Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I try not to be judgemental... but sometimes I think people want to have the result without putting in any effort. (This includes me at times.) I try to be supportive, but I can't MAKE someone want to exercise or eat healthy. Oh well, I guess I need to get over myself. Rant over.
Went for a good bike ride this morning, before heading out for my lunch date. I haven't done that in a while. It felt good. Not the hills so much, but the rest was fun. Went for a short walk along the lake shore between lunch and my dr appointment. Nothing new with the dr, just more of the same. I go back in 3 weeks. I don't have to go for more blood work until Oct 20th though.
Cooper has had numerous very short walks today. He hasn't wanted to go out for a long walk, but insists on going out fairly frequently. I don't mind today. He is going out to my parents' house tomorrow and staying with them until Sunday afternoon. Jeremy and I are leaving early Friday morning for the Adirondacks to go paddling. We are paddling Friday afternoon, and then doing Paddle for the Cure on Saturday with his ex who is a breast cancer survivor. There is quite a crowd of us going from my niece's family. It is nice that my brother and his ex are friends now. Anyway... we are driving back home on Saturday evening, then leaving early Sunday morning to do the end to end paddle on Lake Chautauqua. That is about 17 miles. So, I might not make my step goal for those three days, but I will be getting plenty of exercise!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The day started grey and wet, but the sun came out this afternoon, and it turned into a pleasant day after all. Walked Cooper 4 times today. I guess he is a spoiled pup, but my apartment is carpeted, so I would prefer there are NO accidents inside. Also got in a 30 minute run, some yoga, and some ST. My arms feel pretty weak today for some reason, but I pushed through the little bit that I did.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. My neighbor asked if I would go use the bikes in the basement with her first thing in the morning, which will be followed directly by a dog walk, then lunch with my friend Peter, a Dr appointment, then out to the farm to visit with my parents. I hope to be home by about 6pm.
I miss Summer already!
Monday, September 15, 2014
The weather is bumming me out today. Grey and chilly. Now it has started raining. I did get Cooper out for an hour and a half walk this morning, which was nice. Then I left him with my neighbor while I went to get blood work done, run to the post office to sort out a problem, and a trip to the corner store to pick up a couple things. My errands took me an hour. While I was gone her nurse came, and Cooper was bent on protecting my neighbor from that evil nurse.... wouldn't let her touch Patty without barking. Then I went out for a run. I just wasn't feeling it today, so I quit short of 20 minutes. That was about a mile and a half, so it could have been worse. Came home and did some stretching and yoga, tried a new core exercise on the ball, and danced like crazy for about 15 minutes. After that I decided to sit and read for a while, while my SIL used my elliptical. She cranked out a good 20 minutes on the beast. More than I have done in a while. I really should just give it to her. She would make better use of it. I like my rower, but the elliptical is mean.
I should probably go take dog out for his last walk of the day. Since it is raining it will probably be really, really short.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I went out to the farm early today, so Jeremy and I could start clearing the snow shoe trails through the woods. I got to ride some of the way in the bucket on the front of the tractor. He kept raising it way up in the air. Lots of fun. There is no trail clearing option in the fitness tracker, so I just listed it as hiking, even though I spent a lot of time bending, stretching, and slogging through mud. We cleared a lot of brambles, and took the chain saw to about ten trees that had fallen across the trail over the summer. We got the entire back line trail cleared, plus the trail down around the pond (and we didn't even drive the tractor into the pond!)... now we just have the property on the other side of the road to clear.
That took us nearly two hours. Then we had lunch with mom and dad. Mostly fresh veggies from the garden, with a little ground beef and pasta for protein and carbs. Dad brought me and Cooper home around 2pm. We had to make a stop at the car wash, because I borrowed the truck last night, and sometime overnight (parked in the parking lot) it got egged. Not just one egg. Lots of eggs. I don't understand why someone would think that was "fun" or even okay. I am glad they didn't key the truck, but still what runs through someone's mind when they decide to pull sh...stuff like that? Anyone have an answer to that one? I am truly mystified.
After we got home, I spent some time reading on the bike, took Cooper for a healthy walk, grooved out for a while, did some yoga, and cooked a healthy dinner for me and my neighbor. She really likes my chicken stir fry on brown rice. I managed to finish the book I started last night while I was on the bike. Good thing I have ordered so many books lately... I read really fast and love to spend an hour or two on the bike reading. I am expecting another box tomorrow in the mail. Yay books!
The next step for getting ready for Winter is sorting through my wardrobe and pulling out things like long underwear and fleece socks and the like. I will probably get to that next week, after I go out of town for paddling.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
It was a cold, wet, windy day on the water... but I had a lot of fun kayaking this morning. I loaded the boat and my gear into the truck and took off by myself. I was meeting a group at the launch. I wasn't the first one there, but I pulled in second, so I had plenty of time to unload and gear up. My friend, Rebecca, showed up, which was great. The whole group was on the water by 10am. We all paddled out to a couple wetland conservancy sites, then the rest of the group paddled back the way they came to go have lunch, but it was only 10:30am... and neither Rebecca nor I were hungry. So, we took off and circumnavigated all three lakes. The wind started to kick up and it sprinkled a couple times, but it still felt really good to get out there. You just have to dress for conditions.
When I got back to my brother's place I managed to unload the boat and all the gear by myself. Then I picked up Cooper, who had spent the morning with my dad, and drove home to find the photobook that my niece, Tigan, and I had worked on on Monday had arrived in the mail. It is beautiful! It was worth the time and effort to assemble and order. Then I took Cooper out for a 45 minute walk. Now he is curled up in my lap sleeping while I mess around on the computer.
It looks like Jeremy and I will be going out for Chinese food tonight. There is a tiny little restaurant that serves really good food. They don't over-sauce, and they don't overcook the vegetables.
I still have to walk the dog again a time or two, but that is about all I am doing for the rest of the day... well, I might crank up the music and get some dancing in.
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