The weather has been amazing in the last few weeks, although it hasn’t been cooperative these past few days. I’ve been quiet, yes, enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
I haven’t biked in years (about 15 years). As a birthday gift, I received a bike from my husband! Oh, I love it. It’s an Electra Townie in Vanilla.
I agonized (as usual) between a Vitamix or a bike. (My Magic Bullet broke – couldn’t handle the frozen veggies.) Then when I opted for a cheaper blender, it became a toss up between a Townie and a Citizen Barcelona. The Townie won because (a) I found it at a local bike shop and (b) it turned out to be cheaper than the Citizen as the LBS had the Townie on sale.
My husband has always said he doesn’t know how to ride a bike. I managed to convince him to get an inexpensive, entry level mountain bike. It turns out he can ride a bike after all. Geez. At any rate, he’s been loving our nightly bike rides. We now bike to most places, save for work and major shopping.
Our area doesn’t have many hills. There is a slight hill – and when I mean slight, I do mean slight – near our house. I found the Townie is rather heavy. I could barely breathe biking up that faux-hill.
The other thing I’ve been doing, aside from biking and drinking green smoothies, is running. Like outdoors. I used to love running as a kid, but grew to dislike it as I got older due to sheer laziness, fears, increasing aches and pains. But yeah, I’ve been running religiously and it’s been great. I’m losing about 1-2 pounds a week (could also be due to my diet) since I started.
Speaking of the diet, my gluten sensitivity has become worse these last few weeks. I had a panini, croissant and a bowl of ramen (the real kind, not out of a packet) – which are gluten central. Holy hell – itchy rashes, nauseau and a stomach that churned and churned. I couldn’t concentrate from the churning. I was so desperate that I wanted to buy ipecac to vomit whatever was in my stomach. I have decided to watch my food intake even more – no more cheating. Boo gluten. Argh, why are all good things laden with gluten!