Walking (Un)Dead

Without going into too much detail (this is a quilting blog, after all), I’ve struggled with my weight for years. I managed to lose over 70 pounds a couple of years ago, and I’ve “managed” to gain it all back. I don’t like it. I don’t like how I feel, and how it restricts me. I know the proper way to lose weight, and what constitutes a healthy diet, and all that stuff. I just have trouble making myself do it. However, I’m trying – again. I’m not setting any specific weight loss goals, just food choice and exercise goals. With as much as I have to lose, the weight loss will be a natural (and welcome) side effect.

Last time around I found that moderate exercise made a huge difference. Eating better foods is all well and good, but getting off the couch is also essential. A month or so ago, my cousin posted about a walk that she is participating in (more on that in its own post), and immediately decided that joining her would be a great way to motivate me. After all, if I have to walk 3 miles, I’d better start preparing for it. I signed up, posted their button on my blog, and promptly forgot about it.

This is the story of my life.

A week ago I finally started walking. Not far – today we went about 3/4 of a mile – but I’ve done it for three days, and I’ve mapped out various routes using Map My Walk. (Check it out – it uses Google Maps lets you – yes – map your walk. They have ones for running and biking as well. The hybrid view is especially nice, as it allows you to see both street names and a satellite view so you can add bike paths that aren’t on regular maps.)

I feel like crap – my legs hurt, my back hurts, it was cold today (in the low 30’s, and we had 70’s just a few days ago!), wah wah wah.

But I’ll do it again tomorrow.



  1. Good for you!!! At least you know that the pain will eventually go away and, hopefully, so will the pounds.

  2. Good for you! May I suggest a pedometer? My brother (a doctor and physical fitness crazy person) has been trying to get me to exercise forever. As a last ditch effort he finally said, “Could you walk?”. I said OK and I asked him to find me a decent pedometer and he did. I have had it for two years now and it really motivates me to get off the couch. My goal for this year is 30 minutes of aerobic walking a day and 4 million steps this year (that’s over 11, 000 every day). Keep on walking!

  3. Oh my….I came over from Nancy’s site to admire your beautiful basket blocks, and I’m so glad I did!

    Not just for the baskets (which are stunning!) but also for the wonderful way you write. I’ve bookmarked, and will come back regularly.

    Like you, I have a “proper” weight issue, rather than a need-to-lose-a-few-pounds thing. Maybe you will inspire me in that direction, too. My goodness, at this rate you could change the world!

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