"And they move in a herd like a four-letter word, and they're off."
DAY 51: Not sure how to phrase this one as something to be grateful for, but here goes. I've made a decision over that past few days - my weight has crept back up (though certainly NOT to where it was a year or two ago) and I'm not happy with it. SO ... now that the weather's cooled off a bit AND I have LOADS and LOADS of free time, I'm going to try my hand at running. A LOT of my friends do it, and I've done a little bit on the treadmill here and there - I know it's possible. I guess I'm grateful that once I make a plan I USUALLY stick with it ... I can be extremely stubborn, and sometimes that's a very good thing. AND I'll be grateful WHEN (not "if") I get to the point when I can run for miles and maybe even get into a race or two :-) I've also found that when I walk or run, I do a bunch of thinking about my life and my writing or theatre projects. It's GREAT meditation and creative thought time.
I bought a new pair of sneakers/running shoes today for the occasion and I KNOW I have to start slow ... I'm going to start tonight with alternating 1/4 mile walk - 1/4 mile jog combinations and each week add about 1/4 mile or so to the jogging part. Slow and steady so they say ... wish me luck and, who knows, by 2010, you may see me in a local 5K!!