Hello blogging buddies!!
I am LOOOVING EUROPE!!! All except our spotty internet. It seems that the middle of the day here is a good time for us to use the internet, however, we are rarely in the apartment in the middle of the day. So I have finally come to grips with the fact that a) while I like to blog, it's not as important to me as simply enjoying the time we are spending in Europe. I can regale you with many fabulous albeit late photos and stories once the experience is over, right? and b) blogging for me had become so less "creative focused" that I felt bad always posting non creative posts...but I have come to this conclusion - this is my blog and I can blog about whatever I want.....if you want to keep reading - AWESOME SAUCE. If you don't I will only cry for a little while, then I will just keep blogging about whatever happens to cross my mind. :D Life - it's a journey.
SO - about that journey, yes we are still in Europe and loving the time The Lord has given us here. We are prepping for our trip to Italy. We leave on Tuesday and will be back ELEVEN DAYS LATER!!! Ahhhh this is a HUGE thing on my "bucket list"...if I actually HAD a bucket list....which reminds me, I ought to write a note to myself that I need to create a bucket list! LOL
Anyway, in the midst of all this fun travel, I have decided that I am 33 years old and starting to show signs of the "slow and grow"....meaning I am not nearly as active (the "slow") and parts of my body are beginning to "grow" because of it...hahaha not a fun realization at all. I am not one to "diet" per se, but recognizing poor eating habits and changing them has always been a part of my "how to eat what you want but stay healthy" lifestyle. Well it seems that I need to PURPOSEFULLY add exercise to my routine of life now. Up to this point I was active enough to just "do life" and it was all good....not so much anymore. I have never been a "gym going, yoga doing, run because it's so much fun, just one more rep" kinda girl. I have been the "run with the kids on the playground, swim in the pool and show the kids how awesome mom can swim" kinda mom.... well I have decided that to beat the bulge (bulges) I am now beginning to see I should make a goal and WORK HARD TOWARD IT. All this to say, I am in training and hope to compete in my first ever triathlon this August. :D It is a Sprint distance Tri. 600 yd swim, 12mi bike, 5k (3.1mi) run. :) So far, so good. The plan I am using is from Triathlon Geek. It is a beginners Sprint Plan and it was a free download. It addresses running, swimming, biking, upper body, lower body and core strength training all in a nice week by week workout plan. I am LOVING it so far!
Sorry, not the best photo of me, eh? LOL!!!
I will update you as I go...the date of my first tri is August 11th as of right now. If I feel like I am really kicking butt and can finish one sooner, there's one on the 28th of July that I may shoot for also.... my biggest goal right now is to FINISH. I have this as the lock screen on my iPhone...it helps me stay focused each day on what I am aiming for.
And then again, I love this one too!