Wednesday, December 26, 2012
I have been putting off getting back on here for a while...it has been just about a year since I last tracked, and longer than that since I tracked consistently. The expected result has happened - I am approaching my highest weight since 2003.
I have many excuses - 2012 has not been kind to me. Most importantly, my Mom passed away in April which, even though she was ill for a long time, has been a blow that has been very difficult for me to deal with - much harder than I expected. Naively, I thought that I was more prepared due to her long illness than I was. Add onto that three bulging discs in February that went misdiagnosed until May that were easily reinjured in July and September, plus a torn oblique body surfing in early December, and I have done very little exercise in 2012 compared to my usual high-exercise lifestyle in the 9 years previous.
But in the end, excuses do nothing for me - the end result is the same. I'm back into obese +200 lb territory and the only person holding me back from improving my health is me.
Sparkfriends, I see that many of you are still on here and have been doing a much better job of caring for yourselves than I have, and I'm both proud of you and envious. I'm grateful for any holding to account, but understand that ultimately I have to kick my own rear end into action.
I hope that everyone has an enjoyable end to 2012, and here's to 2013 where I want to be a healthier version of me.
Monday, January 03, 2011
So I'm a device nerd. I have had a version of the Garmin Forerunner since they first came out.
I find it motivating to see how far I've gone, and get an estimate of how many calories I have burned. I ordered the 405CX on New Year's Eve, and I'm looking forward to seeing whether the heartrate-based calculations are more accurate.
I don't always wear the Garmin when I'm riding my bike - sometimes I forget or it's not charged - and sometimes due to where I live it can't get a GPS signal and it doesn't pick up the GPS until well into the ride e.g. this morning it only got 1.9km of a 12.5km ride. (For those of you considering the Garmin, it will eventually pick up the GPS signal if you wait/stand still, but sometimes I'm too lazy - or late - to wait.)
Anyway, I just looked at my stats for last year and they were:
Commuting: 4,425 km
Fun: 838 km
Total: 5,263 km
Since that underestimates given that I don't use the watch all of the time, and my goal was 5,000 for the year, that's pretty good!
In 2009 I did 3,713 km and in 2008 2,114 km, so I like the trend, a lot.
This year I'd like to bump up the "fun" km to at least 1,000. The commuting will stay about the same. If I biked every single day to work, excluding holidays and vacation time, it would be 5,500, so I'm at 80%, which is pretty good considering that there are some days that aren't bikeable due to weather and I travel a fair bit for work.
Bring on 2011!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
We haven't been making enough dinner for me to have leftovers for lunch, so I've been grabbing what I can at work. Yesterday it was a can of tuna - not too exciting. I walked 20 minutes to a grocery store today at lunch because it was nice out, still thinking I was going to have another ho-hum lunch, but it turned out to look not that bad on the plate! (Which is not my plate, btw - we have 'communal' plates at work that are donations from people - not my style! LOL)
(Turkey sandwich, pickles and pickled beets and snap peas)
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
So I bike commute to and from work, rain or shine, about 15 1/2 miles each day. This week is "Bike to Work Week", but unfortunately, the weather has been pretty horrid, and the forecast is for the rain to continue for the rest of the week. Not likely to inspire people to get out of their cars and try biking.
This morning, having checked two forecasts, I opted not to wear (or bring) my rain gear as it was unexpectedly NOT supposed to rain. Hah! It started just about 2 blocks from home.
As I was whingeing to myself internally, I came upon a fellow cyclist with 4 full panniers and a handlebar bag - clearly someone on a bike holiday. Turns out that he had taken a leave from his work for 2 months, and had biked across Canada from Sherbrooke, Quebec. I was amazed, as not only is it a huge distance (he told me he was over 3,000 miles so far), but I've done that trip driving, and in many places there is only one road, and it is a highway with no shoulders, with many, many heavy trucks going very, very fast. And he was by himself!!
He was heading to a town about 50km from where we were, so I rode with him and we chatted about life and biking, switching between French and English, as both of us were rusty in the other's language. When we got to the spot where our paths had to diverge, I gave him some suggestions for his route and off he went.
And I had completely and absolutely forgotten about the rain.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Ka_Jun suggested in one of the threads that we post a picture of where we ride. A couple of blocks on my cycle commute are unbelievable right now with the cherry blossoms. They have started to fade a bit already, as the other day when I was riding through there was pink everywhere - in the trees, on the ground, and floating gently down from the trees. I took these photos this morning using my camera phone - they don't capture it well, but still give a kind of idea of how pleasant it has been riding under the cherry blossom canopy for the last week or so.
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