Last week I wrote about how I want to start making more of an effort to lose weight, get healthy and manage my mental health so that I can start being myself again. I started walking again and I have to say that I am already starting to feel a lot better than I did two weeks ago. I’ve lost about 3kgs in the last week without dieting, counting calories or fasting. And that’s just by walking for at least 10km’s every day for four days. I’m also doing a bit of weight training when I get back home in order to tone the muscles. My aim is to keep doing this but over five days, not consecutively, because it is very hard on your feet and you need them to heal in between. My walks consist of walking to the park, walking around the park three times, and then walking back home. This usually comes to a total of about 13km. Sometimes I take a short cut here and there but it’s always more than 10km’s. To the average person it might seem like it isn’t a lot or a very long distance until they actually do it. Unfortunately it isn’t just flat ground but steep uphills, downhills, a bit of flat when you get to the lake part. After my four days last week my feet were extremely sore and I had a huge blister under my right foot just under my big toe. I had to buy Compeed plasters which act as a layer of skin so that your blister can heal rapidly.
Anyway, what are the benefits of my two and a half hour walks? I’m sleeping a little better. I mean, this is worth it on its own. I feel a lot more confident in myself. I don’t have as much brain fog as I usually do and I am able to think more clearly. I’m also able to talk a bit more clearly, rather than scrambling to put a sentence together and sounding stupid because I keep stuttering etc. I feel almost depression free and I know that I am not out of the woods yet but what a feeling to have. I am really starting to love it, and yes I know its only been a week or so but I feel amazing and if I feel like this now imagine how I will feel months from now. I’m going to make sure that I have a set schedule in place and I am going to stick to it. I honestly hope that this is going to motivate someone else to do the same so that they can also feel ten times better, like I do. If I can help one person I will be completely happy.
The problem is that we don’t believe we can do it until we do it. You need to push yourself even if you don’t feel like doing it, even if you are too tired to do it, even if you are feeling too depressed to do it, because girl (or guy), when you get home you might be exhausted but your brain is pumping serotonin and endorphins and you are going to feel fantastic. You’re going to sleep so well that you wake up the next day wanting to do it all over again. Just make sure that you start off slow, you don’t have to walk for as long as I do as it’s extremely exhausting and most people don’t have a lot of spare time on their hands. I would suggest walking for an hour at least four days a week. Start by walking for two days, having a day’s rest then doing another two days.