For a long while now, I have bemoaned the lack of sidewalks in our area. We have a bit of sidewalk in our own little patch of suburbia, as well as a bit of running trail, but those only run intermittently through the neighborhood, and fail to connect us to any other patch of suburbia, which is kind of a problem.
Our neighborhood sits right off a very busy four-lane highway. Very busy. This road has no sidewalks along it, and the shoulders are rather narrow. The traffic along the highway is constant, and deadly fast, and I don’t often seen anyone dumb enough to walk along the side of the road to get anywhere. It’s just too dangerous.
If it were not for the lack of sidewalks along this stretch of highway, though, I’d be able to walk to the nearest grocery store (about 2 miles away). I’d also be able to walk to our local library and our YMCA (about 3 miles away). This would be great, in my opinion. If I walked to the grocery store once a week to get dinner for Friday, and walked to the Y 2-3 times a week to work out, I’d never have to worry about those 5-10 extra pounds I can’t seem to lose. They’d melt away! Plus I’d almost never need to drive, since those are the three places I go most often during the week. I could just walk there, and save money on gas! Imagine that.
I mention all of this because Hubster just recently read that our local government is looking at putting in a stretch of sidewalk along that very busy highway. What they’re looking at doing won’t stretch as far as the library and Y, unfortunately, but it would stretch past the local grocery store. Also unfortunate, that prophesied sidewalk will only be on one side of the road, the side opposite where my little patch of suburbia is, so I’ll have to figure out how to cross a four-lane highway to reach it, because I’m betting no one is smart enough to figure out we’ll also need cross walks and signals too.
But still, it’s progress, and it looks like there will be more sidewalks going up through our county, and I can’t see that as a bad thing. Maybe some day, before I day, I’ll have all the sidewalk I’ll need to get around this area.
In other news, I do finally seem to be losing weight. It’s a combination of water weight and fat, but still, my assets do appear to be shrinking. As I mentioned last Monday, I am taking a month off of EA Sports Active, since my weight gain and knee problems started about the time I started using that game. Instead, I’m going with a combination of Wii Fit, karate, walking, a bit of running, the elliptical machine, and Dance Dance Revolution. In the last three weeks, I’ve lost four pounds. When school starts up next week and both kids head off for the day, I’ll be back to swiming and lifting on a regular basis again, and that should really help kill those extra pounds, I hope.
So how are you all doing with your waist lines? And what would you do if you had sidewalks in your neighborhood? Would you take advantage of them and walk everywhere? Or do you already have them and use them?