Walden Pond

Walden Pond

Friday, October 17, 2014

My First Challenge!!

 I'm doing my first blog challenge! Gwen at The Sunny Coconut has started the Holiday Scale Accountability Club. The goal is to not gain any weight over the holiday season. It starts today and ends on January 9, 2015.

I know I usually only weigh on the first of the month, but the challenge requires weigh ins twice a week. So I'm going to try not to get too obsessed and weigh on Tuesdays and Fridays.

So my first weigh in this morning showed me at 289.2. That's up a pound from October 1. I was actually expecting it to be higher. I can't say I've made great choices this month with food or exercise.

Speaking of exercise, I didn't go to the gym last night. I had to work late, so I went straight home after. My clothes are still here in the office though, so I will make it in today.

I've been looking at the pretty pictures of fall leaves on other blogs and on my picture of Walden Pond above. I love fall leaves. I love the colors and the way they drift down in a breeze. It's not something I see much of in real life.

I live in northwest Tennessee. We don't usually get much of a fall season here. We get a late summer, then maybe two days of fall, and then...rain. Rain, rain, and rain. Rain that beats the leaves off of trees. Rain that pounds the pretty fall colors right into the mud. By the time the rain stops, the cold has set in, everything is gray and washed out, and there is mud everywhere. It stays that way until it freezes. Then when it's supposed to be spring we get more rain, more mud, and maybe even some snow flurries (not actual snow. Oh no, that would be too pretty.). Then the sun comes out, dries everything up, and we get a week of green leaves, budding trees, and flowers. Then it's summer, hot, humid, and icky. So out of the entire year, there are really only about 10 days I want to be outside. Oh, well.

Tomorrow I'm traveling to the nearest "big town" (I live in a small town. Then you have big town, small city, good-sized city, and big city). It's a 45 minute drive, but I'm hoping it's worth it. That town has a YMCA with one of those machines that measure your body composition and stuff. They let you have two free readings a year even if you aren't a member. So I'm heading there tomorrow to see what I can learn about myself. Yes, I do have a Village People CD in my car. Why do you ask?

IF (and that's a big if. See the capital letters?) it isn't raining, I'm also going to try to do something outside. This summer I tried to relearn how to ride a bike. It's not as easy as people say. I was moderately successful. Maybe I'll go for a ride or at least take my little dog to the park. I just want to do something before I start my 6 month seclusion from the elements.

My Valentine. He's the bestest best thing ever!

I'd like to do more than just maintain my weight during the holiday season, but I'm hesitant to put forth a weight loss goal. I'm thinking instead of having some fitness goals. Of course, getting closer to Walden will be one, but there are other things I'd like to do. I'll have to think about that this weekend.

I don't usually blog on the weekends, so I'll see you all on Monday. Have a great weekend, and if you are somewhere with beautifully changing leaves on the trees, take some time to enjoy them!

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  1. I'll have to duck out that challenge ! Have a great weekend!

  2. YAY for you Connie (for stepping on that scale more than once a month), and THANK YOU for the shout out / link!

    Shucks, I wish I'd known you in July when we spent a few days in Nashville! Would've loved to 'hook up' with you! Not sure if I will ever get back there, but if I do... :)

    I fell in love with the Kentucky parts we drove through to return to my in-laws in Chicago. And we LOVED Nashville too.

    We don't get much fall colors in southern Cali. Only a couple of trees change colors/drop leaves. So I cherish those whenever I come across them. :)

  3. Hey Connie! Just saw Gwens challenge too--such a great idea!

    I live in a small town too, and I kinda totally love it...except there's not much of a social life. But, the scenery is totally killer!

  4. Hi Connie ... I joined Gwen"s challenge too ... looking forward to seeing how we all do! I agree with you the fall colors are awesome, sure wish we had some! We go from green to brown around here. Your little Valentine is a sweetie ... looks a little like my little Benny.

  5. The picture of Walden Pond is so lovely, the colours take your breath away. I love this time of year. Your Valentine looks a sweetie too.

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan