I’ve been posting so much about screwing up this diet and fitness thing that I thought I’d break the pattern and post a success – I’ve had two good walks! That might not sound like much, but to me it’s massively encouraging.
First, I’ve discovered I can walk 5 km without dying at the end of it. Yay for me!
Second, I’ve discovered I’d much rather walk with company – even when it’s my kids. Joking…
The revelation that I’d rather not walk alone, came on the night I had to take my kids along on my walk. I wasn’t happy about it, figuring they’d whine the whole way. Surprisingly, they didn’t. Instead, they ran circles around me. Literally. Then they started commenting about my walking pace:
“It’s like walking the wrong way on one of those moving pavements at the airport!”
“Is that corner getting any closer? I don’t think it is. Are we actually moving forward?”
“People in cars are staring at us. They’ve never seen anybody move this slow before. I think that guy is calling for an ambulance…”
“We’re never going to get home. We’re going to die here. Alone. Starving. Miles from the house.”
Yeah, they might get their dramatic streak from me. But at least they kept me entertained. At one point I was laughing so hard I stopped walking altogether, which prompted more complaints from them. But, at the end of it, I discovered the time had flown, and that’s when I had my revelation – walk with company!
Armed with this new knowledge, I dragged my copy-editor out with me today. Liz has the unfortunately privilege of living in the same city as me, she’s also around during the day which makes her easy to find when I need a walking buddy. Not only was she available, and willing to walk with me, she let me talk about my book for the duration. And there’s nothing a writer likes more than a captive audience for their new book idea! I should point out that we’ve been good friends for fifteen years, so if she hadn’t wanted to walk with me or listen to me, she wouldn’t have had any problems voicing her objection. And I would have stopped baking gluten free cake for her in response… 😉
But back to the topic in hand, I really feel like I’m getting the hang of this walking thing now. If we’d signed up for a 5 km walk, I’d be sorted. Unfortunately, it’s 21 km. Still, if I make Elizabeth talk to me for the duration, I think I should be fine. Not sure about her though!
p.s. If you need a copy-editor, Liz is awesome. Here’s her website. And I just realized, she’s another Elizabeth! I’m surrounded with them. 😀