First!

I’m coming FIRST out of my Fitbit friends!

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I’d like to take a moment to write a ridiculously silly thank-you speech.

Firstly, I could never have done this without the lure of the dog park. Without all the cute doggies in the park, I would never have had the motivation to go walking so regularly.

Relatedly, I’d also like to thank in particular the dogs who’ve taken a particular interest in me: The tiny schnauzer. The chunky black labrador. The grey mottled Great Dane. The black mutt by the dog pond. The uncontrollable shitting Jack Russell. The overexcited poodle pup. The joyful mud-covered blue Staffy pup. The red and white short-haired collie with the hiker. And most of all, the black and white border collie who came to me twice to give me a reassuring nose and lick on the hand when I was feeling really down. I remember each of you.

My osteo, whom without I’d probably still be in pain. The nurses and doctors who looked after my gross knee after my big fall in February.

My Fitbit friends for the competitive challenges.

And lastly, Tony, my husband, for encouraging me and helping me out with the cardio side of exercise, which I’ve never really liked until now.

Thanks.

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ANZAC Day 2015

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It has been a long day. Tony and I decided to go to the dawn ceremony at Auckland War Museum, and we decided to take the train. We got up at around 3:45am and walked to the train station, which is about 15 minutes away. We’ve been up since then – just full of that kind of tiredness where you know you can’t sleep, just because it’s daytime. Though we did watch Snatch, The Addams Family, and Easy A when we got home – hence the lack of activity from around 8:30am to 2:30pm!

YES – is the answer to but did you go to the dog park today? Yes we did. Although we drove there and only walked one measly lap. YES – is the answer to and did you see any border collies? Yes we did! A super cute, super fluffy, black and white collie walking calmly with her owner. YES – is also the answer to but what about that guy you see there every day? Only passed him once today.

Kilojoules are going well, my weight has remained in the 63kg range for the past three days (inaccurate today because of the early rising).

And I’m coming second out of all my Fitbit friends. I never thought I’d ever topple Trent, but there you go. I don’t think Lisa is possible to beat though because she said she uses a mini trampoline while watching TV. My Fitbit friends are pretty cool. I actually know only one of them in real life. The rest are basically cool people from Reddit who have Fitbits. It really is great being able to push myself by competing with people with similar step goals.

I also had a thought last night when I should have been getting more than three hours of sleep: I could try C25K again. Just at the dog park. I could walk there, do the running, and walk home. I think it would be a good challenge. Ankle permitting.

Well check me out.

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Moving up in the world and all that. That’s this week’s Fitbit step count. I’ve started doing laps around the dog park. That means seeing more dogs! I was pretty happy yesterday – I was greeted by the cutest blue pitbull puppy, and then by a half-grown black lab! Today I came across an overexcited poodle pup and, sadly, a badly trained border collie.

My enthusiasm for owning a dog is only growing!

Today at the dog park

  • Laps walked: 2
  • Border Collies: 4
  • German Shepherds: 2
  • Labradors: 4
  • Dobermans (dobermen?): 2
  • Rottweilers: 1
  • Great Danes: 1
  • Cute dogs, but not sure of breed/mix: 3
  • Shelties: 1
  • Other small dogs: Lots
  • Dogs covered in mud: 2
  • Running shirtless men: 0
  • Women with uncontrollable shitting Jack Russells: 1
  • Good looking hipster men running with labradors: 1
  • Man I see everyday who walks around the park multiple times like me: 1, saw him 4 times
  • Dogs interested in my protein bar: 2
  • Dog interested in me: 2

Shanks’ Pony

This is what I’ve been up to this week in terms of steps:

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Happening across the dog park has changed my life quite a lot. Most days, my Fitbit counter looks similar to this:

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It’s so happy!

The dog park is definitely a huge motivator for me. I love to see all the dogs, and I’m starting to recognise some of the regulars. It’s a great excuse to get a few thousand steps in. We had gone in to town on the train to check out Japan Day, and did a bit of walking around. Instead of walking straight home from the train station though, I convinced Tony to make a detour to the dog park. It wasn’t bad though. He got to meet a cute cat along the way.

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The last week has been quite intense for walking. I was invited to a Workweek Hustle challenge on Fitbit, where Fitbit friends get together and compete to get the most steps from Monday to Friday. I haven’t worked so hard to go walking before. I increased my daily goal from 10,000 steps per day to 15,000, and I still came fifth out of six. The top person ended up with over 100,000 steps in those five days.

It’s great being able to go walking pretty much whenever I like, but I’m getting slightly concerned about winter. I don’t mind rain at all, but I do mind sopping, clinging clothes. I can’t really afford to buy clothes of any sort right now, but I’d love to have a getup like Claire Underwood’s running gear. With the dog park being such a huge motivator too, I don’t think I’d do well on a treadmill. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I’ll probably just end up in a raincoat and soggy old shorts.

Well, let’s see how this next week goes. Fingers crossed for no more injuries.

Good Friday

It was a very peaceful walk this afternoon. There weren’t many cars on the road, which made the whole experience much more enjoyable. I walked alone today,  but did my usual 8km round trip. Today there was a gorgeous Border Collie running along with her owners. I didn’t take a photo because she was so quick! But I did get a few other snaps along the way.

First week

It has been a really difficult week. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to the end, but I got up, got to the gym for each of my four workouts, and came home, and here I am still, eating the last of the beef barbacoa and in need of a shower that I just don’t feel like taking right now.

I’m enjoying the split setup of LiveFit. My favourite day has been Day 1: Chest & Triceps, even though pushups are really hard and I hate them. Day 3, Wednesday, AKA Leg Day, was easily the worst.

parks-and-recreation-Jean-Ralphio-the-worst-worst-woooorst-1372637673pI’m not a huge fan of all the machine exercises like the leg extension, which felt weird, and wrong. Bad weird, and bad wrong. The one free weight exercise, wide stance squat, was… Okay. I think I have super tight quads, because after about eight reps, my thighs don’t seem to physically move very well at all. Oh yeah, and since my appendix surgery, barbell squats tend to aggravate my appendix site. It has been sore for the last two days. It hadn’t been sore since August 2014. Squats may be out for me.

Hilariously, Tony joined me for his very first ever Leg Day and did the exercises along with me. He’s still hobbling today – his hamstring DOMS seems to have matured overnight. It’s quite funny. He probably doesn’t think so.

Aside from actual gym-going, we have been trying to do a walk each evening, usually no less than 2.5km. It’s a nice way to catch up and also get more steps to beat my FitBit friends in the Workweek Hustle. It will happen one day. There’s a dog park not too far away, so yesterday we headed out there for my dog watching fix. It was great. We received a ridiculously enthusiastic greeting from a terrier of some kind (Schnauzer?), saw a chocolate lab and a pinscher make friends and run off into the distance (worried owners trailing behind), passed a border collie obsessed with his tennis ball, and watched a Rottweiler being a doofus and rolling around in the grass while her owner tried to get her to play fetch. Way more interesting than walking around the streets! It will have to become part of our regular walk now.

Now I have two rest days to look forward to. Sweet.