Some years ago I read a book called ‘run fat bitch run’. I didn’t like it. I lent it to a friend at work, she didn’t like it either. It went to the charity shop.
I didn’t like it because it endorsed having ‘realistic’ and ‘stern’ talks with yourself. Basically talking to yourself in a way you would never talk to someone you cared about, being unkind and critical. However there was something good that I took away from that book. The recognition that not everyone is fit enough to start a C25k programme with the 2 minute jog etc.
Her strategy was to find a route, preferably about 5k in length and walk it every day. When you can walk it, walk faster, then when you can, add some jogging. I think that this is a very realistic strategy if you are unfit, and especially if you are over weight.
So this is my strategy for when we move house. We went up there today and I walked my circular route to measure it. It was 3.6 miles and it took me 63 minutes at a brisk walk.
I’m pleased to report that the village we are moving to will have footpaths along the main road, and the country lanes don’t go anywhere much so are unlikely to be busy. There are lots of footpaths across country to look forwards to for the summer too and hills that aren’t actually mountains. People refer to the area as ‘Tolkien country’ as it is thought to be on a visit here that he was inspired to write lord of the rings.
Otherwise the year has started off well. I have stuck 100% to dry January- although I missed having a glass of wine on Friday night. I’m managing my fruit and veg with every meal at about 95% success. Steps wise I averaged 8,000 steps per day last week, somthat needs a bit more work!
Only a week until we move house. Will I be able to resist an alcoholic celebration? – I hadn’t thought of that when I decided to do dry January!