In August…I didn’t travel, and didn’t attend any concerts or festivals, or see any movies, or go to the beach. I didn’t take any time off and it was just a regular work month. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with that.
As you know from my Fitbit post, I zoomed in on fitness this month. The Fitbit has motivated me to walk more and to accumulate “active minutes,” but also to get to bed earlier and try to sleep more.
I took a few fitness DVDs home from the library and only made it through a minute or two because they had complicated “moves” just like in the bad old days of aerobics. Until I tried a Jillian Michaels one, and her DVDs have much simpler moves that I could actually do. They are also organized into circuits with just a minute or two of each exercise, repeated in sets. I have now done “No More Trouble Zones” and Level 1 of “30 Day Shred” a couple of times each. They are hard, but in a good way. After just a couple of weeks, I can actually see a difference in the way my clothes fit. Of course, when I think of fitness DVDs, I think of Sunny (who has been doing The Firm workouts lately). Whenever I am doing a DVD and Rom walks by, he has fits of giggles when he hears Jillian say things like, “Hammer that tush!”
In order to find space to do a DVD with a floor mat, I had to rearrange a room, and now I feel a “home gym area” coming on 🙂 I have to laugh at myself, though, because mat work does not equal steps, so the Fitbit doesn’t really count it!
You will be surprised to hear I did something outdoorsy, and went on a group hike. We trekked to a pristine lake and had a swim and lunch on a beautiful Saturday. The next day I swam in the lake at my parent’s place, so I was really on a roll.
I am enjoying August food – zucchini and watermelon and peaches. And have also been out for (veg) sushi and Thai food this month.
On the minus side, I had to go to the dentist for two fillings 😦
In day to day stuff, I made a good start on weeding the garden (I am normally weeding books), and will have a lot of shrub trimming to do this month. Related to that, I went out looking at Tilley hats, a brand name of hats that are used for gardening, hiking, etc. Since they are expensive and not on sale, and it is summer’s end already, I decided to wait until next year. I am also a little sheepish about being the kind of person who wears a Tilley hat.
Social-wise, I met up with a visiting out-of-town friend, and helped out with a suitably momentous party for my younger sister’s 50th birthday.
All is well and I’m looking forward to the three-day Labour Day weekend September 5/6/7. (I worked the Saturday of the August long weekend which was August 1/2/3).
The numbers above remind me of one of my favourite kid jokes:
Why is 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9 !
How was your August?