Hi friends! I just wanted to post a quick little update about my super awesome day! It was beautiful outside today, although a bit chilly for my taste, and I wanted to make sure I went out and enjoyed the lovely weather. So, first I had a deeeelicious breakfast of half a Pink Lady apple (to which I have become addicted thanks to the fabulous miss Bitch Cakes), edamame hummus from Kroger on a piece of whole wheat toast, and a tasty egg fried in cooking spray.
It was so good I might eat the same thing tomorrow! I like to slice my apples up really, really thin for two reasons. One, I have really sensitive teeth and I can't just bite into a whole apple. We also keep our fruit in the fridge because we get fruit flies badly, so the thinner I slice an apple the faster it can warm up to room temperature and not hurt my teeth. Second, I have to spend more time chewing, which makes me feel more full. Since apples are already filling, it's like double bang for my buck - er, chew.
After breakfast I went and took my new bike out (hope to get a good picture soon to show you guys), but it was so windy and still chilly that I was only out for fifteen minutes. Also, I went to the gym yesterday like I said I would and rode the stationary bike for 40 minutes, so my quads were waaay more sore than I realized and more than fifteen minutes of bike time this morning just wasn't going to happen, haha. Instead, I took my bike back home and went for a walk to enjoy the beautiful day. I went without my iPod and walked around a track nearby my apartment. Next time I think I might take my iPod. The track and its park is located between two of the busiest streets in town (I'll have to snap a picture next time so you can see what I mean) and after awhile I got tired of just listening to cars whizz by. It was nice to clear my head, though. So I walked to the track, did three laps around it (each lap it .59 miles), and walked back for a total of around two miles. I walk pretty slowly, though, so between my bike time and my walk I was moving for an hour and a half today! I think that's pretty awesome. : )
Another awesome thing is that my friend Katie has agreed to be my fitness buddy! I really love the blogging community, but sometimes I miss having that real-life support and I've been hoping somebody would become my fitness buddy here in town. Katie said that she wants to start working on her fitness again (she's a rugby player and used to be much stronger, but lately hasn't been playing much I guess), and since she has already graduated and can't use my university gym, we'll have to find creative non-gym ways to get exercise. I think that's great because I'm graduating soon and will need to work out at home, and I want to get a good out-of-the-gym routine down that I can carry into summertime.
Now that I'm finally not sick, I can't even tell you how great it feels to move and sweat again. I'm actually looking forward to exercising every day, even if just a little bit. I want to focus on moving for at least half an hour every day (not counting walking to and from class during the week) and finding things that I like to do. I want to build a routine that allows my extra weight to come off while I'm enjoying myself, instead of focusing on losing X amount of pounds in Y time so that I can eventually enjoy myself in the future. I know I'll be going on many more long walks - Katie and I have one planned for tomorrow, actually - and I want to build my set of fitness equipment at home. I already have 5, 8, and 10 pound dumbbells. I think my next additions will be a jump rope and some resistance bands.
So, I'm off to bed hoping tomorrow will be another beautiful day filled with tasty food and happy exercise. Hasta luego, amigos! : )