Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis
susandennis

Effort

I did a little swimming test this morning. I was not really expecting to get results. But I did and I'm not sure I'm happy about it.

Usually, I get in and just go and don't pay much attention. Some days I am aware that I am not pushing it. Some days I'm not aware at all.

Today, I made an effort to pay attention and not slack off. Not swim full tilt but swim with focus and force. My tracker recorded:

1 hour, 19 minutes, 1900 yds, 966 calories, 76 laps, 1602 points.

Let's look at a some other random days from last week:

1 hour, 7 minutes, 1850 yds, 901 calories, 74 laps, 1496 points.
1 hour, 18 minutes, 1800 yds, 951 calories, 72 laps, 1578 points
1 hour, 18 minutes, 1800 yds, 929 calories, 72 laps, 1541 points
1 hour, 9 minutes, 1800 yds, 886 calories, 72 laps, 1469 points
1 hour, 19 minutes, 1850 yds, 931 calories, 74 laps, 1545 points

The points are the key here. Whatever activity I do is recorded and converted to points. Walking slowly racks up points but not as many, per minute, as walking fast, running, swimming, etc. (The time is kind of misleading. The way my tracker works for swimming is that I 'turn it on' when I get into the pool. If I remember, I turn it off when I get out. If I don't, it just knows when my arm is still - like in the drive home - to stop.)

So clearly more effort yields measurable results. Sigh. No more care free swimming without penalty. Just as well. I've been sharing a lane with the old, slow guy and that helps. It's a constant reminder to step up my game. I can easily pass him if I focus. I just need to remember.

My new phone is scheduled to ship today but so far, the website is not showing 'shipped'. And the charge hasn't hit my credit card yet. :( On the up side, the embargo has been lifted so the reviews are being published today and so far, all the ones I've seen have been pretty glowing.

I did actually get a very nice reply from the bed store. A guy with the same last name as the family who owns the store, told me that reprogramming involves turning the bed over or getting under it (which I'd already figured out but it was nice to get confirmation) and he'd send me the instructions if I wanted. Or he'd come out and do it for a service call - $70 - nearly any M-F 9-3. I'd be happier if it were free, I think $70 is a fair price for the job and I just may hire him to do it. At least now, I know for sure, it will happen.

It was dry by the time I got home from the pool but as dawn broke the skies were red and the wind and rain has started.

Today's big job is pills. I take two blood pressure pills, one vitamin d, one aspirin in the morning. Along with my inhaler. At night I take a cholesterol pill. I put the morning pills into those little pill a day things. I do about 3-4 months at a time. Today's the day.

The rest of the day is still up for grabs. Lots of excellent options.
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