May 1, 2007

Health & Beauty

Walking to Find Great Finds

by Desiree Future

After seeing myself in some very unflattering pictures, I decided it was time for me to lose weight. Living in a large city where parks are rather far away, I found myself having to drive to the park just to take a walk around a large spacious area. To me, it felt like driving was defeating the purpose. So one day I decided that instead of driving to the grocery store a mile away, I would simply walk; after all, I was only going to get a few things.

As a lifelong resident of my city, I thought I knew all the best stores and places of interest to patronize until I started my daily walks. Rather than walk on the main streets, I opted to walk on the side streets, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. On my first walk I came across a small cafĂ© nettled in between a row of brownstone homes. I eagerly wanted to stop and sample a fresh cup of flavored coffee but I had to continue my walk. I entered the store’s phone number into my cell phone to make a note to stop in one day.

A few blocks later on a tiny curvy street I came across a store that had some very nice dresses displayed in the window. I was surprised to find that the store had the very same dress that I had paid one hundred dollars for at a department store. Had I known the store existed, I could have saved fifty dollars and purchased a matching purse as well. Once again I entered the store's phone number into my cell phone and continued my walk.

Thirty minutes later when I reached my local grocery store I realized that I had actually enjoyed my walk. I felt like I was sightseeing in my city for the first time. I found two stores that I will definitely visit in the future. It was a wonderful adventure that I enjoyed very much. So much that I started to take walks every day for exercise and to explore my city and see what other treasures it holds.

The treasures that I have found so far include an historical landmark that I had once read about in a magazine, an antique shop and a mom and pop bookstore. Most importantly, I have lost some weight, which was my main goal in the first place. Had I been driving, I would never have found any of these places. My exercise has paid off in more ways than one. Now, through walking regularly, I get the exercise that I need and I can feed my shopping habit as well.

Desiree Future is a native of Jersey City, NJ and is the proud parent of one son. Determined not to let her unemployment status bring her down, she has embarked on her life long dream of becoming a writer. Writing solely for the experience she is quickly making a name for herself.

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