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Daily Walk: Day 1

Posted by melagee on April 18, 2011

I fucked up today’s walk.

I thought it would be a good idea to do today’s walk on my way home from work. The after-work walk is a tricky one to manage. First, you have to be wearing the right clothes and the right shoes. Second, you can’t have an appointment to get to, since it could actually take longer than an hour to do your hour-long walk. Thirdly, you need weather that’s at least nice enough to walk in, since sploshing around the rain in your work clothes is hardly desirable. Oh, and it also helps to not have a lot of stuff to carry home (which I usually do), and be prepared with a charged mp3 player.

All of these points were in my favour, so a nice walk home seemed like it would be a good idea. I decided to get off the bus about half-way home, which left me with an hour of walking. The fuck up came when I got off the bus and immediately started walking. What did I do wrong? I forgot to fucking stretch.

Stretching. UGH. It’s such an easy thing to forget, but so SO important to remember if you’re doing any type of strenuous exercise. Because I forgot to stretch my muscles before working them, I ended up getting shin splints after about 15 minutes of walking.  I had completely forgotten that this was something that happened to me if I started walking without stretching, and I felt like an idiot. I had to stop, sit down, stretch, and rest for a while before I could continue walking, and even then I was forced to go at a slower pace.

I got my hour walk in: I fulfilled my commitment to myself, but it feels like wasted effort since I wasn’t doing it properly.

Lesson learned.


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Motivation for Daily Walks

Posted by melagee on April 18, 2011

I have felt low in the motivation department when it comes to walking every day. I think walking is really good for me, and most of the time I am pretty happy once I’m actually out and about, it’s just getting started that I have trouble with lately. I feel like I’ve been trying to do a lot of things I’m not really keen on in the past couple of months or so, that it’s getting harder to force myself to fulfill all of my responsibilities. So I’m going to use the internet as my reinforcement.

I’m going to go back to blogging about my walks. This time I will be doing it for a much longer period of time (perhaps a month) and not always at the same time very day. I’m not going to tweet about these blogs because ultimately I don’t think they’ll be that interesting, but it will be a way for me to be held accountable. It doesn’t really matter if anyone is actually checking up on me – if they have the ability to check up on me, I will try harder to keep my word.

My goal is to walk for one hour per day, five days per week. Anything beyond that is gravy. I’m starting today.

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Morning Walk: Conclusion

Posted by melagee on March 5, 2011

This week was the pilot project for the Morning Walks, and the conclusions are…inconclusive.

To be honest, on Tuesday I caught myself thinking This is not going to work out. I was only on my second day and I was already breaking up with mornings. I really don’t like waking up in the mornings.

What I do like, however, is eating a proper breakfast. Did you guys SEE my breakfast yesterday? That shit was tasty. And I never would have gotten up to make it if I hadn’t already gotten up to go for a walk. I like eating yummy food early in the morning. Before this I would usually eat nothing, or whatever tiny object I could grab from the fridge, like a piece of cheese or some nuts. Even making toast was too much effort for me. Now I’m like a damn gourmet lady with my egg poaching. It’s pretty cool.

I also like the idea of audiobooks. I like the idea that I get to experience a god book for the sake of my own personal enjoyment and not because I am required by any class I’m taking. I miss reading for fun, and this is a sort of compromise I can make for myself. No, it’s not nearly as much fun as actually reading a book, but I also like being told stories, so it’s fun in its own way. And I’m doing it because I want to, not because I have to, which I think is something I need in my life.

On the other hand, I hate hate hate waking up in the mornings, and with the exception of Friday, I have been super tired all week. Not just tired in the mornings, but tired all day long. I am drinking tea and eating well, yet I’m still drained. I think, as I said before, that a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve been working so much (and that a lot of my work is really dull).

The idea was to do the morning walks for one week and then see how I felt about it, and how I feel is that I don’t know how I feel. I’ve decided that I’m going to give it another week. I don’t know that my busy schedule will change at all, so I may still be exhausted, but we’ll see how it goes.

And no, I won’t be blogging about it every morning. 🙂 That was just for the first week. I’ll let you know how it goes, though. I was thinking I’d try making pancakes on Tuesday!

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Morning Walk: Day 5

Posted by melagee on March 4, 2011

I had the best morning.

I didn’t hit the snooze button. I woke up as soon as my alarm went off, and I felt rested and alert. This was a huge change from the zombie-like movement of my usual morning self.

This morning I took Neil Gaiman on my walk with me. He was reciting the introduction to his book, Fragile Things, and then started telling me a wonderful story about Sherlock Holmes. For the whole walk I was entranced by the sound and inflection of his voice. I had read Fragile Things several years ago, but listening to him read his own work was like discovering it all over again. The only flaw, if there is one, is that I am enjoying the audiobook too much. I kept listening to it while on the bus to work. I should be savoring this; instead I am loving it like a fat kid loves cake.

When I got back from the walk I made myself breakfast. I made eggs Benedict for the very first time ever. That included poaching an egg, for the very first time ever. People, let me tell you, poaching an egg is ridiculously easy. I used a pot of hot (but not boiling) water, some vinegar, and a slotted spoon. BAM: poached egg. My Benedict was built from a crumpet, sliced tomatoes, and the egg in question. Topped with a yummy cream cheese-based sauce, and a few rashers of bacon on the side. This is most definitely the best breakfast I’ve ever made.

I’d like to say that I had such a good morning because of any of the things I’ve already mentioned, but I don’t think that’s what did it. Last night for the first time all week I had the opportunity to slow down and do something just because it was fun, not because I needed to. I spent the evening with two lovely people, talking about the nerdiest of topics. I think we dwelled on Dr Who for about an hour. I got to just be nerdy and drink hot chocolate and not spend a few hours doing something fun. It shouldn’t surprise me that the next morning I woke up feeling energetic and happy.

The good news is, I learned a lesson. It’s important to socialize and relax. The bad news is, it’s not going to make much difference. I’m as busy as I ever was, and no matter how nice it is to slow down and geek out, I still have a huge amount of stuff to get done during the week and will probably still stress myself out trying to do it all.

But at least I had a nice morning. 🙂

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Morning Walk: Day 4

Posted by melagee on March 3, 2011

Hit the snooze button once this morning. Pet the cats for an additional 5 minutes before I got out of bed. This is getting harder, not easier.

I was unbelievably sleepy this morning. With waking up so early and working proper full-time hours again, I feel like I have such a small amount of time to do other things, each day. Homework takes at least two hours (more when there’s an essay to write) each day, and then I have to get busy making dinner, preparing lunch for the next day, and playing with the cats. By the time I’m done doing all of the things I’m obligated to do, it’s time for bed.

Instead of music I listened to one of Dane Cook’s stand-up routines. amber gave me this one years ago when we first met, and I never got around to listening to it because it’s just audio. I’ve really enjoyed some of his stuff before, but this one…meh. The highlights of the routine were the two occasions where he quoted lines from movies in popular culture and got them wrong. I was a little embarrassed for him, but then I remembered that he has lots of money and I don’t so probably he should be feeling sorry for me. I have a lovely audiobook narrated by the lovely Stephen Fry waiting for me at home, and I will listen to that tomorrow morning. I think it should make for a lovely walk. Did I say lovely enough just now? Lovely lovely lovely!

I just thought about how much I am looking forward to going home tonight, and then I remembered that I have a coffee appointment and I felt a little bit disappointed. It’s sad when you’re so tired that you don’t even want to see cool people.

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Morning Walk: Day 3

Posted by melagee on March 2, 2011

Not an exciting morning, this one.

I refrained from hitting the snooze button this morning and sat upright at once when my alarm went off. As soon as I turned off the alarm I fell back down into bed and it took me ten minutes of mental pep-talking in order to get back up again. I was sleeeeeepy this morning. So far I’m not loving this whole wake-up-an-hour-early thing. It’s hard for me to get out of bed when I A) Don’t have to, and B) Don’t want to.

On the plus side, eggs are tasty. Oh, man, I could go for some eggs right now.

I am really looking forward to the onset of Spring. The nice thing about cold weather is that I can hop out of bed, put on a hat, go for my walk without worrying about how I look, and then shower when I come back. The not nice thing about winter is that it’s cold and wet and I have to wear boots and oh yeah did I mention the wet? Maybe if I’m still doing morning walks in the Spring/Summer, I can pick up a cap to wear.

Edit: Just had a brilliant idea for the walks. Harry Potter books on tape. GENIUS.

. . .

I went to the post office and met an Asian lady who had learned English in New Zealand. Really interesting accent.


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Morning Walk: Day 2

Posted by melagee on March 1, 2011

Hit the snooze button once this morning.

I saw a fluffy black kitty sitting on a porch. I assume it was a lady kitty, because I usually think fluffy cats are ladies. I also usually assume that tuxedo cats are dudes. Regardless, Fluffy Black Kitty sat on her porch watching me, sentinel style, as I walked by, watching her back. I wondered what she would have done if I’d actually walked up to her. Probably run away. I thought about walking up to the door and ringing the bell, then running off, so that Fluffy Black Kitty would have a chance to run inside when her owners opened the door. Then I thought about the owners opening the door before I had a chance to run off, and me trying to explain why I had rung their doorbell.

Then I wondered if maybe there were a long stick lying in the front yard. If there were a long stick around, I could possibly use it to poke at the doorbell from a distance, thus giving myself more time to run off. But suppose it’s still not enough time? Or suppose the home-owners just happen to be right on the other side of the door? Then, not only have I been caught ringing the doorbell, but I have a long stick in my hands and I probably look like I’m ready to bolt.

On top of all of this potential embarrassment, Fluffy Black Kitty would probably have run away because of my approach (I am big and scary and I have a stick), so now if I try to explain exactly why I was ringing the doorbell, I look like I might possibly be crazy. And what if Fluffy Black Kitty doesn’t even live here?!

I decided I wasn’t in the mood to feel like an idiot this morning, and anyway, Fluffy Black Kitty had plenty of fluff to keep her warm.

I walked on.


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Morning Walk: Day 1

Posted by melagee on February 28, 2011

I’ve decided to give morning walks a try. I’m going to get up an hour before I usually do, go out for a walk, and then come home and get showered and dressed for work. I’ve committed to doing it for this week (Mon-Fri) and I’ll see how I feel at the end of the week. If I’m not too tired and don’t make too many excuses to get out of it, I’ll make a longer commitment.


Last night I loaded the soundtrack to Aladdin onto my mp3 player and it was the first thing I listened to when I went for my walk this morning. I listened to the album once and thought, this is great! Then I tried listening a second time and thought, I’m bored already. As a teenager I remember this album being a lot more exciting. My brother had a tape cassette of the soundtrack and I stole it from him and listened to it over and over. As an adult, who hasn’t seen the movie in years, I found the whole thing pretty dry once I got past the novelty of it.

One interesting aspect of the soundtrack was listening to Robin Williams sing. I felt very aware that I was listening to Robin Williams, not the Genie, sing about what a great pal he is. I pictures him making crazy faces and ridiculous voices in a recording booth, and imagined him wondering if it sounded funny enough. I guess that’s what happens when you listen to a soundtrack without having seen the movie for years and years. Although I wonder now if I watch the movie, will I still hear Robin Williams every time the Genie speaks?

. . .

As I was walking by someone’s front lawn, I saw a tiny puppy run down the stairs. I didn’t see a person, so I lingered a bit to make sure this wasn’t a lost puppy. The door was closed, but I saw the curtains ruffle, which was rather suspicious. Tiny Puppy did business and then ran back to the door, and was let in.

Am I crazy for thinking this is poor pet ownership? The temperature at the time was a balmy 3 degrees, it was not raining, and this house had a lawn facing the street with no fence. Also, TINY PUPPY. If you can’t even be bothered to, at the very least, stand in the door while your puppy pees, maybe you shouldn’t have a puppy.

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