I spent a few hours biking through Wheeler Wildlife Refuge this morning.
I love being in the woods, surrounded by nature, and the only sounds I can hear are birds singing. The woods are my happy place.
Bernice Bloom discusses her weight loss journey, both the success and the failures, in her book Adorable Fat Girl. The book contains five important tips for successful weight loss.
The one thing I really appreciated about this book was the honesty. The writer admitted how difficult her weight loss journey. She also explained how to overcome the common stumbling blocks to weight loss, using her own personal experience.
This is a very interesting book and worth reading.
I started bicycling a couple of months ago and I love it. I enjoy the challenge of rough terrain and flying down steep hills. However, there are a few drawbacks.
For women, frequent bike riding massively increases your risk of urinary tract infection (UTI). I discovered this fact the hard way. After doing a some internet research, I learned how to lower that risk. Thank goodness for that, because UTIs are annoying and uncomfortable.
Another thing I learned the hard way, saddle sores are actually blisters that develop in the crotch area. Saddle sore sounds rather innocuous and does not adequately portray the amount of pain and discomfort this ailment can cause.
Yesterday, I went to Harvest Nature Preserve for some off-road bike riding. The trail starts out as gravel and then turns into dirt as you enter the woods. Since there is a lake and a few creeks in the area, there are also several wooden bridges.
I was in the woods and going down a hill with a sharp curve at the bottom. Unfortunately, I was going to fast when I tried to turn. My bike started to slide a bit and I slammed into a tree, which caused me to fall off the bike and land partially on a thorn bush and partially in a mud puddle.
I ended up with numerous small cuts on my hands, arms, and legs. I also have several small bruises on my legs and one massive bruise that is 4 inches in diameter.
To top it off, when I got home I discovered a tick on my calf muscle. Mom helped me get the tick off and then we flushed it down the toilet.
All in all, I had a blast yesterday and plan to do it again. I still enjoy bicycling, in spite of my injuries, sores, and infections. Maybe I am crazy, but I think biking is a ton of fun.
Today, I completed the I Love America 5K. Also, Gwen completed the Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run, which was her first charity race. Both races were sponsored by Whitesburg Christian Academy, in Huntsville, Alabama.
I was so proud of Gwen. Completing your first charity race can be a bit nerve racking. There a lot of things happening at the same time and it’s all brand new to you. However, Gwen didn’t seem nervous at all, actually she took off like a pro.
She also finished like a pro. Way to go Gwen!
I completed my fifth charity race today. The race was called “Out Run Hunger.” It raised money for House of Harvest, which is a food pantry in Harvest, Alabama.
At the end of a race, I always feel like I am about to puke. However, there is something about crossing that finish line and hearing people congratulate me for completing the race. It motivates me to workout more, so I can improve my time. It also makes me excited for the next race.
This is how my race schedule has gone so far:
I enjoy watching YouTube videos on the Fat Meets Fire channel, which is produced by Ben Landers. I love how he explains will power and gives tips on how to improve your will power. It’s not as difficult or mysterious as we tend to make it.
I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today. My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile. I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile. However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward. I was determined to finish the race.
I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.
I am ready for a nap now. 🙂