Saturday, July 28, 2012
i went for a bike ride today, with no particular plan in mind....just to enjoy the morning. it was lovely, sunny, but not hot...just glorious. i saw cows, horses, a pony, lots of different birds, fields of corn and skies of blue. (and i think to my self, what a wonderful world!) i rode out about 5 miles. i didn't realize that the wind was at my back until i turned back toward home....almost the entire return trip was into the wind (15-20 mph). the same hills were harder, and i needed to do a lot of shifting to keep pedaling.
i started thinking about how life is like that...things are easy, we take it for granted, then without any real warning everything is suddenly more challenging. i've often heard people talk about "shifting gears" as they're describing life changes. i'd always thought of that as doing different things, but as i kept down and up shifting, i realized shifting gears is a great analogy of my journey towards health. sometimes, things are easy and i'm speeding along. other times, i'm in my slowest gear and just barely making it. (sometimes i even have to get OFF the bike to make progress!) the more i ride, the easier it is to make those shifting adjustments so i can keep moving. hills get easier. as i build my bike-riding muscles, my body makes the needed adjustments for maximum performance.
when i got serious about changing how i deal with food and exercise, it was soooo hard. almost everything in my life needed a major overhaul. i'm almost a year into that journey, and i've come a long way. my journey is much like this morning's ride. i've kept pedaling through a lot of gear-shifting and made good progress. bike rides end, but this journey has to keep going on and on, and i'll need to keep learning and adapting to my changing circumstances. i'm thankful that the wind is sometimes at my back, and i will keep going even when it isn't. most importantly, i'll keep looking for the beauty around me as i continue my journey.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
i'm taking the plunge.....signing up for a
i thought about it for a few days, found some training programs, got some cheerleading from some friends, and realized it's not an impossible goal. so, the Good Lord willin', and the creek don't rise, i'm going to run 13.1 miles on a saturday in october.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
i've decided to work on building muscle and strength, and take the focus off calorie restriction. (if i happen to lose weight, that's fine, but i won't know, because my scale is in seclusion until september.) when i started my journey, i didn't know where i should stop, and i still don't. everything in my body is different than it was last year, and things just aren't working as they were before. after reading through articles here: http://eatmore2weighless.com/ , i've come to the conclusion that i've been eating too few calories for a while, and that's just messing up everything. my weight loss slowed dramatically in january, and has come to a virtual stand-still in the last few months. in doing research into bmr, i learned that on an average daily basis, i've been too calorie deficient. my fitness tracker would warn me (almost weekly) that i wasn't eating enough, but i was committed to weight loss, and i figured as long as i ate the minimum, i was fine. i have to take time to see how much food my body needs now, and go at a slower pace of weight loss. it's not a happy thought, but that's ok. for me, my goal is to change my life, not just drop pounds. the simple equation of more calories burned than consumed doesn't always compute as you think it should....there are too many variables.
this is a new chapter.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
i hit a milestone today...running an 11 minute mile. i was pretty excited with 12...what will i do when i hit 10?!?!?
my daughter and i have been working at this for a bit over 4 months. i remember one of the first days out, i was huffing and puffing along, and this lady standing on her porch, smoking, calls out, "that's why you're skinny and i'm not!" it made me laugh-- a LOT (i still consider myself a long ways from skinny, but i'll be content with healthy), and when you add laughing to huffing and puffing, it can cause a younger person fear. i had to reassure my daughter that i was just laughing. she's far surpassed me, and that's ok...she's 1/2 my age--it's as it should be. she'll pace with me when we run together, or run a block ahead and circle back, which means we can still run together, which is sweet. we even managed to twist my hubby's arm into doing a 5k with us, so we did our first family 5k on the 4th. it was lots of fun, and i hope the beginning of new adventures together. and i think my hubby may have some more appreciation for what we've been through in our training. =D
i still hesitate to call myself a "runner." i don't know what magical thing will happen to allow that designation, but i have enjoyed running.
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