One month ago, practically to the day, I was informed by a doctor that over the last three years they have seen a slow but steady increase in my blood pressure. I fully admit to a weight fluctuation and the whole on again and off again diet, as well as on again off again aerobics and exercise. But when it came to a doctor suggesting I get it under control I sat up and decided to do something.
Exercise, of course, is the best way to lower blood pressure and I also admit that I hate doing exercises, even aerobics, aren't my specialty. I get a drive going for it and then fall out in the end because my 'ego' (negative voice in my head) convinces me I don't need it. So then the rollercoaster cycle begins all over, which I hate too. Anyways, there has always been one form of exercise I never minded and that was walking. So I decided, that afternoon, Aria and I were going to start walking every day that weather and time allowed.
Of course, Aria didn't have a say in the matter because she too has put on weight and we need to keep that in check. So after returning from the doctor's office, I changed clothes, put on her leash and off we went. The pace was slow, exhausting and breathing a little shallow but the sun was out, the temps were comfortable so we kept moving forward.
On the way back, I ran into a neighbor and her family from the same High School I attended. Forty-five minutes later, from the time we started, Aria and I were back at home. Not the best way to start our walking routine but catching up and enjoying more time outside certainly was a great way to end the day. I already felt better, than came the water intake which, up to this point, was about 18 oz/day.
Did I mention I hate water? I will drink it with a bunch of zero-calorie flavoring but doesn't that kind of defeat it's purpose? I say yes, and decided I will push myself to drink plain water. It wasn't easy but I am now able to drink the recommended amount without issue or complaint and have even increased it for a better effect.
Every day Aria and I increased our distance if only by a few feet until we reached the over mile mark. The first goal achieved!! Then Aria started picking up our pace which went from an easy stroll to borderline power walk. The first days she pulled that on me I felt it in my legs and my glutes. I was tender but it was a good feeling to know that my body was getting a workout.
As the days get shorter and temps get lower at night this changes our routine almost daily. More so about the when, we've had days with fog advisories, thunderstorm warnings, humid mornings, and cloudy mornings making the sun even later in getting up to lighten up the area.
These mornings have also brought about some great photos and videos, which can be found by click on the YouTube icon on the 'Welcome' pate, which I enjoy sharing with my followers and customers. As always, the scale is the last one to show the results but I never let it discourage me. I know my body is getting healthier and that is clear with every morning walk, energy level and mood I have towards everything that is going on.
I'm doing something I haven't done in a while and that is falling back in love with myself. That alone is worth every single step I take in the morning and the time Aria and I spend alone makes us stronger. I'll be blogging more about our morning walks as things occur when we're out and about. Thanks for reading, and be sure to share this with your friends and followers to help bring more people to my website.