Saturday, June 25, 2016

Week 11: My Health and Weight Loss Journey to Get Fit and Lose Weight! #NatureWalks

At the end of last week, I began walking for just 10 minutes at the start of every day, which ended up being more like 25 minutes. I have been enjoying the walks a lot more than I expected to!

I go for my walks first thing when I get up before I start my day. I have some water with my thyroid med, throw on some shorts and go! This way I get the sun, but not at it's peak time. Plus, I get the walk out of the way, come home and shower and I'm ready for the rest of my day.

If my walk is going to be short, I don't bother with sunscreen on my body (I am not recommending that others do this, it's just what I choose to do). I want to absorb the natural vitamin D from the sun. I do wear sunscreen and/or a baseball cap to protect my face. I have skin that tans easily.  If my walks are going to be long, I will slather on sunscreen everywhere!

What I pack: I take an old style fanny pack and look like I'm straight from 1980! lol. Since it's a short walk, I pack light with some SPF, lip balm with SPF, cell phone, keys, and a pocket knife in case of emergencies. If my walks get longer I will take a bottle of water.

What I wear: I often wear a baseball cap to protect my face from too much sun. I usually end up wearing whatever tank top I slept in since it's going in the wash anyways and it's currently summer here so I wouldn't want anything heavier.

I didn't have any shorts to walk in (except one pair of denim shorts), so I decided to make a trip to my local thrift store and buy a few pairs. I couldn't find what I was looking for in my usual stores without having to spend at least $26 for one pair of knee length shorts. So, I ended up getting 4 pairs for $21 with no tax at the thrift store. They had just the styles I needed- old style, knee length capris. Since they're strictly for my walks, I really didn't care to spend a lot of money or care that they're not the latest in fashion. Plus, they're just going to get dirty anyways. Also, if/when I lose weight and they no longer fit, I'm not out a lot of money.

This week's workouts: I got so into my walks this week that I neglected my other workouts with weights, yoga, cardio etc. And, I'm kind of missing it! I really like how I feel when I lift weights especially. So, I'm on a mission to get back to that this coming week but still keep up with my walks. I just have to figure out how to manage my time better to fit it all in.

So for this post, I am going to share nature photos from my daily walks. There are a lot of Canadian Geese where I walk, so you have to watch where you step!

I'll also throw in some pictures of the shorts that I purchased for these walks. Who doesn't like a little fashion haul!?

The Geese are so used to people, they let you get pretty close and don't even try to get away. 

There are a lot of Coyotes in this area, so you have to be careful, especially if you have pets with you.

You wouldn't want to step foot in these waters, but at least there's a life preserver just in case.

Fashion aka. Walking Shorts Haul

I did purchase one pair of Old Navy's Original Bermuda shorts. They were on sale for 1/2 price and I had a gift card to use up.

Here are all the walking shorts/ capris that I scored at the thrift store. $21 for all 4! They were all in great condition and the brands ranged from Bongo to Old Navy, Reitmans and one with no tag.

I think that the thrift store is a great idea for finding items like these walking shorts where you don't care too much about the fashion and they're just going to get sweated in and dirty anyhow. Plus, if you change sizes, you didn't spend a fortune.

Yay for scoring deals and saving money!

Weekly weigh in:

Weight: Same
Fat %: Same

Once again, no change in weight or fat loss. This feels like an uphill battle in terms of making the scale budge, but at least I am being active and that's what is most important. I'm sure my body and mind are healthier for being active despite not yet losing weight and fat. And, it doesn't mean I'm giving up on that.

See you next week!

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