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Levee Ride!

We did our first levee ride in a long time!  It was great!  We got out there before the day started to heat up beyond bearable and before the rains came in.

It’s much different riding on the levee than riding on the road.  First, you are riding on gravel which is just a little more difficult and second on the levee you are the only thing up there.  There are no trees or buildings to block the wind.

On our first 8 miles we had the wind at our backs.  We had a good pace going, though the more experienced cyclists were passing us!  LOL  I felt like I could go on forever!  But you have to remember that you do have to turn around & ride the same amount of miles back…So when we reached a certain point we decided to turn around.  The ride back was a little harder since we were riding into the wind.  The legs were burning!!  But it was a great ride!

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Saturday Morning Bike Ride…

It has been a while since we have gone out for a nice ride.  Summers here are just way to hot & humid!  But since we are approaching the “end” of summer (not really down here though)  we decided to pick up again on our Saturday morning bike rides.  We have a great park not too far away and that’s where we go.  I don’t like riding on the street, the drivers here are just a little too crazy for me!  We hear way to many stories about cyclists getting hit by cars.  So we go to our park & do our riding there.  They also have awesome mountain bike trails, from beginners to expert.  I started out mountain biking but I had a few bad falls & since about 15 years ago I fractured a vertebrae  in my back and now have metal rods & screws there I decided I would just do my riding for miles.  I don’t want to risk getting hurt again!  That back surgery took me over a year to recover.  So when I go with my husband riding we ride around the park.  The park is pretty large, one loop is about 4 miles.  It is next to the Everglades and there is also a levee that you can ride.  We’ve done that a few times as well.  It goes on for miles & miles.  When we do the levee we usually do about 10 miles each way (depending on how windy it is).  And it is so beautiful!  I thought I had a better picture of one of our Levee rides but this is what I could find right now. Continue reading

Why I Love My Spin Class….

About 2 ½ years ago I tried my first spinning class.  I hated it!  OMG it was so hard!  When the instructor said up, I could only do it for a very short time.  I looked around and everyone else was up & spinning.  The person next to me tried to give me tips but there was no way, I had to sit back down on the saddle.  I kept trying throughout the class but I just couldn’t handle it.  I did most of the class on the saddle but I kept peddling.  When the instructor said to increase the resistance, I did but after my few seconds of standing I would return back to the saddle.

After class the instructor came over to give me words of encouragement.  She said I did great.  I kept on peddling and didn’t just give up.  And that it takes a good 2 months to build up the endurance & the strength to do the whole class.  That made me feel a lot better!  Continue reading

My Scale is Evil!!

I’m not a health nut or a fitness guru, I’m just in my mid forties & struggling. Do I love the scale or do I hate the scale? Well I think today the scale is evil! I’m trying to lose 10lbs and it is just such a struggle. Years ago I would be able to lose weight without even thinking about it. But it is no longer so easy.

I am normally an active person, and I do go to the gym. When I am focused (like I am right now) I go at least 4 times a week. I do 2 spin classes a week, one spin bootcamp class, and I just added a circuit class. I also do yoga at least once a week. But my biggest struggle is my diet!

A couple of weeks ago, I got so frustrated because my evil scale was not moving at all. I spoke to my spin instructor after class and expressed my frustration. We went over what type of exercises I did and what I ate; we also discussed the evil word “hormones”. She told me to try adding more strength training into my workouts and that I should add more protein to my diet. She also told me about an app she uses called “Lose It”. Continue reading