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Weekly Fit Check: Active Weekend

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Can you believe it’s Wednesday already? This week is flying by – probably because I’ll be heading out of town for The 2:1 Conference on Friday. I’m so excited! I’ve even lined up a couple of people willing it hit the treadmills in the gym with me.

This past weekend was a busy, active one for me. First, I had another 5K on Saturday morning. This annual race was my third (ever) 5K last year. A lot has changed since then.

Last year (when I thought 50-something degrees was weather that required a long-sleeved shirt under a short-sleeved shirt):

2011 Chase

This year (when I knew that 50-something degrees on race morning is tank top weather – and I think I’m kind of working the cute hat, too):


I beat last year’s time by nearly two-and-a-half minutes. Although I still haven’t broken the 30 minute mark, I felt good about this race. I don’t think I could have run it any faster (32:06 – chip time). I felt like I set a good, challenging pace the whole way and I finished much stronger than last year.

After the race, I came home and took a short nap because I didn’t sleep at. all. the night before. Then, we went to breakfast with my oldest, who was the only one home, before dropping her off at home and heading out with this:


Yep, I finally got to take my new mountain bike for my first-ever off-road ride. It was so much fun! It was also a little freaky at times when I felt like I was going to topple off the edge of the hill mountain. By the time we took our second loop around the beginner’s trail, I was feeling a bit more confident and rode a bit faster.

We wound up doing the beginner’s trail twice for a total of a little over 6 miles, then, we rode on the paved path for another 4 or 5 miles.

Can you believe with all that activity, plus my regular workouts that my weight was still up just a teeny bit this week? Ugh! It had to have been my food choices. I splurged a bit Friday night on Brian’s and my date night. Hey, it was the first one we’ve had in ages and the food was so good.

I also splurged a bit for breakfast with my mom and sister Friday morning, but again, yum! It was really worth it as long as I get myself back in check soon. I say “soon” because I’ll be traveling this weekend, so I know I won’t have as much control over my food choices as I normally do.

Like I said earlier, though, I do have a couple of ladies who’ve said they’ll hit the treadmills with me, so maybe the activity will off-set the food choices. And, I won’t be going to my Life Group on Sunday night – the incredible cooks there are killing me with their hard-to-resist meals.

How has your weight-loss effort been going? What choices are you making to enjoy a healthier, fitter lifestyle?

Do or do not. There is no try.


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