It was The Tin Man yesterday; why not include the whole gang?
So, there I was taking my walk thinking about the blog topic, as I do when I walk. And nothin’. There was no single idea that was developing. Free association wasn’t helping one little bit. And, it’s not like I don’t have topics lined up to write about – I keep a notepad that has almost a month’s worth of blogs.
What in the world was my problem? I was pounding out my walk. Step. Step. Step. It was a great walk. Sure, I had ideas – ideas that you will find when you subscribe to the Newsletter. But there wasn’t one idea for tonight’s blog that was coming through and getting developed. Never happened before.
Then, I noticed something. I was looking at the sidewalk directly in front of me. My head was down, in other words. I don’t want to trip over some crack, or something, do I? Of course not. Then I raised my head and looked ahead. I just raised my head a bit. And, what happened?
My pace increased. It wasn’t a huge increase, but I felt it. It probably added all of two or three steps a minute. It was enough for me to feel it. So, being me, I experimented. Looking down…and I’d slow down just a bit. Look up and look around a bit, the pace picks up. I tried it several times; and each time the same thing happened.
Self-fulfilling prophecy? (See, I know what you’re thinking; I’d think the same thing.) I don’t know. I just know that when I looked ahead, my pace increased automatically.
Now, I am not going to get into how life is better when you look up and look around. I’d never do that. Nor, will I draw any comparisons to looking up and being optimistic. Another thing I would certainly never do…not a chance. Nor will I draw any analogy to life working a bit better when you know where you are going; in which case you have to look up. Nope, won’t do it. (Tell me, does sarcasm read well at all?)
I will tell you that basic instruction for walking for exercise emphasizes holding your head up. Now, I know why. Not only do you see where you are going, you move just a bit faster making the walk even a bit better for you.
And, there you have it. I guess the idea got developed on the walk after-all. If Dorothy and The Gang did not keep there eyes up and looking forward, would they have ever made it to the Emerald City? Okay, they cheated. They had a road to follow, but then again, so do you. Your road is made up of Diet, Exercise and Meds – follow it and you will find control.
Type 1’s can walk with their head up. Type 2’s can walk looking ahead. Even those with Prediabetes will do well with a simple walk looking forward to beating, or postponing the disease.
You can win your War On Diabetes – one step at a time. Believe it – I do.
As always, thank you for reading!