Friday, August 30, 2013
Iíve passed the 4-week (28 days) point in my binge-free streak! Today is day 29 and I am thrilled that things are going so well! Two weeks from now I will be spending almost 2 weeks at my parentsí house. I am looking at this as a challenge. These two weeks prior to the trip, when Iím living in anticipation and excitement and maybe a bit of anxiety of having to face comfort foods, will be the first challenge in not having any binges.
The next phase of my challenge will be the actual trip and visit. One thing that makes it pretty easy not to binge at Mom and Dadís is that they donít keep any food in the house, so I can buy what I want to eat. The only trouble I had last time was when I made the mistake of baking for them. Of course, I ate most of it! There are a few other candy and bakery goodies from my hometown that suck me in whenever I go. But Iím going home more frequently, and they donít have such a pull on me anymore. Last time I was there and indulged, those treats didnít taste as good as I remembered them to taste when I was younger. If I just remember that, I wonít even consider buying them.
About a week after I return from Wisconsin, weíll be heading to Hawaiíi! CANíT WAIT! Will get to meet baby BjÝrn, our youngest grandson. Hubbyís mom is coming with us on the trip. Having her there will help me keep my fingers off the extra helpings. Iím self-conscious eating around her. This may help keep me in line.
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Bike riding is so much more enjoyable and exciting than riding my recumbent bike upstairs. This seems like a better workout. I got the bike on Tuesday night, rode it twice on Wednesday and once yesterday. This morning I took another ride. Loving it all the way! Got MapMyFitness app on the suggestion of KELLIEBEAN. I started at 10 minutes, increased by 5 for the next two rides, and this morning added 5. So Iím up to 20 minutes. I canít believe how pooped I am this morning! It was humid, so maybe that has something to do with it. I am using different muscles than indoors. Once I get my time increased to where I want it, I will increase speed. I carry my phone in my cargo pants leg pocket. The app calls out every mile or so and how long I have been riding, my speed and everything! Love it. It will also do this for my walks, (and runs, but I donít run). Iím finally having fun working out. I used to have fun while swimming, but I didnít like dealing with locker rooms and showers at the Y.
I am so glad I got a bike! It was the least expensive piece of major equipment I have purchased! Hubby said maybe weíll get a bike rack soon. Iíd love to take it to the greenway!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This is a picture I couldn't resist sharing with you all. This is my 2.5 year-old granddaughter Daisy. She was so excited to get to pick a PINK flower from my garden, roots and all!
I woke up with an extra bounce in my step. As soon as possible I went outside and jumped on my brand spanking new bike!
I didn't have to order it after all. We remembered there was another Academy Sports store another 15 minutes up the highway. So at 7 last night we called them and they had one! I was able to get the color that I wanted, which of course will make it a better bike, haha!
I took a 10 minute ride around the neighborhood. 10 minutes was all I had before I had to leave for my daughter's. But 10 minutes got me out of breath. It's a 6 speed bike and I pushed myself to use higher gears. I LOVE IT! Makes me feel like a kid again!
Monday, August 26, 2013
It was a busy weekend. Whew! Not enough hours in the day. Definitely no time to eat out of boredom. I've had two weeks I've eaten a little than lower calories than my allowance, so to make sure I didn't lose ground with keeping a good metabolism, I had a day of more calories. I ate good for me foods, so it wasn't a time to fill up on goodies. No weight fluctuation involved. I got right back to business the next day, and today is off to a great start. I also got past a 24 hour period that we were taking care of the grandchildren. I am so proud of myself that I am finding I no longer stress out over having company in the house. It has allowed me to stop the stress-eating that almost all of the time accompanied having guests. I really can hardly believe it. ]
I ended up hardly exercising last week. I was feeling a little bad about that, but decided to just not worry about it. I was actually motivated to go out and walk this morning. When I got out there and checked the Weather Channel on my iPhone, I saw it was 55 degrees at 8:00! I took a 5K walk, and the temp only went up to 60. I am so glad I did that walk. It's made me feel good all day. After I got home and hydrated, I waited to absorb the water and proceeded to do 10 min of intense ST. I'd only done ST once last week and I'd like to be doing twice a week. Whenever I ST, I love it, but I have a hard time remembering that so I put it off. It's only 10 minutes for pete's sake! Anyone can do that!
I'm going to buy a bicycle. I haven't had one in 2 1/2 decades, so I think it's time to get one. I always loved to ride when I was young. It has been so nice out lately that it makes me want to ride and feel the wind in my hair. Though nowadays you have to wear a helmet, so it's probably not going to feel the same. Well, I can feel the wind in my face anyway!
Not much going on in my brain. I just felt like writing, so out came a rambling blog!
Have a great week!
Oh, I also am happy I made it past the 25th day binge free. No urges to binge in all that time! I can hardly believe it!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Iíve done some reflecting on my sonís comment about me looking healthy and attractive, which I mentioned in a recent blog. It strikes me interesting that I donít consider myself attractive because I see my imperfect, still 15 pounds overweight body when I look in the mirror. I sense that what he may be seeing as healthy is the peace and calm, yet energetic person I have recently become. I am finally feeling at peace because Iím not stressing out over the bondage to food and exercise that Iíve felt for SO long. I am at peace with food and Iím not trying to exercise every spare minute, but allowing myself time to do the things I love the most. Iím taking the mental time I would usually spend thinking about what can I eat next, or fussing at myself for having eaten too much or the wrong thing, or fussing at myself for not exercising, and using it for positive things, like focusing on what Iím doing and really enjoy it as I do it. I am also utilizing the time I normally would spend eating, or foraging for food, to connect with friends, write in my journal or blog and visit with SparkFriends. I am surprised at how much time and effort I used to put into all the negative thinking and activities. So, maybe my son could read my face and demeanor as healthy and attractive.
If he can call me healthy and attractive, and I consider him to be very frank and not say what he doesnít mean, I have no excuse to be so hard on myself. A silly thing kind of triggered this thought today. I was outside at my clientís house today and her neighbor, who drives a Jaguar, said he likes my car. It is a gray 2013 Toyota Corolla. It is new, but it was filthy today. I was embarrassed that he was even looking at my car, yet he, the owner of a sharp Jaguar, saw beauty in my dusty Corolla.
People donít always look and see our flaws. They recognize our beauty. We can do better for ourselves than be so critical of ourselves. Just love ourselves for who we are!
My son, so smart he is, suggested I type my blogs in Word, so I can keep from losing them, as I have done a bunch of times by inadvertently typing the wrong key when I've typed right into the blog entry box. Now I copy and paste from Word and have no more problems!
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