Well, another odd week. I’ve been having a pretty hard time keeping to points and even with the writing down of points and food eaten. I had a semi-binge on Saturday and couldn’t bike because my tire was flat. (What kind of jock doesn’t know how to fix a flat tire on a bike?) I was feeling depressed, whether because I had forgotten my meds (Did you forget to take your medication or something today? Yes, yes, I did.) or because I hadn’t been cycling in a while, I don’t know.
Saturday night I watched Breaking Away, a movie from 1980 starring the incredibly six-packed Dennis Quaid (trust me when I say it’s worth it just to see them), Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern (Joe Pesci’s bad-guy partner in Home Alone) and Jackie Earle Haley (the cool kid in The Bad News Bears). It’s a movie about a group of working-class kids living in a college town and the battle they have with the rich kids who attend the college (and really within themselves). The main character, Dave Stoller, played by Dennis Christopher, is a cyclist who dreams of being an Italian bike racer. He feels free on his bike. There are some great cycling and race scenes. It got me going!
Needless today, Sunday afternoon I stopped using the flat as an excuse, had it fixed and went for a great 20-something-mile ride in the heat that evening. I feel rejuvenated and realize now that I NEED to cycle and do other hard exercise. My brain needs it. I wasn’t cycling for weight loss or to burn calories. I was doing it because I need to.
Somehow I managed to lose a pound this week. I’ll take it. I’m down to 137. Thirteen pounds to my goal of 124 and under 3 pounds until I have lost 10% of my body weight. Feels good. Also, will be joining the 40+ women’s soccer team in my state this fall. Very very excited.
What do you NEED for yourself in order to feel calm and centered?
And just for fun, here’s a pic of one of our Chiquita Banana stickers.