Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Walking in December

I am inspired by Sister Madonna Budder.
She is an 80 year old world champion triathlete known as The Iron Nun. She is amazing.

My husband and I have been walking partners for many years.
We have walked outdoors when the weather permitted.
In October we made a commitment to each other to walk every day,
regardless of weather, for 1 1/2 hours.  We have honored that commitment.

I started a walking log, keeping track of our miles walked and the conditions we walked in. We set goals and made plans for long distance walks.

October and November were rather dry months. Once in awhile we were walking right after rain showers stopped. But for the most part the weather was wonderful for walking. Even in the wind we walked. We did not miss a day.

I love this story of a man who wrote poems in the snow.
It seems so romantic to think of walking in the snow.
I love the idea.

I imagined myself as the "Girl From The Snow Country".
 I too could make snow bunnies. this is another charming story.
When the temperatures began to drop in early December I had to bundle up for my walks. I began layering and dreading going out into the cold.

 I began reading books about being out in the cold and snow.
I tried to "Cowgirl" up. When the forecast was for bitter cold temperatures and snow my husband signed us up at the community center. They have an indoor walking track. It is divine, easy on my knees and no worries about weather.

 I am walking faster and enjoying my walk so very much.
I look forward to walk time.

I requested a set of lectures on cds to listen to while walking.

Each cd is 45 minutes.
We walk for 1 1/2 hours
so I have time for reflection.

We started a new protein drink that is excellent.
Not only does it provide complete protein
 but also our vitamins and minerals.
Two scoops of mix is one serving.
We are splitting our drinks up,
one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
So easy to digest.
We are using unsweetened co-conut milk as our liquid.

We both are very pleased.

I have added a quiet time to my afternoons.
Just 20 minutes after our afternoon smoothie
to meditate.
I am walking and learning.
Life is very good.


Wendy said...

"Life is very good" - I am glad to hear it. Often in winter, it's hard to see the good, because of the cold. I'm happy you are walking. It feels good to be out and about and moving your body.

I walked and walked and walked all summer as a way of processing my grief. I still walk every day, although these cold days it's only for about 10 minutes, but still I make it a point to get out.

I love the little snow bunnies. They are so cute.
Happy walking!

Cucipata said...

Walking is great, especially if you have the luxury of living close to nature. Given how often I injure myself playing sports nowadays, I know that walking will be my future if I want to preserve my body until old age, and here in Phoenix there is no snow, so that works too...

Judy said...

This morning, the wind chill was -23 when we went out for our walk. My walking partners decided if they could not levitate, then they would lie down. I coaxed them along, and we did about 15 to 20 minutes. Maybe we can go for another walk later, when it warms up. They are 9 and 10 years old, so going barefoot in the snow is no longer the thrill it used to be...

A wildlife gardener said...

Thank you for all your visits to Our Little Corner Of Paradise this year :)

Just popped by during the run up to Christmas to wish you the best of health, and happy walking in 2011…WG :)

comedyrocks.com said...

I too am amazed by an 80 yr old nun who is so active.
Seems like all I have power to do is eat Rice Krispies cereal and Christmas candy.