Monday, July 12, 2010
I rode my bike this a.m. on a one-mile loop I had mapped out using the Sparkpeople fitness map maker...It took me 7 minutes and burned a total of....48 calories.
This is the beginning of my biking journey and I had no idea how long it would take me to bike one mile. Seven minutes? That's not much. 48 calories? That's really not much. It is, however, a reasonable start. I will ride the same route tomorrow. Wednesday, I will add a quarter mile to my route, and I will continue adding every other day until i'm riding at least 20 minutes every morning...and riding in the evening as time permits.
Part of me, of course, wanted to chart a 10 mile route and begin it immediately! But...as I have so often found - I've good intentions, and crappy follow through. That's why I joined the Slowest Loser team...and why I'm making my goals for biking ridiculously doable - because I have a habit of making my goals unrealistic and never reaching them. I'm hoping I'll continue to be as excited about the whole thing as I am now...and be looking forward to adding to my route and building my stamina....rather than the whole "ugh, I donwanna" I get when I plan too much too soon.
But 48 calories? Seriously...the end was an uphill slope that had me puffing like crazy. No wonder I'm overweight..I have such unrealistic views of how much I'm eating and how much I'm moving...I think "gee I'm tired" at the end of the day..and I've been freaking busy...but I haven't been MOVING.
However, I'm plodding along with the Slowest Loser team as my baseline and I'm finding that at least I'm DOING it...which is much more than I could say in the past. I'm up to 5-6K steps on my pedometer a day, and that is a LOT.
Slow and steady wins the race...right? right!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
There she is...my first grown up bike! I really, REALLY wanted a Nirve Lahaina...but at $450+ it was simply not in my budget. So I went around and tested many bikes...and for the price, this was the best fit for me, a Diamondback Lustre I.
Today, after getting an artistic recharge at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org/ , I'll be purchasing a helmet...and starting my journey. I've joined a Sparkteam for riders with osteoarthritis...and will be doing a virtual transamerica bike ride...too fun!
Friday, July 09, 2010
Pride weekend, we went to Joe's Crab Shack...tons of fun. A gal came around and took our pic and told us it'd be on the website. I'd forgotten all about it till yesterday I got an ad/email from them so i went to their website to look it up.
Holy cow Batman...
I almost *almost* uploaded it here because no one could really believe what a bad pic it is by words alone...but I couldn't do it. For one...we'd been eating spinich dip...and apparently I had a big ol' piece of spinach that made it look like I'm missing a tooth! Niiiice. Very sexy, let me tell you...
the worst? I look like I weigh at LEAST double ... I'm not kidding. i was wearing a short-sleeved T and the little cap sleeve had rode up...and from the angle she took it...my upper arm looked like a THIGH...if you think "oh it probably wasn't that bad..." when I showed my partner the pic after she said that she said "OH...wow..um, no, no that's not a good pic...no let's not put that one on facebook..." LOL.
Where upon I turned to her and said "do I often look like that jodie? Or is this just a really bad picture?" and she began to squirm....and I knew what the answer was. Finally, she said, "well it depends on what you're wearing...that shirt um, does sort of highlight you're weight on your arms..."
Ouch. Big ouch.
Then, this a.m. on FB, I see my friend who is doing Atkins has lost 26 pounds. Mind you, I do not believe it is a healthy way to do it and I'm not going to do it, or any other weight loss thing except count calories and work out, period, but it lead me to a moment of ...will I ever lose this freaking weight? What's wrong with me? Why don't I do what I KNOW I should be doing?
Well, I nipped that right in the bud. Reminded myself I've been exercising some almost every day...that big dramatic plans only go by the wayside for me in a few days and I'm better off doing it slow and easy. I can allow that picture to pull me down, or motivate me to DO WHAT I KNOW I SHOULD BE DOING. I choose the latter.
so now I'm going to get off the computer and go walk the dog before work. One step at a time, one glass of water at a time, one good choice at a time, i will become healthier and reach my goals.
thanks Joe's Crab Shack for the boost in resolve.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I'm not a terribly competitive person. I enjoy playing board games or whatever...and I don't HAVE to win. I know someone like that tho...if they aren't winning...they aren't having a good time ~ and no one else is going to either! Sorta spoils it for me, you know?
Therefore, I'm not keen on those weight loss challenges people do between themselves or bets..you know the kinda thing.
I did, however, find something last year that motivated me and I decided to give it a go again. I'm seeing how long I can be in the top 50 leaderboard for sparkpoints on the Lesbian Cafe team. These women are some movers and shakers in terms of fitness minutes and to be in the top 50 is no small challenge for me.
It means I have to log in daily, I have to read all those emails and articles and make sure I'm getting in some exercise, or I will fall like a stone to the bottom of the boards. I'm well aware it's a lofty goal and I'm realistic enough to know it would be a pretty intense run for the money to keep me there ALL month...but it's fun for me to see how far into the month I can do it!
I've also been streaking....no, no need to cover your eyes in horror...Spark streaking. Setting small reasonable goals and watching them daily to see how long I can do them...how many days in a row, etc. The spark people app for this is pretty motivational for me...cause, i'm a gold star kinda girl. I like seeing the points rack up...I like seeing consistency earned.
Let's see where this month takes me...We're one week in...today I'm ranked 34th on the LC leader board. Not too bad...My streaks sorta hit the wall last week so I'm rebuiling them...and that's okay. My best percentage is logging in daily and that's 78%. Several of those goals have 0% tho, so i'm working on fixing those.
how do you motivate yourself..challenge yourself...do tell.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I say it often, "people are odd"...and I'm pretty aware I'm probably odd too.
We have varied levels of social skills. We all know at least one person that is "difficult". We say things like they "mean well", "don't mean any harm", or they "can't help the way they are." Often they are family members and we are pretty stuck with them...so we make the best of it.
My family of origin is great at pretending the elephant in the room isn't there...You know, there's a problem. Everyone can see the problem, everyone knows there's a problem and it's not good...but no one talks about it. It took me 40 years to realize I was shoving food in my mouth in an effort to keep the family rule about not talking about those elephants in the room. Definitely an emotional eater, that's me.
so, why i'm talking about this.....
Some one hurt my feelings and REALLY hurt my partners feelings...but they are acting like nothing happened. My partner, who values the friendship immensely...wants to also pretend everything is okay even tho she is still pretty hurt.
I feel like I'm right back there in my childhood, dancing around the elephant. My partner wants me to "just let it go"..and I'm trying...but I'm also noticing how I want to shove food in my mouth...to keep from saying just how not cool this all is with me....and that is not a good feeling.
Rather than shoving donuts in my face, I bought some fruit and when it's gone, that will be that. I won't overeat. I vented to a trusted friend. I wrote here. I will not overeat from emotions. Period.
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