Wednesday, May 31, 2017

End of the month and a look ahead

As May comes to a close, I definitely am feeling better about a lot of things.  I'm not back to the momentum and drive that I had in 2013, but hopefully that will be around the corner.   No change in weight though but hopefully if I can amp up the diet and the ole exercise I can start seeing some changes there.

I weighed in this morning at 231, which is the same weight I've been flip-flopping around for the last 10 months.

I want to make 3 important goals this coming month.

1.  Water.  I have been doing much, much better on this front so I want to keep this up and try to hit my 100oz each day.

2.  Diet.  FINALLY we were able to just this past week finally make the kitchen livable enough and actually meal plan a bit.  We also made a little experiment to help with our snacking, especially on the weekends.  Chris found a recipe for Buffalo Cauliflower and it actually turned out pretty good!   I've never been a huge cauliflower lover but this may be a good start to me liking it.  I definitely prefer it baked rather than raw.  We will see how this experiment goes.  We are giving Kale a shot next.  

So the plan is to continue meal planning and making smart decisions.  Along these lines, I will start logging faithfully.  I need to log and be honest about it in My Fitness Pal.  (By the way, thank you all who suggested about the app running and the fitbit checking in with My Fitness Pal - mystery solved as to why my MFP app was continuing to "log" me in each day).

3.  Exercise.  May has absolutely been a more active month for me than prior months and I want to build on that.  I'm not going to say that I'm going to work out 6 out of 7 days but I'm going to give myself a fairly easy goal here.  The idea is to not go all balls to the wall right out of the gate.  But I am going to aim for 1000 exercise minutes in June.  That number was fairly attainable for me in the past and of course, I'd love to surpass it but for now, making it a nice start to build from.

Our facebook group is starting a few challenges coming up too, one for weight loss and the other is a mileage challenge.  We are just now trying to iron out the details but we may do something like a Walk (or bike, run, swim, elliptical) to Mordor Challenge, similar to this one!   This will definitely help to want to get those steps in each day and we will likely start tomorrow!

We had our first Mixed Doubles tennis match of the season last night.  It had rained all day long so it was touch and go as to if we were going to be able to get the match in, but finally the clouds lifted for a bit and we got to play.  We lost though.  That team was really, really good.  But I'm proud of how me and my partner played.  He had not played any regular tennis for like 14 years and this was our first time partnering together.  We ended up losing 3-6; 2-6 which isn't horrible. At least it wasn't a blowout.



We celebrated my daughter's 23rd birthday and my parents vow renewal last weekend!  It all turned out nice!

<3

Chris isn't really always grumpy, he just acts like that for pictures.  I promise!

A bit windy this day



Well that's about it going on my world!  Hope everyone has a great week and a great start to June!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hum-drum

It's been a mostly uneventful few weeks since we got back from vacation so it's been hard to find things to write about.  Here's a few little tidbits I guess.

Food  

Eating has horrible lately and so has meal planning (or shall I say, a lack thereof).  So yea, you can't really meal plan when you haven't been to the grocery store in 2 weeks.  I really think we have gotten so spoiled by eating out or ordering in that the motivation to actually cook just isn't there.  I haven't even been logging anything in My Fitness Pal lately.  And on that subject, how in the world is it still counting my streak when I don't even open my app for days at a time?

Exercise

Has been sporadic but I see glimmers of hope there.  The rains have finally let up a little and we managed to get a bike ride in yesterday.  And I've been actually wrapping my head around looking forward to going to the gym, especially the weights part.  But to actually make the transition from my brain to my actual doing so, hasn't quite happened yet.  

Tennis

Spring season finished last week and we went out with a whimper.  I really do like this group of ladies though and the plan is to continue to practice with them and stick together.  That will be great for me too because I really  have been wanting to get back to clinics and drills too.  Hoping that they move the practice dates from Monday (bowling) to just about any other day than Thursday (that's when Mixed Doubles league plays).  Speaking of Mixed Doubles, that's what I'm playing this summer and it is gearing up soon.  In fact, we are having our first team meeting and practice tonight.  Once again, I'm being thrown in with all new people but this has all worked out before and hopefully it will again this time around.  I do think I recognize one lady that is on the team that I played against before so there will be a semi-familiar face at least.  

That's about it.  Here's a few pictures from the last few weeks.  I'm ready for a new month and a fresh new start (again) soon.  


I bowled a 208!  (Granted it was a no-tap game - where the 9s counted as strikes)

Last spring match 


Aren't puppy toes the cutest?!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I want to ride my bicycle!

That Queen song has been stuck in my head for a week now because guess who has a new bike!?
That would be me.

Chris has been an avid bike lover for a few years now but I've always had other things going on or other distractions happening.  But in the spirit of moving more and needing less pressure on the ole joints, he finally convinced me to take up cycling and he is super excited that is something we can do together.  So we pulled the trigger and got me this beauty.

It's a TREK Skye mountain bike.  And for favorite color reasons, it's purple!  


Chris also had to get his bike tuned up and some chains replaced since it survived the flood so that took a couple days in the repair shop.  And then finally the weather started cooperating us so we took our bikes out for a spin (ha!) on Saturday.  

And being a newbie rider (honestly I haven't ridden a bike since Devyn was little - so at least 20 years - and then that wasn't with any regularity).  Probably the last time I was consistent with riding a bike was when I was in middle school.  I won't even go there as to how long ago that was.  We will just say it's been a long, long time ago.

After some struggle, Chris finally managed to get both of our bikes mounted with minimal damage to the bikes and his car.  


We headed to the LSU Lakes since it's a nice path for runners, walkers and other cyclists with minimal traffic.  We got to the City Park Tennis courts and decided to park there and we were off!  I didn't notice it at the time we started but we went down a really big hill (for Louisiana) that will come into play towards the end of the story.

The first mile flew by and I started realizing how fun this was and how carefree it was to feel the wind in my hair and just cruising along happily.  Then we came to our first intersection.

The stopping part wasn't the problem.  The dismounting and not realizing my foot was on an incline is what did me in.  We stopped to walk our bikes across the intersection and when I got off, I misjudged my footing and took a spill.  Along with the bike on top of me.


It's not too bad though.  Although because I'm on blood thinners it left a shiny bruise but nothing was hurt more than my pride.  And a lesson was learned to always look before I dismount.

We started back up again and this time with no more incidents, thankfully.  

Chris was teaching me the ins and outs of shifting and proper bike etiquette.  (Back in my day, you just got on a bike and rode it!  Hrmph!)

We made one entire loop around both of the LSU Lakes, and also stopped for water at the halfway point at the area that is known as "Baton Rouge Beach" (not a beach, by the way).


As we were nearing the end of our lap and close to the car, Chris had told me to pick up speed because there is a hill ahead.  I was sitting there thinking that he had lost his damn mind because we are FLAT down here.  Sure enough, a hill that I had not noticed before.  And right before the hill was a big puddle of water.  He instructed to just go through the water (maintaining speed).  Uh, no.  I slowed down and went around the puddle and then came to "the hill".

The hill was a struggle.  

And Chris atop the hill laughing at me giving me his best "I told you so" stare.

I was dying trying to peddle up that hill.  I'm sure an 85 year old could have walked faster than I was peddling.  My heart rate jumped as high as I had ever seen it jump on my fitbit.  But I was determined to not get off my bike and walk it up.  I was going to ride that damn hill all the way.  After what felt like 10 minutes, I finally made it.  

Our entire route put us at almost 6.5 miles and for Louisiana, it's a gorgeous route.  Plenty of space to get around the walkers or runners.  Plenty of turtles in the lake, beautiful trees and lots of people watching too.  





Needless to say, it was a great experience and we are definitely looking forward to doing it again.  We are scouting out locations and bike paths in our area for our future adventures and will have more than a few lined up in the coming months!

Have you tried any new things lately?  Found a hidden passion that you didn't know was there?
    

Friday, May 12, 2017

Flying Pig 5K Race Recap

Our trip to Cincinnati has finally come to and end and it's been back to reality (and work) for the last 2 days.  I'm just now finally getting around to posting about our trip.  I figure that I'll do the actual trip part in another post and just recap the 5K itself here.

Packet Pick Up

We grabbed an uber to bring us downtown to the Duke Energy Expo Center.  It took only 5 minutes to get there since we were staying directly across the river in Covington, Kentucky.  This was my first huge expo and to say it was a bit overwhelming could be an understatement.  I was in big trouble.  So many shiny things! And vendors!  And bondi bands!  And shoes!  With Chris there reining me in was probably a good thing.  There was one slight necessity that we did go to specifically get.  A long sleeved shirt or a hoodie.  Because it was cold a.f. in Cincy.  The weather forecasters LIED.  We were told before we left that the weather would be in the lower 70s.  All indications now were saying upper 40s to low 50s for race time.  Needless to say I wasn't going to be wearing the tank top that I had originally planned to wear or the backup tech t-shirt, maybe as layers, but I digress.

Once I found a shirt that I did like (I ended up with a long sleeved tech shirt) we headed over to packet pick up.  I was also picking up for a friend who was driving in later that night but that went very smoothly for Chris and I both.  No problems at all.  The only thing that was a little weird for me was that the t-shirt pickup was all the way in the back of the exhibition all.  I get it though, they want you to buy all the things on the way to picking up your free shirt.  And well, their marketing strategy worked.

We went to meet friends at a pub and then headed back to the hotel for the evening.  I laid out our multitude of layers and then went to bed.



The Race

Here's a list of the names of the friends that we met up with:
Me - Desiree'
Chris - My husband
Anna - Blogs over at Losing My Puppy
Meg (running her first marathon on Sunday) - Blogs over at Running Just As Fast As You Can
Tiina - Blogs over at One Crazy Penguin
Mary - Blogs over at Runs To Get Waisted
Gary - Anna's husband
Brittany - Facebook friend and fellow Lovely Lady
Chris version 2 - Brittany's husband)

The morning of we hit a bit more traffic in our uber than the day before and it ended up taking about 15 minutes to get there.  Our driver dropped us off as close as he could to Paul Brown Stadium and then we walked over to where our corrals were near the Great American Ballpark.  It was there that we met up with Tiina for the first time!  Soonafter, Anna and Gary showed up followed by our other two lovely ladies, Mary and Meg.  (Mary, Meg and Gary were our cheering squad for this race).   Anna, Tiina and I were walking the race while Chris was running his very first official 5k race!  His goal was just to finish and to run the whole thing.


Lining up!

Our squad (center left)


I knew going into this that Anna was a very fast walker (she had hauled me around in January!) but I figured that Tiina, (who has an injury) maybe would counteract the swiftness?  Nope!

But honestly, it was a quick pace but it was also a comfortable one.  So it wasn't too bad, except for the hills.  In fact we talked so much the race course just flew by.  It was by far the best race experience that I have ever had at this time I didn't come in dead last either.  So that's a definite WIN!
Tiina, Anna and I


Chris texted me when we were between mile 2 and 3 that he was finished!  I looked at my watch and realized then that he not only finished in a great time that he crushed his goal.  Previously he only ran on the treadmill and his times were roughly around the 50 minute mark for his 5k runs.  He finished in 37.35!


Riding that high of having my hubby finish in such a great time, I was determined for us to cross 3.1 off under 60 minutes and since we were done with most of the hills, we were able to do just that!  My watch had the course at a bit longer than a typical 5K but we did in fact cross the Finish Swine under our goal!

Cheering from the baseball stadium









After The Race

Back to the expo! And we met up with another Lovely Lady, Brittany and her husband, Chris there as well.  We needed to pick up the packets for our marathoners and for more shopping.  This time I ended up with a t-shirt and a tank top (because we live in Louisiana and it would be a long while before I could wear my long sleeved shirt).  Chris was a good sport and didn't grumble too much about my purchases.  Oh, I got a wine glass too.  Because, wine glass.



And then our marathoners put in a request for waffles, so we headed to a restaurant called A Taste of Belgium.  The food was delicious so was the beer!  And unfortunately I was so busy talking and eating that I forgot to get a picture of mine.  But here's one of Chris's burger and his caption.


Then we walked everyone back to their hotel, and uber-ed it back to our hotel for a nice nap!   And it was glorious!  We all then made plans to head back to Mary and Meg's hotel room, get some pizzas and make signs for Meg and Gary's marathon the next morning!  We probably kept Meg up way too late (sorry!!!) but we had a complete blast just laughing and hanging out.  All in all it was a really wonderful race and a way to spend a Saturday.

Ended the day with a TON of steps too.