Monday, January 27, 2014
This is it. The Wall. I can't procrastinate any longer. Training for the Vancouver Sun Run, the April 10K event I've registered for, starts today. So I started. On the dread mill. Warm-up walk for 5 minutes, then run one minute, walk two; repeat 8 times. Sweat. But not too badly. Puff and pant. But not too much. Cool-down walk for 5 minutes. Stretch. Dry off. Shower. I can do this.
Rewards? Well, the log-in wheel gave me 20 points today--could it know I needed encouragement ; )? Tangible encouragement? Weight is down 4 lb from last Monday. Nothing to do with exercising, just more conscientious nutrition (i.e.: no more Scotch!!!)
And one more reward--I'm going to splurge and order Sun Run running tights. Haven't run in tights heretofore. Seems a little immodest, but whatthehell, whatthehell, they have reflective stripes or dots or some such thing front and back and I've felt a little unsafe running without reflection in the past.
Monday, January 13, 2014
So. Great day today. Church this morning. Nap this afternoon. Snowshoeing after nap.
I broke trail through the woods--should have had my handsaw along, the heavy snow has bent too many trees over the trail--then around the perimeter of the hayfield, down the hill to the lake, and out onto the lake. That took about 30 minutes. It was fine--hard work for the legs, but that's the point, right? Overcast day, but late afternoon sun was showing through the clouds along the horizon--beautiful.
Continuing to break trail on the lake, following the shore so as to make for a longer trail and close to shore just in case I broke through the ice (it's never happened and I doubt it ever will, but why tempt fate?) Rounded the point and looked across the lake to see . . .
6 or 8 dark animals trotting in formation up the lake, too far away to be sure, but close enough to make me wonder: is that a pack of wolves?
Don't get me wrong, I didn't panic. But I surely did turn around and head back home, made sure my cellphone was ready in case I had to call 9-1-1. Kept looking back to check on the animals, still far down the lake from me and breaking formation, seemingly checking me out and consulting on course of action.
I picked up my pace as much as I could. Looked back again. The animals had changed direction, moving across the lake and I could see them more clearly.
Deer! A herd of 6. What a relief! I would not become a pile of gnawed bones on the ice after all. I wonder how much 5 minutes of terror multiplies the caloric burn of snowshoeing?
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Thank you, SparkFriends, for your encouragement following my last blog "Facing Facts . . . ."
The Fitness Tracker and the Nutrition Tracker hold no fear for me today. Fitness tracker: die, you demon! I shovelled snow for a good hour and a half. The lake is frozen and I laid out and cleared off the skating rink. It was rewarding and vindicating. I wlll lose these excess avoirdupoids!
Nutrition Tracker? I'm hovering at the bottom of the caloric intake for today. Take that, Beer Barrell-on-Stilts-Boy!
Weight Tracker? For what it's worth, the scale shows me down 2 lbs. today. I'll take what I can get : )
The journey to GOAL begins well. Thank you, SparkFriends, for the encouragement.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Digital Rectal Exam, your PSA test and, perhaps, your colonscopy.
Movember is a world-wide program focusing on prostate cancer and men's mental health. Check out www.movember.com
My new profile pic shows my gone moustache as I join the Movember campaign and start over with a new moustache beginning November 1.
Man-up, guys. Get checked. For prostate cancer. *And* don' be reticent about addressing potential mental health issues. We've got to stay healthy, physically and mentally, for all those we love who depend on us to be our best for them.
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