Friday, August 15, 2014
I have had "take a yoga class" on my goal list for years now, and I know I actually enjoyed the weight machines in high school gym class, but I have always let inertia, hesitation and schedule hold me back. I don't like locker rooms, I was always the girl who got teased, I don't know what I'm doing and it is embarrassing to ask for help. I let all the excuses scare me into not moving forward. But now I have a new secret weapon, and his name is Squirrel.
My boyfriend is an average height compact built guy (we are both 5'7), who got saddled with the nickname squirrel by his contract coworkers, and it stuck. Squirrel was a jock in high school, and he is a reserve member of Ohio National Guard, so he is pretty fit physically, but in recent months he has let life knock him off his game a little bit. Heck the first night I met him he was doing push-ups in sets of 25 just to stay awake.
Squirrel has tasked himself with pushing me in a positive direction on several fronts. One is doing something about the chronic knee issues that have bothered me since I was a teen. On that front I have consulted my regular doctor and she referred me to select the orthopedic specialist of my choice. While I research doctors who are both good and accepted by my insurance, and wait the inevitable days/weeks/months to get in and see my final selection we are finding ways to get me back on track to being healthier. Squirrel's other task is to get me in the pool for workouts. Since I actually like the idea and it is good for my joints our quest was to get into a pool so he can teach me basics and start me on a water fitness program. I also wanted to strength train, and he wanted a weight room. Monday we checked out the local YMCA, their pool is small but clean and they offer the evening yoga class I have been telling myself to sign up for. The Y also has a circuit of weight machines for me, and a free weight room for my Squirrel (who says eventually he will start teaching me proper free weight technique). After seeing what they had to offer, and knowing they were the only option remotely close to the house (almost 15 minute drive) with the pool, we signed up. Wednesday when I woke up (night shift this week) we hopped off to the Y for our first workout. I didn't have all the accessories I need like shower shoes, a lock or goggles (or my bathing suit which I need to get from my mom's house), so we just did a circuit of weights. We warmed up walking on the indoor track, and stretched, then it was off to the weights, where I got pretty comfortable pretty fast. Now that I understand the basic concept of each machine, and know where to look for the adjustments and instructions I am on my own for a Friday morning session, since Squirrel is off doing his Weekend warrior goodness. Our current goal is to get me comfortable and consistent in using the facility for the next few weeks (and learning to balance around our life schedule). Oh and when I mentioned signing up for the Yoga class (sign up for the next session started this week how lovely), he says "sure I'll do the class with you if you like".
We laugh about the fact the two of use barely would have spoken let alone got along in high school, but a little age and meeting under the right circumstances (his coworkers told me "you'll love the new guy" and I did) allowed us to get to know all the ways we do get along, and challenge each other in positive ways. Being ready to make healthy changes is something you have to do for yourself, but having supportive people who know what buttons to push when you declare your intentions is a true blessing.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Plans, I had so many plans for this year, and then the outage at work lasted 100 days. Some really good things happened in those 100 days though, I met a contractor, who also happens to be in the national guard, and more than willing to help me put the focus back on my fitness where it belongs. Now we are doing more things together, he is encouraging me and he likes to cook real food. So far due to a slow start and a long winter we are only one week into CSA and Fruit share doesn't start until next week. I bumped up to a full share of veggies this year because there were supposed to be 3 adults in the house (my roommate has since moved out leaving us with two people who are supposed to eat more veggies anyway). This week's haul was piles and piles of leafy greens.
In the CSA box was:
2 bags of spinach (about the size of one of those grocery store salad bags, but no baby leaves here)
2 bags of Arugula
2 bunches of radishes
2 potted herbs (my guy grabbed fennel and basil, he's a keeper)
We are also participating in an Egg share, at the half share level which means we get a dozen every other week (half shares are grouped into A and B, for Odd weeks and Even weeks)
With this haul I plan to make
Arugula Spaghetti Carbonara www.sharedlegacyfarms.com/2014/arugu
Dragon's Mustache Potato Salad www.sharedlegacyfarms.com/2013/drago
and Quinoa with Spinach Mushrooms and Feta from the spark recipes site (a quickie dinner favorite of mine). The rest will probably end up in salad and the radishes I will eat by themselves I love radishes.
The first two recipes are from my CSA farm's website and newsletter, gathered from a variety of sources and indexed by the veggie they are showcasing. www.sharedlegacyfarms.com/recipe-ind
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I am committing this year to not stay on the gain lose cycle, to finish this year with less pounds than I started the year. 2012 I made a lot of progress, hit a lot of goals, and then let myself go in my late season slump. 2013 I was very disorganized, and I felt like I made no progress. Good things happened in that I loved my biking, I logged almost 300 miles on my bike, and I built some plans for this year. But when it came to weight loss 2013 was a bust for me. I never really lost any significant weight I hovered right around the same weight all year, and it gradually redistributed so that my pants started to fit tight (I was already wearing my largest size pants I still owned). Since I don't own any bigger clothes, and REFUSE to buy them it means I need to buckle down. We are going into another outage at work, which means long 12 hour days, but that also means having a food plan will make my life easier, though having so little time will mean discipline will be the only way the exercise gets done. I have a lot of things planned that will require strength and training this year, so pushing harder for my goals will be important.
1. My big objective this year is bike touring. My cousins did a self supported bike tour of the Great Allegheny Pass (GAP) trail over 6 days they road the trail from one end to the other and back. I was invited to go but had already burned all my vacation time for the year at that point. My plan is to make the trip with them this year, I know there will be a week long bike trip but I am not sure of the details yet. One rumor I have heard is Northern Michigan. No matter what it will be a fun trip but will involve a lot of miles.
2. I am also signed up for a bike tour of Niagara falls with a company called Women Tours. It is a 4 day weekend averaging 20ish miles a day so a good trial run for the other tour, especially since it is fully supported.
3 I am walking in 2 5ks this year. I am doing my 2nd annual color run (this year in Ypsilanti because my next closest one has not been announced for sure yet), and finally doing a Susan G Komen Race for the cure. I have wanted to do one of these for years, and I am finally committed to this one. My roommate is walking in both of these with me.
4. I may try to squeeze in a supported ride, like the MS series (a short distance, no 100 miler yet). I am willing to let that one roll over to next year though because I already have a busy year planned.
I also want to be more dedicated to blogging here about my CSA this year, and get help with ideas for using some of the crazier veggies. I have one bike trip for 2015 planned also, I am dead set on doing the Hawaii Big Island for beginners tour in January.
Friday, September 06, 2013
This months challenge for Girls gone riding was to take a ride in a scenic place and post pictures. So I went to Kelleys Island in Lake erie with my roommate and two bikes. While we were biking around the island we encountered the tiny Kelleys Island airport, and as the sign shows road traffic must yield the right of way to airplanes crossing.
We biked around the primary state park on the island and up to the Glacial grooves
The actual grooves are pretty impressive, especially when you think of a giant chunk of ice carving this smooth beautiful place.
After we looked around the carvings we went back down into town for lunch. Then we went back to the far side of the island for a ride around the coast of the island back to the ferry. Using maps and the fitness calculator I think we did about 12 miles. It was a great casual ride, and we were on the island for 2 and a half hours including sitting down outside for lunch.
Was a good shakedown for the road bike, my roommate rode my hybrid bike. Bike gloves are more important on a road bike because you put more pressure on your hands and wrists riding in a more forward fashion. Chamis shorts also more important, though a more comfortable saddle is on order, I hope it works. I am totally used to the saddle on my hybrid and can ride an hour without discomfort, so now I need to get that comfortable on the new bike. I feel like I can go faster on this bike now and it is built to fly, I can't wait to start really training on it. I am going to put the road bike on the trainer once winter comes and the Hybrid is going to be for the days it is ok to go outside and I have cabin fever.
So far this summer I have put 200 miles on the hybrid, walked an official 5k (the color run in toledo with my roommate), and biked around the islands. It still amazes me that I started out doing 15-20 minutes on a fan driven exercise bike a couple years ago. Now I am riding outside for an hour or more, signed up for a supported bike tour next year in Niagara Falls, and walking a 5k in the morning just because I told my roommate I would do it with her.
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