My first job out of law school was with a huge national law firm. One Saturday morning, on a perfect June day, all of the first year associates were required to attend a full day accounting workshop to learn the fundamentals of public accounting.
As the story goes, an elderly Cherokee grandfather was walking with his grandson and striving to impart some grandfatherly wisdom. “Within us,” the old man began, “are two wolves locked in a constant state of battle.
Winter walking does a body good. It fights inflammation, burns extra calories, fires up those endorphins and clears the mind. But winter walking does present some challenges and requires a little extra effort to stay safe. Here are eight things to be mindful of:
A deep freeze has gripped much of the nation. Yesterday, the temperature in Sag Harbor was 7, there were patches of ice where an earlier rain had frozen and branches continued to be brought down by the howling wind. A friend in Michigan reported it was -19 and even in Florida, my mother abandoned her morning walk because it was just too cold.
When it is cold, millions of years of evolution tells us to seek shelter and stay in the cave. Don't expend any unnecessary energy. And eat up because the cold is taxing on your body and you don't know where your next meal is coming from.
We need to fight that urge. We need to push ourselves to remain active. In fact, walking in cold weather has a slew of benefits. Here are five:
January is a time when many jump on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon. I’ll admit I’ve done it, too. But, to be honest, I have my doubts about those pesky resolutions. Why? They never seem to work out for me. It’s a lot of pressure and expectation and if you let yourself down even once (becausee we all know it’s going to happen. None of us are perfect,) it’s like you failed. And failure shouldn’t be an option.
Setting goals is important because if you don’t know where you are going, you are likely to get lost.
Effective goal setting takes practice. Set the bar too low, and you won’t achieve as much as you might. Set it too high and you set yourself up for failure. Make your goals too ambiguous and you’ll be unable to track your progress or know when you have achieved them. And, perhaps most importantly, setting goals that are not deeply, truly and profoundly important to you is a waste of time because you will never be inspired to do the hard work it will take to get there.
My son was born on January 17, during the heart of winter in New York. An emergency C-section left me more bruised and battered than I had expected. Sitting in the blue nursing chair in the baby’s room two weeks later, I called Judi, my C-section mentor (she’d been through two), and cried, “when does it stop hurting?”