November Project

Today I had to be at work early or rather earlier than usual. I intended to be there by 7:15 am but traffic was light and train arrived right away, so I got to work at 6:45 am!

Just around the corner from work I see this group of people working out in the sidewalk. It peaked my interest and since I was a whole half hour early to work I decided to take a quick detour.

I was able to talk to one of the organizers and he told me all about the November Project. I never heard of them before. Now that I know a bit more about them, I think it’s a pretty cool idea and I’ll see if it’s something I can join. To join simply follow their blog and show up at the designated location. I think I can do that!

November Project™ is a FREE fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in multiple cities in across four time zones in North America, the movement is using a simple sense of accountability (verbal) to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out of their beds and get moving.

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Boston

Today I had a chance to take a long lunch break. As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love Boston. It seems there’s a historical place around every corner. I also feel as if I can see the entire world go by if I stand still and just people watch for a while. Walking around Downtown Boston is great and I should do it more often.

Today for an hour and a half I became a tourist. Here’s my photo report 🙂

The Rose Kennedy Greenway – 1.5 mile string of parks with a carousel, grassy areas & rotating contemporary art exhibitions.
Quincy Market & Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The Old State House – On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building’s balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts.
The Freedom Trail – 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States
The Boston Massacre – Major event in the American Revolutionary War. British Army soldiers killed five male civilians and injured six others on March 5, 1770.
The Massachusetts State House – the state capitol and seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
I probably spend over 60% of my time here
Custom House Tower – Boston’s first skyscraper; completed in 1847
My walking map

I didn’t run or jog this week

I blame my dress shoes for the pain I was experiencing on my heel. According to my coworkers I have ‘plantar fasciitis’. I had to look up what the heck it was.

Plantar fasciitis refers to irritation of the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone and runs along the bottom of the foot — Google

Still means nothing to me!

I decided to change my strategy. I wanted to rest my heel but I didn’t want to stop.

Soooo my solution: walk ALOT this week!

Monday here in the US we celebrated Memorial Day. I tried my normal routine and jog along the beach. I did my normal 30 min couch to 5k program. Then i kept walking along the entire length of Revere Beach, total I walked 5.5 miles.

Tuesday my heel was bothering me more than the days before. I tried walking for a while. It just happened I need to go to the Apple Store to look at my phone, the battery has been acting up. I also had to have my headphones replaced. I walked to the store. It’s only about 2.5 miles from my job.


It was a nice walk. Once I was done, I had the option to take the train to my car OR walk to my car which was a 5.5 mile walk from the store. I opted to walk to my car.

On Wednesday my heel was feeling a lot better.

My buddy Mike and I decided to go for a walk after work. We ended up walking for over two hours, 8.5 miles.

‘The Garden’ and the Zakim Bridge
Boston Skyline from East Boston and the Tobin Bridge
Legoland in Simerville

Thursday is when we, friends and family do our Pena 5K, but I skipped the running and had a leisurely walk around Boston instead. I walked with my Mike again. This time we walked around some newly developed areas around Boston. It was beautiful.

Piece of the Berlin Wall
Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown


Friday I didn’t do anything. I had a chance to spend some time with family visiting from my country. We went bowling and played on the arcade. It was a lot of fun. Lastly I went over to my brother’s to help him setup for Saturday’s BBQ.


On Saturday we celebrated my sister law’s baby shower. The day was beautiful and the while thing turned out great.

This coming week I’m planning to get back to the normal routine.

Thanks for reading!

What’s Working for Me?

Changing old habits is extremely difficult. The only time I can claim I was ‘fit’ was during my last two years of High School. I was in the my school’s fútbol & track team; I also played on a local fútbol club outside of school; lastly I would roller blade everywhere!

When I was in school and physically active I would eat ALL kinds of junk food and it didn’t matter simply because I was young and involved in sports.

Upon graduating high school my physical activity also graduated to non-existent, but my diet stayed the same. Bad combination!

My weight gain was gradual for the first five years; then it just got out of control and before I knew it I was the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life!

I’m fortunate I didn’t have a life threatening experience that made me realize I had to change my life. One day I simply woke up and didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. It made me realize that if I’m still young; that I should get healthy; that I want to play with my grand children when the time comes; that I work hard to be financially stable as I get older, but being financially stable won’t help me if I’m dead.

Sooo here I am writing about the changes I’ve made and I’m planning to make in my life to turn old bad habits into new good habits.

Below are some of the things that are working for me.

Consistency -Since I’m in the early stages of working out/getting active, I’m trying to keep the momentum and motivation going by not missing more than one day between activities. If I jog or run and I’m tired the next day, then only walk and take it easy, but DO something.

Make Time – Time is our most precious resource. We all have responsibilities and a million other things that need to be done yesterday, but you’ll have to make time for your health and wellness. Perhaps don’t watch that one hour episode of that mediocre TV show; maybe you can drop a bad habit that consumes time and replace it with a better habit. I add ‘exercise/run/jog/walk’ to my calendar. It helps me to get mentally prepared. Lately it’s also getting me excited to plan what activity I’ll be doing later.

Music – Good tunes will go a long way. I love my reggaeton playlist. It helps me forget that I’m ‘working’. It helps me to keep a faster pace. It helps me stay active longer. I’ve also tried listening to audio books while I walk, it does the job.

Variety – I’m so extremely fortunate to be surrounded by so many places to run, job, or walk. Close to work I have the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston Common and Charles River. Close to my house I have the beach, parks, and walking trails.

Running Clothes & Shoes – I found that having running ‘outfits’ tell your brain it’s time to go. My ‘outfit’ – running shoes, socks, sweatpants, and sweater. Now that the weather is warm I’ve replaced the sweatpants with shorts and sweater with a dri-fit t-shirt. It’s a simple trick that gets me in the ‘get active’ mind frame.

Tracking Apps – I use three apps for different purposes. Runkeeper tracks my overall number of activities, total distance, and total time. Couch to 5K is slowly building my endurance, stamina and speed. Fitbit tracks my steps, stairs, and heart rate through out the day.

I have to note that an advantage to walking around Boston is that I’ve discovered some cool new areas around Beacon Hill. Here are a couple of pictures. 



Any suggestions or routines you use to get you going will be greatly appreciated.

 

Ride for a cause

I’ve been riding motorcycles for the past 5 years. I purposely didn’t want to get my motorcycle license when I was younger because motorcycles are inherently dangerous. You need to respect rules and be more aware when riding.

Four years ago my brother and I discover a great organization that organizes a massive motorcycle run and the proceeds go to wounded vets in Boston. Continue reading “Ride for a cause”