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50 Miler

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Did a 52 miler on Saturday. It felt really good. My time wasn't too bad..4 hours but I still need to work on speeding it up. I need to knock down the time for when I ride a century. I ended up with 121.4 for last week. I just need to keep it up and not fall into that take a break for a day that ends up being week(s) trap. I am doing elliptical and strength videos on days that I can get on the bike. I have also been working on the trainer with some terrain videos to try and help increase my speed.

I hope every one has a great week. Hang in there. Keep on Cycling.

  
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BILL60 1/28/2013 8:36AM

    Super!! But what are you doing indoors with the Texas temperatures being what they are??

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Productive Weekend & Some Advice for the Struggling

Monday, January 21, 2013

I ended up with a total of 89.5 miles for the three day weekend. My husband rode two of the rides with me. He usually rides behind me since I am a slower rider and he will stay in a higher gear even on the hills so that he still gets a good workout. After our ride this afternoon, he told me that he noticed that I was starting to get cyclist legs. That's definitely not a bad thing emoticon The cycling is helping me to keep my weight off. I have not reached my ultimate goal but I believe it will come one day as long as I keep watching what I eat and keep riding like I have been. Those last few pounds are always the hardest.

Everyone needs to remember that to succeed at this journey it is not a diet but a life style change. The mind needs to be conditioned to think healthy. Yes, there are times that we cry through the hunger and the pain but in the end it is worth it. It takes time for the mind to change how we see ourselves as well. Yes, I have lost over a hundred pounds but my mind still sees a fat person when I look in the mirror. Granted what I am seeing as fat now is actually extra skin because I am older and the skin does not shrink back as fast as a young person's but my mind still sees it that way. Don't ever give up because you will just end up back where you started or worse. The only way you will succeed is to tell yourself, "I will not go back to what I was." I would and still do tell myself, "I refuse to ever buy fat clothes again." I won't even keep the clothes I shrink out of because I look at it as a sign of impending failure. If I hide them away in the back of my closet for a just in case, then I am telling myself that it is okay to go back to what I was. I have to keep looking ahead to a healthier, more athletic me and the only way I can do this is to keep a positive mindset.

For those of you reading this, Hang in there it can be done. Just take it one day at a time. emoticon

  


Getting Back Into It

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Up until mid December I had been a little lax with my fitness. Excuse after excuse. Getting home late from work, having to get up early for work, papers to grade, my schoolwork, housework...on and on. I was overwhelmed with my new teaching position and that didn't help either. Even with the lack of exercise I was diligent in watching my calories so I maintained within a five pound range.

Hubby and I got an elliptical for Christmas and I have been doing a lot better. I do a half hour 4 out of 5 weekdays and 30 to 60 min every evening no matter what time it is. I have been spending the weekends in the saddle of my bicycle. I did 20 miles a day last weekend and doing better this weekend. 27 miles yesterday. Going to LBJ National Park today to ride. Hubby and I have registered for the LBJ 100 in March so we wanted to ride it at least once. Will update more later.

  
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BILL60 1/21/2013 7:30AM

    Way to come back. Keep it up.

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JAGG32 1/20/2013 12:33PM

    That is great all you need was to get going. Now are off!

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Nutty

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thank God, I was called for a full time teaching position the end of August 2012, but it was a bittersweet victory. The school I am teaching at does not get out until 415. I usually cannot get out of the door until 500. It is a 40 minute drive home. So by the time I get home it is dark and I can't ride. At first I was just getting to ride on the weekends. Then after the Cancer Ride in October, I got in a 40 mile ride on Thanksgiving day and then today I was finally able to get a 16 mile ride in.

My husband and I bought each other an elliptical for Christmas so I have been spending a lot of time on that the last 3 weeks, a minimum of 30 min per day. I have also been fitting in some strength training but not as much as I have been wanting to do. Where I was hired the day before school started I have felt like I have been playing catch up for the last 18 weeks. I finally feel like I am getting caught up and have been using that extra time on the elliptical. I am going to start leaving as soon as I can from work and even if I can only get in a 20 to 30 minute ride around the neighborhood then that is what I am going to do.

I have only lost about 5 pounds since August but I have been staying within a 5 pound range, which is actually not bad. I haven't lost any more but I haven't put on any either. So it's just a keep trying until I get through this plateau.

Have a great weekend.

  
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GOODGETNBETR 1/12/2013 9:43AM

    A forty mile day is emoticon! Keep up the great work maintaining in 2013 and emoticon with the new job.

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BILL60 1/12/2013 6:17AM

    Once you have it figured out, you'll be fine. The important thing is that you have a job.

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End of Week

Friday, August 10, 2012

Made it through the week. Lost 2 pounds, which is really good considering I am on the lower end of my journey. I know the closer I get the harder it is going to be and the slower it will go. I just can't give up and have to ensure that I at least maintain. I know it is a lifestyle change, which is why I have totally changed how my family eats whether they wanted to or not. It is no longer me cooking my food separate from the family. Now, everyone eats the same thing. I just eat smaller portions since I am a small woman and they are all men. I only cook so we have just enough for meals. I no longer make sure we have extra. I am trying to teach them proper portions. The boys are 20 and 16. I know they can read a package and see what a portion is but seeing and actually ensuring they are only eating one serving is something different. I used to cook 2 boxes of mac and cheese for the four of us and there would be no left overs. Now I cook mac and cheese maybe once a month since it is so fattening. Now, I only cook one box to ensure they are only eating one serving. Yes, they are saying I am starving them but they need to learn how to eat and snack proper and healthy.

  
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