Thursday, October 30, 2008

Walking home

I have decided I am not a Daylight Savings fan. I like mornings.

However I am determined to make the most of it, so I have started walking home from work. It is lovely along the river in the early evening, albeit a bit windy at times.

I just need to maintain this consistency and I'll be right!!!

Iris, I have been very conscious of bike riders and whether they are wearing helmets. I have yet to see a cyclist who is NOT wearing a helmet. Every single cyclist that I have seen has worn a helmet. So there you go.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Over my bug

I've been pretty crook. :(

I was off work for two weeks plus not feeling myself for another week. Whatever I had hit me really hard.

Now I'm back and since I've been on an enforced detox for almost a month I have decided to continue with the detoxing. I am making a conscious effort to stay off sugar, wheat and dairy as well as processed foods. I don't want to maintain this level of effort forever, but I figure lots and lots of vegies is a good thing with my immune level still recovering.

After a month I will take a long hard look at any benefits and make another decision about lifestyle diet. Anyone who knows me will know I don't do diets. But I think I can handle a detox. Kind of like having the light at the end of the tunnel before you start if you know what I mean.

I have been physically unable to exercise and I will take it easy until my cough is completely gone but I'm looking forward to some nice gentle walks again.

Sunday, October 05, 2008


I spent most of last week in Melbourne for work. The best part of my trip was catching up with Andrew. It was great to finally put a face to the name. We met for coffee and it was like catching up with an old friend. He's a skinny bugger but almost exactly as I had imagined. We talked about people in blogland like we knew them. Andrew is the third person I have met "for real" from blogging. I am usually a little cautious because, well, you just never know, but Andrew was as nice in person as he seems from his blog.

I managed to get in a couple of decent walks and I even spent half an hour on the treadmill in the hotel gym. Melbourne is a great city. The food, the shopping. I went up to the Rialto skydeck which was very cool. Great for tourists.

But now I'm home and I seem to have some sort of chest infection. It's a nasty cough that hurts all the way down. I'm blaming the flight home. There were some sick people on the plane who coughed and carried on. A plane is an enclosed space - no dodging the bugs there. I've been dosing up on the Vitamin C but I think I'm beyond that being helpful. Sigh. Hopefully I'll start feeling better soon.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beautiful weather

A beautiful day today. I had a lovely walk down to the river. Heaps of people and their dogs out and about.

I am enjoying just getting out there and trying to find some consistency. I am still at the stage where I am pleased to just go outside. I will not be attempting "distance" or "speed" or anything that remotely puts pressure on me - at least for a little while.

Plus, I am not comfortable dwelling on what was. I want to dwell on what IS. And that is comfortable walking (with the occasional little burst of jog when I get excited!!)

I'm off to Melbourne for work, staying in the city. Might do a couple of laps of the Tan, slowly...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I walked home from work today. I had a choice of via the river or via Kings Park. One of the benefits of living so close to the city. I decided to go home via Kings Park. It is wildflower season and was just glorious. It took me over an hour so I figure that's a nice decent walk. Now I have decided that I am not pushing myself, I can enjoy my exercise. I'm after consistency at the moment and then I can start building speed and distance. I've made a deal with myself. No pushing it until I can prove to myself that I am committed to this. So I've got the luxury of just enjoying the fresh air and sunshine! I love it now the days are getting longer again!!

I also walked the other day but my blog seems to have disappeared. Oh well. As long as I keep it up.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another walk

I got up early again this morning and went for another walk. It was not quite as long as the other one but decent enough to get a sweat up. I forgot to get Percy - I just didn't think of it.

Caught the bus and got off early again.

I'm looking forward to this becoming a habit. Now that it's light-ish and warmer, it is actually quite pleasant. I'm looking forward to finding some new walking routes. I have a nice 7km lap that I am not quite up to yet, so I am looking for some shorter routes. It's kind of fun discovering new streets.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

REAL exercise

This morning I got up early and went for a real walk for about an hour. Golly it sinks in how much fitness I have lost - this will be a long term thing I think. I tried to have a couple of little jogs but lasted no more than a minute or so.

No more excuses like yesterday's pathetic attempt. If I want this I will do it.

I didn't start work until 8 this morning - very late for me. I felt like a naughty school girl!! I caught the bus again and the traffic is horrific at that time of morning! I got off at Jacobs Ladder again, mainly because the traffic was at a standstill and it felt quicker to walk the distance. I'd made it all the way along Mounts Bay Road to Mill St before the bus passed me, such was the congestion.

So I walked the distance I walked yesterday from the bus stop PLUS an hour's walk along the river. Time to bring Percy out of retirement and show you my walks again.

More museli for breakfast. I FEEL like I've started again - now just to keep the momentum going. I'll be running again in no time. But I'm not going to push it. That is, I am not going to overdo it. Regular improvement is what I am after - not dramatic change.