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Ego Buster!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

For all my motorcycle (Bike) friends and future bikers. If you, bikers, deny this has ever happened to you, you may not be telling the truth or your time is coming. If you own a motorcycle long enough your day will come. In my case it has came 3 times over 10 years. emoticon

Just put on another set of Metzler ME880's, expensive tires for you non-motorcyclist, on my bike. I went to the motorcycle shop to pick up my bike with my NEW tires! I was excited to get them out on the rode and get them "scrubbed in" before I get to aggressive on the corners and wet weather. (New tires are slippery until they get ruffed up a bit), I pay for the install and the Owner/Manager's last words, before I left the store, to me was, "be careful with those new tires, they are slick" and I said "I know I will be careful". I get to my bike, jumped on, and in a single motion pulled the bike upright (more that upright, see last few words), put my foot down to stop the vigorous swift motion to upright position, promptly lost footing, teaches me a lesson to put on proper shoes next time, on my right foot, bike promptly falls over, I think I had to much inertia going???!!! So much for my high school physic's. I go rolling on ground, female in huge 4X4 looking down at me, I am frantically trying to save my fragile ego (not working),.......and all that before I move 1" to wear in my new tires!!! I could only say, "boy these new tires are really round!!" I then thank everyone in the store, it emptied out, who ran out to my rescue help pull my 900 lb bike up, the audience in front of the store showing sympathy, I know some had to have their mouth open in dismay.....I start-up the bike and ride "slink" off into the sunset . Think I could list this all under Strength Exercise?
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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/20/2010 11:20PM

    My son has permanent damage from only 500# falling on his ankle via a transformer. I am so glad your leg/body is okay. emoticon

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GAYEMC 9/20/2010 8:07PM

    Reading the blog, I could see it all happening before my eyes. Glad you wern't hurt. Kate said it all!

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KEAKMAN 9/20/2010 6:53PM

    thanks for the laugh...I know, it's rude to laugh at someone's misfortune, but since you weren't hurt.....

I would have wanted to crawl under that huge 4x4 and stay there!

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VAPERCHICK 9/20/2010 5:53PM

    Ow. Glad it was more bruised ego than anything else!

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TINKER-BELL 9/20/2010 5:47PM

    I'm glad you are okay and you weren't rounding a bend when this happened. I haven't had to get new tires yet on my bike but i'm sure i will probably need them next year and i will keep your story in mind. emoticon

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More Wind in my sails today...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I think I have reconciled my feelings and emotions. My feelings and emotions over the past 5 days have been like a "E Ticket" ride on a roller-coaster. It has been a tough 5 days since I lost my friend, Fred, in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 10, 2010. Tomorrow Fred will be placed at his final resting place. I have been on 2 PGR missions with my fellow members, visited with Freds daughter. It has been a healing process for us all to be with each other and console each other.

Even with the sadness and lack of motivation I managed to get in my exercise. It is really hard to workout without motivation. Much of the motivation I could muster-up came from my SparkFriends and logging in everyday. It helps keep me in focus on my fitness and weight-loss goals.
Thank you SparkFriends for your support, it has helped more than you know. For my motorcyclist friends out there please be careful. Ride as though you are invisible and keep scanning for any potential disasters. My motto is to "Dress for a crash" in order to minimize any damage to myself.
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BANKER-CHUCK 9/23/2012 6:20PM

    AS of Sept. 10 2012 was the 2nd anniversary of Freds passing. Many of us met at Freds grave-site. Fred is gone but he is always riding with me.

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REDEMILY 9/18/2010 9:35PM

    Hi there. I am sorry to hear about your loss... Thinking of you.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/16/2010 12:35PM

    So sorry for your loss.
Congratulations on caring for yourself while you are grieving for a friend.
Jeanne

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RUNNINGWILD 9/16/2010 1:19AM

    Chuck, this is one of those times that I truly wish I couldn't say "I know exactly how you feel". I, too, lost a friend in a motorcycle accident. My friend Todd passed on the day that I landed in OR. He and his son were out just having a fun ride when the bike slid ... Todd died instantly. His son lived but his leg was broken.
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him at least for a few seconds. I just hope there is a Heaven.. and that they're allowed to have motorcycles. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 9/15/2010 11:38PM

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DUFFYDYER 9/15/2010 10:04PM

    I'm glad our sparkfriends were there for you.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/15/2010 2:55PM

    I am so sorry for your loss!!! These words seem so little - exercising though through this does help your body through the grieving process too.
Take care!!!

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Wind Taken From My Sails Today

Saturday, September 11, 2010

While Sparkin today I saw an email come in from a group I belong to, Patriot Guard Riders (PGR). We are are motorcycle group, including cars, Our main goal is to attend funerals for Veterans and stand a flag line in their honor and to protect the family from protesters of the war. We are also ask to attend other various tributes and parades.
This morning the email I received reported one of my brother PGR members, Fred, was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to a PGR mission at the Portland Oregon Willemette National Cemetery. He was hit by a car while his wife witnessed the accident unfold in front of her. It must have been horrifying for her. My initial thoughts were of the last time I saw my friend, how his wife is doing what she must be going through and the rest of the family. The family has had so much grief in the last 5 months. His brother died in April, his son died in June and now he died this morning.
My friend Fred and I have rode our motorcycles thousands of miles over the past 3 years. Our last trip was over 4500 miles when we went on the Run For The Wall starting in Portland heading for the start of the run in Los Angeles then all the way to Washington DC to the Vietnam Memorial. We had a special bond. We are both Navy Vietnam Veterans and had our share of Sea Stories. We had our jokes since he was "Tin Can Navy" or destroyers and I was a "Flat Top Navy", or aircraft carrier.
This has taken the wind out of my sails all day. I have cancelled my workouts, activities with my motorcycle group, doctor appointment...etc. I really feel depressed right now. I know I need to look after myself with my nutrition and fitness program. I need to pull out of this depression. It may help to get to the gym to remind me I have a purpose and reason to move onward. Oregon will definitely miss this patriot. He was well loved by all who knew him.

I miss my friend. I am fortunate to of had a friend like Fred.

  
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BANKER-CHUCK 9/15/2010 2:29PM

    All the arrangements for Fred have been made for putting him to his final resting. I have been given the honor of being one of the pall bearers. Patriot Guard Riders, Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Associations, other motorcyclist groups, and people who have been touched by Fred, from all over Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and other parts will be in attendance. Thank you all who have responded or read my Blog. It is greatly appreciated. I will let the family know.

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KASHMIR 9/14/2010 12:21PM

    Chuck, what a sad sad day. I'm so sorry for the loss of your good friend, and my sympathy for his family.


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CBAILEYC 9/13/2010 12:38PM

    My condolences. I'm so sorry.
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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/13/2010 1:49AM

    Will the funeral be open to the public? If not, where and when does a person go to stand along side the road to support the family? Please let me know. emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 9/12/2010 8:05PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss Chuck. Many hugs to you & to your friend's family.

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/12/2010 7:54PM

    I am very sorry for your loss and have trouble even comprehending what his wife is experiencing right now. Please take care of yourself during this time so that when the immediate pain and shock wear off, you will be able to move forward, as I suspect he would have wanted you to put your health first. emoticon

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GAYEMC 9/12/2010 7:09PM

    Chuck, just read the article in yesterday's Oregonian. How nice that Fred was recognized in public.

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KEAKMAN 9/11/2010 7:57PM

    Chuck, I am so sorry to hear that this was a friend of yours. My thoughts are with you and Fred's wife.

And you know that the best way you can honor him is to be the man he knew you to be, to stand up and do something, and not sit around and feel sorry for yourself. I KNOW that you got up today and did your workout. And maybe you worked extra hard to work off some of the anger and grief, or maybe you went longer so that you could be exhausted. But I know that you are not going to let this senseless tragedy destroy you!

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MRILEY123 9/11/2010 7:31PM

    So sorry for your loss. Of course you feel depressed -- it's such a tragedy. You're right that you have to keep taking care of your body, though -- and this too will pass.

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GAYEMC 9/11/2010 4:32PM

    Chuck, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. And how horrible his wife had to witness that. There are no words for a tragedy like this. Take care my friend.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/11/2010 2:01PM

    Chuck,

I will remember all concerned in prayer. You, my friend, weren't just fortunate to have had a friend like Fred, but he was fortunate to have had a friend like you, too.

Sooner or later the wonderful memories will over come the sting of death you feel in these fresh moments. Go with the flow, acknowledge the pain, and allow others to comfort you in your time of need.

Hang in there, buddy, there are better days ahead.

Your friend,
Rosemary

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 9/11/2010 12:10PM

    Wow. I am so sorry.

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DUFFYDYER 9/11/2010 8:30AM

    Chuck- my heart aches for you and for for Fred's family. Be strong. It's okay to take time to deal with your emotions. This is awful. I hope you can feel the love and support that I'm sending your way....
Duffy

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MUNCHIEMAGS 9/11/2010 5:22AM

    I was shocked when you told me about Fred today . . . I feel bad for Pat having to see what happened. There have been times when I followed you on the way to Cycle Metrics (taking the bike in for work) when I saw cars come too close to you . . . . I don't know what I would do if I saw you hit. . . . . emoticon

I'm sure the PGR will be out in full force for Fred - he was liked by all.



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GRYPHON55 9/11/2010 1:44AM

    My condolences on losing your friend. I think what you guys in PGR do is truly honorable and patrioitc, I'm sorry that one of you is now gone. Take a ride or a walk and think of your friend. As Wanda said, he'd want you to take care of yourself so do it for him, in his honor.



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WANDAC2013 9/11/2010 1:33AM

    emoticonOnly hugs, because there are no words to soothe you. Take care of yourself...he would want that for you.

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Finally Below 220 lbs.!!!

Friday, September 03, 2010

I have been waiting a long time for the 2teen lbs.!!! Well I weighed in this morning and weighed in at 216 lbs. I am not ready to publish this weigh-in on my tickler because it may not be steady yet. However I am very comfortable posting 219 lbs since I have been there most of the week. This goal of getting under 220 lbs has been difficult to reach and has taken 8 months. There has been many plateaus, disappointments, roadblocks, stress, medical issues....you name it, I think I have been there.
But I still cannot relax by nutrition and fitness program. I have 29 more lbs. to drop before I hit my Dec. 2010 goal. I think it is a realistic goal and with consistency I will make my objective. Once I meet my goal of 190 lbs I will re-evaluate and see where I want to go from there. I may go for another 20 lbs and go for 170 lbs goal but I will see how my body feels at 190 first.

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LORIBEL1 9/8/2010 10:55PM

    Way to go! That's awesome! emoticon emoticon

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CBAILEYC 9/5/2010 3:16PM

    Fantastic! emoticon
C~

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CJANNESS 9/4/2010 1:48PM

  awesome!!!!!!

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KASHMIR 9/4/2010 11:58AM

    Way to Go Chuck!!! Be proud of yourself.

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/4/2010 11:54AM

    emoticon on reaching the goal you had set for yourself. It usually does taste sweeter when it's been a long time coming. Keep up the great work and you will reach your goal for 12/10 emoticon

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DDHEART 9/4/2010 11:32AM

    Congrats! I think the things that take the longest are the greatest when you get there....I love the way you are looking toward the future and thinking about the goal as well as the what next...when I got to my goal, I set another but with a super long time frame...it was a trick for my mind really because I knew that without another goal, I would be likely to allow old habits to creep back in...so it's a goal with a "if it happens ok if it doesn't that's ok too" attitude...it's helped me to maintain and even drop the tiniest bit more...now it's more what my body wants I think so it's worked for me.
Celebrate your current weight with a nice weekend of enjoyable exercise in the good old outdoors!

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DUFFYDYER 9/3/2010 9:22PM

    You are very committed and I KNOW that you are going to reach your goals. Great work!

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MAMADWARF 9/3/2010 8:10PM

    awesome! congratulations!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/3/2010 8:06PM

    Yeah you! That is awesome. Way to persevere!

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FORLIFE5 9/3/2010 7:57PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 9/3/2010 7:15PM

    Way to go!!!!

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MCSNYDER1 9/3/2010 7:14PM

    Way to go!!!!

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RANDOM00B 9/3/2010 4:25PM

    Woo-Hoo!! Congratulations!!!

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/3/2010 3:54PM

    I am so happy for you! Your new name shall be BLOOD, SWEAT, and TEARS...not to mention being thrown from the treadmill! Celebrate! emoticon

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PATTYMOM3 9/3/2010 3:04PM

    Awesome job keep up the good work...thru difficulties to distinction!! emoticon

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BRILIND 9/3/2010 3:04PM

  Great Job! And congrats on reaching a goal!

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CANDYJ13 9/3/2010 3:03PM

    Congratulations to you! You are doing great keep up the good work

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ABITLESSOFLAURA 9/3/2010 3:02PM

    That is a wonderful achievement!!! Congrats on getting below that mark! Keep up the great work emoticon

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What to do when "GOAL WEIGHT' is reached??

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I have seen my goal-weight reached on several past occasions over the years, just to see it wane away. It is much harder to maintain goal-weight once the "goal" is met. Easy to let your guard down and allow the pizzas, ice cream,....etc, creep back into my food groups and the weight comes back little by little. Switching to larger belts, larger pant sizes...etc. (you get the idea) I have been in this situation to many times, only to let my guard down and ballooned back up "PLUS" added pounds. Each time, and there has been several, it is a longer period between diets.

I have concluded over the years that keeping my weight down is very tough and I have proved I cannot adhere to a maintenance plan. I had never set a plan before, hence my problem. When I hit my goal it was like "hooray party time"!!! Where is my Costco pizza?

I have about 40 lbs more I want to lose. I need my plan in place for when I reach goal, so I need to start one now. My habits are good now.... but like any addiction if I let my good habits slide bad things will happen. Food is like a drug and alcohol addiction. Fitness programs are easy to go on the wayside and hello couch. I need to figure this maintenance thing out quickly and have it in place, because by Dec.2010 is when I hope to be at goal weight. I need to continuously keep building and shoring up my foundation if I am to succeed. This has to be a lifelong commitment. I think SparkPeople will help me tremendously in keeping my plan in place. I need to be held accountable with my food and fitness program until the day the casket door slam shut. emoticon
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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/7/2010 10:10PM

    I feel like I'm getting out of control having gained 9# back...wait a minute, I lost an extra 11.5# so I'd have "breather" space. Even when I really want to let lose with the calories, my conscience doesn't totally let me. If I tell my husband I'm up a few pounds, but I want to lay in bed and sleep, he's all..."I'll go on a walk/drag with you!!!" He's actually admitted that he likes walking now. Perhaps your wife can be a part of your maintenance plan, too. emoticon Once when I gained 6# in one day, it fell back off 1.5#/day when I went back on the weightloss calorie amt & exercise regimen. emoticon

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DUFFYDYER 9/1/2010 9:19AM

    I can totally relate to this....been there...done that! I think for me it was about reaching the goal.... once reached it was like I said, "Ok, I did that, now I can do something else." I was just thinking about this on my walk this morning. I need to think beyond the goal. If it's about reaching a goal I'm very worried that I'll repeat my same behavior again. Let's keep thinking about this between now and 'goal' so we have a plan in place, ok?

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MUNCHIEMAGS 8/31/2010 10:54PM

    I think that with all you've learned in this past 8 months you won't be so quick to go back to old habits as you were before. When you lost weight before you didn't really do it the correct way, and it was way too easy to just go "all out" when you dropped the pounds.

Now you've been studying nutrition, fitness, reading up on health issues . . . . things you didn't really do before . . . .I think you're going to be more diligent on the maintenance.

A slight - I say again, slight - amount of leeway is given on Christmas day. emoticon

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SASKATIA 8/31/2010 9:32PM

  I think the big change will come when it actually clicks as a change to your lifestyle instead of working towards a goal.

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/31/2010 9:28PM

    Your funny!

I got rid of all my "big" clothes. Nothing left in the house but the goal weight achieved clothes. AND, one pair of tight jeans - I wear these when we go out - can't eat alot - britches are too tight.

Now that I have gotten rid of all my clothes, I can't afford to gain the weight back.

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