Spring is a lovely season in Minnesota this year. Our temps hovered about 60 and even 70 for at least 4/7 days last week. It is just wonderful to see all the trees leafing out. And the birds! We are right in the migratory path for many birds that return north for breeding. Last night we saw two beautiful tundra swans at twilight. We actually heard their wings before we saw the birds. At our feeders we have counted three different kinds of woodpeckers, several kinds of finches, grosbeaks, chickadees, cardinals and phoebes to name just a few. The pileated woodpecker is one of my favorites!
On my bike ride yesterday, I saw a pair of bald eagles. I never saw a pair of eagles before. I know, too, that, one eagle has nested very close to our cabin. Every time I pass by on my bike, she takes off. Did you know that an eagle’s wings are silent as they fly? Just a beautiful time to be outdoors observing all the changes that are occurring in both plants and animals as spring moves along.
On the getting healthy and fit front, it was a good week. If you are reading this post, you know that I am taking part in Maren’s Get Ready for Summer challenge. The mini challenge was to try to check in on all of the participating bloggers and to write about it. I checked in with many of you. To me what I noticed was that the majority of GRFS bloggers are doing well in the weight loss front (maybe small losses, but still a loss), and meeting their other goals, but where people seem to fall is in the exercise department. For me it helped to set a time (calendar it in) to exercise during my work week. As it became a habit I found that I missed it terribly if I could not exercise for whatever reason. I just feel so much better when I exercise. So, my tip to you is to make time in your very busy schedules just for exercise. You are worth that effort. Believe me, it makes a difference. Many thanks to all of you GRFS bloggers who hopped over to support me. Together we are moving forward!
Here is my update for week three:
1.Weight loss: My weight loss goal is to lose 7 pounds. Nothing to report here because I will not weigh in until April 22.
2.NSV (Non-Scale Victory): Overall, ride that 60-mile ride is the NSV goal that I am aspiring to. Total bike mileage for week 3 was 68!
3.Exercise: As far as my three targets for this goal:
a. Improving my strength and stamina. I am really proud to report that I did a 27-mile ride yesterday in the very hilly countryside of Northwest WI. That 27-mile ride was tough! My average speed was 10. 50 mph over the hills, which I think is really great. I am going to use that 27-mile route for training through the whole summer because it really challenges me. The cool thing about the ride is that according to Endomondo I burned 2265 calories! It was the first day in my life that I burned more calories than I ate! I never got off my bike, not once on any hill. I am also trying to stay on my bike and pedal steadily. I can do about 30 minutes now without a break. Here are some pictures of my 27-mile ride where I passed by no less than eight lakes, including the beautiful one called Sand Lake.
b. My second target is to work on my cycling distance. My total was 68 miles, with my longest ride at 27 and 5/7 days on the bike. I am trying to do a longer ride every 3-4 days now (as my schedule permits) with a long ride of at least 25 miles on the weekend when I have more time.
c. Increasing my speed: My average speed this week was 12.5 mph. On the flats I am slowly improving to where I can maintain 14 -15 mph for about 9-10 miles.
d. Cross training: I really did not cross train this week (☹). I did continue to work on my new exercises to strengthen my core (specifically the dead bug, the fire hydrant and the clam with one of those resistance bands) four times last week.
4. Nutrition: I stayed under 1500 calories on 5/7 days. Definitely some area for improvement here.
All in all, another good week for me with this challenge.
Do you like smoothies?? Well, I sure do, especially when they are made with yogurt and some frozen fruit (no sugar) and a little banana. This is my favorite yogurt right now.