I've learned a few things this week. Where ever one choses to walk, there are inherent hazards to be watchful of.
Yesterday I took my walk in the mall. Very dangerous place. Mental note: only walk in the mall when you can do so before the retail traps open. The lure to spend money I don't have on pretty things I don't need is too great. It is almost as dangerous to be walking that close to those buttery, salted pretzles they have in the mall. I had to talk myself out of buying one after my walk. I am not dieting but I have resolved to not reward myself with food. There are so many other things that won't add to my ...mmmm...bottom line ... that can be used to motivate me. Pedicures for one. A guilt free afternoon in my underwear doing absolutely nothing productive. Those really cool harem pants from girlskirtmission.com that I have mooned over for almost a year now ...
Suprisingly, it is also dangerous to walk in the grocery store. I actually tried this today believe it or not. (I'll do anything to not be cold! lol) The grocery store is dangerous for an entirely different reason though; People! There are lots and lots of people. I made it through my 10 minute walk there without being bodily removed from the premises or seriously wounding anyone, but there were a few close calls. I don't think I'll be trying that again.
Tomorrow begins week 4 and my walk will bump up to a whole 15 minutes. I'm excited and leery all at the same time. The change is beginning to feel like it could become a real and lasting change but there are still challenges ahead to make it that. And at the end of this coming week I will have kept my goals for one whole month. February will be the shift into actually running and March will be preparing for the 5k. I think I'll have to reward myself with those aforementioned ultra-cool harem pants after I've completed the 5k. First up is to complete month one though. So, 15 minute walks here I come and once there have been 7 of you I am going to get myself a pedicure.