First of all, it is quite a relief to discover that interest.co.nz have created a webpage with all the different party's policies side-by-side - which means I don't have to do it. If you're looking for a page like that, head here. I'll be updating the old Edulection website with the link soon as well.
Secondly, this evening I managed something I wasn't quite sure I could still do - I walked from my house to the summit of Mt Eden and back. Google tells me this is about a 7km round trip - with a lot of it being uphill. My iPod tells me I did 7834 steps. It took an hour and a half. It hurt (I'm not sure I could repeat the feat tomorrow, despite the fact I am still able to do it, I'm not certain I'm going to be able to recover as quickly as I once could) but I'm really, really proud of myself.
I almost gave up half way up the hill, but then I decided it was something I needed to do to prove to myself that I could do it, and I kept going. There were a few stops and starts, but when I reached the trig at the top I felt so amazing. It was difficult not to throw my fists in the air and yell "fuck yes!" (I felt that if I did I would scare the tourists).
I'll be interested to see how I feel tomorrow. No matter what happens, I'm still planning to get at least 30 minutes of walking in tomorrow - even if it is more of a slow hobble on the treadmill. There is absolutely no reason I can't walk for 30 minutes a day each day.
I did, in fact, even manage to get to the gym last night. Owing primarily to the fact it was pissing with rain yesterday, I couldn't go road-walking, so I opted for the gym instead. Walking was the primary reason I got as far as I did two years ago. I plan to go further (and keep it up) this time.
And now I am going to curl up on the couch with some leftovers and watch TV. I can feel happy that I don't have to do the Edulection thing, that I've done some serious exercising today and that there is nothing else that needs my attention right at this second.