Time for a Operation Foxy By 40 update. Just 3 and-a-bit months to go!
I managed 21 of 31 days of the Walking Every Day In May thing. That may sound like a shoddy result, but it’s a huge improvement on the months before.
Some lessons learned:
1. If I don’t walk first thing in the morning, I rarely make it happen. Work deadlines, chores, cat patting, YouTube tutorial-watching, hair washing and other flimsy excuses abound. So I’m better off walking while still half asleep, before negotiations can begin.
2. That said, lunchtime walks on office days are brilliant for restoring inner peace. And topping up the pollen levels, so I can annoy people with my sneezing and crying all afternoon.
3. I’ve gained a new appreciation of Dunfermline’s town centre. I’m guilty of having the office/Marks & Spencer/bus station blinkers on and had stopped noticing the rest.
4. I’m yet to meet a crappy mood that couldn’t be turned around with a spot of forest bathing.
5. I’ve been doing more weekend walks with Gareth and discovering new places. The bleached hills of Glen Devon on a genuinely hot and cloudless day (below right) felt like we’d Tardis-ed it to Australia.
7. The Running Buddy is a pretty good magnetic pouch to carry phone and keys.
8. Turns out a little walk can be a big thing. I’m just going to blurt here that I’ve been a bit wobbly of mind lately. And I’ve been taking really, really shoddy care of myself. It snowballed into a big mucky snowball, full of twigs and crisp packets and indifference. So going for a simple walk started as an act of desperation, really. No expectations. But the more I toddle along, smelling the roses and dodging the dog turds, the clearer my mind feels and the more the mojo flickers. It feels good to move for the sake of moving, because it’s a caring thing to do. Not to be thinking of muscle groups or calorie burn. So I’ll keep on walking.
9. After reading that I was pining for my strong-kneed kickboxing days, Gareth arrived home a few weeks ago with a… punching bag! He bought it off a colleague who was about to put it on Gumtree. It was a brilliant surprise!
Our house is kind of wee, so the only place it fits is the kitchen. I now believe that every kitchen should have a punching bag! Nothing like a flurry of fists while waiting for the kettle to boil.
In other Operation news, I’m still mucking around with new hobbies. I’m slowly finding my way around the sewing machine and have completed a grand total of one project! It was a scarf/hairband kind of thing that I will never wear in public.
I’m also experimenting with knitting again, and made an iPad cover which somehow turned out to be about 1.5 iPads wide due to an unfortunate counting error. Never mind, Ziggy adopted it as a pillow.
The photos at top are from November 2016 – a previous attempt at walking every day 😉