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Looking ahead

Thursday, August 29, 2013

So, I have taken almost a week off and pretty much have not worried about what I ate and have done little or no exercise. I have gone out with friends to play trivia. I have gone on a few bad first dates. And have slept a little more than normal. And read more than I have been. And generally speaking have enjoyed it. 

I have also been thinking a lot about where I started and where I am now. And mostly where I want to go. I think that is part of why I was feeling how I was. I didnít really have a clear goal chain laid out. I still donít. I have some things that are firming up though. Not into actual concrete plans, but more along the lines of ideas of things I want to do. But even if these particular things donít come to fruition, it will put me in a good place physically and mentally.

So, that is probably another reason I havenít been here. When I think, I tend to clam up. Not this time though. I have had some things bottling up and needing out. So there may be more blogs coming fast and furious.

Mostly, I think I am finally happy with my life. I know that sounds weird. But I have finally gotten to a point where I am happy with who I am and what I am doing with my life. I am happy with my weight. I can easily stand to lose 40 more pounds, but I am not as stressed about it. I finally feel I am at a point where I can pretty much do anything I want to physically. If I want to hike, I can hike. If I want to ride, I can do that too.

I am not saying I wonít step on the scale, and track the weight and all that. And I am sure I will get stressed if the scale never moves again. But I am comfortable where I am.

I guess for right now what I am is content. I will be back to exercising. And tracking the food. Because Lord knows I donít have the answers to know I can maintain where I am. I also know I want to continue losing. But it isnít the measuring stick it once was.

So now for the talk about goals. The tweaking of the knee has me somewhat concerned since I am not exactly sure what caused it. I am not sure if it was moving dive equipment up and down a sort of steep ramp or if it had to do with pushing it too much on jogging. It has sort of crept in. So, I am scaling back what I was hoping for on the jogging and going back to the bike to see if that help it. I am not giving up on the jogging and running though. I hope to do that again since I do want to incorporate that more and I have the secret desire to attempt a triathlon. Just think I got overzealous and did too much.
But the big goal is that come next spring or fall, I want to take a bike trip. I did a trip from Pittsburgh to Washington DC a few years ago on the GAAP trail and C&O towpath canal trail. I was less than thrilled with the second part, but I am not so much into the rough trail riding it required. I am not into off road riding in other words. But I want to take a trip that is at least 5 days long and probably more. I am thinking in the coastal area of Florida or Georgia. It will not involve camping. To me there is not much worse idea than sleeping on the ground after riding all day. So, I need to work on logistics. But I want it to be along the coast of one of the oceans. Maybe I will look into doing the west coast. I want to see water for a long time and lots of it. 

So, there. It is out there. It may be subject to change due to timing and training. But that is what I want to do. Now, I need to work on logistics and get an idea of costs. If anyone is familiar with the west coast and if that highway is safe for bikers let me know. Any information on cheapish places to stay along it would be appreciated to.
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LISA_SUMNER08 8/29/2013 4:00PM

    I had a vacation week like that. Did absolutely nothing! It's nice and sometimes it's just what we need.

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/29/2013 3:49PM

    Oh and congratulations on the first dates. Were any of them worth a second? ;)

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/29/2013 3:48PM

    Highway 101 is very windy, so I'm not sure what that does for the safety. I don't know how big the shoulder is. However, I would imagine it would be better in California, since there are more active minded people and California has had bike lanes forever. You could always google earth it and see for yourself. It is breathtaking to be sure. So if you are wanting West Coast I would start there.

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