Weekly Check-In - ShootFit Week 3 Plus Some Other Fun Things
Some exciting events happened this week! Nothing monumental, but this week would still be considered a "win" in my book. First, I fell off the fitness wagon last week but successfully got back on this week. It is about progress, right?
I do think I'm moving in the right direction, I just gradually have to un-train my brain in certain areas. For example, just because I walked 17,000+ steps yesterday doesn't mean I get to eat more. Old brain would say, "17,000 steps? Bring on the chocolate! That will help my sore muscles feel better!" Really that is illogical - contrary to what Professor Lupin's "chocolate makes you feel better" philosophy suggests, chocolate doesn't actually heal sore muscles or release enough endorphins to make me actually feel better. Temporary happiness is not what I'm seeking - I want to be back in the shape I was in during high school and college so I can start shooting smallbore rifle again.
My fitness band (Garmin Vivofit) has been helpful - it is still reminding me to get up and move every so often. I do feel less stationary now, and it also tracks sleep which I find interesting! The software involved lets you share your stats with others, so find me if you're on Garmin Connect - my user name is "howtogungirl".
Redneck workout - rake, hike, shoot
Yesterday I did a LOT outside. It was a 40 degree sunny day in New Hampshire. That is pretty much as good as it gets here in April! This time of year is typically called "mud season" because of the snow melt and ground thaw that occurs. We took this beautiful day and ran with it (well, I guess I didn't actually run...). The day started with me working with a crew of volunteers to clean up the grounds around our church, which involved a ton of raking. I raked leaves, raked gravel, raked mulch, raked dirt... Needless to say my back, arms, and legs are sore today! After the church work day, we ventured out with our neighbors for a hike up the mountain near our house. We caught a gorgeous view of Mount Sunapee and generally enjoyed being out in the sun.
After the hike we rested for a bit, then went to our friend's house to hang out and shoot bows. What a blast! I think yesterday qualifies as the full redneck workout - yard work, hiking, and shooting. All in all that amounted to 17,746 steps. As I mentioned earlier, I actively struggled to not eat extra with all that exercise. Hopefully with spring and summer approaching in New England I'll get in some more days like this.