It's definitely Spring in West Ealing, and I've been cycling around like a maniac, particularly today, when I went from home to the girls' school, back via Northfield Avenue, and around there, then to school and back again just now. 16km in total; next up doing it all in one go rather than with big breaks in between. I'm not running at the moment because my foot hurts when I do more than 3km, and I may be daft, but I'm not so stupid that I'll really hurt myself. I'm seeing a physio tomorrow, and he should be able to help me get back on track again. I really, really want to do this half marathon in October, and I'll be starting my training properly in June.
So I've bought myself a new toy - a Jawbone UP24. It tells me how far I'm walking, how much exercise I'm doing, how I'm sleeping, and all sorts of exciting things. It makes me go to bed at a sensible time, it gives me a small electric shock when I've been sitting too long, and it gives me a smiley face and a "thumbs up" when I hit my 10,000 step goal. I've done that three days in a row now, and my average is over 9800, which apparently puts me in the top 30% of all UP users, which is completely meaningless, and completely exciting at the same time. Woo, go me, etc.
It's good to be out and about at the moment; it's great to be busy, and the weather is great. I do find myself doing daft things like jumping up and down in the kitchen, and going out for a walk at 6pm every evening to make up my step count. I'm not weighing myself though, but I will be measuring furiously.
We've also bought a NUTRIBULLET, so we are now NUTRIBULLET wankers. The first thing we made this morning was a pear, carrot, spring green, celery, broccoli, strawberries, pomegranate and mint smoothie. It was lovely, if a bit chewy. I had a ginger, carrot, pear and spring green one just now, with almonds for added oomph, and it was also lovely, if a bit strong. It's all about the balance, but less is definitely more when it comes to raw broccoli and spring greens.
Anyway, that's the new healthy lifestyle, and I'm really enjoying the feeling of smug satisfaction I get when I obsessively track steps and calories.
Normal knitting, crocheting and sewing service will resume later.