Friday, December 30, 2011
Here it is nearing the end of 2011 and, at the age of 57, I’m riding my bike in temps lower than 32 degrees F!
Looking back over the year, it amazes me to recall the lessons I’ve learned on my journey to better health. Many times whenever I thought, “I can’t do that”, I would challenged myself to imagine the end result and find ways to accomplish those goal(s). My biggest accomplishment happened in July when the scale informed me that I had finally reached my weight goal. How excited I was….and still am for maintaining that weight!
Planning and preparation plays a big role every day on my journey. The P&P combination is the biggest stress reducer in my life. Whether I’m cooking several meals on Sunday for the week ahead or packing my gym bag the night before work for my lunchtime workouts, I am constantly looking for ways to have a stress-free lifestyle.
During my years prior to joining SparkPeople.com, I used to turn to comfort food to calm my emotions. Today, as the holiday visit from my adult sons was coming to an end, my emotions began to build at a rapid pace. Instead of turning to food for comfort this morning, I decided to ride my bike. At 22 degrees F, I learned from a previous cold weather ride that I needed to wear neoprene booties over my shoes.
With proper attire and head gear, I embarked on a brisk and vigorous bike ride of 10 miles. Upon returning home, I felt great and ready to say my “temporary” good-byes to my sons.
2012, I’m ready, get set, let’s go! It’s time for new adventures in my life to better health! Have you thought about your new adventures and new goals for the New Year? I’m starting my list. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog!
Monday, December 19, 2011
There was one thing I’ve always wanted to do since I joined SparkPeople.com in June 2010. And that was to be able to fit into my wedding dress worn only on December 19, 1981. My husband knew about my desire to do this from the first day I became a member of Spark.
Today my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We recalled our wedding day and the many unforgettable days that followed. After we completed our morning activities, we headed to the Culinary Institute of America to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared and served by the student chefs at the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. When we returned home, I decided to take the dress out of storage and see if it fit. As you can see, the smile on my face says it all. I think my husband was more surprised than I was. He smiled and said, “Wow!” And then he congratulated me and said, “You did it!”
Saturday, December 17, 2011
It was about 28 degrees this morning and the thought of going outdoors gave me the shivers. But I had to keep an appointment with the auto mechanic to get the oil changed on my car. So, off I went to get the job done. An hour later I returned home and had a cup of tea to warm up a bit. Looking at the kitchen clock, I debated whether or not to head out for a bike ride or go shopping for that last minute gift. I kept hoping the temps would warm up soon. But by noon, the temperature gauge did not budge. I thought about shopping. Visions of packed malls, limited parking availability, and long lines at the check-outs danced through my head and weakened me. Instead I had a quick light lunch and then began to dress in layers: long johns, biking pants, ski pants, jacket and gloves. Before I allowed myself a second thought, I headed out the door with my helmet on. No turning back until after the 10 mile ride is done. The winter season is just beginning. This was the first of many cold days here in New York. Ride we must!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
What one can accopmplish when planning ahead! Last evening, I planned my meals and activities for today. Simple but nutritious oatmeal breakfast with fresh raspberries, set up crockpot dinner with pork/potatoes/carrots, shop for Christmas presents using a prepared list, home for lunch, and then out on my bike for a 10 mile ride. After dinner, I will continue into this evening preparing chicken/pasta/tomato sauce for tomorrow's surprise guests. My son and his girlfriend will be visiting!. It's been about 3 years since they were at home with me, although I have traveled frequently to their home in MA. Lighter work and school schedules along with newly aquired personal transportation is now making is possible for them to visit.
Preparation is just one key to my success in reaching any goal.
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