Monday, October 20, 2014

A loss finally!


Greetings!
I am on a very short fall break from teaching at the small college where I work. For the past few days I have indulged myself in autumn: with a 4 mile hike along the Lake Superior Hiking Trail near Grand Marais and over 35 miles on my bike. Enjoy a few pictures!




 
I am working hard on my next 10 pounds. I am very happy to report that the scale registered my first two-pound loss in over 2 years! I credit that loss to rigorous eating and continued exercise (I have now logged almost 2500 hundred cycling miles this year!!!). I also am experimenting with eliminating my preventative migraine medications (with my doctor’s approval): a Beta-blocker. No matter what part of my regime beget that two pound loss, I will TAKE it! 

Hope you are all doing well,
Michele

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Catching Up!

Happy Fall! 
I am already 5 weeks into a new academic year. I adore my work, but, no matter how many years I have been at it, the first few weeks are a blur. Now that things have settled down, I am catching up on blogging. I am doing well! My total cycling miles are up to over 2300! I know my cycling outdoors is winding down, so I am trying to get out as much as possible. Here are a few pictures from a nice 25 mile loop I did through Minneapolis on one of our balmy September days.







My eating is going well. I have renewed my focus on my next 10 pounds. To do that, I am tracking what I eat and trying to keep up on my exercise. Dinner for most days consists of a salad with an added topping (like a little bean salad or some nuts and dried fruit). It is also apple season here in Minnesota so I have enjoyed many apples tossed into my salad, too. I have not lost my sweet tooth, however, I have learned to manage it. I budget in a treat once every 3-4 days. Most treats are things that I bake, so I know exactly what is in them! I am pretty good about only eating a little, too (at least most of the time).

Hope you are doing well in your own journey!
Michele