Going for a Walk

this is what economist husband and I did when we were dating - go on long walks and sit on park benches...

Economist husband and I have recently kicked off a joint campaign to lose weight. After some doctor recommendations the pasta nights and weekend pastries have come to an end. We’ve been eating lots of vegetables, drinking more water, denying ourselves vending machine treats and post-dinner glasses of wine and trying to get more exercise.

Thankfully, our neighborhood is FULL of gorgeous, tree-stuffed parks. There are no less than three parks within a 10-15 minute walk. One of my health commitments is to take a 30 minute walk at least three times a week. With cooler temperatures, and gorgeous leaves the last few weeks, my walks have been incredible. Everything is  so pretty and colorful, I get out of the house and feel like skipping. Why don’t I do this more often?

yellow leaves makes it feel sunny even when it's raining...

would you not want to take a walk down this pretty lane too?

even the puddles are pretty

“…beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” – Annie Dillard (from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)

maple leaf salad

“If the landscape reveals one certainty, it is that the extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with ever-fresh vigor. The whole show has been on fire from the word go…” – Annie Dillard (from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)

“…this is it, this is it; praise the Lord; praise the land. Experiencing the present purely is being emptied and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.” – Annie Dillard (from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)

bringing some of the beauty home...

 

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