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Motorcycle Show & Shine

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yesterday was my motorcycle chapters annual charity event. I belong to the Star Riding & Touring Portland Chapter 146. Our event raises money for our charity we have been helping support for the past 3 years.
We raise money for the Candlelighters Kid With Cancer. The total dollars raised has not been finalized but it is estimated at over $6,000!! Not bad for Oregon on a cloudy, rain threatening day, and bad economic times. Motorcyclist under the sunglasses and leather gear has a big warm heart. I saw people dig down so deep they ran out of money! There was an ATM onsite that was used to get even more money.
A long but heart warming successful day.

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LORIBEL1 6/23/2010 11:09PM

    Way to go on raising so much money for a great group!

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CJANNESS 6/20/2010 1:06PM

  What an awesome group to be apart of! emoticon

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My Turning Point/Epiphany

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Something causes a person to make a change/epiphany. Sometimes it takes the direct THREAT of death to get a person to change. My turning point was October 3, 2009. I had all the symptoms of a heart attack. I went to the emergency room, then transferred to the hospital for 3 days and several test later. (not fun test either) The prognosis was that I did not have a heart attack, so I was released pending more test . A few days later I had an angioplasty, where they go through the groin main artery and run a camera to your heart (to close to the boys for my comfort), to see if the arteries have any obstructions/damage. The arteries were clear, in fact the doctor says "if he dies today it will not be because of his heart". That was great news. But I realized I needed to change!!

What an epiphany though!! It took, or what I thought, a heart attack to turn me around. On December 28th my doctor gave me the "OK" to start a diet and workout program. Since then I only spend a fraction of the time as a couch potato these days. I made a commitment to change my lifestyle, workout and nutrition. I have been on many diets before but never like SparkPeople. I discovered buying diet books will not work if you don't implement them. Spark has made me more aware. Spark and other research has been educating me on what it takes to lose weight the "safe" way. I know all my numbers, BMR, BMI, MHR....etc. I know what my foundation is and I know when I stray away. When I stray, from my workout and nutrition program, it is a conscious decision I made, but I don't beat myself up over it. I do a lot of self-talk for motivation and try to determine why I am about to make the decision before me. It is like a problem solving technique. I am fortunate that my will-power from educating myself, is getting much stronger allowing me to resist very many "bad" food craving temptations. Sometime I have to beat myself to the gym but once I get there I am good to go. I know to lose a pound of body fat I need to burn at least 3500 calories, some days I can accomplish that in 2 days and sometimes it can take 3 or 4 days. I just need to keep my short-term and long-term goals in mind. Consistency and logging onto Spark everyday is my key to success.

As of today I have lost 51 lbs since Dec. 28, 2009 but still have 36 lbs to go.

What the heck, lets say I lose 49 lbs more to make it an even 100 lbs!!

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DDHEART 6/17/2010 11:24AM

    What a great job you have done! but I don't mean in losing weight (though that is wonderful) I think the changes you've made in your approach to eating and exercise is the great accomplishment! Your scary experience was a tough wake up call but it was well worth it since it brought you to the place where you realized it is up to you to change your life....make that...LIVE your life. emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 6/17/2010 1:44AM

    For all that don't know MunchieMags is my wife. She is the best! emoticon emoticon

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MUNCHIEMAGS 6/16/2010 11:19PM

    That date scared me too !!! I want you around for a long, long time, so don't plan on going back to your old ways. emoticon
I know I've gotta join you at 24 hr Fitness a lot more often - maybe the article you sent me - the one about exercise first thing in the morning . . . while I'm away I'm going to implement that & see if I can make it habit (the fitness room is right down the hall).

OK - stop laughing - I can retrain myself to get up early . . . . maybe. . . as far as you know. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 6/16/2010 9:51PM

  WooHoo, way to go Chuck. You realized something and acted
on that realization. You rock..................

Very interesting post...hope you had a great time on the ride.


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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/16/2010 6:10PM

    emoticonYou're doing great.

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TAILORSMOM 6/16/2010 5:37PM

    wow are doing great ..sorry it took so much to get you moving..


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Plateau Busting

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I have read several articles on breaking Plateaus but find it hard to implement. There are so many factors. I increase my workout times and increase or decrease calorie intake...and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. What I need to concentrate on is varying my workouts. When I leave home I tell myself I will avoid the treadmill and will work on another cardio machine. But!! when I step into the gym I hear the treadmills calling my name. Like a magnet I jump on and the 10 min. warmup for some reason last for 65 min!! I have read in order to break a plateau is to change my workout to confuse my body.

Today when I go to the gym I will not get on the treadmill...Today when I go to the gym I will not get on the treadmill...Today when I go to the know how it goes. emoticon emoticon

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SIZE5MOTIVATED 6/14/2010 4:04PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself, the Treadmill does rock out loud! LOL. I agree with what you heard though, different types of workouts to confuse the body tends to work for people, but not all people so don't be discouraged if it doesn't work, ok. I'm rooting for you that it does but am SOOO proud of you that youre just putting forth that extra effort to do something! Youre awesome & doing such a great job. Keep up the fantastic work....& no treadmill, no treadmill, LOL. You'l do great! emoticon emoticon

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NELLJONES 6/4/2010 12:25PM

    I like the part about trying to "confuse your body". Usually it's my body that confuses me.

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LORIBEL1 6/3/2010 12:31PM

    Your post made me laugh because I'm also addicted to the treadmill. I've tried varying the speeds and inclines and that seems to help. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/2/2010 10:58PM

    I was the same, hated the bike but over the winter started doing half marathons, kept setting new personal bests, etc. Or the elliptical, couldn't do 3 minutes and now can go on and on. Give yourself a reset and try it. I am really working on strength training which I avoided but hope it will get me off the plateau.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 6/2/2010 9:11PM

    Hey! At least you weren't sitting and giving up! The treadmill calls because your muscle memory likes that movement! Other muscles don't want to wake up and work...good attitude and great for the 1500+ calorie burn. I bet you jump out of bed on your weigh in day! emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 6/2/2010 6:28PM

    That damn treadmill is very aggressive. When I got to the gym it not only called my name, it grabbed me by the ear and pulled me onto itself for 60 min. emoticon I did my Week 5 C25K for 40 min. and walked at 4.7 mph the remaining 20 min. with some light jogging mixed in. Was able to cut my 5K down to 41 min 55 sec.

But after I crawled off the treadmill I did go over to the weight machines and did some upper-body circuit training. According to my HRM I burned 1571 Cal. emoticon

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PMCOPPI10 6/2/2010 2:50PM

    I want to thank you for your blog.
I am religious about two exercise routines. Either I walk/jog for 90 minutes or 90 minutes of curves circuit.
So, today I am going to dance around my living room to sweating to the oldies with Simmons that will confuse my body for sure.
My dogs may think I am crazy too....

Oh, and my treadmill called my friend Judy's name and went home with her. Got tired of using it for a clothes hanger.
She thought that her husband could use it.
Keep Sparking and good luck. emoticon

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    For some reason I have broken through with weight loss this week. Not sure why, but I think it has to do with the fact that I started doing some serious outdoors running (and not just using the gym machines).

The weather is really blustery and rainy today, but I am planning on jogging tomorrow when it gets better.

I suspect that mixing it up helps, but that just flat out trying something new and challenging might be the ticket. What would that be? Does your gym have a stair climber or rower? Let us know what you figure out....

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MUNCHIEMAGS 6/2/2010 1:01PM

    Today when you go to the gym, you will not get on the treadmill . . . . .we have a treadmill here at home - how come it doesn't call to you??? emoticon Better yet - can you teach me to "hear" the calling of the treadmills?? I think I need to learn . . . .

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Back from RFTW 2010

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Made it back safe and sound from the Run For The Wall motorcycle event. Did not make it "All the way" this year but did make it to Odessa Texas. This is the 22nd annual run from Los Angeles to Washington DC the place of the Vietnam Memorial. I managed to put on over 5100 miles on my motorcycle and lose 4 lbs in the process. Going through Moab northward to Salt Lake City Utah was a challenge in itself. Really got my workout fighting the gusty winds.
Glad to be back home and back to my nutrition and fitness routine.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 6/11/2010 1:12AM

    Congrats on a safe and fruitful 5100 mile trip! emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/2/2010 1:57AM

    WELCOME BACK!!! What an experience :) and you lost weight!

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BECKA525 6/1/2010 10:04PM

    Sounds like you had fun! emoticon

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LORIBEL1 6/1/2010 8:42PM

    That sounds like a good trip. Way to go on losing 4 pounds!

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    Sounds like quite an adventure. Now what was the highlight in Odessa??? Other than turning around....:-)

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KALISWALKER 6/1/2010 2:44PM

    That sound like a good way to lose 4 pounds!

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CICI510 6/1/2010 1:23PM

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Road Trip Ready or Not!!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Well D-Day is here and no more trying to get ready...I have to be ready!!! Still worried about my nutrition and exercise routine and getting out of my controlled comfort zone. I have been so regimented for 4 months very controlled nutrition and exercise routine. Now it will be the dreaded restaurants and In-N-Out Burgers in Calif.-Nevada-Arizona......Oh Boy! I will need will power. The saving grace will be I will burn about 170 calories/hour herding my 900+ pound motorcycle down the road for 8+ hours a day for a month.

So in 4 hours and 3 min. I am off on the road trip from Portland Oregon to Reno-Las Vegas-Lake Havasu Arizona-Los Angeles- Florida-Maine Canada- etc. Am I there yet?? Am I back home?? emoticon

I will miss my wife...A lot!! I am glad she is so understanding letting me go on this trip. emoticon

So you all down the road. emoticon

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MUNCHIEMAGS 5/15/2010 12:22PM

    It was great to see you in Havasu . . . have a safe journey and come home to me.

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DDHEART 5/7/2010 7:13PM

    Have a great trip.....make the most of the time when you're off your bike to walk around and stretch out your legs! Be safe emoticon

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DARLENEK04 5/7/2010 6:49PM

US ALL ABOUT IT...........


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JUST_TRI_IT 5/7/2010 12:34PM

I am so jealous! What an awesome experience... Have a blast.. Post pics on your way so we can enjoy it vicariously!

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