I was in Kashmir over the weekend. Went to visit one of my sweaters.
~ Albert Brooks
This past weekend we made a concentrated effort to be more active. The weather has been uncharacteristically cool for this time of year (typically mid 90’s) so it was nice outside. This helps me tremendously when my default is a cozy weekend nap. Both teenagers were gone to their respective activities, so the draw of a quiet house made it harder to go outside. Nevertheless, once my iPad battery was dead, we ventured out the front door. There was really no “motivating” factor, so it was a matter of just doing it.
Saturday we revisited a short 2 mile hike as a way to ease back into muscle movement. Honey wanted to take the bulldogs, since they could use the calorie burn also. Problem with French Bulldogs (or any smooshy face breeds like Pugs and Shih Tzus) is their nasal passages are narrow and they get winded easily. Our Frenchies are no different. On top of that, one of them started limping during the mile back. Honey and I took turns carrying her 25lbs for that last mile. Boy was she heavy. It reminded me of how much harder my body has to work to lug around just 25lbs, not to mention the 95lbs that was killing my knees before. I really do need to remind myself that I have lost a lot and that I can – and should – push myself harder. But alas, my comfort zone is so familiar.
Sunday we planned to go over to Mom’s house to watch a special on JK Rowling on her DVR. I got up and made banana mango protein smoothie for breakfast while I did the morning dog feeding routine. We went to our local bagel shop for some solid food, and then came home ready to make the short drive across town. But wait – why drive? It was lovely outside, in the mid 70’s with a slight breeze. We could walk it, or better yet, ride our bikes. Cross training is good, right?
According to the Map My Run site, it was a round trip ride of 4.75 miles.
We rode over and then watched the 2 hour tele program. Honey worked while watching and I sat drinking copious amounts of water on the couch with Mom and her pup. When the show was over, we headed back the way we came. Since it was a bit after lunch, a stop at Subway and split a foot-long chicken breast sandwich was in order.
It felt nice to just chill the rest of the day knowing we got our exercise in already. Most of the time I am spending the day thinking about when and how to squeeze it in after work or evenings.
Tonight is family dinner with Mom, Sis’s family and us. We are going to drag them along on the short hike afterwards…