I have really been feeling the call of the couch the last couple of days for whatever reason... not wanting to get on the bike and ride at all. But I have made a commitment to myself and to those who support me here, so I let that feeling of complacency drive me to PUSH BACK and ride even more. Yesterday morning, I did a couple of short rides with an hour break in between. Continuing on through southern Washington near Vancouver, I pedaled 2 miles, then another 2.1 miles through peaceful country settings (but on an Interstate highway).
Later in the evening, against the desires of my body which wanted to just sit down and chill, I got back on the bike. It was like:
me: omg. It is late, just read a book and go to bed.
myself: No, I want to ride.
me: No you don't! Besides, you already rode today! You can ride more in the morning. Take a break already.
myself: shut up. I am riding.
me: I don't wannnaaaaaaa
myself: Oh yeah? Watch THIS. (shoves the whining me into a box, duct tapes it shut, and gets on the bike).
Then I proceeded to complete my longest single ride yet... 7.5 miles, which took me 45 minutes. Yes, my feet went numb around 25-30 minutes, but I just hopped off briefly and walked around for about 1 minute (not included in my biking time) and got back on and kept going. I ended up here, much closer to the Oregon border.
My total for the day was 11.6 miles... my best day yet. I am working up to a 20-mile day and I feel certain I will get there. Today my knees feel a little wobbly but I am taking anti-inflammatories and getting back on the bike shortly.
Takeaway: Don't listen to your inner fool. Put them in a box and tell them to shut up and show them what you're really made of.
My leg is feeling fine, the stitches are coming out in a few days, and I am determined. Today's meals from the CSA box will include heirloom tomatoes with basil and mozzarella, freshly picked corn on the cob with butter, roasted green beans and carrots, and plums. Protein will come in the form of eggs from my neighbor's chickens, some fish I pick up at the store later and maybe a protein shake. Looking to get this weight off for the last time.
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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