Small Change: The Lunchtime Walk

16 Sep

I am a desk worker.  I sit for hours at a time (when I am not perching at my computer).

Though I live and work in the DFW, I actually have ready access to a beautifully wooded area near my office.  I have been biding my time for the perfect moment when I could go for a lunchtime walk. 

The weather yesterday was perfect!

My work environment is very casual, so I can totally get away with wearing tennis shoes into the office.  I took advantage of that and came ready for a jaunt through the wilderness trees.

That is some fancy photo work… yeah, I got lucky.

I spent some time on the beaten path.  Ok, that is a road.

The sky was an incredible blue, and the clouds were little puffs.  I ventured down some lesser used paths as well.  Since I was alone, I did stick to the trails, but have plans to go on adventure soon with a co-worker!

I was a happy girl.  Just me and the woods.

But, soon my walk had to end.  Thirty minutes flew by!  I was just starting to get too warm for my light jacket.  I look forward to doing it again.

Taking a lunchtime walk is just one small change that I can make to keep my metabolism up, my legs loose, and burn a few extra calories!

Being rather busy these days, I tend to have a lot on my mind, which has been interfering with my regular sleeping pattern.  That has caused some excess tiredness.

I pretty much wanted to do anything except run after work, but I knew that I had a full rest day on Friday.  I completely advocate resting if your body genuinely needs it, but I could tell that I had one more solid workout in me before a full day of rest.

It really is the runs that are completed out of sheer will that are the most rewarding!

After running, I rarely want real food.  Usually a smoothie is my first line of defense against post-run tummy grumbles. So a smoothie it was for dinner!

This smoothie was delicious… 1/2 c water, 2/3 c, almond milk. 1/2 banana, 1 c frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, and papaya), 1 scoop Raw Protein, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2 cups of ice. 

I would eat drink this again tomorrow, if I had not finished off all of the spinach and the bananas too.

Quick shower and change of clothes, because I had a friend in town from Ohio.

We met at White Rhino Coffee in Cedar Hill.  (Seriously, you never know which ‘burb I will show up in next. )

White Rhino is a small coffee house that is owned by a local business man.  I am all about going to businesses owned by actual people, versus companies.

I am not all about drive thrus, but White Rhino does have a drive up that you could use if that’s your thing.

I just got the bottomless cup of coffee, which I had to put a bottom on, because they did not have out any decaf.  I had two cups of caffeinated coffee at 8pm, which is why I was able to stay there until 12 and chat with some friends from college that came along.

Late night, but sometimes it is a good thing to just be a normal (occassionally irresponisble) 26 year old.

  •  What small changes have you made to better your health?
  • Do you prefer privately or corporately owned businesses?  What determines where you go (cost, proximity, etc)?
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4 Responses to “Small Change: The Lunchtime Walk”

  1. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I love taking a walk at lunch time!

  2. sproutybuns September 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I found a park near my office the other day! Will definitely be taking full advantage of that before the ice storms take over

    • weightsandmeasures September 18, 2011 at 9:23 am #

      It definitely helps to have nice wether and an enjoyable setting!

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