July 31st, 2012

Today's workout playlist was brought to me by the letter K...

~Tuesday~  Today at the gym, before starting my workout, I wanted to hear a song on my iPod that I recently downloaded, and for some inexplicable reason it was not in the "Purchased" playlist, so I selected the "By Song" sort and found it.

Once it started, I decided to just let it move to the next song in the list when it was done, so essentially what I heard was a slew of songs, all of whose titles began with the letter K, which actually turned out to be interesting intellectually for a couple of reasons:

  1. Due to the funny way the—or perhaps my—brain works I found myself a little startled when the first word of the song didn't start with a K, having to consciously think, "Oh yeah, it's the title that starts with a K." Eventually, that sunk in to the point that I no longer expected it.

  2. The second interesting thing that happened was when I couldn't immediately think of the title. I'd go through a process of trying to remember it before the song got to the refrain, which is where, in a majority of the cases, the title was mentioned.
In the end, this is what the playlist looked like:

Keep the Customer SatisfiedSimon & Garfunkel
Keg in the ClosetKenny Chesney
Kentucky GamblerDolly Parton
KicksThe Monkees
Kids Say the Darnest ThingsTammy Wynette
Kid CharlemagneSteely Dan
Killing Me Softly With His SongRoberta Flack
The Kind of Man a Woman NeedsBarbra Streisand
King of the RoadRufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson
Kiss and Say GoodbyeThe Manhattans
Kiss of LifeSade
Kiss On My ListHall & Oates

This was so much fun—as it played such a variety of songs, many of which I haven't listened to in forever—that I may go back to the top of the alphabet, and pick a random song to start with in that group for that day, and then move down the alphabet over my next 25 workouts.

Walking Challenge 2012: July behind me makes me more done than not...

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"7/12ths done," "5/12ths to go," or "Over the hump"—however you want to say it, I'm more done—than not—toward my goal to walk for at least 30 minutes every day in 2012.

It's been another month not without its challenges, including one day when my back was out and I could only manage 15 minutes of walking, and that was to walk Frances and Vincent for whom I was dog-sitting.

I also struggled, once again, in the "calorie-intake" (a.k.a. "eating") arena, with a few days vacation on an island in Lake Erie, and social outings, including a pig-pickin'.

All-in-all, though, I continued to stay pretty much on track—and more importantly, committed to keeping up the daily, 30-minute minimum, walks for the rest of the year.


Although I'm still not pain-free all the time, my left knee (not to be confused with My Left Foot) has definitely improved over this month, and my occasional walks for longer than 30 minutes bear witness to that.

Here are the walking numbers for July (click to enlarge):

[Click to enlarge] Chart showing July daily walks with 7 days of 40 or 45 minutes, and 5 days at 60 minutes
Background photo: At dusk, in Put-In-Bay, where I vacationed from July 9 through July 12.


As I mentioned earlier, my vacation at Put-In-Bay was a challenging eating week, and as you can see in the accounting below, I didn't even bother to count the calories I ate during those four days. Suffice it to say, it was a lot (and a lot of it liquid)—and the weight chart further below bears witness to that.

Dailyburn July calendar showing calories eaten and calories burned


The background photo for this month's weight chart pretty much says it all. It's so much easier to put on than it is to take off.

Here are the July weigh-in numbers (click to enlarge):

Chart showing weigh-ins of 196, 199, 202, 197, and 197 for JulyBackground image: I've gained weight. Ask me how.


Here are some reflections about this month's experience:

  • Another month where I'm glad I have this goal, as I'm quite sure that increase in weight would have just kept going had I not had it. I've been there so many times before in my life.

  • Although, it's still not where I want it to be, I'm pleased with the reduction in pain in my left knee over this month, but I'm still not convinced it's ever going to be fully pain-free.

  • I had recently commented on Facebook about how my ab crunches have kept my lower back pain at bay for over a year now, and I even put, "Knock on wood," after it, and lo and behold, my back when out less than a week later. The thing that's most disconcerting about it is that there wasn't any one moment or one move I made that seemed to have caused it.

  • I'm proud (Is that a sin?) of how committed I am to this endeavor, as there were several times this month when had I not had this goal, I undoubtedly would have blown off my walk.


I'm looking forward to continued improvement and August being a better month.

Bring it on!

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