Walking My Way Across Route 66

With a grandbaby AND my sixtieth birthday on the way, I’m really trying to turn a new leaf and start living a healthier lifestyle.  Not that I’ve been living a life of debauchery, mind you, unless you call periodically eating the frosting off of a cake from the local Giant grocery store a “life of dissolution.”    Well, OK, maybe “periodically” isn’t quite the correct term.  How about “regularly” eating the frosting?  But hey, I’ve been donut-free since April of this year and that is a major accomplishment for me.   However, I learned long ago that when you push one ping-pong ball under the water that another one pops up somewhere else, hence the frosting cravings.

Let’s face it though, if I want to be around a good long time to enjoy this grandbaby and my children, I really do need to make some changes.  One shift we’ve made this year has been signing up for weekly deliveries of local organic produce.  Now I’m trying to add some regular exercise into the mix.  Since my favorite exercise is cerebral, this has not been easy.  But I’ve found a neat little online tool that is helping and I thought I’d share it with you.  It’s called Get Fit on Route 66 and it is the brainchild of AARP.  Registration is free (you can just click on the link I’ve provided) and anyone can participate.  They’ve come up with 66 different activities you can do for exercise.  You are encouraged to start out with at least 10 minutes of exercise a day and to work your way up to 30 minutes a day.  When you register, you pick a little car icon from several “classic” car choices.  This will be your icon that tracks your journey across the country from Chicago to Santa Monica.  Each day that you exercise, you just log in at the website and enter the date, the amount of time you exercised and what you did.  Then, and this is the fun part, it tells you where you currently are.  For example, the first day I walked for 30 minutes and after logging in, it told me that I had made it to Joliet, Illinois.  It even told me some fun facts about Joliet.  Each step along the route, you’ll be learning about the various towns that you are “passing” through, it’s shared history with Route 66, and you’ll be provided with different links to places of interest in those towns, should you care to delve further into the area.   If you exercise 45 minutes a day, in 8 weeks, you’ll be in Santa Monica.  Fat chance!  I’m taking it slow and saving face only because the dog huffs and puffs louder than I do. Give it a try.  And if you pass through Pontiac, Illinois, look for me.  I’ll be sitting outside the Log Cabin Cafe taking a little breather before my next leg of Route 66.

Leaf Lace Shawl BlockingOn the knitting front, I finished the Leaf Lace Shawl and it’s on the wires blocking as I type this.  I just checked on it and it is just about ready to come off of the wires.  This is the first time I’ve tried using blocking wires instead of just pinning my knitting out when blocking and I must say that it was pretty slick.  We’ll see how the final product looks when it is no longer under restraint.


2 Responses

  1. Waive at me in about 30 miles when you go through bloomington/normal!

  2. my great niece, Katie, needs extra prayers … she’s going to the OR today @ 2PM (cleaning infection from her heart-surgery chest incision)
    Thanks for keeping her in your prayers…

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