Happy Anniversary!

I got a notification that yesterday was my anniversary with WordPress. I had started the blog on another site, but moved to this one after a few months.

Many posts and many books later, we are still here, and still having adventures.

I hope to get to the gym more, and travel some more. Many more books are going to be read. Hopefully many more adventures will be had, too.

Maybe more guest bloggers, but I sure hope that there will be more guest blog posts.

Here’s to a new year!

Back to the pool

I got up early this morning to get to the pool before work. I thought I was totally prepared this time, but, nope. Something is always forgotten.

Today, I was getting ready to get in the pool and remembered that I never replaced the missing ear piece for my MP3 player for the water. I use them as earplugs, so it cuts my swim short if I don’t have them.

I did my short swim and went to get into the hot tub. There was a pair of women’s running shoes by the stairs to the hot tub. No woman in sight. Why leave them where someone will be dripping water on them? How do you randomly leave shoes by the hot tub?

Anyhow, I showed up. That’s the toughest part.

New podcast

When I don’t have an audiobook going in the car, I’ll go for a podcast. I had a new one fall into my lap last week. Its host is a woman who lost 100 pounds twelve years ago, making small changes.

Her main advice is to not start anything that you aren’t prepared to keep up for your entire life. And next is to not do anything big that is a quick fix.

My first week, I was away, so I wasn’t fully ready to start anything. I decided to go for 64 ounces of water a day. I actually managed it and more. I got through the running to the bathroom to pee all day while I was on vacation and it didn’t really matter if I wandered off. I kept it up. I am no longer running off as frequently, since my body seems to have adjusted.

Sunday night, I packed all my stuff for an early morning swim, followed by work. I got my lunch ready to bring with me.

I weighed myself this morning. I will be continuing that on Mondays.

Today, I got up early. I put on my swimsuit and cover-up, grabbed my bag and headed to the gym. I got in the pool and told myself to not do the full distance. When I got halfway through, I told myself to just do a little more. Then, suddenly, I had just one lap to go! I did it! I went into the hot tub after the swim. I had to get out when the guy in his tidy whities got in. Nope. Didn’t want to see that getting out of the water.

I showered, dressed, and went to work, drinking my water along the way. I found that they moved the little free library a block away! I chose a healthier breakfast than I normally would. I got my coffee and settled into a work schedule.

Close to lunch time, I realized I left my lunch at home in the fridge. Thankfully, we were off early and I wouldn’t starve on the way home.

I went to drop some of the books from my car into the little free library, went to the post office and ATM. I picked up a hold from the library and went home to eat my lunch. I napped and then went to the grocery store.

When I got home, I took out the garbage cans. I had forgotten that I was going to take a kid to get snacks at the grocery store, so I sent them back to the store with my debit card.

I got my stuff ready for a trip to the pool again tomorrow. Is this something I can keep up for the rest of my life? I sure hope so.

New exercise routine

During the camping trip, I put on insect repellent, but, it seems it didn’t work, or I didn’t fully cover myself.  I am covered in insect bites.

I have been trying to figure out how many calories my new workout routine burns.  The workout consists of trying to ignore the itch, then bending over quickly to scratch the bite that is making me insane.  Then, going to find the cortisone to apply, and bending over to apply it.  Repeat an infinite number of times.

I have had more fun with other routines.  This one is just new.

Prepping for the swim

I am currently charging my swimming mp3 player. My towels and swimsuit are drying. I sync’d my Garmin watch to the app, so it’s empty. I have most of my change of clothes packed. Once I put the clothes, towels and music into the swimming bag, I’ll be all set. Except, I forgot soap in my shower bag. One day, I’ll get to the gym with everything I need. Today wasn’t that day. Maybe it’ll be tomorrow?

Pool on the cruise

Those of you who know me well will be surprised that I spent zero time at the pool. We didn’t even sit on a lounge chair. I did, however, spend time in the water in Cabo San Lucas. My daughter’s got those photos. I didn’t bring my goggles so I didn’t full on swim. I had to check out the buoys on the edge of the swimming area, though. I made some people nervous doing that, though. They weren’t even as far out as the buoy line at Aquatic park, though. Plus it was much warmer and clearer. I could see plants and fish. I body surfed back to shore, so it wasn’t a strenuous swim by any stretch of the imagination.

I did briefly consider asking the water temperature every morning the captain announced the stats. With the air temp being what it was, I can only image that the water at sea was chillier than I’m used to

Fifteen minutes at a time

I have had people ask me how I get so much reading done. I make time for it. I am not a fast reader, really, but I pick up my book or Kindle whenever I have free moments.

“I could do that if I ignored work, my kids, my spouse, etc.” No. I don’t. I just do my reading in little chunks. Waiting in line. During breaks at work. Waiting for a dental appointment. On the train or bus. All useful quiet time.

I start reading about fifteen minutes before I plan on falling asleep. This actually helps with my insomnia, too. My body knows that if I’m lying down reading, it’s almost sleep time. I used to have hours of awake time at night. Now it’s about fifteen minutes after I start reading. Sometimes less.

I multitask. Read the book on the treadmill. Bring the waterproof Kindle to the pool and hot tub. Run the audiobook in the car.

Another trick I learned us to put on my headphones. When my family sees them on, they know I can’t hear them well. They get my attention if they are addressing me, but if they are talking to each other, they are muffled. This is usually at the point where I’m trying to sleep. I’m not just ignoring them.

The main thing, though is that I turn the TV off and read during the time that I’d normally be watching TV. The TV is a big distraction. I have learned to only watch the few shows a week that I actually enjoy. The rest of my former TV time is spent reading.