Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday's Walk

Lately, it has been brought to my attention that I needed to change some of my behaviors. You already know about my rants about having to give up smoking. So, I am not going there.

I had become very sedentary in the past several years. I worked a 9-10 hour day at a desk job. And while I loved my job, I usually went home in the evening and collapsed from the mental exhaustion. Enough energy to make dinner and then go vegetate on the sofa for a little TV watching and then off to bed to start the routine in the morning again.

Then the Spousal Unit announced that we would be moving to Germany. That set off a major flurry of activity, getting the house in order for renting, amongst all the other things needing to be done prior to my coming here.

That led to me losing 30 lbs. Painting and cleaning and yard work really used up the calories. Yeah. Weight loss. So I was totally floored with the blood pressure level. Here I am in my new house climbing up two sets of stairs 6-8 times a day. I lost weight and am continuing to lose at a sensible rate. I thought that I was healthier than I had been in years.

I guess I wasn't. So......

I have started walking 4 times a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I go with a gal I met in one of the Spouses groups. We go to the Ohmbachsee. Sunday I go with Spousal Unit.

It is the largest lake in this area. It has lovely paths all around it that connect to other lovely paths that lead to other areas. The lap around the lake is 3.5kilometers. That translates to 2.17 miles. That is a lot of walking for me. And I am determined to continue.

One of the added benefits to outside walking is that the walks allow me to observe that Spring is really coming. A fern peeking out that wasn't there on Friday's walk.
I have no idea what this is other than is has a really pretty leaf with brown/black speckles.

The moss growing on the stones lining the steps to one of the other paths.

The lichen is in full bloom. I am really starting to enjoy the walks and seeing more of the countryside in a way that is rather unique and memorable.