Saturday, February 23, 2013
Snow and exercise
Greetings to You From A Snowy Minnesota (again!),
Lately I have heard fellow Minnesotans complaining about our long winter. Not me. Not by a long shot. As a matter of fact, I hope the snow lasts at least another month (doubt that it will) because I am finally in my rhythm of cross-country skiing. It makes my heart and my body happy to be out on those skies with nothing but beautiful winter, mother nature and myself. Generally, except for a far of snow mobile or occasion car, it is quiet and majestic where I ski at our cabin. I find cross-country skiing as restorative for me spiritually, emotionally and physically as biking. Endomondo tells me that I have skied 36 miles so far this winter. I hope I can get in at least another 15 to go over 50 miles for the winter. The picture above is my long drive way at our cabin. We had so much snow this past week that I decided to ski on the plowed drive rather than make new trails in a foot of snow (Yes, that is basically impossible!).
Cycling season is still in the distance. I was lucky to get in a number of miles this winter in the Netherlands making my total so far about 75. I am back to riding on my trainer. I am doing only about 15 minutes at a time. Last year was the first time I used a trainer and I HATED it. But, this year, something is different with me and maybe even in my overall condition. I do not hate it nor do I loathe getting on it. As a matter of fact, I enjoy getting on it, because I know that cycling season is on the horizon.I am planning on working up to about a 30-40 minute trainer ride 3-4 times a week. By the end of March I should be able to start riding one of my bicycles although probably not my good road bike until mid April.
I am deeply committed to shedding my next 20 pounds this year. I have been stuck at 40 pounds off for over a year and a half. I can finally say that I have found a rhythm again after being gone most of January. I’m staying within 1500 calories a day for the most part. My staples are a yogurt smoothie and a large salad every single day. There is more, but right now those two are keys to my success. I also have learned that for me planning is key. I rarely leave the house for work, meetings or even just hanging out with the fam without taking something that I can eat as a snack if I get hungry. Without planning it is just too tempting to eat foods that are processed and high in sugar.
Finally, I want to share with you pictures of the lovely ice rinks that are near my home in Minneapolis. Hockey is a huge sport here. Most parks have an outdoor sheet of ice for recreational skaters and a regulation size hockey rink for league and pick up games. This one is even lit up at night.
How about you: have you grown weary of winter?
Take good care of yourself. Stay strong and TTFN,