Friday, March 02, 2012
While my bike is still in pieces (and the weather is inclement) I'm going to be spending more time using the stationary bikes at my gym to work on my endurance. So here is the question:
I have a choice of 2 bikes: an upright with no readouts, or a recumbent with all of them. From what I have read, its better to do the upright if you are training for something because then its more like the position on your actual bike. But since this upright doesnt tell me *squat* all I have to go on is time spent biking. I usually turn the resistance up a bit so I can feel it. Hunter Mountain IS in the Catskills, yo. But if I use the recumbent I actually have some benchmarks that I can use to measure my overall progress. Numbers make me happy.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I was the only one for Yoga today. So the instructor asked what I wanted to focus on: I gave a serious answer, but when I told DH about the conversation he said I should have asked for the "Extra Bendy" style yoga.
It made me laugh.
I'm watching the snow come down. DH is currently giving Child a haircut in anticipation of School Picture Day tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
1) My old college bike died. Its not its fault. Leave it out in the wind, rain & snow and generally ignore it for 5 years its not surprising when nothing works. I could spend a ton of money on parts & labor to get ... a 20 year old bike. Better to replace it, but that doesn't mean I'm not still sad about its end. Good memories, good times.
2) There are too many choices in the bike world. I dont want to spend alot of money. Yes, Mr. Bike Store, you have a lovely $500 model that would suit my needs perfectly. Yes, Mr. Wal-Tar-K you have a lovely $200 that suits my pocketbook perfectly. I have no idea what I'm looking at.
3) If you leave a bike by the garbage on trash day and you are as cheap as I am (unemployed!) , dont be surprised when I get myself a "new" bike. Mountain, not hybrid like I wanted, but hey, the price was right.
4) It needs to have a pedal replaced, new grips and the cable for the back brake is broken. Fortunetly DH is *awesome* with handy dandy things like that. He already lubed & unstuck the front brake. And for the price, I wasnt expecting perfect.
5) It is embarrassing how winded I get on the stationary cycles at the gym. I seriously did only 3 miles today and was having a hard time. I'm trying hard to think of it like a personal challenge, but its really doing a number on my head when I think about my overall fitness and this Triathlon in June. Panic? Yeah, I'm giving it some thought.
6) I cannot spend more time on biking because aforementioned bicycles are currently in need of repairs.
7) I get to run/walk to yoga tomorrow.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
To throw food away.
Not to treat yourself like the family garbage can. You do not have to eat the crusts from your child's sandwich or the last piece of meat from their plate. You are worth more than their leftovers, no matter how much you love the people that left them.
To clean out the cabinets, freezer and refrigerator of unhealthy temptation food. If its there and you will eat it, then get rid of it. Nonperishables can go to the food pantry they will love a box of cake mix so that a little boy or girl can have a nice birthday party at home. The diet begins in the grocery store. Yes, they will ask for it at first, but this is why they have allowances. Go to the store and buy it yourself.* Then eat it. We're not keeping it around.
(Yes, I know this is overly simplistic for some families. We're working on the principle here.)
Do not feel like you have to eat the last slice of deli if you have portioned your sandwich appropriately. Would you rather throw it out or sweat it out?
You have my permission to throw the food out that you don't want. Don't leave it sitting in the back of the fridge for a week, cluttering up your containers. If you didn't like it the first time, you still wont like it. Calories are precious things. Don't waste them on anything less than delicious.
I know you feel guilty. The money, the starving people! This isn't about them. This is about you. You can get rid of it. If you were waiting for a sign, for permission: You have it. Spring Clean your food.
Throw it away.
(This blog has been rattling around in my brain for a while. Someone posted that they felt guilty about getting rid of all the junk food in their house. I felt strongly that they were just waiting for someone to "give them permission" to get rid of the stuff. I also find myself feeling guilty for several of the other items here. So in one fell swoop we'll all give each other permission to throw it away. Perhaps this is a bit of a manifesto? My blog, my thoughts, you can write yours down in the comments.)
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