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If Wishes were Horses, Beggers would ride...

We have all heard that saying. For the past few years, I would look at my gut and wish it would go away. Go figure, it never did, and I even have the horse!

I knew I had to do something, I was not liking how I looked. A friend at the office had lost weight recently and she sent me to Spark People. I am forever in her debt!

I lost 23 pounds! Best of all, it was NOT that difficult!

I started slowly watching what I ate, tracking it in the nutrition ...
We have all heard that saying. For the past few years, I would look at my gut and wish it would go away. Go figure, it never did, and I even have the horse!

I knew I had to do something, I was not liking how I looked. A friend at the office had lost weight recently and she sent me to Spark People. I am forever in her debt!

I lost 23 pounds! Best of all, it was NOT that difficult!

I started slowly watching what I ate, tracking it in the nutrition tracker and it was an eye opening experience.

Then I started to do the strength training, not enough, but I started. I knew this was my weakness.

I started the C25K program and while I had iPod problems and time constraints, I was not able to move off week 1 after 2 weeks (hah) I did start power walking 1-2.6 miles a day and was amazed that I could cut my time from 22 minutes a mile to 14 minutes in a few weeks.

According to an article on one of the teams I am on, I found my happy weight to be 110.

I initially chose 115 due to something in SparkPeople when I signed up said most people can lose 10% of their body weight and 115 was that. Note, I wanted to keep my goal weight at 115 but you cannot make changes to your page if your current weight is less than your goal weight so I changed it to 110, then again and again as the weight came off and I wanted to update my page.

I was so excited to hit 115! I could not believe how easy it was to get those 13 pounds off. I planned to forge ahead full steam to my happy weight and maybe a tad below that as well. In my 20's, my prime weight was 102/104.

I also joined Curves to help me with my lack of strength training and this was great for me. I knew that this would be an issue for me, so joining forced me to do it since I paid for it!

The background pic was me w/ this pony I was training. I was disgusted w/ the picture as I was wearing a tank top and my upper arms were so FAT! yuk.

I am Gluten Introlerant, hence the 'Gluten bites' picture.

Feb '09 starting point - weight 128
Aug '09 first goal met - weight 115 BMI 26%
Oct 1 '09 second goal met - weight 110
Oct 8 '09 third goal met - weight 109 BMI 18%

April '10 been consistantly around 106
I went from a size 6-8 to a size 0-2..

I have lost 23#s. I consider myself now in maintenance mode!!

I have my bike to use as it is getting colder and will not be able to power walk 5 times a week as I had during the summer. I have my treadmill when weather forces me inside this winter, but also have the proper clothing to run in 13 degree weather.

I love all my Spark Buddies I have met on this journey and look forward to getting more people on Spark and helping motivate others and to always, continue to learn myself!

Started the Couch to 5K Program, take 3! COMPLETED!
Week 1: start 6-28 end 7-3
Week 2: start 7-5 end 7-9
Week 3: start 7-12 end 7-16
Week 4: start 7-19 end 7-23
Week 5: start 7-19 end 8-1
Week 6: start 8-4 end 8-16
Week 7: start 8-18 end 8-23
Week 8: start 8-25 end 8-30
Week 9: start 9-1 end 9-6

WOO HOO... off to start the Gateway to 8K

I started the 200 crunches in a day challenge in July as well. Kicking up the C25K program and this has definitely helped to tone my abs. My butt will be next!

1st 5K 3-20-11 33:00
2nd 5K 5-21-11 32.14
3rd Fort 2 Base 11.54 miles 9-11-11 2:16:51
4th 10K 9-24-11 1:08:00
5th 1/2 Marathon 10-5-13 2:48:44

What about you? What are your goals?

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Member Since: 2/16/2009

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My Goals:
I am tired of gaining 2-4 pounds every winter and it not coming off.

I am going to lose this weight and eat healthier and enjoy life!!


NEW GOAL: When I get my butt in gear to do the C25K programs, I would like to get my running time to 11.5 minutes a mile. I think this should be easy considering I power walk a 14 minute mile. We will see!

GOAL MET! Doing 10 minute miles Feb '10

NEW GOAL: lose extra inches off my belly. Fat begone!

My Program:
I am filling in the nutrition tracker pretty regularly.

I have purchased work out equipment and DVDs to work out at home as it is too hard for me to get to a gym w/ my schedule. I then realized I make too many excuses to use the videos and joined Curves!

I love the 'where did I go' feature to track where you ran or rode a bike and the ability to upload it to your fitness tracker!

Personal Information:
I am in Southeastern WI, originally from Northern, IL.

I have four dogs and two horses.

I foster dogs occasionally, so the dog # changes at any given month!

Other Information:
Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.

- Maurice Setter

I'd rather be sitting on my horse thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my horse ...

Don't make someone a priority in your life if you are only an option in theirs~

Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; working together is success.

- Anonymous

"Forgiveness does not change the past but does affect the future".

I have lived, loved, lost and loved again. Life is not easy, but it is what it is.

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Member Comments:
1/14/2014 4:55:03 AM


Now I understand better your dilemma with your trainer and your bike. Most bike sold before 1990 fall into the "vintage" category. Many bikes made in 70's are quite collectible. These bikes were handcrafted and aesthetically pleasing. The big problem is that there was very little standardization of pike components in the 1970's. A quick-release "spindle" from a Raleigh would not fit a Schwinn. Each component was made by the same company that built the bike. What is even more frustrating is that different models in the same bike line would have parts that could not be interchanged.

This "every bike is a custom creation" started to change in the mid-1980s. Today, most bike makers used standardized components that are built to the same specifications. Standard quick-release "spindle" diameters are 9mm (spaghetti -sized) or 15mm "thru-axle". The 15mm skewer are used on high-end mountain bikes and don't fit into bike trainers. These "thru-axle" diameters are still evolving and are getting bigger.

The 9mm quick-release skewers are found on road bikes and lower-end mountain bikes. For road riding these 9mm skewers provide enough rigidity. Mountain bikes are designed to take a beating so larger skewers are provided.

I know this is not good news. Except you likely have a really cool vintage bike on your hands, which is good news. Buying an inexpensive bike from Walmart or is likely cheaper than trying to figure-out how to adapt your vintage bike to your trainer.

Thanks, Bruce

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1/10/2014 12:49:52 PM

Thanks for your comment on my "bike trainer" blog. The Cascade trainer comes with a steel quick-release rear axle skewer to replace the alloy skewers or plastic skewers that typically come with most bikes. I have had a few bikes that came with a steel skewer, which is identical to the skewer that comes with the Cascade trainer.

Changing skewers is about a 20 second job. The Cascade skewer can be left on the bike for road riding. The Cascade skewer has the right shape and strength to be clamped firmly in the trainer.

What brand of trainer do you have?

Thanks, Bruce

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12/31/2013 8:36:48 AM

Thanks for the goodie. Happy New Year! 2014, here we come!

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12/11/2013 10:34:31 AM

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The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
Norman Douglas

Let's make this winter great by striving to continue our healthy habits and working on making our bodies and minds healthier and happier this holiday season!
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12/5/2013 11:38:09 AM

You'll be ready to go in no time, just take this time to allow your body to get back to where it needs to be...and most of all, SMILE, it helps everyone feel better.

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