It started yesterday. Have you ever had that kind of busy, emotionally and physically draining day where all you can think about is getting home, taking off your bra and plopping down with a bag of chips to watch mindless TV? (No? Am I the only one who decompressed that way??) Yesterday was that kind of day. Lots of driving, taking care of a sick kitten, taking a dog to the vet and going shopping and hitting the mall, meeting another mom and kids for a playdate. Getting things ready for school, paying the bills, and running errands. Then coming home to company for dinner but having to get back in the car again to take my daughter bowling with friends... and then having to go back and get her afterwards. Just total general Mom stuff... nothing huge... but it didn't give me time to let my brain relax or sit down and chill for a bit, at all. I even missed my usual quiet time in the morning having coffee because I was out the door by 6:45 meeting other rescue folks to help some animals. I'm not complaining... I chose this life and I do love it. But generally I love it more with an hour or two of free time in my day. I soooooo did not want to bike in between all of this... but I did it - twice.
Yesterday I did two rides of 3.7 and 2.4 miles, for a total of 6.1 miles. I did it grudgingly and muttered to myself a bit on the bike, but I did it because I am committed and I want better health for myself. And I want to reach my goal of getting this 3,035 mile ride across America done by my blog anniversary next August.
The scenery was pretty as usual, riding through Washington and passing by Martin Island on the Columbia River.
I do love the views here in the Pacific Northwest. It's pretty flat along this stretch of highway.
That was yesterday. Want to know how much I rode today? That's right, a bit, fat zero miles. Even though I was home for most of today, I did not feel like riding the bike AT ALL. I wanted to watch TV and eat chocolate bars all afternoon. But instead I am working on laundry and cooking and cleaning, more basic Mom stuff. I feel happier today and am still committed to getting on the bike before the day is over. I'll hop on after dinner and see how far I can get!
The difference between the old me and the current me? The old me gave in and ate chips or candy bars and watched TV and skipped the biking. The current me says NOPE, and gets on the bike anyway. I am finally getting back into the mindset that i was in when I lost this weight the first time: the only option is to DO IT.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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