Day 4’s walk was an increasingly speedy 1.5-mile slog through the wet and flooding streets of Reseda,
where I’m pretty sure I saw Tim Curry peeking out of a storm drain.
See you tomorrow for what will probably be an INDOOR day 5!
Day 3’s walk was, like Monday, another combination errand-walk. This time, the errand was a holy one. Today is the feast day of the Three…
NO! The Three Holy Hierarchs!
Anyway, they’re these guys*:
and since (as I’ve mentioned occasionally, with Uriah Heep-like modesty) I’m one of the cantors at our little Byzantine Catholic Church — not to mention the only one who doesn’t work for a living — I rode the fabulous Orange Line bus from Reseda to Sepulveda, then walked to and from church from there.
On the way back, I stopped at this fabulous Tarjay
for a “pit stop” and to use up most of a Christmas gift card (thanks Becky and Jon!). And here’s my pedometer at the bus stop as I head home (notice the bright sunlight):
So Day 3 is done! Now tomorrow, for Day 4, I was originally going to stay completely home and post some ideas about how to exercise indoors, for my cousin Margaret, who pointed out it’s a little difficult to walk outside when it’s below freezing.
But I forgot I’m taking my car (Decrepit Blue) to get new tires tomorrow morning, so it’ll be another “errand-walk” from the garage to home. Oh well, maybe I’ll save all those brilliant ideas for the Friday Five — it’ll still be cold then, right? I mean, everywhere but out here in sunny California, right?
OK, that’s plenty long enough for a mid-week blog post — I haven’t even had lunch yet! See ya tomorrow!
(*I’m happy to report there were marginally more people in church than in the icon, though not by much!)
Both days 1 and 2 of my self-imposed 2019 7-Day Walking Challenge are in the history books!
Motivation for yesterday’s walk was pretty easy to find. It helps to have a cat who prefers a VERY SPECIFIC type of cat treat that’s ONLY carried at a particular pet store, which just happens to be about a 20-minute walk from home. Meow!
Day 2 (today) I got up bright and early (well, early!) and did a slightly shorter walk, also in our neighborhood but going in a different direction.
So all in all, very nice pair of back-to-back walks. Tomorrow’s walk should be more interesting, as I’m having (gasp) a root canal this afternoon.
Hopefully I won’t need to be all whacked out on painkillers but if I am, keep an eye out — I’ll be the old grey-haired lady staggering down Reseda Boulevard. (Well, *one* of them anyway!)
See ya tomorrow!
Happy Monday, everyone! Well, last night I indulged in a special treat — prime rib (well done) with mashed potatoes and gravy and Yorkshire pudding, mmm!
So it’s really not that much of a surprise that this morning’s weigh-in is:
Grr! Ya know what? I’ve been hangin’ out in the ’80s too long! Maintenance is great, but this ain’t the weight I want to maintain! SO — this week I’m starting the Great 2019 7-Day Walking Challenge! Who’s with me?
Aw come on!! Seriously, here’s the ground rules:
And of course, I’ll still be counting my calories. So maybe THIS is the week I can finally blast through that border wall
and get back into the ’70s! Who’s with me?
Well, I’m doin’ it anyway! So enjoy your Monday, and I’ll see you again — Tuesday!
Happy Friday, everyone, and of course:
During the past week, we’ve had quite the little deluge here in normally sunny Southern California, so I’ve been forced to ditch the outdoors and spend some quality time in my least unfavorite gym, Anytime Fitness in Chatsworth.
As gyms go, it’s one of the best, but weather permitting, I’d really rather be walking (or running! yes, I’m running now, believe it or not!) OUTDOORS!
Because you know, there are things you see outside that you just don’t usually see from your gym treadmill. For example:
Of course, it’s entirely possible you might have seen similar strange and interesting things from your treadmill. If you have, let me know and I’ll post your story/photo next week!
Meanwhile, have a wonderful (and hopefully OUTDOORS!) weekend! See you Monday for the weigh-in! (and sweet dreams! heh heh heh…)
Happy Friday, everyone! Yeah, I know, not so happy for a lot of people. Well, when I’m sad, something in my brain clicks over and I start doing (or at least, wanting to do) new and/or creative things. Or maybe just go for a walk.
All of which I’ve been doing, over the past couple of weeks. And it’s starting to show up in my daily weigh-ins, so Monday should bring me closer to those ever-elusive ’70s, y’all!
Anyway, without further adieux (as our French-Canadian neighbors might say, if they were grammatically challenged, which they’re definitely NOT — je vous aime, le Canada!!), here are five pictures I took recently:
That’s it, a visual treat for your Friday Five. Hope your weekend goes well, and see you Monday for the weigh-in!
Uh, yeah, time to get to work, huh? OK (yawn, stretch) hang on! Sorry, I should be more awake than this — I did go to the gym yesterday, after all (hi, Kaily, Charles, and Nathan at Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, here’s your shout-out, as promised!).
And I’m glad I went — it’s been a while, and I was beginning to worry I wasn’t getting enough use out of my pretty purple key fob.
Actually, EVERYTHING there is purple … the signs on the doors:
… the workout equipment …
… and of course, the weight lifters’ faces.
So it’s a good gym, and I have no complaints about it. However, I haven’t been using it much lately, nor any other gym, for one very good reason: THE WEATHER! Yes, as I mentioned last time, it’s finally FALL/AUTUMN (depending on your personal vocabulary preferences) with the cooler temperatures to go with it! Which means my PRIMARY reason for keeping my gym membership(s) active — the hot weather —
is no longer viable! (Ooh, there’s another good vocabulary word for you! Who said this blog isn’t educational?)
So anyway, with temps going down, along with my weight (yay!), my energy levels are rising slightly, just enough to make me want to exercise, all right — but NOT indoors, or on a machine! That’s right — instead of walking on a treadmill, I walk OUTSIDE!
And instead of riding a stationary bike, I ride a REAL BIKE!
You can do all sorts of other “gym” exercises outside too, like carrying heavy stuff around:
Or just go for a long walk amongst the crunchy fall (autumn!) leaves!
Whatever you decide to do, just remember: exercise is simply moving your body (preferably off the couch) in some way — whether it’s in a gym or outdoors, in the cheap showiness of nature, it’s all good! So find a way to move around today — indoors or outdoors — and enjoy this beautiful fall/autumn weather!
And the first thing that’s falling is — my weight! Let’s start with that, shall we? ‘Cause I’m pretty happy about it! Remember last week when I was up to 186.2, post-potluck? Well, feast your orbs on THIS!
Yes, the weight is falling — and that’s appropriate, ’cause it’s finally FALL, y’all!
OK, yeah, I know, Fall actually started a couple of weeks ago (September 22, to be exact), but out here in sunny Southern Cal, the temps were still climbing up into the 90s (even close to 100) for several days after September 22, 2018.
So it didn’t really feel “fall-like” (or “autumnal” for those of you still trying to expand your vocabulary — never too late to fulfill those New Year’s resolutions!) if you know what I mean — till this morning, when the thermometer finally broke the 60-degrees barrier.
Yes, it’s a chilly 57° Fahrenheit out here in the Valley, and while those of you in West Yellowstone, Montana (current temp: 28° F) and the Vostok Station in Antarctica (current temp: -62° F) may sneer at the idea that 57° F is in any way “cold,” it’s definitely coldER than we’ve been used to for quite a while!
And as I always say (well, as I always say NOW, because I’ve started exercising!), cold weather is great walking (and biking) weather! So no matter how cold it is where you are — even if it’s colder than 57° F, which is hard to imagine …
… why not go outside today and walk, run, bike or just generally move around a bit? You’ll warm up in no time!
And oh yeah, a belated happy Fall, y’all! Get ready for the deluge!
Hmm, I keep calling these posts the “Friday Five,” even though, from time to time, I can’t come up with five things. Wonder why?
Yeah, but as Homer Simpson once said, “Hope springs internal,” so I’ll keep giving it the ol’ college try!
Anyway, without actually getting into the numbers game, I did a lot of walking and BIKING this week! I’m particularly proud of the latter because I’ve been letting my poor ol’ cruiser languish in the garage for months, not even taking it out to wipe off the spiders.
But last week I decided it was time, so I’ve been puttering around the Valley (or at least my part of it) and getting slightly better at dodging traffic, not to mention running errands — groceries, post office, etc.
So it’s been a productive week all around, and I’m looking forward to more bike/walk adventures in the near future (though preferably not at the same time)!
That’s it — I guess the Friday Five will just be five memes, loosely connected by the fact that they’re on my page! Oh well, I’ll be back Monday with a weigh-in — a good one this time, I hope! Have a great weekend (and try to get outdoors, if you can)!
Hey, everyone, sorry I forgot about the “Friday Five” yesterday! Actually, I didn’t forget so much as … well … actually, I did forget, sorry! But to make up for it, here’s some photos from a hike I took this morning with a group of people from Anytime Fitness in Chatsworth, CA — enjoy!
This was all at a nice area called the Victory Trailhead Loop, part of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (depending on who you ask and which parking lot you’re in, I guess!). Apparently there are some caves on the property somewhere (the Caves of Munit), but since going there would have required more uphills than downhills, the majority vote was to save the caves for another time.
So all in all, it was a great morning for a hike, and a good time was had by all, even the dog.
That’s all for now — see you Monday for yet another Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in!