One of the great pleasures of FIRE is that I know have the time to live life at my own pace. Much of the time, I have no need to be anywhere fast, so I just walk. Walking gives me a chance to observe, listen and think. Regarding the last one, a good walk may be one of the best activities you can do to spark creativity. And if that isn’t enough, brisk walking will also help you lose weight.
On an average day, I walk about 8 miles. On extreme days, it’s closer to 20 miles. So far this year, I’ve walked about 2,257 miles.
Here is how one morning went down last week:
7:15 am-7:45 am: Walk to School! (1.4 miles)
The girls and I walked to school. Younger Daughter complained fiercely about walking:
Dad, we have a car! Why don’t we use it?
5 minutes into it, we were talking happily. This is what always happens.
7:45 am – 8:15 am: Walk to Squats and Deadlifts! (2.0 miles)
My next destination was MMM HQ where I do leg exercises. On the way, I spotted this in the middle of the road:
You can always use more dinosaurs in your life, so I pocketed it and continued on my way.
I take a different way every time and try to discover something new. This walk, I saw this:
I arrived at MMM HQ and my legs are nicely warmed up, so I got right into my exercises. I’m doing the Stronglift program for my legs:
After my exercise routine was done, the light seemed right, so I had a photography session with the newest dinosaur which I’ve since named Investosaurus:
11:30 am – 11:55 am: Walk Home (1.6 miles)
I sat in for the PopUp morning session and then headed home. I contemplated the rest of my day, taking notes as I went.
I greatly enjoy my walks. This year, I’ve walked 2,257 miles/ 4,814,346 steps. This is an average of 18,305 steps per day. If I keep it up, I’ll finish the year at 6,681,325 steps, well ahead of my goal of 6,000,000.
I continue to struggle with strength training. I’ve been so busy that sometimes it’s hard to find the time and focus. Also, the heat! Colorado summers are almost intolerable to me. The mercury has been north of 90 for a while, so I have to do my workouts first thing in the morning when my energy levels are low.
The scale and measurements are meh-tastic:
The pictures show a similar level of meh:
On The Road
I’ll be on the road two out of the next four weeks. First, I’ll be in FinCon in Orlando and then in Greece at Chautauqua. Being away from home is always a challenge. There will be lots of junk to eat and I don’t know what exercise equipment I’ll have access to. However, I’m going to make time for exercise and work hard to avoid the sweets.
And please do me a favor: If you see me in Orlando stuffing a donut or cookie into my face, kindly knock it out of my hands and yell some gentle insults! I need all the help I can get!
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