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.
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?
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.
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.
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