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Firecracker Day X: Saturday Review, Sunday Possibilities

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I can't remember what I did on Friday in terms of moving my fitness forward. What a week it was!
Yesterday was Saturday. Saturday is my longest work day. I work part time at a car dealership. The work is usually really boring, but I can't complain - the work is easy, the pay is ok and I am grateful to have the job. The length of the day is broken up by the luxury of a 2 hour lunch break! I can run errands (I shop near there all the time), take a nap or, gasp, exercise!

Yesterday was a beautiful blue-sky day. Cool and gorgeous, perfect for walking. I have not been walking regularly, so when I do, my lower back tightens up. Losing weight will help with that. I walked from the dealership to my car, grabbed my fruit and walked over the slough to the strip mall, past it to Subways and bought an oven roasted chicken sandwich with tons of veggies. Walking to Subways, I had to sit twice. On the way back, I chose to sit outside and eat my sandwich.

When I crossed the slough the first time (bridge), I found someone had put some religious pamphlets on a post. Some had blown down onto the ground and others were headed towards the water. I rounded them all up and recycled them. Littering does nothing to enhance whatever message the depositor was trying to share. C'mon! The ducks, geese, coots and other birds and wildlife that call the slough home cannot read and don't need the paper clogging things up. YUCK!

When I returned over the slough, down the other side, the city crews were spraying something. Their truck was partially on the sidewalk and all kinds of cordage added to the need for me to step carefully. I was starting to resent the workers and the situation when they turned off the sprayer and said hello. We exchanged cheerful greetings and they waiting until I was out of spray range before resuming their work. I am so glad that was the exchange instead of what was in my head!

My pedometer says the walk, slow as it was, was about 45 minutes and something over 2 miles. I am a turtle and that is ok for now. At least I moved!

I was supposed to meet a former fellow paralegal student for coffee this afternoon, but I woke up with a migraine and canceled. I was not thrilled about spending the time and gas doing this anyway, but it would be nice to see her again. The time was going to be smack dab in the middle of the afternoon, so it would have created logisitical issues anyway. We're going to meet up and it will be wonderful, but I am relieved it's not today.

If the headache allows, BF is going to give me a boxing lesson. He found a punching bag and stand that someone was throwing away and lugged that home yesterday while I was at work. A couple of years ago, I bought some Cancer Awareness pink boxing gloves at the local Sears when they were at a clear-the-shelves price. The Sears store was closed and torn down, putting a few hundred people out of work in the name of real estate development...I hope, not just for the fitness, but also for the relationship, that I like boxing. BF loves it. His dad boxed semi-professionally when he was young, so he grew up around it.

So, my first week on the "Firecracker" challenge is a bit uneven. I did "something" on 5 of the 7 days. Great start. I need to have longer and more consistent sessions, but that will come with time. For the first time since I don't know when, I actually feel good about my activity level.

What really helped was wearing a talisman to support a cause every day. For the past two days and through the next few, I am wearing a red and white and a white and red cause bracelet "Hope for Japan". Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear accident at Fukushima's Dai-ichi plant. My brother, sister-in-law and nephew live in Japan. I worry about the long-term effects of the exposure on my nephew, so this cause is very near to my heart.
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  • _LINDA
    Good for you making the effort to move, that is a great start! Sorry about the migraine :( hope it doesn't last too long..
    I love my Boxercise and kickboxing. What it is, they do standard boxing punches and add martial art style kicks. But one caution. You need really strong core muscles. Punches come from your gut and legs for maximum strength. If you have back issues, this could be a problem for you. If you are unable to tighten and hold in your core, you could throw your back out. I would go as far as to suggest wearing some kind of back support brace to start out with. Boxing burns mega calories, but wouldn't be much fun if you got an injury..
    Just want you to be careful and look after yourself! Its wonderful you are willing to try something new!
    Hope you have a great week!
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    1835 days ago
    Good for you. There is nothing better than knowing that you have done something well. I hope you do like the boxing tryout. emoticon
    1835 days ago
    emoticon Good luck with the boxing, I hear is can be a great work out.
    1835 days ago
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