I joined this challenge on 3/21/15 the Goal – walk/hike/run 1000 miles between now and winter 9 dollars and half the fee goes to make a wish. If an individual is doing it this means 3.26 (? I’ve forgotten the exact number ) a day. something like 25 miles a week.
some people are doing this as teams so they are able to split the mileage, i am doing this as an individual .
It has been exciting to see people take up the challenge. Long hikes, short walks , and runs of all lengths. but….
There has been a lot of hoopla about ‘intentional’ ( meaning exercise ) vs walking around miles.
here is why I joined:
1) the person who brought it too my attention has been working really had to improve his level of fitness.
2) i have diabetes and the very best thing you can do for diabetes is – move the big muscles.
3) A big goal is a kind of fun . Long term challenges give you room to form habits , and deal with real life events like – getting sick or busy lives or….
So I am counting every step I take. I should reach this goal without any serious problems. 5 days a week – I walk over 3 miles a day. Only two days a week do I have to work on walking. good for me.
If you are a runner,a hiker or distance walker the real challenge might be to do it without counting you walking around steps. good for you. I’d like to be there some day. When I trained for the SGK walk, I might have been there. Not now.
Why I think walking around steps count ( for me ) . There are studies out that suggest no matter how much you work out – sitting for long periods of time is not good for you. As a kid – I read that our bodies are mostly water. As an adult – I knew what happened to water if it sat still too long. Very very gradually I went from being a couch potato to someone who has a hard time sitting still too long . But sometimes I still have to remember to move.
I do have some secret goals — I’d like to get to 1500 miles. and maybe next year not have to count my walking around miles . However, I need to get to 1000 miles first.
I saw this posted on Facebook Aging while female is not your worst nightmare. I had a vague revelation: I’ve never been too worried about getting old.
I have had a few people tell me not to get old, oddly, they have all been men.
I do get startled by my grey hair in the mirror sometimes – but I spent more time with dark hair , so I am guessing that will change. I don’t love my face wrinkles, but I am surprised by my hands starting to crinkle.
Cat calls stopped a long time ago, but I swear that the inappropriate comments from men on the other side of the library desk have increased.
Physically, how I work had to change a long time ago – I have to work around my diabetes and asthma. I think they are better because I don’t work ’til I hurt anymore.
As for my voice, I feel it is stronger and more powerful than before. You can’t shout me down anymore. You can argue with me, but I am better at hearing when you aren’t listening. And I am ok with just making a statement and letting it just sit there. It isn’t like people were listening when I was young.
The agency 1 : a spy in the house y.s. lee
From afar a science fiction mystery john russell fearn –
In the woods Tara French — good, but not the ending we wanted
The edge of the earth Christina Schwarz woman who goes to live with her husband in a light house in Monterey – not a happy book but good
The drop Michael Connelly police procedural
Dragonhaven Robin Mckinley Really good – felt very real for a fantasy novels
No Safety in Numbers Dayna Lorentz one Saturday everyone gets quarantined in a mall
Killer instinct / Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Death’s daughter / Amber Benson –fun
dead beat jim butcher ( dresden 7 )
Drop Dead Healthy A J Jacobs- same person that spent a year trying to live by the rules of the bible.. interesting two years of trying to find the healthy ways to live .
proven guilty jim butcher(dresden 8 ) those were both rereads the next is a one I haven’t read
Long, long ago there was a show called Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I was looking forward to it, because I had seen some gems in the campy movie of the same name. The TV show was so much better than the movie. My sisters and I talked about the show. Around the same time, my DH and I moved to CA . He worked long hours, and I went to the grocery store to find people to talk to. I was lonely. Somewhere along the line I found The Board.
The Board was the place where all kinds of different people talked about Buffy. There were professors, moms, lawyers, students, geeks,musicians and artists. We analyzed ,criticized, predicted the next move for our show, and got to know each other . Over 14 years we went from buffy friends to invisible friends to friends. Marriages, citizenship, children, divorces, bombs, salad shooters, careers, muffalettas, hair, and underwear were only a few of things we talked about.
Some of us have met in the physical world. Some of us are shorter than expected, sweeter than imagined, and spell better when we talk. But we have learned , that what we write is what we say.
Today we lost one of our own. ita was a fierce. She did Krav Maga and questioned you whenever your arguments got sloppy. She built our board. She put really gross links on our board (no , I am not sharing) and really beautiful links. She was brave . She moved to LA with and stayed with a relative stranger(Thanks Allyson) until she found a job. She was determined. Even with debilitating migraines every day she worked, stayed involved in fandoms , and took art classes.
everyday ita will be missed
Last year was the first year I didn’t list the books I’ve read since 1998. There were two reasons for this . One, I was getting annoyed when I fell behind and I wasn’t sure if I remembered everything. Two, I was getting competitive with myself over the numbers. I was worried about not making better numbers than the year before. Crazycakes. So last year, I listed nothing; but i am going to list again. I can’t remember enough of what I read off the top of my head. I know the Maisie Dobbs series was one I started this year . ( really good ) And I finished the Agent Pendergast series. I also know I read Devil in the White City – which lead me to read more non-fiction, most notably a book about Nellie Bly’s journey around the world.
The plan for this year is to start listing again , but not worry ( too much ) about numbers or 100% accuracy. and without further ado – the first two book of 2015.
Both of these books were found as I reviewed the Teen section at the Library.
Dead reckoning Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill As a team , these authors have done a lot of urban fantasy. this one is zombies and steampunk in the old west – just after the civil war. fun
Rock ‘n’ roll in locker seventeen Shannon Brown This one is about a boy that has an obsession about a rock and roll star that vanished in 1964. So far it has been fun, and not too over the top in any way. Our main character seems like any teenager trying to find his way. – looking forward to finishing this at dinner