I'm not long back from a small uphill walk. Grandaughter had an assembly at school, parents invited...So I rode into daughters place then we walked up to the school. It took only 6 minutes to ride in and 20min to walk up the hill but it wasn't fast. We were early so walked around the block, still early so walked halfway down the hill then back up to the school. Then walked down the hill to daughters where I got on me bike and whizzed home. 'Twas hardish. But good.
Many many many years ago when I lived where the daughter is now I used to walk this hill 2 or 3 times a day, 5 days a week. Walk the kids to school, walk home. Walk up to pick them up after school, walk home. It wasn't hard and we were all the better for it. Eventually they got big enough to not need me then bigger and didn't want me...so my walking up the hill twice a day 5 days a week stopped. Sometimes I walked up for some reason or another... To make up for this I met with a group of friends in the evenings a few times a week and we would walk the block of the town. It was hard. But fun. Friends move on, things change, it wasn't fun doing it alone, we moved out of town, I got sick, got unfit...and things have never been the same. I have never regained the fitness that I had way back then. Now, I don't even know if it is possible.
What I do know is that for me it needs to be a regular thing but there needs to be a purpose. I can't see the point in walking to the corner and back. Or around the block that just brings me back here. Or driving for half an hour to do a beach or bush walk. I know the *point* should be that I will get fitter and so then be able to do more but I cannot get that into my head enough to actually do it.
If I had a reason to go into town every day I would ride or walk but there is no reason so I don't. If I had another dog I would have to take it for a walk every day and would but there is not much chance of me getting another dog. If I had friends to walk with it would be a fun thing to do but I have no friends...
I'm hoping that this challenge we have set will become the point. I'm hoping I will drive to the bush or beach and walk at least a few times a month. I'm hoping I will start moving every day again. I'm hoping I will not stay too lazy and cancel the challenge. That would be sad. That would be bad!
Details of the challenge will come before the end of the month. It is a big one for me. Why don't you all give it some thought and set yourself a challenge too. If you do, please come and tell me all about it.