Body, Mind, Spirit
Week 13 was a big week for me. I was sick for all of it and how I would respond to illness is something I have worried about in the very back of my mind since January. It was also a big week for me because yesterday marked my 90th day and, also, my 90th walk. Confetti!
I walked everyday I was sick, but with the exception of Saturday, no more than .72 miles and at the pace of a snail. In fact, I have a funny story to tell you that made my husband laugh when I told it to him during the week. Endomondo, the exercise app I use to track my walks, has this feature that alerts you when the system has paused. I recently turned it on because I lost mileage for a few walks after accidentally pausing it while walking and taking pictures at the same time. So, every time I stop to take a picture this woman intones in my ear: AUTO PAUSE. And then when I start up she says: AUTO RESUME. It’s very Hal 9000. Last week I was walking so slowly that poor Endomondo 9000 didn’t know what was going on, so every other second I heard AUTO PAUSE…AUTO RESUME…AUTO PAUSE…AUTO RESUME.
Saturday was a lousy day. I had to cancel plans with family that I was really looking forward to, and on top of not feeling well it really just upset me. I was so disappointed I needed to cool my head, so I grabbed my sneakers and walked–quickly–for 1.5 miles until I felt better. Normally, this is what ice cream is for, and I didn’t even realized what I was doing until after I did it. I’m not sure I will always choose sneakers over ice cream, but I was happy to see that after 90 days I really seem to have established a habit of exercise.
The boys are home with me all week, and that quick and furious walk may have put me back some on my chest cold recovery. Unfortunately, I’m going to resume my Endomondo 9000 walks this week and take it easy on my distance and speed. I never thought there would come a day where I would look forward to a harder workout, but I never thought I would make it to day 30, either, so what the heck do I know.