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Gotta catch that wagon

Monday, July 09, 2012

I just typed and deleted all of the excuses that I used this weekend for why I didn't get on the bike and ride.

And in the end, they are all crap!

Promising only myself to do better this week and get some miles in.

Every ride is epic, because you're riding.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 7/9/2012 5:16PM

    At least if you're running after the wagon, you're burning calories, right?

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Honestly, sometimes it takes putting our reasons out in front of us to recognize when they are just excuses. emoticon for seeing that and determining to overcome them this week!

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REECANDOIT 7/9/2012 4:01PM

    Thanks, Dana!

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DANAWALKER4 7/9/2012 3:59PM

  Riding is easier than walking. I was looking at some mountaiin bikes today. That is Ok if you do not ride just every day. Just do not let yourself get lazy. I know you won't. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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Ride a f'n bike!

Monday, July 02, 2012

So, I am beginning a love affair with cycling! Purchased a used road bike about a month ago and I LOVE riding it!

Two years ago, I signed up to do a bike trek, but failed to actually ride because I didn't have the money to purchase a proper bike. I have signed up again this year, and I am so excited to actually ride. My goal is 25-30 miles per day, and the trek is 3 consecutive days of riding.

It feels insanely good to be active and also find an activity that I really enjoy. It sucks when you have to force yourself to workout, and you fall off the wagon repeatedly because it literally holds no enjoyment. I love the way I feel when I'm riding: the wind, the workout, the freedom, the speed, the soreness afterward, etc.

I don't even mind the spandex. ;)

  
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REECANDOIT 7/3/2012 5:05PM

    Hi there! Yeah my goal is to do 25-30 miles per day at the bike trek, but for now I'm doing about the same as you. I try to ride a few times a week, and I want to start being more consistent and riding every other day. Right now I'm varying between 10-18 mile rides.

Like my bf says, every ride is epic. Because you're riding! So, even if you only feel good enough to ride 8 miles, that's great!

I'll have to look into this cream you're talking about. No major chafing so far, and the soreness goes away faster each time I climb onto the seat.

I plan on going for an early morning ride tomorrow.

Congrats on falling in love with cycling!!! :D

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KLYNCHHERE 7/3/2012 4:54PM

    I started riding three weeks ago. No where near 25-30 miles per day, but 10-14 miles per day. I have not been active pretty much my entire adult life, other than running errands and taking care of my three kids, and it feels great to bike. I cannot believe how much I enjoy it and look forward to getting on my bike. I don't mind the spandex either, happy for it actually, as after my fifth day I was raw, yes I said it RAW.
Now, thanks to bike shorts and utter cream...my ride is so much more enjoyable and growing. I joined a local bike club and am looking forward to participating. I have a lot of weight to lose, and I am stuck right now on a plateau but I am not giving up.
Will be reading your blogs for inspiration to get to 25-30 miles per day myself.
Thanks and keep it up!! And I will keep it up, too. :) emoticon

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A small bump in the road

Friday, May 11, 2012

On Wednesday, I had scheduled a few cardio workouts using Sparkpeople videos and also some strength training to finish things off. As it turns out, I barely made it though Nicole's Jump Start Cardio 10 minute video, because my feet were hurting so bad.

It really pays to have good workout shoes, I know this. I knew better than to wear my old, semi-too tight sneakers. Everyone needs the proper shoes for whatever they plan on doing before they work out. So I injured my feet and was unable to even complete my Daily Challenge which was to lift one leg off the floor for an extended period of stretch and balance. What a bummer!

The good news is, I was able to find a hopefully good pair of crosstrainer shoes from the Nike outlet, that I will be trying out this weekend. I learned that crosstrainer shoes don't typically have much arch support. I had asked about it because I've been told and read many articles that say that people with flat feet (ME!) need much arch support. So, I may have to buy some inserts from a local drugstore.

I have also heard from a couple of friends about the shoes that have toes and barely any extra cushion. I've been told that I should try those, as wearing regular shoes over the years is what makes a person's feet so flat. I must say though, that I've always had flat feet, I inherited them from my mom. Thanks, mom! Haha so I don't know that I put much stock in those toe shoes.

How about you?

  


Salad tip

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Replacement for those delicious but unhealthy croutons?

Roasted edamame or roasted chickpeas, YUM!

  
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MJ7DM33 5/9/2012 12:39AM

  Thx!!!

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RRP546 5/8/2012 3:38PM

  sounds good

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REECANDOIT 5/8/2012 3:38PM

    I just realized that my salad was a bit boring and rummaged through my snack drawer really quick to find something. All I had was lightly salted and roasted edamame, so I thought what the heck? And it's actually quite tasty. LOVE my crunchy salty stuff.

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BRAZILMAMA 5/8/2012 3:31PM

    Great idea! I will be trying this!

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It has been many moons

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Okay not moons, but many months since I blogged or really used Sparkpeople. So what have I been up to?

No good.

Well, okay, good. LOTS of good in fact.

My boyfriend and I decided to challenge ourselves and try out the South Beach Diet. Now mind you, I am not a fan of trendy or fad diets, and I've never done any. I was under the impression that SBD was one of those. However, once I began reading the main book that a friend loaned me, I realized that SBD was more of a way to change the bad habits that we have when it comes to what we eat, and how much of it we stuff in our faceholes.

We found that it really works well for us. And since that rough two week detox in Phase 1, we have loosely followed it. I say loosely, because we sort of had a period where we ate a sweet treat every now and then. But we're now much more aware of our carbs. And man, I was a carb QUEEN. And I was living in da' Nile.

In any case, about 8 or 9 lbs down these days. Sloooowly but steadily losing more. As of May 1st, I joined a Top Loser (Like BIggest Loser) program at work. Cash money as a reward and it's a great motivator, but more importantly I am just motivated to incorporate exercise into my life for good. My personal Phase 1 was to retrain myself how to eat better, and Phase 2 was to start getting active.

So far I'm using my treadmill, sparkpeople videos, med ball, stability ball, resistance bands, barbells, my neighborhood hills, and soon... ZUMBA. That's a new one for me but I've heard all about it, and can't WAIT to try it.

I have so much more I could write about. Until next time!

Ps. Things that are awesome:

Losing one size in shirts
Losing 1/2 size in pants (they fit sooo much better, no more sausage girl!)
A huge increase in energy
An increase in the desire to be active, seriously
No more stomach/gastric issues
The compliments
Feeling more confident every day
The new way I approach setbacks
My boyfriend for whole heartedly supporting me and joining me
Ricotta Creme (SBD cookbook... yuuuuum!)

  
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BAGELQUEEN 5/3/2012 9:18PM

    Awesome!


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CORNERKICK 5/3/2012 7:00PM

  Congrats!

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