Day After Holiday ~ No Regrets Walk

by Connie DeLaVergne on November 15, 2010

We’ve all been there and done that. We actually can’t help ourselves. It is so much a part of American culture and so firmly connected to the collective mindset that it’s almost impossible not to indulge or have a wee bit more than you probably should . . . so ease up on yourself, my friends.

Cattails by Lewis Creek

Cattails by Lewis Creek

You know that I’m talking about overeating during the Holidays—especially one like Thanksgiving where the focus is FOOD, family, friends and enjoying a big ol’ meal together. Perhaps we deliberately go unconscious about caloric intake so we can enjoy a second serving of stuffing or a piece of pie. Maybe we refuse to place any limitations on ourselves just for one day and go hog wild, pun intended. It doesn’t matter what you ingest or your reason for doing so.

Holidays are meant to be joyful.

If noshing on comfort food and overeating with relatives makes you happy on a holiday, I say go for it!

Meadow by Lewis Creek

Meadow by Lewis Creek

It’s not going to kill you to spend one day overeating, and there’s no reason to beat yourself up for it because you can walk it off the next day. As a matter of fact, there’s no better way to connect with your family than by taking a long walk together and reversing the indulgences of the day before.

Imagine that if you will.

Walking is a beautiful way to connect with people you love. Just look at the meadow picture above if you don’t believe me ~ Lewis Creek Park is stunning!  And going for an enjoyable walk together is not hard to do. As a matter of fact I’ve made it extra easy for you by planning this 5 mile Group Walk that we can all go on together.

We can get out of the house, be social, connect with our families, move our bodies and burn holiday calories all at the same time.

Lewis Creek Visitor Center

Lewis Creek Visitor Center

Meet me at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center at 10:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving. We (your family and mine) will head up and beyond the park to walk behind the affluent Lakemont development to the Issaquah border and back again. It’s a good long walk on a well-kept, gravel trail, beneath a canopy of trees, behind some really beautiful real estate, which to my way of thinking, makes for an interesting stroll.

a garden gate

a magical garden gate

The photos on this post are from this walk, don’t ya know. It was early Autumn when I took these pictures which is why there are leaves on the trees.

I found this garden to be one of the most interesting because it felt really personal to me—like its keeper must be rich with artistry and imagination and spends a lot of joyful time in it. I almost felt guilty looking at her garden which is why I tried to be sneaky when I snapped the photograph. But I couldn’t help myself,
I was intrigued . . .

Why is there a gate? There isn’t a fence. What would happen if I walked through that gate? What would happen if I went into the garden and didn’t walk through that gate? Literally, I had to hold myself back.

And I swear, I could feel the love and care that went into the selection of plants and the placement of each and every one of them in this not-so-secret garden. The whole backyard was homespun and lovely. I could easily imagine knowing and liking the woman who owns it . . . I imagined her name to be Margaret.

lakemont trail

lakemont trail

Round trip this No Regrets Walk is about five miles long. It is a good Autumn and Winter walk because the gravel trails are well maintained and the mud is minimal, or as minimal as it can be in our neck-of-the-woods, pun intended.

So bring your family, let go of the guilt and join me on Friday 26 November 2010 at 10:00 AM. Unless it is pouring down rain, we will meet at the Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center to walk off the unwanted calories. If it is pouring down rain on Friday, we’ll meet on Saturday the 27th instead, same Bat Time. If it is pouring down rain on Saturday, we’ll meet on Sunday the 28th instead, same Bat Time. If it is pouring down rain on Sunday, have another piece of pie and forget about it. We’ll worry about those calories later.

Lewis Creek Park
5808 Lakemont Blvd
Bellevue, Washington

Walk on my friends.

Walk On!

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Alison November 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

I’d love to be able to walk off the calories with you tomorrow, but alas, I’ll, instead, be walking them off in downtown Seattle while battling the shoppers. Keep that particular trek in your inventory so I can join you the next time!


Connie DeLaVergne November 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

Really? You’d rather shop on Black Friday than walk with some of your closest friends? That surprises me my dear friend, Alison, I didn’t know you were so fond of shopping. But no worries, we can walk it another time.


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