Monday, October 31, 2011
I marched the dog along for 5 miles this morning. We finished in under 2 hours (Avg. 23 min/mile). Not bad for an 11 pound little pooch. He probably could have gone farther, but I had to go the restroom, so I stopped the walk at 5 miles. Then Trick or Treating with my 6 year old niece, Francesca and her mom, and a walk over to a friend's house for tea and snacks (pickles, peanuts and pretzels). I managed to get through Halloween without a single piece of candy. I prefer really good dark chocolate anyway. If I am going to give myself a treat it will be something I can really savor (like 80% dark chocolate with chili).
All told the dog and I walked about 6 1/2 miles today. I would have taken him for a longer walk this evening, but it started raining, and he really dislikes a cold, rainy night. But 6 1/2 miles is pretty good. I have a 10 mile walk tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. My friend, Cathryn, is supposed to have the day off, but she got called into work by both of her jobs today, so we will see what happens tomorrow. If Cathryn can't walk with me, then Cooper and I will probably do 5 or 6 miles together instead. I have a dogsitter arranged if she can go, so Cooper doesn't have to sit in his crate for hours.
Even with tea and snacks at my friend's house this evening I am still in my calorie range for the day. In fact the only thing I didn't stay in range on was fat. I only got about half the recommended amount. I guess pickles and pretzels don't have a lot of fat!
The weather is supposed to improve over the next couple of days. I might not have to wear my winter gloves when I go out tomorrow morning. It has been so cold here in the mornings, but Cooper and I still walk, as long as it isn't cold and raining (or snowing hard). I took him to the pet store today to try on sweaters and jackets. I finally found one of each that I can live with, and more importantly that he can live with. He was fascinated by the parrots at the pet store. I wasn't sure if he wanted to play with them or eat them, but I definitely take the opportunity to find out! We stopped to get gas while we were out, and the guy pumping my gas couldn't get enough of Cooper in his new sweater. I have met and had conversations with so many more people since I adopted Cooper in August. He flirts with pretty girls, but he loves men and little kids. I feel a little out of my comfort zone occasionally when strangers approach me asking if they can pet my dog, but for the most part it is kind of funny.
Stay tuned to find out if the long walk happens tomorrow, or not!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Yes, we were building structures with everyone's silverware after dinner. Family dinner's are so much fun! The conversation runs the gamut from the ridiculous to the political (though that is sometimes the same thing). Heard at the dinner table tonight... "I want a peanut butter hurricane sandwich with a lizard!" I missed part of the conversation leading up to that comment, but it stuck in my head and caused riotous laughter at the other end of the table. There were 12 people around the table, 10 of them adults, but the kids were quieter than the rest of us. It was my sister in law's mother's birthday dinner. We took her to a Chamber Orchestra concert before dinner, which was quite lovely. They did a Brandenburg Concerto, a Schubert Mass, and a C.P.E. Bach Sinfonia. There was beautiful music that's for certain. I stopped going to concerts a few years ago because I had to wedge myself into the seats. It is just now occurring to me that I was comfortable in my seat in the concert hall!
I managed to stay on track calorie wise, and got lots of exercise today. I walked the dog for two hours this morning, did some ST afterward, walked brisk laps around my block waiting for my ride to the concert, and walked to and from the party with my dog. I have a long walk scheduled with Cathryn and Cooper for tomorrow morning. Oh BTW... I ran Friday for the first time since I was about 16. My dog loved it! Of course, I only did it for about a minute, but I had already walked about 11 miles that day, and I was getting tired, but I proved to myself that I CAN do it! I can intentionally run and the world will not come to a crashing stop!
So, long walk tomorrow, and possibly hiking on Friday are already on the schedule. In between I will do my regular 3.5 mile loop or more... hopefully every day.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I have been maintaining a fitness streak for nearly 40 days now... doing 120+ minutes of fitness each day. Yesterday was a little nuts, and I ended up doing over 300 minutes of exercise, so I thought for certain that today was the day the streak would end, as I was so tired when I got up this morning. I almost felt hungover, and I haven't had a drink in about 8 years! The day started slow with a moseying 20 minute walk with the dog, and a trip with my mom to a bulk food buying club distribution. I sat and read the rest of the morning. (I finished a book I got yesterday.) Lunch was nice. I made the meal at my parents' house. I used their farm fresh food, but it was all my effort. It's a good thing my dad likes turnips, because I went a little overboard when I was chopping it up. It turned out fine though, and they enjoyed it. So, by 4pm I still had only 20 minutes of exercise for the day, and it wasn't very energetic exercise. But the dog had to go for a walk, so I decided that as long as it wasn't raining we would go out for an hour. When we got back to my building (a little over an hour later) I made him sit for 15 minutes while I hopped on the stationary bike. By the time we made it back to my apartment I was totally psyched to do some ST. For my streak it doesn't matter if it is cardio or ST, I am just counting total fitness minutes for the day. Today I squeaked over the line with about 127 minutes. Not bad for such a slow day! Now I am off to make dinner, which promises to be quite tasty, then sit and start another book and play with my dog some. He had a hard day, barking at my parents' cat!
Friday, October 28, 2011
So, today was scheduled for a 10k walking with a Sparkfriend. We ended up walking just over 7 miles. I also walked 7.75 miles over the rest of the day, and did 30 minutes of vigorous pedaling on the stationary bike. I was so tired I didn't want to cook dinner. Thankfully one of my friends invited me over to eat. I need to eat a snack before bed, because I burned an insane number of calories. All together I did 320 minutes of cardio. I am taking it easy tomorrow. I don't know if I will even get my 120 minutes. We will just have to see how motivated I feel tomorrow. I am helping my mother with a bulk food buying club distribution first thing in the morning, then going out to the farm with her. It is supposed to be rainy and snowy tomorrow, which probably won't help with the motivation to get out there and walk. Next week I am planning about a 10 mile walk with my friend, Cathryn. I am hoping to get up to 13 miles before the weather turns really awful. I have the feeling that when the weather gets bad I am going to be spending a good bit of time on that bike downstairs. I am rambling because I am tired, so I will say goodnight, and sweet dreams.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I originally planned to do mostly cardio today, and it started out that way. It started with two hours of cleaning to start the day before I started my cardio. I improved my time for completing 10 miles on the stationary bike by about 5 minutes, even with an increase in the resistance! Then I spent a good portion of the afternoon running errands. (My stipend check finally came, so I could run to the grocery store for a few things.) My aunt stopped by with a new jacket for me, which was awfully sweet of her. After dinner (a very yummy baked potato, and chicken casserole) had settled a little I started some ST for a challenge on one of my Sparkteams. Once I got going I wanted to do the best I could so I ended up doing 50 crunches, 50 wall pushups, 25 forward lunges, 25 lateral lunges, and 25 squats. I hate, hate, hate squats! Now I am sore, and I am walking a 10k in the morning. huh. Maybe not the best night to push the ST? Oh well, it is done and it felt good. I am just wondering what I will feel like in the morning. I doubt I will be up to a 12 min/mile! I am going to try for an average of 17 min/miles though. There is a long, slow hill on the route I take which makes it a challenge to keep up the pace. We will just have to do our best. The weather should be halfway decent tomorrow morning. The high will be mid 40s, and no rain until the afternoon. Here's hoping the forecast is right!
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