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2014: Entering the "You're not getting any younger" Phase of Life

I reached my desired weight in October last year. I have been trying to achieve that goal for more than two decades without success—that is, until I joined SparkPeople.

1) My first goal for this year is to stay within 3 pounds of that desired weight.

For the last nearly 5 years, my time has been focused on being caregiver for my husband's mother. She lived in our home until Dec. last year when at age 93, her needs became greater than what we could safely provide. It ...
I reached my desired weight in October last year. I have been trying to achieve that goal for more than two decades without success—that is, until I joined SparkPeople.

1) My first goal for this year is to stay within 3 pounds of that desired weight.

For the last nearly 5 years, my time has been focused on being caregiver for my husband's mother. She lived in our home until Dec. last year when at age 93, her needs became greater than what we could safely provide. It was essential a 24-hour gig. I had no idea how hard it would be to focus on anything else.

I also work from a home office and sometimes describe myself as an agoraphobic but without the fear. Meaning though I rarely leave the house, it is not because I'm afraid of what's outside. So...

2) Secondly, I want to be more involved in community, both here at SparkPeople.com and in the corporeal world.

The next goal for 2014 comes from the fact I am taking to heart the reality that days, months, and years pass faster than I realize. Therefore...

3) I want to minimize (even eliminate) the self-imposed obstacles that prevent me from being fully engaged in my own life.

And my fourth goal...
4) Remember daily to be grateful for all of the wonderful aspects of my life.
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Member Since: 9/21/2012

SparkPoints: 22,067

Fitness Minutes: 20,780

My Goals:
1. Maintain within 3 lbs. of current weight.
2. Foster positive relationships
3. Just do it!
4. Be grateful, thoughtful, and respectful

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live and work in lovely western Montana

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MOM4HOCKEY
6/25/2014 1:08:10 PM

Hey there!! You had commented about a bird I saw,,I truly don't know much about birds so not sure of the type you suggested? Is that one common in our area? I've just never seen one before!! So beautiful emoticon



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SPEEDYDOG
6/25/2014 9:30:15 AM

Thanks for your nice compliment on my "Death Throes of the 26er and Little Stumpy" blog.

I built a 29er hardtail. The frame was a Chrome Moly Canfield Nimble 9 for $750. I built the bike with the components I prefer. I got a Fox FIT 120mm fork with remote for about $900. Total price for a great bike with XT group; and top-of-the-line Race Face Turbine stem, seat post and handle bars was about $2,800.

This is a great price for a bike with no compromises. The bike also has a very unique geometry and handles unbelievably well.

But if I had to have only one bike, it would be Ultra-Stumpy, which is a 29" Specialized Carbon FSR Expert Stumpjumper. However, this bike list for $6,500, which is a deal in the realm of high-end trail shredders.

The most fun bike I have ever been on was a 26" Carbon Pivot Mach 5.7, which goes for $6,000.

In the end, it all depends what your husband is looking for. I tend to like bikes with slack steering (less that 68 degrees), short chainstays (Less than 17"), and steep seat angle (greater than 72 degrees). Optimum reach for me is 16.5".

But all these parameters depend on the bike. I would recommend your husband demo 29ers before making his decision. Good bikes are pricey.

Thanks, Bruce



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SPEEDYDOG
5/10/2014 2:14:10 PM

Thanks for you nice comment on my "Bike Fest" blog. I had a nice time in spite of getting completely wiped out! My legs were not yet ready for so many trips up a trail as steep as Chimney Gulch!

I am glad you enjoyed the "techno tidbits". I actually had a lot more technical stuff in the first draft of my blog. I had included a discussion on the differences between the Santa Cruz VPP, Pivot DW-Link and Specialized FSR suspension systems. But I just wanted to stick to the difference in wheel sizes.

Thanks, Bruce



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
3/11/2014 8:30:18 PM

"You must take personal responsibility.
You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."
-Jim Rohn
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Thanks for commenting on my "Clothes" blog. Have a healthy day!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS
3/4/2014 6:17:04 PM

"If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down."
-- Mary Pickford
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Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, "In Memory of My Dear Friend, Little_Queen." The Mary Pickford quote was one of her favorites. Have a blessed day.



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