Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weight Loss Journey Begins

Well, I have been avoiding this topic for quite sometime but I feel it is time to face the facts that I have gained weight. Too much weight to be exact. I will not get into the nitty gritty numbers but my current BMI just puts me into the overweight category. A place I always feared I would end up again. I decided to go public with my new journey in hopes for accountability from fellow bloggers and readers.

I am also hopeful that by beginning this weight loss journey once again, it will get me motivated to blog more. As many of you know I have lost weight, a lot of weight before. For the first time around, I found myself stuck in the world of bars and p lanned meals that left me feeling trapped. After maintaining my 100 lbs weight loss fir 2.5 years without the use of bars/planned meals programs, I would like to continue this style of eating as I begin my new weight loss journey.

During my weight gain I have slowly been running less, going from an average of 40 mpw to around 20 mpw. This mileage decease first began as a time of rest and change for my body. To be honest, now I am not running as much because the added weight is hurting my knees to much.

Though I am not completely focused on a number, I would like my BMI to fall into the healthy category. I am so excited to head back in the right direction of being a avid runner who is fueled properly.

More to come...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Just Call Me Lance

For quite some time I have been debating about getting a bike. For 3 years my mind and body have been so focus on running as the best type of exercise for my body. Well, my body is beginning to say otherwise. The boredom and complacency is beginning to creep up on me. Please, do not get me wrong I love running and always will. If you ask many seasoned runners, they to go through times of peaks and troughs with there running schedule. My body is craving for a "shock" to recharge itself.
In my suburb area of Atlanta I have seen many biking groups that have greatly peaked my interest in buying a bike and joining a cycling group. I love individual activities that you can participate in groups with others. After deciding on my goals for cycling and completing some research I headed to my local bike shop for the big purchase.
When I first walked in, the many racks filled with bikes was a bit overwhelming but I was not going to be deterred. After browsing and discussing with the store about my cycling needs they found the perfect bike for me. Guess what, it was on SALE! I will say that cycling can be a very expensive sport but after I patched the whole I just burned into my wallet I walked out of the store with a huge smile on my face.
I immediately took my new "baby" home, put my supplies away, and hopped on the bike for our first ride together. I needed to make a Target run so I decided to hit two birds with one stone. It always amazes me that no matter how long it has been since your last bike ride, you never forget how to do it. The bike felt a little awkward at first, mainly because it was so lightweight. I have always rode mountain bikes which are much heavier as to better handle the harder terrain. After my Target run I was still in riding mode, so I hopped back on and headed to my fiance's house for a surprise visit. After he took the bike for a test spin he said that, "I am going to start calling you Lance."
For anyone who is needing a change in exercise scenery, cycling is a great way to do it. I love the feeling of getting some exercise in but not feeling like I am exercising. I am so excited to take it for early morning rides to discover the many different areas of Atlanta.

P. S. I bought a Schwinn Le Tour GSW '08

Friday, July 10, 2009

Need Some Loving Friday

Finally Friday!!

I have been a "Debbie Downer" this week so I thought I would dedicate a post to many things I love. Oh how I love these, let me count the ways....

Creme in my coffee
The color of blueberries
Baby chicks
Polka dots
Shades of green
Old T-shirts
Historical buildings
Post-it notes
My messy Jeep
The smell of the fall season
Black and white photographs
Cinnamon and pumpkin flavors
Workouts before sunrise