Sunday Update: 3/27

First of all, Happy Easter everyone!

Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty of things … my weekly fitness/photo update.


Last week: 186.8
This week: 198.8
Difference: +3.0

I was expecting a gain last week but lost a bit, so I’m actually okay with this. A little bit disappointed, but I can live with it. I was off of work for the week cause of spring break (a plus for working at a school) so didn’t get as many steps in and thus wasn’t as active, so I guess a gain could be expected. Plus, maybe some of my fat is turning to muscle? Who knows.


Last week I got in two bits of exercise.

Wednesday I went to a local park and did a walk/jog for 4 laps (that’s about 46 min and 3.20 mi). This particular park is roughly square shaped. I did parallel sides walk/jog, so everytime I turned onto a new street I changed. I think it worked out to about 0.20 mi walk/0.20 jog lengths.

Friday I went back to the same park and did another walk/jog for 4 laps. This time though, I cut my walk distance in half to about 0.10 mi, which increased my jog distance to about 0.30 mi. After 4 laps, I then decided to do a final lap and jogged until I couldn’t go anymore, or I did 1 lap, whichever came first. For the final lap, I threw in a side spot that brings the total lap to about a mile, and actually jogged the whole length! For those who haven’t read my Friday blog yet, check it out – you can find out about my small injury that occurred during the night also.

In case you didn’t read my Friday blog, let me share my woohoo moment about Friday – I JOGGED A MILE. You read it above but maybe you don’t get it yet – I JOGGED AN ENTIRE FREAKING MILE!!!!!!! Yeah, this is a big deal to me. The farthest I’d ever jogged before Friday without dropping to a walk was about 0.75 mi. And who knows, it could have been 0.50 mi – there wasn’t actually anything to judge the distance at that point (it was during a 5k race, and they only marked the actual miles).


Photo-a-day shots for the week


Moskya, Russian Federation – 5,796 mi
Middlebury, Indiana – 1,880 mi


Minsk, Belarus – 5,778 mi
Medford, Oregon – 263 mi


Sunday Update: 1/31

Last week: 192This week: 191.2
Total: loss of 0.8

Only 2 days this week …

~ Monday: 40 min lap swimming (this could have gone longer, but I didn’t have my watch with me to track time, so had to rely on my phone which was out of reach so it wouldn’t get splashed on)

~ Wednesday: 45 min on stationary bike, then 15 min on treadmill cause they wouldn’t let me change, so might as well burn some more calories while I wait for them to do repairs or something.

Plan for February:

I did pretty good with consistency until the end, but even with that, it was my best month like ever in regards to workouts (21 out of 31 days).

My goal for February is to improve my calorie burn on cardio machines. Swimming I think is pretty good, as long as I can stay at least 1 hr + in the pool. The focus is going to be on elliptical or stationary bike (I avoid the treadmill in the gym – I prefer to run outside – If the treadmill is used, I’m just walking for like a warm-up or something). To achieve this, I’m going to pick an interval for each machine and work on going a further distance and get a higher calorie burn by the end of the month.

My other goal is to do each exercise (swimming, elliptical, stationary bike) once a week. The other days will be for ST, jogging outside, or doubling up on one of the above cardio exercises, if they happen at all. I think 3 days a week is do-able, beyond that is more questionable. I’m just not up to consistent 5 day/week exercises unless I do them at 9pm at my house.

Here are the photos for the past week …

If you would notice, there are not 7 photos. I did not achieve photo-ness every day this past week. There were some attempts, but they weren’t worthy of sharing. Next week I’ll share the collection for the month as a whole.

I will be continuing this into February. The list is below in case you want to join along. There is a group on Facebook I share my photos daily, as well as on my Instagram (@vinotea).