Guten Tag everybody! Phew! Made it through my first week! Already I have had some successes, some setbacks, some gains and some losses. I have been eating *slightly* better, however one day I did crack under the pressure and had….ice cream! (DUN-DUN-DUN). Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra to be exact. I prayed to the food gods to forgive me and thankfully I was back on track the next day.
One thing I just simply can’t seem to get used to is taking supplements in the form of HORSE pills. I mean, these things are HUGE! I take a One-a-Day Women’s multivitamin supplement every day at lunch time and I swear it takes everything I got to swallow the little sucker! Just as bad are those dang “fishy pills” (aka Omega-3 supplements). I swear I think I could swallow an entire sardine and it would probably go down easier. Because of my high triglycerides, I’m taking 4 of those suckers a day, two at breakfast and two at dinner. But hey, it’s a small price to pay to stay healthy, right?
One area I’ve really been rockin’ in is exercise. I exercised a total of five days last week which, for me, ain’t too bad! I would have done six days, but my knee was starting to “talk to me” so I decided to err on the side of caution and take an extra day off. Mr. Galloway would be so proud of me! Most days I walked on the treadmill at the gym for 60 minutes at three miles per hour (I prefer to exercise outdoors, but it seems that Mother Nature likes it hot. Like, in the high 90’s hot!). I also swam just to mix things up a bit. I originally wanted to start walking at 3.5 miles per hour, but it seems my knee is having issues with just 3 miles per hour. I think it’s time to change my plans up a bit. Perhaps more swimming and less walking for a few weeks? Hey, anything to make my joints, happy. That’s just the kind of girl I am!
I’m super excited for tomorrow! Why you ask? I’m so glad you asked! I’m going on a 90-minute hike with my dog Nakai at my favorite place in the world: Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California. Not only do I like this park because of its excellent and challenging hiking trails, its beautiful scenery, and its oh so cute miniature railroad, I like the park because it holds special meaning to me. I started hiking there a good ten years ago with my (other) dog Kona. No matter how bad things seemed to be, I could always go to Irvine Park and everything else would just seem to melt away. For a good ten years this place was my safe haven and my second home. My dog probably loved it more than I did. When she passed away, I scattered her ashes along Puma Ridge Trail, one of the more challenging trails we hiked almost every time we went. Tomorrow will be the last time I hike that trail for a while since I will be leaving for college on Wednesday. Irvine Regional Park really is a great park. I highly recommend you check it out! Below is a picture of some of the hiking trails at Irvine Park and a picture of Puma Ridge Trail, the trail I frequently hike. If you’re interested in visitng Irvine Regional Park, here is a link to their website for more information:
Wednesday is officially move-in day for me! I’m so excited to be going away to college, meeting new people, and getting in shape! Ya, that’s right, you heard me! Getting in shape and eating right. I’m making those two things a priority! After we move all my junk into my dorm, me, my mom, and my brother are heading down to the nearby Albertsons to pick up a rather large load of groceries, all of which will be shoved into my fridge for later consumption. I’ve already compiled a list of food I will be getting. Not included in the list is cake, cookies, and ice cream (among other things). I’m ready to get healthy and develop good habits in both the diet and exercise department. I was super excited to hear there is a Trader Joe’s right down the street from campus. After my initial trip to Albertsons, I will become a regular shopper at Trader Joe’s (yay!).
Well, this is it. This is the start of a long and arduous journey towards getting healthy and, yes, training for my very first marathon (excuse me, HALF marathon!). But I don’t want to get all mystical and mushy. Looks like for the next week or two I’ll be training for the marathon via water instead of on land. Darn those knees of mine! This is thatfatgermanchick saying thank you and gute nacht!