Monday, November 16, 2015

Challenging week ahead

This is going to be a challenging week when it comes to getting my daily steps and exercise. For the most part, an alternative to walking isn't a big deal. I have an indoor cycle, Nordic Track skier and a weigh machine. Getting in my 10,000 steps with a week of rain in the forecast may be a bit tougher.
Later in the week I have have some serious drive time to deal with. I planning on making the time for walking on those days, but it is still a challenge.

I'll definitely be keeping the walks close to home if I find some times when it is not raining. I don't want to be too far if the sky decides to open up and dump its water on me. I don't mind walking in the rain in the summertime, but November showers tend to be on the chilly side.

It has been raining through the night. Right now it is windy, but no rain. I should probably get out there but I'm still working on my first cup of coffee. I'm sure that I'll manage to keep my daily streak intact.
No excuses -- right?
I suppose that running instead of walking would shorten the time that I am out and limit the chances of getting caught in the rain. However, at my brisk walking speed and slow running speed the difference isn't great and I'm still comfortable with the idea of walking daily vs running irregularly.

Make your week a good one!
Be well,

John <><

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


We are one third of the way into November and I have been doing well when in comes to daily walking. It's not been anything to get excited about, but I'm back to walking every day and have made my 10,000 steps every day -- so far.

I do have a couple of all day travel days still to come this month but am hoping to manage a decent walk on those days as well.

I've been getting a little extra work in the way of squats, push ups and some light yoga, but again -- nothing to get excited about. At this point, I am comfortable calling my daily walk (usually about 3 miles) my regular exercise and anything else is something extra.

Perhaps I'll add to my regular exercise and include some yoga a few times per week. Then I'll consider walking and yoga to be my regular exercise and the body weight stuff to be extra.
I did manage a little running last week; maybe I'll do that on a more regular basis. Then again, maybe not.

In any case, my health is good. My weight is up a little, but not so much that I'm overly concerned. I would like to trim it back down before our January beach vacation, so I will be keeping an eye on it during the upcoming holidays.

Be healthy.
Be active.
Be well!

John <><

Sunday, November 1, 2015

No Excuse November

It is a foggy start to the month of November in the Ozarks, but the daytime highs will be back in the 70s for the beginning of the week. That will be nice after the cool temperatures to end the month of October.

I see that I haven't posted on my Healthy Living blog in well over a month. That is because of a relapse into the unhealthy guy part.

Actually, October wasn't a bad month -- irregular on the walking and not too concerned about a daily step goal, but it really wasn't too bad. I plan to look at November/December with a bit more attention to the details of day-to-day healthy living.

One of the things that I did in October was to work on flexibility. I'm going to continue with that and with simple body weight exercises. One thing that I've never been very good at is doing pull-ups. I'm going to be working on that in the coming weeks. I'm also going to be working on some handstand/headstand balancing. I'm not sure why I want to work on that, I just do.

And it's back to daily walks (maybe an occasional run) and a daily step goal of a modest 10,000 steps. No excuses!

Although my diet hasn't been crazy out of whack, I do know that keeping track of what I'm eating and drinking does help tremendously when it comes to controlling calories. So ... even though it is a real pain in the butt, I'm going to finish the year with the daily food log via My Fitness Pal.

On the positive side -- there is no Halloween candy left in the house and I won't be going to work this week to feast on the leftover candy that people would bring in and leave in the break room!

Be well.
Eat well.
Get some exercise!

John <><