Sunday, April 08, 2012
I didn't want to do it SO much. I was cold and achy and the thought of the hills I was going to have to struggle up was overwhelming. I just really felt like I wasn't going to be able to do it this time. But I know I have to get out and ride or I'm going to go through another whole summer without taking advantage of being able to ride my bike to work. I'm very conservatively planning to be able to ride to work by May 1. If I ride 2-3 times a week between now and then it should be no problem. And based on yesterday, I could probably do it now! With some suffering, granted, but it's possible.
So I pumped up the tire with my new bike pump that works. :) Got my shoes, found my helmet, and headed out the door. And I made it all the way to the place where I stopped last time without stopping!!!! - except for the beginning of the path that is straight down with a hairpin turn - not willing to die, want to save my brakes, and taking someone out on the way down the hill would seriously impact my time goals. I remembered the right turns in the path, and I beat ALL of the uphills!!!! And then I did the rest of Americana - BIG hills - which brought me to 4 miles! I did the whole 4 miles in 33 minutes. My goal is to hit that in 30 minutes. My goal should probably also be to be able to support my body weight with my legs when I hit that point. I had a couple of times when it was hard to muster up the strength to unclip.
On that part of the trip I had to get off and push a couple of times. And I almost turned around at the top of a couple of downhills because I knew I was going to have to come back up the other side on the way home. But I decided to push through and see how it went. Worst case scenario - I walk back. I think I had to walk twice. Based on the downhills on the way out I thought I'd have to walk most of the way back, but on the way back I the hills worked out so that the speed from the downhills got me almost all the way up the next hill and the only time I had to push was when I had cars coming on a tight shoulder and had to slow down before I could go around a big pile of glass. Lost all my momentum and had to push it there. Then back in the neighborhood I had to push it to the top of the first big hill and I rode the rest of the way home! Total trip, including pushing (up and down), stopping to pull off a broken reflector that was scraping, water breaks, breathing breaks, and a side trip to the Wakefield restrooms to get something to blow my nose with (cause I'm a goof and forgot to pack tissues) - 1:07!!!!!!
I can feel it today, but I'm really happy with the progress so far. Heck, getting the bike out of the house was huge. :-/
After the ride I took care of a few things, took a shower, and crawled into bed to try and warm up before we headed out for the fireworks cruise. The cruise was great!! We got there a little early with not too much to do because the boat had already been out. One of my least favorite crew guys was on shift and I think we had a breakthrough - which I'm happy about because he's going to probably be on almost every shift I do. And we had wind!!! We got under sail in the channel and had to actually jibe out of there - which had never happened on one of my shifts before. It was chilly, but not nearly as cold as last year and no threat of rain. And since we were working instead of just sitting, we were way warmer. And the fireworks were spectacular!! This is the 100 year anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the fireworks were a gift from Japan. They were really beautiful. And when I find a good video, I'll post a link.
We ended up at Marina Cantina for dinner at around 9:30. The Southwest Waterfront was so busy for the festival that I thought it would be even more busy than usual and that we wouldn't be able to get a seat, but we lucked out on the top deck. We ended up sharing a table with a couple from South Florida and their 19 year old daughter who is a student at GW. We had a nice time visiting with them. She's on the sailing team at school so we told her about DC Sail and encouraged her to join to meet some people and get more sailing opportunities.
In the top news of the day, the lady told me that I look like Helen Hunt!! I haven't heard that for a LONG time - about 30-40 pounds worth of long time. :-D
I was starving - only had oatmeal and a banana all day. I had a steak salad and a beer. Leaving one of my drink allowances on the table for the week!
Today is weights and a three mile walk . . . And sticking to the calorie limits and ignoring Easter chocolate.
Going into week two - we'll see if I can continue to be successful on the moderation challenge.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
So far so good! I used up my fried and sweet allotments early this week. I'm good with the fried. I had wings with Christie and that's the best use of that allowance I can think of. I don't see her so often anymore with her working in the city and going to school, so I have to take my time when I can get it. On the sweet, I learned a valuable lesson. DON'T DO IT!!! I had one sweet thing that I didn't need or care about and some chocolate for no good reason - which meant that I had to skip the cake I would really like to have had later in the week. Lesson learned. I had my first drink last night - a small glass of red wine. I have two more on the allowance for the week and today is the last day of the week - so I'm in really good shape there.
On the plus side, I'm not feeling cravings for anything. I was worried that when I put some of that stuff back in my diet I'd have to worry about cravings.
And I lost another pound this week!!! Not the two I've been doing, but I'll take it. I was afraid I would have gained - with the board meeting dinners (Monday and Friday) the lacrosse games, the wings, the happy hour dinner . . . . way too much food out this week.
So I've got about four hours to do everything I want to get done today, including a bike ride. I've been on the computer talking to Shauna for a long time. Letting it warm up outside and my oatmeal settle before I go try the bike again (that's the excuse I'm going with). I am rather dreading it. The hills are killer, but I have to do them so they'll get easier. I seriously should be able to do the whole trip to work with no problem in about two weeks if I ride at least 3-4 times a week. And if I can do that, I should be able to do 30-40 no problem on the W&OD because it's flat. :)
We're working crew tonight. It's supposed to be in the 50s with wind. On the plus side, enough wind to get under sail, on the minus side, it's going to be COLD on the boat.
Last night had our first board meeting for Rainbow Spinnakers. It's a great group of guys and I'm really looking forward to working with them. Some good energy and good ideas. Hopefully we can get the group more social and active before we're done with it. And hoping I can keep everything up and stay involved. This year will be a lot of hard work, but if we do what we want to do it should be more autopilot next year. We were missing two people. Will be interesting to see how the dynamics change, if at all. I hope not because I like the mix we have.
OK - enough goofing around. Going to get some stuff done and hit the trail before I run out of time.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
There wasn't a way to make the whole series a favorite, so I'm saving it here.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Ty had his last tournament game last night. It was the 5:00 game and I was on my way home by 7:00, fully intending to spend 30 minutes up close and personal with the elliptical and the cast of Heroes. But Maura started dinner as soon as I walked in the door and I was dragging. So I laid down for a bit, then had dinner, and then never made it back off the couch until bed. My stomach has been cramping up since yesterday afternoon. At first I thought I was paying for getting a little over ambitious on the flax seeds, but I'm afraid it might be the brand new quart container of yogurt. :( Not willing to chance making this worse or carrying it over for another day, so I'll be tossing the yogurt.
Dinner was very light (and yummy), spaghetti squash and shrimp in garlic. But before bed I went for my first chocolate in 44 days. I went a little overboard - figure if I'm doing it and it's my last one for the week, I might as well make it count - but didn't go over my calorie limits for the day. I'm still pushing the higher edge of the limits the last couple of days and need to get back to "normal" on the lower end.
So my score getting ready to go into the weekend is my fried and sweet allotments are used up. I haven't had anything to drink yet. Not sure when/if I'm going to open that can of worms, but we'll see how it goes. Clock starts over on Sunday.
I'm having a little bit of a harder time letting myself be hungry the last few days. I'm not sure what it is, but I need to reign it in before I lose progress. We'll see how the weigh in goes this week. I have a feeling - even though I haven't gone over on calories - that I'm not going to be as happy with this week's results. Depending on the results, I'll make the necessary tweaks going into the following week.
Ty is leaving to go spend a couple days at his Dad's this morning. We have happy hour tonight, I have a board meeting for my sailing club Friday night, and we're working crew on the American Spirit for the Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks on Saturday. :) I'm shocked that we got the shift. I thought it would be booked up the minute it hit the shift board. There are LOTS of trips on the board already. And pretty soon we'll be out for the member sails on Mondays and Wednesdays. SAILING!!!! Yeah!!!!
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