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Jul 5, 2012

When Things Get Tough...Play In The Sprinklers!


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Walking in the morning continues, but I have to admit, it is not an easy task for me every day.  I keep waiting for that moment to arrive when suddenly I love walking and absolutely NOTHING could keep me from doing it every day.  But, alas, that moment has not arrived…yet!
So, how do I keep at it??  It is all about FOCUS!  Here are some ways that I have adjusted my thinking to keep me walking:  

   
 prefer to listen to the birds singing than to listen to music when I walk in the mornings.  The birds put on a great concert and make certain I listen closely.
When negative thoughts creep in, I begin to meditate and pray about people and needs in my life.
    I make sure I speak to all of the fellow journeymen….surprisingly enough, there are several faithful souls who walk and run in the mornings on the same route I take.

    Look forward to certain markers along the way….I look up at certain times because I know the rising sun will illuminate the clouds; there is a large honeysuckle bush along the way and I anticipate the sweet fragrances as I come upon it; as I walk two steep hills, I visualize the great body shape I will one day have from the muscle toning.
    Finally, I play in the sprinklers.  You read it right….I PLAY IN THE SPRINKLERS.  We are on a water- savings- plan and some days the odd number houses water and other days the even.  So every day, someone has their sprinkler system on early in the morning.  With high humidity, the walks can become difficult…until I enjoy the sprinklers!!  It keeps me going.


If you are finding a task difficult to do, then just discover your own youthful way to PLAY IN THE SPRINKLERS!! 

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11 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, playing in the sprinklers is the way to go - literally and as a life lesson : > Keep on, Pam, you are inspiring many.

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  2. Pam, I have been struggling with walking too! My daughter and I have been failing more often than not. We succeeded two days this week, but with the humidity, it makes it hard to climb these Atlanta hilly streets. I literally have to drag myself out of bed in the morning now. Last year I was rushing to the garden at the crack of dawn but this year, I want to be lazy. Onward and upward! :-)

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  3. Oh Pam, me too. I want to love it, but it never happens...I love your ideas though!

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  4. What a great way to approach it! I had to laugh at the post title, as just yesterday we drug out our sprinkler to entertain the grandsons...and they loved it.

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  5. I can totally relate to this post. I so want to love exercise - I actually used to adore it and couldn't get enough. I suppose I burned out on it and my passion for it never returned. Lately, I have been making lots of walking dates with friends. That keeps me going. When it comes to going it alone, I always find something I would rather do than walk, darn it!
    The image I have of you playing in the sprinklers is so cute...

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  6. I love meditating while I walk, and listening to the birds. I find lots of answers to questions.
    The most difficult part is putting the walking gear on. In your ming, I am looking for excuses not to, lol.
    I am cycling now, ( static bike) and I love, love it.
    Happy Friday, Pam
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  7. Before the fibro i used to love walking and biking. Now I manage to do some Tai chi stretching and somedays that isn't even an option.

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  8. Hi Pam, you just have to keep getting out there doing the walk. I think you will eventually love the routine and discipline of it. I love to run because I get so much thinking done! I took my kids to play in the sprinklers the other day at the playground and was struck by how cute all kids are when they are doing that. They just get into it and focus on the moment. I need to channel that energy! XO, Jill

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  9. Wish we were closer because I would join you for your morning walks! xo

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  10. The thing I am enjoying most about retirement is not having to get up in the morning but that of course is defeating for any form of exercise around here in Texas. Great job you are doing. I admire your tenacity.

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  11. Sprinklers are pretty hard to resist!

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