Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I decided to do a mid-week checkin and share a little recent fun I had.
First, the bad. On Monday I was at a coffee shop and I had an ENORMOUS piece of double decker chocolate cake with frosting. The piece was so big that I asked him to cut it in half but he wouldn't sell it to me that way. So I bought the whole piece which he admitted was larger than usual and ended up scarfing down the whole thing because I had no self control. I am considering this a reverse cheat for the week. The cheat meal I was planning as a treat for eating my vegetables has already been eaten, so now I have to eat my vegetables every day and I don't get another cheat!
Now, the good. I've added bike rides to my routine. I've been out there riding on flat surface in the neighborhood 3 or 4 times now, each time increasing the length of time. I'm not sure if I'm getting into the cardio zone or not when I do this, so I just consider it "bonus activity". I struggled with whether or not to even track it in my SparkPeople fitness tracker. I feel like it doesn't really count towards my goals because it's not strenuous enough. I don't want to sell myself short by inflating my fitness minutes when the real work is done in the gym (I'm still going to the gym every day too). What do you think -- to track, or not to track?
Another reason not to track the biking is because I have decided to reward myself with an iPad when I reach the 3600 fitness minutes per year that SparkPeople sets out as a goal for you. And I want it to mean something, not be full of lacadaisical bike rides that don't get my heart rate up or do any work.
Now for the fun. I recently picked my viola up after a 14 year hiatus and started playing with the local chamber music organization. Last week, we gave a concert, after just 2 short weeks of rehearsal. We played Brahms sextet opus 18 and Mozart Divertimento K.137. I think we were the worse two groups to perform in terms of intonation and musicality. But I still enjoyed myself immensely.
Here's some photos from that evening: