For about a week now I have been waking up earlier every morning to walk the trails at River Walk in Tuscaloosa. As most of you know, I am not a morning person and I require an adequate amount of coffee in the mornings before I am able to function like a normal person. Thankfully, my work and school schedule right now begins a little later in the day, so I still don’t have to wake up super early to fit in this walking routine. Walking was the form of exercise I got involved in when I first started my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers. Every afternoon after my mom got off work, we would hit the road for a 30 minute walk. The more I exercised and ate healthily, the more I was able to increase the intensity of my workouts. Eventually, I was able to add bouts of jogging in with my walking routine. This really helped me push through the plateaus I experienced about halfway through my weight loss.
It has now been over 4 years since I started with Weight Watchers and I was able to lose a total of 66 pounds on the program and learned many valuable lessons about healthy eating and exercise that will stay with me for the rest of my life. But even though I know what to do when it comes to losing and maintaining my weight, it’s still something I battle and have to monitor every single day. Since I’ve lost all that weight, there have been several big changes in my life. They have all been changes for the better, but with those changes came a few setbacks as far as my health goes. Healthy eating became harder to consistently stick with and working out eventually got pushed aside all together. This is why I’m so excited to be back into a walking routine once again.
Sometimes it’s good to reflect and remember what worked for you in the first place. Walking is something I enjoyed doing when I started Weight Watchers and as I have discovered once again, it’s an activity I still really enjoy participating in. Every morning this week that I have gotten myself out of bed to go outside and walk, no matter how hot and humid the Alabama weather is, the better I feel. I never would’ve thought that I would actually look forward each and every morning to getting a workout in before I started my day. But with all the beautiful scenery I get to surround myself with on these walks, it doesn’t even feel like a workout. This routine I’ve gotten into has now become the best part of my day and this particular trail has become one of my favorite places to be. Not only am I doing something that’s good for me physically, but these walks give me time to myself to think and reflect on life. It provides inspiration and motivation for the day and I also have this sense of accomplishment once I’ve completed my walk. I’m all around in a better, more positive and optimistic mood when I’ve had my morning walk in for the day. I’ve also found that it’s much easier to make healthier choices the rest of the day when I start my day off with a little outdoor activity. One part of my walk that I really enjoy is seeing these two really cute older men that are always out walking on this trail at the same time I’m out most mornings. Their huge grins, waves, and good morning messages they send out to everyone they pass by make my day that much brighter. Also on Saturday mornings, the farmer’s market is set up along the trail and what better way of ending your workout than stopping by and picking out some fresh fruits and vegetables.
I know there are articles posted everywhere about the latest and greatest diet and fitness routines, the ones that will promise you quick weight loss for a substantial amount of money. But I’m saying you don’t have to give in to all that. Don’t get so caught up in the most popular diet and workout trend. The chances of you sticking with those for the duration of the program are slim because of how complicated and unrealistic the plans are. Keep it simple. Very simple. What’s simpler than just walking? And the trail I use is totally and completely free! Plus, you get the added benefit of a friendly atmosphere and incredible views of God’s creation that never get old. Sometimes we have to be reminded that it’s the little things, the simple things in life that keep us on the right path and helps you remember what’s really important.