Still hanging on! (and letterboxing)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Albeit by a thread, I am still hanging on to my better habit resolutions.
Recently the eating has been an issue as I fell in the trap of eating some bread which triggered my hungry-caterpillar syndrome of wanting to eat everything in sight, but at least I have been keeping up with the exercise routine as far as the running program is concerned.
I have just started week 6 of the "Couch to 5 K" program and despite having feared the last session of last week (20 minutes run...GASP!!!!!) it did actually go ok...although the boy could walk next to me whilst I was running LOL!
BF had registered for the Greiffensee half-marathon and being in the middle of that big event made me quite nervous. He's been trying to get me to commit to joining him next year, and as I pounded the forest path alone yesterday evening I realised that I enjoy running on my own very much but I don't think I want to share that with several thousands people. We'll see.
But at least I can honestly say that I am finding it easier, and the distance is gently increasing, seemingly all by itself.
On Sunday as the weather was mild and sunny I convinced BF to go letterboxing with me in the nearby park. It was a first for both of us and we enjoyed it, from the cycle to find the actual place to the hunt...although it was pretty easy to find!
I first heard about letterboxing on LimenViolet. (ah, the things you learn on knitting podcasts!) and decided to investigate the recommended website (Atlasquest.com) to find out a bit more and what the situation was in Swiss-land.
In their own words:
What is Letterboxing?
Finding a Letterbox
Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. The prize: a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp—usually a unique, hand-carved creation.
Letterboxers stamp their discoveries in a personal journal, then use their own rubber stamp, called a signature stamp, by stamping it into the logbook found with the letterbox, perhaps writing a note about the weather or their adventures in finding the letterbox.
We did not have a stamp so we used a fingerprint, and I think we may plant a box of our own to help grow the hobby around here...but first I need to unleash my creative self on designing a stamp!
What cracked me up was the smuggler's look on BF face...waiting for the path to be clear, and taking the box away from it's hiding place whilst we were revealing its content so that any passer-by would not know about it, then carefully re-hiding it for the next letter-boxer.
It was fun, and I'll definitely build that into the next trip we take together! (anybody knows of boxes in Budapest?)
Apart from that I have been totally wrapped up in myself, from trying to stay 'reasonable' food-wise to looking at jobs and not obsessing over friendships, and the weightloss progress (or lack thereof) is a witness to that...
But I'll do better, and I'll make it a daily appointment to come and sign in on SP.
Thank you Junia for reminding me that I have committed to this and there are indeed people who count on me here too...