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into the wild (for walking and good health)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I have lost 32 pounds, and I know I have still a long way to go. But today, I got what was probably one of the best compliments anyone could get. A request to help someone begin walking and try to improve their health.
Now, keep in mind, I do prefer to walk alone and except for the occasional girlfriend to join me, mostly for gossip and socializing, I do walk alone.
But this person is a young neighbor, whom I have known since they were a very young child.
Also, not just wanting to lose weight or get in physical shape, but, wanting to find a natural way to overcome frustration and anxiety.
Dealing with work issues and family life issues...and really just wants someone to help them get started and keep them motivated.
What I like best about it is, they live right near me and their family owns this huge piece of land that winds up into the mountains overlooking my house and there are trails and side roads that are mostly used for 4 wheelers, etc.
But this is just what I have been wanting to do, get off the track and onto some trails, I have even been looking into buying some trail hikers or trail shoes for the upcoming colder weather.
I think we might just be able to help each other out. I have often wanted to ask if I might walk along their back roads, but I know I cannot walk up the steep hill that leads to the roads, so taking a car would be necessary til reaching the top and then there are miles of trails to be walked.
I would never want to go alone either and having a friend along who knows the area would be so great.
Dont know when this is supposed to take place, hoping soon, they said they would text me tonight about possibly hitting the hills first thing tomorrow morning.
If not, oh well, there is always the track.
But it made me feel good to have someone say to me, """you are inspiring me!!!"""
To have someone say, """I want to walk cause I see you losing weight and I see you getting healthy, and I see how determined you are, even with a foot injury to not give up""""
This person is dealing with the recent miscarriage of their first child and also just general anxiety, I told them I cannot tell them what to do to treat that, but I can offer to walk with them to see if that might help them clear their head a little with the other issues.
They dont want to treat the problem with drugs, but I did suggest they discuss it with their doctor to make sure that they understand that walking, especially trail walking can lead to a fast heart rate, which might be mistaken for anxiety.
I sure as heck dont want to get back into the mts with someone having a panic attack!!!
I sure hope this does come to be maybe one or two days a week, I really think walking in the fresh mountain air, away from traffic and along incline paths will be just the thing I need to help me overcome some of my own cluttered thoughts and feelings.
As well as help with leg muscles. Also this friend also has an issue with a weak ankle due to a childhood injury, so they told me they might slow me down, haha, well I had to let them know that I am not a speed walker and mostly I go slow. But once I get going I really want to keep on going, this is one reason I dont walk with anyone, some walk too fast for my pace, or others want to walk 20 minutes then sit and chat.
So, I will update on this, but I have done good today, have finally eaten a little more, some chicken and beans and banana and yogurt and later I will have a snack.
I do feel good and I just hope if I have anything to offer someone that might help them find their own road to good health, that I can.
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  • RG_DFW
    Stay with it and you will inspire so many others... WooHoo!!!
    2961 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11958942
    You should get used to the compliments as it will happen again and again. For this person you will be walking with, have her focus on relaxing her whole body while doing your hike. That should help a lot, I work with the elderly and people with psychiatric disorders. Another thing you can do is if an panic attack comes, have her breathe in her nose and out her mouth and then purposely slow it down. This actually has a massage type effect on the hypothalimus, slowing the heart rate and breathing of the person and calming them. Try it for yourself, it really works. I've walk many, many people through this and they are even surprised by the results. I hope you have fun and are able to help her.
    2961 days ago
  • DORIAN4182
    It always makes you feel good to help someone else. God Bless
    2961 days ago
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