Friday, August 08, 2008
I'm walking my a$$ off. REALLY! I am!
Today I walked to the beach and back. That might not sound like much unless you know that the trail to the beach and back is 5.5 miles AND it is a trail that goes up and down sand dunes AND I'm carrying a back-pack chair with a towel, a can of bug repellent, 52 oz. of liquid refreshments, a lunch bag with a cooler pack, an apple, half a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich and a cheese stick, a fanny pack with an MP# player, sun glasses, a camera, and a book. It's heavy. I haven't weighed it, but I'm sure it weighs over 10 pounds.
I do this walk 3-4 times a week, sometimes more. It takes an hour to hike to the beach and an hour to hike out. It's hard. Even though I've done it many times, it's still hard. Some of the hills are REALLY steep. If I look up, sometimes I think, "no way, I can't do it", but I do. I just keep walking. I put one foot in front of the other and I keep walking.
This morning I was in a store and as I checked out the woman said, "did you used to be (my maiden name)?" When I said yes, she said, "You look fantastic!"
Later in the day, I ran into a friend of mine and she said "you are looking terrific. You must feel great too!"
Why do I hike 5.5 miles when I could go to the beach and park a few steps from it?
So I can work my a$$ off.
You should try it!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I'm all deklemped. I can't help it. Taz, is not doing good at all and we can't figure out what'swrong.
He was worse today.
I didn't work out. I did errands. Anything to keep my mind off the fact that the little guy isn't looking good and I don't know how to help him.
We took him into the vet at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. The vet took x-rays that didn't tell him much and gave him a pain shot and sent him home with us. We brought back in in the morning so they could observe him and do more tests. When we picked him up in the afternoon, he was his old self. Not today, though. He's just not himself at all. We called the vet and he said to give him remidal 2x/day and call on Monday if he's not doing better. I just hate seeing him like this.
We rushed him into the emergency clinic in May too. They kept him overnight, did all kinds of tests, put him on IV fluids and pain meds and antibiotics. The next day he was good as new (not so my wallet). They couldn't figure out was wrong other than an "irritated colon"...i.e. we don't know what caused it but this is the result. He's been ok since then and the symptoms aren't as serious this time, but still, he's not a happy camper and so, neither am I.
I love my doggies.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I needed to burn 900 calories today. I did it, but it was a challenge.
I got up early (for me, set the alarm and everything) so I would get my gym workout done cuz my sister had a day off and she and my niece wanted me to spend the day at the beach with them.
So I got to the gym about 3 hours earlier than usual. My plan was to just knock out an hour on th e elliptical, do some stretches and then go to the beach. I figgered I could do a walk on the beach later in the afternoon.
I got to the gym all right and I started up my music and get on the machine (thank god for the new playlist) and start workingÖ.
And then I realize itís hot. I mean, ITĒS HOT! The gym is an open affair with the cardio equipment in a loft. There are ceiling fans and normally the temperature is ok. But today it was HOT!
I barely made it through my warm up set. I mean I am seriously friggin hot. And I go downstairs to talk to Nida or her brother, the owners. I can never remember his name. Heís usually not there when I am. Anyway, I tell them that itís REALLY HOT and he says ďyeah, theyíre sawing and the air conditioner is turned off."
YIKES! Iím in trouble. Iím sweating and pantin. I canít help myself. I kinda roll my eyes and say ďok??Ē
I feel bad as soon as I do it because theyíre really nice and the gymís great, but theyíve been working on this remodel job for the past few weeks and dammit, I gota workout to do.
On Tuesday night I committed to burning 3600 calories by Sunday and I needed to do an hour on the elliptical to get part of those calories knocked out.
So I went back upstairs and got back on the machine. It was gruesome, even though I noticed that they did turn the air on for a little while, it never really cooled down to the normal tolerable temperature.
The machine calculated that I burned fewer calories than yesterday, but I donít think so. With the heat, my heart rate was at least as high as yesterday, even though I wasnít going as fast.
The main thing thoughÖ.I didnít give up. I stayed on the thing for an hour and even though I was whining, crying and groaning (in my mind), I finished it.
After that, I went to the beach. I mostly just relaxed and enjoyed myself there, but I did commit to burning a lot of calories by Sunday. .
I donít see my sister often. She and my niece wouldnít walk, so I shortened the planned hour walk to 30 minutes.
I got up and walked down the beach as fast as I could, 15 minutes out, 15 minutes back. I figured I could knock out the other 30 minutes at the dog park later in the afternoon.
That didnít exactly work out either. I wonít bore you with the details, but I only got in another 15 minutes hiking at the dog park.
But you know what? I still did it. Despite everything, I burned 940 calories today.
And the scale is moving down again.
What obstacles did you push through today? Iíd like to know.
Friday, May 23, 2008
This lifestyle change happens one step at a time.
Being outdoors. Being healthy and fit. Eating right. Exercising.
Today a silly contraption called a scale told me that I weighed the same as last week.
Iím not the same as last week. Iím brand new.
Part of changing the lifestyle is changing the mind-set that this is about what that silly contraption says.
Today I got out and walked my dogs and then I went to the gym and spent an hour on the elliptical trainer and did 360 crunches. I ate good, healthy food. I took care of myself.
Today was a great day!
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