Snack-free, Day 25 of 30: Nuts (and fruit)

A good day today, though I did have a small snack–a fruit/nut trail mix. But this is actually healthy food, although a bit calorie-rich when consumed in massive quantities. So I stuck to a small quantity.

I was up again, by 0.4 pounds, to 171.5 pounds.

I again make no predictions about tomorrow. I met all of my activity goals today but only did an official™ 15 minute walk, so exercise was minimal. But I cleaned and stuff, so that counts for something. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Inktober 2020: The list, the anticipation

Inkotober 2020 has revealed the 31 prompts for this year and to my surprise and delight they are not:

  1. Doom
  2. Doom
  3. Doom
  4. Despair
  5. Doom
  6. Despair-flavored doom
  7. etc.

Instead, they are:

#19 (Dizzy) was accidentally repeated, but they’ve decided to run with it, so I’ll have to come up with something fresh and exciting for it this year.

I expect there will be Gum Gum People.

I am looking forward to this.

Walk 13: Lucky, with no rain

The last few days has seen a shift in the weather, from delightfully warm and sunny to torrential rains and windy. Today saw a bit of a break from the rain after morning showers, so I donned my long-sleeve running shirt and headed out.

Given that it’s been a week since the last walk/run, I was expecting to be a bit slower–and I was, but only by a little (two seconds, to be exact).

The smoke haze was gone, and it was cooler, though it didn’t actually feel cool, even with a fairly strong breeze blowing (thanks to the long sleeve shirt, a rare case of me not overdressing). There were more people out than expected, perhaps because it was the first real break in the weather over the last few days, but not an issue in any way.

I felt a bit sluggish at the start of the run back but picked up momentum and saw a pace of 5:37/km on the second km, which is pretty zippy these days.

The area where the river mediation is being done is still roped off, but the workers were absent today, so I didn’t have to dodge any heavy machinery. Always a plus.

Overall it felt good to get out again and I am hoping to go 2/2 tomorrow.


Walk 13
Average pace: 7:50/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.67 km
Time: 1:00:10
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 16ºC
Humidity: 75%
Wind: strong
BPM: 128
Weight: 171.1 pounds
Total distance to date: 99.65 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Snack-free, Day 24 of 30: Cheating, but also running

So it sort of balances out.

First, my list of shame:

  • A Clif bar. The magic is definitely gone now. I need to remember this the next time I go to eat one. I have some plans here.
  • A bowl of Multigrain Cheerios. Normally this is fine, but I also had leftover mac and cheese for lunch, so the cereal was gratuitous.

On the plus side, I also did my first walk/run in a week. Go me!

On the plus plus side (the fat side), I was up in weight, as predicted, by exactly one pound, to 171.1 pounds.

I have no prediction for tomorrow.

Snack-free, Day 23 of 30: A few crackers, a few chips

Some mild cheating today with a few light tortilla chips and a couple of crackers, but I was otherwise good–and no takeout!

Surprisingly, I was down today, to 170.1 pounds. This time I am going to venture a guess on tomorrow’s weight and say I will be up, even after doing a good workout tonight, because bodies are wacky, mystic rhythms, etc.

Treadmill walk: Yes, it’s raining again

To quote Supertramp.

And so I hit the treadmill for my daily exercise and found the stand on my fan was put on backwards after cleaning it (my bad), meaning it was pointing too high to keep me cool, so I had to pause the exercise to stuff a towel under it and get it aimed at my body instead of the very top of my head.

Once that was done, I was mostly good and turned in a typical performance, as the stats below attest (previous workout in brackets, as always).

Pace: 9:29/km (9:26 km/h)
Time: 30:06 (30:05)
Distance: 3.17 km (3.18 km)
Calories burned: 286 (290)
BPM: 136 (138)

Falling into rain

I haven’t talked about the weather for what seems like, well, a good solid week, at least.

Two days ago it was the last day of summer. It was mostly clear and the sun felt pleasantly warm on my back as I went for a walk.

Yesterday was the first day of fall and it was also pleasantly sunny and warm. I like pleasantly warm fall days, because it creates the illusion that a cold, wet and going-on-forever winter is not really coming.

Today, however, the weather app had this:

And this:

This promise is being fulfilled outside, right now, as I type this. In a way the heavy rain is nice, because it makes it easier to make decisions, like, “Should I go outside?” because the answer is invariably, “Hell no.”

It does complicate my walk/runs, though. I don’t mind (but don’t prefer–I’m not crazy, after all) running in the rain, but walking in it is different. When you run you generate enough heat to stave off the cold and wet, for awhile. When you walk, even briskly, this doesn’t really happen. So I must ponder if I want to do a walk/run, a run or maybe “Hell no” it and stick to the treadmill.

In the meantime, I am putting together a playlist of nothing but rain-related songs. And then not listening to them.

Snack-free, Day 22 of 30: Three squares

Three square meals, that is, with no snacking in-between.

Two of the meals were take-out, though, and the only walking I did was to get to and from work–though I did get off at 41st Avenue instead of 49th, so I got some extra walking in (this was mostly so I could take the mask off ASAP and breathe/not have my glasses fog up).

My weight was up slightly to 170.7 pounds. I make no prediction for tomorrow!

Snack-free, Day 21 of 30: One last cookie

I ate one more cookie today. I had to, in order to be rid of them. It was like a mercy killing. A delicious, chocolate chip-filled mercy killing.

But that was it for snacking today. I was otherwise good. I didn’t go for my normal walk/run but Monday is usually a day I take off because Mondays–cliches be damned–usually drag on interminably and are generally awful. Which today was.

I did go for two 15-minute walks, which is better than a kick in the pants, as they old saying goes.

Much to my cookie-laden surprise, I was down in weight this morning, coming in at 170.5 pounds. I am no longer going to guess what the next day will bring for my weight, because my body obviously moves to its own mystic rhythms.

But if I’m down again tomorrow, I’ll be rooting for more mystic rhythms in the future.

More art from my days as a pre-adult: PLUTO

One of the most important things you learn in art class is using reference. To put it simply, copy stuff. In doing so, you learn how things connect and when your oranges come out as squares, maybe you need to look into that.

Here’s an example of copying from source material I did when I was probably about 10 or 11–the drawing is untitled, so I can’t say for sure, but I’m reasonably confident I was around that age, as it jibes with when I was reading Disney comics.

It’s actually a pretty good representation of Pluto, the odd dog pet of Goofy–odd, because Goofy was also a dog, of course. I’m intrigued by the fact that I did this using felt pens, as I have very few examples of felt pen art and the majority of my stuff was done in pencil or, to a lesser degree, pencil crayon.


And for the sake of comparison, here’s the same with the wrinkly, yellowed sketchpad background removed:

Snack-free, Day 20 of 30: The cookies crumble…

The problem with buying cookies is you end up eating some, but there are still more. The last time I did this I ended up “solving” the problem by gorging all of them over a couple of days. I felt gross, but it seemed better to get them gone than to have them hang around and get used to their sweet, delicious company.

So I’m kind of doing the same thing again. and I feel gross again. This is good, because it will reinforce why this is a capital letter Bad Idea.

My weight was up, but only by half a pound this morning. It will probably be up again tomorrow. Then I can spend the rest of the month working on what originally seemed like an easy goal–staying under 170 pounds–but which has only happened one time this month in total. Yikes.

Snack-free, Day 19 of 30: Cheater’s Paradise

It was my birthday and also kind of a bad day. I went to the grocery store and I bought everything on the shopping list. I also bought:

  • A box of 12 chocolate chip cookies (180 calories each)

The above-mentioned box now contains:

  • 8 of 12 cookies (720 calories consumed)

I also did not exercise, though I did go out for a bit of a walk. Technically I am probably only a bit over my daily calorie goal as my meals (you know, actually healthy food) were fairly calorie-light. I might go on the treadmill to assuage my guilt. Yes, it’s my birthday and yes, I knew I might do this, but I still feel bad. And fat. Fatbad.

On a positive note, my weight was back down, to 170.7 pounds. It is apparently in yo-yo mode right now. Here’s hoping it will return to “it’s all downhill from here” mode soon.