So it turns out that sitting around the house and eating chocolates and chips during a pandemic is not the way to better health. Who knew?
I used to be pretty good at exercise, especially walking, swimming and bike riding. Then our local pool closed for several months when COVID-19 first hit. It eventually re-opened, but then closed again for five months while renovations were underway. At least I could ride my bike, but I live in a place where we can have four seasons in a day. It’s easy not to ride if it’s rainy, windy, too hot, too cold, or cloudy with a chance of meatballs. (I may have gotten that last bit from somewhere else.)
Add to that the fact that I picked up a couple of nasty viruses through the year (fortunately not COVID-19), and it wasn’t long before I was totally out of the habit of exercise. I still walked my dogs, but not much else. I put on weight, my blood pressure went up, and my doctor looked at me and said, ‘You know you’re putting yourself at risk, don’t you?’ Yes, I did. In fact, God had been prompting me to do something about it for awhile, but I rationalised that he must mean after the pandemic when we didn’t need to comfort eat. Right? Apparently not.
So I’ve been trying to get into more healthy eating habits, but with the odd treat thrown in. Afterall, it’s not my fault if the Magnum people have made dairy-free sea salt caramel ice creams!
I’ve also set myself a walking challenge to help keep me motivated. For each week of the year, I will try to walk in at least one new location (in addition to my daily dog-walking). Sometimes, it might just be a new park or up and down some streets I haven’t walked before. Other times, it might be a trip to a National Park or somewhere further afield.
I’ve set up a web page where I’ll keep track of the walks I do. Not only will this help me to stay accountable, but it might encourage some of you to seek out some new spots in your own neck of the woods. It might not be possible for many of us to trip around the world at the moment, but we can still find the blessing and beauty of God’s creation in our own backyards if we look for it. Will you join me?
(Click here to see the walks I’ve done so far. I’ll keep adding walks as I do them.)