Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wow I bowled 4 games last night with some friends and I'm feeling it today! I had ACL reconstruction 8 years ago; the ACL is the ligament that keeps your knee from bending sideways. :/ Anyway I got a lot of water as a result of that, so that part is good.
My food is doing pretty good, and I'm on day 3 of logging on #MyFitnessPal, the longest streak I've had in months! Sigh...you have to (re)start somewhere. I had a brownie last night while bowling, but otherwise I ate pretty clean all day Monday and yesterday.
This morning was so cold again, I didn't make it to the gym to swim; and honestly, my knees are feeling very old anyway so I just slept an extra half hour instead. I might go for a bike ride after school today, since I'm finished teaching and I can leave during planning time at 1pm. :)
My 7th graders are starting a new unit this week on nutrition and the digestive system, and today my CT is doing a lesson plan on fast food and reading labels. I am SO JEALOUS!!! I wish I was still teaching this week!!! I am all over this stuff!!! And I love seeing the looks on these kids' faces when they find out what's really in some of the stuff they eat at McD's. ;)
Monday, April 21, 2014
I'm on my way out the door to swim, but just wanted to check in and say I'm BACK!!! School is done for the most part and I'm logging my food/exercise on #myfitnesspal again. The weather is warming up and it's been lovely for riding over the past several days.
I went on the first #fridaynightride of the year with the Spokeswomen and it was a fabulous evening! I got to catch up with so many friends that I haven't seen all winter. I also made plans with my friend Jean to do a ride in CHarleston in 2 weeks, 25 miles. She's the same friend I'm going up to Wisconsin with for a ride on Memorial Day weekend.
Riding season is here. :D :D :D
Eating has been pretty bad with too many Easter treats, but I'm cutting that off starting today. I have my meals planned out for today, and I'm going to stay on task and get back to eating clean again. If I can get through this first week, then I should be able to stick with it for a good long time.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I got more than 20 miles on my bike this week thanks to spring!!! :D I got 3 days of riding in the books for the week, thanks to 2 days of my van needing a tire/rim/brake bolt and one canceling flute student which enabled me to get 11 miles after school yesterday.
I also got a quick half-mile swim yesterday morning and that felt great.
Not feeling so great is my foot. I'm in this Passion Play for the Easter season, and I was unable to work any scenes today except for the ones I have lines in, just because my foot was hurting so much. :(
Next week I'm going to try wearing my boot again and see if that helps it feel better. Even on my bike, my foot doesn't feel that great. But I'm not giving up everything I love. I've already given up my morning workouts and my mood has been in the tank ever since January, along with my sleep schedule. Yesterday while I was at the gym, I saw a poster with tips for better sleep and yep...regular exercise is one of them. I know all of this, and I know how much better I feel when I take better care of myself. Just stop this ride so I can get off. My kids are sick of this, my husband is sick of this, everyone just wants me to graduate and put full-time school behind me forever.
Now that I'm about to graduate, I'm starting to evaluate my gym situation. The gym at my school is $400/year if I want to continue to go there after I graduate. It comes out to about $35/month which is about the same as some of the other places around town. It's a nice gym, and it's super CLOSE. It's the only one that is so close! Unfortunately, they don't open until 5:30am, and that is just way too late for me. I need to be done by 6am, so I really need a gym that opens at 5am. I'm rethinking Gold Express because it's only $10/month and they open at 5. Also, my oldest daughter wants to join with me so she is in shape for tennis season in August. But it's on the opposite side of town from me, just like all of the other gyms around here. Sigh. I don't know what I'll do. It's not such a big deal in the summertime, but come winter, I will really need a gym.
I'm also looking into getting a trainer for my bike. If you don't know what that is, it's a metal rack that supports your rear tire of your bike off the ground, so you can take your outdoor bicycle indoors for the winter. It would be great to stay conditioned all winter long. On the rides I've had this week, it's been so disappointing how much of my conditioning I have lost over this hard winter. :/ Anyway they are expensive, so I am asking around the Spokeswomen group to see who is interested in selling a gently used one. Those chicks have money, I don't know where everyone gets all this money from because we can barely put food on the table, but these women are always buying cool new stuff and cool new bikes. I try really hard not to be jealous. Hopefully this fall I will be working. A job...yeah...that must be their secret. ;)
Well, I have had a full day and still have a long to-do list for tomorrow, so I'm going to bed. We are getting some severe weather tomorrow, but I'm hoping for an early morning ride before the storms hit. Good night!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Yesterday I got about 12 miles on my bike thanks to my van tire/brake/rim breaking down, and it was a lovely day, thankfully! Also thankfully, I love my bike so much that it's not much of a hardship when I don't have a vehicle in this kind of weather. Only hardship is getting 7 people where they need to go, on time, with ONE car. :/
I'm so out of shape! This semester has done me in. But I am enjoying being back on my bike for now. Almost graduation time.
I think my ct must like having a student teacher around because he is never there anymore. Last week Boston, this week technology conferences, and more meetings to come in the next couple weeks I'm in the classroom. It is pretty awesome for me to be in the drivers seat, and even though I feel like I'm a pretty lousy teacher, I'm getting all the work done and when he came back earlier this week and asked the kids what they did last week, many of them were able to explain the respiratory system. So I must not be doing too badly!!! :)
I have to go pack up and get everyone out the door now...and the dryer is buzzing with clean clothes for my boys...and my hubby needs a lunch. Gonna be another hectic day but the end is in sight.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Spring! It's coming! I can see it!!!
It's been a crazy semester and I have not been focused on food/exercise all year so far. :( I do the best I can, but there are not enough hours in the day to reach every goal I have right at this moment. But I made it to the gym twice this week and today will be in the 60's for the first time since last September, so I'm really excited to get out on my bike this afternoon!
I need to get my eating under control but I don't see myself doing much about it for another 8 weeks, when I will be DONE with school. I am just not in the right mental state, but I do eat good balanced meals. It's just that birthdays come around and celebrations happen, and I never get a break from all the other things in my life, so it's a way to just not worry about things. Wow, that pretty much sums up emotional eating for me right now!!!
Anyway. I'm still planning on all my rides this summer, and I did get out one day last week for a short ride on my mt bike, since there was still snow on the ground. Today, the snow is melted, and my road bike is ready and waiting for me. :)
My first ride looks like it will be in Charleston in April, with my friend who had hip replacement surgery last year and is ready to get back in the swing this year. We are also going to do a ride on Memorial weekend up near Wisconsin, and one of my Spark buddies is coming to meet up also!!! The rest of my summer will be one after another, all summer long. I'm hopeful for 2000 miles this year. 3 summers ago I got 2000 miles, and the past 2 years since, I've come close. My foot problems have held me back, but now that I know what's wrong with my foot and I know that cycling won't hurt it, I'm ready to graduate from college and then put as many miles as I can on my bikes. :)
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