Day 4: Balancing Act

Cold One


My biggest strength and my biggest weakness are one in the same. ADHD

I think I was probably born running from one thing to the next wanting to see it all, testing every boundary, and needing to know “why” about everything.

I have never been very good at the balancing act of life.

At the age of 50 (following some really high blood pressure readings and depression) I decided it was time to figure it all out. I am not saying I ever actually will, but perhaps I can get a bit closer if I approach it with the same passion that I do everything else.

Yes, I would like to lose some weight, but I am not really dieting.

See, I have been on a gazillion diets over the last 10 years or so and failed every single time. The fact is, I don’t just like chocolate, I absolutely LOVE it. I just really never want to be that person that can’t enjoy an iced coffee at Starbucks now and then, or have an ice cold Smirnoff Ice after a good old fashioned Texas BBQ on a hot summer day just because it isn’t on my diet.

So what is the answer for me?

It’s that balancing act I have been talking about.

It’s about making choices.

It’s okay to enjoy eating at a BBQ but you don’t need to refill your plate. It’s okay to have a cold one at the end of a hot summer day, just don’t choose to have a dang 12 pack! I don’t actually count calories, but I am making myself aware of them so that my choices are more educated.

Walking is helping me find balance. With every step I take, I feel the stress and depression lifting. There are those who may say that I am going overboard with the daily walking, but ya know what? It’s working for me, so I am going to keep it going for now. Why? I kinda like living. I think I would like to do it for another 50 years. 🙂

Life is good…

20,782 steps taken today
8.39 miles traveled today
20 laps water jogging


Cricket Walker

(15) Comments

  1. Lesley Hendricks
    Lesley HendricksJun 24, 2012

    Kudos for the walking!! I doing it too, but you are doing double what I do. Guess I need to amp it up.

  2. Cricket Walker
    Cricket WalkerJun 24, 2012

    Thank you! I am on a mission! 🙂

  3. lise McLeod
    lise McLeodJun 24, 2012

    I truly believe in walking and I have walked all my life and at least 2 miles per day. It releases stress, excellent for blood pressure and brings positive thinking. I don’t like to preach about health; however, I am predicting and will say this: That coffee will be one of the major addiction in this modern world …worst that tobacco and liquor. I say this is perfectly legal to drink it anytime of the day and it is perfectly accepted by our society. We use to drink a coffee per day but now we drink it all day long. Coffee is very acidic, which will eat away at your stomach and at your nerves, gives you high blood pressure and makes you hyper and with time…this up and down effect..will be the perfect neurotic environment that you will find yourself living and craving. It is a quick fix with irreversible effects. So keep walking and try to reduce you coffee intake and you should see some good changes. Good luck and kind regards.

    • Cricket Walker
      Cricket WalkerJun 24, 2012

      I am working on my coffee addiction too. Slowly but surely….

  4. Joyce Camp
    Joyce CampJun 24, 2012

    You are such an inspiration to me! I love to walk but my asthma makes it very difficult for me in hot and humid weather and again in the very cold! Even when I stay indoors in AC I get short of breath! I am so pleased that you are accomplishing what you are setting your mind too <3

  5. Gary Young
    Gary YoungJun 24, 2012

    I lost 42 pounds by not eating anything yellow or white. Basically meat and green veggies. I did not give up chocolate. I switched to 92% dark chocolate. I am convinced it is medicinal.

  6. Haley
    HaleyJun 25, 2012

    You’re doing so well, Mom!

  7. Gary
    GaryJun 25, 2012

    You are doing Great Cricket… I am right behind you!

    • Cricket Walker
      Cricket WalkerJun 25, 2012

      I have to get fit enough to handle hiking for my photographs! LOL

      • Gary
        GaryJun 25, 2012

        One week in the Forest would take care of that!!

  8. Vickey
    VickeyJun 25, 2012

    Hey there…….thanks for all your hard work. Just leavin ya some LOVE ! BIG SMILE

  9. Yvette
    YvetteJun 25, 2012

    Keep focussing on your strengths Cricket! ADHD people tend to be more aware of their weaknesses then their failures (as well as many visual learners, dyslectics and gifted). Look at what you DO have. An awesome, smart and loving daughter, the cutest grandson… You have helped gazillions of people improve their websites and businesses with that their lives. Not to mention you have the courage to share your doubts and sorrows.
    Recognizing a lot of your struggles from my own experience, I want you to know that you inspire me (and probably a lot of other too)!

  10. Pam
    PamJun 25, 2012

    I am dusting off my pedometer as we speak. You continue to inspire us all!

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