Wednesday, April 07, 2010
So I haven't blogged since I returned from my week long vacation in the Exumas - above is a picture of the private beach that we had all to ourselves all week. It was pretty amazing! Rented the Calypso home on Great Exuma with two other couples. The Exuma Islands are a chain of 365 cays in the outer Bahamas - truly beautiful and relatively isolated.
Ron and I went diving a few days with Dive Exuma
This was our first dive so we felt very lucky to get to go down the Angelfish BlueHole and also visit several reefs teeming with beautiful fish including damselfish, parrotfish, barracuda, butterfly fish and even a few honeycomb cowfish. Now we are certified and look forward to diving more on future trips.
We had a great time snorkelling, body surfing, and just walking up and down
the beach. Ate fresh conch and lobster every day and a few fish that our group caught.
One day we rented a boat and drove 70 miles up the cays exploring little inlets, caves and other exciting things. Saw swimming pigs, pet sharks and giant starfish.
Last one is my husband and I looking and feeling very relaxed!
Finally, the sunrises and sunsets were to die for!
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of our journey through the Exumas!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Ron and I on the bike trail this week - letting the sunshine motivate us!
I might as well blog about what is going on in my mind a lot - getting below 200. 199 isn't a magic number, but it does represent a passage of sorts. Artificial or not, it will feel good to have a 1 at the beginning of my weight. (plus it says 190 on my driver's licence, so it will get me one step closer to that being true!)
So what am I doing about it? I bought a BodyBugg so that I could hold myself accountable to burning calories every day. So far it is working well - I really like being able to see how many calories I am burning. I am also trying to take advantage of the spring weather and sunshine. I have been outside 4 of the past 5 days - rollerblading, biking and walking. Finally, I am starting week 7 of C25K, so running 25 minutes 3 times a week is keeping me pushing myself. I have dropped two lbs this week, so something must be working.
6 lbs to go to 199.
Friday, March 19, 2010
So I was digging through my jewelry drawer recently and I came across my wedding rings. I haven't worn them in the past 3 years because I was too ashamed to get them upsized. So there they are...hidden at the back of the drawer relatively forgotten. Maybe they will fit? I was not hopeful, but I thought I might as well try. Amazingly they slipped on my fingers pretty easily. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to wear them again and imagine my husband's surprise when he saw them. Just one more "real-world" measurement that my journey has been successful. I think moments like this are so much more important than any number on the scale. So today, I wear it in HEALTH!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This is me on the Decker's Creek Trail...lots of uphill !
Today is the day...
It is the day that begins my rededication to the beautiful world outside! I did pretty well this winter with some hiking, snow-shoeing and lots of skiing but over the past few weeks like many of you I have been absolutely yearning for spring. Spring in West Virginia is glorious! Hikes take you to lush waterfalls, rollerblading feels like flying, kayaking opens a whole new world of possibilities. Today I dusted the cobwebs off my bike and hit the rail trail. So exhilerating! I was ridingso much faster and easier than last fall. Whoo-hoo! Ok, yes, I am going to be an itsy-bitsy bit sore tomorrow, but I have to start breaking in this winterized candy butt now! Tonight ibuprofen - Tomorrow rollerblading !
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I did it
I ran...for 15 minutes...without stopping
For those of you "natural runners" out there, I can't explain what a HUGE accomplishment this is for me. I have always believed that I couldn't do this. Until I joined the Spark, and realized that there is very little that we can't do. The human body is incredibly adaptable and it WANTS TO HELP US SUCCEED.
I started Couch to 5K a few weeks ago after lurking on the team for some time. I started to feel like I needed a new challenge, but I admit, I wasn't certain I could do it, but I knew I could try. I knew I had to try because I don't want to live with limitations anymore. I refuse to be limited. So I started: 90 seconds of running, 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. I got to week 5 this week and noticed a big jump and had a little tiny freak out (what if I can't do it??) So tonight I got on the treadmill, covered the time with a towel and started running. I peaked under the towel: 12 minutes? Really. Wow, maybe I can do a little more. Yes, I can do more. Next up is 20 minutes, and you know what - that isn't too far short of a 5K.
Whatever it is you THINK you can't do. You CAN. Surprise yourself!
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