|As promised, we have soldiered on since the Big Star Incident. But it has been hard...|
(Thank you Kimmy! Such talent simply must be shared!)
So, following the Big Star Incident a few weeks ago, we tried and tried, but no stars presented themselves. Except for those found in the skies. Big Deal. The Universe is magnificent. Blah-blah-blah. Bring on the Movie Stars!! (Sigh…) We have now resigned ourselves to just walking for the health of it.
At some point a few weeks ago, I rationalized myself into thinking that posting the blog “sometime” later in the week (rather than Sunday) would be a spectacular idea. Somehow, and I just don’t know how these things happen (wink-wink), this caused me to fall behind. Perhaps the fact that I’m a World Class Procrastinator, who has a complete and total need for structure, had something to do with it?? Yeah... Perhaps. So, starting “very soon,” (words commonly found in the Procrastinators Handbook) I’ll be back to the Sunday deadline. It keeps me honest. I like to be honest. That’s me - Honest Adele. Meanwhile, in order to start the process of getting caught up, I’ve SuperSized this post, to encompass Weeks 18 and 19.
First, for the “Down” part of the update: I’d like to point out that I made it all the way through to the end of April (four full months, thankyouverymuch), without missing one of my thrice-weekly workouts. Since I felt the need to point that out, I’m sure you can guess what I’m about to say. Yes, it was bound to happen eventually. On Week 18 I only worked out twice. Bummer... I had a really busy week, and wasn’t feeling too well. So, on Saturday, the last day, I made a conscious decision to let it go for that week. Overall, I tend to plan which days I’ll work out at the beginning of the week, and jumped right back on the horse for Week 19, completing all three workouts again, so I have discontinued beating myself up. I’m really focused on the big picture at this point, so one time out of four months turned out to not be the end of the world. Not as much of a downer as I had feared, as long as a pattern doesn’t erupt!
On Sunday of Week 18, Bike Guy and I were invited to a barbecue at my brother’s house, which is a bit south of where we live. We thought it would be fun to ride our bikes down. Great idea, huh? Well, first of all, it was about a 5 mile ride, which I assumed would be downhill all the way. Never be fooled by supposed downhillness when riding around the San Gabriel Valley. While, overall, South goes down, and North goes up, East and West are always contenders in the equation, and West is generally a force to be reckoned with. So, after sailing downhill from our house, we hit a HUGE wall of uphillness as we headed toward their neighborhood. With a good deal of huffing and puffing, I survived it, and think I’m a better person for it!
As we headed back home after the barbecue, we discovered a fairly traffic-free route. The uphill didn’t seem half bad, except for the fact that all the food I
The title of this post was Some Ups, One Big Down(er), and a Friendly Clown. So, we’ve discussed the Down. Not completing one of my weeks was a definite downer, at least for a moment or two. We’ve also discussed the clown, who I am certain was real, even if BG didn’t actually see him. So, we are left only with the Ups. In addition to the many uphills that I walked and rode during this time, the biggest Up was my mood, because I finally reached 10 pounds of weight loss. Whew!!! It seems that, in addition to feeling healthy, I am on the road to losing weight. I was even given Lose It “badges” for losing 10 pounds, and exercising three-times weekly for four weeks. I virtually accepted the virtual badges gratefully, but declined the pay-real-money-for-them t-shirts. Either way, it seems this calorie counting thing works - Life is Good!
- Weight-Going-Down Tip: When you begin to lose weight, do your level best to resist the urge to become one of those people who, when dining in a group, takes longer to decide what you want than anyone else does, due to your extended perusal of the calorie counts on the menu. You can often look this stuff up ahead of time. Also, for the love of God, don’t yell out, e.g., “73 Calories in that!??!! Ewwwwww!” every time someone offers you a snack. Believe it or not, people find this offensive, so if you really feel you have to become this person, get used to a lot of “me” time. Really, a simple “no thank you” will suffice. (I, of course, have not become this person. It's just something I was thinking about...)
Many Ups, One (Small) Down, and a Clown. Overall, a very nice couple of weeks. (But I’m still going to hope that I run into another movie star. That's not weird, right? Right???)
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
~~F. Scott Fitzgerald