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distance: 2.8 miles
time: 45 minutes (ish - 1 episode of House, to be precise)
speed: 3.7mph (ish - I started at 3.6 and finished at 3.8)

Not bad for six months off the wagon.
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Books read: 30, including 3 audiobooks in the car.

Knitting projects finished: Absolutely none. I haven't had much knitting time in April, alas, and most of it working on larger projects.

Weight lost: 3.38 pounds.

Miles walked: 61.

Happy: I currently have 4.0's in both my biology and history classes, got a 95% on my first bio test, Dan has a job for the next few months, my baby brother got married, Dan and I had our third anniversary, and I got my iPad ZOMG.

While I fell off the watching-what-I-eat wagon for a bit there through the second half of April, I'm going to call it a general success. Rawr.
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(I forgot to post this yesterday.)

Dear group of elderly gents jogging yesterday morning:

If you want to point and giggle at me because I'm sort of half-ass doing the Cha Cha Slide while I walk, that's cool. No skin off my nose, I'm sure it's silly, but it's a good pep in the middle of a long walk.

But really, let's take a look here. I'm bopping around a little bit while I walk. You guys, on the other hand, are all out jogging in speedos and sweatshirts. Which one of us looks silly again? (Especially considering it was 40 degrees at the time?)

Brain-scrubbingly,
-Ginger
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This morning was a lovely clear sunny cool Saturday morning in Seattle, so I went for a walk. I paused partway through my walk to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as it was a fairly long walk. Eight miles, all told. As I opened the container in which I had put my sandwich for smoosh protection, I was approached by a somewhat scraggly-looking fellow, who inquired whether I had any spare change that he might use to buy food. I said "I have no money, but would you like half my sandwich?"

Honestly, I fully expected him to say something about how he couldn't eat it for whatever reason, he just needed the money to buy his own food, because that's generally the answer I get when I make such an offer. Instead, he looked at me, a little surprised, and said "Sure, that would be cool." So I tore it more or less in half and gave him the larger piece, and he thanked me and wandered off eating it.

It was a beginning to a pretty decent day.
ginger: (3-day training)
6.65 miles before breakfast. My hands are stiff, and my tummy is starving.
ginger: (heart)
3-Day: Training is going spectacularly. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1715 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it the first Monday of each month (why, that would be today!). I did a 6.25-mile walk this weekend, with no breaks longer than waiting for a traffic light to change so I could cross the street, and had no problems with it. :)

Crafting: I ripped the summer Eris back, except for the cable yoke - I wasn't liking the way it was working out. I'll try again later, but I've got some other stuff I need to get done first. While I wait for my Knitpicks order, I started working on my Flirty Ruffles shawl again. Also, last night I put longer straps on one of my bags, and it's pretty darned near perfect for what I had in mind.

Exercise: Walking, dance, need to get my bike down.

Family: I go to visit my grandma in a couple weeks, and it turns out that she and her whatever-he-is-these-days are going to be coming through Seattle at the end of June for a cruise to Alaska, at the same time that Dan's family is coming into town for a visit. Joyce and Jeff are coming in mid-June, and I'm going to visit Jill at the end of May as well.

Gaming: Kedria's L30 now. Other than that, not much.

New Years' Goal: 9 out of the last 10 weeks have been 100%. I've lost 15 pounds roughly since I started this whole schtick - 5-10 more to go.

Reading: I'm reading a couple of books right now that I....totally can't remember the names or authors of. *facepalm*

School: Doing well. Everything's on track. :)

Watching: I watched Robin Hood: Men in Tights and What A Girl Wants the other night. I've been lax on my movie-watching, because I've been a bit lax on the knitting.

Wedding: We have a full wedding party now, and less than a year til the wedding. Dan vetoed my wedding cupcakes idea. Time to start rolling on the planning. :)

Work: Pretty light. We're in my downtime half of the year, but I've got some non-urgent stuff I've been working on.
ginger: (3-day training)
Action: Walked six and a quarter miles before breakfast.

Results:
(a) Now ready to climb over a mountain of starving children to find breakfast.
(b) No hip pain!

Also got a stellar second-wind combination of songs from Kephren:
Du Hast - Rammstein
Smooth - Santana with Rob Thomas
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy* - Big 'n Rich
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band

My hands keep getting ... weird. Kind of like falling asleep, only it feels like they're getting too much circulation rather than not enough, I guess? I thought at first it was that my watch is too tight, or my iPod armband, but I wear both of those on the same arm, and the other one (which has nothing on it) gets the same way. Any rate, they end up a bit swollen, red and kind of tingly after a few miles, but it goes away if I hold them above my elbows. Maybe it's a centripetal acceleration thing - blood being forced into my hands by the swinging of my arms while I walk. I dunno. :P

*Which also happens to be the single fastest way to turn Ari and I into a pair of howling maniacs while driving.
ginger: (dig this / cleolinda)
I'm not very good at getting up when Dan does (at 4:45am), but when I do manage to do it, I'm darned productive - I've already done 40% of my walking for today, run a load in the dishwasher, showered and prepared dinner for tonight up to the "put it in the oven on 350 for 20 minutes" part.
ginger: (baby moose)
3-Day: Training is going spectacularly. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1715 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it the first Monday of each month. I've found several good paths in my neighborhood for training walks: one 3-mile loop, one 4-mile loop, and one 4.5 mile loop. Annoyingly, I'm getting into a part that involves 5-mile walks. :P Oh well - six works just as well, or I can fake it :)

Crafting: I've got the summer Eris still on needles (need to finish the hem cabling and the sleeves), plus three more projects I need to order the yarn for. I've been toying with ideas to make an organizer pouch for a bag, and also a summer dress or two.

Exercise: I started a new belly-dance session last night - it's a shorter session though due to the holidays at the end of May. It's nice enough that I'm going to start riding my bicycle for my cross-training, I think.

Family: Dan and I loved our trip to Vegas. I'm going to visit my grandmother in a couple of weeks, and Joyce and Jeff are coming to visit in June. Yay!

Gaming: Nephari waived her DNR order and let Orithoc resurrect her after being slain by a Death Slaad, after the boys pointed out that without Nephari, they can't go on through the dungeon, since she's the only melee character. I do, however, intend to start putting together my moose druid character. Karrec has the first 3 pieces of her Dungeon 2 set and is working on getting the next 3. Kedria hit L29 and is well on her way to 30.

New Years' Goal: I ended my streak of 100% by forgetting to eat fruit or veggies on one day, but then started up another one the very next week.

Reading: I've been chowing through books on the e-reader. I read a series of four trashy romance novels while we were coming to and from Vegas, and I've been reading the first book in the Abhorsen series (I forget if that's the actual name of it, but whatever) by Garth Nix.

School: So far, I'm on schedule. Though I need to work the vocab-only classes into the schedule too, they've fallen by the wayside so far as they don't have any in-class-required components.

Watching: Armageddon. That's........yeah, that's about it. And I re-watched Rent the other night. Ari and I are going to watch some B5 tonight :D

Work: Pretty light. We're in my downtime half of the year, but I've got some non-urgent stuff I've been working on.
ginger: (huff puff)
Dear Seattle:

STOP RAINING. I wanted to walk outside today, but I don't want to do so in the cold and rain. So I'm just going to have to drag my N64 into the other room and hook it up to my little TV so I can play Harvest Moon while I walk. Huff puff.

Speaking of which: Yay Jillie! New icon :)
ginger: (dig this / cleolinda)
I have a mission, oh LJ brain trust!

I seek music recommendations ... as was probably pretty obvious from the subject line, I guess.

Requirements:
1. Readily available. Mainstream CDs, I can check out of the library. A song or two, I can get from iTunes. A local band that was only released on a teensy local label, not so likely. I don't mind buying some of it, but I'm looking to keep this relatively inexpensive.
2. A good, steady, relatively fast-paced beat. I'm looking for walking music, and while I have some good fast-paced stuff with a steady beat, I don't have enough for the walks I'm going to be doing starting in a few weeks. I REALLY like stuff where the beat is blatantly obvious, as in, the drum line has a regular hard beat to it that even a deaf person can feel, but as long as I can find a beat in it somewhere, that'll do. I need to keep up a pace, and the beat helps. It's way too easy to slow down too far when I get two or three ballads in a row.

Musical preferences:
I'm not hugely picky. I'm iffy on rap, instrumentals put me to sleep most of the time, and left to my own devices, I tend to turn toward 80s and 90s pop or metal.

Examples of what I know works:
Kenny Loggins - Playin' With The Boys
JoDee Messina - Bye Bye Baby
Rob Zombie - Dragula
Disturbed - anything off the Down With The Sickness album except that godawful Shout remake
NIN - Head Like A Hole
Prodigy - Their Law
Dead Can Dance - You Spin Me Round
Rob Thomas/Santana - Smooth

So, folks - any suggestions?
ginger: (3-day training)
So I discovered today, I think, why my left hip almost always hurts if I walk for more than a mile or two. I'd been chalking it up to the horse-ejector-seat incident and the family history of arthritis, but it appears that there's something more to it than that.

When I walk, I put one heel down directly in front of the toes of the other foot - like I'm walking on a tightrope. I also tend to walk on the outside edge of my left foot. I never noticed either of these things before. So I experimented, and it turns out that if I pretend there's a line in front of me, like that tightrope, only I have to keep each foot on its own side of the line, my hip doesn't hurt! It feels kind of like I'm waddling, as it's not what I'm used to, but I don't think it looks weird.

Now I just need to work on that so it becomes a habit, rather than something I have to concentrate on.
ginger: (Default)
Does anyone happen to have any suggestions for gatorade flavors (or other sports drinks) that don't taste like watered-down kool-aid? :P
ginger: (3-day training)
Whee. Off to the 8K walk benefiting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. (This is not The Big Walk, this is a different walk that I'm mostly doing for training purposes.) Registration at 8, my walk starts at 9:30, and I should be done between 11 and 11:30. *bounce* *stretch*
ginger: (fiendish moose / calience)
Dear Seattle:
Please warm up. I'm registered for an 8k walk Sunday morning, and it'd be really nice if I didn't have to do that in a damn parka. Also, stop raining. 45 and rainy is not happy Ginger weather.
Freezingly,
Ginger
ginger: (3-day training)
Nrgh.

I made a super-yummy dinner, but it was kind of heavy - chicken, stuffing, corn and roasted potatoes - so my tummy started to feel a mite oogly 2/3 of the way through my walk. So I owe myself a mile tomorrow. Must go back to doing my weekend walks when I first get up - otherwise, I end up putting them off til the end of the day, and after dinner is not a good walking time.
ginger: (dear journal....)
3-Day: I've done mostly 1-hour, 3.3 mile segments this week, plus one 80-minute 4.4 mile walk. The official training schedule starts Monday, 3/13. It includes non-walking workouts too, so on Monday, I'm going to my first bellydance class to see how I like that. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1310 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it at the beginning of each month. On Friday, I ordered a book on sports nutrition from Amazon - that should be here on Tuesday. I have a physical on Thursday, partly because I haven't had one in years and partly because of the training I'm starting.

Crafting: I've got 11 repeats done on the box lace scarf, out of 48 total. Also finished the cable yoke on the summer Eris, and started working on the body.

Family: The care facility my grandfather has been in had a fire last week. Nobody was injured, but the facility will be closed for a few months. Mom found a different one that she thinks he'll be less unhappy at anyway though. (I don't talk about it much - but my grandfather is clinically depressed, in the early stages of Alzheimers, and suffers from pretty bad heart disease - all he wants to do is go back to the house where he lived with my grandmother, who passed away four years ago, and wait to die. Mom is, obviously, not enabling this wish, and he gives her some pretty hellacious flak about it. I feel bad for her.) Anjela's been overseas for this past weekend, and Ari took some pretty good pictures of me today involving boots, a motorcycle, and a trashy dress, but Mark gets first dibs on displaying those.

New Years' Goal: Good. I made all my goals last week, third time in a row.

Reading: Still working on Imajica - I only read it on the bus, and it's fromping huge. I've also been reading "Healthy Cooking for Two" and "Reading Lolita in Tehran".

School: Finals this week. Ugh. I have left 2 sets of questions, 1 2-page essay, and 3 in-class assignments before I take the actual tests.

Watching: We're on Season 7 of DS9 - enjoying it muchly. I got the A&E documentary "Shackleton" from Netflix, but instead of sending me both discs, they sent me disc 1 twice. Humph. I've finally stopped watching Rent on the treadmill, after getting through it three times, and watched Con Air this morning instead.

Wedding: Nothing new.

Work: I'm contemplating asking my boss about the possibility of doing 4 10-hour days at work instead of 5 8-hour days - the extra weekday off would give me some time at home to myself for homework and for some of the school meetings I have to go to that are scheduled during the day that I currently have to take time off for. My 1-year anniversary of permanent employment is coming up too - I think I get a raise for that. :)
ginger: (WTF?)
Me: Ok, legs, we're going for a walk. We like walks, right?
My legs: Woo!! Walk! We like walks! Walks good!
Me: Okay! Let's walk! You're not going to bitch at me because it's only about a 3/4 mile round trip, right?
My legs: No, that's okay! Any walk is good walk!
Me: *walks*
My legs: *grumble*
Me: WTF!? You said you wanted to walk!
My legs: You didn't TELL us we couldn't walk in SNEAKERS. You never said we had to walk in work shoes. We don't like work shoes. We wants our sneakers.
Me: *mutter*
My legs: SNEEEEEEEEEAKERRRRRSSS!
Sneakers: *rub laces together gleefully*

Mental note: Legs are getting spoiled.
ginger: (moosercise)
So for a couple of days, I've been contemplating the possibility of signing up for the Seattle 3-day - a 60 mile, 3-day fundraising walk to raise money for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

It's not a breast-cancer-specific thing for me - I don't have any family history that I know of, nor do I know anyone who has or has had (to my knowledge) breast cancer. It is, however, a relatively good cause, and would give me a definite goal to train toward with my exercising.

The biggest hitch in my head is, each participant has to commit to raise $2200 before the walk starts, and if you don't raise the bucks, you can't go, and anyone who's made a donation on your behalf doesn't get their money back. You can choose to self-donate the rest, or do what they call a "deferred self-donation", where they give you four weeks after the walk to raise the rest of it before they charge your credit card, but if the money isn't donated, you're out of luck. I'm not sure how feasible this $2200 goal is, and I know for darned sure I can't afford to pay it myself. Heh.

There's an orientation in Redmond on the 25th - I might go to that and check it out.
ginger: (quack!)
Gonna go for a walk! *skip-hop*
Gonna get some lunch! *skip-hop*
Feelin' kinda silly! *skip-hop*
Red Lobster for dinner! *skip-hop*

*boogie*

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