This past weekend, the youth ministry at church hosted their annual Renewal youth rally. Part of this rally was the performance of the Revival drama group. The Revival group is a voluntary group of guys and girls and they’ve been putting together these skits since the start of the year. No only did they perform the skits, but they wrote them as well (actually one of them borrowed heavily, but they were 90% original).
I was happy to hear that Quinn wanted to participate as this was his first venture into drama and I thought it would at least be a new experience for him. Every Sunday they’ve been working on their material and this weekend they performed at the youth rally. Hayden helped out from the balcony by operating the spot light (a lot of responsibility for a junior high guy).
What a delight! The performance was amazing. Not only did the entire group perform well, but Quinn absolutely nailed it. Great expressions, great timing and no missed lines. It had several good messages and was really humorous as well. I’m so proud of the whole group and especially Quinn and Hayden. Hopefully they will get another opportunity to perform before the school year is done.
Since hitting my goal weight at the end of last year, I’ve stopped actively counting my calorie intake. Right now I’m informally counting by trying to figure in my head about how many calories I’ve eaten. Many would argue that it’s not really counting at all and I’ve found that to be true. You always eat more (rarely less) when you aren’t writing everything down. The difference to be pretty big at times.
I spent the end of last year losing about 40 pounds. In December (not so coincidentally around the holidays), I stopped entering everything that I ate. You can see the fluctuations in my weight since then. I still weigh myself each day and enter those numbers. When I creep up towards my target weight, I’ll start watching what I eat more carefully (eating less and exercising more). That has been effective enough, but I wondering if I just need to go back to counting to stabilize my intake.
One thing that actually entering my foods does is that it reduces my snacking. Entering those Oreos will typically guilt me into picking a more healthy alternative like fruit. The one thing that I’m trying to stay away from is the processed sugars and that’s really my weak spot. So perhaps I’ll trade off and perhaps give into some of food cravings as long as they are less sugary and perhaps even a healthy alternative. Between my bike riding and other activities, it’ll balance out nicely. So for the next few months, I’ll get back to entering the numbers in MyFitnessPal and see how that affects my weight change.
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On Sunday, Hayden and I were out riding our bikes in 70+ F weather. It was a great ride though maybe not the fastest one, I had an awesome time visiting with Hayden. The sun was shining and we were in short sleeve and shorts. Monday the temperature dropped 30 degrees over the course of the day and now we have freezing precipitation and a freeze warning. Go figure.
It’s pretty bad timing for those heading out to the parades in the area. Although memorable, it will most likely be remembered for all the wrong reasons. It looks as though New Orleans will be spared the worst of it and it will just be a cold and raining day (instead of sleet and ice).
Seems that the trees, grass (or weeds in our yard) and bushes are trying to figure out what’s going on with this start and stop Spring. On that bike ride Sunday, I noticed that many of the trees were budding and flower bushes blooming. Not sure how this will effect them, but hopefully it doesn’t get too cold and damage the buds. Before we know it, Summer will be upon us and this will all be a fond memory.
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I got a late start this month due to inclement weather and a trip out of town with my first ride taking place on the 9th. The good news is that I was able to acquire a new bicycle and it’s been a dream to ride. The weather has really been all over the place with ice storms at one extreme and sunny warm days as the other. There were no close calls with animals in the neighborhood, so that’s a good thing.
So what did the numbers look like this month? Total miles this month were 251.54 with a total time duration of 13 hours and 12 minutes (average of 19.04 mph). That gives me a total of 517 miles for the year. My route gets more refined each month as I drop off those streets that are either too rough (bumpy or has pot holes) and add alternate routes that increase the distance travelled. Physically, the month improved for me as I went along. The initial soreness in my left knee disappeared after my first week on the CAAD10. The only thing remaining is the poor fit of the saddle. I’ll probably have to replace it before the summer.
I usually have at few instances of people yelling at me from other vehicles and it was the same this month. Always seems a little strange and somewhat humorous. It is amazing what you can learn about a neighborhood by riding its streets. Of course, that story is probably best left for another blog post.
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There’s nothing quite like healthy competition to keep prices low. In response to T-Mobile’s more aggressive pricing for unlimited plans, AT&T introduced a change to the pricing of the shared data plans. Previously there was a $40 fee added for each smartphone on the plan. That remains but what has changed is that AT&T will drop that fee by $25 if you are not on a 2 year contract and have a 10 GB or more plan. If you have a plan with less than a 10 GB allowance, then the month savings for off contract phones is $15.
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