Week 52: final walking week of 2018!

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Running total (to week 51): 2101

Miles walked in week 52: 22

Grand total for 2018: 2123

To put this into perspective London to Marmaris, Turkey is 2,114 miles and the Appalachian Trail (the massively long US hiking trail) is 2,200 miles! So I have walked the equivalent of both during 2018 🙂 

  • Average miles per month: 177
  • Average miles per week: 41
  • Average miles per day: 5.8

The photo below was taken yesterday during a short walk at the RSPB in Sandy, Bedfordshire. After a lazy week with little exercise a post Christmas walk with Chris was in order!

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RSPB Lodge at Sandy, Bedfordshire

This post now concludes my 2018 walking challenge, the challenge with the most blog post updates, the challenge with probably the biggest effort throughout the year and one I have enjoyed immensely. I will continue monitoring my miles throughout 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of 2018 final weigh-in

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Weight shown month by month in kilograms

 

Final weight of 2018: 8 st 7 lb

Having managed to stick to 8 st 2 or 3 throughout most of 2018 unfortunately I put on a few extra pounds at Christmas… Thankfully my new smaller clothes still fit and at least I am still around 2 stones less than I was just over a year ago! I am keen to get back to 8 st 3, the weight I had begun to feel comfortable at. I’m therefore planning to get back to my exercise routine together with a calorie cut down for the new year…

 

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness update

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I haven’t made too much progress on this activity…

Earlier in the year I enquired about another meditation course at our local little ‘Healing Centre’ but I missed the start of the September course and the next courses don’t start until January.

So I decided to buy a couple of book and teach myself how to meditate! I took the Mindfulness Pocket book on holiday to Grenada and read a couple of pages but didn’t really get into it…

I also brought another book called ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. But haven’t started this either…

So I have to say, I’ve learned zero about meditation and mindfulness this year! Hey ho… will try to get on a meditation course in 2019…

 

 

Week 51 walking update

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Bremen Christmas Market

Running total (to week 50): 2073

Miles walked in week 51: 28

Total walked so far in 2018: 2101

Below average again… I walked 5 miles in Germany on the first day of week 51 (Monday) before we flew back to Stansted on Monday evening. I worked from home twice during this week however I’ve been so busy that I didn’t have a chance to have a lunch break where I would usually walk 3 or 4 miles. Not good and hopefully I’ll have an improved work/life balance where I have enough time to maintain my walking routine in 2019!

 

 

 

 

Week 50 walking update

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Bremen Christmas Market

Running total (to week 49): 2029

Miles walked in week 50: 44

Total walked so far in 2018: 2073

I reached my second target of 2050 miles to walk in 2018 on 12th December which was on the Wednesday of week 50! This walk in itself was nothing exciting, just a mile to my local Co-op and back to get out during my lunch break.

The Saturday and Sunday of this week were spent wandering around Christmas markets in the German town’s of Bremen and Hamburg where I walked an estimated 4 or 5 miles each day.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 49 walking update

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Paignton, Devon

Running total (to week 48): 1,998

Miles walked in week 49: 31

Total walked so far in 2018: 2,029

I passed the 2,000 mile mark during this week and I’m now just 21 miles short of my revised target to walk 2050 miles in 2018!

Slightly less than average again this week however I walked two very short sections of the South West Coast Path yesterday and this morning during a weekend in Paignton, Devon. The weather has been rainy again this weekend and the above photo was taken early this morning shortly after sunrise.

 

 

 

December weigh-in

Weight on 1st December 2018: 8 st 4 lb

Thankfully I’ve lost most of the weight I gained while on holiday at the beginning of November although I’m still keen to lose another lb or two. This might be difficult now we are coming up to the festive season 🎄

The cheese picture above was taken last weekend where I overindulged (again) at a fab activity weekend. As well as lazer clay pigeon shooting, segway riding and axe throwing, the other activities were drinking Prosecco, gin, wine, Baileys and consuming huge amounts of food. I’m just about managing to keep my weight down by burning hundreds of calories at the gym and walking over 40 miles a week…

I’ll do a final 2018 post at the end of December, right after Christmas!

Week 48 walking update

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Running total (to week 47): 1954

Miles walked in week 48: 44

Total walked so far in 2018: 1998

Almost at 2000 miles!

For my revised target of 2050 miles to walk in 2018 I have just 52 left to go and 4 weeks to do it in!

I’ve just spent a weekend in Kent exploring a small section of the North Downs Way. The weather was a bit rubbish but its still great to go somewhere different and get out and about in the countryside.

 

 

 

Week 47 walking update

Running total (to week 46): 1906

Miles walked in week 47: 48

Total walked so far in 2018: 1954

I’ve not walked anywhere exciting this week and did no walking this weekend. The majority of these 48 miles were walked between Mon – Fri and are the result of 5 x gym sessions and 4 x walking to and from train stations with having spent 4 days in the office. The extra gym session took place at Luton Hoo during a spa day (along with 3 outdoor miles!).