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Binge and Biking Progress

Friday, August 30, 2013

I’ve passed the 4-week (28 days) point in my binge-free streak! Today is day 29 and I am thrilled that things are going so well! Two weeks from now I will be spending almost 2 weeks at my parents’ house. I am looking at this as a challenge. These two weeks prior to the trip, when I’m living in anticipation and excitement and maybe a bit of anxiety of having to face comfort foods, will be the first challenge in not having any binges.

The next phase of my challenge will be the actual trip and visit. One thing that makes it pretty easy not to binge at Mom and Dad’s is that they don’t keep any food in the house, so I can buy what I want to eat. The only trouble I had last time was when I made the mistake of baking for them. Of course, I ate most of it! There are a few other candy and bakery goodies from my hometown that suck me in whenever I go. But I’m going home more frequently, and they don’t have such a pull on me anymore. Last time I was there and indulged, those treats didn’t taste as good as I remembered them to taste when I was younger. If I just remember that, I won’t even consider buying them.

About a week after I return from Wisconsin, we’ll be heading to Hawai’i! CAN’T WAIT! Will get to meet baby Bjørn, our youngest grandson. Hubby’s mom is coming with us on the trip. Having her there will help me keep my fingers off the extra helpings. I’m self-conscious eating around her. This may help keep me in line.

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Bike riding is so much more enjoyable and exciting than riding my recumbent bike upstairs. This seems like a better workout. I got the bike on Tuesday night, rode it twice on Wednesday and once yesterday. This morning I took another ride. Loving it all the way! Got MapMyFitness app on the suggestion of KELLIEBEAN. I started at 10 minutes, increased by 5 for the next two rides, and this morning added 5. So I’m up to 20 minutes. I can’t believe how pooped I am this morning! It was humid, so maybe that has something to do with it. I am using different muscles than indoors. Once I get my time increased to where I want it, I will increase speed. I carry my phone in my cargo pants leg pocket. The app calls out every mile or so and how long I have been riding, my speed and everything! Love it. It will also do this for my walks, (and runs, but I don’t run). I’m finally having fun working out. I used to have fun while swimming, but I didn’t like dealing with locker rooms and showers at the Y.

I am so glad I got a bike! It was the least expensive piece of major equipment I have purchased! Hubby said maybe we’ll get a bike rack soon. I’d love to take it to the greenway!
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    Congrats on being binge free. That is awesome. Keep up the good work. You can do it...I have faith in you.
    1692 days ago
    Congratulations for staying binge-free! I am really happy for you and know what an accomplishment it is. You sound like you have a good handle on the eating challenges coming up ahead. Way to go for analyzing the strengths and pitfalls of the weeks ahead!
    1692 days ago
  • JOE14250
    biking is being 12 again! I got a bike rack off craigslist for $20 several years ago and use it all the time. Happy trails!
    1692 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Here's to progress in all areas!
    1692 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    You can do it! Being binge free is awesome! I've fallen short lately and have been bingeing. But I just try again. You are doing an awesome job and I'm proud of you! Biking is great low impact exercise... keep it up!
    1692 days ago
    You sound prepared for your trips! Planning is a great idea!

    I'm glad you are enjoying your bike, it makes me want to pump up my tires and go! It's too hot right now, and my hand and arm are still healing anyway...but soon!
    1692 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Yay good for you..it's good to have fun working out and enjoying it as well..Good Job! Enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1692 days ago
    emoticon Way to go!!! You are doing so well and I loved your blog. It is so inspiring. I never did get around to riding my road bike this summer and your blog makes me wish I had..

    Good luck on your visit with your parents and the trip to Hawaii sounds like a lot of fun! emoticon
    1692 days ago
    Reading about your biking experiences makes me smile. Taking bike rides is my go-to form of exercise (with a foot injury I can't walk or dance or run much). I love being out there in nature, or ride through town and look at all the trees, the houses. It helps me clear my head.
    Indeed riding outside is much more fun than riding a recumbent bike. (Though on a recumbent bike, you get to READ! lol).
    I'm wishing you the best of luck with your eating while away. No one and nothing can take away the progress you've made so far, that's certain!
    1692 days ago
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