First Mile Outdoors | Day 4

My new morning routine had to be scrapped already yesterday because I had to work at the office (so glad I don’t have to commute daily). I had planned on taking an evening walk just before dark last night, but I was so exhausted when I got home last evening from only five hours of sleep the night before that it just didn’t happen. I napped for nearly an hour when I got home, thought about dinner, wasn’t hungry, skipped it, and went to bed.

So… this morning I started out with “scissors” on the Gazelle followed by a walk around the big block, which from our front door and back is just a tad over one mile. We’re talking a couple of tenths here.

Workout music of the day started out with a little Phantom of the Opera followed by some Lady Gaga. She just has a good beat to keep my pace steady.

I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to stop and stretch my calves about half way through when the incline was greatest, but I pushed through and stretched them out when I got home. I felt it a lot more in my legs walking outdoors, but I feel a lot more upper body when using the Gazelle. I have to find something to work on my upper body, too. I have some hand weights and plenty of floor space for the good, old-fashioned crunches & push-ups. Any other ideas for something a little more fun and easy on the neck are greatly appreciated!

I wasn’t going to check any measurements until a whole week had passed, but I was just too curious. The only change in just a few days so far is 1/2 inch off my hips and one pound lost (again, probably water weight). More measurable, though, is how I feel. I’m already sitting up straighter, and I have more energy through the day. I did feel a craving to do something yesterday morning, and I think my body actually missed not getting that little workout!

Darcy Elliott

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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