Nephew, Square Dance, and Running
Sunday, March 19, 2017
This morning nephew and I did a little over 5 miles. We jogged a bit, but mostly walked. I was letting him set the pace and he had a pain in his leg that didn't affect him when walking, but limited our running. He said he just has to get the extra weight off. I'm having a hard time accepting that I can't run the speed I ran in 2012-14. He's gained back 64 of the 71 pounds he had lost. He's about 9 minutes a mile slower than he was. He's having a tough time accepting where he is right now in his fitness and I certainly understand that. He is back on medicine to control his diabetes when he had controlled it with diet and exercise for several years. It is so easy to slip. He is working long hours and one day a week he has to be at work (he drives an ambulance) at 3:30am. He is in EMT school and has had some struggles. He lives with his father who is a difficult person at best. Some of his deal is stress eating; a lot of it is convenience, lack of cooking skills and facilities. He had great success following the McDougall plan which is vegan and no oil; he eats lots of potatoes, pasta and oatmeal on this plan. He doesn't think the way I eat is healthy, (I do believe in healthy fats and am not vegan) so my offers to cook for him are not accepted. I have paid for his Weight Watcher membership for about 5 years. He goes, but doesn't get it. Sigh. I've told him this is the last year I can pay for it. Just really want good things for him, but I can't do it for him.
I'm glad to report that the other grandparents have the granddaughters until 5pm so that Gary and I can go to a square dancing for beginners workshop today. It's in Plant City, about 15 miles away, in the town where I grew up. I hope we know enough to participate well. I have to be willing to make a fool of myself in order to even try! It does get Gary some activity, so that is good. It is fun when I get it right. It does make me appreciate running even more; I always know my next step!!
Yesterday I ran 5.5 miles with my Galloway group. I went with the fastest group, which ran a little over my training pace, with :45/:30 run/walk. My next choice would have been :15/:30 run/walk and just too slow for me. I think I made the right choice. We then went to DisneyWorld. I set a new record for number of steps in a day, 39,739! That is over 20 miles, in case you were wondering.
Do you count your steps? What activities get you the highest step count??