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Bad days vs Good Days....

Friday, February 07, 2014

I wrote this in 2010 and it is still true today. I still have to learn how not to be on a diet roller-coaster. "I joined Spark! at the end of 2009. Sometimes the "Bad" days overshadow the "Good" days. Bad days have consisted of: lack of motivation, personal issues, health issues and in general, gets in the way of my plans. I will have to say my good days far exceed the bad days, but one bad day and I forget all those good days I had and will have.
How do I defeat these bad days? One way is my SparkFriends pulled me through! I log in everyday without fail. I don't always want to but I do. I take my medications every morning weather I want to or not because it helps me. I need my dose of Spark, as with medication, because it makes me feel better. I continue to track my nutrition and fitness activity without fail, reading articles, SparkTeam threads, and Blogs, By being consistent with this ritual I have always been able to get back on track.
I have had many bad days in a row for the past month, some worse than others, but a bad day none the less. SparkPeople helps keeps things in perspective and the light at the end of the tunnel is still visible. When I am with my SparkFriends I am back in the "Zone" of healthy thoughts and healthier living.
Thanks to SparkPeople and SparkFriends, many more good days are ahead. "

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 4/4/2014 11:30AM

    Chuck, I'm back, too! If I do NOT check in with spark first thing in the morning, I am on my way to weighing lots again. With spark...the weight falls off! It all does begin in the brain as you say. It's hard after losing lots of weight and regaining it back to remember what one's life was like when being successful. The brain forgets and has to be rewired all over. I don't want that to happen AGAIN! Took years to remember the real "trick" was just checking into spark. It keeps the struggle and hope REAL!
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GOOFIERNU 2/7/2014 4:12PM

    Hey, if you ever need a kick in the pants, holler at me through facebook.
And if *I* ever need a good swift kick in the booty, I'll be sure to let you know.

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Food Relationships.....

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I have jumped onto the SparkWagon and fell off the wagon more than a few times over the past 4 years. The fall starts with an innocent food on the "do not eat" list. Huge slice of pizza, frozen yogurt, fried chicken, Carls Jr. $6.00 Burger....etc. Before long, matter of a few shot weeks, all the foods that were on the" no-no" list are reintroduced back into the diet. Then all the hard work to lose weight and eating clean are left behind. But not forgotten because I was healthy for that period.
My problem is many of the foods I should eat I just do not like. Not a big vegetable fan. Almost have a hard time looking a lettuce leaf in the face. I have a tendency to eat the same foods everyday and that last for months. Once I burn out on a particular food my choices are more limited. My staples I never seem to lack the taste for are eggs, 100% egg whites, split pea soup, hamburger, potatoes, chicken, and turkey. When I cook I start with an onion and build a meal around it.
My relationship with food needs work. I do not eat just to eat. I eat to "fill-the-pit". If I eat very low calorie foods and hit satiety I am happy with that. However I do pay attention to the calories my body needs for the day and if I am short calories at the end of the day I will find a healthy higher calorie food to compensate. I try to shy away from foods I really like because I will have a tendency to overeat. But if the "really like" foods are on my plate I try to find other low calorie filler foods to satisfy the satiety.
However my motivation to lose weight and be more healthy keeps the SparkWagon in sight. Currently I am back on the SparkWagon with a good least with one hand and working on getting the other hand with the same grip.

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    It is hard. I tend to go back to the same things as well. But you can do this!!

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Diet Wagon Trying To Bump Me Off!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Back on the diet-wagon but hard to hold on. Have not been able to do strenuous weight exercises or upper body aerobics due to a shoulder injury. But prior to shoulder injury other health obstacles started in Feb. when I hurt my lower back and could hardly get around for 3 weeks. Then on the cusp of healing in Mar. I caught a bad cold that wiped me out for 3 weeks. I have managed to drop 21 lbs. since Jan 1st. despite not being able to get in some aggressive exercise. Lately, my exercise consist of getting ready for Spring gardening. The grass is growing so fast it needs mowing once or twice a week. I guess that will teach me to fertilize!
I am excited for May it is my annual Run For The Wall 6000+ mile motorcycle road-trip . Riding burns 2.8 Cal/Min. I will burn at least 480 Cal/day that equates to 8 hrs moving time in the saddle. Takes about 14 hours and 700 miles to acquire those GOLDEN 480 Cal. I generally lose around 8 to 10 lbs by the time my trip is completed.

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DUFFYDYER 4/27/2013 7:49AM

    I'm installing seat belts AND handles on my wagon! It's easier to stay in the wagon then it is to climb back in once you've been bumped off! Hang on Chuck!

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ELSCO55 4/26/2013 4:32PM

    I think we need to put handles on the wagon. Sounds like a fun trip. I certainly did not know you could but calories cycle riding. We will get there.

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GAYEMC 4/25/2013 2:26PM

    I'm suprised you're doing Run for the Wall this year as it takes so much physically. Isn't this weather wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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INSPIRATIONAL3 4/25/2013 9:47AM

    Just a helpful suggestion if you are having a hard time.....track every day till you feel is amazing that when I am in a bad place if I write everything down I eat even if I am not careful I am amazed, shocked and it shifts me back into a place where seeing how I am sabataging my dreams and efforts I slowly ease into behaving myself.

Hope this works for you....after getting calories in order then you naturally start looking at the fats and carbs and salt and start eating healthier too....well that worked for me hopefull it will help you to....Good Luck

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LADYJ6942 4/25/2013 9:45AM

    Sorry to hear you've hit so many road blocks. Keep chugging along, you'll get back to your desired routines when it is time.

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Polar Bear Motorcycle Ride

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A group of us from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) did the Polar Bear Run yesterday in Portland, Oregon. This is attended by bikers from all over Oregon and Washington. This is an annual event, 29th annual. Some people jump into icy waters, we ride motorcycles. I will have to say I forgot to take my "smart-pills" when I decided to take this motorcycle trip on New Years Day. (Both groups need smart-pills). It was 25 degrees when I left the house for "Breakfast at Valerie's" restaurant in Vancouver, Washington. We were meeting there at 8:00 AM. Found my buddy Santa Ed, by himself, already chowing down. I looked at my watch and it was 7:45. He said the time was changed to 9:00 AM. So instead of watching him eat I ordered breakfast. After a while we were joined by 12 others. WE turned off Hwy I-5 Washington onto WA-503, S. when we came upon black-ice. We turned around at this point after a group of bikers stopped us. They had 2 bikes go down on the ice. I am glad they stopped us because picking up a 900 lb motorcycle on ice would have been a big job.
Our fearless leader, Santa Ed, headed us back and decided to take us on the scenic route, instead of I-5, on old Hwy 99 heading South to La Center, WA. After about 3 minutes on hwy 99 I think most of us would have rather been on the corner with the black-ice. Since we could not turn around, safely, we were committed and proceeded onward. Wish we could have taken a picture but could not stop for fear of not getting enough traction to restart. Finally got to La Center, WA. and told a few bench-racing type stories, with big smiles, that we made it without incident. Thought we had it made with clear sailing as we headed for I-5 from La Center, but mother nature had more snow in our path, but once again we all made it to the I-5 Fwy. Clear roads all the way to Oregon City, end of Run, and had Pizza, and stuff, at Jimmy O's Pizzeria.
By the time I got home I had logged-in more than 185 miles for the day. It had warmed-up to a toasty 41 degrees by 5:30 PM. Most of the ride however was in mid-20's temps. My thanks to Santa Ed for an exciting trip. Good leaders gets the pack through. I will admit that I did have fun!!! Will I do it again???? I may take my smart-pills next year.

One last comment: Oregon valleys are like Arizona compared to Washington. Cold but no ice or snow!! It is amazing just a few miles from home across the Columbia River, it was like entering Winter Wonderland. It was beautiful.

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GOOFIERNU 9/4/2013 10:14PM

    Hey, we were two of the ten bikes down that day! Hubby had a bruised ankle and wrenched his brake lever around, I bent my foot peg and had a sore hind end. But we picked ourselves up and traveled on. Looking forward to doing 2014's run. emoticon

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GAYEMC 1/3/2013 5:04PM

    Happy New Year Chuck! Glad you had a fun ride and made it home in one piece!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/2/2013 11:01PM

    Sounds like a nice adventure.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Ride-Against-Hunger (RAH) Dec. 2, 2012

What an amazing weekend. We surpassed all of our expectations with 5900 lbs of non-perishable food and $783.00 in cash donations (not including what our meeting-site collected). All in all with the cash conversion to pounds, we totaled more than 6000 lbs of food that equals approximately 4,425 meals. Once we get all the numbers, we will post the final totals on our website (

This was a humbling and satisfying experience that proves once again that when motorcyclist (Bikers) put their minds and efforts to a good cause, nothing can stop us!

This is only the beginning! Stay tuned for we are going to sit down and begin to lay out the plans for future rides and events that not only will bring us together for a good cause... but will be FUN and REWARDING!
RAH is here to stay and will continue to work with our partner Oregon Food Bank, the biker community and other deserving charities who will begin to know that when the need is greatest... the great American Biker will step up, kick their machines into life and make a difference for those who are in their time of greatest need and charity!

Look for 2013!!!

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GAYEMC 12/3/2012 8:49PM

    There will be so many people that appreciate your efforts at this time of year. I just can't imagine being hungry and not having food. So many of our clients are like that and get food boxes from OFB. On their behalf and all the others, Thank You so much to all the RAH participants!

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23KAIYA 12/3/2012 8:38PM

    emoticon that's incredible!

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XME501 12/3/2012 1:57PM

    Love the picture of your bike!!

And, thank you so much for your time helping collect foods for the needy. Am sure the blessings you receive will completely outweigh all you sacrifice. You are truly a blessing to many!
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