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Heading for the Vietnam Wall Memorial

Thursday, May 12, 2011

It is that time of year again. Once again I am riding my motorcycle on a 7000+ mile trek on the 23rd annual group ride, Run For The Wall. It is a long and grueling trip that is physically and mentally demanding . But with great payoffs by observing patriotism is alive and well across our country, in our schools and townspeople we meet along the way. Our destination is the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington DC. It is truly an honor for me to ride in the memories of MIA/POW's. The Vietnam Wall has special meaning as I have a couple of friends names there, as well as other shipmates.

Last year I lost 6 lbs. while on the Run. I ate foods I should not have but burned off the calories while riding. Some people may say "WHAT"?? Motorcycles riding as a weight-loss tool? Motorcycle riding takes a lot of endurance. Just picture a "balance ball" with wheels and handle bars. Really helps build the core muscles. After a full day of riding, about 10 hours, you are really tired. Motorcycle riding actually burns 2.8 calories/Minute. The first day of 500+ miles are the hardest on the lat and back muscles. But like anything consistency pays off and the next 20 days of riding everyday get easier, but still tired after a workout.

Well time for bed in a couple of hours because 4:30 AM will come quick. Just hope the rain in Oregon holds off until I can get to California emoticon
So I will be MIA for a while unless I get on a computer while on the road to Washington DC .

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GAYEMC 5/15/2011 9:43PM

    Have a safe trip Chuck. I hope you can check in once in awhile. I'll have to get the pics I took of the wall last fall out, maybe tape them on my work computer.

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DARLENEK04 5/13/2011 3:27PM

  Ride safe Chuck.............


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CBAILEYC 5/13/2011 10:41AM

    Yes - please do be safe and have a great trip!

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BMRBUDDY 5/13/2011 9:01AM

    Be safe and have a great time! Sure makes me want to get back on the road too.

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CHAS1949 5/13/2011 4:03AM

    What a great thing to do. Be safe and enjoy your time with your buddies. I'm sure you will see many and talk over old times.

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How heavy is the glass

Saturday, May 07, 2011

A good friend sent this to me about STRESS:

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'..... She fooled them all... "How heavy is this glass of water?", she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our Burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it and the now 'supposed' stress that you've conquered!"

1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..
5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it..
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can't push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
15 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

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CTRAVEL 6/24/2011 11:09PM

    Chuck that was really good and so true. It certainly hit home to me. Thanks for posting this.

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CBAILEYC 5/9/2011 10:54AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Chuck! Some great life lessons in this.

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GAYEMC 5/8/2011 8:02PM

    So true, thanx for reminding us.

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    This was a great blog, Chuck. Thanks for sharing!

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DUFFYDYER 5/8/2011 6:33AM

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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HYLYN2 5/8/2011 12:05AM

    Absolutely true! Thanks for the reminder. I needed that.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 5/7/2011 10:31PM

    I enjoyed this . . . . and it makes a very good point that I'd never thought of before. Thank you for posting this.

P.S. You are the world to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAS1949 5/7/2011 9:59PM

    I needed that today! Thanks.

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IMNAHA 5/7/2011 3:17PM

    what a great thought, some of those things I forget then find myself taking me to seriously.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/7/2011 3:09PM

    A great Blog! Very helpful and informative!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What a lucky number!!! WooHoo!!! If I were in Vegas maybe it would be worth some money?? Well no such luck but it is a number that caught my eye this morning while filling out my SparkPoints. It is the number of total cardio minutes logged in since I joined SparkPeople on 1/1/10. I never looked at this number, until today. Taken from my SparkPoints:
Track Cardio Min. 1 point / 5 minutes (max 24 / day) (Your Total Minutes: 55555)

So this number starts me to think about my fitness journey:
Start weight 1/01/10 279 lbs
Current weight 4/13/11 211 lbs
Total loss 68 lbs

55555 min. divided by 68 lbs = 817 min./lb. (or) 13.62 hours/lb
55555 min. divided by 468 days = 118.7 min./day (or) 1.967 hours/day

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CTRAVEL 6/24/2011 10:53PM

    Hey Chuck, what an awesome accomplishment. Losing 68 lbs Way to go.

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    WOOHOO!! on the 68 lbs. Keep up the good work! I am still laughing over the squirrel blog. I think I have reread it at least 10 times.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/13/2011 4:49PM

    Well, since you enjoy numbers so much I should leave it to you to work my checkbook. LOL

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CHAS1949 4/13/2011 3:07PM

    Cool blog...the interesting numbers to me :how many minutes per pound!!
WOW! You definitely rock!

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NINJA-NED 4/13/2011 12:52PM

    68 pounds!! and all those cardio minutes. good for you - you should be proud of yourself.

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CBAILEYC 4/13/2011 12:36PM

    That's an awesome number, Chuck! Congrats on attaining it, and cruising right on past.
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4 letter words!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I know many 4 letter words, some good and some bad. Some can be used in mixed company and some cannot. There is one 4-letter word that needs to be eliminated from my vocabulary. It can be used in mixed company but it is not an appropriate word to describe what I am trying to achieve.

The word: DIET

When I started this journey on 1//1/10 I used the 4-letter word DIET, a lot!! I have learned, through Spark, to replace this 4-letter word with a 9-letter word "LIFESTYLE". Applying this new word has been arduous and an ongoing battle. However I am getting the upper-hand and winning on the most part.

Today I ran across an article located in the SparkDiet Resource Center called "Mind Over Body". Over the past year and a quarter I have read the elements of this article, but this article has consolidated all the reference material into one location. There is a 10-step plan. The article listed 5 of the most common road-blocks that really hit home for me:

1. inadequate problem solving skills
2. unrealistic expectations
3. toxic quilt & negative self-talk
4. emotional eating
5. lack of intrinsic motivation

These are very difficult road-blocks to overcome. I have semi-abated the majority of them, however it is work in progress. Those 5 common problems need to be fully abated for my new LIFESTYLE to be successful.

Here is the article link:

Soooo......No more 4-letter word using D@&t...instead I am using "LIFESTYLE" emoticon

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GAYEMC 4/13/2011 5:37PM

    Great blog Chuck. I always thought the words "I'm on a diet" were strange. If you're on then at some point you're probably off (loose, gain). Lifestyle is so much more!

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RJFERRARO315 4/13/2011 12:37AM

    emoticon Transforming diet to LIFESTYLE takes practice. I've been doing better at it, and I'm so glad you had this 'AH HA' moment!

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SMERTZ 4/12/2011 6:57PM

    I got rid of that nasty word awhile ago. Diet is so freely used and is seen as something you either do or you don't do. Especially irritating is the thought or comment "can you eat that on YOUR DIET" Well yes I can since I am not on a diet.

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TURTLETALK 4/12/2011 6:56PM

    Okay, these were nicer words than I had in mind! emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 4/12/2011 6:12PM

    Good for you Chuck! It took me a long time to make that transition and I also am still a work in progress. I just didn't want to be d**ting for the rest of my life and decided not to. Now, I just eat healthy, period!

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RSWIFE 4/12/2011 8:44AM

    Great! Thanks for blogging. I won't use that 4 letter word either.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/11/2011 4:11PM

    Terrific blog, Chuck! Saw the first sentence and though "oh no..." LOL

With me, "Diet" means Die or Failure. It's the eating healthy all the time with is a great lifestyle change I can deal with. Enjoyed reading this. thanks!

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GYMRAT_AT44 4/11/2011 4:02PM

    Chuck - I saw the title and tried to guess the word - just glad it wasn't QUIT! Keep working my friend...I tell everyone I know that what I did to lose weight wasn't a diet (otherwise, I would have gained it back)...I changed my lifestyle. Had to - good for you man. Keep working it...

BTW - nice riding weather coming up.

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-CHERYL 4/11/2011 2:59PM

    I read this article and it's very true. When people ask me what diet I'm on I say I am not on a diet, I read a great book called The Spark and use the website everyday to stay on track. I eat healthy foods in the correct portions and get regular exercise.
Not too many people want to hear that they want miracles or pills.

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DARLENEK04 4/11/2011 2:42PM

  All good points Chuck.........great blog.
All things I needed to read today...


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MUNCHIEMAGS 4/11/2011 1:45PM

    Thanks for sharing this link - I believe I have more than the 5 obstacles you mentioned, but right now I don't feel I can take on a lot of major changes at one time . . . I think one at a time for now, & if I pass my exam before June 15th I can take on more. One thing I've learned about myself - trying to make all the changes at once leads me to failure!!

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CHAS1949 4/11/2011 1:31PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing. It hit home!

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Race for the Roses 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Didn't think I was going to get this race in the books. I have been nursing an injured knee for over a month now. Two weeks ago I further aggravated my knee by running the 5K Shamrock Race in Portland. By the way is was cold and raining...all day!! Not a good introduction for my 2nd ever 5K. But I made it through the Shamrock running all the way and forgot very quickly that it was cold and raining. There were 32000+ other runners and many spectators enduring the same weather. Well I digressed a little back to the Run for the Roses. Knee was starting to feel better two days before the race. I could actually jog a bit without much pain and by race day, Sunday, it was feeling pretty good after a good warm-up and some stretching exercises. This race was a little more difficult with steeper grades and more lengthy than I was used to running.
I had been missing my workouts from running, prior to this race, because of the knee and therefore more out of shape. A few times I had to slow down to recoup a better heart rate. For a longer time than I care to think about it was running in the mid 180's BPM, according to my HRM. At my age maximum heart rate (MHR) should be at153 BPM. It didn't help matters much when the last 1/2 mile included a long steep uphill grade to the Portland Steel Bridge.
All-in-all it was a great race, the knee held up OK, and the 34 degree temperature was just right (after I heated up from running). A lot of Volunteers and AA Sports put on another great event. For that I thank them for their efforts.

Oh yes...the best part: I got a medal for 3rd place on my 3rd 5K!! I am very happy with the results of the race. I am not so happy with my knee hurts! I have an appointment next week to see a Orthopaedic Surgeon to see if there is any help for a Senior Citizen hooked on running emoticon

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GAYEMC 4/7/2011 5:40PM

    Wow Chuck, Super job on a 3rd place. Great job. Sorry the knee is still giving you problems. Hope the doc can find an easy fix.

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AFMARVIN 4/7/2011 11:37AM

    Great Job! Hope you knee starts feeling better soon...

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CBAILEYC 4/7/2011 11:09AM

    Chuck! This is fabulous! Congrats on a great race, and placing 3rd. That's totally awesome!
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Here's to your knee feeling better, and good news from your doc!

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MUNCHIEMAGS 4/7/2011 3:51AM

    So proud of you . . . . I think it showed on my face when they announced your name - we were both surprised!! lol. It was much more fun in dry weather - didn't much like the Shamrock Run . . . . emoticon

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DARLENEK04 4/5/2011 1:25PM

  Congratulations on at least finishing. I couldn't even begin
a race....will pray the knee gets better Chuck........

We are going to try to pickup the Bikers at Ashville, Alabama
and ride with them part of the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
They are headed, I think, for Washington May 24th, and while
we simply cannot afford to go the whole way, we can ride for a

Are you going to ride again this year???????????

By the way, I hit a crack in the carport floor as I was turning
in and dropped my bike. Sad but threw me against
the wall of the house. I hit my arm on a stool sitting there
and thankfully had my helmet on, so only bruised up and pulled
some muscles in my back. David and I managed to get it up team
lifting.........the moral to this story is: I learned to duck
walk it in from now on....


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    Congrats on placing! Hope your doc can fix you up.

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NINJA-NED 4/5/2011 7:26AM

    3rd place is very impressive! i'm just impressed with anyone who races really. i hope you get some good news from the doctor.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/5/2011 12:56AM

    good luck chuck! You can do it! I have a new scooter I bought last summer! I fell over on it and deskinned everything known to man and yes I was all covered up but........we gotta keep going!

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