The Journey Of A Thousand Miles...Starts Today

September 16, 2014





I have never liked to exercise. Never ever. Not even the teeniest bit. I know it's not politically correct to admit that, but it's true. My secret is out.

I listen to people talk about running highs and endorphins, feeling euphoric and alive ~ blah blah blah.  No offense, but all I have ever been after exercise is breathless. And I don't like it.

I used to dance, kickline, ballet. I have the tattered pointe shoes and pom poms in the attic to prove it, but that was many years ago, before kids, an aging parent and a deep desire to remain sedentary settled in. Now my only form of exercise comes from pushing laundry baskets around and apparently, that doesn't really count. I need to move deliberately and for a certain amount of time each day to get points.

That sounds unappetizing.

I've decided to start that 10,000 steps a day challenge, mainly because it seems to be the least exercisy-exercise out there. I have done it before and easily hit that magical 10,000 by lunch. Of course, that was  a long time ago, when I used to move a lot. Nervous energy...toddlers, they keep you from sitting down. However now, I write, carpool, shop online, heck, even my groceries come to the house sometimes. I'm not sure I hit 10,000 steps in a week. 

I found my old pedometer in the junk drawer, strapped it on and was sure I had hit 10,000 steps by dinner last weekend. I tried really hard to move whenever possible. I opted for the furthest parking spot, took the stairs, I even checked for the mail when I knew it wasn't there. I was exhausted by early evening and still about 8,000 steps short.  I am so completely out of shape, this goal seems unrealistic and utterly impossible. I'm tired just thinking about getting up.

However, like the quote says...the journey of a thousand miles...so I started today with one step and then another. It wasn't really as bad as I thought. Until I realized I have to do it again tomorrow. Yay.

Speaking of tomorrow, I am moving my little blog over to a WordPress format. I have enjoyed Blogger since day one, I'm just ready to try something new and spread my wings creatively. The move feels right.

The idea of learning a new platform is a bit overwhelming, more steps, leaving me breathless yet again...but it's ok, change is good.




As a matter of fact, it's my resolution word for 2014 and as a former teacher, September serves as a sort of second New Year's, a time for new beginnings.

I'm not exactly sure where either one of these new paths will lead me, frankly, I'm not really sure I know where I want to go. I do know, however, that whether I end up around the block or around the world as a media maven, the only way to get there from here is step by step.

But who's counting?


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15 comments:

  1. You can do this! I, too, am trying to get 10,000 steps in on a daily basis, sometimes I fail miserably but.......tomorrow's another day! I am no stranger to exercise however, but taking a nice brisk walk just feels good, you'll see:) Good luck with everything!

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    1. Thanks for the inspiring words Rhonda! I am going to give it my best shot this time...maybe it will finally become a habit!! :)

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  2. I detest 'challenges'. I start out well - the first day. After that . . . nothing. So, if you do this I will be proud of you!
    Moving on over to WordPress is an even bigger step! My mind cannot even comprehend trying to move to another platform. I haven't gotten Blogger down yet! But, since I have a new book coming out for Christmas, it might be a good idea to get a 'real' website, right??
    You can do it!

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    1. We are kindred spirits then, Nancy, because I too and good on day one and not so much thereafter! I am really going to try this time! Can't wait to see your new book~ that's great news! Congrats!!

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  3. Big steps and a big more - good luck with both.

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  4. I always find that fall is like the start of a new year too. Can't wait for it to cool off more so I can start walking regularly! Good luck on the move! :)

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    1. Fall weather is a lot more pleasant to walk in, that is for sure Dee! :)

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  5. Hi Kim, good luck with both of your challenges! I walk at least a half hour every day since I walk Bosco in the mornings. He gets me moving! Take care and have a nice day and week!
    Julie

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    1. A dog provides the best motivation to walk- they are also excellent exercise buddies! :)

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    1. Thank you Gina! Day 2 and I'm still on track! :) Thanks for the encouragement!

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  7. Kim, I appreciate your transparency. I've never enjoyed exercising, though I have always liked the idea of fitting into my jeans. I ran when I was younger so I could kill maximum calories in minimum time. I belonged to a gym off and on through the years because paying monthly dues was an incentive to actually show up and work out. Now I try to walk daily with my husband at a brisk pace. Several days ago he grabbed me and dragged me to our neighbors' driveway where they had a stair climber with a "FREE" sign on it. "Come on," he said, "let's take it home." So, we did and now I have a stair climber (which works fine, by the way) mocking me from the corner of our apartment living room. *sigh* So far no one is using it as a coat rack. Guess that's a good sign. I'll be anxious to know how the Wordpress migration goes for you. I've considered it, but have heard it takes time and patience and right now trying to do this new house thing and keep up with my regular life is about all I can handle. Hugs, Nancy

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  8. Kimmie, I just love your writing. You have such a beautiful way with words! Can't wait to see your new format! xo Jen

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  9. I've never been an exercising girl either with the exception of walking. My neighbor and I did the 10,000 steps a day thing - which comes out around 3 1/2 or 4 miles I think, for a few years. It works great. This year I started Zumba in January and added Bokwa in March. I'm totally hooked! I bet you'd like them too since you've danced in the past. The music makes it so much more motivating to me. Keep us posted. :)

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