Sunday, April 28, 2013
My daughter is usually a really good exercise buddy, but I realized today that she has been my downfall when it comes to biking this year.
She is not the dedicated biker that I am. She is much more of a runner. But I've gotten really used to having her along as a pal at the gym. So when I would suggest biking, she would protest that it was too cold or too windy or going to rain. And I would let her talk me out of it.
This is a bad thing. She became like that little demon on my shoulder in the old cartoons, tempting me away from doing the right thing.
Yesterday was beautiful weather, but I had limited time and chose to work on the disaster that is my yard, figuring I'd bike today. Today it was colder again, and raining.
And I reminded myself that rain is not going to melt me. I got on the bike and put in 15 cold, wet miles. When I got home, I told my daughter that I can't be letting her talk me out of biking anymore. She completely agreed that she was being my shoulder demon, but that SHE still wasn't going to have anything to do with biking in the cold and rain.
That's okay. I've put in many miles solo in the past, and I can do so this year, too.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Saturday I went on a 5k. I had not jogged since I broke my tailbone in February, but we were going with a group of friends and I had organized it, so I figured I'd better show up. Two miles in I managed to pull my hamstring. I was smart enough to walk the rest of the way, but it's still bothering me.
Despite the hamstring pull, I have been going to the gym and focusing mostly on upper body strength training, with some walking, and that's been okay. The problem is that my weight is ooching up some and I am feeling antsy.
Today at the gym I attempted to jog a bit on the treadmill. Besides feeling awkward and lumbering, my hamstring was having nothing to do with that. So I got on the elliptical for a while instead. That wasn't too bad. I'm feeling frustrated because it feels like I'm starting all over. I'm trying to stay focused on being where I am and working from here, rather than letting my image of where I want to be make me feel hopeless.
And I have to say that yesterday I sort of ate the entire world today and felt like strangling people, all because I didn't work out. I did work out this morning and I already have a much better attitude. There may be something to this "exercise addiction" thing.
Friday, April 19, 2013
On the day I was born, my grandad went out and bought me a hula hoop. Now, 55 years later, I am finally learning how to use one. I'm older now than he was when he bought it for me. But I'll always be a kid at heart.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I'm involved in a spring challenge wherein my team is the Beautiful Butterflies. How appropriate. I am in need of a transformation this spring. My diet, my exercise routine, my life. And more color is the ticket, just like butterflies. More colorful veg in my diet, more variety in my workout.
And then when I finish all this transformation, colorful new wardrobe!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The last few days of March I was feeling continually hungry and stressed and just...off. Last night I made beef stroganoff. And today I feel a billion times better.
I have been trying to cut down on beef consumption, but I find that if I don't eat beef at least one, if not twice, a week, I start to flag. I don't even think about it, but suddenly I start feeling run down and lethargic and my functionality fails. Then I think back and realize that I haven't had beef in over a week.
Physiologically, this makes no sense. I take iron supplements, eat lots of dark, leafy veggies, and don't deprive myself of calories.
But the plain fact is that I do better when I am consuming beef. It doesn't have to be daily, but if it's not one and preferably two times a week, I fall apart.
I need to take this into account.
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