Burst into Summer – A Day Late

Burst Into Summer Challenge

I didn’t want to check in this week. I didn’t eat well. I didn’t exercise. I did nothing in aid of my journey here.

That’s not entirely fair. No I didn’t exercise, except for a couple of walks to the dog park with Aurora. But, while I didn’t eat better than, say, last week, I did eat better than my “old self”. I’ve been enjoying the fruits and veggies of summer – raspberries, black raspberries, cherries.

However, I made a huge step yesterday. I let my friend Lorna talk me into going to a personal trainer with her. No, you didn’t read that wrong. *I* went to a personal trainer. I hate having other people see me work out. I hate letting other people know my weight and measurements. Did I mention that I hate letting others watch me work out? Yeah. but I went. I weighed-in. I got measured. I worked out. I sweated. And I’m going back. Once a week. For at least five sessions. ‘Cuz I pre-paid.

He’s having me keep a food diary. That I will *send* him. Ick. On the other hand, just keeping the diary seems to change my choices. Right now I’ve been contemplating a snack, but I don’t want to write it in my diary, so I’ve been avoiding the kitchen. Of course, part of that might also be that my legs, arms and shoulders are sore from yesterday’s workout. His other goal for me this week? Get on the bike once, if even for just 15 minutes. I can do that.

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Burst into Summer – June 22

Burst Into Summer Challenge

I big puffy heart all of my sisters over in the Sisterhood. I missed about half of everyone’s comments last week, ‘cuz they went into moderation and WP didn’t send me an e-mail. Now I’m bawling my eyes out (in a good way) from all the support. Thanks everyone! I’m not at 100%, but I’m trying to get back in the groove.

Civil War Camp in Vienna

I’m chalking this week up to a success. I ate more fruits and veggies most days than I have in a couple months – and on several occasions, I actually craved a fruit instead of junk. Saturday my husband and I hopped on our bikes and took a short ride up to town for Civil War re-enactments, including costume, crafting, artillery, and telegraph demos. It was only 7 miles total, but that was just about right for me at this point – I’ll build up miles and time over the summer. Oh, and believe it or not, I also did the Shrinking Jeans Bootcamp W1D1 workout last night. Plus, afterwards, I pulled out my hula-hoop for 10 minutes. Yeah, that’s right. I worked out after the bootcamp. Yay me.

Weight-wise? Not as great, but I’m not worried about that right now. This week I’m just going to keep going – SJ bootcamp, biking over the weekend, and getting in some fresh fruits and veggies.

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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!

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