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Taking stock

Sunday, October 07, 2012

When I started sparking, my absolute limit for walking was about five miles, and yesterday I did eight. What's more, if I hadn't run out of food and water - and walk! I could have gone on and done ten I think. The walks are part of my new lifestyle and they are no great hardship because I love them so much.

So I am sort of at the point of, what now? At least where exercise is concerned. (My next weigh-in is not for a couple of weeks. I weigh in monthly to avoid glitches caused by, for example hormonal water retention and ahem! holidays).

There are a couple of things I need to do though.

One is to clean my trainers so that I can go to the gym tomorrow night. I've been wearing them for walking in and the mud is sort of layered on them in different colours. Not to mention the fact that while taking a photo yesterday, I stood in a horse bun. Sorry, TMI, huh? I also walked across paths that looked like this a lot:

And they are going to be a feature of my walks as we get into winter.

Anyway, to get back to the point, I need to go to the gym more often. At weekends I prefer to hike if the weather's ok, but during the week - and now that the evenings are dark, I need to get my chubby posterior to the gym.

Also, I have to see my doctor because I want to start doing strength training and I need to see what she thinks. I've been putting this off because she is on the fierce side and is part of the reason I signed up to SP. She threatened me with everything up to and including housemaid's knee if I didn't lose weight.

(here's the original housemaid's knee joke

However if I can go along and demonstrate increased fitness (perhaps by swinging from the light fitting in the waiting room?) and a weight loss, I hope she'll think it's ok for me to do some strength training.

A further thingy came up today. I went for a walk and cut it short because it was colder than I expected. I definitely should have worn warmer clothes, but I haven't actually got the sort of gear you need to be out of doors for a long time if the temperature's down to freezing, and I certainly have every intention of continuing my lovely walks during the autumn and winter (Except when it's actually raining. There are limits.)

So that's a small but expensive project for next weekend.

Boots first, I think. I don't want to risk horse wossname on the treadmill at the gym.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/11/2012 8:50AM

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JERZGURL_NAN 10/9/2012 9:50PM

    OMGoodness - not up to cleaning mud off shoes. But certainly not welcome at the gym.

Awesome accomplishment with your mileage!!

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DANAPRIME 10/8/2012 9:48PM

    Boots are a great idea, but I have to tell you I LOVE my overshoes!! I can wear my most comfortable walking shoes all year long and never have cold or wet feet. I wear NEOS - New England Over Shoes. one pair insulated and one pair not. I do at least some of my walking outside every day here in West Virginia, United States. Temps here range from highs of 103F in summer to lows of -20F in winter. Of course I don't walk in the extremes, but my NEOS never let me down.

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN 10/8/2012 6:18PM

    OMG, I've spent the last couple of hours reading Your blogs are addictive!

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QUILTINGB52 10/8/2012 6:15PM

    Enjoying the thought of you standing in a "horse bun"....and we call them "road apples"! lol

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AMARILYNH 10/8/2012 12:06PM

    LOVED the blog!! I second (third,fourth?) the layering suggestions and will add microfiber (tech fabric) is a must!! And it need not be the really expensive stuff like underarmour (though that is a GREAT investment) - you can get Danskin at Wal-Mart and C-9 at Target.

Another suggestion is arm warmers - they are GREAT!! That's what I'm wearing now as the season changes - a short sleeved tech shirt, cotton pants (as it gets colder those will change to tech fiber), arm warmers and nylon gloves. If it is extra chilly (as it was early this morning) I add a microfiber tech vest. Then as I warm up I begin peeling off layers. If you work it right you can end a walk on a chilly day with clothes that are completely dry!! That was impossible before tech fibers - to stay warm you'd end up with your bottom layer totally sweaty! I LOVE tech fibers!! Look for wicking, dryfit.... those are the only two terms I can think of but if you see it on a label I think you'll know that's what I'm referring to. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/8/2012 11:40AM

    I hike in my gym shoes too! around here I have to watch out for both horse and cow piles. I know I should get hiking boots but my gym shoes are so comfortable!

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TDEMAIO2 10/8/2012 9:30AM

    I hope your Dr gives you the ok to do some weight training or resistance training : ) I am a grew up on aerobics and weights were for guys and getting bulky :O I am woman of a certain age and once I starting using them (kettlebell is my favorite) I have really started seeing a change : ) I really hope you continue your walks I love them : )

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DJSHIP46 10/8/2012 8:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon ... you are doing it and I'm sure you'll get the go ahead for weights, particularly if you start light and work your way up!

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    Have enjoyed your treks. Look forward to many more.
Thanks for sharing. Audra

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RAINBOW_LADY 10/8/2012 7:53AM

  I have a real phobia about mud (eewwgghh!) and once ruined a Santa 6k run/walk when a silly man deliberately jumped into a dirty muddy puddle, splashing me in my Santa suit. I sulked and moaned the rest of the way round and tore my suit off in disgust as soon as I finished! Yes, I did have other clothes on underneath!!
Another fun blog emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/8/2012 7:38AM

    I love the image of swinging from the light fixture! Great way for me to start the day. I'd have to get off my lazy posterior to go somewhere to find somewhere nice to walk like what you have (sans mud), but at the price of gas....on concrete for me....

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KATHIC2 10/8/2012 7:36AM

  Love your blog and sense of humour!

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SPACEBOT1 10/8/2012 6:52AM

    Talk to your GP about the PARS (physical activity referral scheme). You can get a fitness assessment and supported exercise sessions if you have any health problems or are over a certain weight. My GP had never heard of it but I Googled it and made him phone up and refer me. They do everything from aquafit to circuit training and the odd spot of chandelier swinging. Good luck :)

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2012 3:24AM

    Great blog as always Anne and love your sense of humour.
I hope your doc clears you for ST, as long as you warm up and cool down and take it slow you'll be fine.
Have a good week Anne emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/8/2012 12:13AM

    Selfishly I'll be praying for no rain in your area so we can have the wonderful photos and stories. I know the blogs will be great with or without your wonderful pictures. Stay safe and healthy! emoticon emoticon

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EABL81 10/7/2012 11:51PM

    Boots are a necessity in the muck. So are nice, warm, wool socks underneath.

Ask Bottie for light swinging tips. I'm sure she can help. Good luck!

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EXSSGIRL 10/7/2012 11:28PM

  Loved this blog post! You have a great sense of humor that makes for a great read. Enjoy your walks and stay warm!

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KYDZTOI 10/7/2012 9:56PM

    I love your Blog and the pictures, it adds reality to the blog- Thanks

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LINDAK25 10/7/2012 9:53PM

    I don't see why the doctor wouldn't be okay with strength training. Just make sure to warm up and stretch. I can't emphasize that enough! Stretch! I learned the hard way, owwww! Have fun cleaning your trainers! Boots would be a good option.

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POPSY190 10/7/2012 8:35PM

    I think your doctor should be pleased and impressed with your progress!

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MEDICGURL1769 10/7/2012 8:35PM

    I always love your blogs, they are so, ummmm, colorful, lol! You always get a giggle out of me. Good luck at the docs and I would definitely get separate shoes for the gym and hiking.

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JACKIE542 10/7/2012 8:22PM

    Yes, Boots, and layering your clothing if you are going to continue your walks in the cold weather. We don't want you to get sick. Take good care. Love all your stories. emoticon

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KIPPER15 10/7/2012 8:08PM

    I have multiple pairs of shoes, my hubby says I am a shoe horse (as long as it is not just a horse, I don't mind). I went to a gym that required you have seperate shoes to wear there that are not worn any place else. I kept that pair in my gym bag. I would like to see a video of your swing from the lights if you please. Lovely walk again. emoticon emoticon

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COUPONS0216 10/7/2012 7:57PM

    Your doctor does not get high marks from me, there are better ways to motivate someone!
I am such a fan of your lovely walks though, the pictures are awesome, and eight miles is something I feel deserves an award!


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L1ZB3TH354 10/7/2012 6:35PM

    Give me an excuse to buy shoes! Walking shoes, running shoes, cross-training shoes, I have shoes for all my exercises. Yes, start strength training, but slowly. You can get really sore. You wouldn't think so, but very sore.

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LAURIETAIT 10/7/2012 5:49PM

    I very much enjoyed Three Men in a Boat and your blog as well. Thank you for sharing. I wish you happy boot and clothing hunting. One of the ways you know you've made a lasting lifestyle change is that your wardrobe and footwear starts looking a little different.

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MARYJEANSL 10/7/2012 5:34PM

  I definitely think you should swing from the light fitting! And make sure you get a video of it. ;-)

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DNRAE1 10/7/2012 5:12PM

    Boots! I'll probably get some, but probably later on. I do need them though for rainy, wet, and snowy days. Hmmmm, you make me think! Good luck on the strength training...I think she will be impressed by how well you've done! emoticon

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KATIWONT 10/7/2012 4:48PM

    I loved your blog! I was giggling thru the the whole thing! The Tarzan routine would make quite an impression for patients and staff alike. What would a housemaid's knee be? (I want to make sure I never get one!) Best of luck!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/7/2012 4:41PM

    Ooh, yeah you need some boots for sure if you're walking trails like that and treading in road apples! :) I'm sure you're fine to do strength training - you just gotta start small and work your way up carefully and gradually.

Congrats on the lengthy walking distance!

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LIVEDAILY 10/7/2012 4:40PM

    I am fairly certain that Coach Nicole recently recommended a certain type of legging/under-legging type garment specifically for colder weather. You would most likely have to search her blogs to find the name of it. Layers. I remember from when I used to be able to walk for great distances that it helped to dress in layers that you could peel off if you got too warmish. Treking boots would be ideal! I should think that your doctor would be all in favour of you beginning strength training! Start off small and light (3 lb weights for arms) and build up from there. Show her SP when you next go in for an appointment. She just might be pleasantly surprised.

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CLEARSTREAM 10/7/2012 4:34PM

    Boots first is a good idea! I invested in a pair of HiTeck walking boots a few weeks ago and they have made such a difference. I can now walk through puddles (if I have to) without getting my socks all gooey!

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JULIA1154 10/7/2012 4:33PM

  We get a lot of rIn and thus mud here, too. I keep a pair of running shoes for my indoor workouts and make it a rule NEVER to wear them outside. They last a lot longer that way and are never damp or muddy.

I have other shoes that I wear on outdoor walks. They also double as gardening shoes. You can imagine how scruffy they look. :)

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LEXIE63 10/7/2012 4:18PM

    Love the idea of you doing a Tarzan impression to impress your doctor! LOL
Good luck with that!

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