Monday, June 30, 2014
On Friday, I met my friend, her son, and their dog on the Mall. We passed by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, walking about 4 miles total. It was so good to see my friends again (they were here from Buffalo for a weekend getaway). Here's a photo of me with the doggie.
The next day I went to Zumba, per the usual, except that my gym was having an open house and did a couple of classes outside. I started Zumba in the sun but it was too much for me, so I went inside and used the treadmill. I am in the pink shirt with the hat.
Afterwards, I met up with my friends again. I met them at their hotel; we hung out by the pool and swam a little.
On Sunday, I cleaned a bit (not as much as I hoped to), went to Spin, and then in the evening went bowling at the White House! We had enough time to play 1-1/2 games. There were 8 of us playing on the 2 lanes. My friend works there and got a timeslot. Glad I was on her list of people to invite! My pictures turned out poorly. Here are some better shots, if you're interested. www.politico.com/gallery/2014/05/pho
I was sooo tired when I got up for work this morning. This was an usually active weekend!
Friday, June 20, 2014
Hi everyone! I hope you all are well. I was only gone for a week but boy was it a busy week!
I did not end up taking my workout clothes. I figured that with all the walking I would do, I wouldn't want to go to the gym, and I think that was the right choice. I slept quite well each night from all of my daily activities! Although the only sweating I did was when it got too warm outside. I didn't really get my heart rate to rise.
I spent two nights in England. I stayed with my friend in London, but I also took a day trip to Leeds, where I studied abroad when I was in college. It was great to go back! The walk from where I lived to the university is 2 miles one way! I often walked, only rarely taking the bus. I didn't formally exercise back then, but apparently I didn't have to!
Then I spent 5 nights in Paris. The plan was to meet my boyfriend there, but his flight got cancelled and was 2 days late! The language barrier was harder for me than I anticipated. I can have social anxiety about speaking and even in good situations my mind can go blank. I barely could remember how to say "bonjour"! I tried to keep my head down and speak as little as possible.
But what I did realize is that I WANT to eat healthy and I sought it out. I had salads at lunch and fish at dinner. Especially since I couldn't have my morning green smoothie or other healthy breakfast foods, I made sure I ate vegetables at lunch and dinner. Of course, I enjoyed gluten-free eclairs and chocolates as well!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tonight I did the Denise Austin DVD called Body Makeover Mix. It's not a hard workout but I like it on occasion. I bought it on the recommendation of Fit Bottomed Girls. Afterwards, I realized I didn't really mesh with the FBGs. fitbottomedgirls.com/2010/05/denise-
But I digress. I'm here to tell a funny story!
In the video, Denise says over and over again, "Zip up those abs!" But just once, she says to us home exercisers, "Suck in that gut!" It makes me laugh every time. I think, "Is that how you really feel, Denise?!"
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Today I went for a 5-mile hike on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, about an hour's drive from where I live. www.sugarloafmd.com/index.html It amazes me that only one hour away there is so much beauty and countryside.
I always enjoy hiking when I'm doing it, but it's not the first thing that comes to mind for a weekend activity; I tend to go only when others suggest it. This particular hike was a Meetup group event. I don't have fantastic experiences with Meetup groups, but nothing negative either. I'm very much an introvert and a homebody, so the Meetup group gets me out to do things I like... Even though it forces me to be out in a large group of people!
The terrain was rocky and quite hilly, so it felt like we went up and down and back around again. I finally figured out that being at the front with the hike leader is the best place to be. Otherwise you fall behind with the slowpokes. (No offense to the slowpokes!) At one point we were ascending a hill and someone asked me if I was a regular hiker. When I said no, they said, "Well you must be do something to keep in shape, because this is a tough climb!" That was a nice compliment. I then got to brag about step aerobics.
I hope you had a nice weekend, too!
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