Monday, May 21, 2012
I mentioned a while back that I am training to participate in Pedal to the Point, the MS bike ride, in August. And that this is a fundraising event. I have biked over 500 miles so far this year, and am excited about the ride.
But now is the first time that I will be asking you for donations. And this next five days is a particularly important period for donation gathering. You see, the MS Society is running a contest May 21-25. The person who raises the most money in the next five days will win a Raleigh racing bike.
Now, I love my bike. But it is not fast. And a good, fast bike would be awesome. I doubt that I will be the person to win the bike, but if you are thinking of donating to me, this will be the week to do it.
And itís a really excellent cause. MS is a debilitating disease that stole my wonderful grandfather from me and left behind a sad shell of a man. Some wonderful progress has been made, but more is needed.
If I win the bike, I will complete the century ride on the first day of Pedal to the Point. Heck, if I get to $2000, I will attempt the century, even on my current bike.
So if you are able to donate, even $5.00, please consider making the donation this week. My donation site is here: main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B
nal&fr_id=18300 . You can read more about what the ride means to me there. Thank you!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
This weekend was the Nebula Awards weekend in Washington, DC, and hubby and I drove out there, about a 7 hour drive. I did really well with my eating through the weekend, and worked out. But last night we were up really late, this morning I woke early and couldn't go back to sleep, and driving home I was fighting to stay awake at the wheel. So when we stopped for gas, I bought junk food. The sugar and the eating kept me awake, and I'm home.
While I am not happy with that eating, I'm also not beating myself up about it. Tomorrow I can get back on my bike and on my regular eating plan. If I'd fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed, tomorrow might never have gotten here for me. So I'm going to label it "not tragic" and be grateful for another day!
Monday, May 14, 2012
In September, I started this journey with the goal of losing 120 pounds by May 2013. As of today, I've lost 60 pounds. My energy level and stamina are vastly improved, I'm back into clothes I haven't worn for several years, and I'm much happier with me. Woot!
Still a lot of work to do, but I have the time in which to do it. So yay!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I put 84 miles on my bike this week. That's not too shabby. But I can't do a long ride tomorrow to start out the next week on the same pace. I need to get my garden cleaned up. I've been a very neglectful garden mommy this year, and nothing is getting planted. It got away from me last summer, when I was in my blob phase, and now I have to pay the price.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
My weightloss is proceeding in a reasonably steady, orderly fashion, well ahead of the schedule I gave myself (120 pounds off by next May, and I've lost 57 of those). I set a readily achievable schedule because slower loss is more likely to "stick" and because I didn't want to do anything crazy or unhealthy, and falling behind on the schedule can make that a much bigger temptation.
But even so, I get little down if the scale doesn't move for a couple of weeks. And one of the things that I've noticed is that I tend to get into eating "ruts"--pretty much the same distribution of carbs/fat/protein eaten at about the same time of day. My body seems to adapt to that--clever bodies; they want to hold onto all that fat in case of scarcity!
I've also noticed that if I shake up that pattern, my body is apparently caught off-guard and drops a few pounds! I had a big drop when I was sick, barely eating, and not working out, and another when I stepped UP my calorie intake and spread them differently throughout the day. High protein/low carbs was no more successful that high carbs/low protein--both scared away a couple pounds.
So if you are plateauing, give a food shakeup a try! It might help shake you loose!
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