I Had a Great Birthday

I had a great birthday!  We went for a  walk/run at Fenton Park.  I did not go my usual 3.2 miles because we were running out of time and had to meet up with our son Timothy and his wife Becky to go to the wineries.  So I ran/walked only 2 miles.  And then we went to the Katy Trail in Weldon Springs to go for a bike ride.  It was an absolutely beautiful fall day.


Let’s talk about bikes for a minute.  I have a Trek bicycle.  It has a cute wicker basket to hold my necessary things.  And a ringer to let slower riders be aware that I will be passing them.  It is not a racing bike.  But more of a sit up and ride leisurely bike.  And the seat is harder than hard.  My bike is a leisure bike.  They should have put a leisure seat that is well cushioned to make my riding experience more enjoyable.   I could ride forever if it wasn’t for that darn seat.  My legs don’t hurt, my arms and hands don’t hurt.  The only thing that hurts, gets numb and hurts the next day is my booty.  I thought losing weight would help my derriere from not hurting.  After all there is less to hurt.  But it hurts just as bad as it did when I first got the bike 6 years ago.

We rode only for 40 minutes because the wineries were calling our name.  We met up with Timothy and Becky and headed to Chandler Hill Winery in Defiance, MO.  I wish I had taken a photo of the winery.  It is just beautiful.  It sits up on a hill and overlooks the vineyard and a small pond.  The food is delicious and the service is pretty good.

We started off with a wine tasting.  I love tasting wines.  It seems so cool to swirl an ounce of wine, sniff it, see if it has legs and then taste it.  Not gulp – but taste.  It is kind of elegant.   I started out tasting the white wines because Chardonnay is my favorite and the wine taster girl said we needed to start out with tasting the whites and end with the reds.  I was not blown away with the whites.   And then we started tasting the reds.  And I absolutely fell in love with a red chambourcin wine.  It was soooo delicious.  We finished our wine tasting and had a fantastic lunch.  And yes I ate bread.  We ordered bruchetta that I assumed would have tomatoes but it was toasted bread with hummus and a cheese spread.  I guess I should of asked what came with the bread or read the menu more closely.  But it was all so delicious.  And I enjoyed every morsel.  I was good in ordering my lunch.  I had a delicious salad with smoked salmon and kept my balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side.  And we shared 2 bottles of wine.

I will say that I had the best birthday.  The weather was perfect.  I was with people that I adore. I did not go crazy with my calories (totaling out at 1500 calories – drinking most of my calories).   And I got some good cardio in.

It does not bet any better than this.

2 thoughts on “I Had a Great Birthday

  1. Happy belated birthday, Lisa! I love reading your blog, as I’ve had the same struggles with my weight for about 25 years. I too have started walking and bike riding and I highly recommend getting a gel cover for your bike seat. They are not very expensive, you don’t have to replace the whole seat and it makes a huge difference in how your tush feels after a ride.
    Best of luck to you in your new lifestyle. Your journey is inspiring and lets me know that it can be done!

  2. You know that you can get a wider (if necessary) and definitely a more comfortable, softer replacement seat rather inexpensively. Check out Amazon.

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