Today I took the time to walk for 30 minutes during lunch, and I am so glad that I did!
Two years ago when I made a job change, I worked in the basement of the hospital that connected three buildings, so essentially I had access to an indoor walking track about a half mile in two directions. Several other people had the same idea, and I would pass them sometimes on my walks. Of course, the basement is also where a lot of other behind-the-scenes work goes on, like transportation of supplies, food, linens and such, so I was never alone during my walks in the somewhat creepy basement.
However busy it might have been in the basement, I was still alone in my thoughts. This became my quiet time to reflect on whatever it was on my mind. I walked 4 days a week for 30 minutes during lunch, as well as two other times a day during my breaks for 10 minutes each. The routine certainly helped me lose the weight that I lost during that time.
About a year later my office moved, and I no longer had the convenience of my indoor walking track. My walking fell by the wayside, and so did my quiet times. I kept saying that I was going to find an alternative and never did.
Now another year later, and I find myself wanting to exercise more…or dare I say NEED to exercise more as I am on my post-op gastric bypass journey. My office (and job) has changed once more, and while I’m not working in the basement, I am working in a nearby building.
I find all kinds of excuses NOT to walk, but today I found an excuse TO walk. My goal is to find more of these times to walk when my work load isn’t too terribly crazy, and I can get out for 30 minutes. Another goal is to once again use this time to reflect on the blessings in my life and enjoy the quiet time. Maybe putting that positive spin on it will make me want to do it instead of it feeling like it’s torture.
What do you do for your simple escape or quiet time?