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.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

one size doesn’t fit all

The Fitness Band Craze is a huge industry.  Who says that 10,000 steps a day is right for you?  The above linked article talks about it.

I have also heard that there is no correlation between the fitness bands and weight loss.  It’s interesting to me that I heard both of these bits of information on the same weekend.

I still love my FitBit.  It knows when I am being active like I should and lets me know when I am not.  I am not giving it up.

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.

Water Safety

These three articles have some wonderful information for swimmers and parents about water safety.  The first article is written by a parent who lost her child to drowning.  The second is about cryto which is easily transferable from swimmer to swimmer (EW).  The third is by a pediatrician who has some good tips for safety when near the water.

Be safe out there this summer!

water safety

cryto

pool safety

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?