Burst into Summer – Kicking it off!

Burst Into Summer Challenge

If you look through the blog, you’ll note that I haven’t been on since January. I wish I could say it was just from sheer laziness, but the truth is that Real Life (TM) derailed my efforts here.

I actually did alright January and February – not actually losing any weight, but I did get in some exercise and didn’t gain weight.

March? March was bad. Many of you already know why. Those who don’t, can read this post on my other blog to get up-to-speed. In short, March was bad, and I ate and ate and ate and did not exercise more than once or twice. And I gained 10 lbs. Honestly, though, I can’t say that I’m mad at myself. Usually I’d be pissed about such a gain, but this year? This year I’m just glad that I seem to be plugging along. The last couple months I’ve felt like I’ve just been treading water, trying not to drown emotionally.

So, yes, I’m starting the Burst Into Summer challenge from The Sisterhood to get myself on the track to a better place health-wise. I’m not on a team this time around – I never would have signed up if that were the case, because I’m just not sure of where I am right now, or what I can commit to. But I signed up, so that’s a step forward.

Goals? Here are a few:

  • Biking. Last year at this time my husband and I were deep in training for a 50-mile bike ride. This year? I’ve been on my bike maybe 3 times. We were supposed to be trying for two 50-milers this year. My goals have changed. At this point, I just want to get on the bike every weekend – the real bike if it’s not raining (and not so hot it’s dangerous), the stationary bike otherwise. (I’d like to work in some mid-week biking on the stationary, too, but going to start slow this week…)
  • Other exercise: I will also try out the Sisterhood’s bootcamp workout for this challenge – yikes!
  • Food: I’ve already started taking joy from the fresh fruits and veggies of summer, so my other goal is to continue that and continue to phase out most of the junk.

Nothing crazy with the goals – this is just about taking it slow this year, and getting back in the vicinity of the right track.

This week’s starting stats?
Overall: -21.8 lbs
This week: ?? Haven’t weighed in officially in weeks…so we’ll just ignore this for now.

That’s it. Here’s to a great week for everyone!


  1. Christy_TheSisterhood said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    You have been dealing with so much, so don’t beat yourself up over the gain. Seriously. Loss is so hard, and losing a parent is probably the hardest loss. I’m so sorry 🙁

    You will do great during this challenge! You owe it to yourself to make sure your body is in the best shape. Get back to tracking and get back on your bike! That’s an order!!


  2. Brooke said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    sounds like some good solid goals you’ve got for yourself. and even though you’re not on an official team you know you’ve got support right? we’ve got your back.

  3. Trish said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    I will echo Brooke’s comment! We got your back! You will do wonderful!

  4. Laura P said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    First: I’m sorry for your loss. It’s never easy.

    You’ve set some great goals for yourself. Even though you’ve chosen not to be on a team, know that this doesn’t you are not doing this on your own. Like Brooke said, you’ve got support from all of us.

    Cheering you on!

  5. Adah said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Great goals to work towards. Good luck!

  6. Karena said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    I’m so pleased to see you back! You’ve got great, reasonable goals. I echo Brooke’s sentiments: we’re here for you!

  7. Tracie said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    Good luck with the challenge. You have set some great goals.

  8. Tiffany said,

    June 15, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    Slow and steady wins the race, I always say. You’ll do awesome!

  9. AnnG said,

    June 16, 2011 @ 2:41 am

    Just take this challenge one day at a time and you will get where you want. So sorry this year has been so bad for you. Let us know if we can do anything for you over at the Sisterhood! That’s what friends are for!

  10. colormeroo said,

    June 16, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    I think these are great goals and kudos to you for not giving up. You’ve had such a tough year. I’m glad you’re working on getting back into a groove 🙂

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