Getting Back on Track

 

It feels like forever since I last posted on this blog. I have just felt too ashamed to post much. I mean how can I try to encourage others to do something I am not doing. To be honest I haven’t been doing very good with my eating and exercise has been almost nonexistent for the last month and a half. Normally I schedule my workouts and plan our meals. Then in mid May I went out of town to see my daughter graduate. I did great with my eating but I don’t think I worked-out ¬†any while I was there. We did walk a lot but that was all.

Then when I got back I had lots of stuff (housework, gardening and work) to catch up on and began getting ready for an 11 day motorcycle trip. I wanted to get ahead with work related task, I picked up some extra classes to teach for some extra money and well the excuses go on and on. I even convinced myself that I was too busy to make juice regularly.

Then comes the trip. We ate out for every meal for 11 days. We made good choices and had some fantastic meals. One of the highlights was getting to eat at Laughing Seed in Ashville, NC. It is a vegetarian restaurant with some of the best food I have ever eaten! The bed and breakfasts we stayed at were lovely but as you can guess they served a huge breakfast with lots things I do not usually eat. I didn’t want to be rude so I ate it. I didn’t clean my plate or take seconds but I ate a lot more than normal! Throw in no juice and very little exercise and it is no wonder I have gained weight and feel sluggish. My face even broke out a bit which hasn’t really happened in about a year or so.

We got home and I promised I was going to get back on track but again the excuses are plenty. I am back to eating well and have made juice several times but other than some short walks no exercise. Then Friday I began planning my week. The calendar filled in quickly and I could see where I was heading yet again. I stopped and filled in my work-outs. It is going to mean some early morning walks and work-outs but I am going to get back on track. I don’t like to feel moody or sluggish and I don’t want to get back to where I was. I will do my best to post regularly on here and Facebook. Hopefully the accountability will help.

Do you struggle with staying on track when life gets busy? Do you find it hard to go back to working out after you skip for a while?

 

Take a Back Road

Do you ever listen to a song and think that’s what I want to do,  that’s what I need today? That happens every time I listen to take a back road. I want to hop on the back of my husbands bike and get away, far away. No noise, no work, no cooking and cleaning, nothing going on,  just relaxing and watching the scenery go by. Problem is we both work full time, he is off on the week-ends and my job basically demands I work every Saturday and rotate Sundays. However every once in a while something catches my eye on the calendar and I do whatever it takes to get off. That happened when I saw the bluebonnet ride on the calendar.  Most rides he goes on involve riding across the state to get a burger or something of that sort, not exactly every woman’s dream ride.

 More often than not the ones I get to go on are short distances on either highway or bumpy roads and it is almost always cold.  Don’t get me wrong, I always have a great time it’s just not usually your ideal riding conditions especially since my husbands bike doesn’t have a back rest. A bluebonnet ride though, how could that be anything but perfect?

After overcoming the scheduling issue the next obstacle was the weather. Spring in Texas is a beautiful yet unpredictable season. Despite conflicting weather predictions all week this day turned out to be perfect. The morning was cold , bitter cold, but within a few hours it warmed up to the perfect temperature. The sun was shinning but not scorching hot, there was a light breeze but not so much wind that it made riding uncomfortable what more could I ask for.

On most rides I hang on for my life but this ride was a lot of back roads, just taking it easy and going slow. I was actually able to take pictures from the back of the bike which was something a few months ago I never would have imagined myself doing. The bluebonnets were blooming and animals were everywhere basking in the sun.  You can read more about the ride and watch a video here. Most of the pictures he has up are the ones taken by me from the back seat.

Blue Bonnets and Indian Paintbrush
How it should be for these creatures
Bluebonnet fields every where you looked
We ended the day with a stop at the Ennis Bluebonnet festival. They had a car show, arts and craft booths and lots of food. Instead of junk food we knew we would regret we ate roasted corn and then stopped at  a local Mexican restaurant for lunch.