Walk While I Can

Awoke before six this morning but determined to extend that between dreams and awake stage.  Ended up abed for far too long. then perused my tablet for any overnight alerts, new emails, FB messages, and possible messages from anyone saying, “I won the lottery and insist on giving it to you.  Nothing.

My Great Britain Cuz emailed to say Day 1 Vacation and it was raining.  My SIL Ontario replied that it was a perfect summer’s day here and that her husband was golfing every day this week.


I knew then this was a Walking Day.

Suitably attired with a large sun hat (see above), lightly made up so I did not scare young children and old ladies, I set out toting my light weight Hamilton Library Bag, my phone, bit o’ cash, and pen and note book.

When I moved to this beautiful neighbourhood 23 months ago, I decided that such a pastoral place would mean daily walks.  My first year I walked doing up to ten thousand steps a day (you know – the declared healthy activity range).   Damned near killed myself.  Have come to the conclusion that new ‘healthy ranges’ need to be set for Baby Boomers’.

I remembered back in the early 90’s – yup 25 odd years ago – when I went to the gym six days a week and after three months was wondrously toned.  So next I joined the Y and in addition to daily weights, and machines did 3 aquatic classes a week.  Again – Damned near killed myself.  Apparently two and a half decades does make a difference.

So the next logical step when faced with failure?  Quit.

Six months  have passed and I have pretty much have done nothing.  Until of course, this morning when I felt ‘the urge’.

New thoughts –

  1. Not getting any younger means I will have a new level of ‘fit’.
  2. Embrace The Pleasure Factor.  Don’t push – enjoy.  Someday I won’t be able to walk due to either death or extreme age.  So enjoy while I can.
  3. Utilize the lovely coffee shop only 1 km away and the lovely cemetery across the road from that where I most enjoy walking.
  4. Then a pleasant walk back home.  Ninety minutes and about 2 miles or 3.2km.  No fuss no muss.

At 70 I have decided the walk is about the pleasure, the moment, the Solitude, and The Gratitude of all I have in this time and place.

Comfort and Joy with minimal discomfort. Ah…..

12 thoughts on “Walk While I Can”

  1. Well that has inspired me. I certainly felt much better when I walked every day last year. Will start again but first a visit to the dentist today. Ugh!

      1. J > Not silly – very understandable. It’s difficult to balance the need to stay fit with the need to adjust expectations as we age. We too are having to face up to the fact that we can’t do as much as we could 15yrs ago when we came here.

  2. We got a dog so now I am walking more thanks to her. Nothing too strenuous, just enough to keep me going. Sounds like you live in the perfect neighbourhood for walking.

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