171023

Hi, good evening:

Lots going on so short post tonight.  Still trying to tell my body that I’m working out.  Got out of a quick (SLOW) 2.71 mile run that turned out a lot hotter than expected with a tailwind coming back,,,which sucked.  Then came home and started the second coat of paint on the pool deck as we continue to clean like crazy to prep the house for pictures this Friday.  The Fitbit says I did 18,033 steps today for a total of 8 miles exactly.  Sounds good to me, I’m gonna try to keep up this momentum.

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busy weekend and week

Yep, this was a busy weekend and the upcoming week will be busier.

We continue to work toward getting our house on the market; which is driving the work.  But,,,,being who we are, we play hard too.  Busy weekend: Got to get off the dock and get out sailing (FAST IS FUN); was invited to a 7-course wine and food pairing (dinner party)  where I felt a bit like the “hick from the sticks” and came home to have my new paint gun “explode” a bit (connection to the hose wasn’t tightened like it should have been”.  So,,,white paint is pretty much everywhere.

After I got the broken Fitbit cleaned up again, it says I did 16,145 steps today for a total of 6.88 miles.  Not bad for a day with no scheduled physical training.  I’ll enlighten you with all these stories as well as pics of the work we’re doing on the house this week.  It goes on sale about November 7th.  If it doesn’t sell by mid-December, we’ll take it off the market, put it back on the market in the spring.  This is a HUGE step in our journey toward starting to get ready for cruising,,,,,as it means no more house payments, home and flood insurance payments or property taxes,,,,and we can start to downsize our stuff (we’re doing that now,,,slowly).  I love all this,,,,,cause I like to simplify whenever possible and realize this is a good means toward our end (cruising).  So, with white paint on my hands still and all over my Fitbit,,,,I’m signing off, but will be back this week with pics and stories from this weekend and this week.

171015

I didn’t workout today but got a lot of work done,,,,which reflected on my Fitbit.

I prepped the house for some touch up painting today, worked on getting the pool deck ready for paint and tried to clear up lots of miscellaneous projects I should have done 5 years ago to make the house better, but just getting around to it as we get ready to sell it.

So, the Fitbit says 16,671 steps with a total mileage of 7.09.  Not bad for a day with no running, just climbing ladders and working on miscellaneous projects.

Yes, we’re really doing it.  Our house goes on sale on 07 November.  Probably won’t sell this season so we’ll put it on sale again in late March for the spring season.  Gotta sell it so we can move on with our non-formalized plan, which entails retirement, moving to the boat and starting to get ready for our trip with a known timeline.  Can’t really do all that with a house payment while trying to be retired and take care of my girls,,,,so we’re putting it up for sale.

171013 & 171014

171013- I’m a huge proponent of a rest day and took one on Friday.  I did sit in the dry sauna for 20 minutes and read and relax.  I also did a neck workout, but nothing else.

171014- Today is Saturday.  My wife has been gone to Canada all week and was supposed to be back today, but the flights got all gooned up.  I spent all morning getting prepped for painting the back fences, the trim on the back of the house and the pool deck.  Painting tomorrow.

171012

Hi,,,,after cutting down trees over the weekend, hitting the rowing machines Tuesday for the first time and then reminding my body that I can actually run/jog on Weds, I was back in the gym today.  The air quality up here sucked today.  The smoke from the fire in Orange County was blowing directly up here and I decided I had no desire to run in all that haze and smoke.  I was also feeling a bit peckish and like a bit of a fraud because the kids have been wearing me out more than my workouts,,,,so I hit the gym again.  Right off the bat, I hit the rowing machine for another go at it.  Resistance is always turned all the way up for my workouts (10) and I am working toward the 5000 Meter Goal. Last time I did 2000 meters in 9 minutes.  Today I pushed hard and did 2500 meters in approx 13 minutes, which I’m ok with.  I guess that was my only workout, but I knew I needed Fitbit mileage, tried to walk.  Ended up with 13,190 steps and 5.65 miles on the Fitbit total.  Hoping the smoke clears tomorrow so I can knock out a long, slow run, hopefully 5 miles.  This will be one of my last weekends to work on our house to get it ready for sale; it goes on sale on 07 November, but I don’t expect it to sell until the spring time when more people are in the area in buying moods.   And,,,I have not been able to go to the boat for several weeks and am feeling very caged in,,,,but that’s part of this life.  I retire in July of 2018 and won’t worry about all this after that.

 

171010

Long weekend of cutting trees and metal got me a bit sore, but have to keep up the motivation.

I hit the gym, working on a rowing machine for the first time.  Goal is 5000 meters in 21 minutes.  I made it through 2000 meters in 9 minutes today before I pussied out and took a break.  Worked on the neck for 3 sets,,,,then hit the sauna to read about sailboats. (sorry, I try to be tame but it’s hard)

Fitbit is officially cracked, but still running.  It says I did 10, 195 steps and 4.34 miles today.

171009- Columbus Day

Lots of work today and yesterday, but low mileage on the Fitbit.  Sometimes the Fitbit doesn’t tell the whole story,,,,so don’t aways believe or rely on it solely for your workout inputs,,,I use it as a supplemental tool unless running.

Yesterday, 171008, I spent most of the day taking down a large dead tree in my yard.  It was a significant emotional experience, lots of work to get the tree down, cut up and the stump cut down to a size that’s won’t block the view.

Today, 171009,,,,more work in the backyard.  I took down a dead palm tree and got it cut into manageable pieces that I could move by myself.  Then, I had to figure out how to take down an old cell phone tower that fell into my backyard.  NO, not like a government or private cell phone tower that’s huge, this was only 40 feet total but covered in wires and old communication gear.  Well, my trusty angle grinder made short work of it,,,and now it’s in pieces in the back of my truck, really for the dump.  Total for this weekend we removed two old dead trees and the old fallen cell phone tower.  Cleanup is being achieved.  The Fitbit for today says 4.55 total with 10,685 steps.  And,,,,I managed to destroy the glass front of my new Fitbit somehow today,,,,so eventually I’ll need a new one.  Darn it!

Happy Columbus Day here in America and I’m looking forward to a great week. Remember, this blog isn’t straying from it’s niche, I’m just using this space to keep myself accountable for my own fitness, one day at a time.

171007 & 171008

Good Morning and Happy Columbus Day Weekend (at least here in the US)-

171007- I had to set-up and help run an 8-year old birthday party.  It was fun chaos but didn’t get any workout in.

171008- Not going to do a formal workout today because I’m taking down a tree in the yard and working on cleaning the areas around the house.  We’re prepping it for sale,,,,so it’s gotta be done.

Selling the house is yet another milestone in moving toward our dream of cruising on our own sailboat.   Once we sell the house and I retire, we’re going to move onto the boat as a family.

171005

Today was a long day, I’m getting drained.

I only have 3.32 miles and 7801 steps on the Fitbit but I took to the pool and did a 1000 yards total.  500 yards of this workout was fin kicks, the other 500 was free.  I’m feeling drained but want to keep up my mileage on my Fitbit.  Probably run again tomorrow but not in sand again.