Monday, July 04, 2011
So, I had another easy day yesterday. I only walked 1.75 miles. But I did a bunch of food prep for the coming week. I snapped, blanched and froze fresh green beans, pickled some onion and beets among other things. I didn't get a lot of exercise, but I did feel like I got a lot accomplished, which can be rewarding, too. Today I am going to buy new sneakers. My old Earth Shoe sneakers are falling apart, and I'd like a week to get used to new shoes before retiring the old ones completely. I also have to pick up some medication at the pharmacy. I have a genetic blood clotting disorder and I am on blood thinners so I don't have another pulmonary embolism. The problem is that I am out of my medication and the insurance company says it is too soon to refill, so the pharmacist had to call and get emergency approval for a few days supply. What a pain. So, today I have to pick up my emergency supply. (I actually ran out on Friday, but I had some old 1mg tablets left over from last year. I don't like to take old medication, but I'd rather take them than do without.) I can't let these health issues get in the way of taking off this weight. I am capable of walking, and doing simple strength training workouts, so that is what I will do. I can accomplish what I set out to do, if I keep focused on what I need to do--on the important things like exercising daily.
I hope everyone has a lovely, safe 4th of July!
Sunday, July 03, 2011
I only walked a mile and a half yesterday. My father said it would be good to do a mile or so after the 5k the day before. I really meant to do only a mile, but then I said what the heck, and went an extra couple of blocks out of my way. I like thinking that way. The "what the heck, why not?" attitude has pushed me to go as far as I have up to this point. Go 5k? What the heck, why not? And I did it. Walk everyday? What the heck, why not?! Add an strength training exercise or two to my workout? What the heck, why not? Besides it makes me smile at myself. I can fool myself into thinking I am not adding all that much extra exercise, but all those little bits really start to add up. An extra half mile every day is an extra 3 1/2 miles each week! That's at least 14 extra miles each month! Wow, who would have thought, huh? I live a fairly sedentary lifestyle the rest of the time, so all the little extras make a huge difference to me.
On a side note: I just ordered a pedometer, so I can see how many steps I am actually taking on these jaunts of mine. I will be interested to see how many steps I take in a week, considering how sedentary I am.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
So, I called my doctor's office yesterday afternoon to find out what my latest blood test results were. The nurse told me that my cholesterol had dropped significantly. On May 31st my total level was at 294, and on June 21st it had dropped all the way down to 132! That's 162 points difference! Spectacular! So I celebrated by going out and walking 5k. Wore myself out doing it (it was hot in the afternoon), but it felt good to know I could do it. It took me a while, but I finished gosh darn it. I had to pause and catch my breath on this one hill (it is MUCH longer when walking than when I drive up it), so next month when I try it again I am going to try and go up without stopping. Hopefully I will be in better shape by then, making it possible. My cousin is in town for the weekend, so my aunt won't be walking with me for the next few days, but I have the motivation and momentum to do this on my own for now. It amazes me that a month ago 4 blocks felt like a lot, and would make my hip tighten up, and my shins hurt, and now I can manage 5k. Talk about making strides! So, I am giving myself a pat on the back today... I think I deserve it!
Friday, July 01, 2011
In my blog yesterday I whined about not going fast enough when I walk. I got a couple comments on it telling me to worry about how far I am going, rather than how fast I am going. So last night I went almost twice as far as I have been. It was partially my aunt's fault. She walks with me a few times a week, and yesterday she wanted to go up this hill, and around a longer block than we usually tackle. We also stopped by my sister in law's house for a quick second to drop something off, so part of it we were retracing our steps. I like walking with my aunt. Most of the time. She is still ragging on my mom. Sisters! What can you do? I guess they will always have something to say about each other. I just wish I wasn't in the middle. Oh well. Anyway... Most of the time we have interesting conversations while we walk (when we aren't huffing and puffing). We talk about health issues (both hers and mine), and politics (local and national), and family (her kids, my siblings and of course...my mother). We see eye to eye on most everything. We disagree just enough for our discussions to be interesting. She is much more knowledgeable about local politics than I am which means I can catch up on what is happening around town. Anyway... my point was that we went our same slow speed when walking together but went quite a ways farther, and when I was walking to and from her house I went my usually slightly faster speed, but I didn't try to exhaust myself by speeding way up. I just cruised along at a brisk, yet comfortable pace (about a 24 min/mile). I can feel a difference in my clothes already and it has only a little over 30 days.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I still can't seem to get my feet to move faster than a 20 minute mile. I may speed up when I am walking, but I can't sustain the faster pace, and usually end up going slower than ever after a burst of speed. I find that I walk faster when I am walking with someone else. I also walk faster if I have music with a fairly fast, consistent beat on my headphones if I am walking alone. I want to speed up. I once did a 15 minute mile. I was wiped afterwards, but I know it is possible. I just can't seem to get there again. So, I wonder what I am doing that is limiting me? Or maybe I am just not ready yet? I can't seem to get a feel for which option is really at work here. I try and listen to my body, but right now I am not getting the message, whatever it might be!
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