Mixing Things Up…

It’s been a few days – what with a deluge of rain, emergencies and a final assignment, but I am still keeping on!

I’m sad to report that our mama goose has lost her nest.  I thought she might be okay after the first set of rainy days but the last two did her in.  On Sunday the sun came out and has been shining gloriously (until this evening).  We were pretty sad to see her gone.  The mushroom has survived but it is much smaller – more like a saucer.

I’m still on pace for the pound a week, which is a positive.  The weekend craziness meant NOT doing my Daily walk, but I still got out to do some dog and grandchild walks.  They are always great and we are becoming very alert to the changes in nature.

Today was pretty war-like as the geese along the creek are still defending territory.  THe girls were quite startled by the four of them zipping under the bridge!  And a squirrel learnt quite emphatically not to mess with nesting robins.  No pictures of those events, but you can see our lost nest, the shrinking mushroom, a redwinged blackbird and a downy woodpecker – all of which I was able to spot again this evening.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and the update.  Let me know if it helps keep you on your path as well!

Good night.

Marcia

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6800 Steps and Counting!

I currently am feeding three blogs – this one, Healthy, Wealthy and Wiser, and another more thoughtful, life journey blog, A Journey of Ten Years.  Each of them chronicles a different interest over the years, and I want to keep these plants growing.  However, this is the one that needs feeding the most!

feed me!

Meeting goals is important – and good health should be high on our priority list! I don’t know what kinds of challenges I will face, but I know that health is vital to facing them well!  So as long as I stay focused… I will be here at least 4 times a week, chronicling this rendition of the “Getting Healthy” March!

It’s just after 10 am, and I’ve walked the dog, drank my smoothie, and done the WALK.  It was another 3 miler, so my steps are already over 6800.

But those long workouts take a toll – especially when you are on the obese end of the BMI.  My feet and knees are complaining!

What I’m going to try for the rest of May is to alternate the long walks with shorter walks.  I’m also going to stay with a three mile limit for the first month or so.  What I want to achieve is “a fitness walk a day” and an average of 10000 steps per day for the month of May.

Thanks for the encouragement…every visit does that for me!  And here’s hoping you are encouraged to keep moving towards a healthier life!

Walk well!

Marcia

 

 

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Week One Update

I’m not on my phone for this one, so possibly another picture from my walking adventures in Beijing or Korea…those are on my computer.

My focus this week was on the walking steps, not on what I was eating.  I did all or part of a Leslie Sansone workout every day.  I have to say again that I like the variety and choice available in the app.  Right now the walks have cost me $10 each ($70 divided by 7 walks = $10 per walk).

I have enjoyed walking with our dogs and my grandchildren.  Seeing nature change every day is something that we can give ourselves and our families, simply by walking the same route every day or so.

Because I was so focused on the 10000 steps, I did some crazy antics to get there, but there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had when the goal is met.  And this morning I did weigh myself – after coffee – and found that I did indeed lose a pound this week!

Happy for that too!

These photos are of a climb I did in Seoul, South Korea.  This is Nansam Mountain and I blogged about it at A Journey of Ten Years.  Suffice it to say that walking does get you places and seeing interesting things.

Have a great week, and I hope  you are encouraged by my journey!

Marcia

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Mushroom Surprise!

Yesterday I did not make my step goal but we managed some walks between a massive rain storm and grandmotherly tasks such as childcare, cooking, and cleaning up.  

Even though we walk here almost every day, we were blown away by the mushroom that is about the size of a dinner plate!!!

I love this combination of indoor and outdoor walking.  Today is day 7 since I bought the Walking app.  I have to say that so far I’m very happy.

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Adjustments

Yesterday was a bit of a weird day.  Short walks, long walks and going round and round while the kids played at the park.  And then being too tired in the day to post my results.  I am so determined to reach that 10000 step mark that I will just step, step, step until I get the number.

What I’m really enjoying with my daily walks is the observations that I see as sprin unfolds.  Today Miss T. and I visited our nesting goose.  She is still at her post, and we were nice and quiet on the way back as she was sleeping.

The Leslie Sansone workout scheduled for today was 4 miles.  I was too tired after being up with little ones.  I opted for a lighter workout.  Coupled with the rain that has arrived this afternoon, I may not reach my step goal for the day – but I could do another walk instead.

Because I’m not blogging from my phone or iPad today, (and I’ve been forgetting my phone on my walks) here’s a picture from my walking adventures in Beijing last April.  I just can’t exactly remember where I was!

Keeping myself honest here is helpful.  It makes me want to do my workouts and get in those steps.

Thanks for joining me!

Marcia

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Keeping On!

This is a screenshot from my Mi-fit app that I started usng in China.  It hasn’t changed to pounds but i can do the conversions online to keep it updated.  And it keeps me on track.

Last night I needed to do some i house walking to get over my goal.  Thankfully I have the routine I used during bad air days to get me through.  Watching Sherlock helped too.

Mama Goose nesting.

One of the highlights of walking the dogs with the girls is saying hello to this mama.  And observing spring as it unfolds.

Day Four of workouts complete.  Getting ready for the rest of my day.

Have a good one!

Marcia

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Trying Again.

If  at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.  I have not been succeeding.  As it stands I may even weigh a bit more than when I optimistically started this blog.  I mean, how difficult can it be to lose one pound in one week?

Well it is difficult!  And here’s why:

  • Life happens.
  • Stress happens.
  • Change happens.
  • Chocolate happens.
  • Dessert happens.

That sounds so discouraging.  As if I have so little control over my body and my mind.  I feel that incredibly.  And yet, here I am again.  I will not give up and I will not give in.

Yesterday I weighed myself – 247.5 pounds.  Yesterday I walked just over 10000 steps.  On Saturday I walked over 10000 steps too!  Today I took the dogs for a walk and did my Leslie Sansone workout. I did one on Saturday too!

I may not lose a pound this week, but I will try my hardest to get those 10000 steps into my day.  That is the goal for the rest of this month!  And Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home will be a part of that journey.

walking image

It’s my birthday next week, and this was my birthday present for myself.  The fun thing will be to whittle down the cost per walk.  A year’s subscription cost me about $70 Canadian.  So the cost per walk is now $35.  We’ll see how that is at the end of the week.

I will try to keep these posts, short, honest and encouragine to anyone who has a lot of weight to lose!

Marcia

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What’s with these 10000 steps?

On my left wrist I wear a band.  It serves as a watch and a step counter and I like it.  I like knowing how many steps I take.  I liked reaching the 10000 step mark and going a little over for those 12 days in a row.  But while my brain is happy, my self esteem is pretty stoked…my feet are very unhappy right now.

So I wondered why the number 10,000 as the “recommended Daily minimum!”  Really?  Who came up with that number?

Turns out it was the Japanese in the 1960’s.  It sounds pretty good in Japanese and thats what they called their pedometers.  This according to Lara Rosenbaum of the Fitbit Blog.

It’s a nice easy number, I think, and it is doable.  But to say it’s the minimum?  My feet beg to differ.

One thing to consider is your size.  I am obese (still) and 5 miles of walking is hard.  8600 is where I’m at right now, at the end of a work day.  Going for a walk after writing this blog post will get me over the mark.  But what do my feet say?  What do your feet say?  Listen to them.

I’ve lowered my goal just a bit.  My new minimum is 8500.  I have to make some effort to get there, and that’s important.  Moving towards a healthy weight requires some work and sacrifice.   If I can maintain a monthly average of over 9000 steps per day I will be happy.  And if for 3 or 4 days I can get over 10,000 steps – that my friends is icing on the cake!

And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’m going to enjoy some air (not the greatest air today in Beijing – but okay)

Walking is great, dancing is great – enjoy the journey!

I wrote a little bit about my goals here, so you can check that out too if you’d like!

I’m off!

Marcia

 

 

 

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Something Clicked!

I have a Mi Fit band.  Last June I was in a quandary about getting a fitness band.  A friend had one he wasn’t using – brand new, in the box, a gift from his company.  I’ve been wearing it ever since.  What I haven’t been doing over the last few months is paying attention.  So I didn’t know (and didn’t care much over the summer)  how many steps I was doing.

 

September 4th, I checked my statistics before bed.  I was so close to the 10,000 mark that in my pyjamas I quickly did enough to get me over.  And I did.

Then I did it the next day, and the next, and now I’m riding a 6 day streak!  And shaking my head a little about it.

That little “happy dance” that happened on Monday night has led to several sessions of determined walking in between other tasks that mostly have me sitting down.  I try to walk backwards, sideways (but not upside down).  I borrow techniques from Leslie Sansome, who I am sure will come in handy when the air is too bad to go out!

My new Mi Fit arrives on Monday (I hope!)  You see, the special charger for this gadget is still in Canada.  Fortunately one charge lasts a long time, but it’s down to 22%.  Not good if I want to stay on my roll.  The new one will also tell me the time, so I don’t need to wear a watch.

If you are contemplating a fitness band, stay tuned and see how I do with mine.  Or just get one (The Mi Fit is reasonably priced and pretty basic – no clutter) and see where it takes you.

And Ponnie….thanks for inspiring me to do some happy dancing!

Greetings from Beijing.

Marcia

PS:  I currently use a Xiaomi phone (Buying local in China) and I can’t find the MiFit app for my Ipad.  I would make sure you can get the app for your phone before buying.

mi-fit

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Revamping the Porridge!

As I looked back on this blog, I realized that the last post was all about porridge.  This is a good thing, because many of us enjoy a good bowl of porridge as a meal.  I was going to write “Breakfast” but I think that narrows the scope of when we can eat this mealhttp://www.bingemans.com/camping/index.ph.  It would maAnyke a great supper too, I think – although I haven’t tried it yet.  Maybe next week I could flip my meals!

Anyways, a lot has happened in the last months – I went home to all the good stuff I missed on this side of the Pacific – like Dempster’s Bread, maple syrup (and cheese), Dutch Chocolate sprinkle sandwiches….and lots of varieties of chocolate bars.  I have to be honest and say I went a bit crazy.  I wonder if sharing those summer months would have helped me stay more in control.

I’m back in Beijing for another year of teaching…although I almost did NOT get on the plane.  Part of the struggle was that my suitcases needed to go on a major diet if I was to get them on the plane!  And they had as hard a time losing weight as I did.  So I did the next best thing and took three suitcases.  The airport weigh scale informed me that they were all overweight!  That was crazy too.  So I managed to get the suitcases to the okay point and they did not weigh my carry-on!  I just had to leave my canned salmon behind.

I  many books with me this year and some of them were very heavy.  One of them is Discover the Power of Food by Janet Jacks.  I had read this book last summer but left it with my daughter.  This year I decided to take it with me to Beijing for some late night reading.  (This doesn’t work because the book is too heavy to hold while trying to fall asleep. Just to warn you!)

I have found it difficult to find a store that carries everything that I want, but thank goodness for the internet shopping mall called Taobao.  This is where China shops.  I have found steel cut oats there, but I haven’t ordered them yet!  I need to pay my connection for this weeks order.

“Janet’s Favourite Oatmeal”  calls for steel cut oats, salt, coconut butter ghee, hemp hearts, ground flax seeds and optional raisins.

Right now I’m using slowcook oats and millet as my main grain, star anise, pepper and tumeric for flavouring, and raisins and dried goji berries for fruit.  Tomorrow that is set to change, as I can now add coconut oil, hemp hearts and chia seeds to the mix.  I am so excited for tomorrow’s breakfast!

book-cover

 

You can find out more at :

http://discoverthepoweroffood.ca/ and at:

https://goodnessme.ca This is a far more informative link that includes podcasts and information about her stores in Southern Ontario!

Also check out her Facebook page and Youtube.  That’s what I’m doing later on this evening.

There are many books available (and I have several back home) but this one made it onto the plane and I will be using it this year as I try to lose at least 10 pounds this year.  (Maybe not what I originally set out to do – but I do intend to reach a healthy weight before I turn 65!)

Take care and thanks for joining me once again on this journey!

 

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