Thank you, ladies for your emergency support! You helped me build the resolve it took to save this day.
When I blogged this afternoon, I had just under 400 calories left for the day. And oddly, I was hungry by 4 p.m. But I persevered.
I got myself out of the house and into the brilliant sunshine with Punim. We went to the dog park, where he was so very playful and full of energy. Playing with him and watching him run around helped my mood a bit.
But the real mood-lifter came at 5 p.m. I picked up the new-and-improved Gary Fisher! Gary is my bike, and today he really earned his model name: "Nirvana."
I needed to have some work done to it, since when I blew my rear innertube, I did some damage to the rear wheel and knocked the brakes out of whack. And I figured that as long as it was in the shop, I'd have a tune-up. I've had the bike for 3 years and have never had it tuned up professionally. It was worth every cent of the $80 I spent. Everything is tight and adjusted, AND my odometer now works.
The joy of reunion in my heart, I took Gary out for an hour. I was amazed at how smoothly the bike was working and how easy it was for me to go faster, navigate inclines, and really use all those gears the way they were meant to be used. My high speed was 17.3 mph. Can I tell you how lovely life is at that speed?! Zooming along, I felt like I was flying. Dreamy. My average speed was 11.5 mph. One bonus of the odometer is that it stops the timer when the wheels aren't turning. So when I had to stop at lights or yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on the bike path, I didn't clock time. This makes the speed and distance calculations very accurate.
But I digress. I burned 150 calories over what I was supposed to burn today.
At the end of my ride, I stopped off at the produce store to get the ingredients for dinner. I didn't have a whole lot of calories to work with, and I wanted to eat a lot of food so that I didn't get hungry or feel deprived at bedtime. I bought radishes, bib lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper, arugula, and tuna, and made a gigantic salad. I considered taking a picture of it so you could see just how huge dinner was, but I thought better of it. I topped it all with home made honey mustard dressing (honey, dijon mustard, and balsamic).
I ended the day with 71 calories to spare! I could go and eat some cherries or something, but I am quite full and quite done.
Amazing fact: I didn't go over on anything, not fat, not carbohydrates, not sodium. I was exactly in range, squeeking by just barely on protein by one gram.
I am feeling a huge wave of accomplishment right now. I could have had another "lost day," but I turned my day around because I knew what I had to do. And no small part of this was the support I received today. So thank you!
Right now, I'm still under the influence of endorphins. Although I'm still extremely foggy, I'm feeling pretty damned good.