I just don't get on SparkPeople as much as I used to.....I am just trying to find that elusive balance. Life is just go go go and I am always behind on my chores and tasks. Things keep getting more and more behind and that causes more and more stress. I am still tracking both calories and activity here every day and I do try to read some articles to keep myself motivated and educated. I try to keep up but it's just hard. I really need a month off work to catch up on things around here! But that isn't going to happen.
Anyway, I have been on vacation this past week. It was kind of a weird time to go on vacation as far as work goes because this past week was a really fun and exciting week at my office. There were a lot of fun activities planned, including a 5K for our employees. There was a picnic/barbecue on Friday and just a lot of things going on throughout the week. But I wanted to take this particular week off because it had a long weekend tacked on the end, so I missed the 5K and all of the other fun things.
Originally we had planned to go to the beach for this year's vacation, but in the end we decided to stay home. We had to get a new liner for our pool this year and it had to be custom made. As a result, the pool wasn't opened until late July and I just wanted to have some time to really enjoy it. We made some plans for this week besides the pool....we tried a couple of new restaurants, we ate at a couple of places where we normally wouldn't go, and we got in a lot of exercise.
One day we went to a greenway in Nashville and walked about six miles. Since we moved to the outskirts of Nashville, we don't get to the greenways as often as we used to. In fact, I can't remember when we last walked out there. Another day we went to a greenway that rents bikes for free and we rode about six miles. That was the first time I had been on a bike (besides my recumbent exercise bike) in probably 26 years. It was a single speed bike with foot brakes but the greenway in that area is pretty flat so we managed okay. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and we saw a deer and a big snake (I like snakes). And I didn't crash into anything so I thought it was a success! Another day we went to a state park and hiked. I had actually planned for us to do three miles but we ended up doing six. That was because my husband lost his FitBit on the trail and we ended up going back all the way and looking for it. We did find it, thank goodness! We went to a different state park later in the week. That one is in Nashville and it is very popular. We used to go there pretty much all of the time when we lived there. This time we went on the "strenuous" trail. It was my third time on that trail and I remember that the first two times were so hard for me, but this time I thought I did okay. We visited REI to look at outdoor gear one day too, and we bought waist packs with water bottles because this week has been so hot and humid and miserable that we thought that it was better to look dorky but be hyrdratd! LOL!
I didn't get strength training in like I usually do. I am not happy about that but next week I will be back on track.
Yesterday our friend came over with his little girl for swimming and today we are going to our friend's fish fry. We also spent one day working on cleaning up our bonus room. It has been a really good week, got a few things done around here, got in more exercise than I have in a long time, and here is the really cool part...I got to my goal weight! That is pretty exciting and now I am shifting gears and thinking about how to KEEP IT OFF THIS TIME! It is a must. I joined a maintenance team here on SP and I am thinking about adding calories but within reason. I think that is going to be hard for me....several times this week I didn't eat enough calories. But when I get back to my regular schedule with work next week things should be a little easier. I am also wondering if I will end up losing more weight because frankly, I look thin, but I still have a lot of flab. I am working on toning and strength but still getting cardio in to burn that fat so I am not sure. I am at the weight where I have been in the past when I have been at my fittest and healthiest, but I have never been this flabby before so I am not sure how this is going to go.
Well, now I have to look up fried blue gill to see how many calories that has....I am sure it probably has a ton! Hope that everyone is having a lovely Labor Day weekend!