Hello. I'm back. I had a lovely day yesterday with my family at Nottingham. Auntie and cousins and partners gave me some lovely gifts. They are so clever at choosing the right things, unlike me who is pretty hopeless and give money and say get your own, ha ha. Look what I brought home. A big bag of pompoms, red fluffy wool, a candle making kit, glittery thread, a Dove bath pamper set, some pink crafting wire, and a wirey thing that I am supposed to massage my head with. Wonder if I should use that while relaxing in the bath.
This morning I took Heidi for her half yearly check up, and saw a locum vet who has been working in Barnsley. He is originally from the USA and has been in the UK for many years. He had a long beard, as long as his long hair which was tied in a pony tail. He checked Heidi over and said she didn't need to have a blood test because she seems to be doing well on the medication, and so another six weeks of tablets were dispensed.
Thank you all for checking in with your walking miles, some great results there. It's good to see some new members joining in. When I have got a minute I will make up a full list so everyone knows who is taking part in 2018. Someone asked about measuring distance. I use this web site bikehike.co.uk. For my two and three mile walks I found my house on the OS map, and plotted out two routes with my mouse, which totals up the distance automatically. When I do a walk in an unfamiliar area I mark it out with a felt tip pen on a paper map and check the distance when I get back home. If you use this site, you need the course creator page, and toggle the map sizes so the bigger map is on the right hand side.
You can use a fitbit, or a pedometer, or a GPS app on your smart phone. Do whichever suits you best and which you can afford. Bikehike is free to use, there are other sites which do more or less the same thing. You can count in miles or kilometers, you can do it on a treadmill, walk, run, cycle, or even swim if you want to. The main aim is to get active, set yourself targets, if you feel you can't do the 1000 miles, aim for something a bit lower. It's best to have some kind of target because you need it to be a challenge, not just oh, I'll do it today but can't be bothered tomorrow, maybe I'll do it the day after. The aim is to get into a regular routine to get your body moving.
I'm off to the library now, Stan leaves at 3pm. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.