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How I Went From Couch Potato to Walking Spud in One Month's Time

Updated on March 14, 2013

Walking Through God's Magnificent Rustic Palette

An Unusually Beautiful Winter's Day in Walla Walla
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Trippin' While Walking

It's the 31st of January, and I've just returned from a 4-mile walk.

For the first thirty days of a year that's still dressed in the swaddling clothes of gray skies that have threatened--as well as delivered faithfully on the promise--either rain, hail, sleet, snow, or various combinations of same, I have had to ask myself, Do I really want to go out in THAT weather today?

And today, wouldn't you know it, was absolutely gorgeous and sunny.

Sure, a few cumulus clouds huddled over the Blue Mountains, easily reminiscent to this incorrigible dreamer of the Seahawks offense hoping with all their collective and exhausted might that one more...just one more...desperate Hail Mary pass from quarterback Russell Wilson could land in the arms of a teal, steel blue, and white-uniformed receiver in the Falcons-defended goal...

The Seattle team lost, but in losing, they gained newfound respect in the eyes of previously biased sportswriters and tens of thousands of football fans watching the divisional playoff game.

That was almost three weeks ago, but it is one of many things I continue to trip about. Losing myself to fantasy helps me to avoid looking at my watch. Type A personality that I am, I need to just let things go as I walk...in a way that's 180 degrees different than the way I've let my body go over the last few years.

Like the gallant Seahawks, I'm losing, too.

  • Losing my body at rest tends to stay at rest couch potato mentality.
  • Losing my excuses for why I haven't made better choices.
  • Losing my inhibitions about being seen in public doing what must really look foolish--a fat old man exercising.
  • Losing my will to give up before I've even tried.
  • Losing all thoughts of pain--the blisters, the gasping for oxygen as I jog up a hill or dash for fifty yards, the sense of despair as I realize that a goal of walking a thousand miles this year might have been a bit much to chew.

And, like the Seattle pigskin warriors, I'm gaining tons of respect--self-respect, which, all things considered, is the most significant and motivating and enduring kind one could have.

Solitary Stroll

A Path in Walla Walla
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Drug Dependency

I still crave caffeine. That's a given. And I was smart enough not to include abstention from coffee as one of my goals for the year. I definitely knew better.

Invariably, then, I have a cup of java before I go on my walk. At my age, it stands to reason that I also empty what seems to be an ever-shrinking bladder before I head out the door.

Sure, more than anything, it's a psychological crutch. But I've also heard or read somewhere (or maybe it's wishful thinking) that coffee, contrary to traditional belief, can actually be good for the heart. Don't know what our friend and fellow hubber in India, Rajan Jolly, might say about this, but in any event, and to the chagrin of my wife, I'm going to fuel whatever jets I have left in my body with this mahogany elixir. All the while rationalizing that it's good for me.

I don't walk every day, but I do my best to quickly stroll five days a week. And I never walk less than an hour. Crunching the numbers, I know that to get to the thousand mile mark in one year, I have to average a little over 83 miles a month or 21 miles a week. Viewed in that light, the goal seems a bit easier to attain. So I determined from day one that if I had the gumption to go for a walk, then I was not going to stop until at least an hour had elapsed.

I also learned early on that I was walking at a 3-1/2 miles per hour pace, or roughly a mile every 17 minutes. Given my sedentary lifestyle--sitting for hours in front of my laptop each day conducting eBay business, writing and answering email messages, and working on HubPages material, I mentally accepted the notion that I would struggle at first.

While my mind was somewhat accepting of that fact, my body was ferociously rebellious.

Okay...it was whiny!

The first day was really difficult. My breathing was extremely labored. When I had to negotiate this one hill on the second half (and thus the return trip) of my walking route, my body was bent over like one of the fly tying scud hooks I sell on eBay. It was like all the breath had been vacuumed out of my lungs, and my torso was thus being absorbed into an invisible black hole.

My feet hurt. My back ached. My legs felt like rubber, pained rubber. My chest was collapsing in on itself. Don't know exactly what that means, but I think I captured the imagery that will help you imagine what I looked like.

And, if that wasn't cruel enough, I masochistically reminded myself, Yeah, and this is only the first day. OMG!

My friend, Karen Hellier, often inquires if I think about hubs as I walk. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do...and on that first day, I couldn't help but recall one of my hubs. It was the one about the Spider-Man bobblehead, the one that included in its title the very words that reverberated in my coconut head, What am I? Stupid?

But in the words of one of my favorite people, Forrest Gump, Stupid is as Stupid does. And, boy, was I ever getting it done!

The second day was even worse. Why? Because, unlike the first day, I now had to contend with aches and pains. I was miserable. But I reminded myself, it's as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Psychologically, I discovered that if I changed up my route each day, I wouldn't get bored. Finding new things to look at was enough of a distraction to keep me from obsessing on the pain and discomfort.

The third day was amazingly so much better. I actually felt rejuvenated. In hindsight, it probably was because I had been so exhausted the night before that I slept like a log.

Another phenomenon was taking place. About halfway through my daily walk, I was beginning to feel less stiff and a bit more enthused about what I was doing. From my experience as a long distance runner in the longer distant past, I realized that Mr. Caffeine's second cousin, twice removed and hopefully back home for good, had returned. Good old Mr. Endorphins! Well, whaddaya know? Kinda like having a packed Seahawks I-formation backfield with both fullback Michael Robinson and tailback Marshawn Lynch behind quarterback Russell Wilson.

Yeah, I'm trippin'. But that's exactly what happens when caffeine and endorphins have a family reunion.

My Walking Program for 2013

Days Walked
Elapsed Days
% of Days Walked
22
31
70.9
Miles Walked
Goal
% Towards Goal
90.5
1000
9.1
Weight on 01/01/13
Weight on 02/01/13
% of Weight Loss
228
221
3.1

First Month's Summary

Okay, then, just for fun, let's take a look at the bottom line numbers. The chart to the right indicates modest progress towards meeting my goals. Given the fact that I was sitting on my butt for years prior to attempting a comeback in the area of physical fitness, I am pleased and proud of myself for what I've accomplished in the first month.

But what's even more important is the fact that I've gotten off the proverbial couch and taken the first steps, both literally and figuratively. That in itself was a huge lifestyle behavioral modification.

What about the unquantifiable and intrinsic values? Peace of mind. Satisfaction of accomplishment. Increased motivation. Enhanced self esteem. More energy. Greater stamina. Stimulated mental capacity. Panoramic creativity (aka the ability to envision future hubs whenever and wherever I walk).

Above all, sentimental satisfaction. Before my daughter left for her student mission stint in Cambodia, I made her a promise. I told her that I was going to engage in an exercise program and lose weight.

I'm happy to report that I'm a man of my word.

And if along the way, I can be a source of inspiration and encouragement for all of you who read this, that's just icing on the cake.

A cake I won't be indulging in, thank you!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @JayeWisdom

    Good! It's settled, then! We are walking partners here on HubPages! Have a great night's rest, Jaye!

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Ah, Joe...I loved the Commodores, and that has always been one of my favorite songs. Thank you, dear friend. I'll gladly share your walks vicariously by reading your walking hubs and enjoying the photos.

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @JayeWisdom

    Oh, Jaye! Three visits in one afternoon/evening! To what do I owe this extreme honor? I am so blessed! Jaye, I am so sorry to hear about your unfortunate and untimely bad fall...kudos to you for making the most of it. That in itself is an encouragement and source of motivation for me. I am so proud of you. Well, then, it gives me one more reason to write about my walking experiences. To take you on these walks "by proxy" will indeed be an honor. That said, I haven't been walking at all the past few days because our area has been hit by an unusual spell of rain. Hope to get out tomorrow and prepare for my usual walking hub that I try to do at the first of each month. Thanks for stopping by, Jaye! Like the Commodores sang back in the late sixties, "You're once, twice, three times a lady..." Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I enjoyed this hub and the photos so much. Walking is such a wonderful ability, and everyone who is able to enjoy walking in nature should take advantage of it.

    Before a bad fall in 2004 left me with limited mobility, I loved to walk--it was my main exercise and helped clear my mind of cobwebs. Sometimes I'd skip dinner to instead walk briskly for an hour. Although my accident caused several abrupt changes in my life, all of which required adaptation on my part, losing the ability to walk for more than a few minutes at a time was one of the most difficult for me to accept.

    For those of us who can't exercise by walking, it's fortunate there is an industry focused on helping us get exercise, as varied and well-rounded as our personal physical challenges allow. Once I finally stopped wallowing in self-pity and searched out the various exercise methods for the physically challenged, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't have to be a couch potato after all! I just don't get the glorious scenery (although some workouts I do at home can be accompanied by travel DVDs).

    I'm glad you're being good to yourself and warding off a coronary "surprise" by continuing your walks, while also using your walking time to think through new writing projects. Seems like a win-win situation to me--including a "win" for your readers!

    Voted Up+++

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Thundermama

    Oh, my friend, so nice to hear from you again! I tell you, it is definitely easier to maintain good health than to have to make a comeback . LOL! But I'm definitely sticking with the plan. The weather and a heavy schedule aren't always conducive to efficiently sticking with the schedule, but I'm diligently doing my best. Had a nice 6.5 mile walk today. Due to the high pollen count, I took two capsules of Benadryl, and now I'm having difficulty staying up. Forgive me if my writing is slurred. : ) As important as the walking is to me, it's even more important for me to provide readers with honest updates. Thanks for reading my article and leaving such great feedback, Cat! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

    Wow! What a fantastic plan to get fit. I love the idea of setting a goal for miles walked and breaking it down into a monthly and weekly goal. I too am a bit type A and need goals and stats to feel like I am making progress. You are truly an inspiration. Hope the walking continues. Good luck and good health!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Joelipoo

    Thank you, Joel, for stopping by to share in this experience. I'm happy to report that although the beginning was very challenging for one who'd been sedentary for so long, the walking habit is now well-engrained. In fact, I'm headed to the Big Island next Tuesday for a week's stay and a family get-together in honor of my mother's 80th birthday, and I'm already planting seeds regarding going on walks with family members, young and old. While there, I hope to concoct some fun hubs to share with my peers here on HP. Glad to have made your acquaintance, Joel!

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    Joelipoo 4 years ago from Ohio

    Great hub, Joe. I really like the descriptions you use throughout the writing. It really helps create those images in the mind of the reader. Even better than the writing, though, is the fact that you are getting out walking to regain health. Stay dedicated because it is not always easy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @born2care2001

    Hi, Bruce! I like your HP handle...it's truly synonymous with "a person of empathy." This gift comes across in your great hubs as well as personable comments. Thank you so much for your input.

    Lots of pain; lots of trauma in my life...both on the giving and the receiving end. There were moments of joy and ecstasy as well. All of it, in retrospect, brought me to this very moment in my journey. Like you, I'm on HP for the catharsis of writing and the revelry of connection with my fellow travelers. In sharing with just one other soul, there is healing for an entire universe. I am thankful every day to make a small bit of difference for the better, and I thank and commend you for doing the same. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you 'round the bend for another good read and further connection.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

    Very well put together hub Joe! And, entertaining and inspirational! I've been coaching men in life skills for a long time and it never ceases to amaze me how good it feels when I see another man conquer himself! It doesn't matter whether the goals are physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, when a man meets himself face to face and the reflection awakens him I get goose bumps!

    So when I read your hub, I had the vicarious sense of accomplishment. Thank you! It means now that I can stay on the couch a few moments longer! LOL

    Voted this hub UP and +++++ (I've only done that once or twice before)

    Thank you for being the best you! I makes me glad we're connected!

    Bruce

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    It's only been a month and 2/3, so I have a ways to go yet. My thigh muscles are starting to re-surface, and maybe it's just my imagination, but I think my gut's getting a tad bit smaller, like maybe a centimeter. Ha-ha! The legs of my trousers seem more spacious.I think things will be more apparent at the 6-months mark. It took decades to sculpt the couch potato look, so I'll need the deep-frying of summer to really pull this off. When I get to the Big Island next month, I'll continue walking with my brother-in-law Wayne and my grand-nephew, Dylan. My camera and laptop will be trusty companions as I post hubs from the Volcano Island. One of my goals is to include Dylan as a co-writer for some of the hubs.

    Didn't get as many miles trekked off in February due to a certain female hubber's Ten Days Challenge as well as the shorter month...but these are not meant to be excuses, just alibis. : ) March will be a better month. I'm up to jogging about two-tenths of a mile, but it hurts real bad. I tell myself, "Just make it to that tree..." or "...come on, one more telephone pole..." One thing's for sure, I'm a good motivating coach but a lousy fitness student. Word to the wise--don't wait until you're 60 to make a comeback. LOL!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Ha ha...I did a double take on this title. I originally thought I said you went from a couch potato to "walking STUD"...Are you there yet or do you need a few more weeks of walking and toning??? You should give us some before and after pics to go with this hub. Do you have any of you asleep on the couch so we can see the couch potato pose???

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @pagesvoice

    I've always appreciated, Dennis, your wonderful and supportive comments for those you follow. I notice this trend towards solid connectivity among a good deal of our Baby Boomer peers. Perhaps it's because we're still in awe that we ourselves have accomplished as much in our grasp and use of cyberspace technology that we salute our fellow writers with such admiration. When we were kids, all we had were our pencils and paper. Owning our own pens, eventually, was a huge step forward. Now, just about every month, we're hearing about some new gotta-have gizmo coming out. It's one thing for the young people of this generation to incredulously master the high tech gadgetry, but whenever one of "us" gets it down--and, in particular, the ability to move forward with steady progress here on HubPages with all its nuances--we pause to smile and cheer for our generation as a whole. That's how I feel about you when I read what you gallantly share with your readership, and I thank you, Dennis, for loyally honoring me in like fashion. We may live on opposite coasts and cheer for different football teams, : ) but the same spirited muse resides within our hearts. Blessings and aloha from the Evergreen State this chilly morning!

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    Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

    Voted up, with five +++++. One thing I've come to realize when reading your articles is how you never disappoint the reader. Your choice of words, phrases, scenarios and analogies unsuspectingly draws your audience into the text you've laid out.

    I had a Marco Rubio thirst attack while reading this piece, so without losing my focus, quite awkwardly I reached out and poured a mug of black French roast coffee. All kidding aside, I admire you for making a commitment and staying with it. You meticulously outlined your goals and have continued to chart your success. Bravo for moving forward...or, for simply moving. You are an inspiration to the rest of your peers...myself included...who spend too much time in front of our laptops. The windchill is 20 below zero here today, so the only walking I'll be doing is going up and down the aisles of the grocery store. Alas, tomorrow is another day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Pamela Kinnaird W

    Hi, Pamela! I'm honored by and grateful for your gracious comments and participation in this hub event. One of the interesting observations I've made is the irony of realizing that the distances that seemed longer before now appear shorter after having actually walked the respective routes. Like your husband, my mind remembers the glory and exhilaration of running while my body definitely lacks the same acute muscle memory. Stubbornly, however, I try to have a short period or two during each walk of challenging myself with greater exertion. I have to keep reminding myself that it took years of neglect to get to this point; I thus need to be more patient and realistic in the comeback effort. I hope the deep freeze in your area will soon have a nice thaw so that you can once again enjoy your daily walk in the outdoors. Thanks ever so much for stopping by, Pamela! My very best to you and your husband!

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    This is a very inspiring hub. I wish I could be walking four miles a day like I used to -- for years (decades actually) but we're in a deep freeze right now and will be until spring. It's just not the same -- getting on a treadmill. I love to walk and enjoy all the sights and sounds.

    I used to love the solitude of it. Then after about 20 years of me going walking alone, my husband asked if he could start coming along. He had never wanted to before that. (2001, that was.) I had always enjoyed the time by myself to think and pray and plan and dream. It took me at least two years to get used to sharing my walking time with him. And now we both enjoy walking together -- when we're in normal climates.

    Your chart is pretty amazing! You're doing so well. And I loved this line you wrote: "....as a long distance runner in the longer distant past..." Reminds me of when my husband first started walking with me. After the first evening, he said he'd try running the next night because he had wanted to get back to running for years. He used to be so good at it. He didn't have good enough runners for it and he hadn't warmed up. Neither of us thought of that. For the next six weeks he thought he had ruined his knees for good. He was in terrible pain.

    Easy does it -- is always best. I'm so glad for you that you can get out there and enjoy walking every day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    Wow, my respect and admiration for you soared even higher! I figured you for an athlete, but the fact that you and Red Bryant played on the same basketball team...and that you were willing to share that with me...is absolutely awesome! Yeah, 31 seconds or so...that was the difference between Russell Wilson and company maybe being in the Super Bowl with the chance of bringing the Lombardi Trophy to the Pacific Northwest. I tell you what, though...with such talented young QB's like we saw this past season, all of us football fans are in for some fantastic games in the years to come. Thanks for your visit and kind comments! Aloha and blessings, my friend!

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Job well done my friend. You are definitely sticking to the goals you set, and this hub is a huge inspiration to anyone who reads. Definitely going to share this on my Facebook and Twitter page. Also, I was pulling for the Seahawks to beat the Falcons. They almost had it in the bag. One more thing, I'm sure you're familiar with "Red" Bryant from the Seahawks. He is from my hometown, and we were teammates in high school on the basketball team. Just thought I'd throw that in there since you're a Seahawks fan. Anyway, great hub again, and keep up the great work sir!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Rajan Jolly

    Always a pleasure to have my hubs graced with your sage comments, Rajan. About the opening picture (and the next one), I am blessed to have a son who is an excellent photographer. The Walla Walla Valley is picturesque, and I'm never too far removed from a country scene. Thanks for stopping by to share in the experience.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hi Keala, this is a great start and the walking stats for the first month are pretty impressive. Thanks for remembering me and I'm sure with the endorphins kicking in now naturally, the need to bank on the caffeine stimulus will not arise that often.

    That first picture of Walla Walla would enchant anyone to go for a walk and stick to it. Wish you continued success in your endeavor, my friend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Paul Maplesden

    Paul, thank you for responding. I am very hopeful of making sweet progress. The more I read about walking, and the more wonderful testimonies I receive--such as yours this morning--the more encouraged I am. It is definitely intrinsically valuable in terms of peace of mind and clarity of vision. We are both small businessmen and writers, and so we can surely identify with the need for quality "alone" time in which to let our usually busy minds run free...and thus get energized. Blessings to you and yours as you forge through another new week.

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    Paul Maplesden 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

    It took about six months, all told; I just wanted to enjoy the process, rather than pushing myself too hard! I still walk almost every day, normally for a couple of miles and seem to have settle into a 'natural' weight at about 170.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Paul Maplesden

    25 pounds! That's wonderful news, Paul! If you're willing to share, how long did it take for you to reach that major milestone? I am so encouraged to hear that. You see, that's the very thing I love about HubPages...people connecting with other people...being sources of encouragement, inspiration, and motivation for each other. Thank you for sharing with me in the mutual following, and I certainly look forward to reading more of your fine work. Have a great week, Paul!

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    Paul Maplesden 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I think this is a fantastic goal that you've set yourself. I started on my walking program this time last year and aimed to walk for at lest 30-40 minues every weekday. Whereas I haven't walked *every* day, I have managed to probably walk four out of five, which is great as I'm normally pretty bad at committing to things long term!

    I did find though that it hlped enormously with my self image and how I felt about myself; I managed to lose about 25 lbs and it just made me want to get out in the sunshine and enjoy some time in my own company. I whole heartedly support what you are doing and wish you the very best for its continuance!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @marcoujor

    Hmm, I've been wondering if there's some kind of glitch in the HP notification system. Thank you so very much for going the extra mile to make meaningful contact with me, Maria. I will do my best to do the same, and hopefully the automated process will kick in. Thank you for mentioning that you found this hub inspirational. We all want to make significant contributions and know that our lives are of value, so your words mean a great deal to me. I just returned from an hour's walk, and I gotta tell you, Maria, it is so beautiful outside. About 45 degrees, sunny, with just a hint of clouds to keep things interesting. And what's really nice is that the walking has indeed become a habit after one month's time. Thank you for gracing this hub with your beauty, both inside and out. Aloha, and hugs back to you, my friend!

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    OMG, HO...

    I keep seeing you fondly in comments and answers and realize I am not getting notifications. So I came looking and happened upon this smile maker of a progress report.

    You are slow, steady and developing such wonderful habits in the very beginning of this exciting journey. Congratualtions and I wish you continued motivation as you inspire us all.

    Hugs, Maria

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    @donnah75

    This certainly was a fun hub to write, and to receive great feedback from you suggesting that it is also inspirational means a lot to me. In addition, I am so very proud of you for making wonderful progress in your weight loss program. As time goes by, we can encourage each other to keep plugging away. So good to make your acquaintance, Donna, and I'll see you around the corner at the Hubsville Starbucks! : )

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @cleaner3

    Good for you, cleaner3, for taking that PE class. Great exercise, wonderful stress reliever for better coping with any other classes you might be taking, and a terrific setting for social interactions. Thank you for stopping by to share in this experience. Aloha!

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    cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    hey, great write. i am on a workout (taking a physical education class at school) am i have found parts of my body that i didn't know i had muscles on, ha,ha . But we must try to keep in shape when we age or our body just goes down and then we feel our age !

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    Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

    Well done! Thanks for sharing, as it inspires others to work toward success. I have she'd 5 pounds since Jan. 1. It feels awesome to feel good and to see the number on the scale go down.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Hi, Tom! Man, you are so cool! Thanks for the kind words and for participating in this experience as well as generously sharing the hub with others. Really appreciate you, Tom!

    The weather's really been weird. I took some pictures during my 8-mile walk (where I actually got lost) yesterday. It was absolutely gorgeous, like Spring just couldn't wait to show up! Today, it was cold and so foggy that one could literally not see more than thirty yards ahead. I almost felt invisible dressed in my gray sweats with the logo of the company that I used to bake bagels for not very long ago. It seems like a lifetime since I moved on from the mainstream rat race to develop my eBay business. Since I made the switch and plunged into both the selling and the writing, I feel like an island Huckleberry Finn neck deep in misadventures. LOL! Always a pleasure hearing from you, my friend...know that I am looking forward to that next hub of yours! Aloha and an abundant shower of blessings!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    Oh, Stephanie! You had to bring up laulau. Also one of my favorite foods. Good memories were triggered by that one word. My parents had a shortcut method where they used a large soda cracker can full of laulau with moistened burlap bags to capture the steam on the stove. Oh, the aroma of cooking laulau! Enough to write a hub about, but in my present circumstances (without! and married to a German vegetarian!), that would be cruel and unusual! (Ha! Maybe when I reunite with family in Kona and Hilo late next month...yep, that's the ticket!) Yeah, Steph, if I can ever afford one of those machines that records and prints out words as you speak, that may be just the thing to have on those hub-saturated walks. Me ke aloha pumehana, Big Island sistah!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetmosedogs

    Good morning, my Alabama friend! Sorry for the tardy response. I approved your comment earlier this morning, but my wife was leaving for work, and I wanted to catch a ride with her in order to walk four miles back home from the next town. Got back a little while ago and am now able to respond to your comments.

    Oh, now if I can just muster up enough will power to walk away from all the ono (Hawaiian for tasty) stuff with sugar and fat in it. : ) I am really weak in that area. Oh, well, baby steps, right?

    8 miles yesterday, 4 miles today...not a bad start to February. Now if I can just apply myself like that to my writing. There just isn't enough hours in a day. In any event, I'm liking this new adventure at such an overripe age. LOL! I'm a big bruised mango, but I still got some tang left in me. Blessings to you, Roscoe, and the gang! Looking forward to your next hub!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend, i like your attitude and how you keep sticking in there and get it done little by little, Bravo !!! I'm so proud of you, hang in there the best is yet to come. Keep on keeping on or like we use to say back in the day.....Keep on truckin !!!

    Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Wow, laulau! 7 lbs in a month? I've got my thinking cap on. You've inspired me to do MORE. But I don't know if I'm brave enough to write a hub about it. Now if I could figure out a way to write and walk at the same time...voted up, useful, interesting. Aloha, Stephanie

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    This is awesome that you are sticking with it. I had no doubt.

    Getting lost can be kind of exciting cause you see different things. Glad you made it back home o.k.

    Afraid I will go for the cake and ice cream. I know work is not the same as walking, but my day job just wears me out. I do get walking in though with the dogs and that is wearing in itself. It is a not a strict schedule like yours, though.

    In the neighborhood where I work, there is a lady who jogs each morning, pushing her baby in a stroller. Seems like an awesome commitment. I always smile when I see her.

    Great job, Hawaii.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sarahshuihan

    Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. Yes, conventional wisdom (as well as what our dear moms may have taught us in the old school way) promotes this sage idea of taking, if you will, baby steps towards the accomplishment of any goal. I'm approaching both my walking/weight loss program and my writing in the same way...little increments. Yesterday, however, I actually got lost and found myself on a road that led me towards the mountains rather than back home. Having to retrace my steps and luckily finding a country road leading back to my town, I ended up with 8 miles of walking. Great, while sore, way to start the month of February! : ) Later, I learned that I'd actually lost 3 pounds of water weight as a result. I was SO thirsty! Have a blessed day, Sarah!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hi, Bill!

    Thanks for the vote of confidence and uplifting words! These encouraging comments from you and others lighten my stride, I tell you! And as I walk, I'm marveling at what I'm becoming re-acquainted with or discovering anew about the Walla Walla Valley. It's very interesting seeing familiar scenes from the perspective of being afoot rather than from a car...like being a tourist in a strange and wonderful setting. Oh, and the hawks I've seen! I will definitely enjoy the creative challenge of providing monthly update hubs about my walking experiences and weight loss progress. Thanks for stopping by, Bill!

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    Good for you! I like how you broke down your goal into smaller increments, it makes it seem that much more achievable!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hawaiian Odysseus. You are well on your way to achieving your goal. Great job, I knew you would do it. The toughest part is behind you, keep it going. I love the stats on your progress, keep us posted on your continued progress. We are all rooting for you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Mike Robbers

    Hey, Mike! How's life treating you across the pond? My son spent three months in Europe and absolutely loved London! Hope all is going well with you.

    Hmm, so walking empties the mind. I'm in trouble, then, because I dearly want to hang on to whatever I've got left up there. LOL! All kidding aside, I know exactly what you mean.. I daresay one of the added benefits of walking is that it'll enhance my creativity...and that will certainly help my writing. My best to you, Mike!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Hi, Jim!

    Yoga is great exercise and something I definitely nee more of. I am so stiff after these walks. Today looked like Spring had a false start...absolutely gorgeous day. My wife dropped me off at the General Hospital where she works, and I proceeded to walk on one of my many routes back home. I got to a pivotal point in the route, observed the beautiful sky, and determined that I I was going to head out further south, towards the mountains. I kept looking for a road that would enable me to head back west, in the direction of my town, but no such luck. I actually got lost. So I turned around and re-traced my steps. Two hours and twenty minutes later, about 8 miles or so, I finally made it back home. I am gonna sleep well tonight. Took some great pictures for my next hub about walking, so that was a nice bonus. Good luck with the mugs. Find me on eBay as snugchat...you can learn a lot from my mistakes. : )

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    Nice and congratulations! Walking is also good fro thinking; you empty your mind they say and I think they 're right about it. It helps to fight stress in other words.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Outstanding! From the title to the end, I was smiling. Your success and fortitude will be legend in the land of Hub. That is a great start on the weight loss too. I know it is hard when the weather is so cold. I am off for a dogwalk then on to Yoga class.

    (Still seeking those mugs too) I must go back and read your Ebay hubs again. I'm sure that I am overlooking marketable items.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Relationshipc

    Woodpeckers, huh? Aw, that takes me back many, many years to Saturday morning cartoons, with Woody Woodpecker being one of my favorites. On my walks, Relationshipc, I see quite a few hawks. The other day, I saw one fly from a newly planted wheat field over a road and perch on top of some telephone wires. In its talons was a little mouse. So many hub ideas come to mind as I walk. Thanks for stopping by to share in this experience.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @carol7777

    Thank you, Carol. Your encouragement means a lot to me and strengthens my conviction as I walk. I think about a whole bunch of hub ideas as well as fellow hubbers as I engage in my walking program. Strangely enough, before I know it, I'm back in my front yard--euphorically experiencing a nice balance of fatigue and satisfaction. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to share some of these experiences with faithful readers like you. Aloha!

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    Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    Couch potato to walking spud - lol...that's a great one! That's also a great goal! I love walking. It is the one time that I don't focus on my every day duties. I usually find myself listening to the trees, watching a woodpecker (there are a lot of them around here), or sitting on a bench and taking it all in. I wish you more miles in February!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Good for you..The goals will keep your walking and you are doing great. Keep us up on all your progress. Cudos to you.