Sunday, October 26, 2014
So just when I got onto a roll with my blog writing and checking in, our internet goes down. Well, not down totally, but intermittently down. As in go ahead and write your blog, but when you try to upload it, we will just not go all the way. This happened to me a couple of times. So instead of a daily recap, I will try to recap several days at once.
I ran six days this past week, and was over 10,000 steps on five of the seven days. I have been doing more yoga and stretching, but still am not strength training (mental blockage here).
I was in range for the first four days. Then, with the internet issues, I haven't tracked consistently the last few days.
I was able to complete all the tasks on my procrastination list, except for cleaning out the car. I did get that task half done, as I was able to wash the inside windows, and then got interrupted and didn't get the vacuum part done. I have been using music this weekend to motivate me, and listening to Songza and not having the television on.
Last night, we went out for dinner with friends who are heading to Mexico for the winter soon. On our way, one of the most fantastic sunsets I've ever seen was taking place, and we were so lucky to be able to watch the whole thing. I honestly think that it looked like a blazing fire. I took a couple of pictures with my iPhone at 60 mph, but they still turned out pretty good. Here is a shot of the sunset through trees:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Yesterday's step count was 12,804 so another good day. This morning, I went for a run when I got up. It was spitting rain, but I didn't get soaked. I also walked the long route to work (about two miles), and the sun was just starting to poke through a bit by then.
Got all my food entered yesterday, and was within range. We ended up not eating the steak tonight, but had left-over pork roast instead. I haven't entered the food today yet.
Today my inspiration comes from the fallen soldier who was shot down guarding the War Memorial in Ottawa. He was a reservist, and has a young family, and was shot in cold blood. I have lots of Spark friends in the Pittsburgh area, and tonight's hockey game in Pittsburgh honored Canadians by playing our national anthem, even though there were two American teams playing. That was appreciated.
I am also inspired by the love of a dear friend and her beautiful pet, who had to say "til we meet again". On November 2nd, I will be dedicating my run to them both. We should all be so lucky to have someone in our lives that we love and loves us so much.
Thank you for the comments on my sunrise pics from yesterday. The cloud cover was too thick to get any photos this morning, so I will be using the ones from yesterday. I also think the wide open field will show it better.
This photo is from my walk to work today. It was still pretty cloudy when I left home, but about twenty minutes later, the sun peeked through for a moment. The dark clouds behind were beautiful with the yellow fall colors.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Yesterday's step count was 11016 (yay for two days in a row over 10,000 steps). Today I completed a two mile walk this morning before work, and then after work I did my C25k week 3 day 1 workout. I didn't get any ten minute walks in, as my supervisor was out to the branch and took us for lunch. We walked, but it was less than three minutes away.
Yesterday I entered in all my calories on the food tracker, and was within my ranges. I need to enter in today's food, as so far all I have tracked is breakfast. I did a two day menu plan, and am having fish for supper tonight and have steaks marinating for tomorrow night.
I was out this morning during my walk, and captured two sunrise photos for my new project. I think I want to do the photos as "panoramic" instead though, so will try to get them again tomorrow morning. Last night, I finished off a knitting project, using arm-knitting for a winter scarf. This is really cool, and doesn't take very long to do once you learn the steps. Google "arm knitting" to see what I'm talking about.
It has been a good day so far, and now I'm just waiting for hubby to get home so we can eat. To finish off this blog, here are the two sunrise pictures (taken at two different locations) that I got this morning.
I love how the sun is playing off the baseball backdrop in this one. I didn't notice it until after I downloaded the picture. I love this area for sunrise pictures, but not sure if the trees block too much of it.
This is a wide open vista perfect for showing the movement of the sun. It was taken about six minutes after the first one, and perhaps a little to high to be called a sunrise. But it will be nice to have the wide sky for tracking here.
I would love to hear in your comments below which location you like better!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Just like SparkGuy, Chris Downie, I'm going to do the ten minutes (minimum) streak, and update in my blog to keep me accountable. This morning, I walked two miles before work, in just over thirty minutes. Yesterday's total steps were 18,988 (a morning run, an afternoon walk, and pushing the lawn mower all added up for a great day).
And I'll try to also include a nutritional component: tonight we are having chicken for dinner, with brown rice, beets, and corn. Although I haven't planned out the rest of this week, meal-planning is on my list for tonight.
As well as an inspirational component: this morning while I was walking, I thought it would be pretty cool to capture the movement of the sun, by tracking the sunrise. The North/South locations change so much each season. So I'm thinking of doing a pictorial (taking monthly pictures), on the 21st of each month (or the first non-cloudy day after that if the 21st is too cloudy to see the sunrise). I also thought that once this is done, I would give a copy to the Grade five teacher to share with her class. I think it would be very cool to see how far in each direction the sun actually shifts in a year.
I did this form of blogging awhile back (fitness/nutrition/inspiration or motivation), and really found it helpful. I want to try it again.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I just received the Spark trophy for hitting my 5,000 lifetime miles. My SPAT (SparkPeople Activity Tracker) is just over two years old, so I've averaged about 2500 miles each year.
The cardio that I do is walking, biking and running.
I was pretty stoked to get that trophy!
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