Saturday, June 5, 2010

Kathy Week 23: Sunshine!

Kathy's Week 23 Stats:
Today's Weight: 136
Last Week's Weight: 139
Starting Weight: 151
Total Weight Loss: 15 pounds

I live in the Pacific Northwest, in a notoriously rainy region. It is gloriously green around here, but you don't get green without moisture! I rarely complain about the rain, even when I'm out camping and hiking. I have learned to buy good rain gear (it can be expensive, so I buy one piece at a time) and just get out and go! 

However, this spring has been a doozy for rain. We had a week or so of gorgeous sun in February. March was its usual rainy self. It rained every day in April. It rained almost every day in May. It's rained every day in June so far! It's supposed to start raining again tomorrow, so I wanted to hurry outside and take this week's photos for you:

I am so excited to be down by 15 pounds since January! That's an average of 3 pounds a month; a nice, steady, healthy rate of loss. I feel healthy and strong. Hooray!

I'm still going to yoga class once a week and the Curves gym 3 mornings a week. Here are some fun moves we learned in yoga last Tuesday:

The half hand stand. I can maintain this for almost a minute. I'm practicing this pose regularly, to increase my arm and shoulder strength. I'd like to be able to hold it for two minutes or more! (My trunk and legs are supposed to be at a 90 degree angle - I didn't quite get there on this practice. But it's fun to do and I'm getting better at it!)

The standing half moon. I practice this on both sides, for balance, leg strength, and a core body workout. (Still trying to get that outstretched leg up a little higher, so that I'm straight out...I'll keep practicing!)

Speaking of the rain...last Monday my husband Mark and I were signed up for a 10K walk. guessed was so rainy that we backed out. Mark has a jacket and pants that are water repellant, but not water proof, and we didn't think it would hold up to 6 miles in 2 hours of steady rain. (To tell the truth, I had to coax him a bit to undertake a 10K in the first place, and I didn't want to push him out into the rain and have it end up being his last 10K.

The race was to begin at 8:30 am, and we had planned to leave the house by 7:30 to take care of registration. At 7:30 it was raining pretty hard. By stopped raining! Oh, no! No way to get to the starting line in time, now.

Can you guess what we did instead? Does the word "biathlon" pique your interest? Click here to find out how we had a great athletic morning after all. And then come back and leave me a comment about how you make the best of rainy days.

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy the sunshine, wherever you are!


Holly Mayer said...

I'm glad to see you had a few moments to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The pictures are really cute!

Katie said...

"It's how far from the window to the ground?"

Hehe. Just kidding. Congrats on being 136 Mom! 15 pounds is impressive!

Carou said...

Very impressive weight loss! Teaching can be the most enjoyable of professions but it also comes with a lot of inherent stress! I am inspired that you managed to prioritize being healthy and lose weight too.Have a wonderful day!

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Sarah Maughan said...

Congrats on the weight loss! and the half hand stand really impresses me. I can't do that. :)...or i'm just too lazy to try. Haha!

alee said...

You do look super great Kathy! Keep it up!

Polly said...

Congrats on your weight loss. You looked great at the wedding and it was nice to hae so much sunshine for Maleena's special day!

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