Makeover Monday Redux: Pucker Up!

Greetings from the giddy traveler! And profuse apologies for not updating more frequently. This has been a whirlwind couple of weeks with lots of miles and even more smiles. So far I’ve visited Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. I am living in a state of bliss. Fatigued bliss, but bliss nonetheless.

Some of you may remember one of my earliest posts on this blog on the reasons why I wanted to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’m happy to report that I can check another one off the list:

To travel to San Francisco and ride a bike uphill with my friend

On Saturday, my friend Morgan and I, along with two other dear friends, bicycled across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito, CA. There aren’t enough words to describe how awesome I felt being able to complete that ride. It wasn’t always elegant, but I made it!

Morgan has also taken me on bike rides to the Castro District and the Haight-Ashbury area. While she’s been careful to avoid the truly horrific hills, there have been some tough spots for this Delta-dwelling gal. I’ve truly been thankful for all the squats and lunges I did this past summer. :)

As you might expect, I’ve also been doing LOTS of walking. Six hours one day in Venice, CA, five hours my first day here in San Franciso, and two hours today before our bike ride. I’m so grateful for being fit enough to do it and even more importantly, to enjoy it.

One negative of all this outdoor activity has been some serious chapped lips. First there were the desert winds, and then the beach winds in LA. The strong winds and cool temps on the Golden Gate Bridge certainly didn’t help. That’s why this Monday’s re-visit is a January 2009 post with tips on treating chapped lips (linked). Hope you enjoy it.

I don’t know when things will be back to normal here. Thank you for hanging in with me while I indulge myself in this joyous journey!

I’ve updated photos through L.A. I’ll update with San Francisco when my computer starts behaving properly.