Yesterday for the first time in two weeks I managed to go on a walk on our walking trail. I was welcomed back by the speedwalking alder man who nodded at me as he quick stepped past and the siberian husky who is required to go on three walks per day despite the heat as his owners help him recover from a leg injury. They both (and the dog’s owner) kept their distance bu the dog got thouroughly wiggly at the sight of me so I know my absence was noted.
I took my walk slow as I figured my tender ankle might balk once I reached the furthest point from home. No medical knowledge there, just Murphy’s Law at work, really. Its the one law I’ve always been able to count on. So I took it at a slow amble, which also helped me in the heat. It made the walk longer but I didn’t feel like a completely melted pile of goo like the wicked witch after Dorothy doused her. I was only half melted like a plastic happy meal toy in a too hot car.
I have to say though, hot as it was, I really enjoyed just walking around outside. It was nice. Even with the mask.
During my little break from walking, I looked over my notes for August to sort of compare them to my current August. Last year, July was a little cooler than this July has been so I was able to walk regularly outside for longer before the heat made the gym a much more attractive prospect. At the moment the gym isn’t an option, and won’t be for a while. I touch far too many machines when I am there for me to feel comfortable there even if the machines are now spaced apart.
So in addition to walking earlier and trying to get some calories burned before the heat rises, I will be looking at establishing my own indoor workout routine/system as I anticipate the arrival of the dog days. I’ll still be using some You tube workouts but I want to get more of a system with the weights I do have so I have sort of a check list to work through. At the gym I always had a set pattern planned before I went in. At home I tend to drift a little and I think I’ve been skimping on some of my workouts. (I can only justify so much because of the ankle) Mostly it is me drifting. So I’m writing up a checklist this week so I can burn the appropriate number of calories.
I don’t know if it will help any of you out there, but once I set it up I can post it and then let you know how closely I stick to it. I think it is going to be a bit of trial and error on my part. But it should be fun-ish in a psycho sort of way. Plus, it will be nice to feel like I have a goal again (outside of work) I feel I’ve been drifting a lot lately as days sort of run into each other. As we approach fall I feel like As summer ends I need to get my ducks in a row. Perhaps it is my inner start of school year bell chiming. Either way, a schedule will soon be posted and the drifting will stop.
And yes I realize this post was sort of drifty too.