Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Well, considering all of the rain that has gone through here, I have plenty of time to get other things done around here. That includes blogging!
First of all...Holy Rain, Batman!! I sat and watched it continuously rain yesterday. It was the first measurable rain around here in months. Everything was dry and dying. August set a record for the dryest month ever in the Chattanooga area. Well, we made up for it,..and some...yesterday. When I went to bed last night at 11 o"clock, we were up to 9.3 inches and they were saying we were easily going to top 10 by midnight. Haven't heard the official number today, but all of the schools are closed because of the flooding. So, yesterday set a new record for the most rain in one day in this area. The old record was 7.6 inches, set 125 years ago!
Since I couldn't ride, I worked on cleaning carpets and doing laundry. (Riding my bike would have been so much more fun.) It is nice that I got that done and out of the way.
I've been having a rough time on the diet front. Too many temptations lately! It's time to get my head out of the "shade" and buckle down and lose the weight I've put back on. I hit my goal weight this spring and I've been watching it go back up all summer. Now, here I am, almost 10 pounds up again. I think about how hard it was to drop it in the first place and I get sick to my stomach.
So, yesterday, I counted every calorie. Everything that passed into the cake hole was accounted for. I know it works, but I haven't been doing it for a while. I've also started weighing myself everyday again. I know this doesn't work for some people, but if I don't look at that number everyday, it's not there. If it's not there, I don't see it going up. I need to see that to reign myself in. These things, along with lots of water, cutting down on Diet Coke and getting enough sleep should get me back on track.
One thing I've noticed while eating a lot of junk lately is that I feel like crap! I'm tired all of the time. Sometimes I feel narcoleptic! I have no energy and just want to sit around. The only thing that kept me active is my biking, but I've still had to push to do that, too. Now, I'm ready for my energy to return. Bring it on!!
So, time for the fun stuff! Here are a few pictures:
Labor Day Weekend, I participated in the Raisin Hope Ride. It raises money for brain injury research and treatment. There were about 300 riders on a beautiful day to ride!
This is Saul Raisin. He was an up and coming professional bicyclists at one point. He suffered some severe head injuries in a crash during a race. He's made quite a good recovery, but he's no longer allowed to race. He is from Dalton, GA, which is about 15 miles away from where I live. He started this annual ride, through his foundation, which is growing every year.
Here's a funny situation I came across on the road. This very excited Tom was strutting his stuff in the middle of the road. Now, if you look at the flock of ladies...only one is another turkey. The rest are guinea hens. I wonder if he realizes that?
Hope everyone has a great week! Keep the spark!!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Well, it's been a while since I posted a blog. Part of the reason is that, unfortunately, eating right has not been the priority it should be. Why? Don't know. What I do know is that I run into this every year at this time. I'm not too worried about it. I'll get back on track soon. I know what I have to do.
Another reason is that I've been busy! Life is just crazy lately. I saw my husband a total of 7 days in July, between his business trip and my long, planned bicycle tour. I think I need my life to get back to boring! Everything is getting neglected.
Now, don't get me wrong. I haven't been busy doing miserable stuff. I've been having a lot of fun...sometimes too much fun (if that's possible!)
I've been trying to check in on Sparkpeople at least once per day, if nothing else to keep a spark of routine. I just don't have the time to keep up with all of the blogs that I used to. I'm not ignoring all of you!!
Okay, enough of that. Here are some pictures of some of the fun stuff:
This is a picture of my group of bike touring friends and me, ready to roll. We did a self guided tour in Southwest Wisconsin. Only 270 miles of biking in one week, but a ton of laughs!
It was a very hot week for Wisconsin. We hit the water whenever we found it. Here we are in Lake Mendota in Madison. (I'm in pink.)
I made a new friend at the Mustard Museum.
This was called the "In Search of the Perfect Beer Tour." I found it! ROOT BEER!
Look! I made another friend. A concrete viking!
We all had little pinwheels on our bikes.
Who says there are no hills in Wisconsin? We rode on a lot of these hilly roads and balanced it out with rail trails.
On the last day, we rode into Monroe. I made another friend!
Okay....now fast forward to August 21st, the day before my birthday. In honor of my birthday, four of us decided to bike 100 miles. We left my house ar 7:30 am and just kept riding.
Here we are at the top of my driveway.
After about 18 miles, we met up with some friends and biked 22 miles to Dairy Queen and back for birthday ice cream. Mmmmm...
My bike was properly equipped with pom poms on the handlebars.....
...and a bubble machine on the back!
At about mile 61, we stopped to listen to these young, native american men practicing their drumming. Very impressive!
At mile 72, we stopped at Subway for lunch. My husband joined us on one of his motorcycles.
Mile 85 called for a dip in the Conasauga River to cool down. It was about 95 degrees.
Here I am! Buzzing right along!!
We made it! I felt so good, next year I think I'm going to aim higher!
Now, I'm another year older and I feel great! I look forward to my next adventure....
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Wow! What a day! It's one of those in which you just want to go back to bed and pretend it didn't happen!
Normally, I would bike on Saturday. Today was different. My mother, 3 of my friends and I planned a trip up to Crossville, TN to see a play and go out for dinner. My mom (who's 80 years old) was to meet me at my house and we would drive to meet the others on the way. Well, she always wants to take her car, so she can smoke because smoking's not allowed in my car. This time, I insisted on taking my car. Since she was parked behind me in the driveway, she went to park her car behind my husband's Goldwing motorcycle. I was in the garage when I heard a sound. "Oh....please let that be the lawnmower she hit!" I thought to myself. Wrong. She hit the back of the motorcycle, knocking it off of the center stand and it tipped over onto the riding mower. Pardon my french, but ....SHEET! For those of you not familiar with a Goldwing, it weighs about 900 pounds! It's going to take a few guys to lift that up. My husband is out of town, so it's going to have to wait. Can't see the damages until it's lifted back up. She feels terrible, but, surprisingly, he said it's just a thing that can be fixed and at least no one was hurt. I think I was more upset than him!
When we finally got to the meeting place, where my friends were waiting, we found out there was a horrible crash on the club's bike ride today. Apparently, a tandem was coming down a mountain descent and lost control. (Not sure if they hit gravel or had a blow out.) They went down and the cyclist behind them also went down. I heard they were going approximately 50 mph. The husband on the tandem was air lifted to the hospital with a fractured skull. Some of his teeth were knocked out and he aspirated some blood, so they're concerned about pneumonia, too. His wife and the other rider were taken in with broken bones. All of them are still hospitalized.
There was a cloud hanging over all of us on the trip to the play. At least it was a light hearted one, (Little Shop of Horrors), that made us laugh. After the play, we went out for dinner, followed by a trip to Dairy Queen to calm all of our worries.
Please, keep my friends in your thoughts and for those of you who are religious, pray for their speedy recoveries.
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