HILLSLUG98239   28,526
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HIking in the Blue Mountains, near Godman Ridge

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I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 30 of that, and I'm working to lose 20 more.
I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 30 of that, and I'm working to lose 20 more.

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HILLSLUG98239 saw two white-tail deer - a 6-point and an 8-point - on her ride to work this morning. In the city!
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Member Since: 11/14/2012

SparkPoints: 28,526

Fitness Minutes: 48,020

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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7/30/2014 6:53:46 PM

Ohhh, I bet the Whidbey Island Tri will be freakin awesome. That's a nice part of the state there ... though a drive for you ... so I take it you're traveling for the weekend?

My next one ... a duathlon ... is this weekend at Blue Lake in Fairveiw...this'll be the 3rd Tri/Du weekend in a row for wifey and I .... whyyyyy oh whyyyyy did I let her convince us to sign up for 3?!?!?!?

Oh ... your Bloomsday run ... you did good indeed given you just had done the Du. And yeah, I heard that event is getting crazy huge. Wifey's dad is from Spokane ... and he's done it a few times. How the plantar healing? It takes a while and you just have to stay off it I think. (I have it too ... but do I listen to the advice of staying off it? Nope nope haha.)

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7/29/2014 5:34:35 PM

Hey you! I just saw your comment on my blog. I also noticed that since I have not been around in a while Spark somehow dropped most of the "friends" from my page. (Why did it do that?) So I have been slowly adding you all back on as I re-find you!

Anyway, I saw your note about how you came in near last on your first Tri and Du .... which ones? (If I recall correctly you are just a stone's throw east of me?) The Tri relay I was blogging about happened this past weekend over Bend.

Other than that ... how're you doing? Did you enter this year's Bike to Work challenge?

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7/27/2014 2:08:13 AM

Awe, it was my pleasure. I love to see when other people swim. So many people are afraid of swimming that they don't think about it as a good work out. It does take a lot of coordination as you are working every major muscle group at the same time. I love that it is a great no impact work out. It helps me balance out my more impact workouts like running and boxing. Not to mention there is just something exciting about swimming over a mile in a pool.

I'll have to look into the snorkel. It might work with swimming drills that I hope to incorporate into my swims. Great idea.

Best of luck and keep swimming! Thanks for the complement. emoticon

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7/25/2014 10:00:06 AM

Thanks for you hilarious comment on my "lazy" status. Od course my favorite quote from the Princess' Bride is:

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Thanks, Bruce

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7/23/2014 9:18:07 PM

Thanks for the welcome over on the cycling team page! I'm a little delayed, I hadn't checked that thread for a while emoticon . Hope you're having a great week, and getting some saddle time!

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