T Minus Two Type Two Diabetes and Other Passions


The Journey is the Destination

Some steps are harder than others.

I find that getting my walking in is made much easier if I've got a destination. It's best if my destination is someplace where I need or want to do something, but it's okay if the destination is just theoretical, like a given intersection. Doing "laps" around a preplanned route is harder, and hardest of all is when I need to get the steps in by walking in place in my apartment. (I've had to do that twice.)

Why is this? For me, walking in place or doing "laps" requires more discipline than heading for a particular place. I can stop any time, and the part of me that would rather be comfy reminds me of that frequently.

I need to work past this, at least as far as doing "laps" go. Too many of my destinations involve food, one way or another. For example, my local grocery store is a great destination - it's about a mile and a half round trip, and I don't have to add much to that to get my steps in. But, this becomes less of a good thing if I pick up a pint of ice cream while at the store. Also, there are days when I prefer not to leave my immediate neighborhood.

One think I've thought about doing but haven't yet done is catching a bus to other parts of town to get a bit of variety. There are a lot of nice or interesting neighborhoods.

I'm hoping that doing 'laps' is something that becomes easier with practice. It's worth some effort.

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  1. Kudos on the walking, with or without a destination!

    I’ve just recently embarked on a dietary and fitness regimen that are very new, but quite doable, for me. I’m Type 1.5 and was using waaaaay too much insulin. It’s just so easy with a pump! I realized that I’d gained weight and had NO energy so I’m on a quest for fitness and reduced insulin. I’ve been at it a couple of weeks now and so far, so good. I bolus very little insulin now though I do still get my basal. And the exercise, oh the exercise! I’m walking a lot and just started the Couch to 5K workouts. I don’t know that I’ll be 5K ready in three months but I can give it a hella good try!

    I like the idea of catching a bus to another part of town. I might try that myself.

    Step away from the ice cream and no one will get hurt. ;)

  2. I don’t like walking laps, either. Too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Nahhhhh — just me being lazy. But I’m getting a puppy, who will need care and exercise and since I’m retired, I have the time to do that. She will be my therapy dog, and her job will be to take me for walks, and reward me with cuddles. It’s much easier to feel the responsibility to take care of another being than to take care of oneself — at least for me, it is. And I don’t know why.

  3. I find that listening to podcasts (DSMA Live for example) or audio books (just finished Bossypants by Tina Fey) gives me motivation to walk and to keep walking. I get my audiobooks from the library and the podcasts from iTunes and it is all free.

    • Laddie, I listen to podcasts, too. Actually, I listen to a LOT of podcasts, mostly to help me concentrate at work. (For some reason, I find voice easier to mostly ignore than music.) I listen to my favorites while walking. :)

  4. You know, there’s something really interesting to me about the idea of catching the bus somewhere unfamiliar and just exploring a bit. Great idea, Sir Bob! :-)

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