Focus on the positive
It's my sister's birthday tomorrow. I agonize every year about whether to call or not. And I inevitably call.
My sister is one of the most negative, mean-spirited, down people I know. She's a master of the back-handed insult. On the s... Read more
How my injured foot helped me break my plateau
I've been pretty much on a plateau since July 2007. That is 8 months. I lost my first 40 lbs from January to June 2007. In June/July, I lost 5 lbs without trying. I spent August in Italy, and came back about 3 lbs over. I quickly lost that.... Read more
From 20W to 14W in one year
I just ordered a new dress. (in the link)
I am one of many teachers being honored at a service award dinner in ten days. And I just don't own a dress appropriate for the occasion. I've ordered a few dresses and sent them back - mostly be... Read more
Was I always this active?
Subtitled: I can't slow down
I'm supposed to walk less. I have not gone out for my long afternoon walks since I saw my orthopedist. I have not done my very long Saturday walks in three weeks. I am only walking around the house, aroun... Read more
March step log
3/1 - 14,028 steps
3/2 - 7,138
3/3 - 8,542
3/4 - 8,575
3/5 - 7,717
3/6 - 8,169
3/7 - 4,449
3/8 - 11,973
3/9 - 8,374
3/10 - 6,075
3/11 - 7,018
3/12 - 6173
3/13 - 6027
3/14 - 8068
3/15 - 3849
3/16 - 4021
3/17 - 7268... Read more
Does this officially make me a jock?
I have a sports injury. I kind of overtrained (albeit in the wrong shoes). I went to a sports medicine clinic. My prescription is to wear running shoes with metatarsal pad inserts, and ease back on the distance walking for a bit. (And ice an... Read more
This is why we live here
It was a gorgeous day, with a clear blue sky and moderate ocean breeze. I walked from the far west end of the waterfront to the new marina on the east end, about 2 miles. Shopped, had a snack, walked back. It's February but warm here. People ... Read more
Feeling proud, feeling discouraged
PROUD: I cooked dinner for DH and myself last night. He had the greasy Italian sausage cooked in marinara with extra vegs added, over whole wheat pasta. I went to the extra trouble of cooking myself a boneless skinless chicken breast, eaten w... Read more
Step log - February
2/1 - 11,534 steps
2/2 - 18,940 steps
2/3 - 4,730 steps (rest day)
2/4 - 10,152 steps
2/5 - 4,595 steps
2/6 - 8,522 steps
2/7 - 12,385 steps
2/8 - 12,714 steps
2/9 - 20,853 steps
2/10 - 4,115 steps
2/11 - 9,880 steps
2/12 -... Read more
I climbed my challenge hill today
All 750 feet of it. All one mile of the road. All the switchbacks and turns and curves and steep climbing. I just decided that today would be the day. This was it. I was gonna tame that hill and make it mine.
I fueled up with an apple,... Read more
I rewarded myself with exercise! I don't believe it!!!!!
What a U turn in my thinking!!!!!!!!!
I worked out all week, every day, training for this half marathon. I walked 2 hours three or four days, and walked steep hills the other days, alternating. I lifted weights. I did tons of stretching.... Read more
I think I'm in better shape than I think I am
Today was a hill day. So I drove to my challenge hill, and decided to start by driving the hill and clocking the miles. Turns out the road is all of .9 miles - yet it goes from sea level to 750 feet. Can we say steep?
Sunday, when I star... Read more
Hill #3, I'm in training
I have found my hill to train for the half marathon. It goes from sea level to 750 feet. I'm not sure at this point how many miles the road to the top is, I'm guessing 2 or 3.
On Sunday, I made my first attempt. I didn't plan to walk t... Read more
Marathon training, day #3, and hill #2
Mahogany Run hill
1.5 miles - estimated elevation change 200 feet in .75 mile distance
Time: 43 minutes - maybe 25 minutes up, and 18 minutes down.
Not too bad, but I need to speed up.
Charlottesville, h... Read more
Taking the initiative vs. talking the initiative
I'm starting to tell people that I'm signed up for a half marathon in April. I don't pretend that I'm running it, I'm upfront about the fact that I'll walk most of it (with small amounts of jogging).
Most people are surprised, then smile a... Read more