Sunday, December 11, 2016

Happy Winter!

Happy Winter!

We had 5 inches of snow in Minneapolis over the last 24 hours! I am a super winter fan-so I am very excited. That much snow means I can get out my cross country skies. I did. The roads were snow covered, but, I was able to ski in the tracks made by vehicles braving the snowy conditions early this morning. Enough snow to practice my striding and a few other drills.

I have been doing quite well, staying healthy and active. I exercise nearly every day. I have made a habit of getting out and exercising as soon as I wake up each day. I have close to 2500 miles on my bikes. I also roller skied for over 200 miles. Now with cross country skiing season about to start, I will pack in some miles for that, too. This fall I made a habit of getting up at 5am to exercise on the days I had to be to work by 8am. I like to exercise, but, if I do not do it first thing, I make excuses about why I cannot get it done. So, for me doing it right away gets it done.

My bread and butter ride is around a lake in Minneapolis not too far from my house. I usually just do two laps for about 8 miles in about 33 minutes. Once a week at least I try to get in a longer ride. I am not a winter cyclists-so my bike will get a rest for a bit.

Like I noted above, I roller skied, for many miles this fall. There is a park not too far from my house with winding trails and a few gradual hills. I learned to stay upright on the skies, at least most of the time! I also learned how to negotiate turns and double pole. I am not fast-but keep at it. Now that ski season on snow is here, I hope that my better facility on roller skies will pay off. Here is picture of some snow covered ski trails.
Happy winter!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Updates!

I hope you are all enjoying a good summer! Summer is very short here in the upper Midwest, so I try to enjoy it to the max! I rode 318 miles in June and already have 91 on the books for July. I have also done some hikes/walks, played tennis a few times (more like volleying the ball back and forth) and have shot a few hoops. Tennis and basketball are part of my rehab for my shoulder.  I am very cognizant of what I am eating, too. My reward is that I am down by three pounds (!!) since summer began. That leaves me 17 for my focus goal.

One of my go to foods is a cup of Fage yogurt mixed with a little fresh or frozen fruit. I also now finely chop up kale and add that to the yogurt. It is really good. I am trying to increase my dark green leafy vegetable intake. I eat plenty of salads and nearly every day, but the dark green leafy veggies like kale and Swiss chard, are foods that have not been part of my diet. Finely chopped Swiss chard is really good with scrambled eggs.

Summer is also time for gardening. My hubby and I scaled back our pollinator garden so that it is more manageable and not so overgrown. Enjoy a few pictures!

Finally, Finding Dory ( is a movie that is on many “must see” movie list for the summer of 2016. And for good reason. With Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, what is there not to love? But, what many might not know is that Finding Dory is an example of a film that lifts up inclusion and disability (short term memory loss) that focuses not on what Dory lacks, but on the strengths that she possesses. I invite all of you to take some time out this summer to see it. Better yet, see it with a kid. It offer many opportunities to explore what it means to overcome one’s challenges with courage, humor and determination.

Stay strong!

Monday, June 13, 2016


Happy Summer!

I maybe an occasional blogger, but that does not mean that I am not still working on my health. As a matter of fact, I am closing in on 1000 miles cycled this year. About 10 days ago, a group of family and friends rode in the our de Cure, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. It was a great 43 ride on a beautiful day!

I continue to work at eating less and moving more. I have lost a total of 50 pounds and am out of the obese category. I am focused on my next 20 pounds now. I am a very slow loser as most of you know, so this will take me most of the rest of the year to accomplish. But, that is okay. I'm worth it.

I basically eat the same things every day. I have also learned the benefits of preparing my meals and snacks in advance. It really helps me to have my food ready so when I am hungry I can just grab something that I know is going to be within my calorie limits. 

Stay strong! You can do this, too.