Stephen A. Fuqua (SAF) is a Bahá'í, programmer, and conservation and interfaith advocate in the DFW area of Texas.

April 19, 2007

Out With the Dandelions

Today I had my first therapy session with the dandelions. Therapy involves me using various means to rip the dandelions from the ground, preferably with 6 inches or more of root attached. It was a good day for therapy.

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of species of dandelion (so says the all-knowing Wikipedia), none of which are native to North America. I'm pretty sure I was dealing with at least three varieties — judging by the differences in leaf, root, and size. I now suspect some of it was actually catsear.

Thanks to some concerted effort at work, a bit of shopping at Target, the yard-work, and many trips up-and-down the stairs trying to work with a new printer (that's in the basement), I currently have 6,543 steps. Oh cool number :-). We're doing a walking thing at work for 6 or 8 weeks. We're supposed to be targeting 10,000 steps a day. I did this at my old job last year and my typical day was around 2,000 steps (1 mile).

Theoretically I should be very heavy with the little amount of exercise I get, but so far I've been blessed to avoid that. But long term, one game of soccer per week is not enough exercise to stay fit, especially for the heart. So this year I'm going to make a concerted effort at doubling an "average" day and trying to get in at least two days a week where I far exceed 10,000 steps. Yard work will help. And even if I don't, I'll get to wear jeans throughout the program :-).