As I mentioned earlier, I am loving walking.
Yesterday I got up again at 7:00 to go for my walk. I don't get to walk on Tuesdays because we have an appointment right after work and we don't get home until 8:30 or so. I think that makes me crave it even more on Wednesdays. Thankfully I don't have to work until the evening on Wednesdays so I have the whole day to get my walk in.
I'm still walking about three miles a day. I'd like to work up to four eventually, but seeing as though I have only been walking for eleven days I think three miles is o.k. for now.
It takes me almost an hour to walk three miles. I have no idea if this is a good time or not.
It doesn't really matter to me.
I haven't lost any weight(in fact I gained a pound and a half). But my clothes are fitting looser(and Joe says my butt looks smaller but he's probably just being nice-and he says he likes to look at my butt :)
One of the things that is different about my walking lately is that I do it alone. It's my time. I plug into my IPod and I just go. (I always tells Joe what route I'm taking and last week when I was out after dark he drove over and picked me up so I wouldn't have to walk home in the dark).
The music I listen to is huge for me. I must have it. I'm not even sure I could walk without it. I'm always looking for some good walking music, so if you have any suggestions, please do share.
Here is what is on my walking playlist right now. I tend to be very loyal to the artists I like so you will see several songs from the same artist a lot.
Warm Up Songs:
Glitter in the Air-Pink (This song sometimes brings me to tears)
Blackbird-Sarah McLaughlin version
Fast Car-Tracy Chapman
Stepping up the pace:
Pressure-David Bowie and Queen (sometimes this one goes on repeat :)
Be O.K.-Ingrid Michealson
My Humps-Black Eyed Peas(don't judge me)
Don't Lie-Black Eyed Peas
Into the Ocean-Blue October
Shame on You-Indigo Girls
Catch my Disease-Ben Lee
Don't Do Me Like That-Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
I want to Break Free-Queen
Party in the USA-Miley Cyrus(Again, no judging :)
I Just Haven't Met You Yet-Michael Buble
It's Growing-James Taylor(You didn't think I could have a playlist without J.T on it, did you?)
Get Out the Map-Indigo Girls
Cool Down Songs
Sing For You-Tracy Chapman
Shed a Little Light-James Taylor
Gotta Have You-The Weepies
Sleeping to Dream-Jason Mraz
It may seem to you that some of these songs don't have the rhythm to keep up a good walking pace, but I find enjoying the music I am listening to is more important than that. I am able to keep up a good pace no matter if the song is fast enough or not.
So, what's on your exercise playlist?
Also, I am still finding that the first 20 minutes of my walk is very painful. My calves and shins are screaming. I find that if I can power through the first twenty, then the rest is a breeze. I am spending lost of time stretching, both before and after, so I'm not sure if this is normal or if there is anything I could do differently to avoid the pain.