I've gotten in a LOT of extra activity this week! Tuesdays are the last day of my Weight Watchers week, so tomorrow it will be interesting to look at the extra activity PointsPlus I earned this week, and how it affected my weight. Yesterday, I got in a ton of walking.
I ran intervals on the treadmill in the morning--I did four 1/2-mile repeats at a 6:58/mi pace. I despise doing intervals! I really wanted to skip them and just run a few miles instead, but that's what I did last week, so speed work was overdue.
I watched Sons of Anarchy while I ran, and then I actually walked 1/4 mile in between each repeat... usually I just hop off the treadmill and rest for 90 seconds or so. After my intervals were done, I wanted to finish out the episode of SoA, so I just walked for a while until it was over, getting in another two miles.
Then in the afternoon, the kids were at school and Jerry was sleeping, so I decided to go for a walk after lunch. I dressed really warm because it was freezing outside, and set out for a two-mile (ish) walk. I brought my iPod to listen to a podcast, and just strolled around the neighborhood and through my parents' neighborhood.
There is a spot on the nuclear power plant property where you can always see deer, and now the deer have become pretty tame from people feeding them all the time. There is a small gap in the gate where people toss food inside, and the deer are always there, eating.
I continued the walk along Lake Erie, and the lake was gorgeous! The ice went out pretty far from the shore...
After the kids got home from school, and we ate dinner, they were asking if we could walk around the neighborhood again. I was tired, but of course I said yes--I love that they enjoy going for walks. We stopped by the liquor store again, and I decided that if they had Cadbury Cream Eggs, I was going to buy one. They didn't have any... bummer. I took this picture of Jerry and me on our way back home:
By the time I went to bed, I'd actually earned 8 activity PP for the day! Normally, I would have given myself just two--for the intervals. I love wearing this ActiveLink! I'm constantly looking for ways to add more activity.
Today, I just had three miles on the schedule, so I did the treadmill. I wanted to watch another episode of Sons of Anarchy ;) I cranked out the three miles...
The kids were off school today for a teacher in-service day, so I made the kids read books for an hour. I sat with Eli and helped him (he desperately wants to be able to read by himself, but since he misreads a lot of the words in chapter books, he doesn't comprehend what he's reading). Then I read a book for a while, because the kids were asking how come they have to read if I never do--oops!
I like to read, but I have to be extremely interested in the book, otherwise I lose interest really quickly. Also, I'm a slow reader. So it's rare that I actually get through an entire book. But I'm going to make it a point to read while the kids are reading, at least.
This afternoon, I was feeling really snacky even though I wasn't hungry; so I decided to go for a walk. I've read that tip a billion times, and always think, "Yeah, yeah--just go for a walk when you feel like eating--whatever." But it works! I made a big mug of Buttered Rum tea and took that with me while I walked around the neighborhood (about a mile).
I have to say, all the extra activity has me feeling really exhausted at the end of each day. It's nice! And I haven't felt bored at all, because I'm always looking for ways to move. I'm sure it will grow old after a while, but for now I'll embrace it ;)