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UPDATE February 23, 2014

I'm approaching my fifth anniversary on Spark! I dropped 50 pounds, then gained a bunch back. I'm stuck at the 15 pound mark, and my goal is to take it off by August.

I also passed the bar exam! Yay! And now I'm practicing law. Since there are no jobs out there, I'm working in solo practice. Not much money is coming in yet, but the work is there and so the income will follow. My goal is to be working truly full time by August.
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UPDATE February 23, 2014

I'm approaching my fifth anniversary on Spark! I dropped 50 pounds, then gained a bunch back. I'm stuck at the 15 pound mark, and my goal is to take it off by August.

I also passed the bar exam! Yay! And now I'm practicing law. Since there are no jobs out there, I'm working in solo practice. Not much money is coming in yet, but the work is there and so the income will follow. My goal is to be working truly full time by August.

Goals for Spring:
1) Swim three to four times per week, run/walk or bike as often as I can.
2) Stick to my standard low carb diet. I need to lose 15 pounds.
3) Continue taking court appointments and start marketing myself, by developing a website, and through word of mouth.
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Member Since: 3/21/2009

SparkPoints: 69,008

Fitness Minutes: 35,560

My Goals:
1. Swim 3-4 days a week
2. Lose 15 lbs by August
3. Be working full time in solo practice by August

My Program:
Trying to stick to low carb and working out as much as possible.

Personal Information:
My name is Laurie

Birthday: April 8

From: Northeast Ohio (the land of snow, ice, and orange barrels!! LOL)

Work: Looking for work

Fun: I'll have to get back to you on that.....

Other Information:
I love dragon and fantasy art. I have three tattoos, all dragons. I guess you could call me "Dragon Lady" HAHA!!

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SPEEDYDOG
12/16/2014 9:21:12 AM

Hi Laurie,

Although the alcohol percentage is about the same between New Belgium 1554 and Coors Light, craft beers use specialty malts to add flavoring and body. These specialty malts contain unfermentable sugars (maltose) that add to the caloric value. There is also a tiny caloric boost from increased infusion of hops in craft beer. Hops add water soluble oils that provide bittering, flavor and aroma.

I am fond of saying that light beer would be a waste of barley and hops, if these beers contained barley and hops. The “classic” American Pilsners, such as Coors and Budweiser, use adjuncts such as rice sugars and corn sugars to provide a light color and light body. Malted barley content of these beers is very low. Hop content in these beers is also very low, which is one reason these beers have terrible head retention. The other reason these beers have no head retention is the watery consistency.

Years ago, I was a home brewer. I gave up home brewing when good craft beer became available. Craft beer is an outgrowth of the Home Brewer movement. My third son has a degree in chemistry and is an avid home brewer. He invites me over to sample his new batches. We discuss hop flavor of the various strains, the advantages of malt types, yeast type, wort chillers, and dry hopping; and flavorings such as chocolate, pumpkin and fruit.

Craft beer brewing is the art of combining all the different combinations of the brewers art to produce a unique product. Thank goodness!

Bruce




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SPEEDYDOG
12/15/2014 9:06:03 PM

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for the links to the local craft breweries in your area. I have not seen Hoppin’ Frog for sale in Colorado. I have seen Thirsty Dog Beer for sale here but I have never tried any. Labrador Lager is for sale at Tipsy’s Liquor World, which is a mega-gigantic liquor supermarket that stocks hard-to-get brews in a “Beers from Around the World” walk-in cooler about the size of basketball court.

http://www.tipsysliquorworld.com/

Tipsy’s is about the size of an average Super Walmart. Tipsy’s is about a 30 minute drive from my house but I want to pick up some Thirsty Dog.

The Great American Beer Festival is held in Denver each year. Colorado is a great place for "Beeeeeerrrrrr!!” and bikes.

I think I may be spoiled.

Although I take activity calorie estimates with a grain of salt, I need to ride my mountain bike 14 minutes to be able to drink a good craft beer such as New Belgium 1554. I need only ride for 9 minutes to work off Coors Light. Needless to say, I ride the extra five minutes! Actually, I never did this work-energy calculation before you asked. I ride because I like to ride. I drink an occasional craft beer, because I like good beer.

Thanks, Bruce




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SPEEDYDOG
11/21/2014 8:32:27 AM

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for your comment on my “Pedaling a Bulldozer – Fat Bike” blog. My 9:Zero:7 fat bike is such a hoot to ride in the snow that the cold never bothers me. I have all the necessary cold weather gear to ride in very cold temperatures. Besides, Colorado is a high dessert and everything, including snow, is dry.

Thanks, Bruce




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SPEEDYDOG
9/26/2014 9:15:01 AM

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for your comment on my “Monarch Crest Trail” blog. Green’s Creek trail was one of the most difficult and relentless trails I have ever done. There were bike killing rocks and drop-offs every few seconds. My Santa Cruz Bronson performed flawlessly. I want to go back!

The medicinal beers at the Boathouse Cantina were quite welcome. But even more welcome was cold icy clear water.

After hearing our stories and seeing the photos of Monarch Crest, a couple of our roadie friends are looking for mountain bikes!

Thanks, Bruce




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STEELKICKIN
9/25/2014 4:30:04 PM

Lol, well, get this...she is working at Wings Over in Athens. She KNOWS that we are wanting her to get a job using her degree and she is applying but she is doing very well. This is just to hold her over until she gets a job offer. But she is doing very well for herself. She makes about $120 a night in tips not counting her paycheck. Shoot, she's making more money than I did at my job so I can't complain. And yes, I was an LPN. That is a "dying" field, though. Seriously. Most places want RN or BSN anymore. And LPNs are becoming no more than a glorified STNA. I got out right before it started snowballing. I still love the medical field but it is overworked and often times underpaid. So I've re-entered into the medical office. In this area, they make a decent paycheck and I can sit down and take a load off now.

What about you?? What are you up to?? And how is your son doing? Wasn't he going to school with Bre?



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