Saturday, February 25, 2012
It was a long stressful week at work. With the weekend upon me, it was time to unwind. The weatherman predicted today to be sunny but windy. I woke up with plans to enjoy a good part of my day from the saddle of my bike. As long as it was going to be a dry day, I was ready to ride.
After a nourishing breakfast, I gathered my gear and planned my route. Temperatures hovered around mid-30s. With ski jacket and pants, gloves, mask, and foot warmers, I felt I would be comfortable to enjoy a ride on the back country roads. As I was about to embark, the wind kicked up. It quickly became quite strong with snow squalls. So, I waited a bit to see if the wind would die down. It was such a different scene from the previous week of Spring-like conditions with warmer temperatures.
The wind was persistent and, according to local forecasters, was reported to be 44mph at times. That was a bit much for me to confront while on a bike. I still wanted to get outdoors and enjoy a peaceful activity so I decided to go for a long walk at a local park. Light snow covered the grassy areas and the small pond was very turbulent because of the constant wind. After two miles of “pushing” through the wind, I was ready for a cup of hot cocoa. Spring, where did you go??? Come back, please!
(Orange County Park - Snow-covered grass in foreground; pond in background beyond park-bench)
Friday, February 17, 2012
It was a very busy day at work. I did my usual lunch-time work-out but, instead of exercising in the gym, I decided to enjoy the Spring-like weather outdoors and do a power walk. The end of the day arrived quickly and our 4PM reward was great. Everyone was invited to a TGIF Mardi Gras-themed party on campus. It was so much fun to socialize with colleagues and not talk about work-related issues. The food was plentiful and all with southern New Orleans flavor. I tried to prepare myself as I walked up to the buffet tables. Everything from jambalaya to crab cakes to shrimp Creole to Southern Poâ€™ Boys was served. The dessert tables were screaming for me to taste: a little King Cake, beignets, walnut cookies, rice pudding. Just a little taste of each satisfied me without going overboard with calories. (Yes, I will be biking this weekend!) A couple of us dressed for the occasion. What a fun way to end the work-week!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
How many of you out there can resist a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, especially if given to you as a gift? I, for one, can enjoy one piece or two. But then as the day turns into evening, the temptation is so great that I feel like I’m about to “fall”. I discussed this recently with my very supportive husband. He has watched me transform myself from a hefty gal of near 200 pounds to a healthy one at a normal weight range. Since June, 2010, he has witnessed the many hours I’ve spent in the “weight room” and the many miles I’ve run or biked. So, he asked me if I would be disappointed if he didn’t get me a box of chocolates this year. I quickly told him I wouldn’t mind at all.
Most gals would prefer a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. My husband surprised me with new bike jerseys instead!
Keep your goals in front of you. Remember where you once were and how far you have traveled on your journey to better health. Celebrate with your loved one doing fun activities instead of hovering over a box of chocolates. Yes, I understand any kind of food is ok as long as it’s eaten in moderation. Every day I work on improving my will-power. But for now, I know if I had a pound of Commodore Chocolates (or any other kind for that matter) sitting in front of me one evening, the only thing left in the box by sunrise the next day would be the little brown papers that once held the sweet delectables. Let’s go for a Valentine Day ride instead!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
It’s really amazing to be on the receiving end of so much support from SparkPeople members! Like most people, my journey to better health has had a lot of ups and downs. I am an avid cyclist and most recently, I have been experiencing quite a bit of pain in my hand. After doctor visit and normal x-ray, the diagnosis seems to be thumb tendonitis. The doctor told me to give it (biking) a rest for a while. Are you kidding? With mild temperatures and sunny skies, I set out on my bike to do an “easy” ride. I managed to position my hand on top of the handle bar or on my lap when I did not have to use the brakes or gears. SparkPeople team members gave me some good advice of which I am grateful. And I will look into getting ergonomic handlebars for my Trek. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
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