365: Body, Mind, Spirit | Week 2
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Thank goodness for Monday’s picture of my feet in the produce aisle. My Week 2 collage would have been a study in gray without the beets and carrots. I document each walk with a picture since I’m not posting daily. Each picture is a little different while still including my feet.
Someone asked last week if the feet were intentional; the answer is yes. I wanted all 365 pictures to have consistency throughout, and there is no way I was going to take a picture of myself every day. Please! I’d have an easier time eating a bowl of crickets for breakfast. And I hate breakfast.
I’ve been focusing on texture, but apparently I need to start trespassing on some lawns, flower beds, and, I don’t know, maybe some car hoods, to bring in color. My goal is to print all my #365body pictures in a book for myself and I would like to avoid paying for something that looks like it should be titled 365 Walks: A Daily Catalog of Despondency in a Colorless World.
While my walks appear dreary–even my shoes are black!–they have been nothing but enjoyable. My walking routine, for now, centers around my neighborhood. I create a different route every day to avoid monotony, and this has worked well. I walk just under 2 miles, although on Saturday I went almost 3 miles. Because I am a sedentary person trying to establish a daily fitness routine, I thought it was prudent for me to start off slow to avoid injury. So far, so good.
The only regular activity I’ve ever participated and enjoyed is tennis, and that comes with specific apparel. I didn’t think I needed anything fancy for walking, but many of you said my walks would be easier and more comfortable in the leggings versus sweats or yoga pants; you were right. Having a snug fit around my ankles has made all the difference in my stride. That, and the silky-smooth texture of the leggings. I didn’t like it at first–they felt like thin ski pants–but it only took one walk to realize sport fabric really does serve a purpose (smoother movement) and proper fitness wear really does make a difference. I can’t say I am a bastion of confidence wearing them, but so far no one has pulled over on the side of the road to call me “turnip legs.”
The other two “can’t do without” items on my walk are free and on my iphone. I listen to Pandora while I walk and I track all my walks using Endomondo. Zakary recommended it to me, and I love it. I haven’t taken advantage of all the features (so far I just track my distance), but they seem great. I love that I will have a history of all my walks at the end of the year. I’ll have to include the stats for each walk next to the corresponding picture in my (hopefully not) album of despondency.
365: Mind and Spirit
Church is easier when you read the Bible. Who knew?
It turns out that when you are already familiar with the readings you can actually pay attention to what the priest is talking about. Not only can you pay attention, you know what’s going on! Revolutionary. My favorite so far has been the Sermon on the Mount, especially the part on worrying. That’s my goal with the Mind and Spirit components–to stop worrying.
I still worry. I’m not a success story, yet. But at least while I am worrying needlessly I am also writing down moments of gratitude that I might otherwise forget. Next year at this time, when I am thumbing through my journal, I’ll note that on January 2nd I enjoyed the hot water on my cold hands while I did the dishes. I won’t remember I had a really bad cold.
If the whole of our lives is measured in memories, I can at least make sure I remember the good stuff.