Yesterday was my one year blog anniversary. I can’t believe how fast time goes by and that it’s been a year since I first started blogging. I’m addicted to it now because I met so many wonderful people through my blog and by reading yours. So I want to thank you for you continuing support, even though I mess up again and again and start over again and again.
I took a sneak preview on the scale Saturday morning and as expected I gained during my vacation. If I hadn’t been active all week I think it would be more. Next week it’s all about fruits and veggies which I ate way to little of the past week. I’ve bought delicious summer fruits on the market Saturday: peaches, cherries, strawberries, melon and pineapple.
In a few days the first 6 months of this year are done and I’m nowhere near the goals I’ve set on January 1st (more on that later this week). Therefore I have every reason and intention to make the second 6 months of this year a bigger success than the first, starting today. The plan is the same as always: eat healthy and exercise, that’s all that it takes, now I just have to do it!
Fran’s Summer Challenge:
The challenge is for 12 weeks. Start Monday June 7th and ends on Sunday August 29th.
I’ll update my challenge every week on Sunday or Monday.
Goals (week 2 and 3):
- Lose some weight every week.
Week 2:A small gain of 0.3 kg (…. lbs.) totally my own fault, too much snacks.
Week 3: vacation, no weigh-inn this week.
0 out of 12 weeks. (3 weeks done)
- Exercise at least 60 out of 84 days.
9 out of 60 daysWeek 2: Monday: 30 minute run. Thursday 23 minute run, Saturday 3K run.
Week 3: Tuesday: 4K run, Saturday: 2K run.
- Do something active every day (this can be working out, running, housekeeping, walking with Bella, going for a ride on my bike and so on) for at least 30 minutes.
17 out of 84 days (3 weeks done).Week 2: Monday running. Tuesday walking/puppy training. Wednesday walking, Thursday running, Friday none, Saturday 3K run and lots of walking, Sunday walk of 2,5 hours.
Week 3: Monday lots of walking, Tuesday 4K run and lots of walking, Wednesday 2,5 hours kayaking, Thursday lots of walking, Saturday 2K run, Sunday none.
- Run at least two times while we’re on vacation.
Result:done! Did 2 runs, 1 of 3.2K and 1 of 4K. The hills were very rough as I’m not used to running on hills so kept the runs short.
- Follow the half marathon plan and don’t skip any runs.
1 out of 12 weeks (3 weeks done).
Week 2 + 3: week 2 of the plan I spread over two weeks because of our vacation but I missed 2 runs of the training (the interval and the long run) so week 2 has to be done again.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables.
Week 2: okay.
Week 3: vacation, terrible.
- Try a new recipe at least once a week.
3 out of 12 weeks
Week 2: 1 on Tuesday (wraps) and on Thursday (cheeseburger)
Week 3: none but made 2 new ones in week 2.
- Take Bella to the beach for the first time in her life.
- See “Eclipse” (Twilight Saga).
- Read at least 6 books before August 29th.
1. Tess Gerritsen – Life support
2. Stephenie Meyer – The short second life of Bree Tanner.
3. Stieg Larsson – The girl with the dragon tattoo
Saturday morning I had scheduled my “long” run of 7K but as soon as I started running I knew that that wasn’t going to happen. From the first step my legs hurt, apparently they were still sore from all the hills I walked up and down in the past week. So I decided to “take my loss” and make it a short round and pick it all up this week.
Weather: sunny, hardly any wind, clear blue sky, 20 ˚C/68 degrees.
Distance: 2 K / 1.2 miles
Average time: 7:08 /km
Average speed: 8.4 km/hour
This morning I got up at 7 am to go for my 30 minute run. As soon as I got outside I noticed it was already hot (we’re having summer here with temperatures above 25 C/77 degrees). And as you may or may not know I’m not a runner for warm weather. So I took it easy because where I run there is hardly any shadow so I’m running most of the time in the sunshine. But I made my 30 minutes and am happy with that.
Weather: sunny, hardly any wind, clear blue sky, 25 ˚C/77 degrees.
Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Average time: 6:58 /km
Average speed: 8.6 km/hour
Fran’s daily outfit:
Stole this idea from Shelley (hope you don’t mind) who has introduced Fashion Friday on her blog. I like fashion and clothes and some of you comment on my outfits every now and then so I thought I’ll show you my daily outfit. Feel free to say if you like it or not and if it suits me right.
Yesterday I wore a summer dress. I’ve bought this dress 2 years ago a size smaller than my regular at that moment and never got to wear it till this year. I wore my Crocs flipflops which I always wear when I’m at home and have no make-up on because I never wear make-up during my vacations. (I’m sorry, can’t get this picture rotated, no matter what I try).
Today another summer dress, same story as yesterday, this is the first year it fits perfectly.
The short second life of Bree Tanner, an Eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer
Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
I’m a big fan of the Twilight Saga so this novella was a must read for me. It’s a thin book, I finished it within I think 2 hours. I liked it but not as much as the story of Bella, Edward and Jacob. But it gave an insight how the newborns lived and how they became an army.
What’s for dinner:
Friday a salad with nectarines, feta cheese and ham. It was a hot day and I love eating a salad with some bread on those days.
Saturday I made a Greek salad, I still needed veggies which I ate too little the week before.
Yesterday we had a bbq at home. I made a big bowl of fruit salad and green salad.
Quote of the day:
I have to make myself take a day off. I get addicted, and I feel guilty if don’t run. I have to remember it’s the recovery days when you actually get stronger. When you take a day off, you can run fast and hard next time you get out there.
Danica Patrick, Professional race-car driver