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What is so important that drags us out of bed and out of the house by no later than 6.30 every morning?
Why, The Stomp of course. :)

We started nearly six weeks ago - due to the impending wedding (Beloved's daughter) and general lack of fitness for both of us.
Translated means: I had no intention of appearing at the wedding (ALL of his family there) looking like the Amazing Spherical Woman, and Beloved needs the exercise for health reasons (read: annual check up due in October), so we started walking...
What started as simple form of exercise quickly escalated into a competitive, I'll-race-you-up-the-hill thing. Seriosuly. :)
We are both very competitive... Both bloody minded when it comes down to it. There was a particular morning when we very nearly passed out because we attacked the (Steep! Truly!!) hill at the same fast walking pace we had been keeping for an hour.

We have calmed down now, and the goal is to keep the same pace thoughout, rather thatn overdoing. More or less.

But anyway...

Apart from the fact that I have lost close to a stone (the scales are not the enemy anymore), I have so much more energy it's untrue, and the various joints and assorted bits don't hurt a tenth of what they used to.
I have regained mobility in a way I thought was no longer possible, without any drugs or painkillers.
Beloved keeps surprising his ccolleagus because he can more than keep up with them when walking to the restaurant on site, and his blood sugar level has been what it should be more or less consistently (which will make his doctor quite happy).
We started with an average of 3000 steps, about half of them aerobic. We used to come home and collapse, and my left knee used to bite me viciously afterwards.
We are now doing 6000+, ALL of them aerobic (which means keeping a pretty fast pace throughout), and we are running out of places to walk to in the same 45-50 minutes.

We have had many conversation to the tune of "I have found another 300 hundred steps", and "What if we go down to the canal instead?".
But it's not just the improved fitness that makes me happy: the best part of it all is the Us Time we get in the morning.
No distractions, no news on the tv, no Thomas constantly demanding attention (I love him to tiny little bits, but he *can* be a little demanding). Just the two of us stomping out and chatting to each other (and snooping in people's gardens, commenting on the building efforts of neighbours and spotting birds. And loving the sunrise).

Something amazing has happened to me: I actually look forward to getting up early and leaving the house at the crack of dawn, and I lovingly get our kits ready the night before (because nobody wants to go looking for socks at that time in the morning...)

Need to do a post about The Wedding too. :)

Date: 2009-10-02 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phil-ji.livejournal.com
Congratulations and good for you folks!

Date: 2009-10-02 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swiftangel.livejournal.com
We still need to arrange to see you again... it's been far too long!

Date: 2009-10-02 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idahoswede.livejournal.com
I'm so pleased to hear this. I love my exercise time and when I was with Bosse a couple of weeks ago, we so enjoyed walking together, we lost track of time.

Date: 2009-10-02 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
Manolo and I made our walks into OUR time as well. We've been walking for years but got away from it for the past year. Not good as we've both gained a good amount of flab. So you've now inspired me to get back on track...though I don't think we're crack of dawn kind of people. We've always been evening walkers.
:)

Walking together is quality time...competitive natures aside.
LOL
Edited Date: 2009-10-02 08:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-10-03 02:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minuial_nuwing
Congratulations! That is pretty darn impressive.

**hugs**

Stomp statistics

Date: 2009-10-03 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonewolf2.livejournal.com
For those of you interested in the statistics or our Stomp:

Total No. of Steps over the 39 days: 211,185 (Average 5415 steps/day)
Aerobic Steps: 136,993 (Average 3605 steps/day)
Total Distance: 103 miles (2.64 miles/day)
Average Speed: 2.57 miles/hr
Total Energy burned: 11,433 Kcal (111Kcal/mile)

These numbers include the 5 days when we haven't stomped, so the actual daily effort is a bit higher.

We're both very pleased with the results physical and emotional. The Us Time is priceless. Something I have really missed on those days when I have been away on business.

I can see the Stomp going on forever (or at least as long as we can race on Zimmer frames)
:)


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