Friday, December 30, 2011


I don't know what clicked.  But last night we were driving home from dinner and I just knew it was time.  I am ready to get started with this weight loss.  I'm ready to put the time into cooking healthy.  I'm ready to put the time into exercise.  I"m just ready.  

Last night we stopped at Target to return a movie (The Kings Speech...excellent movie, we liked it so much that I bought a copy for Todd for Christmas and he bought a copy for me for Christmas...LOL)   We used that return money AND some Christmas money to actually pick out some games for the Kinect that "santa" gave me.  We finally had time to set it up the other night and played the games that came with it...but I had originally wanted the Kinect for the dancing games.  Todd wanted it for the boxing games.  :-)   So we picked up a few games.  I came home and did a '20 minute zumba workout'.  I worked up a sweat.  :-)  Just like a zumba class...the time FLEW by!

I talked for quite a bit with my brother last night at dinner.  I have left him off the hook (momentarily) about training with me to participate in a triathlon.  I have too many loose ends on my own to clear up and get in line to do that on my own.  BUT, I told him that I would be calling him for a different project.  What is that project?   Well.  On my bucket list one item is to ride another quarter century.  Another item is to ride a half century and then of course the grand-daddy of them ride a century!  Why not complete all three items in one fell swoop?   A century would do it!  SOOOOO  I'm on the lookout for a road bike.  I've been for quite some time looking on Craigslist and keeping my eye out at other online places for a decent road bike.  I had estimated that I would need a 52cm or a 54cm brother also without my saying anything also said the same.  Haven't seen anything out there yet in the times i've really seriously looked over the last year. (admittedly I go through spurts where I look a lot and then spurts where I don't).  SOOOO anyway, when I get get myself a road bike, I'm going to be starting to train for a Century ride.  I also told my cheating.  No Metric Century......I want to do a complete 100 miles!  (yes, he said he would do it with me!  He says I should aim for a 200 mile two day ride on Mothers day weekend....hmmm if I got a bike quickly, that would be fun...pushing it...but fun!)

So it's just a thing of getting that bike.  Yes, I have a really nice bike.  I bought a Trek Navigator about 10-11 years ago.  My Trek is a GREAT bike.  It has treated me well.  It's PERFECT for jaunts on the canal.  And honestly, I do not plan on getting rid of my Trek Nav.........but it's time to add something that will help me acheive my goals.  (Even when I was training religiously on my bike, my top average speed was still only 12-13 mph.....because comfort bikes will not get you the speed...and do do a century...I need to get the speed.....)

So in the meantime, my exercise/fitness plan is to just do SOMETHING active on a daily basis.  I'm not setting some fitness routine at this point.  I'm not in training mode (at this point) which requires me to ride certain times and days and amounts.  That is subject to change at any moment....but i'm just going to MOVE.  I CAN start riding my bike ASAP because riding my comfort bike WILL help get me into riding shape (I need to get a new tube...I've had a flat tire since the end of May early June..).  I CAN religiously go to zumba (when it restarts on Jan 9.)  I CAN walk.  I CAN run. (me running...funny funny sight...but I can do it).  Cold days, I can do an exercise video, or turn on the kinect.  I'm NOT going to sit back and say "I can't because I dont' have what I want".    I'm forging ahead!  And I will get that bike....and I WILL ride a century.  This year, hopefully...but I WILL do it!


Maren said...

Wow, I think that is such a killer goal! Riding a bike for that long.. wow, I am super impressed! It will be really fun following you toward that goal! :D

Unknown said...

Hi Maryfran, thanks for all your support recently - it means a ton to me. You will get that bike - I'm rooting for you as well! 100 miles is a lot but certainly doable. We have a Ride for Cancer in June each year and a co-worker of mine rode it this year. He had some issues but said it was a lot of fun (and hard work). I walked a 100 Kilmeters (60 miles) and loved almost every minute of it... I did hurt.
Anyway, you sound determined and I bet your bike will show itself soon.
I'm ready with you!!

Erin said...

I really really want to get a bike - any tips on how to find a bike that's right?

mama.on.the.move said...

i love your enthusiasm!! dont let anything hold you back from getting to where you want to be. as you say, anything that gets you moving in the mean time is good. not having a bike is an explanation, but its not an excuse. you go girl!!!

WWSuzi said...

I'm so glad your mojo is back!!
You can achieve anything you put your mind to.

E. Jane said...

So nice to read this post. Sometimes the thunderbolt strikes at just the right moment, and things fall into place. I'll be following you.

The Kaizen Project said...

You make me want to go out and get a bike now (it's something I have considered all year) hopefully when the finances are better.
I have also considered Zumba but for some reason never been adventurous enough, maybe 2012 is my year.
Good luck with you plans :)

Anonymous said...

Such passion. I believe you will achieve your goal. Amazing!! I look forward to reading about your accomplishments.

The Kaizen Project said...

I am so happy for you, nothing is more focusing or motivating then that moment when something finally clicks in your brain and you know that it will be different this time. What a great way to start 2012, because it will definitely be YOUR year girl!!
Lots of luck, you can do it :)

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