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Me and my bike! A "before" picture...stay tuned for the after picture.





Out on a club ride 4/21/2007. Jersey is a size smaller than previous picture!



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less pounds to carry up those hills!

I quit my job of 16 years and started college full time. I have finished my BS in Environmental Issues and am now pursuing a PhD in epidemiology. I am so glad to have left a job I was hating for the last two years I worked there. Since I finally found the courage to change my life I also figured this would be the perfect time to lose that extra 70 pounds and get healthy.

I had lost 60 pounds the first time on spark but unfortunately gained it back plus 5 pounds or so. Now I am back ...
I quit my job of 16 years and started college full time. I have finished my BS in Environmental Issues and am now pursuing a PhD in epidemiology. I am so glad to have left a job I was hating for the last two years I worked there. Since I finally found the courage to change my life I also figured this would be the perfect time to lose that extra 70 pounds and get healthy.

I had lost 60 pounds the first time on spark but unfortunately gained it back plus 5 pounds or so. Now I am back hoping to lose 75 pounds.

The support here is great and I am quite sure that I could not lose the weight without it. Thank you to all those I meet along the way

I love cycling and touring by bicycle but the funny thing is I have never ever done any other kind of exercise. So far all the people I have met on SP have inspired me to eat better and to start exercising more consistently.




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Member Since: 10/4/2006

My Goals:
I would like to eventually be able to run a 5k but right now the bike takes precedence because I will be leaving on 5/27 to work on a bike ride across the USA. Perhaps when I get back I'll try again to do the couch to 5k.
I have been riding about 300 miles a month.
Eating wise I am trying to keep it around 1600 calories except for the days I ride 50 miles or more, those days I will probably eat about 2250-2500 calories.

My Program:
I am using the SP nutrition tracker to track my calories and other nutrients.

Lots of indoor and outdoor bike riding.

I wanted to walk but I hate walking in the cold and/rain and don't have a treadmill. I'll try again after the bike trip.

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I am from the New York City area but currently living in Buffalo, NY

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BARRONVC
8/6/2011 1:51:16 AM

Over 1000 miles in July. Really nice, that's a lot of calories.

Good luck going back to work. Thanks



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BARRONVC
7/18/2011 6:00:41 PM

Holy Gatorskins! You are really racking up the miles.

How are you feeling after all those miles?

Sorry, I don't do more than 60 miles at a crack because my body (surgeries) can only last so long. Now, I really hammer the speed for shorter distances and work on intervals. I've had to adapt. No longer care about miles but rather time. How much time can my body handle at what intensity. I had a nice 10 mile effort last week after an easy warm up.

Keep it up. Rock it girl. I think you are pushing Bill.



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DDOORN
5/22/2011 6:37:51 PM

Thx for stopping by my blog...! No problem walking here...my walk was almost as fast as some were cycling up that hill...lol!

Don



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DDOORN
5/8/2011 7:20:15 AM

Disturbed? You BET...crazy stuff we found included an old CRT PC monitor sitting in a puddle and a lazy boy recliner shoved down into a ravine off the shoulder of the road. The disregard people can have for all the wonderful things nature offers!

Thx for stopping by!

Don



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DDOORN
3/15/2011 8:45:17 AM

Thx for stopping by my blog! New York is such a big state the weather can vary dramatically from one corner to another.

Ah well, just a few days and then I should be REALLY ready to SPRING ahead! :-)

Don



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