Renaissance Festival and Bike Riding

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My son, me, and my wife at the Texas Renaissance Festival this past weekend.

This weekend was full of a lot of activities for Sherry and me. Saturday morning, we went to the Texas Renaissance Festival with our son and two close friends. We had a great time, and while I did drink some ciders and ate a few pieces of funnel cake, I was otherwise pretty good and ate all Paleo-friendly foods. Well, that bite or two of a churro I had was definitely not Paleo, but it was delicious.

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Sunday morning, Sherry and I started off the day with a 9.3 mile bike ride. We went to a park close to home and hit the trail, which is nice and paved (and how Sherry likes bike trails). Personally, I prefer the dirt trails, but this trail is exceptionally nice with some slight hills and the distance allows for a good workout. Next week, we will shoot for a 10+ mile ride. We were disappointed to find we barely missed making 10 miles this week.

Tonight, I will run again. My goal is to run 5 miles slowly. I won’t be pushing hard for speed; I just want to finish. Last week, my 4.5 mile run was about at my limit, and I’m hoping to be able to complete the 5 mile run. I have two more weeks until my APFT, and I’m still hoping to increase my pace through the work I’m doing this week and next week. Like I said in an earlier post, I already know I can pass the test. I just want to maximize my score (and beat the heck out of younger soldiers in the process!).

Sherry and I prepped my food for the week, and I’m really looking forward to the amazing new recipes she tried. These include Buffalo Chicken Soup, Pork Carnitas made with an orange marinade, and a beef roast.

I have weight to lose. Still. I’m sticking with it, but increasing my exercise. I don’t know what else I could do differently other than to perhaps look at going keto again. I have to consider that I’ve been building so much muscle that there’s a chance I’m just getting heavier with no real chance of being lighter unless I stop exercising (which isn’t going to happen). I have some more things to try (namely increasing exercise), but otherwise, I’m kind of at my wit’s end as to what I could do differently than I’m doing now without going full keto and/or even implementing IF (which I don’t want to do). So, here’s to a fresh week of experimentation and possible (hopeful!) weight loss!

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