It was a beautiful spring week of weather in the 60's last week in the upper Midwest. Week two of the Ready for Summer Challenge is behind me. Are you ready for my report??
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 was 46. Last week I started training for my first bike event on June 2. I think many of you know that I use Endomondo as a way to keep track of my biking mileage and others stats per week. Each week since early March I have increased my outdoor biking as the graph below illustrates.
3. Exercise: As far as my three targets for this goal:
a. Improving my strength and stamina. I started hills and flats work as I mentioned above. Hills are still hard for me, thus I am incorporating hill work every week now in my cycling training. I was on spring break last week and spent most of the week at our cabin where there are many hills. I developed a two-mile “hills “course that I tackled 3 times on one ride. I got up and out of my seat 4 times for a total of 2 minutes riding up hills out of seat. here are a couple of pictures of soem of the hills that I tackled:
4. Nutrition: I stayed under 1500 calories on 6/7 days. I granted myself permission to enjoy the treats of Easter on Sunday where I know I was over my calories by at least 1000 calories. We usually are the ones that fill the Easter eggs for the hunt by our 6 grandbabies. I bought some healthy fillers and some candy a couple of weeks ago. I am happy to report that I never once opened any of the bags until Saturday before Easter. I believe that was the first time in my entire life that the bags remained sealed until I was actually filling the eggs. I did not even have a bite of chocolate until Sunday morning.
I prepared all the meals on Easter for my family. Besides chocolate I had a hot cross bun and scones that were simply delicious. Although the recipes call for very little sugar (1-2 Tbsp) they are made with butter and cream so definitely a treat for once in a while, like yesterday. I have two small Sees chocolate eggs left (each at 100 calories) that I will portion out over the next two days. So yes, I was over by 1000 calories or more yesterday. I am okay with that and here is why: I am learning to eat things that I enjoy in moderation and with some control. Part of that 1000 calories is truthfully popping a number of delicious jellybeans in my mouth more than once, but the truth is I was very deliberate about the foods that comprised that 1000 calories. I ate my scones slowly and savored every bite. Michael Pollan wrote in one of his books “the banquet is in the first bite.” For me that first bite banquet was enjoyed yesterday. My wait and perseverance were worth their delicious taste.
Finally, last week found me riding around the lakes with 5 of my young grandbabies (5-9 years). I rode a hybrid bike that easily pulls the two year old in the Burley when I am out with them.