Personal Fitness Challenge Day 19 – There Are No Shortcuts

Craig, Colorado – Photo by Sumoflam Productions

This morning I weighed in at 436.8, which was up about a pound from a few days ago. I haven’t walked since early Friday morning and I think it shows.  Despite the good foods, the lack of walking has had an impact.  However, I also have tried to make sure that TODAY, being Sunday, remains a day of rest.  (And the thunderous rainy weather also became a good excuse). As I noted in my Day 18 post, my knees hurt terrible yesterday. Some say “no pain, no gain,” but I think I had plenty of pain and it caused a gain. HA!

Self portrait on a Sunday. Pretty in pink as I take a rest from exercise.

But, truly, there are no shortcuts.  As an avid road warrior / travel blogger I have learned that. (And yes, that is my photo above – from south of Craig, CO).  The same holds true in an effort to lose weight, increase body strength, increase walking/running distance, etc.  I am determined to make efforts this upcoming week to get to bed earlier and arise in the morning to get my walks in.  Much quieter, a bit cooler and wonderful to hear the birds sing. (And I can save on water too with only one shower a day!!)

Drinking my green smoothie for breakfast today.

We started the day off right with a green smoothie comprised of spinach, kiwi, orange and who knows what else Julianne added.  Green smoothies are good. (By the way, if you are in Lexington on April 21 – Tuesday evening – you may want to register to attend the FREE Green Smoothie Girl presentation at Wild Thyme Cooking. Learn how to make the Ultimate Green Smoothie!)

For lunch we had an aromatic lentil soup and kale salad with avocado dressing

After we returned home from church and choir practice today (yes, Sundays are very busy!), Julianne made a lentil soup and a kale salad.  Honestly, I have never been a big fan of lentils, but this one was pretty good actually. She added some onions and spices, including our favorite smoky paprika.  We also got an Herb Pack from Bountiful Baskets and from that she added some rosemary and sage.  The sage gave the soup an aromatic, flowery taste.  Surprisingly pleasant.  The salad was fresh kale, organic heirloom cherry tomatoes (both from Bountiful Baskets yesterday) and an avocado dressing. I am still getting used to the “super food” kale when used in salads and juices.  Super food = strong taste.

The wonderful thing about the “No Finish Line” philosophy I am following in my Personal Fitness Challenge is that everyday is a new day, a new start, a new lease. No day is a failure.  Some days are more successful than others.  Tomorrow morning is back on the walking path.

Bonesteel, South Dakota – Photography by Sumoflam Productions

Please come join Team Sumoflam at the Great American Fitness Challenge in Lexington, KY on June 13. It will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park and features a 5K, a 15K, an Open Steeplechase and an Elite Steeplechase.  You can register by clicking the link below.  Anyone that participates on Team Sumoflam will get a specially designed t-shirt with artwork by singer/songwriter/artist Antsy McClain.

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KAri - April 19, 2015 - 22:35

Heya Pinky! Looking lovely there, and I love your positive outlook balanced with realism. This will keep you on your journey. Keep on keepin on! 🙂

sumoflam - April 19, 2015 - 22:50


Trish - April 20, 2015 - 05:40

Proud of you David. This is all about the journey, not the destination. Stay on the path and listen to those bird sing this morning!

sumoflam - April 20, 2015 - 06:35

I did Trish and it was drencheriffic!!

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