Well, I decided I had better write a post, since I've been away from the keyboard for a while now. I do pop in to check my bloggie mates' blogs from time to time, though.
Today was tree trimming time for us. We usually wait until January to do it, but since the day was bright and sunny, and even with a crisp chill in the air, perfect for such a task. We have lots of trees on the property, so while the husband did tackle most of the trees, there will still be a few more to take care of later, when all the leaves have fallen off. With the overgrown look done away with, the yard looks airier. The better to water my plants.
Today was also the second day I embark on walking. Simply walking. I'm not going for grand scale changes in lifestyle of epic proportion. I'm just going to take baby steps. I may or may not continue, time will tell. But I don't intend to act based on 'proving' myself to anyone, not even myself. It's just that for the past few nights, I wake up gasping for breath. So, if I want to live, I'd better get moving. I've never felt compelled to change diet or increase exercise because all my vitals and stats from tests have come back 'normal'. Even my cholesterol level has never gone above the borderline mark. I do try to eat as little fried, greasy foods as possible. And at my beloved's insistence, I stopped drinking sugary carbonated drinks. I felt secure in thinking that I was one of those lucky people who didn't suffer from all those health issues so common in my racial/cultural demographics: diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer. Well, scratch asthma off. I do suffer from chronic bronchitis during allergy season. But now, just days away from my 51st birthday, I realize I really may not be around as long as I'd hoped. I guess I finally saw the light. I'm thinking I'd better contribute my fair share of 'effort' at staying healthy or else.
Before, I actually had an excuse for not walking. Umm....I'll start walking when I find the Nike shocks I've been wanting. You know, the ones I've got are just so uncomfortable. I'm certain when I find the right ones, I'll take off like a lark running, he,he,he....Well, what do you know, I'd go shopping, and they never had them! But you know what? My sweetie found me a pair on Ebay, brand new, the right size and color and everything! So that explains why I've taken off like a lark walking no less. Sadly, just to illustrate how horribly out of shape I've been in, I could only handle one block! The return block I was panting and heaving the whole way back. It reminded me of childbirth labor. I guess this is somehow a little like labor and giving birth to a new way of living. And so today, I felt brave and walked two blocks, and while the return two blocks were difficult, I gained confidence. I know I can do this. Slowly, one block at a time. One baby step at a time.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~