But, then, it occurred to me that Alden could come with me on my morning workouts. That's what I used to do with Kailey -- load her in the backpack and hike the hills of Oakland. Here, there are no hills to hike and our neighborhood is so small. I like having a long loop to hike, rather than walking up and down the same streets. So, I wasn't that enthused by the idea, but decided to give it a try. The first morning, we walked up and down all the streets in our neighborhood. It only took about 25 minutes, but it was a start. And, Alden loved it. He was so excited to go outside. I pointed out birds and planes and trees and flowers. He tapped on my arm as we walked, bounced up and down and yelled happily.
The next morning, I realized I could hike over to the Costco and around and come back into our neighborhood (about 2 miles into the hike) and then do the last mile walking up and down the streets. It's a great route. Exactly 3 miles. It's been taking me 45 minutes.
Alden loves it. He loves it so that it is now like having my own personal trainer. Saturday morning, he woke up at 5:50 AM and started patting my arm and doing his sign for "outside". I told him " no -- not today Alden. Mommy's tired." He patted me again, yelped in my face, and signed "outside". I rolled over trying to ignore him. It didn't work. He's very insistent. So, after about 10 minutes of trying to ignore him, I realized I wasn't going to get to go back to sleep and that, even though I wasn't feeling like walking, I might as well go on a walk. So, we did.
So, because Alden insists, we've done the walk nearly every day for a week. I took one day off because Eric was out of town and I couldn't go out and leave Kai alone in the house. And Sunday, I managed to convince Alden to go back to sleep and skip the walk. But, every other day, we've been walking the neighborhood at 6 AM, up with the birds and the feral cats and the other morning critters. My body is sore, but I'm liking the new routine and like having a personal trainer built into my life! Most personal trainers are expensive -- I guess more people need an Alden.