I’m proud of my wife for many reasons. She has to put up with a lot from me for a lot of years. You’re not going to believe this, but I can at times be hard to live with. She has a great sense of humor, she’s beautiful, friendly, outgoing and often surprising.
The other day my wife asks me, “How far is it from my job to here?”
I looked it up for her and replied, “Google Maps said 2.2 miles about 45 minutes walking” Next question, “Why do you ask?”
She replied, “I’m thinking about walking home from work since the weather is so nice.” I thought that would be outstanding. My wife is a walker, we both are, but I was surprised by her wanting to walk home from work, there’s no place to shop.
If I were closer to my job I would walk. In 2012, my job was 3.5 miles walking and I did it both going and coming. It was a beautiful walk and the best part of my day. It wasn’t the only walking I did either. I walked during breaks and at lunch. I was walking about 10 miles a day and I’m sure contributed to the 60 pounds I lost in four months. Along of course with Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live” program.
Back to my wife, she exercises every day, but it’s the same Pilates exercises she’s done for years. She loves it and makes her feel good. Hey, if it feels good do it.
She has tried my LL 15/15 workout, exactly twice, but not in the same week. I know she felt it in muscles and places her Pilates hasn’t touched in many years. She did like it when I gave her a resistance band somebody sent me, but I haven’t seen her use it. She does keep it by her when she sits on the sofa, so she does know where it is.
She was not a big fan of “Eat To Live” when I started. She wanted to know where the bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and other stuff went. I told her I stopped eating those things for my health. She didn’t think that was much of a reason. She thought it was unfair. I wasn’t going to stop her from eating whatever she wanted.
It took a couple of years before she began to see the wisdom of my ways, even after she had seen the pounds melt off me. She now follows “ETL” loosely, she knows it works. Especially when her doctor is amazed at how great her Blood Pressure and other vitals are. Her doctor has started talking about taking her off her Blood Pressure meds and some other things. She’s close.
If she went strictly on “ETL” for even one month she would drop 20 pounds EZ and be off all of her meds. She wants to be off her meds, but she doesn’t want to lose the weight or give up the things that are keeping the weight on. She’s afraid she’ll look gaunt and she’ll have to have her clothes taken in… Really!
Her choice, right?
I can explain what I’m doing to anyone and show them the results. But, I can’t make anyone including my wife to do something they just don’t want to do. Even if I tell them it’s EZ.
When I got home the other night, my wife was already home, I asked if she had left work early, she said very proudly of herself, “No, I walked home!” She was home earlier than if she had taken the train.
I know the way she walked home, it’s a beautiful walk with Prospect Park on her left the whole way. There are benches she could stop and rest if she needed, but she wouldn’t need to. I asked her, “So, how was it?”
“Great!” she replied, “but, I feel it now.” I suggested she relax, take a hot bath and massage her legs where they hurt most. She did and she was fine. The next night she walked home again and timed herself, 42 minutes. I wonder if she’s going to start jogging, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.
Over 30 years ago she started jogging before I did. I had to start jogging with her because that nut was jogging after dark in Central Park, by herself. Yeah, marrying me wasn’t the craziest thing she’s ever done.
Here’re the numbers for her walking as I see it. 2.2 miles five days a week = 11 miles a week X 4 weeks in a month = 44 miles a month or about 4,400 calories burned, or about 1 ½ pounds per month. If she does it until Fall maybe she’ll lose 5 pounds.
I know for a fact she’s not walking for weight loss. She’s not doing it for the $13.75 she’ll save each week from car fare. She’s walking because it makes her feel good. It’s putting her back in control of a part of her life so she doesn’t have to wait to get on a crowded train. That’s brilliant!
I’m proud of my wife because she’s walking home from work for all of the right reasons.
Do you need to find your reasons to get up and get moving?