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Didn't post a pep talk this morning, but managed to give myself one...

Monday, December 03, 2012

In the car on the drive to work I usually keep the radio off. I've been doing this pretty much as long as I've been Sparking actively. Why? Radio is a distraction, a shiny object that pulls one away from the focus of the morning.

I often write blogs in my head during that fifteen minute drive. And I definitely give myself pep talks about the day ahead. Since I was a bit rushed heading out the door and I knew I had a week packed with meetings once again lined up, it was important to keep my focus on my "line in the sand" challenge... not skipping those all important break walks, even on a "rest" day in the exercise cycle.

Those break walks are what keep me sane through my work day. I have a schedule to keep. If my meetings interfere with the "normal" time for my walking break, I take it earlier or later. Walk, eat healthy snack, go to next meeting. Lunch time? Eat healthy lunch, then go for walk. Afternoon, repeat. If a meeting encroaches on lunch break, shift lunch time earlier or later, but don't skimp on it.

Today I had a new techno-toy to try out with the walking breaks. You see, I have been slowly dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I resisted the iPod. I eventually got an MP3 player, but hadn't done a lot with it in a while. I resisted the Smart Phones. Until yesterday.

With my marathon dreams, my envy of those who have the RunKeeper app (or other similar training appication) on GPS enabled phones got the better of me. It was time to get my cell phone minutes for the next year anyway... I only had 25 days left on my plan.

So... I walked into the techno-store, and found that the sales person was also a runner... he recommended a package for me that includes this really comfy headset. I tried it out today, and I have to say I am impressed. Now to rip the music I really want to be my sound track!

Because life is good, and active life is better, and music along the way keeps us moving. Georg Frederick Handel, here I come!
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    Hey, I needed this!

    I've fallen way off track, and your mentioning walks in the middle of the day may be my perfect solution for re-calibrating myself.


    And I agree about the giddiness of a new gadget that works well--love!
    2020 days ago
    Handel??? I love "Messiah" but never thought about running to it. Sounds really nice.
    2021 days ago
    Have fun with your new toy! I never wanted a smart phone, thought it was a waste because I'd never use the apps. Boy, was I wrong! Getting my Android was one of the best decisions I've ever made!
    2021 days ago
    2021 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I resisted the smart phone for a long time too and have been impressed by its many advantages since acquiring one.

    P.S. Love your kitty photo!

    2021 days ago

    15 minute commute.

    Enjoy the new gizmos. I embrace them all.
    2021 days ago
  • DALID414
    Welcome to the 21st century emoticon use it to your advantage
    2022 days ago
    We don't listen to any music when we walk. We usually use the walk to catch up on our day and any plans for things coming up. Not often that we walk alone, at least I don't. Jim does sometimes on weekends when I'm at work.
    2022 days ago
    I am so jealous! Enjoy the new technology!
    2022 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Way to go keeping to your walk breaks at work, nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating after being stuck in a stuffy building on your butt all day.
    Congrats on taking the leap into the 21 century! You are going to enjoy tracking your run statistics.
    I know I would do a lot better with my speedwalks if I could listen to music, but headphones make me deaf :( I used to have a walkman and even on its lowest setting a few hours use and I couldn't hear anything. I wish there was another way to listen to portable music.
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    2022 days ago
    Congrats! I love RunKeeper - greatest app ever!!
    2022 days ago
    Yes, music and walks and pep talks! So funny...I blogged about music and pep talks today, too! Guess we are on the same groove! Keep up the good work! Enjoy your new toy! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2022 days ago
    Congrats on your new techno-toy. It sounds wonderful.

    Your commitment to getting your walks and healthy food during the work day is great! Sounds like the most sane way to work there is!!
    2022 days ago
    That's quite a swing, from the economy-model prepaid to a smart phone! I hope you find that what it does for you is worth the money to you.

    I cheaped out and went with an iPod first . . . then became convinced that the apps would be ever so much more useful with a better GPS than the iPod touch and with continual network connectivity. And they are. I could see myself backing off from the smart phone, in a situation of severely reduced income; but I don't see that happening from different priorities for the income I have right now.
    2022 days ago
    I almost always have company on my walks, either human or canine, so I don't usually listen to music, but I have been thinking about giving running an honest try (I've been playing around with it for months), and if I get serious I will probably want music.
    2022 days ago
    emoticon . I am still resisting the smart phone at this time. I refuse to be that attached to my phone. Eventually I will probably have to get one because they will stop making the simple ones. Let us know how you like the GPS apps for your runs.
    2022 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/3/2012 8:44:56 PM
    I also try to stick to walking breaks at work no matter the schedule! So important to keep moving more than once a day!

    I like that you don't use the radio driving to work. I'm not sure I could give up that habit. We shall see.

    2022 days ago
    Oh boy, my walks are like my therapy! I SOMETIMES listen to music, but that's very rare, because I like the time to just think and mull life over, too! My best thinking and planning are done when I walk. Wouldn't give it up for the world!

    2022 days ago
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