The first derived from a trip my daughter and I took outside of America. We went to a location where people still tend to get around by (gasp!) foot. A proverbial pedestrian environment. After twelve days of largely walking, I was darned near dead. My knees were swollen and I had to spend some time each day with my legs elevated.
And here's the unsettling thing: this happened despite the fact that I'm physically fit. I'm not the slightest bit overweight. I go to the gym several times a week. I have visible muscles. I do elliptical training, I swim, and I do yoga. And (as my neighbors will confirm) I do plenty of heavy yardwork.
But I don't walk very much as a lifestyle component, and so I'm no longer used to it. (I do walk our dog, but usually not miles at a stretch.)
The second epiphany came an eighteen-hour window of time late last week, a period in which I'd encountered two different associates, each of whom had recently lost forty pounds. One of them was one of my daughter's extracurricular teachers, and upon seeing him, I almost said, "Who the hell are you?!" because he appeared so transformed (for the much, much better).
How did they lose forty pounds apiece, and without really stressing themselves in the process? By lifting their forks to their mouths less frequently (and with healthier stuff on those forks when they did lift them), and by exercising, including walking. One guy is a fan of the Clean Living Diet, which I hadn't heard of previously, but it basically appears to be a fancy way of saying "healthy eating". I also have a girlfriend who reports that she's in the process of losing weight. She's a fan of the 10,000 Steps program.
So following these epiphanies, I resolved to do more walking.
The area surrounding Centerpointe is well-suited for walking. Not only is it accessible with a fair number of sidewalks, it's also highly entertaining, as I found out last night. Check this out:
|A Great Horned Owl.|
Photo from Wikipedia.
|It was really quite dark by this time, but I lightened up this photo so that his silhouette would be more visible.|
I noticed something else on this walk last night, too.
bats when I lived in Austin...
|Bats boiling out from under the Congress Street bridge in Austin.|
Screengrab courtesy of videocityguide.
|This is really, really cool!!|
You can read the whole story here.
Screengrab courtesy of KTRK.
Anyway, I'll post more about walking options and associated adventures later. This is enough for one rambling blog post.