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#backontrack The Weekend That Was

Monday, August 19, 2013

Happy Monday to ya!

I had a very active weekend. I have kept up with my August Back On Track challenge... planks, pushups, five freggies etc. Still reading my initial blog to remind myself of my goals for this month.

A few over-indulgences with food this weekend, but it all balances out. After work Friday, I went for a 10-mile bicycle ride then some ST and walked the dog.

Saturday, DH and I went for a motorcycle ride with some friends, ending up at Great Wolf Ranch. It's not too far from home and I never knew it existed. It's a rescue shelter for wolves and a few other animals. They raise them domesticated and take them to schools and have open houses there for education purposes.

Saturday was one of their open house days. It was amazing and a little terrifying to see a wolf up close (well as up close as I allowed myself anyway, I'm a big chicken). They brought one out on a chain leash, in the middle of the kids. It rolled over and let the kids rub it's belly, it licked the kids' faces. I was freaking out a bit. I knew they were domesticated but there still has to be that instict.

As soon as we walked in there, I smelled the grill going. I wasn't hungry but instantly craved a burger, chips and a pop! I reminded myself that 'I don't need that', not 'I can't have that'.

Later we saw the movie We're The Millers with some other friends. Funny stuff. We went out after the movie for a drink. I saw margherita pizza on the menu and decided to order that. One guy we were with said he wasn't going to eat so he wouldn't be up all night. I told myself I did not need pizza at 10:30 at night.

I was pretty happy that I talked myself out of two old habits in one day. SCORE!

Yesterday DH and I planned a bicycle ride along the Illinois Michigan canal. It was a perfect day, beautiful weather and the path is mostly flat. We rode about 15 miles, had lunch and then 15 miles back.

Here is where I indulged. It was a sports bar type place so I immediately wanted a burger and a beer. I decided on a BLT, fries and a Mike's Hard lemonade, mago flavor. Still not a great choice but I ate very well all week and I still had 15 miles to ride back to the car so I enjoyed!

With about 12 miles to go, DH started faltering. I kept passing him which I very rarely do. We took a couple breaks, one of them being a walking break. With about five miles to go, as he caught up to me, he breathlessly asked me if I was getting tired. I said no, but we could walk again if he wanted.

He said "wow, running has really done you a lot of good!" He was exhausted and that is rare for him! I'm always the one struggling on the long bike rides. I glowed for about five hours on that comment! I stayed ahead of him just a little bit for a few minutes because I could not stop smiling!

I wasn't gloating or glad he was tired, I was just super proud of how far I've come. How all of the times I drug myself to the gym all winter or outside for a run when it was hot, have really helped my endurance.

I was going to include some pics from the weekend but alas, the iPhone turned them all upside down.

This coming Saturday will mark one year when I rededicated myself to Spark and I will be running a 5K with my daughter.

So onward with the week!

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