It's time to set my month of May commitments in stone. After a lot of thought I have decided on the following-
- As many of you already know, I joined the National Bike Challenge, which started today. I'm going to be track my miles and have set my goal at 100 logged miles on Endomondo this month (that will include cycling and walking).
- Another goal I have set, is to do 100% of our grocery shopping either by bicycle or on foot, which will mean Kyle won't be using the Moped to grab things I forget, which he has been doing in the past on occasion.
- Lastly and possibly the hardest of all three, I have committed to keeping a food journal for the remainder of this month and tracking my calorie and nutrition intake. To be clear, I don't believe highly calorie restrictive diets are healthy. Rather than focus on specific numbers and limitations, my goal is to up my raw food intake and to enjoy a more balanced diet. The diary will basically help me see what and when I'm eating, look for trends and weaknesses.
After my month of daily cycling I'm still at my highest weight ever, but my pants are far looser and I'm feeling strong. It's hard to not focus on specific numbers, whether they represent miles, weight or even dollar bills. I firmly believe focusing on those numbers detracts from the process, bicycling should be about the journey not the destination and I want my year long commitment to reflect that, with the focus being on the process and not the numbers.
Today we made our first trip to the grocery store for the month. We didn't need much, but I've been craving a BBQ, so we got some veggies to grill. The tomatoes were so fragrant I could smell them, which made me long for the Farmer's Market. One of my goals that I set back in January was to be able to cycle to the Farmer's Market by opening weekend, I'm excited to be able to achieve that goal this coming weekend.
|"Look Mum, this juice isn't green!"|
I get such mixed reactions with these little grocery carts, most people like them and smile at Jack as he takes his time strolling along. But then you have the people who have obviously long since forgotten what it was like to be 2 years old, and they seem impatient and irked by him and his tiny cart.
We seem to have raised a very friendly little guy, he smiles and waves at everyone we meet, calling out hello at the top of his lungs. Today a man yelled "nice bike" as we rode by his veranda, I replied "thank you" and Jack said "thank you" too, matching my tone and waving. It seems to me we'd have a much happier, healthier nation of people if we could have more interactions like these. Humanity is so easily hid behind a steering wheel and a pane of glass, whereas being on a bicycle puts us out in the community.
The family ride event that I'm organizing is happening later this month, I hope we get a good turnout this time. I would love to meet some other parents that ride, or maybe encourage some new people to take it up. I'm hoping to get posters printed up this week and begun plastering them around town this weekend.
I just went to the fridge and realized we forgot milk, so I think another grocery trip is in our near future. I knew this grocery shopping challenge would keep me busy!