On the last Friday in August I went for a walk for my exercise. I got up in the morning and weighed. I was angry and upset. I’ve put weight on. Not a huge amount but enough to make me realise I’ve undone some of the hard work I’ve put in.
I set off from home for my walk without really having a plan. I just needed to get out, clear my head and when I’d stomped off the anger, have a good think about what I was going to do.
I took the long way to the beach and walked down the beach path towards the Browndown military area. I was fast walking to try and stomp away the frustration I was feeling. I got to the gate on the beach path where the Browndown area begins. As it’s a military area, you can’t go in if the red flag is flying. As the flag wasn’t up I thought I’d go in. My plan was to sit on the beach there as I figured it’d be quiet but actually I ended up discovering a path not covered in shingle meaning I could continue to walk fairly easily (Have you ever tried walking on deep shingle? Absolute nightmare)
The path was quite secluded and I know it sounds a bit dramatic but I had a little cry. I was just angry that I’d let myself put on weight after all my hard work over the past year. I also thought how much I want to run that path too one day. I love discovering new places to run. I’ve looked on google maps and that path would take me right through to Stokes Bay.
I turned around after walking 1.5 miles so walking home rounded it up to a nice 3 miler. I actually felt a lot better for getting out, further proof that being outdoors and active is good for my mental heath.
I snapped a couple of pictures whilst I was out. I’m sure these flowers are weeds or some kind of wildflower maybe but they were pretty and much more vibrant than they look in the picture.
And of course I had to snap a selfie
By the time I got home, I thankfully, felt a lot better and had done a lot of thinking.
That afternoon I went and met Rachel for a coffee. Rachel is one of the first people I met when I moved to the South Coast. She was instrumental in the setting up of my local parkrun. She’s one of my longest standing friends. We had a good natter. What I love about Rachel is she just gets it and gets me. We chatted about our health, our fitness, friendships and social media. It was a really lovely couple of hours.
Do you find being outdoors helps you?