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Attitude and how it makes a difference………..

First of all I want to say Thank You for all your comments and thoughts (on the blog and in emails) about my last post.  There are times when I think out loud and forget others can hear and am surprised when I receive so much support from you.  I really appreciated them – Thank you.

Walking is back on the agenda again – well it never really left just didn’t get done all that frequently over the hot months – and knowing I always feel so much better after some time in the outdoors I ‘diarised’ (does anyone actually use that word??) / wrote ‘walk” with a big question mark on todays date on the calendar, thinking if I plant the seed maybe the deed will get done lol.

Also knowing I could change my mind at the drop of hat I had to move on out of the house as soon as the thought of ‘maybe having a coffee before the walk’ came into my mind.   It’s not that I don’t wan’t to walk it’s just that ……..well sometimes I get sidetracked and it never happens.

I remember years ago I picked up a book at the local library called ‘Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking’ and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I know it was very easy to read and talked about all sorts of things to do with walking, health and exercise.

Each ‘chapter’ was in several parts, not too long and easy to digest ranging from healthy reasons for walking, walking for weight loss, walking in different weather conditions.  I recall it mentioing strength training for walkers and an 8 week plan for achieving that first 5km walk/fun run. There was also a fun chapter on ‘Pole Walking’ – sometimes called Nordic Walking.

What reminded me of this book was finding this little piece in amongst some ‘saved word docs’.  I had copied it at the time I read the book (noting the name of the book for future reference) and when I saw it again this afternoon I laughed as it certainly describes me and my attitudes (good and bad) to a tee.  Maybe I’ll check it out of the library again for a refresher course lol

A WALKERS ATTITUDE

I woke up early today, excited about the day ahead. My health and well being are important and it is my job to decide to take care of myself. Its up to me to find the time, the place and the reasons to go for a walk.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy, or ……
I can be thankful that my skin will be blessed with moisture.

Today I can feel sad that I have so many other things to do, or……….
I can be happy that I’ll have so much more energy to do them when I’m done walking

Today I can grumble over the temperature, or…
I can be thrilled that I’ve got the right clothes to deal with it.

Today I can whine because I have to find the time to walk, or….
I can shout for joy that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit

Today I can mourn my lack of walking partners, or…
I can revel in my quiet time alone.

What my health and fitness will be like is, in great measure, up to me. I get to choose my level of well being. I get to lay the plans for a daily walk.

Have a great walk today…unless you have other plans.

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21 thoughts on “Attitude and how it makes a difference………..”

  1. G’day Cathy. I love A Walkers Attitude. How true it is. I love going for a walk once I start, it’s the starting that is the holdup with me. My walks are always early of a morning, then I can come home knowing that I’ve done it and get on with the rest of the day. Take care. Liz…

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    1. Thats the same problem I have Liz – once out and up the drive I’m fine, it’s just making it out the door that can be a hassle. No walk this morning – bit on the chilly side. Oh dear was that an excuse coming out of my mouth?? However I did go once it warmed up

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  2. The best reason and motivation I have for walking is my dog Molly. I’d hate to see how doughy I’d become if I didn’t have her. Walking in the spring sure beats walking in the dead of winter. 🙂

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  3. I went to bed last night with prayers for motivation to get moving. I see myself becoming more like my mother who was in excellent mental health at the end of her life, but she could not walk and refused to do rehab. I do not want to get that way and this morning you have brought me that motivation Thank you Cathy:)

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    1. Thanks for reading Annie – why don’t you see if that book is in your local library. If I remember rightly as well as this piece there were lots of other motivating points as well. BTW Hows the phone reception going?

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  4. I love “Walker’s Attitude”. I love to walk but sometimes I forget to make it a priority, especially in lousy weather. Sometimes I trick myself by saying, I’ll just walk to the end of the road, to get myself out there, and almost always once I get going, I go the full route.

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  5. I bring my camera and plan to bring home a photo from each journey. I find I often want to see what is around the next bend and so on. It works for me and often draws me into conversation with others. I like the “Walker’s Attitude” and may print it out then scan it to my Desk top for days when I struggle. Stay well.

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    1. Thats a great idea to have it visible – now I’ve ‘recovered’ it I did think about placing it on the fridge. Would help when I fancy something rather than a walk!

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  6. It’s so great to be able to walk Cathy and I’m glad you decided to do that. It is so very therapeutic, isn’t it. My post today was all about walking too. In my case it was along the side of a canal. Do tell us more about your walks as you do them.

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    1. At the moment I’m trying to spend less time on the computer – but I will be over sometime Oma. Might be a walkingpost in the making soon

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    1. Lucky you Helen to see your neighbours unfortunately here in my suburb more and more people seem to be out at work so there’s no one around. I do see some down at the park tho’ No invites for coffee and cake though 😦

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  7. I’ve walked to town and back today to dancing and am going dancing again tonight. I shall expect to see some walking blog posts in the future.
    Love from Mum
    xx
    PS I nearly wrote ‘blog walking posts’! I wonder what one of those is?
    xx

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    1. I’m hoping my walking will take me back to happiness (remember that song) Walking posts in the making over the weekend I promise Mum lol
      There are lots of blog hops – blog walking might be in the same vein but slight more sedate??

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  8. I take hula class once a week, so that gets me going. I rarely walk outdoors nowadays, don’t know why. Maybe I should be like Grannymar and take my camera.

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      1. Your hula clasees sound so exotic Gigi – bet they are a lot of hard work though. Do you feel more supple since you started taking them?

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  9. G’day Cathy I am slowly catching up with my favourite bloggers after being out of the loop for a while and this post struck a cord with me. After my heart attack in 2008 I walked a lot and I lost weight and felt great but slowly “things” started to get in the way, I started travelling and lost the urge to walk regularly, as in brisk exercise, but would saunter around taking photos, sight seeing etc, and tried to tell myself that was still the same. But it wasn’t and now I have put on almost 10kg in a couple of years and KNOW I have to discipline myself to walk regularly again (yes the hot weather was one of my excuses too.. 😦 )

    I’m now going to check out if the library has the book you mention in an e-reader

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