Sunday, February 13, 2011

First bike ride of 2011

Today was a gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest. I pulled my bike out of the garage, dusted off the cobwebs, pumped up the flat back tire and went for my first bike ride of the year. It was sunny and 50 degrees. Gorgeous!

I forgot how much I love riding my bike. It's hard to describe flying down a hill at 25 mph and feeling completely in control, yet free as a bird at the same time. I totally love it. Of course, going back up those hills with my extra twenty pounds was horrible. I thought I was going to have a heart attack for sure, as I was panting like a dog. It was really hard!

I biked to the gym, worked out with weights, upper body for an hour and then biked home. It took me about 25 minutes each direction. Much slower than my old 20-minutes I was doing last summer.. In almost two hours I burned 699 calories (Polar heart rate monitor).

Right now I'm totally and completely exhausted.

Watching the Grammys. Worst show ever! Right now I'm watching Cee-Lo Green in a goofy feather outfit singing the F--k You song (which I hate), but he's singing "Forget You" and he has some puppets and Gwynth Paltrow singing with him. Really? This is the best they could do? As soon as I finish this post the TV is going off. I'm reading a really good book, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. Love this book.

Plan for my week
Lots of exercise, as usual. Lots of stairs this week too, since the Big Climb is in less than five weeks (yikes!).

About my food, I'm going to stop freaking out about it so much. I'm really getting sick of being so worried about what I eat all the time. A piece of cake a couple times a year isn't going to kill me. Or even two pieces of cake a couple times a year. I just want to be healthy.

I eat very healthy about 95% of the time. That's about 90% more than I was doing three years ago. My biggest problem is that I eat too much of the good stuff. I rarely eat junk. I just need to eat less. Sounds easy. It's not.


Roxie said...

I'm so happy that you got in a good ride. Your weather sounds great - I hope it holds on until March! Whee!

Helen said...

Blow that 50 degree weather this way, would ya? We could use some warmth and melting!

Lisa said...

you are so right. A piece of cake a few times a year doesn't make anyone obese. Eating cake everyday is another story. you did fine and the fact that you eat healthy 95% of the time is great!!! I wish I could do that!

Deniz said...

Amen to the eating right 95% of the time and that being a whole lot better than in the past... even if not perfect all of the time. Me too - and the odd cake is not a problem.

Eating less is difficult but that good 'ole glass of water before eating helps me (a bit, anyway). In fact, just this weekend I bought a 'pretty' jug to keep on the table so there's no excuse not to drink water when I'm munching. Let's see what happens, eh?

Grace said...

It was nice yesterday, wasn't it (until it started to rain pigs and chickens last night)!

You shouldn't worry so much about the Climb! You are going to do great, I just know it, even if you don't kill yourself with exercise beforehand.

Happy Valentines Day, Diana. Looking forward to seeing you next month!

Michele said...

Just found you blog. I, too, love to bike. IN MN we still have a lot of snow, but I brought my bike in for a tune up today. Can't wait to ride. Know exactly what you mean about eating less of good food. It is hard. Stay strong you have come a long way! Michele

MOM GETS_FIT said...

I hear ya. Stop freaking out about the food. I always say that but then I freak out about the food. Uhhg the balance between diet and exercise. If I ever find that perfect balance, I will bottle it up and ship it to all my friends. Until then, the ups and downs of my weight loss saga continue