one step at a time.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cocky! (and getting comeuppance!!)

In my most recent posts I had a little self-congratulate about how amazing I am at exercising.  I felt as though I was there... fit.

Ha ha ha ha ha!  My body laughed at my cocksure arrogance.

Last week:
Walking Weds included bagging a munro (climbing 950+metres walking 9 miles),
Thursday legs too sore to do much.
Friday spin class & 4m walk, legs still sore.
Saturday 16mile bike ride (I only got a bike a few weeks ago) + 2m walk.  Amused myself by still being unable to fully extend right leg (quad wrecked) but cycling easily.
Sunday gardening, shed clearing, 4m walk - sunburn (quads better)
Monday spin class & 4m walk in the park in the rain.............. shoulders hurting.

and my shoulders & back started to hurt more.  And more.  And more!  I slept little since there was no way to get comfortable.  OUCH!

Tuesday - 9m walk over a hill (only 600+m) and along a canal path.
Today - shoulders a bit better.

Seriously though - OWWWWWWWW!  I blame the bike ride.  Maybe the spin.  Probably the bike ride.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Got there!

Bike ride snap - Glasgow to Loch Lomond

Update: Holiday

26 June I go to India with Girlguiding Glasgow to visit Sangam (world guiding centre).

I feel all sorts of things about this - ranging from terrified to elated and excited.

Mostly I'm excited... and the closer it comes the more excited I feel.

I have 1 payment left to make - and then it's all go!

Updates: Weight-loss challenge

I have lost a LOT.  The walking challenge is helping!!

I have lost: 106lb.. or 35% of my bodyweight.
I have to go (to get to healthy for height): 40lb.

So there's still a lot left to lose.  Still - I'm 73% of the way there... and it's taken 2 yrs & 1 month til now... so I'm hoping by this time next year I'll have hit the target.

Given that the initial target was 5st I'm pretty happy with how things are going.  Not sure what crazy challenge I'll need to set myself though, as I'm often told it gets harder to lose weight as you get lighter.

Updates: walking challenge

At New Year I started a challenge to walk 500 miles by the end of June.

I then signed up for a trip to India leaving 26 June... shaving 4 days off my time.  I therefore backdated the challenge to 26 December (handy as it was a day I did  a lot of walking!) and have been working on it since.

At first I had to walk 3.3m per day.  It was hard to do - if you missed a day the total shifted so it was important to try to walk 3 miles every day.  I was TIRED.  I walk a lot - so thought this would be easier... somehow having to do it on days when you were busy doing other things made it really quite difficult.

After a while it became easier.  Then I had a few days where I couldn't go out - days where I was working away and simply didn't have the time after travelling to fit an hour or so walking into the day.

I fell behind.

Last month I was needing to walk over 5 miles per day to hit the target.  I worked really hard to get some extra miles in and am currently back at just over 3 miles per day.

By Monday I will have walked 400miles since Christmas.  It feels good!!  But my walking boots have died - tiny cracks in the sole mean my foot gets wet on the hills.  One wet foot :)

(most recent summit - Beinn Fhionlaidh)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Well it has been a quiet day today so I went for a nice longish walk. I returned to teach but the boy ... just arrived!!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013


It may appear to be spring but it isn't. However the flowers and trees have finally started to grow so walking is ever more pleasurable.

To hit my 500m target by 26 June I have to do 3.7m per day. Yesterday I did 2.5 round the park which was pleasant then 4m round Mugdock Country Park which was better as I had company and we saw deer and a buzzard.

Brownies tonight was music and was quite fun. We also went outside and found frogs in the flowerbed! One jumped and landed on leader Amy's top.

I rode my beautiful bike to and from Brownies AND from home to the pub. Yeah!!

Sunday, May 05, 2013


I have a bike. This is it!! (It found a friend).