Sorry to send you wishes late!
Sorry to send you wishes late!
I want to do this goal too.
I have the following to plant:Vegetable Garden
First draft of the plan
First, in R’s room:
Then, in the basement:
Then, back to R’s room:
In my dim past, I dealt with an eating disorder. It makes me really nervous to set a weight-related goal. I’ve read things about how you never are cured, just like an alcoholic is always a recovering alcoholic, not a former alcoholic.
But – in my last year or so of employment, I gained a fair bit of weight. I quit riding my bike as much, and did more yoga. Yoga was good, but it’s not aerobic exercise.
After completing the 88 Temples pilgrimage, I’ve lost a lot of weight. I weighed myself today, and I was under 170 pounds, and that’s the first time in a long time I’ve been there. My BMI is now under 25. In a lot of ways, the BMI is bullshit for me, as I have very muscular thighs and generally cycling has kept me in shape, no matter what my BMI is. But damn, it’s better for me to be lighter – to be on the under side of 170, rather than the upper side of 180.
So – it would be great if I didn’t just regain all the weight I lost walking around Shikoku. The question is, how?
First, I want to acknowledge how doing the pilgrimage was a cracker-jack weight loss plan. Generally, I was walking 8 to 10 hours a day. So it was more or less continual aerobic exercise. I had little to no sugar – the Japanese do not eat sweet breakfasts like we do. I never ate desserts. I had a limited number of sweet treats: once I had ice cream; once I had some cookies; twice I ate chocolate. Portion sizes were small. Snacks were limited. All the produce was organic and locally-sourced (except bananas). I had limited non-fish, non-vegetable protein – for example, I could count the number of times I had beef at a meal, and sometimes that means a single paper-thin slice of beef floating in a bowl of soup, not like, a steak or something.
If I wanted to maintain my current weight, then I should continue to follow my Japanese diet. No sweet breakfasts, not even jam on my morning toast. Avoid desserts, cookies, chocolate and the like entirely. Limited red meat and even poultry. Smaller portion sizes. Green tea if I don’t feel like drinking black.
Improvement to Japanese diet: whole grains. I ate nothing but refined grains in Japan. I can do better here.
And then: exercise. Yoga is not a substitute for daily exercise, it’s a supplement. If it’s less than 10 miles away, I can ride my bike there. If it’s less than two, certainly I can walk. If I’m serious about the centuries and touring I have in mind, then I should be riding 40-50 mile rides on the weekends this month, and 50-60s in May.
I will mark this goal as done if I end up September 1 at less than 170 pounds. If I find myself weirding out over my diet, exercise, or weight, I will suspend the goal.
Since my elder daughter has a paid internship in Colorado for the summer, I do not need to kick anyone out of her room. I will take it over when she leaves town mid-May.
I am feeling completely overwhelmed with all that I need to do. And the pilgrimage made me realize how much time I waste.
So: Get organized. I won’t start this today, as I am still mega-jet lagged. But soon. Soon. Soon.
Write the first real entry for my travel blog
Write packing list (final)
Visiting my parents
Not just withdrawing money, but converting $500 to yen as well
Purchase of omiage for Prof. M who helped us with reservations for Temple 12 and is walking with us between T11 and T12 – done, but now he’s cancelled.
Grocery shopping for the above, plus for other meals until I go
Here they are:
Our boat was in this congested area of the river, and we could not pass. I think it was my husband who suggested that we swim in the river among the boats that were waiting behind us. It was hard to swim up the river. When I turned around, though, I was swept downstream. I could not work against the current to return to our boat.
We were supposed to climb to the summits of West Tiger 3, 2, and then 1. But there was too much snow and ice as we climbed, and we had to turn around. Only 8 or so miles today:
Next time I do this much walking, it’ll be on the island of Shikoku (!) so I’m marking this goal as done.
This is what I have left: four whole days, two partial days.What MUST be done:
My new life begins today.
Only ~30,000 spammy accounts up for review, which means about 50,000 were recently flushed!
Another great check-up – all 1s, 2s, and 3s. The few 4s are all stable – no swelling, inflammation or bleeding.
I’ll want to take lots of pictures, so I started to rummage around for my camera and all the related accouterments.
I found the camera. I found the cord to download the photos. Didn’t find the battery charger. Looked all over. God knows what hotel room outlet it was left plugged into.
I went on eBay to look for a replacement. I found a whole camera, two batteries, and charger, for just $20 more than the cost of a charger. The total extra cost, considering the additional batteries was $10 for the camera to be included. So I bought the set. I really like my camera, which is really, really rugged (for idjits like me – I’ve dropped it off of the bike several times), but because I’ve taken it on so many outdoor expeditions, it is in pretty sad shape. Functional, but beat-up – beat up enough that I wouldn’t put it underwater any more, even though supposedly it’s waterproof.
So, maybe the used camera I bought will be in better shape. If it isn’t, very little harm done. I can still take my old one of the same model.
Edited to add: here’s the entries for when I bought the camera in the first place! http://www.43things.com/people/progress/Petersky/10533625
sort of a Valentine’s Day thing
I have saved most of my “deleted” emails through my time here. I am now deleting the whole lot of them as a part of my purge.
It’s going to take about 20 minutes (!) according to the Microsoft dialog window.