In her famous anthem, Aretha Franklin belts out, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!!”
My weight loss centered around W-A-L-K-I-N-G!!!
To walk, I require the clothes on my back, comfortable shoes, and a pedometer which I purchased for $25 from http://www.Amazon.com.
Many people psyche themselves out of walking because it is so basic. Are you aware that you burn just as many calories walking as you do running? Novel concept, huh? Walking requires no membership application. Walking is great for those who wish to be alone. Walking is great a social activity. Walk fast. Walk slowly. Walk some in the morning. Walk instead of driving to the diner for lunch. Walk after dinner. Walk and listen to music. Walk and pray.
I really came to respect the power of walking in July 2012. I took my then fifteen year old daughter to lunch at her favorite BBQ restaurant twenty miles outside of Washington, DC. We both ordered our standard rack of ribs. She inhaled hers and then pointed out that I had only eaten half of my rack, and she was delighted that I gave the remainder. On the drive home, my stomach became volcanic. As we entered DC, I prepped her to jump out of the car and open the front door as soon as we hit the driveway. Not to be too graphic, but I had to race into the house and to the bathroom. My body violently purged my high fat, greasy meal. That was the second such episode in a four week period.
I share this story because that was the moment that I truly came to R-E-S-P-E-C-T the power of W-A-L-K-I-N-G. Simply walking had begun to tighten my abdominal muscles. It had made my digestive system far more sensitive to the types of food that my new body could and would tolerate. And, walking was changing my tastes in foods and my relationship to my meals.
I began to go to the nearby grocery store’s salad bar for lunch. I started keeping a piece of fruit and a bottle of water on my person. Since I had become fearful of having another violent bowel event, I stopped lusting for my former food fantasies, e.g. ribs, burgers, French fries, loaded pizzas, etc.
I suggest that you remember that your pounds took months and years to accumulate. R-E-S-P-E-C-T that it will take months and years to reshape your body. What are your excuses for not walking? It’s raining; carry an umbrella. It’s cold; put on a sweat shirt. It’s late at night; take your dog or a walking stick.
Consistency, not intensity!
God bless you,