Sunday, April 29, 2012

Training Walk From the Garden to the Gardens

I finally did my first training walk of the season with Burt's Babes.
We met at Penn Station (Madison Square GARDEN) and walked into Brooklyn to the Botanical GARDENS!
It was a great walk.
You might recognize "EYES" (yeah ... sure)  This picture is for Sarge!
 Here we are (minus two VERY FAST WALKERS!) at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Compliments to the photographers I wrangled at Eyes, on the Bridge, and at the Gardens!  Nice job fellas!
I have to admit ... I'm feeling a bit out of shape.  At this point I was getting tired! 
 We finally reached the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
11.22 miles.
We didn't go in though because we were ...
It's a good thing Lesley and I grabbed a banana on the way.  I would have been very cranky!
 None of the restaurants in the area could accommodate 11 walkers ... 
We said goodbye to 4 and found a fantastic Japanese restaurant.
This is most unusual because Burt looks forward to pizza ... but this was different and delicious!  The place closed after we walked out!  Could Burt's Babes have been too much for the place?
By the time we found our way to the subway we had walked around 12.5 miles.
Not bad for a first walk of the season.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A New Bridge To Walk

Approach to the bridge from the Lower East Side
From Williamsburg
 I am always up for walking over a bridge ... so I was excited when Tracy suggested we walk from her place in the Village to Williamsburg which is in Brooklyn.
Crossing the Williamsburg Bridge was NOISY!  We shared it with cars, trucks, and subway trains!  I loved crossing into a new neighborhood to explore.  We had lunch in a little restaurant that reminded me of Cambridge in the 70s.  We visited an amazing chocolate factory and walked in and out of local shops.
The weather was perfect.
It was a great day.
Manhattan as viewed from Williamsburg.

I am not sure of how many miles we walked ... but I am counting this as a training walk.
Spring break is over.  It's back to "The School" tomorrow.
Next break will be summer.
This year has FLOWN!
Pretty soon I will be walking everyday, getting in shape for Dallas.
I really don't want the time to go so fast.  Know what I mean?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Walking the High Line

I met Debra in the city for dinner tonight.  It was a real treat.
I arrived early, so I decided to "scope out" her West Side neighborhood.
The High Line is just a few streets away from her apartment so I decided to walk it.
I love walking the High Line.  It's abandoned railroad tracks that have been transformed into a wonderful park.
It's just over a mile long from 30th and 10th to the meat packing district.  
This was a mini walk for me.  Perhaps a total of 3 miles (taking into account the walking I did up to the High Line and back to Debra's place.)
Here are a few pictures of "Things seen while walking the High Line."
Art on the High Line

Bird Houses
But no ...

Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm Losing It!

Here is a new piece of jewelry that I did not expect.
I weighed in tonight and was told that I had lost another 2.6 pounds.  That is over 26 pounds since joining WW October 31st.
The weigh-in lady congratulated me and said "You get a charm to put on your keyring."
"But I don't have a keyring!"  I replied.
Before I knew it ... my new jewelry appeared.
I was so proud.
I didn't want to announce it, but I did tell my leader who gave me a "Bravo!" sticker for my book.
Who says incentives don't work!?
I haven't begun my training or my fund raising.  
Burt wrote an amazing letter that I have copied and might use.  
Our cookbook is almost ready to go to press.  
I am currently at a standstill!
Mom and Alan are still here ... but are leaving tomorrow.
Maybe I will start Wednesday.
We'll see!