Sunday, August 03, 2014
Today I found my happy place doing something I usually dread…..and it happened during a rare trip to the mall. I HATE to shop, and can never find anything that fits me right, but I headed off to buy a few new things for myself because I was starting to look a little seedy. I tried on a pair of jeans I found that I now wear a size smaller than I thought. That gave me the confidence to look at some tops, and before I knew it, I purchased the jeans and four tops that all fit perfect and that I really like. It made my day! Much to my husbands surprise, I came home and did a "happy dance".
Friday, August 01, 2014
Today I met two ladies on the bike trail, riding their bikes loaded down with sleeping bags, tents, clothing, etc.. While I was feeling good about riding ten miles in this heat, they were on their way home from a five day bike trip, AND - they were not young. Perhaps not my age, but at least in their fifties. We chatted for a while and one lady told me how twenty years ago she biked through Cambodia on the same folding bike she was riding today. This winter she will be going to Thailand for five months. Her friend will return to her elementary teaching position this fall. Two women, one silver-haired and one graying, who get together to ride their bikes occasionally, and then go in different directions while always maintaining their friendship. The perfect example of women at their best - not in competition with each other, but supporting each other on their journeys. I was so impressed with their strength and independence. Meeting them was my happiness today.
Monday, June 23, 2014
When I blogged last I was having problems with body aches that would sometimes leave me sitting in a chair, or on the bed, all day. It didn't happen everyday but it was happening often enough to send me to the doctor. Three visits later, and several visit to get my blood drawn, we are still not positive what the problem is, but we did discover that I have very low levels of B-12 and very low levels of Vitamin D. We are still testing to find out why my levels are so low ( can my body absorb them) , but I now take 5000 unit of each everyday and I am to get outside without sunscreen for 30 to 60 minutes a day. I feel better and hope this solves the problem . My levels will be retested at the end of July and I will know more then.
I am still riding my and enjoying it very much. Sense I am feeling better I try to do about 12 miles a day, five or more days a week. I frequently go off the rail trail onto the roads now to work on doing steeper, longer hills and that seems to be working for me. If my body tells me to back off a bit I take a day to rest. I love getting off the trail onto some side loops. It breaks up the sameness of riding the trail everyday. Yesterday I rode by a horse farm (beautiful) and saw a baby fawn ( really new) running along the fence. Priceless.
I am very glad the Summer 5% Challenge has started ( Go Casual Travelers). I doing the challenges and I the way they keep me accountable. I am hoping for a good week - love that we are "traveling" to Rio for the world cup. USA! USA! USA!
Friday, May 30, 2014
Tomorrow is our last weigh-in for our Spring Challenge 2014, and have I lost weight….yup! - but, not my 5% . I am okay with that because I have really tried hard to get the weight off and I will keep trying. It is going down, not up - so I think if I continue on eventually I will see the results that I want.
The Spring Challenge hasn't just been about weight loss…..it has encouraged me to up my exercise program track my food drink my water eat off a 9" plate eat more freggies do my wellness points and, blog and give feedback to other members and much more. All of the challenges will help me lead a healthier life, help me lose weight, and help me be an active and supportive Sparkpeople member. I couldn't ask for anything more and I am looking forward for the SummerChallenge…
For those of you that would like to join the Summer 5% Challenge 2014 or just see what it is all about, click in the link below. The summer challenge is starting soon and the time to sign up is now while there are still places available on the teams.
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Today I got back on my bike and did an afternoon ride, but I stopped at eight miles to see how my body handles it before I take a longer ride, I felt really good, but I will see how I feel in the morning. Also, today was the day I went to get my blood drawn for the doctor who is looking to see if there is a medical reason for the amount of aches and pains that I have been experiencing over the last few months. It was like searching for gold to find my veins , but they finally got blood out of my hand so now it is a matter of waiting for the results to come in. Since I was at the hospital I took time to schedule my mammogram. It is a nice feeling to know that I am getting my life in order and taking care of my body.
And, a thought for the day…..
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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