Saturday, April 10, 2010
Been quiet this week...with me, no news is almost always NOT good news...!
I've allowed myself to get off-track through some great activities. I've learned over the years that some events can have BOTH progressive AND regressive qualities:
Cycling to the office for my commutes! Great thing! Succeeded twice in the past week. Mother Nature cheated me out of some other possible commutes. The fitness tracker lists 1152 calories for each day I commute. Whoa! Lotta calories! Good thing! I've noticed my appetite GROWING with my biking...but I don't need to worry with all these calories I'm burning, right...? PLUS I can sleep in a little longer and skip my morning treadmill routine. Oh, and eh, I'll pass on the food tracking while I'm at it...
Nordic walking...! Love it! Really working my upper body while keeping up a fast 4-4.5 mph stride (while I CAN jog at 5 mph, it really doesn't allow much working of the arms via the poles). It's been GREAT to discover our city's RiverWalk and get out for my lunchtime and sometimes after worktime walks! And like biking...I can skip my morning treadmill routine and sleep in a little longer... Oh! And since I'm working my upper body so, it's no biggie to pass on my strength training here and there...
Then Mother Nature pulls the rug out from under with rain and or cold weather which blocks either outlet. I've been so SPOILED by sunlight and warmth! Take it away and...where'd my motivation go...? This leaves me with no other choice but the treadmill...yeah that thing upstairs gathering dust...ugh! Getting up in the morning...! Or, worse yet, coming home from work when my energy is waning and realizing I haven't done any cardio but the treadmill is upstairs but...but...I pass on the whole shebang! Twice this week NO CARDIO...! If THAT doesn't leave me feeling awful...!
This slippery slope can be so danged devilishly greased and ready for a big long SLIDE! Well, not so fast...!
Catching myself tonight and getting my 'millwork DONE and surprising myself over how I really DID enjoy pumping it up for a 5-6 mph jog. Also found myself much more capable of reflecting over my slide and getting a better perspective. There doesn't seem to be any other activity that works better for reflection than my 'millwork and tunes.
I'm coming up on what I *HOPE* will be a SparkRally at our local Heart Walk on Sunday April 25th ( heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/defau
lt.asp?ievent=320604 ) and even though it's not a competition I want to be looking my BEST for the event and am going to do my BEST to stick to what works for me: ALWAYS getting my cardio! Getting my THREE strength training sessions in each week! NOT looking at the calories burned by biking as an excuse for overeating! Getting back to TRACKING those pesky calories!
Later in June I've got the Relay for Life to be ready for AND I've got to make up my mind and choose either one or the other or BOTH biking events the Tour De Cure and / or Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour...BOTH of which I could conceivably tackle a CENTURY ride...which would be AWESOME, but only if I can rally to be READY for such a distance!
So tomorrow I'm hoping to bump it up to at least a 30+ mile bike ride and see how it goes.
To folks new to making over their lifestyle it might seem as though those of us who have *arrived* or nearly arrived at their goal weight have it made in the shade and life is just a breeze...
While the benefits and enhancements to my life have been absolutely WONDERFUL, the struggle continues...! Sometimes easier sometimes harder, but it's always there...
More thoughts: Had to chuckle over GRACEFULIFE's comment re: "NOOOOOOOOOO don't doooo it!"...sorta like when the creepy music comes on and you know the axe-murderer / monster is right around the corner and you KNOW the LAST thing you want to see is for that person to open the door nonetheless...lol!
I was VERY much reminded of 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's reaction to ALL those calories she was going to burn while cross country skiing and letting that thinking slip into a binge. VERY similar slopes!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Got out to one of our local parks, did a nice ride about town...tried a new route which I created as I went along by traveling a long, "no left turn" loop...hate left turns...as I am super cautious around intersections and invariably stop, get off the bike and walk across the intersection. So no left turns = uninterrupted riding joy!
Then took a water break and picked up the Nordic poles for some NICE stepping, jogging along at times. Couple of stand-out tunes including 4 on 6 by Lee Ritenour, a great tribute to Wes Montgomery, the father of jazz guitar, in my opinion...great MOVIN' song!
Another of my favorites REALLY pumped me up...Springsteen's Rosalita:
Wish I would run into some other folks using Nordic poles...have YET to see this happen...! I get some STRANGE looks at times, some approving "thumbs up" looks at others.
On a more sober note, came across this article about the mythical side of American holidays, talking initially about egg farms and what they are REALLY like, juxtaposed against the White House egg roll. The article later quotes Michael Pollin from "Omnivore's Dilemma" re: the McNugget:
"Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn", starting with the corn-fed chicken itself ... According to the handout, McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but from a petroleum refinery or chemical plant ... But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to 'help preserve freshness.' According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e., lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: it can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause 'nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.' Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill."
The entire article can be found here:
Sobering food for thought...!
Keep Sparking out there everyone!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Bundled up against the 36 degree, foggy morning, I managed to bike to work in one piece. I was more cautious than usual in some of the high-traffic, intersection areas and hopped off to walk through those. Riding down the one MAJOR hill I discovered that eating ice cream too fast is not the ONLY way to get brain freeze...lol! Although I brought a pocket full of tissue and used them once or twice along the way by the time I arrived at work I'd never SEEN so much stuff running from my eyes, nose, etc. Must've wasted most of a box of tissue restoring myself!
Ah but the ride home...! The PAY-OFF! Nearly 80 degrees, bright sun, nice breeze...woo hoo! Yet one more hill I could tackle with my new bike without having to get off and walk, as I had to with my other bike! The northbound side of this hill has such a narrow shoulder and I wobbled so with my other bike that I landed in the ditch once...always walked it up after that. Not so with this bike! But I have to wonder...is it JUST the bike or am I in that much better shape, fewer pounds, etc...? Oh, and I was able to change into my favorite biking attire...shorts & T...YES! ...covered up those dorky lycra things with regular khaki shorts...lol
And... after being so stubborn (never needed no dorky pants BEFORE...!) I have to admit they really DID help! I'm not out of the woods just yet, but at least after riding almost 20 miles today I don't feel like I'm sitting on a hard APPLE tonight...! Maybe more like a squishy peach...! :-) Now how is it that I can yet STILL dream of multi-day, long distance touring with such humble, feeble beginnings...?!?! But dream I do!
It at least feels manageable, like something I really CAN toughen up!
And after coming home it was just too darned BEAUTIFUL to sit in the house...so went to one of our favorite parks (Dorchester, Whitney Point) and pumped up an hour of Nordic Walking...which I got to thinking is a lot like taking the elliptical out on the open road...pumping those poles!
When all was said and done I felt good and spent and the body part that felt the best "ache"...? Upper arms and shoulders! Nordic pumping of those arms I realized beyond working shoulders and abs also targets those blasted BATWINGS! Great stuff!
Tomorrow: Hit the road to work yet again! At least it will be around 5 degrees warmer...low 40's...!
Thx everyone for following my trials, tribs & VICTORIES! Woo Hoo!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
One of the down sides to biking is being unable to use my mp3 player for tunes while I'm on the road. However a "trick" I've been using at times has been to play my tunes in my mind's "ear" as though I AM wearing an mp3 player. Sometimes it can be a bit garbled, sorta like George Carlin's old skit where he's turning the radio dial through the channels...lol, but other times it helps me to keep on keepin' on, like having a radio in my head.
Makes me wonder about those who go on long distance touring bike rides of hundreds of miles a day as to how they do it and what goes on in one's mind during all those hours of biking.
Haven't had the kind of time I'd like to have for biking just yet...waiting for it to be light enough in the morning for me to be able to safely start biking back and forth to work.
Yesterday's ride convinced me that even though I never needed them before with my other bike, I'm going to HAVE to invest in a pair of biking shorts...YEOUCH! Even after 5 days off the bike, the pain came back in a hurry! Still was great to get out again, even at a nippy 38 degrees!
I've been on a dried bean streak lately and almost ALWAYS cooking up either a soup or making my own hummus...which is so CHEAP compared to the OUTRAGEOUS prices for hummus at the stores! Died garbanzos and other beans are far less expensive than the canned varieties and no BPAs to worry about...yum! Love to spice it up with the cumin, jalapeno, crushed red pepper, LOTS of black pepper, chili powder, etc. Great for dipping my veggies...!
Looking forward to warmer temps this week...everyone keep on SPARKIN'! :-)
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