Saturday, May 21, 2011

It didn't look like much to begin with!

After my whole week off I knew I needed to go easy on this old body this week. I ended up logging about 11 miles. That's a little more than half of my normal weekly miles. Next week my goals will be closer to 15 miles as I gently build back up to longer runs. I still have a 10K and the Chicago half to prepare for.

In addition to this I am making some dietary changes - going at it slow so I don't send my body too much into shock! I'll eat what I have here so I don't waste what I've spent, but begin to replace with whole, healthy options as I need to buy more. And I started walking in the evenings.

When I first found this apartment one of the things I liked about it was the park with a paved path that is behind the complex. My son is in a wheelchair and it looked like a great way to get him out of the house. It really was a factor in choosing this particular apartment. I measured and it's about .4 of a mile long, but it's an out and back. From my door, through the park and back is right at 1.2 miles. Now that doesn't sound like much...but I've already logged over 5 walking miles this week! If the weather cooperates, I'll get in over 6 by the end of today. That's not much, but when you are working on fitness goals, every little bit helps...and it all adds up eventually!

Sometimes it's those little things in life that eventually add up to something. This can actually be positive or negative. Think about it - ever had a day where you said it was the straw that broke the camel's back? That meant the last little thing was what broke you! One little thing at a time is easier to handle but when even little things keep digging at you all day - eventually it will get to you!

The positive reflection here is that it doesn't take much kindness to all add up either! Making little decisions like finding one person to show an act of kindness to each day - it will change your perspective and even though it doesn't look like much - it can make such a huge difference for them - and in you! As one who is basically shut in I know it doesn't take much to make that difference. Some days just a simple phone call from a friend (for nothing in particular) can change the feeling of the whole day. A friend bringing by a snack, or just stopping by - things that don't look like much can make a big difference in someone else's world and in my own attitude.

Think about that the next time you are standing in line at the store getting frustrated with how slow they are going. It's not fun for the worker either and they probably have to hear about it from every single customer who comes through...be the standard- you may make - or break their day by the words you say...

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