Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Day 108: Keep Walking

Today I walked. I took just over 8,000 steps. It was a confluence of factors.

First, yeah, I'm tracking my steps. I'm one of those people in a sense. I don't have a FitBit or Apple Watch, so I have to make sure my phone is on my person at nearly all times. Not ideal. I'm also doing it because I'm trying to lose a few, eh, dozen, lbs as I've grown a bit rotund the last couple of months. There's a whole blog post on how pant sizes and belts serve as a good dashboard for certain lifestyle choices. Anyway, I love how the Health app and the MyFitnessPal apps integrate, so that the steps I take are counted and then converted to calories burned in MyFitnessPal. If you aren't rocking that, you should def check it out. So I'm tracking my steps because it easily converts to calories, which really just translates into me figuring out how much ice cream I can eat that night. Perfect logic.

The other factor today was that I had to drop off the car to get some work done. The day was gorgeous so I got to work on some walking.

The dealership is on a busy main road near us, so I decided to veer in a couple of blocks and walk through the neighborhood. I had to be in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of Chicago. I saw a Muslim family walking around. I saw restaurants representing the Middle East, India. I saw a neighborhood synagogue that was converted to an evangelical Ethiopian church. I saw Asian women sitting out in front of their houses talking. And I saw houses of all types, drawing my attention as we're still searching for our first place to buy.

If I didn't walk today, I would have missed all of that.

In a world that cries for speed and efficiency out of us, walking slows life down.

In a world that tunnels your eyes to tiny screens to stimulate you non-stop, walking gives you time to take in your surroundings and actually reflect.

In a world of ever-expanding waistlines, walking provides a simple way to fight that.

With all of the advances of transportation that get us where we want to go faster and advances in technology that get us the the things we need faster, walking can feel like a burden, a waste of time.

But I say your feet and legs are a beautiful gift of old-fashioned creation. When you have the chance to walk somewhere, don't wait until the last minute and then hop in the car. As Gloria Estefan would say, "Get on your feet!"

Take advantage of the gift you've been given. Keep walking.

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