Another good week!

I am averaging 12k steps this week and have maintained my total 8.5# weightloss for a week. I only went up and down by1#. I have finally taken the time to set the stride length settings on my Fitbit and figured out how to enter activity correctly.

I just bought a windsurfer and am feeling really great right now, so can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit so I can try it out. I haven’t windsurfed much, and that was over 20 yrs ago!

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Gazelle
I got a good deal on a Gazelle from Amazon and first use felt pretty good until the next day and then the backs of my calves were sore. I’m still fighting this head cold, so am going to lay low today and try to just get over this crap. But at least now I can work out despite the freezing weather.

Gazelle

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Walk Across Spain 2014

2014 is going to be my year of adventure. I am planning an adventure trek to Spain in the Fall of 2014 to embark on the Camino de Santiago (http://www.csj.org.uk), which is a religious pilgramige to walk across Spain starting in France. People have been walking The Way of Saint James since the 9th Century. There are many paths, but I am planning to walk the Camino Francis.  Image

In 2010, I saw the movie The Way (http://youtu.be/o5VZKWcgw6c) and this adventure has been simmering in the back of my mind ever since.

First obstacle- was that I could never get enough time off to do this. I removed this obstacle when I quit my corporate job and moved to the Ozarks to help Mom. Also time to train to do it. 

Second obstacle – was debt and money. I’ve been paying down debt and saving money since I moved down here. so I am slowly removing this obstacle and should be on track to buy my plane ticket in March. 

Third – training and supplies. Other than the occasional short hike to a vista or in a state park, I haven’t ever done a real hike. So I am definitely open to suggestions from any of my hiking friends. And if anyone has anything to loan or donate, I am open to that as well. I won’t be camping, but rather hiking and/or walking from town to town with no camping. 

Why am I going to do this? Well, I’ve waited my whole life to travel and have an adventure and I turned 48 in Dec, so now is as good a time as any. 

What do I hope to gain? Traveling to Spain and spending a month is a major adventure in my world, everything else is bonus. But also the walk is almost 800 km long, so even if I wimp out and take the bus a few times, I will still have walked over 300-400 miles and met people from all over the world. Also, training and completing this adventure will definitely set the tone for 2015, which is also the year I turn 50. I think it will be transformative to hit 50 in good shape and frame of mind. 

 “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” (actual Ghandi quote)

I am planning to do this alone and spend 30-45 days in Spain (If I can afford it, I will stay longer and go to Italy). If anyone is interested in planning this trek, I am happy to share my resources and insights into planning and training for it.

Please consider this your invitation to visit me on the trek. I will spend a few days acclimating/sightseeing before beginning the hike and a few days afterward recuperating/sightseeing. There are many fantastic wineries in Spain and I plan to visit a few of them! 

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Change Everything in 2014

If ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’ then 2014 is the year I do everything differently.

Starting 2014 off with a cleanse and 30 days of healthy eating.

Also starting 2014 by setting up a blog to document the journey and adventure.

Bought a Fitbit Flex to track everything and shame me into being more active and document it.

I have a major goal this year to Walk Across Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

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