An Accidental Discovery

Big Wiz Walking

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!


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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