Exercise Challenges

Cycling: 1.5hr Japan Island Hopping Ride

I’ve been continuing to do cycling through iFit on this end. Ran into a speed bump in August with recovering from a pretty gnarly bout of poison ivy, but I’m back on and pedaling, attempting to finish up the latest iFit challenge before the 9/7 deadline. Here’s the ride I did today:

I am beyond thrilled and proud that my body was able to do this ride–and it wasn’t as hard as I had worked it up to be. It was my longest ride yet by about 30 minutes. And I did it. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘

Japan’s countryside is beautiful. I rode through bamboo forests and saw plenty of fishermen. We ended outside a Buddhist temple that (I couldn’t help but think) reminded me of Kung Fu Panda just a bit. Different countries, I know, but I could imagine Po wobbling out with a plate of dumplings in his Jack Black voice going “Sweet country, am I right? Here, take a few, trainer. Veggie ones just for you.”

I only hope one day I can do many of these rides in person, including one I did the other day in Maui. That’s something to look forward to.

Until then, ride on and write on. Ker-kaw!

Exercise Challenges, Ponderings

Author: My New Bike & Hitting 600 miles๐Ÿฅ‘๐ŸŒฑ

I got a new bike about a month ago. Every time I get on, I feel I’m mounting a horse. It’s the same feeling, the same swoosh of your legs, getting your balance and buckling in for adventure. But honest to Schwinn, this thing is a beast. And apparently I hit 600 milesย  today, since I started biking. That’s a win, my friend. ๐Ÿฅณ

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I’m also trying to grow a couple a couple of avocado plants, a la Bruce Willis’ character from Red. I’m also attempting a small pot of Chinese Forget-Me-Not flowers. They’ll keep meย company as I continue my writing goal of 2500 words a week on my current book in progress.

Stay healthy and active, everyone. Kerkaw! ๐Ÿฆ‰

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Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts, Exercise Challenges, Ponderings

Author: “Living on the Edge” Growth & Self-Reflection ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ โœ๏ธ(iFit)

My iFit trainer for this month’s Argentina bicycling challenge (Nicoleย Meline) has been introducing the idea ofย finding your edge. This is finding the area in your lifeย where you are “sustainably uncomfortable” and where personal growth begins to happen. Let those words sink in for a moment. They’re quite the odd pair to juxtapose, aren’t they?

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Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts, Exercise Challenges

Author: Finishing the Japan Series, New Bike & New Season ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ’ผ

Today, I finished the 12 part Japan series. My last ride ended at a shrine near the old Imperial Palace in Kyoto. My legs are deliciously sore and I’m so proud that I finished this. It made me think of the following Bible verse:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” -St. Paul

When I looked up this quote so I could include it correctly, I read that Paul said this before he was martyred. That is really powerful.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: Encouragement & Exercise (Japan iFit Series) ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

I’ve been doing a 12 part, Japan iFit Cycling series this month. It’s iFit’s challenge for the month of February. I am four workouts away from finishing. I am very excited to see what iFit mails me for completing the challenge. I’m hoping for a t-shirt but would be thrilled by a gold star sticker at this point. โญ

For anyone looking to start exercising, here are three encouraging thoughts to consider:

  1. Exercise does get easier the more you do it. I mean this both mentally and physically. Eventually you will want to exercise. Working out makes you better and stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s a gift to your body as a whole in so many ways.
  2. Think of exercise as a privilege, not as something you have to do. I’m borrowing this from iFit trainer Ashley Paulson, the trainer leading the Japan series. This little mental switch is gold. It’s really helped me reframe my cycling.
  3. Another thing Ms. Paulson said: you will have good workouts and bad workouts. It’s okay. Give yourself grace and keep showing up. You can do this.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: Biking in Bamboo Forest (iFit Cycling) & Act of Kindness ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

Today I did my second ride in the iFit Japan series. I’m doing a challenge to complete this series this month. At the end, iFit will be mailing me some kind of a reward. I’m very excited. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But for the life of me, I can’t find the iFit Japan playlist, so that I can follow the exercise series in order. Today my trainer greeted me with: “We’re on our eighth ride today and it’s one of our harder ones! Lots of incline and we’re going to be doing three and four minute intervals. Are you ready for this? Come on, let’s go!”

I think I heard my guardian angel laugh at me.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: Biking in Kyoto (iFit Cycling) & Biking Peace โ›ฉ๏ธ

I’ve been bicycling still and working with a health coach to make cycling part of my regular routine. I’m starting an iFit challenge to do a 12 part Japan series. Today’s ride was in Kyoto and I got to see a Shinto shrine, some cemeteries, older buildings that were untouched by WWII and a beautiful lake. The landscape was really beautiful and peaceful.ย 

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas: A Snarky Recipe for Christmas Happiness (Humor |Day 17)๐ŸŽ„

  1. Add one cup of NOT keeping up with the Joneses. You can do this, I know.
  2. Consume goodies until you’re full; stop afterwards. Over eating one day a year at Christmas won’t blow your diet–it’s the other 364 days of the year. See above.
  3. Get rid of presents or limit them. Play board games or do another free activity together instead with something you already have. This will release pressure and make the happiness biscuits of Christmas rise better.
  4. Dump all me-monster, narcissistic, whining relatives into garbage dump or hole behind house (whichever is easier) before gathering. It’ll make the holiday better, trust me. Poke them with a stick every four to six hours. If they still grumble, they’re fine.
  5. Add one well behaved dog to the mix. Pets make everything better.
  6. Do not pressure your spouse/partner into buying gifts for you that are over your shared budget. Same for the other holidays. Your gift should be being together.
  7. Avoid traditions for the sake of traditions. See fruitcake.
  8. Do offer free gifts of kindness. Such examples include shoveling snow for neighbors and not singing Christmas carols door to door terribly off-key. You will scare the birds and people will call the police to report a suspected murder. Honestly, move along.
  9. Feed the birds. Refill your bird feeders in the Winter. Otherwise some unhappy bird soldiers will take aim at your car windows. Three, two, one: take aim, my fellow warriors!
  10. Christmas does not equal materialism. Christmas equals Christ. If you celebrate differently, remember your meaning for the season. Don’t let money, pressure or anxiety win. And yes, I’m working on this one, too.

I did 45 minutes of cycling today at work. Working to catch up!

See you tomorrow for Day 18! Ker kaw.๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿฆ‰

 

Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 10: Cycling & Ghostbusters ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ป

Thirty minutes more to me…Hear that fitness bank jingle. When I started bicycling back in October, thirty minutes seemed to last forever. Now it goes by fairly quickly and I enjoy it more and more. If you’re trying a new fitness journey, hang in there. It does get better. Remember, sweat is fat crying.

Poor fat. Somebody get it a tissue. ๐Ÿคง

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 9: Sock it to Me ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงฆ

Thirty more minutes goes into the cycling bank. I cycled once again with my favorite iFit trainer, Regan Pearce. I’ve adopted his native New Zealander saying he often says during our workouts: Kia kaha! It means stay strong. I want a fairy godmother (godfather?) version of him followingย  me around in life, motivating me while slipping me vegan snacks. I’m sure he doesn’t have anything better to do, am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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