When I first began my weight loss journey last June, right out of the gate I began working out 3 - 4 times per week. I started with a Biggest Loser program for the Wii, doing everything from boxing to yoga, and then threw in some balance ball work for good measure. In November, I blew out a hamstring and my exercise came to a screeching halt. In the last several days, however, I've been trying to motivate myself to get up and moving again. I've still been eating properly and losing weight steadily, but I know I need to start working on building muscle and improving my overall fitness as I lose.
So, that brings me to today...there is a sidewalk that runs around the outside perimeter of the office building where I work, and it is a bit over 1/10th of a mile to walk one lap (approximately 240 steps for me to make one lap, for those who look at it as steps taken, yes, I've counted!). I only take 30 minutes for lunch, so I've been trying to take part of that time and go out and walk anywhere from 5 to 10 quick laps every day when it's not raining. It's not very exciting, but it goes by quick and it's getting the job done and getting me back into the swing of things.
I don't particularly like to listen to music while I work out. Perhaps it's all the years I spent in marching band throughout high school and college, but I tend to pace myself to the tempo of whatever music is playing rather than keeping up with the speed or intensity I really need to be at during exercise. As a result, I typically listen to preaching podcasts, audiobooks, or to other speakers while I work out, and walking is no exception.
Today, I happened to pick one of my new favorites, a humorist named Jeanne Robertson. With my earbuds plugged in, I was listening to her tell funny stories as she exampled living a life that finds the humor in every situation. Since it was lunchtime, several people were coming and going around the building, and I noticed I was getting lots of strange looks. Then, I caught a glimpse of myself in one of the windows, and saw that I was walking around with this huge goofy grin on my face, and realized I had also been laughing out loud as I walked! Since my hair covers the earbuds, people must have thought I was loopy! There I was...just walking and laughing, going around...and around...and around the building!
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" Proverbs 17:22