Stronger than a Microburst

Microburst: A localized column of sinking air within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter.

Microburst near Denver’s former Stapleton International Airport on July 6, 1984, during the CLAWS project (Classify, Locate, Avoid Wind Shear). (Photo by Wendy Schreiber-Abshire, ©UCAR.)

As a meteorologist, I’ve seen first hand the damage that a microburst can cause. Tree limbs can be broken, shingles ripped off roofs, and other types of damage. Microbursts typically last about 5 minutes but can sometimes last longer.

The “Tracking the Change” part of this website is my way of staying accountable and working toward my goals. Some of those health/fitness goals include being able to run another half marathon (that I actually train for), dropping a couple dress sizes, and toning up on my arms and legs.

I vow to start this week STRONGER than a microburst. I will take this challenge of being consistent, healthy, and loyal to myself longer than 5 minutes. Yes, I can take tasks on for longer than 5 minutes, but I normally don’t make it to the 5 week mark on these types of challenges, heck sometimes not even the 3 week mark.

The way that I am starting this stronger than a microburst, is by just taking on three (3) easy goals for this week:

  • to not eat out (unless absolutely necessary – i.e. one of us burned dinner)
  • go to the gym at least 3 times (we have an introductory welcome workout at the gym on Tuesday so there is one)
  • and to drink at least 60 ounces of water every day (I really don’t like the taste of water)

We are trying Blue Apron again this week for a few dinners, I went grocery shopping Sunday afternoon for some lunch and snack items, and I am going to try my hardest to not get snacks out of the vending machine. (This is also a test for out wallets *fingers crossed*).

The hubby and I joined a new gym that is closer to our house, we have friends and family that work out there, and they have the option for personal trainers/classes that work in our schedule. My brother-in-law has offered to go to the gym with me some so that I have someone there. Not necessarily someone working out next to me, but someone that can look at me across the room and death glare me to pick up the pace or do another exercise.

I also have two super fun water bottles at my office – my nalgene that has just some fun stickers on it from trips with friends and a BRIGHT PINK blender bottle that everyone knows is mine (yes, my fave color is pink!). I’m not the biggest fan of drinking water — I find it has no taste or has the taste of the minerals and such that come naturally in water, both bother me. When I set my mind to drinking water, I normally do decently well, but tend to fall off the wagon the farther along I go.

TTFN (ta ta for now)

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