Sunday, November 27, 2011
It was a fun time visiting everyone in Wisconsin, but it wasn't the healthiest trip. I didn't bring my bike, but if I had, there probably wouldn't have been too much riding. It was cold and dreary most of the days we were there.
I did do some jogging while I was there to train for the 5k I signed up for next weekend. I am able to run an entire 5k, and that was my goal. Hopefully, I will do it with no issues when it counts!
Here's a picture I took one day while I was jogging. It's a view of the locks along the Fox River in DePere, WI.
The Fox River Trail is a beautiful trail to run on and I used to enjoy biking on it when I lived there.
Now, running burns about the same calories as biking, unfortunately, I can't run for 3 hours at a time! I think that fact, partnered with the poor diet choices I made on my vacation, led to the 8 pound weight gain I had in 2 weeks. Holy Wah! Things are going to get back to normal now that I'm home. As soon as the rain passes through, I'll be able to get back on a riding schedule and my regular eating routine. (That started this morning!!)
While we were gone, some good friends stayed at our house to take care of our dogs and cat. I expected all to go well, but our little old kitty has taken a turn for the worst. She's 18 years old (comparable to a 90 year old woman) and she's been hanging tough. Well, about 2 days before we came home, our friends said she appeared to have a bad mouth infection. I told them just to make her as comfortable as possible till we got home. Oh, she looks so pathetic! She;s skinnier than usual (she's had hyperthyroid disease for years) and she's drooling bloody spit. It's all over her fur, too. She has been drinking milk and water, and she is able to walk around the house, but she just looks miserable. Tomorrow, I'll take her to the vet and get his opinion of what steps to take. It will be sad if we have to say goodbye to her. We've had her since our kids were little. She's just always been there...
We had a nice time on Thanksgiving with the boys. It's so hard to get them together, but we did it. We met at a restaurant and then hung around to watch the first half of the Packer game together. The surprise we had for them is that we have to return before Christmas for another doctor's appointment. We will be able to have a little Christmas celebration with them! That's so much better than having to ship presents and open them alone. They both are still holding a grudge since we moved, and they're still young enough not to have started families of their own, so us coming back means a lot to them.
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoy the upcoming holiday. (Whichever you celebrate!)
For me, I look forward to getting back on a healthy track so I look and feel better than I do at this moment!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Okay, so first of all.....
YEAH, PACKERS!!! Another winning week!! Hope they can keep it going as long as it takes for another Superbowl win this year!!
Here's a picture I snapped as I drove past Lambeau Field the other day:
Just thought I'd share that.
Now, as far as my boys, I have seen both of them this week. It took a little maneuvering, but I pulled it off. Our next meeting is set up for Thanksgiving at a restaurant, unless I can snag them before that, too. Wish me luck!
As for the training for the 5k, I officially ran an entire 5k on my own yesterday. I went out on the Fox River Trail while my friends did the "I'd Rather Ride My Bike Than Deer Hunt Ride." It was only about 40 degrees, but I warmed up quickly and just kept running. I think I will have no problem doing it on December 3rd.
Today, we drove up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit my BIL and SIL. BIL has been battling esophogeal cancer. He went through chemo and radiation this summer and surgury this fall. Now, he is working on gaining weight back. He said he is on absolutely no medications. Other than being very thin, he looked really good. It was so nice to see them. It's been too long!
Sitting in the car with my husband for 6 hours today was challenging. Between PMS and him being crabby, things were tense! Oh, well. It happens. We survived.
So that's how the last few days have been. More later.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Okay, so I'm up in Wisconsin right now and there is so much going on it's crazy.
Where do I start....
First of all, I came up here to see my kids. My husband had to come up for business, so I came with because I really miss these boys. I don't know how much they really miss me, though. On the way here, my oldest son (25 years old) was texting me, telling me how much he missed us. He said things in his life were messed up and he really needed someone to listen. (Nothing new...lol) When we arrived in town, I texted him to let him know that we were here. No reply.....no reply....no reply.... Finally, later in the evening he texted and said he was sleeping all day and he was hung over and sick. "But I'll call you first thing Monday morning." Monday morning...nothing...Tuesday morning....nothing...Finally, Tuesday evening he asked if we wanted to meet for lunch on Thursday. Hmmm...
Number two son (22 years old), who didn't want us to stay at his apartment, seems to have some sort of chip on his shoulder. I asked if he wanted to meet us to watch the Packer game last night, but he already had plans. Okay....but nothing was said about any future plans except Thanksgiving.
I'm really tired of waiting for my kids to throw me a bone when I'm here. This is definitely NOT the relationship I expected to have with these guys. So sad...
Background history of accident: In April of 2010, my husband was struck from behind on his motorcycle. He has an injured back and remaining problems from a severe concussion. He has been seeing doctors in Tennessee, but the process seems to be moving too slowly. His attorney suggested he move his care to this area, hoping things get resolved quicker.
We had to go to the general practitioner that he recommended to get a referral to a neuropsychologist. I have never met such a rude doctor! He was short with us most of the appointment and then the sparks started to fly. He started telling my husband that by riding a motorcycle, he is just asking to be injured. He also said that my husband should "grow up" and quit trying to act young by riding a motorcycle. His words: "You were 52 years old and riding a motorcycle. What did you expect?" I was in shock! He was insulting my husband!! I tried to calm the situation by saying, "Well, everyone has a different hobby." He then turned on me and criticized my role as his support system for letting him ride. Okay...this is when my face turned red and I could feel my pulse in my ears... I was just starting to blast on him, when he talked over me and said our time was up. I was seething!
We need to use this man as a gatekeeper to the specialists in this area, but already plan to lodge a complaint when we're sure it will not affect my husband's care. We have a family doctor in Tennessee who rides both motorcycles and bicycles and has no problem with our lifestyle. I can't believe how unprofessional this doctor was. I work with patients in my career field. I don't always agree with their hobbies or habits, but the correct thing to do is not force your opinion on them. And for sure not insult them!
Now, for the sore legs. As I said in a previous blog, I'm training for a 5k on December 3rd. I didn't bring my bike up to Wisconsin because the weather didn't look too promising. It's a good opportunity to train. I have walked/ran 3 miles two days in a row. Definitely have to take a couple days off now. I can barely walk!! Ouch!! Maybe I overdid it...
Enough whining! All is not bad. I have been able to spend time with my northern friends. There's been a lot of laughing and, of course, eating. I guess as long as I can keep from going too overboard, I'll worry about the results when I get home.
I'm hoping that the rest of my visit has more good times than bad. I came up here for a break, not drama!!
Friday, November 04, 2011
Well, there was a time that I stayed in my little box. It was safe there and I knew exactly what to expect. People would suggest things and my first reaction was, "I could never do that!" I'd like to tell you that that box was broken down and recycled years ago! Now, if someone mentions trying something, I say, "What the heck! It's worth a try."
A couple days ago, a friend asked if I'd be interested in running a 5k in Chattanooga. Well, I didn't hesitate. It will take place the first weekend in December, so I have a month to prepare.
Now, I bicycle thousands of miles each year. Riding 100 miles in one day is something that I've done many times. Running 3 miles is a completely different story! Last winter, I did run that far...once...after building up to it. I know I can do it. It's just going to take some work to build up to it. Yesterday, I started my training by just taking the dogs for a 2 mile brisk walk. Boy, my legs are stiff today!
I look forward to the cross-training aspect of it. My body is so conditioned to cycling that I probably don't burn that many calories doing it anymore. Maybe the added running will make me stronger all over. One thing that the bicycling has done for me is increased my endurance and improved my lung capacity. I'm able to get into that "zone" that's neccessary for the long haul. (Not that 5k is that long. Maybe a little over 30 minutes.) But my goal is to run the entire time, with no walking.
I'll be spending a couple weeks in Wisconsin this month. I hope the snow holds off while I'm there so I can continue to train. If I can run there, I can run anywhere! lol
This weekend is a biking weekend. I have 40 mile rides planned both days. The 5k training will have to continue next week.
On the nutrition side of my life, I have been kicking butt! I've lost over 5 pounds in the last few weeks. I owe it to holding myself accountable for what I put in the cake hole. It's pretty black and white. Funny how that works!
Monday, October 31, 2011
First of all, I have had a great week of eating healthy and logging my food. It paid off and the scale went down. I had a fun weekend, and yes, I ate a lot of yummy things, but I'm still down from last week. Yeah me!
Now, for the fun...
My husband and I hosted our 2nd Annual Bike, Binge and Burn Party yesterday. It's a healthier way to have a party. This year, we had 14 guests.
The party started with a 30 mile bicycle ride at 3pm. My husband doesn't bike, so I led the ride and he stayed at home, waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive.
Here are six of us, ready to ride. We met up with 2 others about 1 mile into the ride.
It was a beautiful afternoon for a ride. Temperatures were in the low 60's and the sun was shining. The colors are just peaking here in southeastern Tennessee.
After we arrived at home, the rest of the guests were starting to show up. We binged on turkey sloppy joes, (which we told everyone was beaver meat, since we've been having a beaver problem on our property) Everyone brought a dish to pass. We had wonderful salads, fruit, casseroles and, of course, dessert! (I didn't take any pictures of the binge. I was busy eating!)
After dinner, we all went outside to enjoy the huge bonfire that my husband put together for us.
We all stayed toasty-warm around the fire. A few people roasted some marshmallows, but most of us were too full from dinner. The best part was when we started telling ghost stories. As the spookiness of the stories increased, the local coyotes started howling in the surrounding woods! Perfect timing!
It was another successful party with fun, food and friends. If eating at parties scares you, this is a great idea to ease your mind a little. Mix some fun exercise in your parties to burn some of the calories!
Can't wait for next year's party!
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