'??  


*************************** Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.