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.

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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.

Walking, Walking, Walking

I walk a lot. I am at Fenton Or Tillis Park most days. My goal is to get in 10,000 steps a day. I have consistently been walking five days a week for 1 year now. My average pace is 3.8 MPH. Not the fastest but definitely not the slowest.

Every morning I talk to my fitter than fit daughter, Maria. She calls and asks me what I am doing and I respond “walking, walking, walking”. We have a great conversation and sometimes during the conversation I will talk about my weight loss journey. She is very encouraging. I love our morning talks. It makes my walks go by faster. But at times I complain that my weight is in a stalling pattern and she responds each time “MOM – YOU HAVE TO START LIFTING WEIGHTS”. And I say “I WILL!” And I never do.

But with my stalled weight I thought I would give it a try. After all Jillian Michaels says the same thing. And if Maria and Jillian say it – it must be true. Lifting weights produce muscles that burn fat. Or something like that. So I bought Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD. It has 3 workouts. Level one is hard. Level two is harder. And level three is even harder. And it promises that you will lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days. Wow! I am so glad I got that DVD.

So I have worked out a couple of times just to see what it was all about. It actually was a good workout. And the best thing is that it only took 20 minutes. You start out with a 2 minute cardio warm up. And then the fun starts with push ups, squats, lunges, chest presses, sit ups and intermittent cardio. And by the end of the 20 minutes I was gasping for air. Now I am a realist. I know if I do Jillian Michaels workout for 30 days I will not shred 20 pounds but maybe my weight will unstall and move forward into a losing mode. Thank you Maria and Jillian.

I am still walking and getting in my 10,000 steps a day but Chris Powell (Extreme Weight Loss guru) says that your body gets used to your workouts. And you need to get your heart rate up intermittently in your walking for the best fat burn. So I thought I would add running into my daily regimen. The last 4 times I went walking I also intermittently ran. Yesterday I was able to run the majority of my 3.2 miles. I will admit, I like how I feel afterwards. I feel alive and invigorated.

My goal for this week is to get in my 10,000 steps for 6 days. Run/Walk for 6 days and do Jillian Michaels workout for 4 days. On one day I will rest one day (Chris Powell says your body needs one day to recoup). This is a lofty goal. But I love a challenge. I will let you know if I reach this goal.

To be continued…