Monday, December 22, 2014
I am a bully. I am mean to myself. I am trying real hard to change that. The holidays have been a real challenge. I have not done well in the eating department. However.....
I have walked my dog EVERY day since I got him! Which means I HAVE WALKED every day! Not just around the block - but 2-4 mile walks every day, rain, snow, dark, cold or sunshine.... we walk.
I was able to be there for a friend this weekend who has walked some rough roads with me. I am grateful that I was able to be there by her side and to share an afternoon with her. The Christmas cookies can be baked another day. Good friends are a gift!
I have managed to say no to some requests (which I rarely do) and taken the time to do some of the things I love to do.
So there you have it.... three things I did right which bring a smile to my face and a warm fuzzy to my heart. Yep, I'm not perfect. It's ok.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
So I am on mile 1650 of my virtual walk, which puts me in St Johns AZ
Not a lot to look at out here! I am on AZ 191 heading towards Phoenix. I have 219 more miles to go to get there. My goal is to be there by February 1. Actually, I should arrive there before then!
From Phoenix, I have decided to head west to the Pacific Crest Trail in Campo, CA. That will be about a 362 mile trek from Phoenix.
From there I am going to do a virtual hike of the PCT - since I am already reading the book Wild, I thought it would be a fun thing to do - to see the places I am reading about!
Who woulda ever thought that this girl with a bad knee would have walked 1650 miles in 7.5 months? Which goes to show, one step at a time - it all adds up eventually! If someone said "I think you should walk 1800 miles" I would have looked at them like it was impossible. Kind of how I looked at losing 90 lbs!
Now I know, it is possible! It is ALL possible! WooHoo!!!
I started this virtual walk in May - when I was starting to lose steam in the exercise department. I was looking for something to keep me committed. I decided a virtual walk - but wanted to make it personal. I have a friend in Phoenix - so I decided to walk there to go visit. I told them what I was doing, so they would ask me how I was doing and when I thought I would arrive - which kept me walking. The ol' accountability thing!
By setting goals to get to the next state line, or a certain city by a certain date, I have pushed myself forward. First it was to get to Illinois, then across Illinois to St Louis for the 4th of July - then across Missouri by the first of August. Kansas was a challenge! It was too far to walk in a month (I do have a full time job, so my walking time IS limited). I felt like I was in Kansas forever! But I made it to Oklahoma and New Mexico and finally to Arizona! I have wandered part of Route 66, saw the Gateway Arch, walked in the footsteps of some westward pioneers, visited Pie Town, NM and Show Low, AZ - which has a main street named Deuce of Clubs! It all goes back to a poker game in the old west.... who knew?
I am doing this pretty primitively - by mapquesting it and printing walking directions. Every day I manually plot where I am and then google it to get some info on my location. I have learned a lot about many small towns across the country - some of which I hope to someday actually visit! I am doing the same for the second leg to Campo - but when I get on the PCT I will be using a virtual walk site - complete with photos of what I pass on each day of my journey.
So if you are struggling with motivation and commitment, perhaps you should try a virtual walk - you may even learn some geography and little known facts about some places along the way!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Nothing changes if nothing changes.
So this time around something is changing! That something is me! I am HERE during the holidays!!! Usually I drop out of sight around October not to be seen again until sometime in January or February!
Last Saturday was our work Holiday Party. They go all out for this thing. Open bar, food galore and to top it all off - a desert ROOM! I attended the party. I wore a dress. I feel uncomfortable in dresses because I am not one of those young, size two girls. I found a great little black dress. I even broke down and bought a pair of heels to wear with it, although with my knee replacement, walking in heels is difficult! I stashed a pair of ballet flats in a small bag and brought them along just in case.
I must say - I felt great. I wasn't a size two - but I cut myself some slack. I have learned that while I am not where I want to be, I am comfortable with where I am today. I even hammed it up in the photo booth - which I would never have done in the past!
So I did ok with the meal, had the salmon, some potato, a small slice of beef tenderloin and the last spear of asparagus that was in the pan! I splurged with the dinner roll and butter. Not too bad! I even did ok with the drinks - I stuck with a couple diet sodas and some tonic water with a slice of lime. No alcohol, no wine, no mixed drinks..... and almost no calories!
But then came the desert room. I failed miserably there. I had a dark chocolate dipped strawberry, a little tiny tart thing with a blackberry, raspberry and blueberry on top, and a dark chocolate square that was filled with a mouse like chocolate filling. It was all decadent.
I thought I did ok - I even managed to get a 3 mile walk in with the dog before the party. I ate a light breakfast and lunch, knowing the evening was going to be a challenge.
Needless to say, Mr Scale didn't approve. This morning he registered a 3 lb weight gain. What? That would be an additional 10,500 calories! I know I didn't have that many more! I even danced a bit after dinner! really?
Sunday I got right back on track with my food and walked the dog 5 miles in the rain! Geez!
The first? I am here during the holidays. I weighed myself shortly after the holiday party and faced reality. I got back on track the next day instead of eating whatever I felt like.
I must say as much as I didn't like seeing THAT number, I am glad I did. Usually I wait until January-February and see a much larger number!
No one said this journey was going to be easy. No one said I would like it every step of the way. No one said its ok to quit. So today I am not throwing my hands up in the air and putting my head back in the sand. I am taking a step forward towards my goals.
It is not easy. But those first steps after falling down are always difficult. I can do this!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I am a mere 9 miles from having walked 1600 miles since May 1. Today my goal is to get in those 9 miles on my fitbit! I am a quarter of the way there so I have my work cut out for me but I WILL make this happen!
How simply amazing is that? Who would think I could have walked THAT far? Me, the girl who has a bad knee! All those little steps add up! Just like all those other right choices!
OK with that said, I am going to take a short trek around the office before lunch hour!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Here is a photo of my new furry friend, Tucker. I adopted him from a local shelter last Friday. So far, so good! I was a little apprehensive because of his large size, but he is a gentle giant! He is an awesome walking buddy. In the morning he nudges me and has that look on his face like, come on, let's go! I try to squeak in a short walk with him in the morning and usually take a longer one with him after work. He loves to walk, which encourages me to walk more!
One slight problem, he doesn't realize how big he is - or that he is a dog - so he wants to stretch out on my couch! When I am in the room he stays off the furniture, but when I leave the room, he stretches out on the couch - only to have that guilty look when I return. Eventually he will get the hang of it!
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