Wednesday, March 18, 2009

These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Whew! What a ride this has been so far! And it's only going to get better. And you know what they say? Well, you know what someone said?

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOOHOO - What a Ride!"

That's how I want it to be!!! I just want to do it in a smaller size!!! And with that sentiment in mind, I have plotted my walking course to Vegas. I sooo loved the idea, and think it's such great incentive that I intend to share my progress with you as I go. Now let me know if you want me to meet you somewhere on the way. I can't say I'll slow down, but I'll swing by for ya!

So it's 1,496 miles from God's Country to Las Vegas. If you can believe it, google maps allows you to get directions if you intend to walk, drive or take public transit. Who knew? Crazy! Well anyway, I walked six of those miles yesterday, so I only have 1490 to go. This is going to be good, isn't it. Yea. I can tell. But let's put this in perspective here.

- if I walk 3 miles every day, I will be in Vegas in 497 days
- if I walk 5 miles everyday, I will be in Vegas in 298 days

With those numbers in mind, I am thinking I will hit it closer to one year from now - which is sort of a mid-way point. St. Patty's Day in Vegas? Yea, I could handle that! Hahaha. So I've begun that journey and I'm in it for the long, long, long haul. Just like the mailman! Hah!

Meanwhile, my story for today is a sad one. My body was so exhausted, I could hardly lift my arms. I honestly was so tired I felt like I had influenza or something. Achy, tired, crabby. Not good. But I am learning my body's cues, and I decided to take a breather from exercise today. My legs ached like crazy last night. I iced my right one because it feels like I have shin splints. I look a Tylenol pm later and it didn't do much good. So my muscles need rest and repair. Today for sure. We'll see about tomorrow.

Okay but just so we're on the same page of my story, I am NOT complaining about the pain. I don't like it, but it means something is happening. Something is improving and building and shaping. You know when I'm complaining. And it's not now. :) Besides, my eating is great. Am trying to cut back a TEENSY bit on the bread, but you know how I love that, so I'm not trying particularly hard. I have mostly switched types - like pita instead of two pieces of whole grain. It works for me. So okay.

That's it. Just another day and another plan. Hope you are all well and enjoying time outside, soaking up all of that Vitamin D. Don't forget the sunscreen! I'm over and out.


  1. I like your style - Vegas! I know you'll get there. Maybe you will meet some of us there too. You'll recognize us because we will have the balloons and will be loud and cheering you as you walk down the main drag, confetti falling everywhere as the band plays
    "We are the Champions My Friend",
    (kind of a funky song for a band -but who cares) all the while cheering for all the anonymous losers who are supporting you and working right along side of you.

  2. The day after a new or hard workout a dull pain and ache in the muscles used is normal -- it is thought to be caused by microscopic damage to your muscles and connective tissue. Your body repairs this damage and builds stronger muscles and tissues as a result. But you need to allow a full day of recovery time for the body to do this. Thought you would like to know this.

  3. Thanks for the info. You're right. I DID want to know that. And it makes me feel like I'm making progress and not just sloughing. So thanks!

  4. Don't be surprised or disapointed if there is a small weight gain. Water usually fills the muscles just for their protect if this happens.