Elephant Walk? 2


Walk like an elephant? Imagine that.


Not so long ago, a thought breezed through my mind. (This happens every now and again.)  I wondered, are elephants or whales considered overweight?  I know they are the largest mammals on the planet.  Yet they are not overweight nor are they restricted by their girth.  They are mammoths who move and who are who they were meant to be.


Elephants normally walk about 4 miles per hour.  They travel long distances.  Whales are constantly in motion and migrate long distances.  While elephants are herbivores and eat vegetation including grass, fruit and bark, some whales are omnivores – eating krill, fish and smaller mammals (depending on which type of whale they are).   


These thoughts reinforce my belief in the importance of being me, of having self-acceptance.  I am an elephant, a hippy-hippy-hippo, a whale of a gal.  Accepting that means I break free of restrictions on what, if and why I ambulate projected at me by media and medical messages that always equate exercise with weight loss. (Even my dear mom who came upon me exercising to an exercise video and  on my Nordic Track one day years ago, couldn’t understand why I would exercise so hard if I was still fat.)


What if I move just because I can, simply because I want to, because it makes me feel good it feels good without a goal in mind?  How freeing is that?  Walk the hill because it is there.  Keep walking the hills because it makes you feel good.  Walk frequently.  Set goals for yourself. Vary your route, your routine.  Make it a game. Compete with yourself. Never get on a scale.  Don’t avoid looking in the mirror.  Accept your frame. What if I stopped thinking about weight, eat my colors daily and just move it-move it?


That’s where I am.  Moving, like an elephant, like a whale, through aches and pains with no envy or goal.  Just being.

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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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2 thoughts on “Elephant Walk?

  • Mallari

    Thank you for this post! As I embark on my career in health care I often feel conflicted about the messages medical professionals send. I struggle with exercise cause it seems like an extra job. I just want to move without a goal in mind simply cause it feels good to move. Your posts are liberating, insightful and true. I appreciate you!

  • Candelaria

    What a lovely comment!  It’s nice to be appreciated.  I think it is important to move because it feels good and is good for us at every stage of life.  It’s good for the limbs, the heart and for our emotional well-being.  Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a message.