Went on the bike trail today and did one hour and six miles! The inclines were murder, but overall I think I did okay. I only had to stop a few times. Next week we will go a little further.
At some point we came across a horse trail and thought to check it out. The trail had trees and bushes along both sides and boy did my bike have an attraction to them! The dirt road was super bumpy and I kept finding myself headed towards the bushes. Came pretty close to crashing one time! Needless to say, I’m not ready for that. Where did I put those training wheels?
Oh and yes, little bugs and creatures are stupid. A small bird flew straight into Jason’s helmet with a clunk. And myself, I had a butterfly head for my neck. Good thing my mouth was closed!!! I did very well in avoiding squirrels and all the stinkbugs on the ground though.
Last night I ventured out on the big bad streets with my bicycle for the first time. The past few weeks I’ve only been riding around the enclosed community where speed bumps deter cars from speeding by. Few and slow cars is a good thing. However yesterday Jason got himself a new bike and wanted to ride over to Kmart to look for a few things. Lucky me got to ride in the front because I had front lights. What an experience that was! I was all ready for a car to speed by right when I veer too far out into the street. (I still need practice going perfectly straight. :-P) And I veered quite a bit. Heh. I survived but I don’t think I’ll be taking the bike to places a lot just yet. Tomorrow we might go on a bike trail…watch out bugs and other little creatures. I may see you but I can’t guarantee I can avoid you!!
I’m now several days into the Great Blogger Fat Off and I am doing okay. Not great, but not bad either. Susan and myself decided to email each other daily to give each other an extra push and make sure we’re accountable for everything. I think this will help out a lot. It’s nice having someone cheer you on and it’s always motivating to know you’re not in it alone….strength in numbers, you know? Plus, I’d feel very bad if all I had to report to her was that I ate junk food all day and didn’t do a lick of exercise. With that…I guess I should exercise now.
And on an unrelated note, I just found out Stomp will be back again next year! And they will be at one of my favorite venues. It will be close by Jason’s parents so it would be nice if we could take them next year. They are already taking subscription orders and I’m mighty tempted to charge it. $260 is a bit to cough up out of the blue….
Plain and simple, I gotta lose some weight. The past few years haven’t been too kind to me. Being at home with the folks doesn’t do wonders for my body, but enough excuses. I know I can lose the weight if I focus. I lost 15 lbs instead of gaining it the first year in college and a few years ago I lost 20 lbs. Unfortunately 15 lbs came back when I went home after college was done with. Ideally, I’d like to see 50-60 lbs go away, but for now I’ll settle for the 15 that should have never came back plus 10 more.
That said, I’ve thrown myself into The Great Blogger Fat Off! that Erin started up. It’s not a contest. There is no prize. Just 68 people determined to get the fat off! I pledged to drop 25 lbs by June 21st. Hopefully, this will give me a little extra motivation. I’ve got a bike that I can ride, an exercise ball with 2 dvds, 3 pilates DVDs, 3 Walking Away the Pounds DVDs, workout room at Jason’s, AND a gym membership. Think I’ve got enough to keep me from being bored? Let’s hope so. So that’s roughly 3 months to drop 25 lbs, 8 lbs per month, 2 lbs a week. Sounds reasonable enough.
I need to get back to this place and challenge myself….
It only took me 25 years, but I finally learned how to ride a bicycle this past month! For two days I had little training wheels on my bike. Can you imagine and visualize me riding around the neighborhood with training wheels on? How embarrassing! Not that I was able to circle the block when they were ON. I could barely move two-three feet if I was lucky. Learning as an adult is NOT fun. Kids are so much more fearless.
Now I’ve been riding every morning. Just a half hour in the morning and maybe again later that day. The kids in the neighborhood probably still bike better than I do, but at least I’ve yet to crash! Buildings and small sidewalks don’t favor me, evident by my inability to go further than a few feet before my bike veers into a wall when we were trying to head down to the beach from our hotel room last weekend. Once we were at the beach though it was smooth sailing. I amazed myself and did 6 miles! I could have gone further even except that we had to get back to the hotel to check out and head out to see Stomp! (Which I just LOVED)
Next on my to do list is learning how to swim. I know, I know….what a depraved childhood.