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today's bike ride

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I honestly thought I wasn't going to get out for a bike ride today-- the forecast said thunderstorms all day, and it looked like that when I woke up. To my surprise, it suddenly cleared up around 11am and the sun came out, so I got ready for a ride. I was aiming for 12-15 miles today, I'd done 12 miles on Monday and wanted to go a little further than that. So, of course I overshot that and did 20 miles.

Because of the holiday and suddenly beautiful weather, the bike path had a lot more people on it than usual [although still, not nearly as many as Chicago's bike paths in the height of summer!]. But I was able to keep up my speed for the most part and completed 20 miles with an average speed of 12.35mph [the last two miles home were with about 20 pounds of groceries, almost entirely uphill, so that slowed my speed down]. And, unlike the last time I did a 20 mile ride [in May], I did NOT feel like dying near the end [or at all]. That's a definite sign that I've really improved in the last couple months!

A few pictures:

Around mile 5


Mile 8 or so, I stopped to switch water bottles and snap this picture


10 miles down and taking a breather in a clover field before turning around. emoticon


I put new tape on my handlebars last night and I'm REALLY loving the orange!


Just chillin' about 15 miles in.

Something amazing also happened around 12 or 13 miles. A deer came out of the woods and ran alongside me for about 20-30 feet! It was beautiful and so completely unexpected [my camera wasn't ready, unfortunately!]. Really made me happy that I went out for a ride this afternoon.

Now I'm out of the heat, relaxing and munching on some blueberries. Mmmm, summer! emoticon

Also, since I've been working out so much with my long bike rides and going to the gym, sparkpeople decided to up my calorie intake... I went from 1550 being my *upper* limit to it being my lower limit and 1950 being my high limit! That is just TOO MUCH FOOD! Usually I eat 1250-1350 calories and feel perfectly satisfied with that. So I don't know how I'm going to deal with this new calorie goal other than putting guacamole on everything [which is always an option...].

  
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LIV2RIDE 7/5/2012 4:56PM

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BILL60 7/5/2012 8:43AM

    You're doing great. Keep it up.

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FLAMENM 7/4/2012 6:10PM

    Guacamole is ALWAYS an option.

I just started riding in May. I ended up going 6 miles today in 45 minutes. Thanks to NM topography, My last 2 miles is uphill on the trail I frequent. I didn't see deer, but I saw an awesome orny toad and several lizards today.

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July goals and [lack of] back pain

Monday, July 02, 2012

Short and simple.

1. bike 200 miles [I actually joined a goal on MapMyFitness to bike 100 miles by the 2oth, but I'm aiming for higher]
2. go to the gym 3 times a week, every week [unless my ankle's acting up]
3. accumulate 2,000 fitness minutes
4. lose 6 pounds
5. lose at least half an inch in my arm
6. do yoga twice a week
7. be able to run on my ankle by August 1st [okay, this one's just a wish, I can't actually do anything to achieve it and it'll heal on its own time, but here's hoping!]

I noticed something last night as I was reading older entries on my blog: I haven't had any back pain in a couple months! For someone whose chronic back pain is a fact of life, this is amazing! This is all due to getting regular exercise. I admittedly haven't been doing yoga as often as I should, I'm still working up to getting it in 3 times a week. Usually I only do it once a week but that still has benefits, as you can see.

Now, if my ankle pain could just go the way of my back pain, I'd be all set, [I'm still really upset that I've had to sit out this entire running season. I had so many 5ks planned! But I'll do them next year.]

  
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BILL60 7/2/2012 8:45AM

    Great plan. Good luck!!

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GUDDIGO 7/2/2012 8:40AM

  Great goals...Good luck

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taking credit where it's due

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I've been stuck at the 25 pound mark for a couple weeks, and I've been frustrated about it. It's because my ankle's been acting up again and I haven't been able to exercise as much as I usually do. I spent about a week on bedrest, unable to do *anything* [I suppose I could've done upper body strengthening exercises but most days, I was in too much pain to even consider it], and I still haven't been able to return to the gym. I'm a little disappointed that I've /only/ lost 25 pounds since the end of February, even though I know that's a great amount, because I had my goals set slightly higher [I'm about 8 pounds off of my goal at the moment]. But I need to step back and take stock of the last 5 months.

Since February, I have:
-gotten a great start on my weight loss [seriously, 25 pounds is nothing to sneer at]
-completely redefined how I eat
-went from barely doing 5 minutes of moderate cardio to doing over an hour without stopping
-went from struggling to complete 5 modified pushups to, at yesterday's count, doing 76 regular pushups
-educated myself on numerous health issues, risks, and preventions
-sucked it up and went for a physical at the doctor, with great results [far better than I would've gotten had I gone in February, I'm sure]
-managed to eat healthy on a limited food stamps budget, despite initially thinking it was impossible
-tied into that, went from eating cheap, processed foods to cooking most of my food from scratch, mostly fresh fruits and vegetables
-modified a lot of my recipes into healthier ones
-regularly hit my protein goal 6 out of 7 days a week, which is becoming less of a struggle
-have been told by numerous people that I'm an inspiration to them

And I did all this despite a badly sprained ankle that refuses to heal! I still can't run or jump, which upsets me a little [and holds me back a bit]... but there are plenty of other things to focus on in the meantime. I really have accomplished a lot, and the number on the scale doesn't reflect most of that.

  
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SKAHONEY4U 7/2/2012 9:42PM

    Might I suggest trying swimming? It would be low impact on your ankle, and still a wonderful entire body cardio workout!

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I joined a gym!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I woke up determined to join a gym today. This is something I'd been considering for months, spending hours comparing gym locations, prices, and amenities. The closest gym to me is the YMCA and I applied for financial assistance, since their membership fees are way out of my budget of zero income. Very surprisingly, I got turned down for aid [how does a person with no income not qualify for financial assistance?] so I've been considering other gyms in the area since I got that denial letter last week. I wanted to join the Y, since they have a pool which would be great for my ankle, but I can't afford $99 to join. Sorry, no.

Ahem. Anyway. I'd actually been looking at gyms since February but I wanted to make sure I stuck to this fitness program before I signed a contract with anyone. So, I put it on the backburner for a while. And true, not having a gym hasn't really held me back. I've lost over 20 pounds in 3 months, without a gym and even with an injury. Yes, it's been frustrating and probably more difficult than if I'd had a gym membership [or no injury] from the start, but it's been doable.

So why get a membership now? Well, it's mostly because I wanted a change. I love going to the gym, especially since I've always been in love with the elliptical trainer and there's just nothing to simulate that at home. I was getting a little bored of my regular workout videos but don't feel like I can do the more intense ones like P90X yet [especially with this ankle]. I can't run yet because of my ankle, but I wanted to get the rest of my body in running shape [via the elliptical, mostly]. And, importantly, I finally had a little bit of cash to actually put aside for the gym.

So, after weighing all the pros and cons of the nearby gyms, I went down to Planet Fitness and signed up with them. They're a very basic gym, there are no extra classes like yoga or zumba that I'm used to, but it's also a really great price, just ten bucks a month. I can actually afford that! I don't need frills, especially since I mostly just want to use the elliptical machine until I can start running on my ankle. They have that. Why pay more if that's all I really need?

The first thing I did, of course, was hit the elliptical. 35 minutes and it felt great! I didn't push myself too hard, since it was my first go and I knew I had the 3 mile bike ride back home afterwards, but it was still a pretty good workout and burned over 300 calories [according to the machine; 500 according to sparkpeople]. When I was done with that, I walked on the treadmill at a 5% incline for 10 minutes before hitting the shower. Not bad for a first day. Honestly, the bike ride home was the hardest part... my legs were tired already! I gotta get them used to this.

When I got home, I finally made that other purchase I've been waiting for and working towards-- my 10% reward of my very own heart rate monitor! Okay, so I'm only at 9.99% officially but I'm confident that I'll hit that last 0.2 pounds on Sunday [which will most likely be before the HRM is delivered]. This is another thing I've been considering for a long time, reading reviews and features and debating what I need. I ended up being torn between the Polar FT40 and the FT60, there are only slight differences between the two but the latter is PINK [the FT40 is white, which I'm not extremely enthusiastic about]. The FT60, however, is more expensive so I went with the more thrifty purchase and got the FT40. I do think it'll look good with my bike, which has white casing on the cables, but... I really wanted the pink one. Oh well. I will let you know all about it when it gets here! I haven't had a heart rate monitor since 2007 [I lost the transmitter in the move to Chicago, but the watch part stayed with me for a few more years after that], that was the Polar F4 which was a waaaaaay simpler model so I'm looking forward to newer features.

So anyway. That was my exciting day. Two big fitness purchases that I've been looking forward to for months. Now I just have to wait for my HRM to get here!

  
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PHILTRILL 6/6/2012 9:39PM

    emoticon to you FUCHSIARASCAL on joining a Gym, You've taken a great step. I just want to encourage you to keep pushing yourself to go to the gym also please try to get a gym buddy who can and will help push you to that next level.

Looking forward to read all the good news about your progress.



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Now approaching Onederland. This is a one-way train.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Yesterday was my official weigh in and I knew I was close to hitting the 20 pound mark [and, as a result, being one pound away from being out of the 200's!]. So imagine my disappointment when I missed it... by TWO TENTHS of a pound! Wow, that's a little frustrating. But only a little because, on the other hand, I still lost 1.6 this past week and that's a very good number. And 19.8 pounds lost is nothing to scoff at!

So imagine, again, my frustration when I did my WiiFit body test this morning... and lost that two tenths and MORE!

[I use the word "frustration" but I don't really mean it. I will never be frustrated by the scale going down! Just... why couldn't it have been yesterday?]

Yesterday wasn't even a particularly healthy day. For Mother's Day, we [my mom, my sister and I] had lunch at Olive Garden. Even with choosing one of the "low fat" entrees, my plate of spaghetti & veggies was over 800 calories [I didn't eat all of it, but still a good amount of it]. Add one breadstick and a bowl of salad and that was basically my calorie limit for the day, and that was only one meal! Sure, then we walked around an outdoor mall and did some shopping, but only a few of those calories were negated. So I was definitely not expecting a sudden drop in today's weight.

Is today's weight "official"? No. Am I going to update my tracker with this? Absolutely not. Am I going to get cocky and let this derail the rest of the week? What a silly idea. Am I going to count it as hitting the 20 pound mark so I can put another star on my charm bracelet? OF COURSE.

As of yesterday's official weigh in:
0.2 pounds to 20 pounds lost
1.3 pounds to Onederland
2.2 pounds to my 10%
2.4 pounds to my original WW starting weight

I think I can hit all of those this week, especially now that my ankle's healed and I can do high intensity cardio again. Let's see.

  


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