Sunday, March 16, 2014
this post is not mean to be judgemental, just on observation***
So I have been in CA for about 2 weeks and I love it. There are tons of beach paths and other paths that lead to the beach and I am trying to soak them up while I can. I have my last doctoral class starting tomorrow and I'm afraid it will take up most of my free time for the next 8 weeks. So this weekend I rode my bike down the Ballona Wetlands trail that is a 7 mile trail to the south end of Playa Del Ray. I was all geared up on my mt bike and was surprised (dumb me) to see that I was doing this all wrong, according to CA. This is what I observed:
1) You must wear a really big hat. One that totally prevents you form riding more than 7 miles per hour.
If you try to ride above that speed, you will probably take off….
2) You must carry a really big bag, with maybe some water in it. I'm not kidding. Every girl was sporting an oversized hobo bag. Did Coach start making bike bags?
3) Please carry your dog at all times. As a canine, it lacks feet and the ability to walk. Either in a basket or a body sling (?) but don't let it touch the ground.
4) The look is completed by a beautiful, one speed beach cruiser. That must be why I passed about 50 of them walking their bikes up the inclines.
Ok, so here's me. (This picture was taken in November (25+ lbs ago), but I was geared out very similarly yesterday. Helmet, hydration backpack, lights front and back, spedometer, and padded bike shorts.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
for me because I'm keeping my days straight so far, lol!!
For those of you who are not familiar with the 28- Love your Body Challenge, by Molly Galbraith, link is below. It's awesome. I teared up for the first time today and I look forward to celebrating my body with the new challenge everyday!
“I am beautiful, on the inside and outside, and I feel especially beautiful when I finish a 6 mile run or a 30 mile bike ride. I feel beautiful when I complete a task that I thought was going to be impossible.”
This was a hard one for me. I realize that lots of other women feel beautiful, like they like the image they see in the mirror or they appreciate and feel like the compliments paid to them are real. I don't have this feeling. I need to work on that. I always feel like I'm average looking or maybe an ugly duckling who has, at 37 years, not turned into a swan yet. So when I reflected, I found that I feel most beautiful or powerful (after all, aren't those two things closely connected??) after a tough physical challenge.
Day 6 (I may over-share a little here, but it's the truth.)
”I love my body. It may not be 100% perfect, but it’s serves me well and it deserves love and compassion.”
My body is amazing. It endured over 10 years of self-abuse due to alcoholism, drug abuse, and two suicide attempts. It never quit on me. It survived and literally gave me the strength to continue life, recover, and get healthy. Thank you, body for persevering when mentally, I didn't want to.
Today I am sober, I eat healthy, and I exercise daily. I ran 5 miles on Friday, strength trained for 50 min and rode my bike 14 miles on Saturday, and I have a 7-mile run planned today. These are just some of the things I am thankful for.
Day 17-21 (10 min of excersise a day)
The highlights of this chalenge are:
As I stated above :-) Ran, rode bike, strength training. Today, day 21, I will run. I'll update how far tomorrow :-)
During the week, I am walking the dog and doing some leg work (lunges and squats) in my apartment. This seems to work for right now.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Day 4 of 28 is a tough one. I am not sure what my life's purpose is just yet. So, I'm having trouble filling in the blank.
My existence is a miracle. I am not here by accident. My life has purpose and meaning, and that purpose and meaning is to reach my full potential. (I am not sure what that is yet).
Day 16 of 100
I walked the dog and I did 15 min of stretches for runners. My legs feel tight partly because I wear heels during the day. I can't help it. I'm 5'1" and I like heels! So my calves get tight after a long day and walking in flats feels weird.
For those of you who were wondering :Dead Bugs
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today the 28 Day "Love Your Body Challenge" was all about identifying the emotional, physical, and psychological strengths that we all possess. It was very helpful for me to write them down and think about how I use these strengths everyday. These are the three I came up with.
I am strong enough to take risks, like moving to a new city for a new job! First day was today. I am proud of that!
I am strong enough to say “yes” to being single, because I haven’t found the right person. I am proud of that!
I am strong enough to carry my mountain bike up two flights of stairs and make it look easy. I am proud of that!
Day 15 of 100
I did walk the dog for 30 min today, but that is a pretty slow walk.
I also did 20 min of strength training with moves that use my body weight: Squats, lunges, dead bug ab workout, and a few sets of bicep curls (with weights). :-)
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