Wednesdays my husband has class and I am on my own all night. We’re very fortunate to live with a fantastic bike path literally right behind our house (ok, technically, a creek separates us from the path, but the entrance is close by!).
Anyway, since it was so nice out, I decided to go for a bike ride … and let me tell you, that clear blue sky was rather deceiving!! I swear, I nearly fell off my bike several times thanks to the crazy, wild wind.
I always wear my HRM when I work out and since I was going to the gym later to lift anyway, I had it on and I’ll tell you — the wind made a difference in terms of how hard I had to pump my legs and how hard it was to stay upright. In addition, my trek usually takes me 42 minutes … but tonight took 45 even, thanks to the gusts.
In addition, I burned an extra 40 calories compared to what I normally burn for the ride! There’s something to be said for working out outdoors … and biking (or running) against the wind.
Also wanted to share, thanks to Sheena’s recommendation on her blog, I picked up Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth at Barnes & Noble. I love her columns in Good Housekeeping (and often mention them here) and so it was a natural fit for me.
Though I haven’t started it yet (Hell, I still need to read Beating Ana and review it here, as I promised I would!), even the title made me think … I’m realizing more and more that I’m not an emotional eater but rather an impulse eater … and it shows up in various aspects of my life.
I eat first, think later. Speak first, think later. Spend first, think later.
(Tomorrow’s blog will explain this notion of needing to slow it down further).
OK, well … time to hit the hay. I’ll leave you tonight with something positive: I’ve been doing fantastic with no disordered eating behaviors. I feel proud, strong, sane. Amen!