My goal for the past few months has been to log at least 5 hours of exercise per week. This week, I wanted to exceed that by as much as possible. Wooo baby-- wait till you see these numbers!
Drum roll please................
This week I WALKED a total of 5 hrs and 55 minutes! Cardio, consisting mainly of the Biggest Loser Boot camp and other DVDs totals up to 2 hrs and 30 minutes for the week. Weight lifting comes out at 3 hrs and 10 minutes.
This adds up to a grand total of 11 hrs and 40 minutes of exercise for the week! Yeah baby! I am in awe of myself! A few short months ago a walk around the block was aerobic for me and about all I could manage.
Part of the weight lifting numbers are 10-minute ab sessions that I want to be more regular about including in my routine. I am aiming to do three, 10-minute sessions a week (at the minimum), as this is my biggest problem area.
Also, I have been walking just under 10 miles a week and wanted to increase that. Well, this week, I walked over 19 miles! Yipppeee! A lot of the walks are on hilly terrain and the constant "uphillness" of it makes for a burn in the back of my thighs that you wouldn't believe. I comfort myself and keep myself going with visions of myself in mini skirts and little black cocktail dresses. LOL
The exercise pace that I kept this week was difficult, but not impossible. I had to be careful about managing my time and spent less time on the computer and reading-- two things I do a lot. My muscles are sore, but in a good way. I am ready for week two of really pushing myself. Bring it on!
I had a fantabulous day yesterday! I had to go to our local Post Office and I haven't been in there for MONTHS. The lady who waited on me said, "I can't believe how much weight you've lost." She kept saying it over and over again, then started asking questions about what I eat and how I exercise.
This was a great experience. For someone who rarely sees you, the weight loss can seem dramatic and their reaction can really give you a boost.
DH and I then went on a hike at West Rock park in New Haven. For those who don't know, New Haven is home to Yale University (DH works there) and we live only about 2 miles from the Yale Bowl. We weren't thinking when we left yesterday that it was the annual football game between Harvard and Yale-- which takes place at the Yale Bowl and which creates a level of traffic that you would not believe. And so we left for West Rock Park and found ourselves in the mother of all traffic nightmares, but we persevered.
We have two dogs but one is quite elderly and last time we took him on a hike he was literally splayed out on the ground by the end and couldn't walk. It was SO HARD to do, but we had to leave Beau at home. He just couldn't have done this hike-- not in distance or difficulty.
So we just had Zeke with us and he was lovin' it! He zoomed all around the woods and kept up a steady pace through the whole thing. Zeke is so FIT and loves using his body. Dogs completely and joyfully inhabit their own bodies-- we can learn a lot from them about that.
Jeff carried a back pack with our lunch, so once we made it to the top, we sat on a cliff, enjoying the view and eating tuna sandwiches, clementines and water. It was a great day. We saw some hawks gliding around and they were so magnificent!
This week, tomorrow actually, is Zeke's anniversary. I got him from the dog pound on the Monday of Thanksgiving week five years ago. So tomorrow is a special day for him. I think tomorrow, I'll tell the story of how we got Zeke-- there's an odd, spiritual element to it that's kinda cool.
Hope you were able to enjoy your weekend! Have a good day, and be good to you!