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.
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. ;)
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?
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Replacement for those delicious but unhealthy croutons?
Roasted edamame or roasted chickpeas, YUM!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Okay not moons, but many months since I blogged or really used Sparkpeople. So what have I been up to?
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
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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