23 July 2005

Woo Hoo!!!

So, about 4 weeks ago I bought this. It's nothing special, just an old 10 speed bike. I've been wanting to get a road bike for awhile but really just didn't have the money. I found this puppy on Craigslist for $85.00 in my size and I jumped on it. I took it in to the bike shop for a tune-up and got to talking with the mechanic. I was telling him how I really hated the drop handlebars and how I didn't like where the brake levers were. He made some recommendations and suggestions (some of which he's done to his bike - same kind) and 4 weeks later I get this:



I took it out for a ride this afternoon and it is now a totally kick-ass bike. My orginal intention was to use this bike for a year or two and then spend $1200 on the one I really want. But I liked it so much on the ride this afternoon I don't know if I'm going to want to give it up. Tomorrow morning is the big test. If it's not raining I'm going to take a long ride and really test it out. I can't wait.


So this morning I got up and did The Firm for the first time in months and months. It kicked my ass. I was in physical pain (particularly the thighs) and out of breath and doubted I was going to make it to the end. But I did and I learned a very important lesson. I have to do aerobics. Running and biking are all good but aerobics is my passion and something I have to do regularly. So I'm going to start doing that. I don't know exactly how I'm going to fit running and biking in along with my swimming but I'll try.

Anyway, feeling really good today and looking forward to getting back in to regular exercise. Oh yeah, I was down .4 lbs, that's always good.....

21 July 2005

Dude, am I glad that is over...

Well that intense hunger/headache thing lasted until yesterday morning. I had a slight headache when I got up yesterday and was very hungry. That lasted until about 11:00 am, then all of a sudden I felt full. Actually I felt bloated and puffy. I wasn't that hungry at lunch time and by the time I had my apple and peanut butter I hardly wanted it. So whatever that was it appears to be over.

While this was happening I was kind of afraid to exercise. If I was that hungry constantly what would happen if I added exercise in???? So exercise has been off this week. But that's been okay as this ankle is still bothering me. Yesterday was the first day I made it through the entire day with absolutely no pain at all. I was very excited when I realized that. Then in the middle of the night one of the dogs jumped up on the bed right on my ankle!!! Oh my god did it hurt (well the smallest one is 85lbs!!!). It still hurts this morning but it's not swollen anymore so I guess I'll be okay.

Tomorrow I have a meeting at 7:30 in the morning so I don't imagine I'll get any exercise in tomorrow either. I think I'll ramp it up starting on Saturday. I need to work out a schedule to get in everything I want to do. I'm going to look into a Masters Swim Club to get my swimming in. Maybe I'll start running at night. I don't know; I'll have to think about it.....

20 July 2005

Wow, that was bad.....

I've been eating really well lately and I've been very pleased with myself. On Sunday we got giant deli sandwiches but I curtailed my other eating to compensate. Monday was really good as far as eating was going but by the end of the day I developed a bad headache and I couldn't figure out why, but I took aspirin and moved on. Tuesday I woke with the headache and it plagued me all day. I noticed that when I ate it would subside but I also noticed that I didn't stay full long, I mean I got HUNGRY, and as soon as I got hungry the headache returned full bore. On the way home last night it was killing me and I was absolutely starving even after eating my usual apple with peanut butter. So I stopped at the store and got candy. I really didn't want it but I figured I needed some serious fat to satisfy my body. So I eat these 2 candies worth around 600 calories total and immediately felt better. But within 2 hours I was really, really hungry again. I'm not sure what the heck is going on but I can't eat this much candy every day. The kicker is, I really didn't want those things but I had eaten yogurt and fruit and salads and none of that worked. I was wondering if I wasn't getting enough fat. I have been restricting my fat intake to around 20% per day and I thinking that might not be enough for me. Well, I don't know what's going on but I do hope it's over.....

19 July 2005

My daughter turns 28 today.

I can't believe it, she's 28!!! I can vividly remember the day she was born and what a little cutie she was. Looking back I wish I had been a better mother but I was 18 and didn't know what the hell I was doing. I'm just glad she turned out so well in spite of me. She's a great mother to her 2 kids and I don't know where she learned that; not from me!!!

On the health front, things have been well. I took the weekend off and started right back in yesterday. I've been building my own program and then not following through on it so I decided to try a different approach. I found this site Core Performance and have started doing their program. It's a free 7 day trial so I'll have to decide fairly quickly if I want to continue it. So far I like it. It's about an hour a day. You start with some warm up type exercises then you do strength and then you do cardio. I've done it 2 morning and I really like it. It's not a grueling workout but I feel like I have worked out when I'm done. Also, it doesn't work you to death which is what I was doing to myself. Anyway, I'm giving it a try and enjoying it so far.

Eating has been good. I'm trying to maintain moderation. I had a very large deli sandwich on Sunday but I didn't eat much more the rest of the day. I'm striving to build a diet of consistant moderation. I figure if I eat moderately the majority of the time my body will adapt and become more efficient.

Well, I don't feel like writing. I better get to work!!!!

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