A few weeks ago I was reading through my cigar subscriptions in Google Reader and stumbled onto a very interesting series. Craig Vanderslice, of CigarCraig.com, posted an article entitled “Take A Cigar For A Walk”. In this article Craig introduces us to a man named Tommy.
Tommy is overweight and gives us a look at his successes and failures with various weight management programs. While reading Craig’s blog, Tommy tells us that he was inspired to take a page out of Craig’s book and go for a walk with his cigar rather than lounge about. After reading what Tommy had to say, I looked inward and decided that I certainly could use a bit more exercise as well.
Walking during the week is tough but I have been squeezing it in as I can. If the weather is nice, I strap my eight month old daughter into her pink umbrella stroller and parade around town. She seems to like looking around as I hunch over and take half steps behind her. Even with a stroller that was not designed to be pushed by someone over five-feet tall, I make the best of it.
On weekends I find myself with more free time and kick things up a notch. I am an early riser and take advantage of my wife and daughter sleeping in. Before leaving the house, I go to my humidor and select a cigar of substantial size. For example, yesterday I selected a La Aurora 107 – Gran 107. This behemoth of a cigar was supposed to last my entire walk. In the event that it would last longer than my walk, I intended to re-route my walk and not come home until I was finished with the stick.
As it turns out, a cigar that generally lasts over three hours while I lounge at home lasts half that time as I walk around (which is a good thing). The Gran 107 wasn’t the best of walking companions and irritated me as I was forced to slow down, or stop, multiple times to correct the burn, or re-light. If I were out for a leisurely stroll this wouldn’t have been a problem, but I was walking with a purpose.
I finished my cigar less than a half mile from the end of my walk.
When I arrived home I was tired but felt good.
The moral of the story here is that we can use our hobby as a means for motivation. In Tommy’s case, he uses a cigar as a reason to get out and do some walking. Not only did Tommy get out for a walk, it seems as though he has inspired a few other people to do the very same thing.
It isn’t uncommon for me to finish a task around the house and reward myself with a cigar that I wouldn’t normally smoke. For instance, in summer when it reaches 90+ degrees and I spend hours mowing the lawn, I cap off the evening with a well deserved cigar. I’d like to know how many of the Stogie Review readers do the same.