The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 9

Just a note – I’m posting this before walking today as I have a function to attend this afternoon and didn’t want to delay the posting of this. Be sure to check back later tonight after I have walked for today’s picture and the write-up of the walk.

Update: I’ve now posted today’s walk. πŸ˜‰

Monday, 17th September

One of the younger trees in the park, picture taken just as the rain was starting; I put the camera away shortly after.

Well, it worked out well to walk when I did. Never minding that it was warmer so the mosquitoes are out in force (again!), right in the middle of my walk, it started to rain. However, I was not deterred, and kept on walking. As it turns out, I went the farthest that I had in a walk up to now.

Total distance – 9996 steps, 7.99km

When I took the pedometer off and saw that, I was tempted to put it back on and make the four more steps to make up the full 10,000, but I figured that’s be cheating πŸ˜‰

Tuesday, 18th September

An interestingly placed penny in the park’s shelter. I don’t know why someone nailed it there, but it’s there so I took a picture… πŸ˜‰

I decided to do some exploring by heading furhter down the road I walk along before heading into the park. I did find the remnants of a guardrail that was there at one point in time, but went away for some reason. I also found an alternate path, but that had a no tresspassing sign, so I made the wise decision to just turn around and head back to the park. I followed the mostly usual trail around the park and the soccer fields, then headed toward the parking lot to check in on the trees, which are still there.

I then headed back via the disc golf course and cutting between a couple of the holes in the high grass that is there. When I got back, I checked the pedometer and saw that I was close to 10,000, so I decided to walk around the house, and that worked. πŸ˜‰

Total distance -10017 steps, 8.01km

Wednesday, 19th September

This is one of the stands of trees – you can see the colors starting to come; they’re a bit early (thanks to it being kinda dry in this area), and not very colorful…yet…

I tried a different route today, by going up the old “longer” route, and wound up actually doing less steps for what seemed to be a longer distance (go figure eh? ;)). It was quite warm again, but the mosquitoes were actually tolerable (I think they’re naturally sorting themselves out).

On my way back, it turned into a race, which I won πŸ˜‰

total distance – 9566 steps, 7.65 km

Thursday, 20th September

A hint of color here, thanks to a red oak(? – it might be a maple leaf) leaf lying in the middle of the path

I started out walking thinking that I’d make it a bit of a shorter walk because my ankle had been giving me grief all day long, but as I started to walk, I got into my rhythm and started to just “do my thing”. I went and explored another part of the park that I hadn’t in the past, which led me into a couple of swarms of mosquitoes – aside from the general annoyance they cause, it was not that big of a deal.

I then did a couple of laps around the parking lot, swerving between sides of the aisle to increase the distance I was walking. While on the stretch run, I can tell that I am getting tired when I walk as I was barely feeling like I was moving, even though my feet were going one in front of the other.

Total distance – 10658 steps, 8.52km

Friday, 21st september

One of the kites that were up flying in the park

A bit of an experiment, I’ve had the pedometer on all day. I’ve kept track of the steps at various points of the day, just to see how much walking I’d done while I was volunteering. The only estimated reading is the end of day one, as I had taken the meter off after getting back from my walk (yeah, I know, lazy!).

The walk was done straight after getting back from volunteering so that I didn’t walk into the night like I did the last time I went volunteering. While out, I saw some folks with kites launching them in the decent conditions for flying – it was quite windy.

Here’s the progression of the distance –
7.55AM (after arriving at volunteering after a short walk from my drop-off point) – 1152 steps, 0.92km
3.30PM (after volunteering, before walking back to the pickup point) – 1896 steps, 1.51km
4.30PM (before heading out to do my “daily” walk – 2923 seps, 2.34km
5.02PM (after putting bugspray on for the second time and on entry to the park) – 4673 steps, ~3.74km
5.25PM (in the park, after going through the forest and around one of the soccer areas) – 6506 steps, ~5.20km
5.53PM (still in the park, after going around the main area of the park) – 8011 steps, ~6.41km
6.23PM (after leaving the park, on the way back to the house) – 9942 steps, ~7.95km
6.50PM (after getting back in the house) – 11727 steps, 9.38km
bedtime – approx. 12000 steps, 9.60km

Saturday, 22nd September

Three hot air balloons fly to the south of the park. There wasn’t much wind today, so they didn’t last too long up there.

I went walking later in the day again, but it wasn’t too bad, even if the mosquitoes were almost as bad as they were in the beginning of the month (they’ve gone away quite a bit, but are still there). I finally had to resort to taking out a notebook I have in my bag (a decent sized one, which I’m using to draw up my desk plans in) to try to swat at them. It wasn’t the most effective thing, but it did work as temporary relief.

While out, I saw two groups of people playing disc golf; the only thought (aside from shut the f–k up for the one group who were screaming like crazy – ok, they’re having fun I know ;)) was that these are the people responsible for leaving junk everywhere. Yeah, it still bugs me, even though the amount of trash isn’t as bad as it had been at other times. Other than that, I have started to do a trick of walking back and forth in the parking lot of the park, just to build the distance.

total distance – 10670 steps, 8.53km

Sunday, 23rd September

I haven’t gone walking yet, so I’ll update the post later on in the day when I have gone out to walk. I have to go to an anniversary party and have to head out to my bank to put in a check I received, so time management is still an issue for me, obviously. πŸ˜‰

It’s a reflective sign, lit up by my head! πŸ˜‰

I’ve come back from walking – I gave myself permission to do a shorter walk since I had first gotten out to start walking at 7PM. I have a new toy after getting a mention that it’s hard to see me – this little head light. It works really good, and I prefer to use the “traditional” flashlight lamp.

Total distance – 9073 steps, 7.25km

In other news, my desk plans are going somewhat slowly, mostly because I’m having a hard time coming up with a design I’d like. All I know right now is that it’s going to be a corner desk, and somewhat large (I’m thinking like 11×11 feet, but that’s just a first draft in which the feasibility hasn’t even been tested with rulers yet). As far as my time management planning has been going, it starts good, but then I get off track, usually by finding something that will distract me.

I’ve made up the list of daily tasks, all I have to do now is actually put together the little sheet where I check off after I get the task done each day. As far as getting things together to make some spare cash, I’ve managed to get 4 items listed on ebay to sell; I’d share the information on that, but that would reveal my true identity; something I’d prefer not to do here. I’ve also gotten a reply on a bid I made on Sponsoredreviews, and you’ll be seeing that coming later today or tomorrow.

Here’s the GYST update for this week –

This week, I’ve gotten myself over 9500 steps every day, and over 10,000 steps on four days (so far, I’ll update this after I walk today). I’ve also been better with getting tasks set for myself, but time management is still an issue for me as I tend to get distracted by random things like videos on youtube. I’ve also been keeping good with eating less, and have noticed that if I want something at night for a snack (bad, I know!), I usually just open the refrigerator and close it without taking anything out of it.

My goals for the upcoming final week are to work on the time I take to walk, by speeding up my pace I walk at, with the goal to get the time I’m walking down to between 1:30 to 1:45 from the current 2 hours. I’m also going to work on eliminating distractions from my work in order to improve my use of time. Also, I’m going to keep on making to-do lists for every day and making sure that I do reward myself for a job well done.

3 thoughts on “The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 9

  1. Well done mate! One thing I love about you is your ability to take a challenge thrown at you and run with it. πŸ˜‰ 10,000 steps is a huge achievement!


  2. Sean – Thanks! It’s taken a lot of discipline for me to make the time to go walking every day, but now it’s a part of every day for me. πŸ™‚

    Snos – It is a great achievement. I’ve earnt a reward of a movie, just to decide which one to watch… πŸ˜‰

    Thanks y’all! πŸ˜‰

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