these shoes were made for walking

Posted: July 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I totally have an image of that classy Jessica Simpson music video stuck in my head now. These boots were made for walkin’, that’s just what they’ll do…

See how nice I am to share that with you so you can have it stuck in your head too? Ya gotta love me! At least more than the butchering of that song, right?!

Okay, okay. I will get back to my point. Today I woke up and felt a bit achey all over. I thought I had caught little M’s sickness she has been fighting since Tuesday and was about to be seriously bummed. Then, after being up for awhile I realized I was fine and likely just needed a good dose of yoga. Fridays are my normal yoga days, but the bummer it is, I had to skip today. Makenzie woke up feeling better, but I decided to err on the side of caution with germs and not take her to the gym daycare to spread her cooties.

My body kindly informed me that I still craved some sort of activity and a walk sounded like a good option. After devouring a bowl of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie oats (oats, cinnamon, dash of creamer post cooking, raisins, and peanut butter)…


…we packed up the jogging stroller and headed out for the local Greenway path. I love this path! It is smooth, surrounded by nature, and has mileage markers along the way.  I had intentions of doing about 3 miles, but once I got started I didn’t want to stop! I enjoyed myself too much to stop. Simply being able to walk and think about the joy of my life and praise God kept me going.

Then, about a mile in, I saw an extremely fit woman running and obviously loving the challenge. Back in the day, I would have likely been jealous and let it get me down. Today, I though “Go her!!!” and then felt proud of myself for being out there and rocking my fitness too. The rest of the walk I smiled at every person I came across because I was so happy to see all these people out there honoring their bodies. I was proud of the old couple walking and sharing conversation, taking care of their relationship and health. I was proud of the dad with his two kids riding their bikes, letting them be active and have fun. I was proud of the mothers power walking with their strollers, for doing something for themselves and their health. The pure pleasure from loving and taking care of our bodies is remarkable. It made for an empowering walk, where I ended up covering 4 miles in 1 hour and 8 minutes.

For the record, walking is great exercise if you push your pace a bit. Look how sweaty I was when I got home…AFTER chilling in the A/C of my car for 10 minutes.


Hmm...guess I didn't take my own article's advice. Oops! And pause here so I can say a HUGE thank you to the handful of you who click on my link. Thank you thank you thank you! Moving on. I immediately needed something to eat. Chocolate + mint sounded a good way to tide myself over until lunch.


The rest of my day included mommy tasks such as laundry, groceries, and cleaning the floors. Not quite as mundane as normal though. My bare floor vacuum I chose to review from CSN Stores came in. Sweeping our entire downstairs is the one cleaning task I dread more than anything. And I have to say I am SO happy I took the necessity route and got this vacuum. It cleaned our hardwood floors so well! It was easy to use and maneuver, picked up all the dog hair, and even cleaned up the carpet in M’s playroom. I hope it is a long lasting vacuum, because it will be coming out at least twice a week. Thank you CSN stores for the opportunity, a wonderful product, the kind service, and the fast shipping!


Before I sign off this post, I want to say thank you everyone for the hair suggestions! I think I’m going to go for it. As some pointed out, it is just hair and I can always go back lighter if I feel better with the highlights. I just figure why not give it a shot? I’m sure it will take some getting used to though. I’m going to be nervous on Monday!

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I’m hoping to get the chance to update my blog roll this weekend. I want to make a separate page and have it be about sharing the blogger love. I know I love finding new blogs and so I want to feature as many blogs as possible in that list. I don’t want to forget any of you fabulous ladies who support me and who I love learning from as well. Soooo…if you want me to add you, please leave a comment with your name and blog address! I know I would be honored if you added me to yours as well. I just think spreading the community of bloggers as wide as possible is a great thing to do and I want to do my part. We can all learn so much from each other. 🙂

  • Leave a comment if you want to go on my blog page!
  • Do you enjoy walking for a workout?
  • Your chance for payback…what songs easily get stuck in your head?

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59 Comments to “these shoes were made for walking”
  1. 1. Oh, pick me pick me! I want to be on the blog page 🙂

    2. I love walking for a workout! In fact, I just got back from walking for a workout a second ago!

    3. I ALWAYS, without fail, get “Sweet Caroline” stuck in my head. Even if I don’t listen to it!

  2. You just reminded me that I have a blogroll to update myself. My Google Reader is jammed packed! But I love each and every one of them.

    Walking is the best! Its a great workout, but you still get the time to enjoy nature (when I’m running, my focus is on breathing and mileage).

    I don’t even want to say which song, because just mentioning it gets it stuck in my head: Miley Cyrus Party in the USA. Okay, you can all hate me now 🙂

  3. Glad you are feeling better after moving around. That normally helps me too! My husband and I walk together every morning and it feels GREAT! I definitely think it is a great workout! Have a great weekend!

  4. homecookedem says:

    I’d love to be on your blog page!! 🙂

    I’ve been doing lots of walking since being pregnant and it has really changed my view of walking. I used to think it was easy and not really exercise, but it mose DEFINITELY is exercise and so healthy.

    Have a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

  5. I would love to be on your blog page! my url is I enjoy walking on the treadmill at a very high incline for a workout. It always ends up being more of a challenge than I anticipate. Also, I constantly get stupid pop songs stuck in my head. I just can’t help it 🙂

  6. Kati says:

    I love walking for exercise! Power walking…FAST! is a great workout and can really tone your legs. I just got done doing the 30 day shred level 1. I had stopped doing it but level 1 is perfect for right now! And I wanted to say I’m excited about your August 26th appt! So fun! We find out in 1 week :>

  7. Emily says:

    Hi Tina! I love walking for a workout! I went for a long walk this morning before getting to my moving tasks. Its so refreshing and I agree – its always so nice to see people out and about. 🙂

  8. Ameena says:

    I totally forgot about that Jessica Simpson song…must admit she looked fabulous in that video! Scandalous but fabulous!

    I’ve love to be on your blog roll – Ameena

    I’m glad you are feeling better…it is no fun when your kid is sick and then she gets you sick. I can relate!

  9. Oh man, whenever I see Jessica or Britney or any of those girls in their videos I just want to run to them with a robe, cover them up, and give them a big ole hug. 🙁
    Hope your hair turns out great! I know a new ‘do can totally do wonders for our attitude 🙂 And it’s fun!
    Song that has not left my brain for months now:
    Hey Soul Sister by Train. AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! LOL 🙂
    And finally, yes, I LOVE walking for a workout. One of my faves is putting the treadmill on 15% incline and 3.5 to 4mph and rockin’ it HARD 🙂

  10. Glad your little girl is feeling better! I definitely enjoy walking for workouts. That way, I get to take my boys. And of course I’d be stoked if you added me to your blog roll. 🙂 You’re going on mine this weekend girlie.

  11. Meg says:

    I love that today’s post is “mundane” because my day can completely relate. I spent all afternoon cleaning the bedroom, closet and changing out lightbulbs (one of the light covers exposed an earwig that fell right on me. ew!) That floor vacuum sounds awesome. I bought a floor lamp at CostCo yesterday and I was just thrilled! Isn’t it funny how things like that are exciting now?

  12. Meg says:

    Oops, and I’d love to be added to your blog roll!

  13. I’d love to be on your blog page! My name is April and my blog is

    I love that your outlook has changed and that you had an awesome walk. That is wonderful!

  14. Madeline - Greens and Jeans says:

    I would love if you added me! I’ve always been more of a runner than a walker, but I grewup in a very walkable city and my family would walk everywhere! Out to eat, downtown to do some shopping, errands, you name it, we probably walked there. I really miss the freedom of being able to do that!

  15. I love walking as exercise!

    Would love to be added to your blogroll, I added you to mine today!

    Payback song: mmmbop…

  16. My friends observed the same thing when they came with me to my 10k a few weeks ago. THey couldn’t believe how big the running community is- and how supportive friends and family are of those who run. They both said they want to maybe do a 5k in the next year… yea! Got them hooked… 😉

  17. Laura says:

    Hey Tina! I very recently started reading your blog and love your upbeat attitude AND all your healthy outlook on life! Keep up the good blogging!

    Love, Laura in Mississippi

    • Tina says:

      Aw, thank you so much! This really made my day. I love sharing joy with others and hearing that it comes across means the world. Thank you!!!

  18. I absolutely love walking. I feel the same–it’s feels fantastically freeing to be able to just walk and be absorbed in your own thoughts. It’s so peaceful.

    Ahhhh! now I can’t stop singing that song–though I will admit, I think Jessica has got some serious pipes! I always get the most annoyingly pop-y song on the radio stuck in my head. When I heard Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” on the radio, I couldn’t purge it from my brain for a loooooong time. I still find myself dancing in the car when it come on the radio 🙂

  19. Wendy says:

    Well, “Livin’ on a Prayer” won’t leave my head tonight…. Urrgh.
    I’d love to be added to your blogroll. Very much appreciate the angle you come at blogging with. Spiritual fitness AND physical fitness. Awesome.

  20. Wendy says:

    PS – Walking is the BOMB DIGGITY. I teach walk-based aerobics classes. Soooo great!

  21. I’m at and you are already on my blog roll my dear!! Would love to be on yours.

  22. would love to be on your ‘Roll. I need to make sure you’re on mine…LOL i seriously havent updated that thing in ages. Sigh. Another task i dont want to spend any time on!

    “not take her to the gym daycare to spread her cooties.”–you’re the only considerate mother i know! what is wrong w/ these women who take their sick kids to the gym daycare.

    oh and today, skylar told me after i had her at the gym daycare for 27 mins, that’s it!! that some little girl PUSHED HER IN THE FACE?! Wtf. She didnt tell me til we had already left the premises but yay gym daycares and me…not a fan but necessary evil…

  23. hah I seriously have that song in my head now 😉

  24. That walking path is beautiful! And I was nodding my head the whole time I was reading your description of your walk…I used to get jealous when I’d see other women who were obviously more athletic than I was at that particular time, but now I’m able to just celebrate a community of people all taking care of their health in their own ways. It’s wonderful!

    Just clicked on your link! 😉

    Oh, and I’d love if you added me to your blog roll (Katie – I need to update mine too, actually!

  25. You go girl. Love your attitude about taking that walk. I used to be the same way….if I wasn’t doing some big old run then it did not count. These days walks are absolute bliss. I too love smiling at everyone along the way 🙂

  26. Lee says:

    I’d love it if you added me to your blogroll! I like to take walks. I wish my dog was better at it. He always has to stop and sniff everything.

    You know what’s been in my head all week? That “Billionaire” song.

  27. Julie says:

    I love to walk…especially in the woods on trails where your feet sink down a bit into the leaves or fir needles and you can smell the earth and moss and hear nothing but the wind whistling through the trees. LOVE IT!

    I would also love to be on your blog list

    I dismantled my list some time ago in hopes of revamping it, so I just added you as my first new name on my blog roll.

  28. And I love walking! It’s so relaxing!

  29. I would love to be on your blogroll!

  30. Me-Linh says:

    I think walking is a great workout!! I have a knee injury so I can’t run but walking is OK and it gives you some time to slow down a bit.

  31. I love a good power walk! Now that I’m getting close to my due date I’m pretty much done running but I walk at least a couple miles every day on my lunch break.

  32. Jess looks so amazing in that vid! I agree…walking can be a great workout when you push the pace!!!

    I love your floors!!! I’d love to be added to your page…I gotta update mine again too, we can swap! I am off to my fams for the day….have a great Saturday!

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  34. Morgan says:

    I woudl love to be on your blog page 🙂
    I never used to really appreciate walking until now…except when I need constant bathroom breaks!!
    I always get “Got Your Money” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard stuck in my head. I wish I knew why

  35. This is going to sound ridiculous but the song that most frequently gets stuck in my head is “I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas,” and then “If I could walk 500 miles.”

    • Tina says:

      Haha! Love it! A perfect foodie song to get stuck in the head. I’m going to be singing it all day now.

  36. Kailey says:

    I’d love to be on your blog page 🙂 You’re on mine!

    And don’t you love seeing everyone out to exercise. Whenever I see people running on the streets I always think to myself “way to go! They are getting out there and doing something active!”

  37. YAY for walking!!! You are such an inspiration!!

  38. Lindsay says:

    I would love to be on your blog roll page. I think the song that has been caught in my head lately is California Girls by Katie Perry. I hope you are having a great weekend and getting outside and enjoying the weather!! 🙂

  39. It would be lovely to be on your blog roll please! I do enjoy walking for a workout, I just never seem to get the time. I really enjoy walking, and like you say if you push the pace you can work up a sweat! Whenever a new catchy song comes out I usually get it suck in my head for a few days, as long as its a song I enjoy I don’t mind x

  40. This is the “best worst song”, but “I Got A Feeling” by Blacked Eyed Peas seems plastered to my mind all the time!

    Yay Blogroll updating time! It’d be lovely to be on yours, and I’ll be sure to put you on mine!

  41. sophia says:

    I was feeling a bit down so I went out for a walk…it sure cleared my head, and I’m back feeling much better after a heart-to-heart chat with God. 🙂

    I love your positive attitude..instead of comparing, you bless others, and in doing so, you bless yourself, too.

  42. that would be great to be on your blog roll, thanks!

  43. Mama Pea says:

    Adding you sister…I should’ve done it sooner!

  44. I really enjoyed this post, and it was just what I needed to read before heading to New York for a few days, where I won’t have access to a gym. For years, I’ve viewed walking as an activity that is done in ADDITION to my regular 1-2 hour gym workout. “Just walking” has been considered “lazy”…Now I know better! Walking is not only a rejuvenating workout, but quite therapeutic as well! I will re-read this post if I’m ever struggling on my “just walking” days!

    I saw The Backstreet Boys in concert a week ago (I know, SO old school!!) and I can’t get “Quit Playing Games with My Heart” out of my head! All of their songs are so catchy (and sooo sappy!).

    I would love to be included on your blog list! My URL is: 🙂

    • Tina says:

      I didn’t eve realized they still did concerts! LOL I would totally have some of their stuff stuck in my head after that.

  45. Emily says:

    I love walking with my sister …we do it once a week for our ‘workout’ great time to catch up, talk, and get the blood pumpin! 🙂

  46. Tyler says:

    Glad your walk went so well! I like going on walks with other people, but when I go by myself, I get anxious and want to run!

    Hair color changes are fun, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  47. I would love to be on your blogroll!

    I actually loveee walking and I’ve never really seen it as a workout. I just like to be outside and relax & sort out my thoughts. It’s even better if you can walk with other people cuz then you can chat about life 🙂

    Oh and now I have that Jessica Simpson song stuck in my head…and I may or may not be downloading the song right now…

  48. Susan says:

    Did you change one of the pictures in your header or am I just noticing it now?? Regardless, the family shot is super cute 🙂

    I lovelovelove walking for activity. I injured my hip a while back and couldn’t run for two months. I started going on hour long walks instead and I loved them. Now that I’m in a big city without a car I find myself ditching public transit for an excuse to walk around and explore a little more. Sure, it’s not a heart pumping cardio workout, but it feels SO nice to just get out, breathe in the fresh air, and MOVE. Plus, I bet the stroller adds some great resistance!

    P.S. Thanks for adding me to you blogroll – I’m honoured to be on a list with so many other great bloggers!

  49. I love walking and when you go with a friend and keep up a bit higher pace it’s like a workout – but when you walk it’s easier to gossip than at the gym 😉

  50. I need to update my blogroll too. I love following your pregnancy journey. I’m about 10 weeks along and still doing everything I can to stay active

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