To me, it's a four letter word. I don't want to feel that way about it, I just do. It appears that I will have to treat it the same way I treated quitting when I stopped smoking - unappealing yet necessary.
While I was waiting for Lindsay on Monday, I took a walk around a trail that I see from the gazebo I sit under to read. The frustrating part was that the trail was shorter than I had anticipated, though it was about a mile long. I had been trying to kill time and it only took me about 15 minutes. For the next two weeks, Lindsay and I will have to wait an hour between her appointments around dinnertime so I mapped out a route that takes us past a Jimmy Johns and is two miles long. If I'm right, this should take us a little more than half an hour with a stop to pick up a sandwich so we'll be back at the cute little gazebo with half an hour to eat our dinner before her second appointment.
While I was mapping and planning all this out in my head and on this really cool mapping site, I decided I needed an app to track my distance and time... and maybe I needed to track it more often than once a week. After all, don't they (whoever they are) tell you that you're supposed to exercise at least three times a week? So I walked at lunch today and used the little app I downloaded from Google Play and I understand they make one for the iPhone too. Now I know that I walk an average of three miles an hour and that my chosen route near work is almost exactly a mile long. It will be easy to get out and walk... until the weather changes. Once there's snow on the ground, my work route is kaput because there are no sidewalks.
Anywhooo.... the reason I started thinking about exercising, besides all the regular stuff (weight creeping up again, concern for my daughters health, generally healthier lifestyle, etc) is that Jake intends to get married in the mountains next summer, at the summit of a five mile hike. Yeah. The shape I'm in now, I'll never make it. Rob says we'll just take our time and breaks as we need them, and drink enough water. I think we should work on getting in shape. I would rather not be done for before they even get married! And I'd like to be able to make it down the trail in one piece. And the reception... I'd like to have fun there instead of napping.
So yeah. I'm going to approach exercise - for now - the same way I did quitting smoking. I'm not happy about it, and there are benefits that I will soon reap. Hopefully one of the not smoking benefits will come in handy - my lung capacity is getting better and the shortness of breath is decreasing. Thank heavens allergy season is waning.