Finally got this, Bike race and Soulmate
Friday, September 14, 2018
WOW things have certainly changed in the last few months. I have finally learned how to eat intuitively without thinking about each meal. Mealtime is not a battlefield anymore. The relief and release of stress is palpable. Food is simply fuel. I am careful to ensure I eat enough to fuel my workouts and this has been working well. I am still loosing weight and building endurance and muscle. The doctor is very pleased with my lab values and progress. I am off all prescription meds for blood pressure and diabetes. She said I reversed my diabetes and am perfectly healthy now. I just take vitamins and arthritis medicine now. This is my new normal for life and I am so happy. Sparkpeople changed my life, taught me how to live with food instead of being controlled by it and how to exercise right. I will check in now and then but don't need to log every detail of life from now on. If I fall off the wagon, I know I can always come back.
Donut Derby- 36 miles of road riding, 350 fellow riders, eating donuts for time credits,
my first bike race! I placed 17th in my age group (50-59) of 60 other females. I am amazed and so proud of this. Never in a million years would I have thought I could be an athlete let alone compete in a bike race 3 years ago. 3 minute credit for each donut eaten. I did 2 donuts, one at each 12 mile mark. I could have eaten many more but since I don't eat that much sugar and junk food I didn't want to make myself sick. They didn't count if you threw up. It wasn't a crazy competitive race but a race just the same. They gave out medals to the top 5 finishers in each category and for the overall race. I didn't get a medal but the feeling in my heart when I crossed that finish line is trophe enough for me. I don't think I will get into competitive cycling at my age. I started cycling for weight loss and to get cardiovascularly fit. I achieved those goals and will cycle for the rest of my life because I love it. I have nothing to prove. I do this for me.
SOULMATE- Apparently I have met mine. I stopped dating 6 years ago. I gave up on relationships and accepted myself fully. My life was perfectly full, rewarding and on track in every area. August 4th, I went to a pig roast to support my bike buddy(Mark) and to meet his wife. He had cheated on her in the past and I needed her to understand she had nothing to worry about in me. I met her, we talked a few minutes and I nibbled a bit thinking I was out of there in 15 minutes. Then I am introduced to "Jake, a really good guy" per my buddy Mark. We setup a time to go hiking for the following saturday. For me it was just another exercise outing/meeting with a new exercise partner(remember I am not looking to date!!!) Apparently, "Jake" is really liking what he sees and we end up talking for 3 hours. I am still not seeing potential love at this point. I am soooooo not looking for a relationship. I leave at 9 cuz I have to get up at 4am to work, get home, there is text from Jake telling me how refreshing it was to meet me, thanks for talking to him and he is looking forward to our hike. OK. I get up and go to work Sunday and he texts me all day and then writes "I don't think I can wait til saturday to see you again" W H A T !!!! Wait a second! What the heck just happened? Somehow something clicked for him and now he wants to "D A T E ME????" We meet for lunch on tuesday and it is game over! This is scary, and fabulous. Over the next couple weeks my life is complete flipped and now truly complete. My church friends, my dad and my best friend all approve and agree I have met my soulmate. Even my daughter is happy about this development. God knows what he is doing. I told God I was done with men and was just gonna live life the best way I knew how completely content being alone. God laughs and sends me the perfect guy. He is Christian, saved since he was 14, Post gastric bypass of 7 years so he knows all about the right way to eat. Full time employed and making decent money, Loves to hike and cook. He had his own BBQ business for 6 years and is a MEAT MASTER! He loves to read, very articulate and romantic. This guy is perfect for me. I never saw it coming and because neither of us "need" someone we are together because we "want" to be together this is a whole new experience. I am blessed beyond words and grateful God knew my heart better than I did.
UPDATE: Apparently Jake was a major alcoholic and after 5 months decided he wasn't being fair to me. He ended it and after the initial three day shock, I went immediately back to my comfortable single life as if he never existed.