In FWDGF, the author talks about how French women hate to exercise (I could certainly relate) but they walk everywhere. They don't like to do any exercise that involves putting on anything with spandex (or sweats for that matter). She talked about how her own weight loss began when she started walking to school every day and that two twenty minute walks a day is what kept her in shape. Well, I thought, I could certainly make room to walk twenty minutes a day.
I started walking after dinner around my neighborhood. It didn't require donning any special clothing or getting in the car to go to the gym. I saw it in fact as the ultimate time saver. One, I saved the time in the car going to the gym, two, since there was no special clothing I saved the time showering and drying my hair, and then at the end of my walk, I was already home so I saved the home trip in my car. There were no membership fees and monthly fees and svelte women. Twenty minutes was not a huge time commitment and I found I was enjoying the time away from the house and the fresh air. I started to want to go a bit farther, and a bit farther every day. Pretty soon, I was able to go a bit faster, and a bit faster still. I didn't try to do it all at once, didn't beat myself up for being out of shape when I was tired after a twenty minute walk, I just enjoyed my time outside and in the process, helped myself lose weight, get in better shape, and gain more energy.
Walking the 5K today I felt strong. It is amazing to go from walking slowly for 20 minutes and feeling tired, to power walking a 5K in 46 minutes and feeling great. I also walked in my regular clothes with full make-up. After all, French women don't wear sweatpants