Saturday, 11 October 2014

These boots are made for walking

So this week has been better mental health-wise and food wise.  I've actually stuck to my food plan and have eaten lunch everyday at lunch time.  (The emphasis is necessary!).  There have been a few not so great food choices in there too, like a 5-pack of Tim-Tams, but that was on Thursday, and it fit with my calories, as you'll see below.

In terms of exercise, well... not much.  No swimming, no zumba, no couch to 5k.  :(  I was not able to get up early and exercise in the morning, simply due to my doona being far too comfy.  Mmmmmm : ).  I did however walk out of my way a little in the past few days.

I dropped off my car for servicing on Wednesday afternoon (yes!  I finally managed to get that organised! : D ).  I purposely chose the dealership only so I could walk home!  I managed to rack up an extra 4.2 km to my day by doing that.  And saved money by not going through public transport.  Brisbane happens to have some of the highest public transport fares in the world (so I've been told).  If I had chosen to walk the 1km/10min to the train station, and caught the train home, I would have travelled ONE station, b/c my station is the first on that suburban line, and I would have had to pay $3.53.  To travel 4minutes?  No thanks, I'd rather walk the 40 minutes instead!

This also meant that on Thursday, I walked to work (35minutes) and walked from work to where I dropped off my car (~45min).  I actually kind of enjoyed doing that, because I ended up walking paths where there were a lot of other people who walk as their commute.  I felt so cool, because I was walking like everybody else.  I work just outside the CBD, but still within inner city boundaries, so there's tons of people walking for commute.  If at anytime I felt tired or like I should have taken up the offer of the bus or taxi, I just reminded myself that thousands of people do this everyday.  And it does them no harm. 

Makes me want to try and recommence walking to work everyday again. 

Well okay, let's be realistic here.  Maybe like, twice a week! :)


  1. I like walking when there is a purpose to it. I also like walking for just walking, but there is something about exercise of any kind that has a reason behind it other than just exercising.

  2. I used to walk A LOT when I was in my late teens/early twenties. Even after I got a car, I would still walk the 35 minutes to and from work. And I worked retail, so I was moving on my feet for the whole 8 or 9 hours! When I was a uni student, I seemed to walk everywhere. And I never realised it, until I moved towns, started full-time working and stopped walking.

    I remember colleagues used to always comment on the fact that they saw me walking to/from work and that 'no wonder I was so slim'. If only I knew then just how good those times were! :)

    Even now, I find it hard to pick walking back up. I just don't seem to have the same amount of time to spare that the 40 minutes of walking takes. It's much easier to take the car, especially as I never know what time I'll finish work of an afternoon/evening.

    It's going to take a lot of planning, but I think it really needs to be done...