Talk about bouncing back. Last weekend, +2 days, are in the record book and I'm not looking back, or just a glance, maybe, to see how far I've come since then.
There's no real numeric measurement that can define how much better I feel, how much more motivated I am, and how focused I am now.
It's been a good week, nutrition-wise, flexibility-wise, and fitness-wise. I'm walking with a purpose, albeit different than my original July goal. I was shooting for 1 hour a day. Now, I'm alternating - 2 miles, 40 minutes one day, 3 miles, 60 minutes the next, and so on. It's working for me, and I use the thought of 'it'll be easier tomorrow' to keep me going! Heh.
Now, I've added a new weapon to my arsenal to battle fat and unfitness. (Is that a word? It is now...) We bought bikes last nigh!
If you don't know her (yet) TIME2JUSTDOIT is fantastic. A great SparkFriend, always with an encouraging word, a hand-up when you're feeling down and keeping up with all your activities, accomplishments, and/or bumps in the road.
She rides. She cycles - that sounds better. She cycles, what to me, sounds like an incredible amount. I've said here and there that I'm not a runner, but I appreciate those who run (yay MINAMURO kicking big bootie w/ C25K!! and BAILEEGRAVES too!) Cycling though, appeals to me, and the more I read about TIME2JUSTDOIT's cycling and adventures and efforts, the more I was inspired.
So yea, we bought bikes last night! Two Magnas, from Target - we're not talking top of the line here, but we figure they're great starter bikes and we can always progress if/when needed. It's been 25 years at least since I've had my big ole behind on a bike, so we also bought the big-butt-seat - forever known as the BBS. And, of coures, helmets!
This is mine, only it's turquoise rather than pink. Bill's is the same, only the men's model, and a more electric blue.
I couldn't wait this morning. We tweaked and adjusted and raised the BBS, swivelled the handlebars, futz'd with the brakes, the whole deal-i-o. Then, we put on the noggin-savers, and tooled off into the neighborhood.
Lemme tell ya! I now know I have muscles that I either didn't know I had, or had completely forgotten about. My muscles, inner-thigh near my knees, were SCREAMING and it made me giggle and keep on pushing. Hey, I'm ok with admitting I'm a completely odd duck
It hurt so good. I remembered, from the first time I started walking and 1 mile liked to kill me, that I wasn't going to be Lance Armstrong the first time out - and boy was I NOT! But a start is a start, and we started (big ole props and kudos to my hubby for being right there with me. The man buys in to whatever I want to do without complaint and he is my biggest fan and supporter and HERO!) and rode our first 2.3 miles. So it took us about 20-25 minutes to do, and I stopped and huffed and puffed and giggled insanely s'more along the way, but we did it.
There's nowhere to go but up from here. I struggled to walk 1 mile without keeling over at first, and now I'm grooving 3 miles at a good pace and feeling fantastic afterward. It'll be a progression with the bike as well, and I'll improve each time I hop on the BBS and start pushing those pedals.
So here's a big
to TIME2JUSTDOIT and all my other fabulous SparkFriends. You're awesome, you're inspiring, and I'm so glad and lucky to have met you all.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go talk the hubby into taking another tour through the neighborhood on the BBSs!