Thursday, March 06, 2014
I took advantage of the sunny day and walked 21 miles. It felt good to feel the sun on my face. Before I joined Sparkpeople I would spend days, even weeks, in my apartment without going outside. I can't imagine living like that now. I start almost every day with an hour or two walking the dog. And lately I have been walking for a couple hours in the afternoons without him. He would probably like to go with me, but sometimes I like to move fast, and he slows me down. When he wants to run he is pretty speedy, but then he wants to stop and sniff and pee. Funny little dog! In the summer I go kayaking. Paddling along, watching the water and wildlife is pretty amazing. I have paddled right up to deer and turtles along the water's edge. Gee, now I want to go out on the water, which is too bad since all the water is still frozen solid up here. Give it a couple months and I will be out there again.
I wasn't hungry very much today, which surprised me considering how many calories I burned. I should be losing weight if the scale reacted the way the numbers work out, but I am staying steady. I have been thinking about this and maybe I actually need to eat MORE. I consistently run under my suggested calorie range. My problem is that I forget to eat, and when I do remember I tend not to be very hungry. (And then every once in a blue moon I just want to pig out.) I would like to get back down to my lowest weight from last summer, but my clothes still fit fine, so I am not going to obsess. (Or at least try not to.)
I have my rent paperwork first thing in the morning, so Cooper is going to have to go in his crate while I am down in the Manager's office. I am hoping my rent doesn't go up by too much this year. It only went up about $10 last year. Hopefully the paperwork won't take too long, so I have time to take Cooper for a nice long walk afterwards. It is supposed to be even nicer out tomorrow (30s again with sunshine), so I would like to get some real mileage in.
I had to buy new laces for my boots, as the old ones are frayed and I am afraid every time I tie them that they will break. Now I just have to pull out the old ones. I am hoping to get at least one more winter's wear out of this pair of boots. I hate breaking in new ones, and these are perfectly comfortable now. I will be glad when I can go back to wearing sneakers though. Come on Spring... where are you?
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
For me a rest day means less than 10 miles walking, and I am just under that for the day, so I am counting today as a rest day. I was considering going out and doing another 10 miles, but for some reason I was feeling the cold today. I haven't taken a rest day in about 2 weeks, so I was due.
Cooked dinner for my neighbor tonight. I made chicken stir fry, and it turned out pretty good. None of the veggies were overcooked, and I went light on the soy sauce, so it didn't get soggy. She is cooking tomorrow night, which probably means pizza. Oh well, I will do those 10 miles tomorrow and earn myself a couple slices.
It is supposed to be warmer tomorrow (all the way up in the 30s!), so I am thinking a nice, long walk with Cooper and my niece in the morning, an even longer walk by myself in the afternoon, followed by two shorter walks with Cooper before bed. That is the current plan anyways... which is subject to change on a whim.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Compared to yesterday I took it easier today, but I still walked 17 miles. As a result my nutrition tracker says I should eat about 3300 calories. I will fall nearly 1,000 calories short of that. Ulp! That can't be good. I am not hungry enough to eat another thousand calories. What's a girl to do?
My 10 mile loop took me a full three hours today, as there was quite a bit more ice and the footing was uncertain in spots. I didn't want to slip and fall again. Four times is enough for one Winter! This cold and snow just keeps on sticking around. It was -2F this morning, and there was snow falling this afternoon. I was okay with the cold and snow in November, but by March I harbor a certain amount of bitterness. LOL!
The visiting nurse comes at 8am tomorrow. Means I have to be up and moving earlier than normal. I don't usually go to bed until Midnight, and I do best with 8-9 hours of sleep, but tonight I will go to bed a little earlier, so that I am human in the morning. I think tomorrow will have to be a coffee morning!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Cooper wanted to take a long walk this morning, despite the frigid temps. So, I walked him for over 2 hours. When we got home I took out the trash, paid my rent, crated Cooper, and set out for another long walk. I walked over 10 miles in less than 3 hours. I wasn't setting any speed records, but that seems pretty decent given the conditions. Got home, let the dog out of the crate, put his leash on and took him for a two mile walk! I was just a walking fool today. Cooper's last walk of the day was a mere mile, but it brought my mileage total for the day up over 21 miles. I'll take it. I am thinking tomorrow I will scale it back a little, and give my feet a break. My fingers didn't get too cold today until I took Cooper out for his afternoon walk. I took my glove off to scoop poop, and my fingers froze. Painful.
Injury update: I am doing better. The swelling has completely gone down in my hand, and I can at least grip a pen (good thing since I had to write my rent check today), but I am not ready to grip anything as heavy as dumbbells until after I see the doctor. I see him in 8 days, and hopefully then I can do a little more.
Speaking of doctors... The nurse called and said my blood work showed a low CPK level, and was I having any chest pains? Ummm... no. Now I have to go get more blood work done. I should just get a spigot installed!
Sunday, March 02, 2014
We celebrated my dad's 71st birthday today. Good food. Good company. Fun times. Dinner was salmon, salad, asparagus, roasted root vegetables, bread, fruit, and one scoop of ice cream for dessert. The fruit was arranged by my niece, Francesca, into the pattern of a house, complete with blackberry "pool", and cantaloupe "sink" and "toilet"! The girls did most of the cooking, and seemed to be having fun doing it.
Even with the hours spent with family I still managed to walk over 15 miles today. It was bitter cold once again, and it snowed several inches more overnight, but Cooper and I braved the cold and snow. Today would have been a good day to go snow shoeing, but I didn't feel like spending MORE time outside. I was worried when I got my hair cut that my neck would get cold, but it isn't my neck that gets cold... it's my fingers. On these single digit days my fingers ache from the cold, even with my gloves on. I guess we have been spoiled the past couple winters with mild weather, but boy is it making up for it this year!
I have been trying to decide on March goals, with no particular luck. I guess I will continue what I have been doing with fitness and nutrition. I might see what reducing my calories by about 100 a day does for this weight I have regained, but I can't really add much to my fitness... there isn't time in the day. LOL!
I have no particular plans for tomorrow. My favorite kind of day. I can take my time in the morning, and walk all afternoon. I am going to aim for 15 miles again tomorrow. These cold temps won't keep me from doing what feels right.
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