Monday, October 11, 2010
Good morning all!
It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted on my blog. I just read my last entry and I've worked hard to get myself motivated and focused on the bigger picture. I have lost more weight these past couple of weeks and I'm back on track! It wasn't easy, did some soul searching and realized that I'm the only one holding myself back, I know what I need to do I just need to keep silencing those excuses and just do it!
The Bike MS ride was absolutely awesome! I will post some pictures, I have never experienced NYC that way and I was proud of myself for sticking through it and completing the 30 miles in 3 hrs & 11 minutes. I noticed the improvement I have made in my cycling and realized I have lots of work to do also. My future goals and aspirations are motivating me to continue on my path and participating in these events motivates me more to go out daily and ride, I must train to improve on my time, stamina & endurance!
Below are some pic's of the Bike MS Ride on Sunday, October 3, 2010 start time 7:30 am but was there bright and early at 6:30am on a windy NY morning.
@the Starting line
The Brooklyn Bridge
The New Yankee Stadium
The landscapes were beautiful and encourage everyone to complete it at least once in their lifetime! I can't wait til next year!
I rode today, first time since my Bike MS Ride, it went well. I challenged myself and went back to Forest Park and only completed 2 1/2 laps. I could've completed another lap but I gave up on myself. I will work on this next weekend, this will be my weekend ride because the rolling hills are a challenge for me and I need to train on climbing hills. My goal for next year is to participate in the 5 Borough Bike Ride, 42 miles, 5 boroughs & 5 bridges YIKES! The ride is great for out of towners who want to experience a view of NY like none other & not to mention a physical challenge as well. I have 8 months to lose more weight and train, can't wait.
I have one more ride scheduled this month, I'm riding in the Tour de Bronx on Sunday, October 24th it's only 25 miles but the Bronx is also known for it's rolling hills. It states that it's a leisurely ride for every skill level but it depends on who actually wrote this - LOL. We will end up in the NY Botanical Garden & should be quite an experience as well. Purchased a camera so that I can take better pic's while riding and look forward to sharing it with all of you.
Have a great day!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Today I didn't go cycling cause need to give my legs a break, back on my bicycle tomorrow. I weighed myself this morning and I'm frustrated and upset with myself, not a good way to start the day or the week. I gained 3.3lbs last week ugh, I've been working my tail off, getting up early to go out and cycle and I GAIN weight !?! SIGH
I'm reflecting on the previous week to find a reason why, to find the culprit something or someone to blame it on but I can't it's my own fault, the following are the reasons I believe I don't loose weight;
1- Everyone tells me I should track what I eat but I refuse to do so. Why? Because I feel it becomes an obsession with food, from experience I know that all I will do is think about what I ate. How many calories have I consumed, how many do I have left, perhaps I eat this in the am that in the afternoon, snack here and oh no only have so many calories left and on, and on! Obviously, I'm only fooling myself that I am right and the scale proves it! Solution: Begin tracking & planning my meals (sigh)
2-I wait far too long to eat, I know I shouldn't be spacing out my meals so far, I can go 6 hours without eating anything because "I'm not hungry" or "I got caught up with work" but it's not helping me at all. When I eat my next meal I'm pretty hungry by then. I've tried to have something to eat every 3 - 4 hours but the excuses start pouring out. Solution: Consistently have something to eat every 3 - 4 to boost my metabolism.
3-Weekends - I feel I deserve to eat whatever I want cause I've been "good" all week. Uhm, my weekends seem to start Friday evenings so that's more than 2 days of eating just about whatever I want. This is very tricky for me cause I've worked so hard all week cycling and trying to make better choices but don't want to restrict myself completely. Solution: limit my "I can eat whatever I want" weekends to one meal and come to terms with the fact that I MUST watch everything I eat all of the time.
That's as far as I have gotten, I also realize that my clothes feel loose in certain areas and that my body is readjusting and I'm building muscle but I'm just frustrated. I had help with losing weight In the past, I had my meals prepared and measured for me so that took out the planning and counting calories that I absolutely do not enjoy doing. But I have to learn to do this for myself, guess I'm gonna have to call my Dr. to reschedule the nutritionist appointment.
I'm trying not to allow this discourage me, feeling like the weather today (it's raining in NY) and then I remind myself it's OK to feel this way and learn from my mistakes and move on. I know once I truly accept the fact that tracking & planning my meals will be a part of my life that I simply must do, things will improve and become second nature. I must accept that it's a struggle everyday, if it weren't I wouldn't be in the condition I'm in to begin with.
Struggling to keep my thoughts positive but I do have my goal in sight, it's just my mind is in a bit of a haze right now - but I'm not giving up! I just have to realize I can't do everything at the same time and have it done in a week, it requires resiliency, determination and stamina to make it happen.
Thanks for listening,
Saturday, September 25, 2010
It's a beautiful sunny day here in NY. With my BIG event coming up next Sunday decided to give it a try this weekend and shoot for 30 miles. I ended up completing 22.69 miles today not my goal but I'm proud of myself nonetheless, below are my stats from today's ride.
Distance - 22.69 mi
Duration - 3:23:26 hr/min/sec
Exe. Time in Heart Zone - 49:07 min/sec
Cal burned - 1,759 kCal
Pace - 8.97 min/mi
Speed - 6.69 mi/h
It was tough - Forest Park has got to be one of Queen's most beautiful Park, but it had an unexpected twist - - - rolling hills. Nothing makes me feel worse about being out of shape than riding on rolling hills, I tried to silence the self pity & excuses pouring out begging me to stop. I took breaks, refueled took pictures and continued. I kept telling myself that the rolling hills will make me stronger, build endurance and a great workout.
As I was struggling up some of the hills, I noticed other joggers, runners, walkers, etc and it could be my own hang ups I thought they were looking at me & judging me. But I know they work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I'm no different so I do belong!
Great ride, beautiful day, gonna see my family later & I'm feeling good about myself.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Phew! Today's ride was tough, mentally tough had to give myself pep talks every lap -- ok it's only 4 laps, one down 3 to go, you're half way there, last lap to go. LOL, knees and legs are screaming for rest - I planned on not riding tomorrow, I need some rest.
Below are my stats;
Distance - 11.88 mi
Duration - 1:06:57 hr/min/sec
Exe. Time in Heart Zone - 23:45 min/sec
Cal burned - 642 kCal
Pace - 5.64 min/mi
Speed - 10.65 mi/h
I enjoy the freedom I feel while riding but today I had to drag myself out of bed, the excuses were pouring out like a defense mechanism and makes today's ride such a huge accomplishment. I feel tired, achy & sleepy but at the same time I super happy with myself for riding this morning. The roads were wet, I have mud all over but proud of them!
It's not always easy to stay focused on your goal but these are the times where it counts - - if you stray off the path it's ok don't beat yourself over the head get up, dust yourself off and keep it moving!
I strive to be both physically & mentally strong, ask any athlete in any given sport and the two go hand in hand. We are not alone in this battle just at different cites of the battle grounds.
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