Yay! Maiden cycle ride this lunchtime - a little tootle around Florence Park and along some nice quiet roads for about 15 minutes. I was a tad wobbly at first, and had lowered the seat because I wasn't sure of my dexterity and balance any more. No pictures because I was concentrating so hard on everything my body was telling me - especially my left knee and my calf muscles which were moaning, ouch ouch ouch! Silly things, I told them, it is only because you've been so inactive. Shush and enjoy the ride.
So, I am feeling very happy with myself.
And so very pleased with my lovely bike, spinning all 300 lbs of me around all that lumpy tarmac! Heh - the sooner I find my gel-tech saddle cover the better, then I can do longer rides :)
Have been food shopping too, and got loads of fruit and veg. Not been paid yet, so the Xmas shopping will have to wait for next week. I have been entertaining the thought of making some chilli jam this year. That's a nice kind of foodie prezzie, not vastly fattening, nor will I be tempted to eat it all before giving it away, PLUS I know all the people who I give presents to will like it. :) Heh. Now that's going to be a fun project! Have to find a good recipe first.
Foodwise, it has been a pretty good day. I haven't felt very hungry today for some reason. Exercise? Being out and about? Anyway, woke up late - 9 ish, then went out for the bike ride, went shopping, and finally ate all the leftovers in the fridge for late lunch. Which was my home made chickpea & roasted aubergine dip with two slices of wholegrain toast (totally yummy & calorie counted), the beetroot with some white wine vinegar as salad, plus an apple, a tangerine and a clementine. My fruitbowl is also brimming with pears, apples and bananas. And I have plums in the fridge to stew and have with yoghurt & honey sometime this week. Had lentil soup for dinner & now I'm having the last two chocolate rice krispie squares (from last week's baking) & a banana muffin from the freezer. And the interesting thing is I feel absolutely fine about all this. I'm not ridden with guilt. And that's a good feeling :) Maybe it is because my fridge is stuffed with VEGETABLES... ;) and I'm going to be having a vegetablicious week ahead...hehehe
It was so lovely reading about Shelley's (My Journey to Fit) Half Marathon triumph today. She is SO inspiring. And everytime I read another blogger's journey, their trials, their triumphs, their naff days, their great days, the NSVs, I think - yes, I can do this too. Maybe my path will be different, maybe it might take me a loooooong time, but I'll get there in the end. One day, that will be me, cycling my 30 miles, and grinning from ear to ear ;)
Right now I'm just so happy I got my tush back on my bike, and didn't fall off or break the bike. Yay! Note to self - next time wear thermals & the neoprene gloves - temps are plummeting this week, brrrrr. Although I was crispy cold to start with, and my hands did feel like ice when I got back, the rest of me was nice and toasty warm. Oh yes, and drop a hint to my sister that I'd really really like santa to give me some hand-knitted ear muffs... ;)