Monday, December 28, 2009

Damage Control

Today, I decided to get on the scale. I've been enjoying the holiday fare and haven't been exercising very much at all. Over Thanksgiving I managed to gain 7 lbs by eating whatever I wanted, so today I wasn't surprised to see I'd gained 6 more. Now, I have to change my stats over there on the side bar! Darn, I hate that. But, I knew it was going to happen. I'm accepting it and now, without beating myself up and getting depressed, I'm going to work on making better choices and getting in some exercise to get back on track. I know what works. I did manage to lose quite a bit of weight this year and next year I'm planning to lose more.

I've been thinking about riding my bike to work once in a while and since I'm off work this week, I decided to go for it today. We had a beautiful day with sun and temps in the 50's. I took off from home around 2:30pm and got to the school in about 35 minutes. I took my time since it was the first time I'd taken that route and even had to stop at a little park to use the potty. That is the only problem I ever have riding distances. My bladder is the size of a walnut, lol. Anyway, it was fun and I'm so glad I got off my butt and just did it. I think I doubted that I could actually do it. I've done that my whole life, doubted myself right out of trying things. This year, I want to stop doubting and start doing!

Anyway, here are some pictures of my ride today.

Narly tree.

Bike trail by a park.

Nellie in the school courtyard. It was fun riding around campus :)

Bike trail along the bayou.

Total miles, round trip: 11.72 miles
Total actual riding time: One hour and 15 minutes!

Hope your holiday was full of peace and love. And don't forget to drink your water!

Oh, we gave Sydney some special cookies for Christmas. They were homemade from a specialty dog shop - with yogurt icing! She loved them! Silly, girl..

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ahhhhhh. Sun!

Houston, we have SUN! And glorious cool, with a touch of chilly in the air. Could it be more perfect? Ummm, nope. I think today was just about as perfect as they come. I've never given much thought to how much the dreary, rainy, cold weather affects me, but I know now that I don't handle it as well as I used to. Maybe it's age, but these last few weeks of bad weather really took a toll on me.

So, today, I took Nellie (my bike) out for a ride in the SUN! It was awesome. And, I'm off work for two weeks for the holiday break!! Yay! While out riding, I could feel the tension letting up in my neck. I took my time and stopped to take a few pictures, too. It was sooooooo pretty out. I hope it stays this way for a few more days.

Usually, in our part of the world, we don't see the colors of the seasons. But this year I've noticed more color and it's so beautiful. I can only imagine what a whole forest must look like in reds, oranges, and yellows. Here is a little color I saw today while out riding.

I think this is a Maple tree.

I don't know the name of this tree, but I want one in my yard. The shape is awesome.

Since the beginning of this month, I've pretty much abandoned my diet. I'm just trying to maintain right now and make somewhat of an attempt to make some healthy choices. I'm also making sure to get some kind of exercise in every day, even if it's just taking Sydney for a walk. I've come a long way from the me that used to lay around and watch tv and stuff myself. I don't overeat any more and I crave exercise. Those two things alone are making the difference for me this holiday season. Come January, it's back to getting the next 50 lbs off. I think I'm going to join the Y for a few months so the cold weather won't keep me from working out.

Hope you are having (or had) a wonderful weekend. And don't forget to drink your water! I'm drinking mine :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

'Tis the Season

I miss the Christmas we used to have when my kiddo was young. It was exciting and we couldn't wait to put up the tree and decorate. Where ever we lived our home always reflected how we felt about the Christmas season - bright and cheery.

Now that my son is an adult, there seems to be no interest in putting up a tree or decorating. I'm feeling the "bah-humbugs" setting in. I don't understand how a kid who used to get so excited can now act as if the holiday isn't a holiday at all. The way I feel right now, I'd like to spend my christmas money on a plane ticket to some place I want to go. By myself. With nobody to spread a lack of holiday cheer.

I havent' exercised this week. More wintery weather here in Houston has me down, too. I used to be able to tolerate a little cold weather but lately, I just don' like it. Of course, I've been coming down with something all week. A sinus/cold kind of something that makes my head hurt and I've been sneezing and feeling chilled. My temp yesterday was 94.5! I'm running an anti-fever, lol. I usually have a temp of 97.something, a side effect of a blown out thyroid. Apparently, when your temp is low it feels just like a fever - chills, hot - repeat.

Since I've been feeling under the weather (and grinch-like) I've been eating poorly, not drinking enough water (I KNOW. ME?!!), and just plain not motivated to do anything about it. Sorry to blog such a downer post, but it is what it is. I hope to climb out of this hole soon. Two years ago we had a very bad family-drama-crap-out at christmas and now every year is a reminder that people may not be who you think they are. They have the ability to change into greedy @$$ selfish types. They can walk out on you and never look back.

I'm dreaming of a christmas, just like the ones we used to have.  This, too, shall pass. I'm just in a little funk. I'm going to rent a movie. A funny one. Take care.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Slippery Slope

I have had a tough time with food this last week. Since our weather here has been rainy and cold and we even had snow on Friday, I haven't been able to ride my bike. I'm freaking out, too, because I've been craving carbs like there's no tomorrow. I hate this thing I have with food. Not getting enough sleep isn't helping either. Staying up late is a bad habit of mine and since I'm not exercising, I've got too much anxiety to just go to bed. I got on the scale last week and was already up 4 pounds. Yea, I'm freaking out cause I can gain it back way faster than I can take it off.

Today, is not looking much better for exercise outdoors. It's drizzling outside and still in the 50's. Come on Sun!

Here is a shot of the tiny bit of snow that was still on the ground Saturday morning. I was taking Sydney for a walk and it was really cold but sunny. I should have braved it and gone for a ride.

I rented Biggest Loser Fitness game for the Wii. It's okay, but I still don't care for indoor exercise. Maybe I'll look into finding a class somewhere like the Y. I appreciate all the great tips and ideas that you all left me. You guys really come through when advice is needed. I love that about blogging! I'm thinking of giving the hula hoop and "just dancing" a try!

Have a great Sunday, and don't forget to slurp up some water!