While taking Buster on a nice walk this afternoon in the cold sunshine, we came upon a beautiful dog who had lost his collar and was loose. He wouldn’t come to me, but liked sniffing Buster.
The dog followed us and a few minutes later, the owner came by, looking for him and she was having a hard time getting the dog to come to her. She had some food with her, but Buster seemed more interested than her own dog. I hope that she was able to get her dog back home. She explained that it was a rescue dog that they have only had for 2 days and it’s part Malmute and those breeds like to take off and run, sigh.
With changes to our Express bus routes, I have to walk a lot further now each day in addition to taking the dog for walks. This is actually a good thing.
Depending upon which bus route I take at night, it’s a 6 or 10 minute walk home after I get off the bus. In the morning, it’s 6 minutes to the closest stop. That might not sound like very much, but over 5 week days, it’s an extra 48 to 60 minutes or so of fast walking, which is good for my legs and overall health.
I need to renew my gym membership, as soon as we get a bit more ahead with our finances.
We’re trying to take good advantage of our family gym membership and Adam is doing a good job of getting the two of us to go to our local YMCA. It’s close to home and a nice modern facility.
Matt already goes often to the gym with his chums. Matt is in really good shape these days, with washboard abs.
Tonight, while working on the weight machines, I found that my upper body was quite tired. It took a lot of work to finish all my reps on the weight machines. I still find that it’s going to take a few more weeks to get back to the strength level that I had about two years ago. Tonight, my “good” knee was also acting up a bit, even in the stretching, at the end of the workout.
I don’t subscribe to the philosophy of over-doing it on the weight machines or free weights. Sometimes overdoing it with weights will set you back, instead of helping you to move forward.
I believe that slowly but surely is a good rule to follow, something like the “Tortoise and the Hair” story. When I feel comfortable at a given weight on a machine with at least 12 reps at a time, then I will increase it to the next higher level, at my next workout. I won’t try to change my routine and go for double the weight for 8 reps, although I know quite a few people who do this to get “ripped.” I want to be have an overall feeling of being well-toned. I don’t need to look like Arhhhnold Schwartznegger.
This winter is doing wonders for my arms and shoulders, with all this shovelling. I have to watch my lower back, but so far, so good! ;)
Adam and I went to the Y tonight and had a good workout, warm-up, weights, cardio on the bike and warm-down. It feels good right now. I made sure to do at least 15 minutes of stretching at the end, so that I won’t feel sore tomorrow. ;)
I still need to go out to the gym more and try to do more during weeknights, but I know that I’m making some progress. I’m not as winded running up two flights of stairs at work and I can climb minor sized hills without passing out, lol. My waistline is slowly getting smaller, I will have to put another notch in one of my belts. I’m also wearing a smaller pant size now. Little improvements slowly over time are the way to go, instead of drastic diets that just lower our metabolism. I find a big thing is that when I eat less at night, I sleep better and my body doesn’t need to work at digesting overnight. ;)
I just got back home after taking Buster for his morning walk. What a beautiful, snowy morning! The temperature is just a few degrees above freezing, it’s calm and very peaceful outside. Not too cold! Smiles. Sometimes winter can be very beautiful. :) Met a few of Buster’s chums. He was in a great mood and he likes eating fresh snow. Don’t eat the yellow snow, Buster! ;) He seems to know that, haha. Most of the paths were cleared, so it was a delightful walk all in all!
I have adopted this goal as well and just joined a gym and have set up a conditioning program. I also have a fun dog named Buster who takes me out on long walks! ;)