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HIking in the Blue Mountains, near Godman Ridge

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Warning: Most of my blogs are written for my own benefit. Unless I specifically ask for advice, I am not looking for advice. If you offer advice, and your advice is something I think is really dumb, or completely unsupported by empirical evidence, I will snicker to myself.

If you've been interacting with me for some time, and I've figured out your sense of humor, you get a pass.

Member Since: 11/14/2012

Fitness Minutes: 72,841

My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

My Program:
Eat real food.

Move! Work! And never underestimate the value of a rest day.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

Other Information:
I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

I've found that following Matt Fitzgerald's point of view about diet quality has improved my diet and made it easier to stay within daily calorie ranges.

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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  • v HILLSLUG98239
    I don't mind people reading my stuff. I enjoy the interactions. I just think it's fair to warn people that I'm likely to ignore their well-intentioned but ill-advised advice. emoticon
    136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2016 11:53:35 PM
  • v CAT-IN-CJ
    My apologies. Please ignore the Spark goodie I just gave you as I sent it to you before I read your SparkPage that clearly states that you don't want any input from anyone.

    You know you can change your settings so that people do not have access to your page, and thus cannot leave comments or read your blogs, etc. and that way your page is kept private for your own entertainment.

    Again, my apologies.
    136 days ago
    Thanks so much for commenting on my Marathon Distance for Cycling message board post! I appreciate the info you shared!
    143 days ago
    I know how you feel. Each time I conquer one distance, it give me the will to go farther. I wish you well in your half marathon. Keep up the good work and never say never. emoticon
    198 days ago
  • v SIXFOOT1
    Just catching up on things from when I was out of town. Thanks for the note on my blog. Your comment about your scale made me laugh. It reminded me of "mirror mirror on the wall..."

    It sure would be nice if the scale could give us positive affirmations every once in a while. Drown out all that negative self-talk I am guilty of at times.
    221 days ago
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