I have been trying to be better about getting in my exercise. I used to have an exercise buddy and we would go to the Y together. That was the best! However, she had some health issues and can no longer work out at the Y. Having someone waiting for me at the Y to work out helped keep me on track so many times when "I don't wanna".
Enter my big black dog. He has become my new walking partner. He is a big, clumsy dog - a newfoundland, lab, retriever mix I got at the animal shelter. He is not a runner. Neither am I. But he can walk forever! The longer, the better in his dog mind.
Fall is upon us. The daylight hours are dwindling. I work until 5 and it is close to 6 before I get home. I have about an hour and a half to get in a walk. If I drive to a park, the time is less. Ugh.
Not to mention some days, I just don't want to. Yep, I said that. Some days I look forward to walking and other days, I'd prefer to just curl up on the couch with a blanket. Been there? What do you do? How do you get yourself motivated?
Last night I started to make excuses to myself and the dog just sat in the hallway by the leash rack wagging his tail. I walked into the living room, he went and hopped up on the couch, rested his head on the arm and was staring out the window with the most depressed look on his face. Well, that was all it took. Poor guy, he is home all day and he just wants to get out and sniff things and be a dog! So off we went. On my list of things I am grateful, today at the top was my dog.
Once we got out there, I actually enjoyed the walk. I even found myself jogging a few stretches to challenge myself (I am so not a runner), but I am finding that walking that trail is getting easier for me! WooHoo! I must be getting a little healthier and a little more fit! When we made the turn down the last stretch I couldn't help but stop to gaze at the moon rising - it was so beautiful!
Not to mention I ran into this guy hanging out on the path. I think he was just waiting for me to kiss him and turn him into that handsome prince - but instead the dog sniffed him and he hopped away.
Note to self, take the walk, you WILL enjoy it and you never know what awaits you on the trail!
Lastly, I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. I take a medication because I get cluster headaches. The medication my doctor prescribed seemed to work in keeping them away. It was a beta blocker. I continued to take it for about 10 years. When I was at the pharmacy, the pharmacist told me the medication was not available and that something new was prescribed. She told me to make sure to read the insert and to take the medication at the same time each day.
The medication prescribed is used to treat high blood pressure (which I haven't had). When I saw cardiac arrest and other things listed, I questioned if I even need to be on the medication anymore. I called my doc and she agreed to wean me off the medication over the next couple weeks and to monitor my blood pressure to see if things stay the same.
So there is another reason to walk that dog or to go to the Y. I'd love to drop that medication. Heck, I'd love to be medication free if I could be! Here's to kissing it goodbye!
Lastly, the scale has moved downward again. WooHoo! I am actually feeling like I am making a little progress on this journey! That alone should be motivation!
Have a great day everyone! Try to take one more step than you did yesterday! You can do it!