Let's Do This Together

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'm on Week 4 of SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Walking Program, and I have to say I am soooooo thankful for the day I signed on about a month ago and saw the virtual 5K program featured as one of the daily topics.

Now that I'm in Week 4, I feel like I now know what I'm doing, although, at first, I was totally winging it. I'd go out with no hat, no face towel. After a while, the sunblock would be drenched by my sweat and the lovely mixture would run down into my eyes and mouth. By the time I'd get home, my eyes would be blood-shot red, stinging like crazy, with complete and total blurred vision. The taste of sunblock in my mouth would frustrate me beyond belief, and it would take a good tooth brushing followed by gobs of water to get rid of the taste.

After reading some helpful SP articles for walkers, I have learned quite a few things. For instance, I now take water with me, a cell phone, and face towel (in my fanny pack). I still apply my facial sunblock, but I wear a baseball hat. That and the face towel help immensely. And then there's the lovely I-pod. Bringing the I-pod and listening to upbeat music really fills my soul with some positive energy and gets me fired up!

I wear my walking pants and t-shirts and a good pair of walking shoes, and before I leave to start my training walk for the day, I usually turn to catch a quick glance of this new me in the living room mirror.


Not to mention what, to me, has been a God-send. My back is starting to react positively to the walking. My core is getting stronger, my major muscle groups are getting stronger, and I think it's doing a world of good for not only my anatomy, but my outlook on life, especially after a very trying past year.

Even though, at the beginning of this training program, which was not so long ago, there were many days where the pain would kick in and I didn't think I'd be able to do this, today's walk proved to me that it CAN be done, that where there is a will, there is a way. When I returned home with my sunblock intact and fanny pack on my waist, I turned to that same mirror and gave myself a thumbs up. I was not about to collapse, my back and sciatica were not debilitating me, and in fact, after I was done admiring that walker in the mirror, I realized that I had no pain at that moment. THAT WAS HUGE!!!

I think strengthening my core is key for my body to continue healing, and I'm starting to feel my long-lost friends named "Excitement" and "Determination" coming back into my life.
I did 2.5 miles in 52 minutes today and made sure to walk heel first with my neck and back as straight and upright as comfortably possible.

I am now more aware of each muscle group, and as my hips, rump, and thighs tighten with each step and help to propel me forward, I think to myself, "I love feeling my muscles as they awaken. I love knowing that they are still here and willing to work hard for me. I love the beauty of nature that surrounds me as I walk through this path of resilience and determination. I love the fact that there is a place I can turn to, where I feel loved, supported, inspired, guided, and looked out for -- SparkPeople. I love this reawakening. I love this gratitude I am feeling. I love God. I love me. And, yes, I love you.

Let's do this together.

(photo courtesy of bing.com)
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    WAY TO GO FRIEND!!! It warms my heart to hear you so fired up! That Spark is still burning brightly! Keep up the amazing job....it only gets better!
    3518 days ago
    Thank you, ladies. You all have warmed my heart today.

    MWA! emoticon
    3519 days ago
    Way to go!

    I'm doing the Virtual 5K, too! And I love having access to the SP friends and resources, too!

    Happy Trails!

    - Sunny
    3519 days ago
    I really and truly loved reading this blog! How inspiring! You really had my attention, and I thank you for such wise words! Yes, SparkPeople has really been wonderful for me, too! Thank you for sharing your heart! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3519 days ago
    awwww Debs!!!! I am so happy to see that you are happy, and energized, and determined, and feelin good!! really i am! i missed the vibrant you, and im glad you are back!! congrats to you on gettin the training in for the 5K, and an even BIGGER congrats on healing your body and not suffering from the back pain! i was smiling ear to ear reading this blog and wish you were closer to give you a hugeeee bear hug!! love you more babe!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    3519 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/29/2011 12:43:10 PM
    I need to get out there and move it...thanks for the spark!
    3519 days ago
    I am SO GLAD to hear this! Strengthening your core really is key for your body's health. Walking is where it all started for me in getting my body healthy and fit. WOO HOO for you!
    3519 days ago
    Walking saved my life, SERIOUSLY. I give the glory to God cuz I have my legs but walking was KEY to my success. I have incorporated biking but walking is my go to whenever I need to "switch" it up and whenever I travel.

    Yep...LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER. I am SO very happy for you and I can tell by your blog that you are in this to reach your goals...WOO HOO!


    3519 days ago
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