Sunday, May 25, 2014
~Work has been too busy and too stressful. One good thing about it is that we're opening a shelter for 50 women next month because we've been running out of shelter spots some nights. That brings us up to 8 shelters we're running. Whew! Enough about that.
~I've really missed my dear, loyal SP friends. Thank you for your notes and goodies!
~When I saw how demanding work was getting, I promised myself I wouldn't sacrifice any exercise or trying to eat well. I'm no saint when it comes to eating but
~I've signed up for a 50 mile, 6500 foot elevation gain bicycle ride in September. It happens on the island I live on and the ride is fittingly called the "Passport 2 Pain". It's not a race because going up the hills here is quite enough of a challenge. In fact, to take the competitive edge off the bicyclists, they have 18 check point stations at which volunteers compete to have the best amenities for the riders. From what I hear, the volunteers have a great time out-nice-ing each other:) When I mentioned the event to some of the women at the shelters, they asked if they could volunteer, which would be even sweeter!
My trainer says I'm more than half trained for it already and we have plenty of time to finish training me. Since most of the physical work is taken care of, I'm feeling motivated to work on my everlasting challenge, aka good nutrition. I'm completely sugar free (never been into sugar substitutes) except for berries or oranges if I'm having a craving. Woo hoo! She's also started me with a high protein, high fat, high vegetable focus which I actually love because I don't have to count calories (YAY) and it really agrees with my endomorphic body type (I've read it jokingly described as someone who gains fat when they walk past a restaurant and gains muscle walking past a gym, but no joke that's me).
So I not only love the distraction from work all this has been providing, but also I get to eat more than 2 little tablespoons of peanut butter every day!
My sister and her boyfriend and I are taking the 2nd week off in June to ride our bikes on the Olympic Peninsula Discovery Trail. I think we've decided to take 5 days to do 100 miles and we'll be stopping often to look at the mountains and ocean, so it's really about joy riding.
Other than that, I really don't know what's going on and I'm looking forward to finding out once I stop being at my job 6 days a week. Hey, that's next week! Woo hoo!
Thanks for sticking with me this far. How are YOU?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
All the rain we've been getting at sea level meant there would be lots of snow on the mountains, so my sister, her boyfriend and I went cross country skiing last weekend.
Wow, were we right about the snow. We were glad we decided on a day trip rather than lodging!
We had to climb up this bank from the parking lot. I'm sorry the photos are sideways, I can't figure out how to rotate them for this blog.
It was very beautiful in the valley.
I was looking for presents under this Christmas tree:)
On my way to unintentionally running into Jim and Jennifer, except I wasn't going fast enough, so I got out my camera.
Here's an action shot of me.
And a waterfall on the ride back down the mountain.
We had a great time. We weren't cold at all because we were well wrapped up and kept moving. We would have stayed out longer than the couple hours we were there, but we were told the avalanche risk was "moderate" so we decided the fun we had was enough and we shouldn't risk ruining it.
Other than that, I'm happy that I've been able to keep up with all my exercise desires despite work being too demanding and my long daily commute. The variety of exercise helps my stress more than anything else. This winter is the first one where I've trained myself to run outside through the winter, which helps so much with keeping arthritis pain managed. It's been hard to motivate myself to get out there when it's pouring down rain, but when I get done, I look and feel like:
Yo Adrian I did it!
So that's great but I still have 15 pounds to lose, as I have for the past year. Good for me for keeping off 50 pounds but until I get this last 15 off, the doctor says I'm still too high risk for type 2 diabetes in the future. It doesn't make any sense that instead of planning and cooking meals, I'd much rather ski, bike, run, take HIIT classes 3 times a week, and walk 3.5 miles a day during my commute, but as fortunate as I am to do all I do, the real opportunity lies in accomplishing the goals of the challenges I keep avoiding. I'll work on resetting some specific goal plans and get back to you.
I hope you're all feeling great and treating yourselves well!
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