Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Old Dogs and FitBits

Neither of the dogs are doing well.  The GBeast is no longer responding to his medication.  And the old girl, well, she's just old.  It's hard to see her decline so sharply between visits.  Heartbreaking, for such an elegant dame.  I mean, she has way more good times than bad, but it won't be long until the scale tips the other way.
Slater and I exchanged extra fitbit bands, after each of ours broke in the exact same manner.  Mine is holding a charge, so I'm back in business, but way, way behind.  I'll figure out the math here in a bit - I'm still playing catch-up.  Just got home last night. 
Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Hold on to your fitness.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 31 13,069 Steps


It will be just a couple more days until I fly the friendly skies to visit Dave.  The ol' boy looks pretty darned handsome in this old pic.  I know it was a beach vacation we took before the hurricane cleared off the Bolivar penninsula and  I do know that he still wears that shirt - it's a bit greyer and so is he.

I'll have to work hard at getting my steps in during the CA visit, as Dave doesn't love being personally ambulatory - if we can drive there, we will - so I'll have to make alternate plans.  I do need to see how far off the beam I am in re: to making the 500,000 steps before London goal. 

I'm still eatin' right and livin' good. 

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Smile.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Day 32 12,403 Steps

Funky Flowers From Years past
Man, the weather here is insane.  It's supposed to dip into the low 30's by tomorrow.  Now it's blowing a cold, north wind.  Temp has been dropping since the high of 50 when I got up this morning.  Sunday morning, I awoke to thunderstorms rolling in, with the promise of damaging hail by evening.  That didn't happen, but I did end up having to go to the gym to get my steps in.

My garden this year is so screwy - I still have dafs blooming along with roses!  I lost a lot of plants to the late, late cold snap and I'll have to take in my houseplants again tonight. 

On the health and fitness front, I was reading something (where, I can't remember) over the weekend that talked about choosing your "win" - as in defining the one thing that will get accomplished that makes the day a "win".  That way of looking at things was really helpful yesterday (Sunday) in setting my priorities.  There were several things that I wanted to get done and the timing was just a bit off.  I wanted to see the latest Catherine Deneuve movie that was playing at a local museum.  I wanted to get my steps in (the gym opened at noon) and I wanted to meet up with some friends later in the evening.  That was the dilemna - how to get all this done.  And truthfully, I know myself and I know that the later in the day it gets, the more my resolve/determination/ability to get shit done weakens.  So my win was getting in the steps.  I chose to go to the gym at noon, instead of the 11:45 movie showing because I couldn't be sure of my ability to muster the gumption to get my exercise AFTER.  And I didn't go to the 4:15 showing, as that would have interfered with my meet-up at 6pm.  But as my truth told me, by 6pm, I was done.  I didn't do the meet-up, either.  But the day still falls in the win column, as I did the one thing that made it a win for me. 

A big shout out to Moss and Kim who are racking up the miles and encouraging/inspiring me all the way to London town. 

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Choose your win.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Day 33 Steps 13, 786

Saturday was a fabulous day.  Great bike ride, although the wind was brutal.  I did go out and buy some new tennis shoes - oh, my.  I didn't realize how much I needed new shoes until I got them.  No leg pain!  Even though my legs were tired after riding that morning, I was still able to walk lots of steps without any twinges!  Woo hoo!

In the early evening I went of to Pebbles' for Barkley's birthday party!  No, it really wasn't a dog party, but it was an excuse to see the big dog.  And what a thrill that was!  He was placed on different anti-seizure medication about two weeks ago and he's a brand new dog!  So energetic and so playful - it was a joy to see him doing so well.  We did wear him out, as we took him on a walk after he'd played outside with us all evening, so he needs to work on his stamina after being so sedentary for so long.

Pebbles and Slater have gone paleo - given their food sensitivities - so we had grilled artichokes, grilled veggie kabobs and shrimp!  Very yummy.  I still find Pebbles' appearance a shock - she's back to her high-school size - and suddenly looks gazelle-like.  I think she's gained a foot in height.

Weather's a brewin' around here, so I'll be sticking pretty close to home.  No yard work for me.  Oh, and speaking of yardwork, Slater was able to remove the offending broken part of the weedeater.  I've ordered the new part and the grass will just have to grow until it arrives.

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Constantly re-evaluate.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 34 Steps (really too few to count) 5796

Old injury but this is the bad shin.  
Shin splints again.  Today, I am getting new shoes.  I'm riding this morning, but after that, I'm off to the running store.  Even though I don't run anymore, I do prefer my Asics shoes.  And it is way past time.

I've been wearing my one pair of "supportive" flats over the past couple of days and I've discovered that the toe box is just a little too big and I sorta keep my big toe jacked up to keep my shoes from slipping around.  I've had ongoing leg/foot issues for almost two months and it's time to figure out what's going on.

I had a long talk with a cousin last night who's got a bit of medical background and he advised me to take an NSAID every day and get some new running/walking shoes.  I also think I need to incorporate some stretches into my daily life.  Or more yoga - it's been ages since I've practiced.

My problem with home practice is I somehow think I need to do all the yoga in the world.  What I need to do is just pick a few simple stretches, something that takes just a few minutes and do those.  I KNOW that small changes are easier to incorporate, but I tend to go whole hog into something and then fizzle right out.  Another thing, I need to get out of the habit of crossing my legs all the time!  I've moved myself from my kitchen stool to a chair in the sunroom where I can keep my feet flat on the floor.  It's no wonder I'm sore half the time!

On the good news front - my neck stiffness and pain has lessened significantly since I purchased a gelled neck support pillow back at the first of the year.

This has been another whiny post, brought to you by the ravages of age.

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Stretch yourself.


Friday, April 11, 2014