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10/3/16 7:52 A

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Run/walked 2.2 miles Sunday evening. Walked 4.7 miles Monday morning.

Total 47.1 miles

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A mighty 8.3 miles yesterday and 6.4 miles today - all walked

Yesterday I walked 6.2 miles in the morning thanks to my stubborn determination to outdo the weather. A bright sunny day was forecast, so I decided to take my camera and long (heavy) lens up to the nature reserve. I love the lens but it copes better with the bright light of Summer than the dimmer late Autumn / Winter light, so I like to take advantage of any sunny days around this time of year. We set off to school with sunshine, light showers and rainbows. By the time I dropped off the kids we had progressed to overcast with steady rain, which carried on for the next 45 minutes. The sensible thing would have been to go home and wait for it to brighten up, but I knew once I got dry and put the kettle on I'd never get out again! So I refused to give in and was eventually rewarded with lovely sunshine and breezes strong enough to dry my hair and jeans before I got home again.
Today was the day yesterday should have been weather-wise so I had another outing, but it was really more of an amble than a walk, and I shall probably have a lazy weekend.

Total 21.1 miles

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9/28/16 4:21 P

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Another 1.3 miles on the afternoon school run.

Well I'm chuffed that we matched 104 days! I tell you what, let's have one more crack at beating it. It's the simplest option and seems to be working well for motivating both of us. I'm happy your horse is doing well, and I hope she continues to thrive, but if she does need to slow down I still have a good feeling that we can beat 100 days. Let's see, shall we?

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9/28/16 6:28 A

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Walked 4.3 miles this morning. (Including huffing up and down some steep steps for 5 minutes for my shot of HIIT!)

Actually I'm surprised we've managed to just about match 104 days. As well as a) and b) I would add c) for 6 weeks of summer holidays I wasn't doing much walking and was only making 10K steps per day by using indoor walking videos which didn't add to our mileage.

I'm all for carrying on. I find it very motivating and good to be able to chat about what's stopping us getting out too. When I have one of those can't-be-arsed days, I find writing about it here makes it less likely to turn into a can't-be-arsed week!

So we could have another go at cracking 104 days, or we could have a holiday . I bookmarked a site from someone's blog a while ago with trails of varying lengths. We could chose one of those?

www.walking4fun.com/trails/

But considering we've been all the way up and down the country, if you're fancying a rest from virtual walking I won't be offended!

Total 866.7 miles

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9/27/16 2:43 P

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A decent 7.3 miles walking yesterday. A more modest 4.2 miles today.

You had a lovely long ride there! I agree, it's good to raise the heart a little bit each day.

Total 860.3 miles

Are we nearly there yet??

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9/25/16 11:19 A

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9.2 miles walking to add.

I googled Bodnant - it looks beautiful!

Jogging is love/hate for me. I want to love it and it gave me a lot of confidence to realise I actually could do it!, But I lost a bit of faith when I injured my calf earlier in the year (January?) It was a bit unlucky. I'd just started jogging and a car pulled out of a side alley onto the pavement forcing me to stop dead. When I started off again I realised I'd pulled a muscle. Probably I wasn't warmed up enough. It took a couple of weeks to recover. I was so disappointed not to be able to do long walks, and so relieved I could at least do yoga. I felt like an idiot for risking all that. I'm interested in making my body fitter and stronger, so I can hopefully stay active for as long as possible. So the problem I have with jogging is maybe it's putting more strain on my body and making it wear out quicker!

At the moment I'm doing short bursts (10-15 min) of HIIT 3x per week after reading a BBC article about how the benefits outweigh longer periods of activity such as jogging. Sometimes I follow their plan of star jumps, mountain climbers etc, but I've tried adding it to walks too. As you say a couple of stiff hills does the trick! I also find jogging at any pace leaves me short of breath, so I'd rather do a walk with sprint intervals than a long jog.

Total 832.8 miles

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Yesterday 4.4 miles. Today 4.6 miles.

I adjusted the settings on my pedometer because I realised I've been short-changing myself on distance since I started using the new one. I wondered why I'd started walking more slowly. (Duh!!)

I want to say something encouraging about the jogging, but I'm not really the right person. I always feel I'm on the verge of doing myself more harm than good when I run! I started reading a book called Chi running by Danny Dreyer. It teaches a more natural (think African barefoot long distance) style of running designed to prevent injury. Unfortunately I hadn't the patience to read the whole book and try to teach myself. The plain truth is I'd rather walk!

Total 808.5 miles

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Walked 3.5 miles

Yes I also find it best to be cautious with any running twinges!

Total 791.7 miles

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Nothing yesterday. A very pleasant 3 mile stroll in the sunshine today.

OK, no more stressing, at least till we get the results in the middle of next month anyway!

Good job with the jogging intervals. When I first started I had a goal of 5K (3.1 miles) in 30 mins. I suppose I like round numbers!

Total 774.4 miles.

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Rode 5 miles, walked 3 miles. That was 35 mins of walk/jog, so I think things are slowly improving...

You could certainly have worse problems than choosing between grammar and good academy! If your daughter's talents lie on the creative side, make sure that the academy will offer her good opportunities to exercise these talents: is there a good art department, for starters? Many of these "non-academic" areas have suffered horribly in the cuts and the target-focused atmosphere of recent years -- but I'm sure I don't need to tell you... A friend of mine (since grammar-school days!) has just retired from heading the art department at a leading public school, and I went round her department last year and looked at the student work in progress and on display. It was quite fantastic: absolutely phenomenal to see what 14-year-olds were producing when given good teachers and excellent facilities. And by "art" I include things like photography, video, etc., which students these days need to learn about if they want a future in "creative" work. I was so impressed; can you look round the facilities at the grammar and the academy in advance to see what they offer and which may be best suited to your daughter? That may sway your judgement if she is border-line (don't necessarily believe the grammar head, who is sending off messages of "thickies keep out, we don't want you here").

Now, STOP STRESSING!

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5.2 miles yesterday.

Oh good old iPlayer. Yes I'll take a look at that with hubby. Of course, there may not be a decision to make. My daughter is perhaps the less academic of my children. Her talents tend towards the artistic and creative side. However, there are only 2 weeks between getting the results and the deadline for secondary school applications. So I think we'll be wise to have a strategy in place for if she passes. I think grammar will be the choice if she passes well, but perhaps not if she's borderline. There was a good article in the local paper written by the headmaster of the grammar school pointing out that children in Ripon have the opportunity to go to an outstanding school whether it's grammar or academy. So if we end up having to make a choice between the two, it's not the worst problem in the world to have!

Total 763.4 miles.

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9/16/16 3:08 P

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Walked 1.8 miles.

Minnie, you're a star! Always so supportive and encouraging, and I appreciate it so much. I am trying to limit my evening snacking to healthier foods, so it's now plain bread or fruit (I've eaten all the trail mix, salted nuts and dark chocolate in the cupboard, and have deliberately not replaced them); still calorific, but certainly not doughnuts! I will hopefully eventually wean myself off the snacking, but for now I am pleased with 40 nicotine-free days...

Did you watch Question Time on BBC1 last night? If not, take a look on iPlayer: the very first question was about grammar schools versus academies, and should we have more grammar schools. I'm a bit prejudiced in favour of grammar schools, because I went to a good state grammar (in the days when there were still some) and from there to Cambridge (full of ex-public school boys, and at a time when there were only three Cambridge colleges open to women), so I feel that a good (emphasise good) grammar can take its pupils anywhere. But the QT audience last night were hugely in favour of the academies that have done well -- like your local example -- and didn't want them replaced by old-fashioned and segregated grammar schools. Interesting viewing...

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5.1 miles walking yesterday.

Brilliant news about the nicotine cravings! It must be so encouraging to realise that it really is getting gradually easier. I know you're concerned about the evening snacking, but here's the good news,
1) It's evening snacking not all-day snacking
2) If you're still sticking to trail mix and the like, it may be calorific but it's healthy. You're not ruining your health gains by gobbling down fast food and doughnuts (I hope!!)

I think you're wise not to weigh obsessively. Maybe later on you will feel ready to let go of the evening snacking, or maybe you can make adjustments elsewhere in the day to offset it. Five and a half weeks is still early days though so be patient with yourself!

Total 756.4 miles

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Rode 3.2 miles, walked 2.5 miles.

Had hoped to go further/faster with my jogging intervals, but it was a scorching hot day and very humid, so this was the best I could manage in my allotted 30 mins -- and I was dripping sweat after that!

Meanwhile, after five-and-a-half weeks I am pleased to report that the nicotine cravings are dying down somewhat. I've got the morning cup-of-coffee-and-a-fag routine completely cracked, and it now doesn't bother me at all; the evening glass-of-wine-and-a-fag is somewhat more persistently alluring, but I am managing to resist temptation by dint of continued excess snacking. I haven't weighed myself since 1 September (when I was 5lbs up on 1 August), so I don't yet know the full extent of the damage...

Total 751.3 miles

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5.3 miles walking yesterday.

I knew I had 3 school runs again so I didn't do much extra walking. I used to use the method of walking my route to measure distance too. It's exciting when you can see that you're making progress!

Total 745.6 miles

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Rode 5 miles, walked 5.4 miles.

Ah, of course! My pedometer calculates distance by multiplying stride length, like yours, so of course as the stride length increases the distance decreases... I don't have a Garmin-type device, nor any nice husband to buy me one for Christmas, so until such time as I think it is worth forking out for one myself, I shall use old-fashioned methods of calculating distance. So today I went out and walked the whole of my usual walk/jog route (seemed very slow and sedate!), and it is exactly 2.5 miles. Did it today in 40 mins (3.75mph), but walk/jog is 30 mins (5mph). I am quite pleased by this: it is definitely a step up on just walking, and gives me a useful benchmark for measuring any future improvement.

Total 740.3 miles

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4.6 miles walking yesterday.

Does your pedometer have a way to measure distance, or does it calculate it based on stride-length. Mine does the latter, so it always underestimates distance when I run because my stride lengthens. So I end up wearing my pedometer to record progress with my daily step count and my GPS running watch to record distance!

Total 729.9 miles

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9/13/16 4:08 P

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Walked 2.3 miles.

This took half an hour -- again. I don't seem to be speeding up at all, although it feels to me that every time I do jogging intervals I am managing to jog more frequently and for longer distances -- but it doesn't seem to be showing up in my stats. Having said which, my super-duper new pedometer may not be as accurate when I am jogging as when I am walking: for example, I am now walking/jogging a stretch of lane that I have walked and measured (with several different pedometers) as 0.9 miles about a zillion times; yet when I include the jogging the new pedometer measures it as 0.8 miles. This has happened several times, so I think maybe the pedometer doesn't catch jogging strides quite so well. So perhaps I am going a bit further than I think in the half-hour I allocate to the walk/jog...? It's a bit irritating, though, when one is trying to measure progress.

Total 725.3 miles

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Walked 7 miles yesterday. The total was boosted by having to do an extra school run as DD was on a school trip. DS goes on the same trip tomorrow so I will get plenty of walking done!

Total 723 miles

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9/12/16 2:46 P

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Rode 4.5 miles, walked 2 miles.

You are clearly in better shape than I am, as I can only manage 2.3 miles in 30 mins when I'm doing my jogging intervals. I've only been doing them for a week, with one day on and one day off, but I think they are helping: I've got over the frightful initial leg soreness, and now I already feel I am breathing a bit better and my basic walking pace is picking up slightly.

Your daughter's school's caginess is almost entirely caused by external reasons rather than being the policy/desire of the school head/teachers. Read the book -- that will give you something real to worry about!

Total 716 miles

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Yes you're completely right. Worrying over things I have no control over is a fault of mine, as is lack of patience! In this instance, I just need to sit back and let it play out. I'm intrigued by the book. I hadn't considered that there might be external reasons for the school's caginess. I'm sure DH would like to read it too so I'll see if I can get hold of a copy.

I had a very sedentary weekend so by Sunday evening I needed to get outdoors for some fresh air. I contemplated a walk but decided on a run/walk instead. I blame you and your jogging intervals for putting the idea in my head! It was good to find I could still break into a run, but half an hour of alternate running and walking was enough. I covered 2.5 miles altogether.

Total 709.5 miles.

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Walked 2.2 miles.

If I may add my ha'porth worth, the school situation for your daughter seems pretty much win-win: good academy versus good grammar. So try not to stress about the exam and her results. When you find out which school she is going to -- and, more importantly, you find out what it is like when she gets there and settles in -- you will be able to assess the situation, see if it is satisfactory, and if not make plans for remedial action. But at the moment you are worrying about something which (a) may never happen and (b) you have no control over. This, on both counts, is completely pointless worrying which is simply detrimental (to your health) and does nothing constructive whatsoever. So, although I know it is difficult, please try not to worry and try not to think about it too much.

Regarding the present school's fudging over the issue of targets, I highly, highly recommend reading the book "The Silent State" by Heather Brooke (the Guardian journalist who first uncovered the MP expenses scandal). The first chapter in particular, concerning state surveillance and the collection of personal data about children, is an eye-opening warning to all parents, and will go some way towards explaining the school's attitudes to targets. I got a copy from my library, and I'm sure you could order it if your library doesn't have it on the shelves: it was written in 2010, so one can only imagine things have gone downhill since then, but what it says is truly shocking.

Total 707 miles

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Well done getting finished with the hedges. The picnic ride sounds like a great way to celebrate!

We seem to be moving along nicely again after a bit of a slow spell. I walked 5.2 miles on Friday. Nothing yesterday. My daughter sat an entrance exam for the Grammar school yesterday morning. A few years ago I would have been really desperate for her to pass, because the local comprehensive was awful (results and behaviour!) Most parents were sending their kids to neighbouring towns to avoid it. Then it became an academy and completely turned around. Apparently it's one of the best in the country now.. I'd possibly prefer my daughter to go there rather than grammar, because I think it will suit her better, though DH would prefer her to go to Grammar if she passes. I have no idea if she will pass or not. The primary school goes to ridiculous lengths to avoid comparing children against each other. So all you get is something along the lines of "Your daughter is meeting/not meeting the individual targets we have set for her based on what we thought her abilities might be!" I always suspect it's more a measure of whether they set the right targets rather than how she is doing.
Sorry, they've only been back at school 5 minutes and I'm already being sucked into term-time stressing. Note to self - calm down!

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9/10/16 5:13 P

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Rode 12 miles, walked 3.6 miles.

Picnic ride to Lake Vyrnwy today, going along the Rainbow Trails. Lovely weather and a good group of friends, so an excellent outing. Did more jogging intervals when I got home, and then went for dinner with neighbours. So a busy day and I am now pooped!

Total 699.6 miles

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Walked 3 miles.

Today I finally finished cutting the garden hedges -- hurrah! It normally takes me around three weeks of intermittent clipping to get them done, but this year, with everything else that's been going on and being away so much, the job has stretched over two months and I am heartily sick of it...

Interesting to hear your views on the 100 days; and yes, I did plan to have a drink after the 100 days -- the idea was to lose a bit of weight and break the daily-drinking habit, not to give up alcohol entirely. (Partially successful: I lost about a stone in the 100 days, due to no alcohol calories combined with calorie counting in other areas; but the daily drink kicked back in again within a few weeks!) Smoking is different: this is supposed to be quitting for good. I like your idea of giving myself the incentive of a "treat" when I get to the 100 days, and I know exactly what it will be: I've actually got about 10 packs of cigarettes in the house, all unopened and sellable on eBay or similar, plus one pack with one cigarette left in it. This one cigarette annoys me, and has done so ever since I quit: I obviously cannot sell it, but I hate waste and thus find it difficult just to throw it away. So I shall promise myself that I can smoke that one cigarette after 100 days. (By this time, of course, I will hopefully not even want to; also the cigarette will be horribly stale and hopefully taste absolutely disgusting!)

Congratulations on the 488 days, incidentally! I found SP about 5 weeks after I started trying to lose weight back in 2012, and like you I didn't have any long-term plans and probably wouldn't have started if I had thought it would be for 488 days, never mind "forever". But I'm quite a fan of the "streaks", as they do motivate you when you have built up a good total (I'm currently on 250 days of 10,000 steps a day, and that really drives me out walking!). My two utter failures in the streak system are personal goals of "do 30 mins cleaning twice a week" and "go without alcohol three times a week"... But, in contrast, on the personal goal of "go riding at least three times a week", I am now on week 154, so at least sometimes it works!

Total 684 miles

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9/9/16 3:18 A

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Yesterday's total 5.1 miles.

I know what you mean about a time limit on giving up smoking. When I started this current get-fit kick I joined a 40 day daily yoga challenge and decided to eat well and log all my food for the 40 days as well. (I found SP and joined up soon after starting the challenge.) Well I'm now on day 488 and the yoga is going strong and I've added other fitness activities too. The healthy eating isn't perfect, but is still a lot better than my eating habits used to be. But if I'd decided at the beginning to do 488 days, or to carry on forever, I'm quite sure I wouldn't have even reached the 40 day mark.
If 100 days keeps you going, aim for that. When you gave up alcohol, you always knew it was for 100 days only, and you fully intended to have a drink after that, right?? The smoking is different. You'll be reluctant to throw away your 100 days of hard work. Because you are going cold turkey, perhaps you could give yourself the option of an aid to make it easier after 100 days (vaping/gum/patches/ even one cigarette a day, whatever). You probably won't use it in the end, but it might help psychologically for now? Sometimes it seems that 'tricking' ourselves into not giving up with things is half the battle! Stick with it!!!

Total 681 miles.

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9/8/16 3:14 P

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Rode 3.2 miles, walked 2 miles.

Took my sore legs out for some more jogging intervals: only 25 mins, but I hope that if I stick with it I will get better at it and the whole thing will become less painful!

Total 675.9 miles

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9/7/16 4:20 P

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Rode 5 miles, walked 4.6 miles.

I know what you mean about muggy: it's been horrible here for the past couple of days. Today we were finally free of the claggy, clinging hill mist and it felt fresher, although there was full sun. But jeeps, my quads were sore this morning after yesterday's jogging -- and it isn't even as if I did very much! Also noticeable spare tyre hanging over the top of my jeans when I looked at myself in the mirror after my bath today... I must clearly get myself in shape, both metaphorically and literally!

The thing that bothers me about the 29 days (now 30 -- and yes, I did like the emoticon!) is that earlier this year I did 100 days without alcohol: I have a horrible tendency to drink a daily glass of wine, which frequently turns into another and another... and I know that I drink my excess calories rather than eating them, as my diet is generally healthy and moderate. But although I stuck out the 100 days, I was gagging for a drink by the end of it and promptly went straight back to my bad old habits... And I'm afraid that the same thing will happen with cigarettes: it's not really getting any easier, and I yearn to light up multiple times a day, every day. So I say to myself now that I will do 100 days and then see how I feel -- but will it be just the same as the daily glass of wine...?

I'm slightly despondent, but I'm sticking with it for now!

Total 670.7 miles

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Don't be too impressed - my distance was good but my speed was barely more than a pootle because it was so muggy. I did just a little less distance today, 6 miles, but walked a bit faster so it felt a bit more like exercise. It's so good to be able to get out walking again.

I'm impressed with the jogging intervals! And the 29 days emoticon
( I do like it when SP has an appropriate emoticon!)

Total 661.1 miles

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9/6/16 3:22 P

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Walked 2.9 miles.

Thank you so much for your support, as ever! A bit more cheerful today, although getting through my daily to-do list still seems like a constant struggle. Good days and bad days...

But I'm v impressed with your walking today: I've been thinking of you getting everything sorted out to get the brats back to school, and imagining you being very organized but also quite tired after all the effort -- but then you surprise me with a brilliant distance!

I introduced a few jogging intervals into my outing today: frightful!! Hadn't realized quite how fat and unfit I have become... Day 29 without a cigarette, but I am paying quite a high price...

Total 655.1 miles

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Sorry you had a sad day. The weather is hardly helping, is it? I was ready to walk come rain or shine this morning, but I got neither. Instead it was overcast and freakishly warm, the kind of weather that saps your energy. Still... 0.6 miles yesterday, 6.8 miles today. The kids are back at school - woohoo! Actually I did miss them a little, but it was good to be able to have a proper walk again :)

Total 652.2 miles

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9/5/16 3:47 P

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Walked 2.9 miles.

Horrible weather: thick and damp hill fog surrounding the place all day, and I have been feeling tired and sad...

Total 644.8 miles

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9/4/16 1:41 P

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Rode 12 miles, can't be bothered to walk...

Another excellent outing: 18 of us on this ride, and we raised over 500 for the air ambulance. The weather stayed dry and we rode a route that was completely unknown to me; Marbles got very excited by both the novelty and the company, and thoroughly enjoyed herself!

I'm like you: I like dogs, but have never had one -- just cats. I've always thought that a dog would be more of a tie and need more daily attention than either cats or horses (the latter are surprisingly easy to leave in the care of obliging neighbours!), so I've always avoided having one despite living in a rural dog-wonderland and having a large garden. But I do often think about it, as I know it would make me get out and walk every day...

Total 641.9 miles

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It's funny, where I like to walk in the mornings I am often the only person without a dog! I love dogs though I've never owned one, only cats. Perhaps I'll get one when the kids no longer need walking to school and I need something to get me out of the door in the mornings.

I did manage to stir myself to walk 1.5 miles to the shops this morning. It was raining, but I needed the fresh air and exercise.

Total 629.9 miles

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9/3/16 3:36 P

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Walked 2.6 miles. Absolutely foul weather here today, so sat indoors with the fire burning and worked on computer, just nipping out for a quick walk late in the afternoon when the rain dried up for a short time.

Total 628.4 miles

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9/2/16 5:39 P

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Walked 3.2 miles.

Motivation is always an issue (unless one is really super-fit and uber-dedicated to healthy eating), and I'm equally as good as you at dreaming up excuses -- or even just sitting on my bum and thinking "I don't feel like doing it today: I think I'll drive to the shops instead and buy a pork pie to eat for lunch..." I think perhaps it may be easier for me than for you: to start with, there are two of us in my fitness regime (myself and the horse), and I cannot expect her to be fit and capable of doing these 20-mile rides unless I give her regular exercise. So I take her out for a minimum of one hour three times a week (usually far longer and far more often), just to keep her basically fit; and having this responsibility to her obviously makes me take exercise as well. (The horses also helped in the past when one was kept at the other end of the village and I had to walk to see/feed her every day; but now she is sold (sniffle), so I no longer have that motivation.) And secondly, because I live on my own, I am motivated to walk by going out to see friends and having some kind of social life (quite often my walk involves carrying a bottle of wine round to friends, drinking it with them, and then walking home again); this happened just this evening, when I frankly didn't feel like walking anywhere at all, but I hadn't seen these friends for over a fortnight and thought I really should shift myself... Last but not least, my mega-rides are also social events, as I meet up with people who share my interest in horses and who are rapidly becoming friends. So I have lots of incentives/motivations that you don't have, sitting happily at home with your family around you as social life. Do you have a dog? If not, would it be possible and/or would you want one? Just thinking along the lines of responsibilities to animals being a great motivator...

Must send you some trial editing pieces to your e-mail address. One scientific publisher (Elsevier, based in India) has been pestering me all day to do a rush job about crude oil (yawn) by 6 September; I've already got a rush job booked in for another client, due on 7 September, so I have declined, but if I'd got you up and running I could have passed the job on to you. It's only $500 (not sure how much that is in sterling), but better than nothing... I will sort this out for you, promise!

Total 626.2 miles

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Thanks for the reassurance. I'm so good at making up excuses to eat badly or slack off exercise, it can be hard to know when it's actually OK to have a rest!

It's great that you're doing lots of riding. I hope the sponsored ride on Sunday goes well.

Total 623 miles

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9/1/16 4:01 P

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Rode 5 miles, walked 1.4 miles.

I think it's a good idea to take a break for a few days -- it must have been difficult over the summer being effectively a full-time childminder for two kids who don't necessarily want to do the same keep-fit things that you do. Also, all our bodies need a rest from time to time -- I had a bit of an exercise break while my father was ill (although not very restful, thanks to all the stress and 4+ hours driving every day), so right now I'm enjoying getting back into exercise as being part of getting my life back to normal. I'll carry on doing my best to keep our total moving on: I'm doing a 12-mile sponsored ride on Sunday in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, so that will add a bit more...

Total 623 miles

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Mega-ride indeed! It sounds wonderful. I have to admit I've been lurking around here shiftily the last couple of days with nothing to add. I still have nothing to add but I can't keep lurking!

This week is the last full week of the school holidays, and I cracked and decided to give myself a break and abandon my daily step goals and all exercise goals for the week except daily yoga. Usually I aim for over 10K steps at least 5 days a week. In term time it's rarely difficult, but in school holidays I have to be more creative. I think I've run out of new indoor walking videos to try now! So I'm afraid you are carrying the team while your partner slacks off. The kids go back to school next Tuesday so I'll have no excuses after that.

Total (still) 616.6 miles

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8/31/16 3:38 P

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Rode 3.2 miles, walked 2.4 miles. Legs still a bit tired and aching from my mega-ride on Monday...

Total 616.6 miles

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