Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mixing things up

Back at Healthy Wife this go-round, and having taken the past challenge "off", I thought I'd change up my routine this time. Part of that involved embracing Cat's Walking/Running challenge and I've averaged about 2.5 miles a day walking briskly. I live a couple of blocks away from a Great Lake and so, it's been a real treat to walk along the streets bordering the shore and see how the lake is doing. She's fine, by the way. I have also resurrected my bicycle and have been packing the little ones in the Burley and going for scenic rides of the neighborhood. We go dog spotting or lawnmower spotting. I, of course, manage to add another 2 or 3 miles to my day and double my workout. I just love seeing all the bikers,walkers, runners, joggers and strollers out there. I feel the sense of community when I see my neighbors out and about. What a great feeling!

I was sorely tempted to give up my 5:45 a.m. rec center weights class this session, but then I thought, hmmm, if I don't do this class how am I going to keep up in the plank arena (the class is the only place I regularly do plank position). And I have a wee bit of pride there (as it took me 6 months to work up to 4 one minute planks during the class).

I've also reached a point where I don't journal points will reflect that, but I've kind of gotten into the rhythm of the how much, what and when to eat. Still, there are two times when journaling is a huge help: that time of the month that red headed runners of their first 10Ks can write about with such wit and panache and the other is when I'm entertaining. Lots of taste testing before, then there are also appetizers and dessert book-ending the main meal.


  1. We're glad you're back in the challenge, mixing it up to work for you is what it's all about....right Audrey?

    If I had a lovely old neighborhood like yours I'd be biking too and most definitely walking by that gorgeous HUGE lake. Don't you just love summer?

    Now I'm off for some Sunday exercise, Owlie is so good for the arms.

  2. Oh I must say I am so jealous of your bike rides. I just got a bike trailer this week but my bike is in need of a tune up (and in my inlaw's garage) so it will be a few days before I get to take it out. At least the kids are still enjoying the trailer in stroller mode.

  3. WOW Melissa, good for you! On the planks and the food! Your bike rides/walks around the lake sound so nice. Being near the water, it recharges me somehow. I often think about the path by the shore in my hometown, and wish I could run it.

  4. Melissa that sounds so wonderful!