Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Cooper got another rest day. I didn't do much today. Some days are just like that. It was a good day anyways. I have walked almost 700,000 steps this month. That is a lot of steps. I don't have much to say today. Rest days are like that.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
It was NOT a rest day for me, though it sort of was one for Cooper. It was raining this morning, so he got a short walk, instead of our usual long walk we do in the mornings. But after I walked him the nurse showed up, just to get things off schedule. After the nurse left it had stopped raining so I went for a short run. Just 2 miles today. I also went for a walk, before heading to the pharmacy to pick up a couple prescriptions. I ran into the dreaded sale table of Easter candy at the store, but managed to restrain myself to buying two packages of Peeps. They fit into my nutrition plan for the day, thank goodness. Cooper got two slightly longer walks this afternoon and this evening, but it was still only about 5 miles total for him today, when I usually walk him closer to 10 miles a day. He seems okay with it all. I guess even dogs need a rest day every once in a while. Since today was definitely not a rest day (I also did other exercise throughout the day), I am going to try and make tomorrow a rest day. I just have trouble taking a rest day. I feel out of sorts and restless if I don't get out and walk or run enough. But I know that rest days are important too, and I have run 6 of the last 7 days, and my knees are letting me know it is time for some recovery time. There is a chance of snow overnight, and it is supposed to be cold tomorrow, so it would be a good day to relax inside. It is supposed to warm up a bit on Thursday, and Jeremy and I are considering going kayaking Thursday afternoon. The water is still cold enough to warrant a wetsuit, but at least the air temperature is trending upward.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Feeling grumpy today, but I didn't let that stop me. I made it to my appointment a little early then had to sit and wait for the doctor. Anyway... took Cooper for a long walk this morning, then walked without him before hopping in the car to go to my appointment. Came home and hopped on the stationary bike, then went out for a run. Almost 4 miles today. Okay, I think it is time for a rest day. Depending on the weather I might take my rest day tomorrow.
I think it is time to re-evaluate where I am in comparison to where I want to be. I think it is important to do that every once in a while. I am still working on losing the 20 pounds I gained over the Winter. I want to be more confident... about my body as well as when dealing with strangers. I have real issues when it comes to both. I am working at them both, but it is slow going. The loose skin on my legs is annoying, and I figure if I don't want to look at it then nobody else wants to see it either, which makes wearing shorts problematic. I can deal with capris, but running shorts are still outside my comfort zone. But my body does so much, I really need to learn to love it just the way it is. As for strangers, I am driving my mom places and end up dealing with a ton of strangers wherever we go. Also, when we go kayaking with various groups I meet interesting people, and have plenty of time to chat. (I still prefer paddling with only one or two other people.)
So, today's blog title isn't just about today, but about various things I want to improve in my life. Even on my grumpy days I am getting it done.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
We had beautiful weather today. I waited for Cooper to get himself out of bed this morning, just to see how long he would stay in bed after I got up... We didn't go for our walk until Noon! Sleepy puppy. After I took him for a long walk I changed and went for a run. After yesterday's long run, I said I was going to go for 2 miles today, but it ended up being 3 miles. Oh well. If I have time to run tomorrow maybe I will succeed at running 2 miles.
My family got together for dinner today. Cooper comes along, so we went the long way to get there so he could do his "business" before we got there. Dinner was lovely. We had roast lamb and pork chops, carrots, corn, green beans, salad, fresh fruit, garlic bread, sweet potatoes and pickled beets. Then the girls did their little egg hunt in the backyard. The youngest did most of the finding. I gave my brother, Jeremy, the Firefly board game for Christmas, and he broke it out after dinner and we played for a while, then had ice cream for dessert. Things broke up around 8pm, so Cooper and I walked the long way home again. I ate quite a bit at dinner, but I am still within my calorie range for the day, as I ate lightly earlier in the day. Our dinner conversations go some strange places. At one point we were discussing how fast a vulture can deflesh a carcass. This was followed up by the dietary habits of chickens. I am always entertained at family dinners!
Tomorrow is supposed to be another lovely day, but I have an appointment, so I might not have time to go for a run. I will definitely get Cooper out for a long walk in the morning though.
I hope everyone had a good Easter!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I don't know why I was suffering through my malaise the past couple of days, but today was better. Made lunch for the family today (and washed ALL the dishes after, I usually miss a couple). We had stir fry vegetables on brown rice, baked swai, and greek salad. For dessert we had lemon pound cake with applesauce or ice cream, or in my case both. After cleaning up I changed into my wetsuit and dry top, loaded up the kayaks and drove to Bear Lake. We had a lot of fun kayaking. We explored a couple swamp channels. We had never managed to get that far back into the swamp before. It was windy and the water was COLD, but the neoprene kept me warm and dry. We were out for about 90 minutes. Came home, unloaded the kayaks, changed out of the neoprene, gathered up Cooper (who had to be rousted out of my dad's bed), and came home. When I got home I decided to go for a run. I don't run straight through. I run the first 5 minutes then run intervals. I am gradually lengthening that first run interval, and decreasing the length of my walking intervals. It seems to work for me, and soon I will be back to where I was last Summer. So, add in 4 dog walks and a couple short walks at my parents' house, and I spent a good part of my day outside in the sunshine. Sure it was still pretty chilly, but it felt good to be outside. It is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow, so I may run again tomorrow. If I do go out to run tomorrow I will keep it to my 2 mile loop. No need to get crazy about this after all. LOL!
Tomorrow the whole family is getting together for dinner. I think we are having roast lamb, but I might be wrong. But that isn't until 4 pm, so I have plenty of time to walk Cooper and go for my run.
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