#GoTheDist Q1 in the books

while I hit my official #GoTheDist goal (2 a few days early, I did not hit my personal goal.

My personal Q1 2014 goals were:

  • 700,000 steps
  • 300 miles walked and
  • 75 miles on the bike.

Totals for March:

  • 242,500 steps
  • 100.84 miles walked
  • 17.82 miles biked

Totals for Q1 2014:

  • 593,712 steps
  • 250.93 miles walked
  • 103.81 miles biked

I could blame the 3.5 days lost, or the eleventy billion polar vortices, but it is what it is. Not dwelling on it. I did top Q1 2013 (61.88 miles walked) in a huge way so I’m calling that a win.

Official Q2 goal is 350 miles walked.  My 2013 Q2 results were:

  • 300.5 miles walked
  • 98.36 miles biked

With that, I’m setting my personal goal as:

  • 700,000 steps
  • 400 miles walked
  • 125 miles biked

I do think that’s attainable. The weather is better and I’ll have a full three months of FitBit Flex data.

I’ve also been on a huge green drink kick and I’m doing the #SimpleGreenSmoothie challenge. THis is the year I will hit goal.

 

Invisalign is the new Weight Watchers?

Over the weekend I was kicking myself for missing my Weight Watchers anniversary, but then on the way home today I realized that I got my Invisalign very close to my WWversary. Now what on earth do braces have to do with WW (which I haven’t followed since Dec ’10 anyway)?

I’m down 4 lbs this week because Invisalign has *touch wood* kept me from snacking. It’s also my inherent laziness paying off. The m&m or whatever isn’t worth going to the bathroom, taking aligners out, eating whatever, going back to the bathroom, brushing my teeth and putting them back in.

Some wise friends said this isn’t going to last, but I’ll take it while it does. Maybe I’ll re-break a few bad habits while I’m at it?

Unrelated unexpected side effects: I’ve made my lunch for all of this week and made it last week too. I had no soda today. That was accidental I’m cutting back (hate Sprite, hate straws) but didn’t expect to go a day without.

But I still don’t like the taste of plain water.

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Invisalign, one week in. Aligners on.

Invisalign, one week in. Aligners on.

Henderson Place

Henderson Place Historic District sign on E. 86th St.

Henderson Place Historic District sign on E. 86th St.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve walked past these buildings on E. 87th or East End and wondered what relic they were… and then I spotted the sign above. I finally had a name to research. And what better time to do so then on the brink of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York City landmarks law.

Although not the oldest in the neighborhood (Gracie Mansion was built in 1799), they’re certainly the most picturesque.

Built in Queen Anne style in 1881-2, twenty four of the original thirty two houses remain. They were landmarked in 1969. The houses are named after John C. Henderson and were designed by Lamb & Rich. Sometimes called “dollhouse architecture“, they were built for people of “modest means” although they soon became home to some of Manhattan’s upper class families. Their history, like the architecture, is fascinating.

I’ve apparently added more small historic blocks to my NYC bucket list.

neighborhoods: mini cities in their own right

as I was taking advantage of today’s brief flirtation with spring, and sitting, reading on one of the many Finley Walk benches, I plotted several errands I needed to run. One of them was on 96th St. and it felt so far away-even though it was only 10 blocks from where I sat. I wasn’t even sure if the store was still there, which got me thinking.

I only moved from E. 95th 4.5 years ago, but it feels like much longer. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve walked through the neighborhood since then, and the last time was a hot day last summer***. Even though I’m only 12 blocks south (and was only 10 blocks south for the 1st three years), it feels like a world away. I have almost everything I need within blocks of 86th. It also explains why my then-new neighborhood of E. 85th felt so new to me when I moved.

It’s like many small cities within even the island of Manhattan.

Today was gorgeous enough that I could have had 10K steps, but sometimes reading in the sun is more important than 10K steps.

***This applies to the avenues east of 5th. I’ve of course been to Museum Mile many times since.

Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

 

Chelsea Hotel

Hotel Chelsea, February 28, 2014

 

Yesterday, I was in Chelsea for lunch and I found myself thinking of the Chelsea and decided to find it. When I did, and posted the photo (and the one above), I remembered this unfinished review and blog post from earlier this year. Time to remove the “un”.

“In 2001, he died of everything he had ever done.” ~James Lough

While the author wrote this of one of the personalities he met while researching the Chelsea’s colorful history, the same could be said of the Chelsea Hotel itself.

“If any place will make you believe in ghosts, it’s the Chelsea.” ~Gabriella Bass

James Lough’s This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 is an interesting look at the history of the hotel within that era of New York City history. Reading it now was an interesting parallel to the New-York Historical Society’s AIDS exhibit this summer as there was significant overlap in time, characters and storyline.

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#GoTheDist: Feb 2014

I knew February was going to be down due to three+ days of lost tracking, but it actually wasn’t as bad as I feared.

February 2014:

  • 69.miles walked (165,667 steps),
  • 16.69 miles biked.

Great, no. Good? Yes. For the record:

February 2013

  • 20.52 miles walked
  • 54.15 miles biked

Definitely walking more than I did, still need to get better about going to the gym. Yeah, I’m a broken record on that front. I still wonder whether a gym closer to home would improve things. I don’t know that I’m going to hit my Q1 goals, but I’m going to give it a hard go. That starts with getting off the couch today. Ahh, me-kends. I am on track, however, to hit my “official” Q1 goal of 200 miles walked. Through Feb 28 I had 150.09 miles, or 75.05%. Yay!

Overall, I am loving the Fitbit. I love the real time data and not having to plug into my phone. I also find it to be more accurate. I don’t love that it doesn’t automatically import my Map My Fitness ride data, but it’s not hard to do it manually.

Officially Team @FitBit

my Jawbone apparently celebrated my two millionth step a little too hard last Friday, because now it’s dead. Utterly and totally toast.

So I went out and got what I wanted back in May: the Fitbit Flex.

I will have lost 3.5 days of data (midday Monday – Thurs PM), but no real idea on how it will affect my #GoTheDist data in terms of strides, etc. Will keep an eye on it and revise Q2 if needed.

Review: Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You by Harriet Baskas

Hidden museum treasures. I am such a nerd. Nerd. NERD. NERD.

and I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world.

Anyway, book #3 of this year: Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You by Harriet Baskas:

#GoTheDist 2014: One Month in

January stats:

  • 185,545 steps
  • 80.3 miles walked
  • 69.3 miles ridden

Happy all around especially with the polar vortex. I’ll have to push it, but the Q1 goals (700,000 steps, 300 miles walked and 75 miles) are well in reach. Especially the bike. Proud of myself for regular-ish gym attendance. I lost the DietBet, but I lost weight, so I call that a win. I’m onto my second DietBet. Better luck this time.

as I alluded to, I’m hooked on Fabletics. I wore the first leggings (Mari) to walk around the park today and besides being comfortable, they’re super warm. I may or may not make a new outfit my Q1 goal.

Now to get back to my reading goal.  I’m way off course there.

Lessons Learned: Coffee Grinds

tea leaves? Who needs tea leaves? I can tell my fortune in coffee grinds thanks to the Polar Vortex making it too cold to walk to Dunkin’ daily. That, and I looked at my Mint figures and realized I spent $516.23 at coffee shops last year. That is INSANE and needs to stop, or at least be significantly curtailed because I won’t be giving up my iced coffee).

In the course of homemade mocha mint via my new toy, I also realized I was saving calories. I’d been trying to drink more Dunkin’ (Iced Peppermint Mocha, splash of skim 260 calories) vs. Starbucks (grande soy peppermint mocha, no whip, 330 calories). Homemade? The 40 calories in the Lactaid fat free milk. Win. Means more calories saved for lunch-and a bigger lunch which keeps me fuller longer and less snacky. Double win.

However, I am switching back to soy because I forgot just how vile Lactaid milk is.

and on the #GoTheDist front: 129, 827 steps, 55.8 miles walked (screw you polar vortex) and 69.3 miles biked. That means my Q1 goal (700,000 steps, 300 miles walked and 75 miles on the bike) is well within reach. It seems that I need a new bike goal-I’m very impressed with my gym habits and know the walking will increase when the weather improves and NYC withdraws from the Arctic circle.

Don’t think I’m going to win my DietBet, but I’ll have lost weight, which means it’s a win.