Friday, December 19, 2014
. . . barely.
My last blog was five months after it's immediate precursor. This entry is 2-and-a-half months since the last. Does that mean I'm moving twice as fast as I was? Gotta love statistics ; )
Pathetic record, eh wot? I've lost 12 or 15 lbs. since October 1. BUT it's been the same 3 lbs lost and found and lost found yet again several times.
Net weight movement since return from England at September's end: nil : (
However, in my defence, I did have THE COLD from Canadian Thanksgiving in mid-October till the end of November. I'm finally feeling fitness-ready now that it's nearly Christmas. I went for a walk this morning--5 k. That felt good. I plan to go again tomorrow, probably not on Sunday or Monday due to interferences too messy to work around. Will I be a good boy and walk again on Tuesday? Here's hoping!
Gotta say, I appreciate those boosts I get from Old SparkFriends when I receive a Spark Trophy, etc. It's heartening to know that even when I'm being a lax Sparker, others are being faithful and encouraging. Thanks, Guys! Love this site.
In case this in the last entry before Christmas, I wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who read this blog! Virtual though they may be, our friendships are valuable and I treasure them.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
So. My last blog was May 4th. Five--that's *FIVE* months ago. I'm now at my all-time heaviest. Coincident? I THINK NOT!
To explain, after a lazy summer, we're just back from two weeks in England. Wonderful trip, awesome--and I mean AWE-some sense of history, visiting all those hundred-, even thousand-year old structures.
BUT: you know how 'they' say English food is yuck? Well, I'm here, rotund like never before, to tell you that just ain't so! English food was delicious, tempting and plentiful. I'd consume more calories for breakfast than I normally consume all day here at home, and no amount of walking, stressing or stair-climbing in and out of the "Tube" kept the ensuing rotundity at bay.
So here we go again, reporting to Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker; measuring serving sizes; dodging fat, salt and sugar; making sure the plate is 50% fresh fruit and veggies at *every* meal; and EXERCISING, goldarn it!
On the plus side--I gave blood today. Some sites suggest that is equivalent to burning close to 1000 calories. Fine by me : ) Another plus: the nurse who took my vitals prior to my donation asked if I exercise regularly because my resting pulse is nice and low--she wrote "athletic pulse" on my chart. Made my day!
So, all is not lost on the fitness front. And at a steady loss pace of 1.5 lb per week, I'll be back at target weight by Christmas.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
On April 27th. In Vancouver. For the Vancouver Sun Run. 10k.
Well, I should say I walk-ran. Well, maybe I should say I shuffled. But I did do the course.
*And*. Get this: I bettered my last year's time by a few seconds! Go figure. This after the most erratic, on-again-off-again training period in the history of running, I'm sure.
So the course timer says I finished the 10k in 84 minutes--right in the middle of my age group and pace group. But *I* know I did better than that because *I* know I had to make a potty stop : )
What's the take-away? What *could* I have done if I'd trained faithfully??? What will I do at the YMCA Fall Run in Prince George when I've trained faithfully over the intervening months?
'Cause I *will* train. I like myself better when I'm training. It's as simple as that.
Friday, March 28, 2014
That's what I have to ask myself when I run but am not satisfied with my efforts. Remember, Self, you did more today to achieve fitness than millions in this country did. Give yourself a little credit!
So anyway, I did run. On the Dreadmill. It was a surprisingly good run, actually. Whereas I've only been able to run 2 minutes/walk 2 outdoors, on the dreadmill I was able to run 15 minutes, walk 5, and that's with the dreadmill at a 5% incline. I did that for an hour. Only covered 3.4 k, but whatthehell whatthehell it was a significant improvement in endurance, so I'm happy with it.
As PAULOBRY suggested, I've incorporated Usain's 'lightening bolt' stance as the final act in my day's run--a little celebratory, self-congratulatory concluding ritual. "A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?", right? ; )
Thanks for all the encouraging remarks, SparkFriends. They really do make a difference : )
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