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First Ride of Summer

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday ... what a lovely day!

I had LOTS to do in town and originally thought I'd walk & take the bus about to get things done. Then it occurred to me that it would be a perfect day for the first ride of summer. I broke my yellow/black beach cruiser bike out of storage and went for a ride. I returned home five hours later! Don't let me lead you astray here, I didn't spend the whole time pedaling but I was out enjoying the fresh air and getting my fitness on for most of it.

First stop was the small shopping center. I wanted to have a look see at all the food trucks that are now permitted to come into our lil' community. What fun! I didn't buy anything, instead looked on lovingly. (In another lifetime I want to own & operate a food truck!)

Second stop was Old Navy. Off the sale rack, I scored a few tops for summer. Size L thank.you.very.much!

Third stop, and quit the trip on 'The Bird' aka the bike, was the sand castle contest. (The head winds were killer.) What Fun! They always have a bike valet so I didn't have to worry about chaining her up or checking on her while on the beach. The castles were wonderful this year and the crowd was huge but in good spirits. After looking at the entries I soaked up the sun and took my shoes off so I could put my feet in the sand. I love to people watch.

Fourth stop, my local shoe store to see if my new shoes were in. Sadly no.

Fifth stop, Peet's coffee for a much need sit down & refreshment. Again, more people watching.

The best part of the day ... discovering how different it feels to ride after shedding another 25 pounds. What a difference!

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ABB698 6/15/2012 1:16AM

    Sounds like an awesome day all over, KT! Never heard of a bike valet, that is the coolest thing ever!
And cool about the food trucks too..what kind is your dream to own? Fun!
Have a fabulous Friday and coming up weekend too!

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KOSHKALET 6/14/2012 2:27AM

    I love it that we live in such a bike-able place (those winds can get ya sometimes, tho). Super, super cool that you rode your errands around the town!

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NAYPOOIE 6/12/2012 12:24PM


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SGRAY478 6/12/2012 12:18PM

    Sounds like such a great experience!!
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FITNESSMONSTER8 6/12/2012 11:16AM

    Sounds like a lovely day!

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MAGGIENCALI 6/11/2012 10:31PM

    Awesome!!! Sounds like you had an amazing day. :)

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ME vs. THEM or was it really ME vs. ME?

Friday, June 08, 2012

Yesterday I stepped back into the City gym with a fresh attitude.

As the minutes of the day passed I felt that old jumpy, gotta get moving, it's almost gym time feeling come over me. I was craving yoga and I wouldn't be stopped! LOVE this feeling!!

In the past I have made a mad dash through the gym to get to the yoga studio. After all I didn't want anyone to notice me. Not this time! I walked with purpose and I looked at people, not past them. I smiled as I approached and they responded in kind.

As I entered the yoga studio I noticed the back row had already filled. Aak, my hiding spot was taken. After all if I stayed in the back no one would notice me. As I took a deep breath and set my things down I noticed a different spot in the middle a little to the left - that's where I set up camp.

While I relaxed on my mat I wondered ... is it ME vs. THEM or ME vs. ME? These people aren't the enemy. I have no proof that they wish me ill will. I have no proof that they dislike me because I'm fluffy and they aren't. Somehow I had made this perfectly nice gym into a mental war zone. What the What! I projected all those inner negatives onto the THEM and I allowed them to become the enemy.

There is no war here. There is no ME vs. THEM. They have come here, like me, to do a job - get their sweat on and work out/off their aggressions. I am but another person breathing in the same oxygen as them and working on similar goals. In the end, it really is ME vs. ME?

What is your purpose? That is the question at the beginning of yoga. Remember your purpose. This is the statement to bring us back to center.

My purpose, in that moment, in that hour, was to learn & remember I am the only person in my own way. My purpose ... to remember who I am, where I've come from, where I want to be and why in this moment I am here.

I belong!

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ABB698 6/9/2012 2:41PM

    You OWNED the gym, KT! You go girl!!!!

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SPARKLEPIE 6/9/2012 10:17AM

    so very true... i know those feelings you had.. it is a bit of a wonderful revelation when we see that someone we our setting up enemies because of feels and self doubt... this is such a beautiful post with such a beautiful message for anyone who ever needs to remember....

purpose.. a lovely reflection...

and you lovely lady with your dedication and reflection are an inspiration....

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KOSHKALET 6/9/2012 2:49AM

    Yay! Only the disconnecting/them/other thoughts create that "vs" mind. Glad you're feeling more connected!

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WOUBBIE 6/8/2012 8:20PM

    Great insight!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/8/2012 1:57PM

    Bravo....You ROCK!!!

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My 5K race in photo's

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I had a blast at the See Jane Run - Alameda race today!!

A lil more Bling for my collection!

It was a great morning and I've learned to laugh, giggle and stay in the moment. This race was my favorite by far due to not taking it all so serious. Times haven't been posted, yet, and I'm not concerned about it this time around.

My goal ... to compete, complete, giggle and enjoy. I'm a winner no matter what!!

UPDATE: Results are in ... I walked the course in 58:06 minutes.

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MANLEYSANDY 6/4/2012 12:14PM

    Love the pics!!


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SGRAY478 6/4/2012 11:21AM

    You look absolutely lovely! I am glad you had such a good time. It really shows by that gorgeous smile on your face!!

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ABB698 6/4/2012 1:07AM

    emoticonKT! You kook like you really enjoyed it and the pics are awesome! Way to go!!

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WOUBBIE 6/3/2012 9:22PM

    You look great and so so happy!


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MAGGIENCALI 6/3/2012 8:44PM

    Awesome!!! WTG, girl...it looks like you had a fun time and I love the pictures. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/3/2012 7:11PM

    That's awesome! You look like you had a great time = )

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KENTUCKYGIRL01 6/3/2012 5:04PM

    Really looks like you had a wonderful time. Congrats on doing the race. You are right you are a winner no matter what !! emoticon emoticon
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Breaking the Rules

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Food Guidelines vs. Food Rules

I blogged about this not long ago and the truth is, I have not set aside enough brain time to really focus on this topic. Which is really too bad because last night I broke one of my own food rules. *KICKS ROCKS*

It was me vs. the jar of peanut butter. I didn't go down in flames and kept my consumption to a bare minimum - 3 TABLESPOONS. I know, I know it doesn't sound like it was that bad BUT I was standing on the ledge of a food binge gripping my toes as tight as I could so I wouldn't tumble.

I found my balance and I walked away. When I go home tonight I will remove that jar of peanut butter. One of my new food guidelines, NO peanut butter at my home.

I must dedicate more time to this concept of food guidelines vs. food rules. If I don't, I'll be standing on that ledge again hoping and praying to my Dear Baby Jesus that I can find my balance.

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JENJESS48 6/1/2012 7:51AM

    Congrats on stopping the binge before it really got rolling! That is so hard and a major victory!

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WOUBBIE 5/31/2012 6:07PM

    Write 'em down as you go and put them on a Post It note on the fridge! Crunchy peanut butter will be unwelcome here too once this jar's gone. :[ Farewell, old friend....

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FITNESSMONSTER8 5/31/2012 3:26PM

    Good job!!!

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