Friday, October 4, 2013

Walking and Winter (Brrrr)

Yesterday it rained and put a crimp in my plans. I like to walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the neighborhood - my route takes me 3.7 miles (a little over an hour). I’ve already adjusted my schedule from walking at 6:30 am to 9:00 am (it just got too dark out there), but I refuse to walk in the rain!

Yeah, I could have walked on the treadmill, but I didn’t. Somehow it’s just NOT the same. I like the fresh air. Still…I’m thinking I might need to adjust my exercise schedule this winter or I’ll end up doing what I did last year: not exercise. And man, when I go THAT route, it’s sooooo hard to get back into exercising!

So, once the temperatures really drop (anything colder than 40 degrees), or it’s continually raining or snowing, I will start going to the gym everyday. I’ll just alternate on which body parts I work on (arms one day, legs the next). I won’t get my walking in (just that 20-minute warm-up I do before I use the weights), but at least I’ll be burning calories everyday and hopefully stick with my program. I can’t afford to quit! You see…I still eat. See my problem? J

WRiTE CLUB is still active. Quarterfinals are going on now and voting ends on Sunday (I think!). Voting numbers appear to be on a decline, which is sad. The good stuff is what is left to vote on! Anyway, it’s still not too late to play. Bouts ran on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you haven’t signed up, do that first HERE and then vote. The remaining participants would surely appreciate it!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lyrical Press is hosting “Celebrate Paranormal Month” during October, featuring paranormal authors from Lyrical Press (my day comes up on October 7 - Monday!!). If you’re looking for new authors in the paranormal genre, give it a look-see.

Here are links to the posts so far:
October 1:
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October 3:
October 4:

Do you have to adjust your exercise schedule in the winter? Or are you one of those crazies who like to walk in the freezing temps? If I did, I’d have to carry a box of tissues with me. My nose would go crazy drippy!

Weekend’s almost here. Enjoy!




JeffO said...

I actually like to walk in freezing temps; it's that whole 'bracing cold air' thing. I draw the line, however, when my nostrils freeze shut.

Maria Zannini said...

I don't blame you.

Whenever I do anything outside, I have one rule. It can be cold or it can be rainy, but it can't be both.

I like working outside when it's cold though. It stays too hot down here most of the year.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - Yeah, nostrils freezing shut usually indicate below zero temps. I've had to walk in that enough when I was stationed in Alaska. No fun!

Maria - Even when it's warm and rainy, I'm not such a fan. I LOVE to watch it rain, though. Just not stand, sit, or walk in it! Haha!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I'm a wimp when it comes to the outdoors, too. I like walking, but like you, I have to have nice weather! Then I discovered that my Netbook fit on my treadmill at just the right height for reading - it's the only exercise regimen I've stuck with!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - That's great it works out for you. I can read on a treadmill, but because my pace doesn't vary, I don't always feel like I'm really working out, you know?

Michael Seese said...

I prefer walking outside as well. (Actually, I prefer biking.) But with the constraints of my life...well, the treadmill is HERE.

Joan Reeves said...

So far, it's still too warm in Texas to even think about beginning a walk past 7AM.

Nights are much cooler though here in the Hill Country. If it wasn't for the skunks and other varmints, I'd walk after sunset.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - When I walk outside, I don't travel to a park or path. I just walk in the neighborhood. Less chance of being interrupted, too!

Joan - It's been warm here the past week (and really nice), but Fall temperatures are headed our way tonight and I have a feeling I'm going to have to bundle up on my next outdoor excursion! That's if it's DRY. :)

Jen B said...

Funny you mentioned this, as yesterday was raining and cold and I just could not go outside. I walked last winter outdoors (sometimes!), but I can't do cold AND rain. Cold I can handle. Rain I can work around. But both are just too unappealing.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jen - I was walking one morning when it started raining. Thought I could brave it. I couldn't. Practically ran back home. Got more exercise than I bargained for! Haha!

Samantha MacDouglas said...

I do! I spend more time outside in the winter, because it's harder to get sunlight. But then, I live in LA, and cold here is balmy anywhere else. :)

The Spooky Whisk said...

I love walking on my treadmill but I agree, the fresh air is the best. Just so nice to get it in. What I really love is early early winter mornings, before the wind wakes. So peaceful to walk then. I mean it's cold but it's a crisp fresh cold.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Samantha - Thank Ivy for having me come back to this post, because I forgot all about your comment (bad me ***slaps hand***). We would have loved to have settled in California after the Army, since that's where my parents still live, but it just wasn't feasible for us with two little ones. I do miss the wonderful weather of Santa Barbara!!

Ivy - No, no, no. No crisp, fresh cold. My nose couldn't take it (or my hands, feet, face, etc.) :) But I do LOVE walking when it's snowing. It's so quiet then. Just wish it wasn't so darn cold.