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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Looking Forward



It's turned very hot and muggy here.  Were I more of a morning person, I could take better advantage of the cooler, less humid early morning hours for my walks.  But, alas, I am not blessed with that body clock.

Another problem with my walking early in the day is that I'd almost always have only myself and my mutt for company since most of my walking buddies have full time jobs.

So, I try most days, no matter how hot and humid, to take the dog out for a brief walk in the morning then leave her at home when I take a longer walk later in the day, outside or at the mall.  Of course, the dog is not welcome at the mall but she certainly loves the trails that I and my walking buddies so prefer.

Yesterday was such a day.  Lizzie got a walk of about a mile that included two stops for water (for her).  Then, when Kris got off work, we headed to Castlewood Park to walk the trails there, mostly because they are shady.  Never underestimate the power of shade!  

Shade can decrease the ambient misery by 20% in the summer and increase it by 50% on the coldest days of winter!  Those are not scientific numbers.  Just observations made by me and my walking buddies.

But, here's the take-away.  Figure out a way to walk no matter how hot or cold it is.  Walk outside if you can because it's so much more inviting and restorative.  But, walk inside if you must.  Just walk!


*************************** 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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jump Start Your Day



It's been almost a year since I stopped working my almost full time job.  I have never been a 'morning person' and I would not get up an hour early to work out.  No way!  I know that for a lot of people, the only way they can gouge out a bit of time to work out is by arising early each day.  For me, that is nothing but sheer torture and I won't sign up for that.  For me, 8:30 AM is plenty early.  So, when I found myself walking this morning at 9:00 AM, it was mainly to avoid the heat and humidity that was coming our way and give my aging dog a short walk.

I know that a walk is a great way to start my day.  It jump starts my energy and keeps me revved up to get my chores done quickly.  Since I have the luxury of not having to hit the bricks at 5:00 AM to care for kids, make lunches, fix breakfast, and head off to the office, I can sleep in a bit and devote my own personal 'early morning' to a quick cup of coffee and breakfast and a nice walk.

I also have the luxury of being able to go for more than one walk each day if I want.  So, after Kris got off work today, we walked a couple miles in the shade at Castlewood Park.  That was a hot and humid walk, but worth it.  The joy of walking outside in the woods is unparalleled.

If you are one who is still among the out of the door to work brigade, I hope you can find a good time every day to devote to yourself and your own well being -  walking, at the gym, swimming, yoga, whatever.  Taking care of yourself is job one!  Doing it in a way that is fun and energizing is job wonderful.


*************************** 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, June 22, 2014

This Is What I Did Today ....

What did you do?


 I walked on the Al Foster Trail in Glencoe, MO.  This is off the paved trail up to the bluff looking over the Meramec River.


 Up top where there used to be a rope swing, there was just a fantastic view looking South across the Meramec to fields and a golf course.

We met another couple of hikers at what was once a house place at the top of the bluff.  There are pieces of the foundation all over the place and a bunch of yucca plants that do not pop up in these parts on their own.  They were planted, probably many years ago.

Nearing the end of our three mile walk, we Kris was impressed with this limestone overhang.  Parts of it had been removed for use elsewhere or to prevent parts from falling off.

The minute we got back into the car, the Heaven's cut loose and started a nice rain.  But, we had a great hike!  What did you do today?

Thanks to K for these great photos.


*************************** 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, June 4, 2014



You'll have to look quickly (and closely) to see this little critter.  K and I saw during a walk at Longview Farm Park in St. Louis County. I think it's a skink.  It has an orange head with an orange stripe down its sides over a mostly gray-green body.  It would blend in really easily into the wood's leaf and mulch covered ground cover.  Once it heard K's camera click, it scampered off into the underbrush.

If you have not walked at Longview Farm Park, you're missing a treat.  We first walk around the circumference which is along Clayton Road, Mason Road, and Mason View Road, then we walk the interior of the park which is a black top walkway that funnels down to a small, lovely pond at its lowest point.  Shady and nice in the 'funnel'. 

The park is the site of a previous estate that had two paddocks for their horses.  The original house is a meeting facility and the barn is used for its original purpose of housing the horses that still graze in the paddock.  Attached is a covered pavillion and rest rooms with a nice playground a few steps away.

Clayton and Mason Roads are both very popular with cyclists, so give them a wide berth when you drive to the park.


*************************** 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.