I'm doing a lot of bicycling this year, and have had a number of people express their frustration that they don't seem to be doing well on bikes. So I've written up some advice based around common mistakes I see bikers making.
First of all,... Read more
Birthdays in our household are really birthWEEKS
Thank you all for the many birthday wishes! I had sushi for lunch and Indian for dinner and rode my bike 18 miles, so it was a really wonderful day. Going to the bike shop today to pick up my birthday present, a 70 oz. CamelBak hydration pack. T... Read more
It's my birthday!
I was having a sad day yesterday, but today is my birthday and there will be no sadness!... Read more
Monday reboot: glitch
It's one thing to go to bed on time with the plan of getting up at 6:30. It's another to then lie there for almost 4 hours before finally falling asleep. So getting up was almost 8. But after a little wakeup time, I will be hitting the exercise.... Read more
I have been doing great with the biking, but in the adjusting to the biking, the strength training has fallen by the wayside. That's okay; things need to be flexible. And between being sick, having sick friends, and everything else in life, a li... Read more
30 Days of Biking -- misery edition
"OMG, I don't want to bike today! It's cold--they're threatening snow--and windy, and just miserable."
"You don't have to bike," my hubby replied. "Instead, you can curl up inside and stay warm, and at the end of the month look back and des... Read more
Your body sometimes lies to you
I spent the night taking care of my best friends' three children. I have a very special relationship with these kids, and was happy to help out during a medical emergency. But I didn't sleep well due to listening for them, being awakened at 1am ... Read more
Food: it's not just fuel
I am always wary when I see people trying to take the "food is fuel" approach, because it tries to lock down all the family, cultural, and celebratory associations with food and usually leads to an emotional crisis, binge eating, and disaster. Y... Read more
Self-loathing: not just for the fat!
I am amazed when I hear people I consider to be attractive, interesting, and "together" just spew forth with gouts of self-loathing. If they are curvy, they think they're fat. If they are thin, they point out every tiny, perceived flaw. Everyone... Read more
Burning 5000+ cardio calories a week
At least according to Spark People. The long bike ride did the bulk of it, of course.
This is two weeks in a row that I've burned over 5,000 calories. I hope I can keep it up through the summer months. It's a bit harder in the winter, sinc... Read more
27 miles, and ready for bed
I went for my first truly long ride today--27 miles. I'm working to strengthen my knees, so I rode in lower gears and kept my pedalling "soft." It helped my knees get through a 2 hour and 16 minute ride without complaint.
But, oh, my patoot... Read more
Doing better today
Spreading out my food seems to be effective. I was down 3 pounds today. No one thing will ever work forever, but I'm shaking it loose for now. Woot!... Read more
I think I see part of the problem
At the suggestion of a couple people, I took my measurements. They've hardly budged.
But I think... Read more
Tired, sore, and dejected
Biked 15 miles yesterday, did upper body ST, gained 3 pounds. I am getting quite frustrated with just bouncing around at the same place on the scale despite working out so much. We had company for dinner, and yes I ate a bit more than I usually ... Read more
I'm behind on everything today. I admit that this is my fault: I slept in very late. But hubby was sleeping very restlessly last night and kept waking me up just on the edge of falling asleep--he very occasionally does this thing where he moves ... Read more