After one of the warmest January’s on record, February has turned much colder. I took this picture late Monday afternoon:
We had a scant 1/100th inch of precipitation and the next morning there were low hanging clouds and a dusting of snow on the Huachuca Mountains:
Monday’s walk was cut short due to the cold west wind and Tuesday I never went out at all, it was so cold. It might be just as well, as walking seems to be aggravating my right knee, injured somehow during my attempts at clogging a few years ago. It originally took a whole year to heal, but within the second week of starting up walking last month, the pain was coming back. Very odd and I wonder if I need to buy new sneakers. In any case, I used the elliptical yesterday instead of walking outside and will probably continue to do that this week until I can find new shoes for walking.
This noon I have a lunch date at a friend’s house and I’m bringing my Plant-Strong Chopped Apple Cake. It sure smells good!
Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.}
Walking is beneficial in so many ways. In addition to the exercise and fresh air, I have so many more photo opportunities. I never walk without taking my camera … and now that I have a new smart phone, I have two cameras! This was taken with the phone.
Sundogs! Two of them!
What do you see when you walk?
Some years I make resolutions and some I don’t. This past year I had better luck with monthly resolutions, or rather a specific focus for a month.
For 2013 I have decided to make just one resolution.
I will walk daily.
That’s it. Simple, right? No specifics. No time lengths. Just walk.
Actually, the intention is to walk outdoors, but that is not going to always be possible. So any walk will fulfill the resolution. Any place. Any duration.
So far, by January 8th, I have walked six out of eight days. Not too bad, as resolutions go. And one of those days I got in two walks! Even better!
The main goal for walking is to feel healthier. Weight loss, if that should occur, would be a wonderful side benefit. Mostly, though, I know that walking will help manage the anxiety issues that have cropped up this past year. I know I am calmer when I get outside in the fresh air and sunshine and reconnect with nature. That’s not to say that there is a lot of nature to be found just outside my door, which is where I normally end up walking, but even here in suburbia, nature can be found, as evidenced by these pictures I took during yesterday’s walk.
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?