And every time I see your grin I’m such a happy individual…
Here in the UK, spring is listed as the 20th of March and to be fair we had a few nice days at the beginning of that month. But since then, the weather has been a little ropey to say the least. Yes there have been a couple of warm days but those have been the kind of warm that feels muggy and close rather than nice and dry so I have discounted them somewhat. I know the lambs have been gambolling around the fields, the buttercups are growing in nice large golden clumps and the days have been getting longer, but it wasn’t until today did it feel like there was a new “spring” in the air. The rain clouds threatened and instead of erupting, stayed quiet and allowed the sun to peak it’s head through and the air remained dry.
So maybe Spring has finally sprung?
I took advantage of this new side to the weather and so as promised, today I shall talk about my walk with Archie, one on which we walked all the way to the next village for a pot of Tea for me and a friend and a nice cool bowl of water for Archie. However due to my bloody bad-back issues we never made it to the Ye Olde Tea Shoppe. No, we changed the walk and came back to the pub for a nice cool mineral water and orange juice for me and a cool glass of water for Archie…
Anyway, back to the walk. Yesterday morning, I was up early to start writing as I had to do a pal a favour and collect him from dropping his car at the garage. Because I was up and about and had left the house earlier than usual, I found myself in the gym at a much earlier time than I normally expect; and because of this, a direct effect was that I was able to have my lunch before my walk and I have to report that I noted a definite energy increase walking after having eaten rather than waiting to eat after I have returned from the gym which is usually after the walk, so say about 3pm.
Just for interest, my morning gym workout looked like this:
- 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Abductor machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Adductor machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Abdominal Crunch machine
- 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Lower Back machine
- 3 x 15 Reps Calf raises. Own body weight
- 2 x 15 Reps Leg raises. Own leg weight
- 3 x 15 Reps 15kg Cable Row
- 3 x 15 Reps 20Kg Chest Press
- 3 x 15 Reps 30Kg Pec Deck
- 3 x 15 Reps 15Kg Tricep Pull Down
- 3 x 15 Reps 5kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
This was achieved in a sensible sub 30 minutes keeping the heart rate up to get the blood pumping.
After the gym, I made arrangements to meet my walking friend, collected the dog on the way and we were soon all walking, heading for a nice energising stretching of the legs.
We left the car in a local pub and followed this route:
Although being a bit of a doofus, I never started the program when I started so as a conservative estimate I would add a further 500 metres to this figure making it just over 4 km walked.
After the setting off we were quickly at one of Archie’s very favourite smelling sites. It is a small holding based along a footpath we follow where lots of animals make lots of different smells to keep Archie’s nose topped up:
Now, because the walk was cut short because of my bad back, we also had to allow for his lordship, who on the way out was like this:
Where we couldn’t keep up; and on the way back was like this:
Where he couldn’t keep up!
Suffice to say, I managed to cajole the Lord of Little Legs back to the pub garden where he was revived with a sit-down in the shade and glass of water whilst I drank a mineral water followed by a skinny latte.
Health conscious Cameron is making a return and by doing this exercise and starting to cook better more wholesome foods, I hope to kick start the weight loss back to the levels of when I left hospital.
FOOD DIARY: Sunday 10th of May 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|1/2||250gms||Thai Curry Soup||185||3||11||11|
With my Jawbone active again and me firing on all cylinders I recorded the following information in the screenshot taken at the end of the day.
As an aside and a nice way to finish this post of my walk in the countryside with Archie, I would like to share something a blogger from a blog I follow, wrote on Sunday “Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day” (a quote by 19th Century American historian Alice Morse Earle) and I have to say that when you get to have a day like I did yesterday, where I worked, did favours for others, worked out and walked for my fitness as well as my dogs nose, a quotation such as this really does make you realise that things can be good no matter what the reason for doing them.
So with that in mind, I must ask, do you walk out of duty or pleasure?
Stay out of the fridge.
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