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06 May 2008 @ 09:24 am
Seven and a half miles later....  
Well, so far so good.

I had a salad for lunch (with falafel). Then I walked the 3.7 miles home. Took about 65 minutes. Not as fast as last fall but not bad for the first day. When I got home, I ate another salad for dinner (with tuna and frozen peas). And then this morning, I got up early and walked into work. I feel like I'm in training for a freaking marathon.

The weather was pretty much perfect and the streets were surprisingly clean (thank you, Mayor Nutter!). I noticed that a few songs that aren't usually on heavy rotation on my ipod gave me more energy and an extra spring in my step, so I working up a playlist of similar songs. So far, I've got "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction and "Beverly Hills" by Weezer.

Listening to: The Magic Numbers - "Love Me Like You"
xterminal on May 6th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
If your tastes run to it (and you don't have any ethical problems with a band who sues their fans), Metallica's "The Four Horsemen" and "Creeping Death" are great driving songs; with the uptempo beats, I'd assume they'd make good walking songs, as well.

Indian Jewelry's stuff might work, as well, for much the same reason. Wander online and see if you can find copies of "Going South" and "Lost My Sight" (the version from Sangles Redux, not the newer one from Health and Wellbeing) and see if it works for you. Psychedelic rock, kinda-- what would have happened had, say, Pink Floyd stayed together long enough to have discovered grunge.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Cool, I'll check them out. I expect that compiling this playlist will take me well outside my usual musical comfort range.
traballenguastraballenguas on May 6th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I walk to an from work every day (about 1.5 miles, maybe), and I notice the difference if I don't do it. At first it seemed like a big waste of time, but then I got used to seeing things going on in town and how they change over time (new buildings, stores opening and closing, trees budding, all that). Plus, it wakes me up in the morning better than coffee. And a little cardio zoom never hurts.

Enjoy! It is totally worth it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I agree. Walking through the city, I really feel like I'm a part of it, whereas taking the subway just makes me feel like I'm being digested by it.

This could do wonders for my alienation.
traballenguastraballenguas on May 6th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Digested. So, like, you get to work and you... flush?

I am sure it will do wonders for your alienation. And you can avoid poison gas attacks in the subway without even trying. Easy peasy.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red pow wowassmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Those Aum Shinrikyo bastards are gonna be sooooooo pissed.
traballenguastraballenguas on May 6th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Totally. They have to come out and club you guys to death one by one. Big freaking waste of time. And messy.

Unless, of course, they develop a zombie virus, in which case you don't want to be in the subway either. And your brand-spanking-new cardiovascular fitness will save you from a quick, gory zombie death so you can enjoy a slow, luxurious demise from starvation in the foothills of Appalachia.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: verbal gerbilsassmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
traballenguastraballenguas on May 6th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Gerbils indeed.
Professor Mortis: LibrarianTimprofessormortis on May 6th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Good job man-keep up the good work. I rode in yesterday and it was awesome; I should've rode in this morning but a late bed time due to my Monday night gaming session and an early work day made me skip it (well, and I do Judo tonight). Now I can't ride again until Thursday. It sucks. I can't wait for my summer schedule to start up so I can get consistent, bike friendly hours. Now if I can just motivate myself to eat salads again!

As far as music goes, I tried this myself with training for judo, but I discovered using "ironic" songs like "The Touch" or "The Eye of the Tiger", while tempting, is really dangerous in my position (one time during a match I had the theme from Lone Wolf McQuade going on in my head and I was moving around like David Carradine....very bad idea). Do you like Madness at all? Some of their stuff is good for walking I find.
(Anonymous) on May 6th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Keep up the good work! Every little bit helps. Getting in shape, staying in shape...are all the result of not just *doing* something but really a mentality shift. "Is this good for me? Could it be done in a more healthy fashion" should precede everything. Not that you shouldn't enjoy high quality ice cream or whatever once in a while!

Nice pix. Nude babe rock climbing. What could be better? Oh, well, if one was there climbing with. ("Belay on!")
traballenguas: medfoodtraballenguas on May 7th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Also, if you are in this for weight loss, building a little more muscle can help (since muscle burns more calories than other types of tissue). Sit-ups, stairs, or other muscle building/toning activities can do that. It makes it a lot easier to shrink the fat.

Edited at 2008-05-07 12:25 pm (UTC)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking that I'll start adding a little pilates into the mix, particularly on days when I'm not going into the office.