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Success and then some

I have been tracking faithfully on MyFitnessPal and somewhat faithfully on eTools, plus using a paper tracker so I can find where my issues are.  It’s amazing to see how many times I “overate”.  When I did, I found a surprise too–I lost weight!!   That was a huge surprise.  Even bigger was the fact that I am adding protein to what I typically eat–eating MORE and that’s been the key to my losses.  No, I’m not losing huge amounts (we’d all be scared senseless!) but I’m seeing some losses. 

This week, I didn’t eat as well as I should have and I saw a gain.  It was .8.  I didn’t freak out, I didn’t go ballistic and pout. I accepted it.  I knew, going in, that I’d probably see a gain.  Again, not a big deal. Gains and losses are part of the journey. I just have to knuckle down and refocus, remember to TRACK and keep it up.  I’m not confident enough in my abilities to know completely how many points something is.  Part of the key to success is being able to recognize this.  I’m working on it.

I have a week (well, four days) to work on eating right.  I also need to add in exercise because I want to start being more active.  I’ve made excuses and that’s all they are–excuses.  I’ve said “It’s too hot.” or “I’m too tired”.  Those are JUST excuses.  I can ride my bike for 30 minutes when it’s 100+ after work and I’m not going to melt.  Likewise, I can take shorts and a tee shirt, plus my sneakers and get in a 20-30 minute walk at work.  It’ll be movement.  I know someone who has a heart problem, who is out every single day, RUNNING.  If she can do that, I’m pretty darned sure I can get my lazy butt off the couch and “move it, move it.”  

I went to a bike shop  yesterday to find a good pair of cycling shorts because I DO want to start riding more.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any help because there were a bunch of super fit guys in there.  I need to learn to not let my insecurities get the best of me.  I need to learn to ask for help, especially when it comes to making sure I’m fitted out to be able to do what I eventually want to do, which is to try to ride with a cycling club. I like cycling enough that I’m thinking I’d like to try it.


Tossing ideas around

I’m not a runner, but I’m considering taking a class to train me to run a 5k in 6 weeks.  I have told people repeatedly that I am “allergic” to running.  I don’t like the pain my poor knees feel when I’m running, but I’m guessing it’s because I’ve been hauling around a lot of extra weight for a long time. I’m working on that.

My daughter wanted to join a “Zombie run” and be a zombie. I’m thinking that I have no intention of being a zombie, so I’d be one of the runners.  Unfortunately, the run was on June 1st and she didn’t ask me to join her in this until May 28th.  Breathe a sigh of relief.  (whew!) I knew we wouldn’t be able to get ready for that.

Now I’m randomly checking out available 5k’s.  I’m not actively planning a run–I still have to figure out how to get into a class to learn how to run.  I’m pretty sure that a couch to 5k program would be MUCH better than running outright and hurting myself right off the top. The fact that I’m thinking about it means that the idea is there.

I’ve also contacted a local bike shop and asked them if they had a “cycling for complete newbies” group.  I’m actually more interested in riding a bike than I am in running.  Part of it is because the riding is so much easier on most of the body (except maybe my bum!). I love seeing peletons riding up the road in the mornings on Saturdays. That’s an awesome sight. I would love to be part of that, but know that I’m not in the kind of shape I imagine they’d need or want. That’s my mind and I’m tossing that mental image out of my head.  I am not going to go to that place again and say “I can’t do that.”  I AM going to do something. My husband is encouraging me to do something I like to do.  He is worried about my physical being and doesn’t want me to be discouraged by running and he mentioned that I could potentially stop due to joint pain.  However, the cycling, he is more than happy to encourage. That’s what I need…that encouragement!!

So, do you have any thoughts? Do you like cycling or running?  What would you recommend?

The first warm day of 2013!

Today was supposed to be a rest day from my DVDs. Instead, I took my bike out today.  I sat on the couch for a couple of hours, debating whether or not I’d go out.  I went out riding when the temperature hit above 60. I think it showed 61 when I took off. I was wearing a sweat jacket as well as a long-sleeved shirt. The jacket was removed by a mile into my ride and my sleeves were pushed up. It was just too nice a day to be inside, bundled up.  Even a good friend up North told me she had a bunch of golfers out on the links at her place of business. That set the tone of a really nice day.

Along the way, I met up with a lady who rescued a very pretty female pit bull from running in the street.  The poor thing was thirsty-I gave her some water in the palm of my hand. The lady who rescued her was waiting for her husband to arrive with a leash so that they could get the dog to the animal shelter. I’m glad I was able to help. (FYI-that was one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met and she was well cared for! Her owners should have had her tagged but chances are, she was chipped instead.)

Leaving the dog and her rescuer behind, I discovered that I neglected to hit the “record” button on my phone. I clicked it on and continued on my way. I believe I shorted myself at least a mile or so on my total but still…it’s not bothering me.

I had a nice ride up to Main Street (yes, it really is called that!) and crossed with no issue.  Had to warn a lady with a couple of dogs ahead of me that I was behind her and passed without tormenting the pups too much. Zipped across the street and headed for one of the local parks. I want to say I was going pretty well, but I did slow down a bit. I was feeling the lack of riding that I’ve done. I just kept going.  Flat areas, no problem. It was just the hills that caught me. 

There’s one place where the path diverts and you can go under a major road which I took. It’s a ramp down, a turn, another ramp down then under the actual road, a slight turn and a ramp up. I made it mostly up-but stopped many times at the end of that ramp up to catch my breath. I knew I was going to pay for that!

After the ramp, it was a straight shot down the road. I managed to hold my speed-the music I was listening to helped as it was upbeat.  I’ve found that I work better if I have a playlist of high-energy music to listen to. That’s a note for another ride…

The path I took went past a park that I hadn’t been to.  I went through that park and kept going until my road ran out. I was pretty impressed with where I was. I haven’t been out on that road since either late September or early October. I’ve almost decided that I should make up a “Tour of Parks” and hit up as many of them as I can. On my bike. Several of them have hilly areas so that’ll be a good workout!

I really enjoyed being outside. Came home and discovered that I blew out my personal step goal of 5000 steps. i know the recommended is 10,000 steps/day but I sit at a desk for 8-9 hours a day. There is no way I can get in 10,000 steps in a day. I don’t try. My chiropractor and I agreed that as long as my activity level is up there, I’m good.

I enjoyed the day.. I was out for two hours and forty five seconds. I felt a bit wobbly by the time I got home, mainly because I didn’t eat enough of the right kinds of food to fuel that ride. I’ll have to plan on taking a snack along so that I can nibble periodically next time.

I’m looking forward to another nice day. I want to take “Bleu” out and ride some more!!!




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