Thursday, July 30, 2009

Walking Again

In late-2007, Jeff and I started regularly wearing pedometers when DeAnza invited us to participate in their 10,000 steps program. We track our steps at a really good website: a 10,000 steps program located in Australia. (If anybody wants to be one of my online walking buddies, let me know and I'll invite you.)

Anyway, I started with a goal of 6,000 steps per day and worked my way up to 9,000 steps a day on average. I maintained it through the winter, but then summer hit. Every time we get horrible, hot weather, it derails my walking efforts.

Unlike our friends in the Northwest, we are finally having some cooler weather. So, I am trying to do more walking again.

I have started dressing Shasta in her harness and let her take me for a tow (read that: brisk walk). I've started with a mile in the morning and a mile in the evening. The last two days I've gotten over 8,000 steps a day.

I'm hoping that the worst of the summer weather is over and I'll be able to maintain my walking at least until next summer. I've also signed up for a physical education class in fall quarter so I can work on upper body strengthening.

On the quilting front, today I spent much of the day (when I wasn't goofing off on my computer) assembling the pieced border on my lightning quilt. I finished three edges and I'm now working on the fourth edge. I'll surely finish the top by tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to being done with this one.

1 comment:

  1. Horray! Good for you on the walking. I have a couple of pedometers that I got from the grocery store during their "everyone get healthy week" or whatever they called it. You buy two gallons of milk and you get one. I don't know what a milk purchase has to do with healthy living, particularly two gallons at once (though I usually buy 4 to 6 at a time, otherwise I would be going to the store every day for milk). It's been too hot to exercise; I need to get back in the swing of things.