Sunday, June 24, 2012
Okay, i put the trike together (for the most part) the day it came, June 20th. I couldn't get the brakes right, so my sister came the 23rd and fixed my brakes. Today I went out about 7:30 and started to ride, but some dingbat forgot to tighten the handle bars, and they went one way while the front wheel went the other. So, back upstairs, get the hex keys, go back out, tighten handlebars.
Then I went out the drive, a few yards down to the corner and back. Then a lap around the building. It was great, I saw a mother and baby rabbit, wrens, and it was just before 8 so the sun was not up very far. It was kind of scary, I haven't ridden a moving bicycle since my single digit years, but if I ride a little every day I'll get used to it.
I will, however, be getting a new seat for the trike. My behind is sending me some really hostile messages.
(Isn't it a beauty?)
Maybe I'll get a hat cam and give all my Sparkfriends a tour of Ashtabula!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I'm back and getting ready to make my life an adventure! When I was a child I never learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle because A-my balance has always been poor, B-my mother would never let me out of the yard anyway and C-I'm chicken. So I never had a bike after the training wheels came off mine around the age of say, 8 or 9. Well, after much internal debate, a lot of planning and a loan from my sister and brother-in-law I have ordered a 3-wheeled adult tricycle from Walmart! (The red one was my first choice, when the time came to order the only color available was blue. It's a very pretty blue, ironically a lot like my first and only 2-wheeler.) It's a Schwinn Meridian, with only one speed, which is great because I never learned to shift ANYTHING. So, in the next few days I will be starting an adventure, a lot like the one I started at the age of 32 after getting my first driver's license. (Late bloomer.) After this, I still want to save for a car and go bird watching and other things, most importantly find a job. Anyway, hope everybody is having a great summer and remember to pray I don't get busted for speeding!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I have made the decision to end the juice fast. I could wait out the pizza indefinitely (and I won't order any anytime soon), but the nausea, the listlessness and what my mother delicately referred to as the "back door two-step" aren't worth it. I've been feeling worse by the hour. Food is not, as far as I'm concerned, supposed to be something that triggers flu symptoms. My sister called while I was typing this and I could tell she was disappointed, but it can't be helped. I'm afraid she has a bad relationship with food, not like I've always had, but no more healthy than mine in the long run, and I have to made my own decisions about my life. The juice fast may be great for some people but not for me. I'll finish out the day and go back to my regular program tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
To be totally honest, I'm surprised I made it this far. I feel kind of pushed into this thing because I wouldn't be doing it if my sister hadn't shown up with the juicer and a ton of perishable food, and I hate being pushed into things. Don't get me wrong, it was an incredibly generous and caring gesture, I'd just rather decide on my own what to do and when to do it.
The juice doesn't taste good, only tolerable (barely) and I have to kind of force it down sometimes, but I'm still not hungry. I miss "real" food, but not as much as I expected, at least so far.
I am sleepy more than usual, but my brother-in-law said he did at first, too.
As always happens, I'm starting to wonder which voice is the one telling me the truth. Is it the one insisting that vegetarian is healthier, the low-carb diet advocate, organic, what? There are so many people and institutions saying so many different things, and they can't all be right. Usually I get so disgusted and discouraged I just order a pizza and forget the whole thing.
I have decided not to use celery or cucumbers any more. I don't like them, and there are plenty of other green things that will work just as well. I'll give it a few more days, and then decide if it's worth the hassle. Right now I'm not feeling any better than I did when I was tracking my food and just eating sensibly, but the people who have tried this say you have to stick with it awhile before you see results.
The one definite advantage is, the first day was Sunday; I weighed in Monday and had lost 2.8 pounds. and I weighed in today and had lost 2.8 pounds. Previously I had let up on tracking, ate a little more than usual, and gained back 8 pounds in a few days--and some of those days I exercised.
So, enough of my existential crisis for today. Tune in tomorrow and we'll see if I'm in a better mood, or if I've gone off the deep end and rebelled by egging my exercycle!
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