Before owning a dog, I had this conception that dog owners walk their dogs 3 times a day.
Where I got that information, I have no idea.
True or false, the belief was so strong that I started planning my early days with Katie around these 3 walks no matter what.
I also thought that I had to walk her at least 20 minutes each time. Again, no idea from where I got the information, but I took it to heart.
From being a relatively active person, I became a more active person. Specifically, I became a WALKER.
I also became someone with a morning, mid day and evening routine, simply with the addition of a dog in our life.
Not that I didn’t have some sort of routine before, but having Katie as my accountability parter, my discipline got a natural boost. We would walk rain or shine, in freezing cold or heat wave.
Having a concrete structure to my day made me a more efficient person in other areas of my life than I had ever expected.
Having a dog that I thought I had to walk 3 times a day made me a more disciplined person I had always wanted to be.
The first few days and weeks of this new lifestyle went swimmingly.
Katie was becoming part of our family, and my personal coach & trainer.
As time progressed, on some of these multiple walks a day, I started to feel…unproductive. To-do lists would dominate my thoughts. I was beginning to feel impatient about the multiple walks a day, but the routine was set, and I didn’t think I had an option to change.
Then one day, somebody mentioned something about a podcast.
What’s a podcast? I asked.
It’s something you can listen to, like radio programs or audiobooks, they answered.
I downloaded the podcast app onto my (then) new gadget called an iPhone.
That was the beginning of a new discovery…
Come back fore more in the next post!
Did you know I hosted a podcast for a while? I loved it, and may eventually revive it. But there are plenty of episodes for you to enjoy in the meantime!
You can find my Healthy Actually podcast on iTunes or Spotify.
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