Sunday, September 29, 2013

MN Lynx, Fall, soup and lying low

It is a beautiful fall morning in North Western Wisconsin! 
I am going to start this post off with a few pictures of my favorite sports team: the Minnesota Lynx who are headed later today into the second game of the Western Conference Championship. 

We were at the last game, which was absolutely dazzling!. Crossovers jumpers and set plays. Some plays were just beautiful. I adore this team and the inspiring women and athletes that they appear to be. 
Yesterday I made my first roasted tomato basil soup.
It was delicious. We had our own basil from the garden, onions and some tomatoes, too. 
I am lying low today and for the next few days while recovering from an unexpected case of bronchial asthma. I guess it is chronic for me now. Once I get over this bout, I will start to figure out my triggers so that I can keep it at bay. It means no cycling for me for a few days. The nice part about seeing my primary care was having that weigh in. I did not dread it at all. I weighed in the morning before I went and found I was at a new low (166). With all my clothing I was an even 168 at the doctor's office. My lowest weight recorded by them, too. That was a great scale victory. I am now taking prednisone and am well aware of the weight gain that corresponds with that medication among other side effects.  I am now only 3 pounds away from 50 pounds lost. Plus, I figured out that my current BMI is 30.5, so I am only .6th of a point away from getting out of the obese category forever. I will work hard to not gain any weight while on that dreaded medicine. 

Laying low for me will mean cleaning out my computer while I watch some movies and sorting though some old pictures. Have a great rest of your weekend. Stay strong in your journey to better health! TTFN, Michele

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sail-by, cycling and new low!

Greetings Bloggers!
Beautiful and mild weather has blessed us in the upper Midwest allowing me to do some course prep in my outdoor study!
took me to the Mississippi River.

 Many in my family rode bikes to soccer games, too.

  Last weekend, hubby and I went out to the Pacific Northwest and to Port Townsend where our son was honored for a sail boat he and his student built as part of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and the Northwest Wooden Boat School. See for yourself what a beauty this 24-foot day sailor is.

 The launch!

 Proud parents, including the father of Azulita's designer.

 First sail!

Azulita means little blue one. She is all wood, sleek and contemporary.
Our son’s brother in law designed her. 
 At the end of the Festival all the boats go out on a sail by, where they all go out into the sound and sail by each other. We were lucky enough to go out on Azulita for her
inaugural sail by.  While in Port Townsend I did a few long rides through beautiful countryside surrounded by the Sound.

In weight loss news, I am very happy to report that I am at a new low weight: 167!! I worked very hard this past summer eating well, tracking food and of course exercising. My new low brings me to 46 pounds off. I am closing in on an overall loss of 50 pounds, which I hope to get to by November. I am a very slow loser with a very low metabolic rate, however, my efforts are paying off. Slowly, but surely.  
Successful weight loss change comes about through life style changes. I have done just that. I plan and think ahead about the food I will eat whether it be going to work or on vacation in places like Port Townsend. There is no magic for me, just determination to really make a difference in my own health, one of my most important assets. For all of you who struggle with weight loss and getting healthy:  you, too, can get fit and healthier.It takes time, but you can do it. 
Have a great week and TTFN,