Saturday, April 19, 2014
The elliptical arrived on schedule Thursday. I spent three or four hours putting the thing together by myself and I still wasn't finished, so my husband helped me finish the assembly Friday night, which was incredible, considering how terrible our Friday went.
When I went to bed Thursday night, I heard this weird hissing sound near the front door when I was locking up. I couldn't figure out what it was and thought maybe it was the weird acoustics of that corner and the high ceiling. So, I didn't mention it to my husband until the next morning as I was leaving for work. He started poking around and sure enough, the drywall was wet. There was a pinhole leak in our water pipes. I don't know how the heck a pinhole occurs, but I hope like heck there aren't any more in our near future!
It took us twelve hours and three attempts with different materials to solve the problem. What a stressful fiasco! But my husband saved the day after our third trip to the hardware store, when we found liquid flux instead of paste. I've never used solder before, but Tony has. He was used to using the liquid flux, but Home Depot didn't sell any. In fact, their selection for everything we needed just sucked! So, after the first attempt with the paste didn't work, we tried a local hardware store called Johnson's. Wow! Their store wasn't as big as Home Depot, but it was packed with lots of options for everything, including this two-in-one solder/ flux combo. If you ever have a solder project, steer clear of this product! There is a reason not to take a short cut sometimes! Long story short, we were able to find the traditional products my husband is used to using and were able to repair the repair and it's holding like a charm. Now, we have this cute little skylight into the upstairs bathroom. Lol! That, thankfully, is an easier fix than plumbing. Whew!
So, coming back to the elliptical, it's right at home in my recreation room. I fired it up this morning for a half hour spin. I LOVE it! In fact, I'm going to put my workout pants back on and take another spin!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
After an hour and a half of driving to scoop up my daughter, meet her new boyfriend, drive to her old apartment to pick up her skates, then all the way back to the bike trail, my first ride lasted 30 minutes, replete with many stops and flailing arms! Regrettably, I'm not as steady as I once was, but I'm also sporting 70 extra pounds! Similar to the rink experience, my shins lit up right away. Thankfully, hopping off onto the gravel was easier than the rink, where there was no mid-lap escape!
I did remember pretty quickly that the key to balance is a bit like driving a car. Find a focal point off in the distance and do not stare at the space directly in front of your feet! Once I did that, I loosened up and was able to cruise for a bit, picking up speed and only flailing my arms occasionally.
30 minutes and no falls leaves a lot of room for goal setting! After the ride, I wasn't sure how to lower myself down to the ground to get the skates off, so I put my hand on the front of the car, which was still locked, so I set off the alarm. What a dork!
My husband did a once over on me when I got home, searching for scrapes and bruises. Since I struggle to stay upright in land shoes, you can imagine his concern! I'm looking forward to strapping on protective gear, which should be arriving soon.
The elliptical should be here Thursday. We went with a $600 Nautilus. I'm hoping quality comes with the price tag. There were lower end options, but I want something that will last.
Today promises to be warmer than yesterday. I transplanted my radish seedlings to the garden yesterday and it looks like the turnips and cucumbers are ready to go next, followed by the carrots and lettuce. The bell peppers are still quiet. I did this gardening thing once and only harvested three radishes that were hot because I didn't water them enough. Oops!
I also need to put a final coat of polyurethane on my door trim, so I can get it hung and out of the garage. I also would like to tackle the embarrassing flowerbeds in the front yard. They have more grass growing in them than the lawn! Time to weed and make more growing space for the stuff that belongs there!!
Happy spring, everyone. I really hope no one gets the snow that's forecasted this week. That's just crazy!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
My husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary next week. Seriously, where did the time go? He ordered just about every goofy thing on my Amazon wish list today: an elliptical, a rowing machine, protective gear for my skating adventures, gardening gloves...and I'm not sure what else I had on there.
I'm excited to get the elliptical. I debated whether or not to get that or a treadmill. Since I have some cranky knees, I thought it best to go for the lower impact option. And the rowing machine...well, I just like rowing! How cool that he did that for me! Now, I'll need to honor his patience with my fitness obsession by putting them to good use and not letting them become another fixture that collects dust.
I wanted to get him a PS4, but he talked me out of it. He bought himself some expensive Transformers to add to his collection and would rather get some much needed computer hardware in the near future.
BLC24 wrapped up this week. I had a net loss of 3.2 pounds over the course of 12 weeks...not much to write home about. But I created some new healthy habits. I workout in the morning every day and have a healthy breakfast. I'm currently working on limiting my evening snacking and making sure I eat a veggie with each meal. These habits are mine for good.
I proved that I CAN survive the entire 12 week season of the BLC. I don't even know how many times I joined the BLC, only to throw in the towel mid-season. What was different this time? My commitment, but also the changes to the weekly challenges. I was on the CAMO team (which is just an amazing bunch of friendly people) and their challenges were the perfect recipe of structure and flexibility. There were some group focus challenges each week and then it was up to you to create your own individual challenges for the week. It occurred to me yesterday why this worked so well and previous seasons did not. My previous BLC experiences included weekly challenges that were always totally different, some of which took quite a bit of time and planning to collect points. Doing something different each week was counter-productive for me and was a bit overwhelming, since I didn't have the time. What I really needed was some consistency to build healthy habits. I don't know if the changes were global across the teams, or if it's just something the CAMO team does, but I'm grateful, , it works!
BLC25 will be my season. I have something to prove to myself. My BLC24 experience tells me I can lose weight! Even though my net loss was only 3.2, I had five weeks of losses, three of which were over 3 pounds, well over my one pound per week goal. I'm going to get serious about my food and fitness during the break. It should be fun! Skating with my daughter, trying out my new gym equipment, gardening, just getting outside! Oh yeah! I'm so glad spring is finally here!!
One last bit of news before I hit the hay: I enrolled in school again! I'm taking advanced project management courses online at Stanford Center for Professional Development. So far, the instructors are interesting and the pictures of the campus really make me want to be in sunny California!!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
We're approaching another end of another month. How did you make out this month? I feel like I made some headway, despite the lack of movement on the scale. I think that's about to change because I'm making a concerted effort to avoid evening snacking. I just put that plan into action, so I'll keep you posted on the progress. I just really need to practice some discipline in the evening. Otherwise, the 1,000 plus hours that I racked up this month is a loss. I'm tired of treading water. I think the cliche feels more like mud, but you get the idea. I can't wait to share my calendar with you. To look at it, you might wonder why I didn't lose weight. I'm mildly curious about that too, but I don't want to spend anymore time dwelling on it. It's done, I can't control it, I can't learn anything more from it. I'm moving on.
Below is how I measured up to my goals for the month. I can honestly say I'm going out like a Lion this month! Working out each morning really helped me achieve my fitness minutes goal.
My plan for March:
1. 1,000 fitness minutes
a. 12 strength sessions (30 minutes) I'm two short right now, so I plan to do JMs 6 week 6 pack Saturday and Sunday
b. 20 cardio sessions (at least 30 minutes)
2. Track nutrition Tracked all but 7 days this month. On the days I tracked, I stayed in ranges all but 6 days.
a. Eat a veggie at each meal/snack
b. Practice mindful eating, especially at night This is my determined face! I had a rough patch, but I'm finishing the month strong. When I get munchy in the evening, I'm checking myself and really evaluating whether or not I'm hungry or just tired or bored. Usually, I'm just tired.
One other thing...my skates! I went to the rink with my daughters earlier this month. It was hard! I was paranoid of falling and the rink was slick! My inner thighs were really sore from the few laps I managed to do. But it was every bit as fun as I remember, so I went out and got a pair of roller derby quads. I can't wait to hit the trails! I may hit a deserted parking lot for some practice first!
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