Today, during our online Scrabble game, I let Bossy Daughter know that I didn't feel like walking today. She set me straight......AGAIN!
She let me know that I WILL walk today, and that I am making so much progress and how proud of me she is. She also told me to get a haircut.
Now you KNOW, don't you, that I almost NEVER go against Bossy Daughter. The wages are too high. By doing what she tells me to do, peace and quiet reigns. But NOT doing what she tells me to do, all hell can break out any moment!
So I read a SP article on Walking Workouts with Intervals and print it out. I get on my shoes, find the pedometer and the timer, and head out.
I do the beginner workout. It's where we alternate bursts of high intensity followed by lower intensity for periods of time. I did that.
I am not gifted in using gadgets. So I keep screwing up with the timer. I will have to have DH teach me how to use that simple tool.
I kept shutting it off and sending it back to start, getting momentarily frustrated, but then remembered that I also have my pedometer on, tracking my distance. I derive comfort from that.
To the best of my knowledge, I did the right stuff on the Interval thing. I began with the five minute warmup walk. I did the fast as I could go walk twice, moderately walked two times, and found out I can graduate to the Intermediate Walker's Class. this one was too easy on me.
Getting all the workouts in, I checked my pedometer, and had another half mile to go in order to have walked 2 miles, which is now my goal per day. I actually was happy about having more to do, and briskly walked off that last half mile.
Along the way, I spy roadside snacks in the form of late Blackberries. They are wonderful when they are warm from the sun and picked right off the vine and popped into my mouth!
I am now up to 23 miles for the month of September. I am amazed how quickly the miles pile up by just doing about 30 minutes of walking a day!
I really, REALLY love NotFatCat, Darcey and Shirley for goading me into this!! I truly believed I would not make it, but with encouragement, support and "You CAN do this!" from these gals and Bossy Daughter, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, and here I am, actually LIKING this! In fact, I look FORWARD to it each morning!
Now to explain the haircut thing. Bossy Daughter knows I love wearing my hair short, and it looks good on me, too. She also knows I hate going to get it cut, and put off making an appointment FOREVER if I can get away with it.
I have naturally curly hair, and it gets like a bush if I don't cut it. I get grumpy when it gets too long, like now. I can't find a good hairdresser, either. Everytime I go to one of them in my area, I come out regretting the money and time spent, not to mention the bad cut.
I used to cut hair for a living. I was very good. Truly. But the older I get, the more difficult it is to keep my arms up over my head to do my own cutting.
Hey......Wait a minute! Just one little tiddly toodly minute!! Would holding myh arms up while I cut my own hair be counted as exercise?? I can't find it in the lists, but I think it should be there. I mean, my arms weigh about a ton each because of those nasty flaps. shouldn't that be counted as weight lifting?
I will check that out with Bossy Daughter...........she ALWAYS knows what's best!