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My favorite of all favorite hash tags for my Instagram account are :
#onmywalk (Thank you Suzi for the idea).
#walkingforweightmaintenance (Thank you Andrea for using this hashtag )
Special Saftey Note:
As always, hashtag and post safely. I don't ever make the same walk twice at a routine time. Always changing it up, always posting after the walk has taken place. Just saying...
I can't tell you how much being able to practice my photography hobby every single day is part of my long term weight maintenance. I've had a camera in my hand since I was 13. I got a Pentax K-1000, SLR for my birthday and have been a photo buff ever since. Photography is a gift that has been passed down from my grandfather on my mother's side. Happily, my daughter also has the gift, too. Love that!
Daily 60 minute exercise (not chronic cardio... really, my walks are rarely fast paced all at once) is a key tool for long term weight maintenance and stress relief. I often break my walks up into 2 or 3 sessions due to time constrains.
What's working now:
1. Taking my Cannon SX500 IS with me on daily walks
2. Taking my iPhone with me if I forget my Cannon (happens!)
3. Walking 60 minutes or more for long term weight maintenance
4. Getting into a "Flow state" and stopping to photograph or watch a sequence.
5. Using photography and walking to decrease stress and motivation to get out and stay out into nature.
What did not work before:
1. Not taking my camera with me, and missing great photos!
2. Not remembering I can take some awesome photos with the iPhone.
3. Not walking for exercise and thinking 4,000 to 5,000 steps were "enough" (not true at my fitness level and health requirements. I now walk 5-6 miles a day. 12,000-15,000 steps)
4. Not really getting into a flow state due to always numbing with food.
5. Getting into nature, but not using it as a stress reduction tool.
What do you say? What gets you into a flow state?