On Monday, I got to work and realized that I had forgotten the power cord for my computer. Our first client of the day was male so I knew that I had time to dash home to get it. Tom suggested that I walk instead of using the car. I was a bit put out...I mean it was only a five minute drive. Then I thought about it. The walk would be good for me. And we were getting low on gas and pay day was not until the end of the month.
So, I walked home.
When I got to the house 15 minutes later I realized that the walk was not horrible. It didn't kill me. I used the time to refocus and reflect. I was able to throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, drink a cup of tea, and write in my journal for a bit. I changed out of my cute shoes and put on my walking shoes and went back to work with the cord for my computer and a new attitude.
And I have been walking daily since then.
Tuesday, I walked to the post office and stopped by the market to pick up some fruit. Yesterday, we walked over to the counseling office to pick up some copies from the secretary. Belmopan is a small city. The first four months we got by without a car. We got around the city either by foot or on the bikes graciously donated to us by a couple in Nebraska. It takes longer to walk or bike but it is doable...especially since we are now into the dry season.
There are some health benefits to walking.
I have been feeling better physically, my mind is clearer, my mood is lighter.
I know it will take a while for me to make walking a habit but I know that if I put my mind to it I can do it. Tom has been walking five days a week for several weeks now. He is determined. I respect that. And his faithfulness is admirable and contagious.
Determination today will lead to better health tomorrow.
What are you determined to do for better health?