Saturday, March 09, 2013
This time of year, I can't help but be grateful for living where it's warm, and lately since I've added walking and running to my exercise program, I cannot really understand why I ever stopped. As you'll see, I am blessed to live near a quite beautiful and safe place where I can walk or run any time of the day or night.
This week, I've taken some pictures of my favorite walking / running path and yesterday I promised my 5% team-mates on the A team that I'd post them, so here you go.....
A 2 minute warm up walk from my house takes me to the Intracoastal waterway where the city maintains a nice walking / jogging path along the sea wall. I'll apologize for the quality of these pics, since they're from my phone. They were taken on two different days. I normally do my walking / jogging intervals up to the draw bridge you can just see in the background of this picture:
These two were taken yesterday by DH who was only walking and you might be able to just barely see me in blue running away from the camera in the distance.
So, I walk / jog along this stretch to the draw bridge you could see in the background of the picture (it was open at the time), then return finishing my training, and then walk the rest of the way back to the house. These last ones I took myself (also from phone) on the way back on Wednesday.
These are darker since it was close to sunset when I finished on that day, and they're taken on my return walk. This one is looking back toward the bridge.
There is always a breeze along the waterway, even in summer when it's really hot, so it's cooler than anywhere else in the city.
We like this part of the city where houses weren't allowed to be built directly on the water, so that it's free for all to use. The houses are across the street, and many of them have docks for boats or fishing. Since the walkway is public, most have locked gates to keep them secure. The white gate you see in this one is one of them.
There are so many of my neighbors using this walking path, it's nice to see everyone out, walking, jogging, pushing baby carriages, walking or jogging with dogs, or just playing frisbee in the grassy areas.
Some of you have wondered why I like to walk so much, and now you can see part of the reason why it's one of my favorite forms of exercise. The round trip to the bridge and back is just over 3 miles and as my running training progresses, I'm running more of it and the time is getting faster. Soon, I'll be crossing the bridge to expand my route to a longer distance.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing where I like to exercise!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I actually love both fruits and veggies and will eat both as either snacks or side dishes at meals, providing it’s EASY. So, if they’re already cut up, and ready to take along or to put with a meal, it’s not so hard. What happens is I get in a hurry and either there’s nothing in the fridge, or it’s not cut up to go along, and I grab something else. Carrots are one of my favorite snacks. I buy those baby carrots (I know they’re not really babies, but that’s what they’re called), and keep them in the front of the snack drawer in the fridge. They’re already cut and washed, so it’s simple to grab a handful and run…or to put some in a baggie to take along on a trip or to the office. They don’t need to be refrigerated, so it’s no big deal if I don’t have access to one, or even if they get hot. Grapes are also one of my favorite portables, but they’ve gotten so expensive, I’ve backed off of them some. Maybe when spring comes, they’ll be more reasonable…(they’re like $6 / lb last time I grabbed some in the store, thought I’d have a stroke after I got home and looked at the receipt!).
I think I can improve by expanding my “go to“ list of fruits and veggies. Fruits are a little easier, we just normally eat whatever is in season here, but this isn’t a good mix throughout the year. We get almost all of our local fruits in winter, and for the rest of the year, it’s imported from elsewhere (because in summer it’s too stinking hot to grow anything) ! We had citrus earlier in December / January, strawberries now, and we'll have mangos in May (I have a mango tree in my yard, and usually get hundreds, even after the squirrels eat what they want.)
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, I really need to try more things, and start buying a better mix of produce (or put it on the list…you may remember I DON’T shop unless forced!) So, my efforts to improve will be focused on buying and eating a better variety of F&V, for a better nutrition mix, (and also to keep from getting bored)!
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