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It was our second sewing weekend for the women in my family. My daughter and two daughters-in-law are starting to get the hang of sewing simple things like skirts and elastic pajama pants. The young maidens are part of the fun, too. Here is a picture of nine-year-old Nani helping me make some pajamas for her cousin.
Week Six of the Ready For Summer Challenge is now behind me. Here is my update.
1. Weight loss: My weight loss goal is to lose 7 pounds. I will not weigh in until June 3; so anything yet to report here.
2. NSV (Non-Scale Victory): For me my NSV for this challenge is in moving forward in my health and fitness so that I am able to ride the 62-mile bike event that I am registered for on June 2. I didn’t really have any extraordinary NSVs last week to write about. Two minor ones are eating out after PHC and staying on plan, including not partaking in the icecream dessert enjoyed by the rest of my family.
3. Exercise: As far as my three targets for this goal:
a. Improving my strength and stamina. This week I rode 93 miles over 5/6 days! I continue to incorporate a little hill work in every ride, to.
b. My second target is to work on my cycling distance. Yesterday I rode my longest ride so far of 35 miles. I still have not figured out the right amount of calories to ingest before and during these long rides, but I am working on it. I took along two Cliff bars and ate them both.
c. Increasing my speed: My average speed is getting closer to 13MPH. I know that my new shoes and pedals will help here, too.
4. Cross training: I did all of my core exercises 5/7 days, including a series of squats.
5. Nutrition: I stayed under 1500 calories on 5/7 days. One of my over days was the 35 mile bike ride.
One of my goals for week six was to cook some beans and eat these for breakfast (thanks, Karen for this idea). I did just that several times last week. This week I plan to eat beans before I head out on my bike. Great protein source. I met my exercise goals, too.
For week seven my goals are to:
1. Get comfortable riding with my new clipless pedals and shoes
2. If I accomplish # 1 then ride for 40 miles….
3. Keep working on figuring about the right number of calories for my rides.
Enjoy a few pictures of my long ride on Saturday via roaring Minnehaha Falls...
Thanks for stopping by to check in with me.
Have a great week.
Stay strong! TTFN, Michele