Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I figure at 50 cents a mile each time I bike to / from work I save myself around $9 on gas and wear / tear on my car...not to mention burning less gas! :-)
Couldn't bike today as I worked late...overslept this morning and got a haircut (my quarterly shearing...lol!) during lunchtime so no workout till LATE...finished my 'millwork & ST around 10...trying to pop in, and pop out so I can hit the sack...easier said than done...lol!
It's definitely nice to re-visit working out with tunes!
Thx for all your comments and support...going to Spark just a little...no, REALLY! :-) ...and then get some zzzzzzzzzzz's!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I enjoyed a pleasant 18 mile ride around town heading toward home this afternoon. Had originally intended on a 30 mile ride but a glitch and a trip to the bike shop changed my plans, which I initially did NOT take to very kindly, but made the most of the remainder of the day and soaked up the great outdoors.
Traveled some new roads, conquered some new hills...life is good!
...AND I'm back to trackin' the snackin'...! :-)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!
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!
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