So I may have been a little bit cocky yesterday as I confidently tweeted “Wet weather is no deterrent for enthusiastic walkers with Gore-tex shoes!” Under normal circumstances I would have been right but the day turned out to be different then I thought. Read to the end to find out why.
Walking to Lose Weight has morphed into something different-a lifestyle concept- for me personally and this has been the new story I’ve been telling for some time. I am delighted to see the number of new sites and gyms using the concept as well. The majority are not directly related to my efforts but some are. No this is a movement whose time has come!
While I have walked on and off for years prior to starting Walking to Lose Weight, the blog also gave me the opportunity to learn a new skill such as using the internet (I had been mostly a basic user) for marketing, and gave me the time and space to develop my own ideas for a healthy well being lifestyle. Yes I based it around Walking to Lose Weight and even though after a while this felt restrictive in some ways, by taking my time and allowing it to grow into an even better system for success, I feel really good about where I am today.
I am a passionate believer in the benefits of walking, with or without weight loss as a primary motive. Sometimes weight gain or retention is symptomatic of a larger issue that surrounds someone who is unable to deal with this big picture and settles on a specific detail such as weight loss.
Excess weight feeds into other issues and like a circle it isn’t always clear where ‘it’ started. These other issues also tend to be the ‘excuses’ for not taking on the clear steps to weight loss. Well they aren’t actually ‘excuses’ they are the causes and results of the overall malaise which is often ‘overwhelm’. Too many cares so often means it is difficult to focus on any one of them to a point of resolution.
This blog is now Walking to Lose Weight Walks Away Cares.
When weight loss is your only focus it is easy to do. By prioritising it, really sincerely making it my daily first and last thought, I have done it many times. Nothing beats dedicated commitment to losing weight to…well..lose weight.
So short term diets and bootcamp exercise programs work for weight loss while you focus positively on them, but stop working when you don’t.
My overall recommendation is to make the reason WHY you want to lose weight your starting point. So often it encapsulates in the one issue a number of other issues that you seem powerless to resolve. Walking is a fine way to start treating all of you with the synergistic benefits of weight loss and feeling good, well being and health improvements and more.
As I continue with Walking to Lose Weight Walks Away Cares blog, I anticipate it’s growth into a trend setter for communities around the world to introduce this easy way to well being and self help.
To finish the story about yesterday, this is what happened as I reported it on Facebook:
Have you seen the rain??? Just spent hours at Lake Haven as buyers were coming to view the house. Always a good excuse to go for a little walk EXCEPT today it was a deluge beyond description. I was soaked through and took off my shoes and socks to dry under the hand dryer in the ladies which improved it a little and then I noticed that my umbrella-the big one I have had for ages but don’t normally use unless it is REALLY raining like today- was dripping red (it is a bright orange and red) and as it was too wet to go outside again I walked thru the centre dripping red dye behind me like I was Gretel leaving breadcrumbs to find my way back home!!!
My life is an adventure, I hope yours is too!