I've learned a few small lessons since beginning my walking regimen. They're not revolutionary - they're just little tid-bits about the nature of exercise. Initially, I thought that waking up in the morning and going for a power walk would get easier as the days wore on. Which brings me to my first drop of knowledge:
1. It doesn't get easier. You just get better.
I also thought that while on this journey, I'd be doing battle with my conflicting desires. Namely these two desires: "I don't feel like going out for exercise" and "I want to stay home and eat something sweet". This is what I've learned:
2. I almost always regret eating something sweet. I never regret going for a power-walk.
The other thing that I've discovered (yogis have known this for centuries) is that smiling makes everything seem better and easier. When I'm feeling a little burnt out or exhausted, the simple act of smiling releases endorphins and relaxes my muscles so that I can push through the tough spots.
3. Don't forget to smile.
P.S. Today's play list was Journey. I've been having trouble with my ear buds staying in my ears. They keep wriggling out and I am constantly adjusting them. I feel so silly, like a 13 year old girl who always messes with her hair. This came to a head today when I ran a half mile of my walk. The running exacerbated the issue and made me realize, I need to invest in some proper sized ear buds.