Hitting the Ground Running (so to speak)

In Pursuit of Happiness on January 2, 2010 at 7:12 am

New Year’s Day used to be dedicated to lying on the couch, eating junk food and watching the college football bowl games all day and into the night.  Somewhere along the way, sponsors starting taking over the bowl games and creating new ones, to the point where many of them have almost no relevance.  Just as well anyway, I suppose.   I don’t have the time to just lie around all day doing nothing anymore.  Besides, I just wrote about how this year is going to be about the pursuit of health, wealth and “happyness.”

I woke up this morning ready to pursue better health.  As the saying goes, you need to learn to walk before you can run.  Even though I know how to do both already, it’s been a while since I’ve done any noteworthy exercise.  With no desire to go to the gym, and a crisp, sunny day outside, I decided to go walking.  As I grabbed the Blackberry, I noticed that the battery was almost drained.  Since I use the Blackberry to listen to Pandora while I walk, I had a decision to make just hours into the New Year.  Do I walk without music or procrastinate and risk not getting any exercise in?  I chose the former, but it didn’t last long.

I give a lot of credit to people that can walk or jog without music.  To me, it’s like trying to drive a car with the emergency brake on…you’ll move, but very slowly.  It didn’t take long before I was back in the door.  I wasn’t quitting, just waiting until I could charge the Blackberry.  About an hour later, I was ready, bedhead and all.  No time for vanity!

One of the things that Texas has over New York is wide sidewalks, and plenty of places to walk.  This bodes well for me because I need enough room to comfortably play my air instruments without disturbing others.  Unabashedly, I flailed my arms to the beat of the drums, I played air guitar – including a kick-ass solo during Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper.”  All the while, singing aloud to every song that I knew.  At times, I found myself grooving to the music and walking in lockstep with every beat…giving new meaning to the phrase “marching to the beat of your own drummer” – especially during Queen’s “Another Bites the Dust.”

Did I look good doing this?  I highly doubt it.  In fact, I can safely say that I was the only one who wasn’t covering up bedhead with a hat.  And while many others had headphones on, none of them were playing air instruments or singing aloud.  People are generally friendlier in Texas, so I responded in kind, stopping my air instrument playing to wave and stopping my singing to say “good morning.”

Did they think that I was a bit off?  Perhaps, but that’s ok.  Maybe it will land me my own reality show.  I’ve even thought of a working title already – “The Crazy Yank of Texas.”  Catchy, isn’t it?

Although my morning walk was anything but conventional, it was effective.  By the time that I got back home I had walked over 7 miles in just under 2 hours.  Not a bad way to start the New Year!

  1. Adam good for you!!! 7 miles is great!! You’ve inspired me to get out there eye and all!!! LOL

    • I don’t think that I would have done it if I’d have realized how far I was going, but I’m glad that I did, and that it inspired you (pink eye and all).

  2. Adam – Happy to see that you set up a new shop here, so to speak. I am on the verge of launching a new one of my own. Seven miles? That’s awesome! I went for a walk yesterday, but I didn’t cover nearly as much ground as you did.

    And, for what it’s worth, I wore a hat to cover my rampant bedhead. 🙂 Kudos to you for not being as vain as I am.

  3. Wow 7 miles! I’m impressed! And good for you for being yourself and playing the air instruments! Everyone should take note, that it’s far better to be yourself and not worry about what everyone else thinks.

    • You should have seen yesterday’s walk. It’s a little colder out, so there were less people. At times, I was the only one around, singing at full volume like I was in concert. It was fun, and I’m sure very funny to watch. Clearly, I am not worried about the perception of others. Although there was one longhorn cow that looked at me kind of funny (true story).

  4. Somewhere along the way, I strayed from the path of eating healthy & getting in some excercise. And though I could blame it on all the changes that have gone on in the last 4 months, I can’t. I did it & I have to fix it. I don’t make New Years resolutions but this year I decided that I’m taking back control of my life.And along the way the whole family will fall into step with me. We already sat down & mapped out our stratedgy. We made a shopping list & the kids really got into it.What’s healthy vs. what’s not. What’s excercise vs. what’s not. I think doing this as a family is so beneficial for all of us!
    I just wanted to share with you a little & let you know that i really enjoy you blogs Adam. Very inspiring.

    • Thanks for sharing this, Shannon. It definitely makes it easier to do as a family. We’re still working on that one, since there is still a lot of stuff left in the house from the holidays. I like the idea of discussing it the way that you and Doug did with the boys. I might have to steal that idea from you. 🙂 Thanks for the support of the blog. Talk to you soon.

  5. HA! You’ve given me a great mental picture of what your mornings entail. I know what you mean about a walk without music. I walk Seth to school in the mornings and walk back to get him in the afternoons. Even though it’s only a third of a mile each way, a significant hill the entire walk TO the school makes a driving beat a must in order to feel I got anything out of it. Def Leppard is the band of choice 99% of the time. My legs are screaming by the time I’m there, but that’s what it’s all about.
    🙂 Looking forward to being a blog stalker!!

    • LOL. Looking forward to having you as a blog stalker. Feel free to bring some of your stalker friends around too. I’m glad that it painted a mental picture for you. Sometimes while I’m doing it, I wish that I could see a video of what it looks like. Def Lep is a very good walking choice. I think that I only move as fast as the music.

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