D-Day for Jaye, or “How to Rediscover Yourself While Walking”

J Logo 75A friend of mine started eating vegetarian and walking/running over a year ago. She’ lost some weight, feels a lot better, and has rediscovered herself. I’ve been supporting her from the sidelines all this time. Yes, it occurred to me that I should begin a good health routine, too. My immediate response was always the same, “I’m too busy. I’ll start as soon as [fill in the blank] project is done. Then I’ll have time for planning my meals and a good exercise routine.”

Quite recently, my niece signed up with a work out plan where she works. Apparently, they have a gym and coaches in the facility. How wonderful for her! I’d take advantage of that if we had those facilities at my day job. Yes, I’m sure I would. Really. (Says the person who’s frittered away more than one gym membership.) Did I mention that I hate going to the gym?

Okay, since that’s not an option, and there will always be [fill in the blank] project that needs my attention, just when did I honestly believe I’d make time for myself? Right, never.

Well, no magical fairy dust is going to descend upon my shoulders and ‘poof!’ I’m fixed. I knew it was time I got my rather large rear-end in gear, dusted off my expensive walking shoes, got out there and started walking. Yeah, like the Nike ad says, “Just do it.”

Today is Sunday, October 27, 2013. It’s just after 1 pm, and I’m sweating. I just finished a 45 minute trek around my neighborhood, and I feel fabulous. But, there’s a big difference today in me feeling fabulous about starting my good health routine than any other time I’ve made this same commitment. Today, the motivation to do this every day, if even for a few minutes, floated in front of my eyes like an apparition of things to come if I didn’t keep this up. You checked the date, right? It’s almost Halloween.



Yeah, most of the neighborhood has their Trick or Treat lawn decorations out, and it was fun seeing all the different displays. Some were cute, some were downright spooky. The one that got my attention like no other was this one. Go ahead. Click on the picture for a really good look. I dare you.

Hello? Are you talking to me?

Damn Skippy, he was. Gulp!

Okay, I got the message. If I don’t take care of myself, I’ll be a bag of bones and dust. Then where will all those awesome [fill in the blank] projects be if I’m not here to finish them?

That picture got me to thinking. Since I’ve always been a bit of an explorer, I should take a picture of something on every walk that inspires me. Each day would be a brand new discovery. It could be anything and I could create an Inspirational Walking Blog. Every day, I could upload another picture and share what I’d found. Not only would that help me stay motivated, but doing the blog would be my own little accountability partner. Commitment. Yeah.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. So, I’m starting with my new best friend. I’ve named her Daye. Kind of like D-Day for Jaye. Get it?

Okay, I’ve created a place where you’ll find my accountability page of pictures and comments. I promise, I’ll update it at least once a week. You’ll find it here on my website under the Back At The Ranch tab. It’s called Walking With Jaye.

6 thoughts on “D-Day for Jaye, or “How to Rediscover Yourself While Walking”

  1. That was One. Creepy. Decoration! Ick!! 😉

    Attagirl, Jaye!! Please, by all means, hold my feet to the fire too. I’ve been slacking lately and I’m feeling the results, physically and emotionally. I need to get back to the gym/park, PRONTO. The first thing I need to do is put myself first again. I have to make an appointment with myself for at least one hour a day of Me Time, preferably spent at the gym or the park, or somehow in some form of physical exertion. If I had a dentist appointment at 3, I wouldn’t sit there at 2:55 and say, “You know what? I don’t feel like going.” No, I’d kick myself out of the chair and make the effort to get there on time. I’m worth that effort as much as my dentist is, because I’m equally important. After all, if I don’t take care of myself, who will? And if I don’t take care of myself, who will take care of the people who count on me?

    The same goes for you, my sweet friend! Make yourself your highest priority, and you’ll achieve your dreams!

    • Carla, it felt so prophetic to look up, just as my body was screaming at me to head home, and there’s that skull staring me down. Right after I took that picture and moved up the block, my tense muscles seemed to release and the walking began to feel good. Who can’t, or won’t, take that double-whammy as a message? Seriously? LOL!

      You better not be backsliding on me, girlfriend. You’ve come so far! I’ve been chatting you up to all my friends as my example, the one who took on the challenge of putting herself first. I’ve heard you say that it’s never too late. Well, this old broad just about let the opportunity get away, but if you can do it, I can, too! RAR!
      Love you to pieces, my friend!

  2. Great idea, Jaye! I already walk (and occasionally run) around my neighborhood a lot, especially since I got the dog. Every now and then I see something that makes me wish I had a camera and, like you, I thought it might be cool to blog about the things I see. Never seem to get around to it, though. Plenty of those fill-in-the-blank projects get in my way, too. Looking forward to seeing the pics you come up with!! Maybe it will inspire me to share my neighborhood adventures, too.

    Good for you on getting out there to walk!!! I’m sure you’ll see results in no time. A couple of years ago, I invested in a small digital voice recorder. I bring it with me on walks and use it to work out story ideas sometimes. Or to record that new, fantastic story idea that comes to me when I’m a mile from home with no pen or paper in sight. It also stops me from blowing off the walks because it allows me to continue working while I’m walking.

    And you weren’t kidding about that lawn…I hesitate to call it an “ornament” – it was way too creepy looking to be considered ornamental!!!!!!

    • Hi Maura! Technology may be a bigger challenge than me getting strapped into my walking shoes every night. I just spent way too much time trying to figure out how to crop the two pictures I just uploaded. My neighbors have a distinctive Creep Factor. LOL! I figured I’d be lucky to snap one good picture on each walk. I may have to change my ideas on that and snap whatever strikes my fancy on each walk. Then, on the days that I don’t find anything new or unusual, I’d have a stockpile to fall back on.
      I like your idea of voice recording. I’ve used those while driving. My iPhone has a voice recorder so now I only need the one toy while I walk.
      You and me, girl. We’ll snap pics and walk, walk, walk! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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