Monday, July 12, 2010
Today I did:
10 minutes walking (WP - day 2)
45 minutes walking just over 2 miles to drop off my repeat prescription at the doctors and complete the St John's circuit rather than just the quick route to and fro.
My neighbour is an artist, specialising in recycling stuff other people throw away and turning it into lovely works of art. She was telling me this morning that one school she is working at is planning a sculpture made of old shoes, but the headmaster wanted the activity to be a surprise so he didn't ask the kids to bring their old shoes in. He tells her this with three days to go! A cuppa and a good rummage later and she left our house with one pair of wellies, one pair of cowboy boots, two pairs of trainers, one pair of shoes, one pair of flipflops and one pair of slippers. It is amazing what you keep that is worn out, huh?
This is what I love about being her neighbour. You never know what your day is going to bring.
Yesterday, for instance, I opened my bedroom curtains to see a large pig laid on its side in her back garden! It does make you look twice I can tell you! There was a calf in there a few months ago. These are mosaic statues she made that come back for repair occasionally as they are part of an outdoor nature trail, so they get a bit weather-beaten over time.
If you would like to see some of her work, check this out:
There is a link to another page of her work at the bottom of this one:
Hope you are having a good day.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Well, that was fun. Exercising in the rain is an interesting experience. At least it kept me cool.
I'm walking in the rain, just walking in the rain,
What a glorious feeling, I'm cooler again.
Just five minutes there,
and five minutes back,
I'm building up the discipline I usually lack
Just one day at a time,
and I'll sure toe the line
Come on with the rain, I can still walk just fine,
I'm laughing at clouds,
My kids are so proud,
I'm walking, just walking in the rain
(whistles and walks off)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Some time ago (over a year ago) I treated myself to Active Health, a Nintendo DS game that comes complete with an activity meter that counts the steps you do each day. I have used it every day since, resetting it about three or four times over the year as I changed my mind about what I wanted to track. You know the sort of thing... Do I really want to log EVERYTHING I eat? Hmmm...
I am somewhat picky about accuracy you see, and the game, while accurate on the physical side - steps, mileage, speed, weight, etc, is a bit hit and miss when it comes to calories and nutrients. It doesn't log protein for a start, and often the stored data on a specific food varied wildly from the nutrition info on the packets I was reading. So the last time I set it to include my food I entered everything I ate manually. Then hit a large stumbling block. There is only room to fit 36 favourites! I kid you not! So I had to rely on the wrong info from the game to add some of my food and this did not work for me.
Having now spent a couple of weeks logging my food on SP I am much happier with the accuracy and decided to reset my data on Active Health yet again, to dump the food stats and just keep the exercise stats, otherwise Carol will just keep nagging me! Unfortunately you can only reset the LOT! So I have once again lost all my info on the segment where you are walking from Land's End to John O'Groats.
It is a shame, because I reckon I must have walked half way there by now if you add all the resets up, but what can you do? At the end of the day it is a 'game' so here I am back at Land's End, starting the 912 mile walk once more.
My exercise today:
10 minute walk (Walking Plan day 1)
15 minutes doing strength exercises (twist crunches and weights)
15 minutes on the Aerobic Step
15 minutes on the mini trampoline.
I have reached 2 miles (approx 4400 steps), which is great for me!
Must remember to log this on my Sparkteams!
So, breakfast. I'm pretty hungry. I can't imagine why.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I did it! I got up, fed and watered the dog and garden birds, grabbed a bottle of water and my phone and did my first walk this morning! If I can keep this up I'll be stunned, but I'm going to do my best.
The plan is from a book by Mark Fenton with a very long title: The Complete Guide to Walking For Health, Weight Loss and Fitness.
Even though I do walk a fair bit in the course of my week while shopping, and so forth (no car), I want to keep this fitness plan separate to that, and work through it literally from the beginning, so for the next four weeks I am doing the Warm Up Programme on page 3. I have never got up early specifically to exercise before starting my day, so this is about discipline as well as getting fit and having fun exploring my neighbourhood, not to mention seeing how far I can walk in the designated times each day.
He really does start you slow. Today was a ten-minute walk. I set the timer on my mobile for 5 minutes, walked along my road towards Ipswich Road until it beeped then turned around and walked back. I almost reached the end of my road in the five minutes, crossing the final junction a few seconds before the beeper went off.
It is going to be interesting to see the distances I can do and whether they increase as the days go along. I will vary my route too, so I don't get bored.
Now to get on with my strength exercises before it get too hot again. I left them too late yesterday and it was impossible to more than a few minutes.
Have a great day everyone!
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