Slow and Steady
Monday, April 05, 2010
It's been a good month.
Since March 1st I've lost:
.75" from my neck
1.75" from my chest
2.5" off my bust
1" from my underbust
1.25" from my waist
1" from my hips
.5" from my calf
I've added walking at least 5 days per week. This past week I focused on at least one mile per day, with Sunday being a longer walk. The first day I averaged about 2 mph, but by Saturday I was closer to 3 mph.
This week, I up the distance to 1.5 miles. It's easy to measure because if I walk the outer ring around the block, it's just a little over 1/2 a mile, so I just count the number of times around... As I get to longer distances, I'll check out different routes around the neighborhood.
Sundays I like to get out of the neighborhood. Last week, I roamed a nearby forest preserve/park. Not many people were out so at times it seemed like I was the only one around. I saw deer, woodpeckers, squirrels, robins.... It was beautiful in the woods.
Yesterday, I walked down along the riverfront in town. Got caught in the rain and thunderstorm, so had to take cover for a while, but still got a good walk in ~~ almost 2 miles.
Today was a first ~~ I walked my youngest to school, then continued around the block so I already have .6 mile done for today. I still plan on doing a whole 1.5 miles after work.
I used to walk and bike all the time when I was a teen, just because I could. We lived about 3 miles out of town, on a 10 mile loop. I'd walk/bike into town, or all around the entire loop. Or I could take a back route through the woods to the fish hatchery then loop back around to home. I just did this whenever I could, whenever I wanted.
In uni, I never had a car, so I walked or took public transit everywhere. Just getting to public transit was a hike, too. And Seattle is not flat. I used to love roaming the campus, the University District, down along the Montlake Cut between Lakes Union and Washington, over to Gasworks Park and Lake Union, along the waterfront in Seattle... I just walked and walked and walked.
I had forgotten how much I just enjoyed it. I'm enjoying getting back into it now. Lots of incentive, physical, emotional and mental to keep it going.