Maintenance and I Broke Up

I do not like Maintenance. She sucks!!!!  I went on vacation weighing 149 pounds and one week later I came back weighing 156 pounds.  I was enjoying my friendship with  Maintenance when I went on vacation and came back fat.  I thought I could eat like a normal person.  It did not happen.  Obviously, I did something wrong.  Maintenance did some pretty bad things to my weight,

So fast forward two weeks.  It has been two weeks since I got home from vacation and I have only lost 2 pounds. I am down to 154 pounds.  Why oh why is it so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose it.  Life is not fair.

I need to take action.  I have been sidelined with a foot injury so my activity has been limited.  I have a bone spur on my achilles tendon.  It hurts to walk and running is out of the question.  I am in physical therapy and hopefully very soon the pain will go away.  In the meantime I need to get out every day and do things that won’t hurt my foot.  I have created a picnic bench workout which takes only 20 minutes but leaves me sore and exhausted.  I can also swim and bike.  My eating the last two weeks has been spot on.  Clean eating.   But drinking wine – not so much.

I have a new weight goal.  I think weighing 145 pounds would be perfect for me right now.  So I am back to “dieting” and maintenance has been sidelined.  I will take this one day at a time. I will start logging my food and counting calories which I gave up during my short friendship with Maintenance.  Even though I am eating clean, I think measuring and weighing my food is a must.  I want to average between 1200-1500 calories a day.  I will do an activity every day.  Weight lifting, biking, swimming, picnic bench workout or kettle bells.  I will not use my lame foot as an excuse not to exercise.

And the last thing I need to change is my favorite after work activity – drinking wine.  My dear friend – Chardonnay – I must break up our relationship for now.   Hopefully, very soon I will be able to rekindle our friendship.  But just for now I have to say good bye.  I am much sadder than you about this break up.  You bring me such joy and relaxation.  But you also brought me several unwanted calories.  So I have found a new drink to relax with – diet tonic water with lime.  It is very refreshing.  And if I put it in a wine glass it tastes even better.

I am taking one day at a time.  I really want to become friends again with Maintenance.  When I reach my goal weight I will definitely have a respect for my new friend.  For right now I don’t like her.  We did not become friends our first go around.  When I reach my new goal weight I will treat Maintenance with new respect.  I will not abuse her.  I will respect her.  So Maintenance just like my glass of wine, I am breaking up my relationship with you.  I am looking forward to rekindling our friendship and I am hoping it will be soon.  And when we do rekindle our friendship I will definitely play by your rules.  You will not make me fat ever again.  I will do everything for you to become my best friend.  Because Maintenance you and I will be life time buddies.


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.