I completed Ankgor Wat and did nothing for a little bit as I have been dealing with an angry toe. While scootering, I basically kicked the ground when falling and other than the immediate pain, I didn't think too much on it. I don't think I even looked at it. I should have. Maybe I would have noticed there was a problem before it started oozing. That was a couple of weeks ago. It's doing a lot better, but still not healed.
Which is impacting my Everest walking this round. If I go above 5000 steps, it seems to get angrier. So I'm having to take it easy and just do things like cleaning around the house and whatever walking I get while shopping. And I'm annoyed about it because I really enjoyed doing the first one. The medal from it is due any day and I ordered a medal hanger for it and all the rest to come. I'll probably need another hanger at some point.
On the Everest Challenge, it's partly about getting the names of all the places on the route for research. There is no Google Earth view up there, so the view in the app isn't quite as nice.
The challenge I really want to start is the Lord of the Rings Bundle, but I'm waiting. The reason for this is partly due to wanting to ensure my toe is better and because the bundle is quite expensive at one shot. I could do 1 at a time at about $45 USD, but I will save about the cost of the challenge T-Shirt if I buy them all together. The geek in me really wants all of the LotR medals. They're gorgeous.
I'm also interested in the story ones that Pacer has, but I don't think they have any partnerships with charities like The Conqueror does. Every time I get another 20% completed on a challenge, 10 bottles are removed from the ocean because of their partnership with Plastic Bank. And I really love that. I'm doing good for my body while also doing good for the environment.
One thing that is good to note is that though I didn't seeing the scale change with the first one, I did see my body composition start to change. It's a gradual, but welcome change. Part of this is due to the increased walking, but it's also due to reducing my sugar intake. I did that gradually over several months. First, I switched to diet sodas. Then I reduced my intake of sweets and such that are made with sucrose rather than a healthier sugar like maple syrup. Now I'm working on healthier drink options like water with flavour infused ice cubes. I've also been having fries far less often. And I changed my daily breakfast from often nothing or whatever I could find to a bowl of Cheerios with lactose free milk. My body is responding well to this and it fits into my day nicely.
I'm not sure how long it will take to rid my belly of the pandemic cupcakes I was enjoying too frequently, but I know I'm on the path to making that happen and that makes me feel good.
Please check out my digital to-do list: https://trello.com/b/RM8yD3eq/rae-roy-general