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I am impressed and some photos of a beautiful day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Today was a great day for me and a how do they call it? NSV? or a non scale victory! I have lately been riding my bike more often than ever because the weather is just plain old magnificent for bike riding! Today I decided to check out a part of the trail that I had not previously visited and attempt an 18 mile stretch just to see if I could make it and guess what? I did it! and none the worse for the wear either. Biking has become my main source of exercise mostly because its relaxing all while being able to pump my heart up and get my quads screaming at me and I think that I am in love with the local trails! This is an exercise that was a pipe dream for me just a couple of years ago and here I am out there almost every day riding my arse off figuratively and quite literally also. I didn't stop much so I didn't get many photos of today's ride but as I sit here typing this out I am still relaxed and I have been done with that ride for about 6 hours now so its giving me more than just a great workout.

A shot at the trail head before starting down the path.

My day has gone well all around, My calories are where they should be as of right now, I have drank more than enough for the whole day and obviously I got some exercise into my day, today has been what I would call a perfectly healthy day. There was in fact a hitch or two along the way though but I am ok with them and will fix whats wrong and keep on chugging, before I get to that here are some of the photos that I did manage to take today.

This was I want to say about 7 miles into the ride, I hadn't taken many pictures yet so I figured it was a good spot.

A mile later I came to this ominous tunnel! which wasn't really very ominous besides the horse turds littered through it, do horses like to $hit in the dark I wonder?

This was the 9 mile mark and the end of where I had decided to ride to, this one could be an ad for K2 bicycles I think.

17.94 miles when I got back to the trail head, this is my longest at one shot ride to date.

I was thirteen miles into the ride rolling along at 17 mph on a LONG downhill section and up ahead I saw two older gentlemen pulled to the side of the trail with a tire off of one of the bikes, I slowed down almost to a stop, asked if they had everything they needed to fix it and they did so off I went. Wanting to take advantage of this downhill section I start hammering down the hill again standing on the pedals and I feel my right foot slip to the outside of the pedal but keep going when bamn! the pedal went soft and felt bent. Looking down I could see that the pedal was broke and here I am 5 miles from the trail head so I just babied the bike the rest of the ride and when I say babied I mean going 14 mph instead of 17 but it was the plastic on the end that had broken and the stud was just fine...and I don't mean me, I mean the pedal stud so that was issue one.

Cheap resin pedals plus a 300 pound fella hammering down a trail adds up to broken pedals.

The second issue happened when I got home and started cleaning the dirt and horse $hit off of the bike, I was lubing the chain and cassette and wasn't paying attention and got some of the lubricant on the rear brakes. I am unsure if there is a way to sand the pads or scuff the contaminant off of them or if I will need to replace the brake pads all together, this is my first bike with disk brakes so there is a learning curve I suppose. For now the bike is parked until I can figure out the brakes and get a new pedal set that is NOT made of resin or plastic because at 300 pounds and the fact that I enjoy hammering down these New England trails apparently they just ain't gonna cut it.

Today was a day that would have only been a dream at 500 pounds and as I was cruising down the trail I found myself thinking about just that. The time in my life where even walking 1/3 of a mile was struggle is still a fresh memory in my gray matter and here I am riding 18 miles down a trail through the woods on a bike, I can honestly say that I am impressed with myself as I write this.

Impressed, satisfied and a with a smile on my face is how I end this post.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/11/2010 8:09AM

    And the smile is well-deserved.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 9/27/2010 8:17PM

    Wow, what a feel good blog! Isn't it wonderful what we can actually accomplish when we set our mind to the task?

I can just feel the pride you felt at your accomplishment thus far because I have a sneaking suspicion that you aren't finished yet!! Continue to find and revel in that wonderful joy found in something as simple as riding a bike on a beautiful day!

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VEMAN1 9/25/2010 12:31PM

    Yeah, a stud like you wouldn't break on an easy down hill portion. Great Blog as usual. The weather is a bit tough on biking this morning, a bit foggy to challenge the trails!

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CATLADY52 9/25/2010 12:13PM

    And you have impressed and amazed several of your readers I am sure.The thought of going on a one mile jaunt impresses me as I have never owned a bike that I could take out for even that far. Living vicariously am I but I still have an active imagery going. emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 9/24/2010 7:41PM

    That tunnel looked super scary! I wouldn't have gone in it and that is for sure!!!!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/24/2010 1:05PM

    If you're bustin' pedals you must be doing something right!

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PEACHYCYN 9/24/2010 9:55AM

    Good job, sorry about the broken pedals!

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MIDNITE_LADY 9/24/2010 9:34AM

    GREAT JOB Wahoooooooooooo !!!!

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FIGHT_FAN 9/24/2010 8:54AM


Great job on the bike ride. I am glad to see you have been getting in a lot of exercise and staying in your calorie range. I can't wait to see your "Under 300" blog soon.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 9/24/2010 2:45AM

    I am envious of your awesome trails and bike riding adventures. You're doing so fantastic. Keep it up. :)

- Josie

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TRACYZABELLE 9/24/2010 2:37AM

    Stud **Snork** Well I am sure wifey thinks you are one now! YOU look fantastic!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/23/2010 10:53PM

    Because of your blogs, I have been looking to buy a bike so that I can ride!

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ASHARON 9/23/2010 8:56PM

    Way to go! looks like a great bike ride. Love the trails.

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CATTI53 9/23/2010 8:49PM

    Glad you had such a great day!
I wonder if nail polish remover would take the oil off the brake pads without damaging them? Just a thought.

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/23/2010 8:42PM

    Sounds like a great day! Way to go!

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DDOORN 9/23/2010 8:21PM

    Kudos to the long ride!

Save your pennies and treat yourself to an upgrade sometime...! You will be AMAZED at the difference in your ride!


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We all have options.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Today I will get a post up before I do my workout, a lot of the reason is because I am not sure what I want to do yet! Will it be my regular ride down the trail? perhaps the gym is in my future? or maybe I will go check out a new trail that was shown to me, whatever I choose its great having options. I have been thinking a lot lately about how things were compared to how they are now, knowing all of this that I was missing out on cannot be taken back forces me to appreciate every ride, every run and anything that I can do now because of losing the weight. I eat differently, my daily activities are different and honestly the way that I see things is different too! It really is amazing what dropping more than 200 pounds from ones bones can do.

5.5oz grilled salmon fillet, 3/4 cup cooked white rice, 3/4 cup eggplant, tomato and beans and of course the green tea for a total of 467 calories.

My intake was 1765 yesterday and included a dinner of grilled salmon fillets with a side of rice covered in eggplant, fresh from the garden of course with black beans and tomatoes again fresh from the garden seasoned with black pepper and minced garlic. I got the idea for the eggplant mash from the other Tony that lost a bunch of weight, He used it as a bean salad and I made mine hot with fresh tomato and put it over rice but it was the same general idea and I am glad that I found the idea from him. The entire plate was 467 calories and included 5.5 oz of fresh grilled salmon so to say that it was filling would be an understatement and it let me use a bunch of the eggplant and tomatoes that I still had in the garden so I am happy with it.

Exercise was a trip to the gym where as I said in yesterdays post I did 20 minutes on the stationary bike and 20 on the treadmill followed by a just over 12 mile bike ride which is starting to feel like par for the course to me. The first time I ventured out on a longer than usual ride it felt long and hard, now its just what it is and I enjoy every minute of it, even the hills! My normal rides have been hard and fast all hills and on road but since trying the trail out I am enjoying the longer duration rides and the views are definitely better, in fact I found a nice little fishing spot that I will try out next year when trout season starts up again. I really do enjoy myself with my exercise whether it be at the gym or out on the bike and that's not something that I would have ever expected to say when I began in 2008 so if you are reading this and feel that exercise is not something that you will be able to enjoy try it out for a while and see for yourself.

When a person weighs 534 pounds and is stuck in a couch it is hard to see it but we all have options, we all have the choice to either sit there and rot or get up and at least try to do something about the situation. There is no need to run a mile on the first day but getting up and simply walking a bit can be the first steps to a healthier version of yourself and I would never dare say that unless I believed it and I believe it because I did it. Choosing to get up and make small changes until they became habits which lead to bigger changes and a life full of views that had been long forgotten not to mention the whole not dying an early death thing is a good start.

What are you waiting for? put that cookie down, get your ass up off of the chair and go do something!

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VEMAN1 9/28/2010 5:02PM

    Great blog! Like the eggplant over rice, sounds like a good idea.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/22/2010 1:37PM

    Love your last comment, and I sure needed to hear it today

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/22/2010 12:20PM

    Hi there! Saw your blog from the New Haven Sparkers site and thought I'd stop by. That salmon looks awesome! I've been looking for new things to try with eggplant. That looks like a great combo over rice. Thanks for posting!

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SAMI199 9/22/2010 11:18AM

    Thanks for being such a great & honest role model!!!
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MRDPOLING 9/22/2010 10:47AM

    eggplant and tomato ... hmmm got to try that!

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CUTIECAT1 9/22/2010 10:25AM

    Agree we all have options - the eggplant and tomato dish looks awesome. Would you share your recipe?


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J3N1971 9/22/2010 10:13AM

    Way to go!

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BREEZY85 9/22/2010 10:06AM

    great blog and the dish looks soo yummy!!!

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If I can do it then YOU can too!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It seems that lately I am posting later than normal because of the fact that I am taking advantage of the absolutely perfect New England weather but I am sure that's ok with you since this is a weight loss blog. This morning I headed to the gym early because I knew that I wanted to get a bike ride into my afternoon, I like to split the gym and bike rides a bit so that my metabolism keeps guessing whats next. My day at the gym was relatively easy, I did 20 minutes on a stationary bike and 20 on the treadmill nice and easy like, when I hit publish on this post I will do 100 push ups and no not all in a row. The video that I posted yesterday got me thinking about maybe posting more now that my video cherry is popped and I thought that some of you may be interested in seeing more from the bike going off of some of the emails that were sent in reference to that vid and I made something to make videoing on the bike a little easier.

No more wonky speedometer, that's the distance from my camera test run ride which was a fun ride! But then they all have been lately!

I took the video from yesterday on a whim, I literally whipped the camera out of my pocket and said what the hell and did it, I then debated with myself on whether I would actually post it or not. Riding one handed down a trail at about 10 mph on a mountain bike whilst taking video of ones self probably isn't a great idea in the grand scheme so I made a handlebar mount out of an old reflector and a couple nuts and bolts that I ran out and grabbed last night at the local hardware store. Five minutes after getting the supplies home it was mounted and seems really stiff for what it is, the test video has LOADS of vibration so I think a couple more neoprene washers may be in order to get that down a bit but the test video came out ok so a bit of tweaking and I believe it will work nicely.

This is what I started with.

This is what I ended up with, that wing nut on top is just there to hold the washers on while there is no camera mounted.

I am happy right now with how everything is going for me and my health and I think that starting to ride the trails more often than the streets is a heavy contributor to that state of mind. My intake has been pretty much perfect lately too besides yesterday when I decided to make some red meat for dinner in the way of a probably cloned
beef chuck that was slow cooked all day with white potatoes, baby carrots and an onion, the short of it is that I ate more of the beef than I probably should have. Hydration is never an issue with me unless I get stuck out at a fair or something all day and forget to bring enough for myself, I mean you know it gets tiring carrying around a gallon of H2O or tea AND a 46 pound 5 year old! but yeah I am usually always hydrated more than enough.

I was once a 534 pound guy that could not even get out in the yard to run around with the kids or go for a walk with his wife through a park and remembering how those things felt will keep me doing what I need to do for my health. Today I probably did more for my health than I did in the entire year of 2007 and that is quite sad but as long as I keep doing what I am doing I can say with 100% certainty that I am giving my kids a healthy role model so that they may not have to endure some of the things that go along with being (and again really I hate this fuvkin' word) obese. Me my bike and my Salter scale shall walk hand in hand making sure that I stick to the path that will ultimately lead me to my health goals and beyond, it will be so because I say that it will. I wanted to also mention that I have been active on My facebook page
and have gotten a good amount of interest there lately so if you have a facebook account please don;t hesitate to add me or send me a message there, you know, if you were spo inclined to do so.

I might get more bugs in my teeth now than when I was 500 plus pounds but it just means that I am smiling the whole time that I cruise through the trails on my bike, something that was merely a dream in the old days of me, that's all I got for today.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/7/2010 1:33PM

    You do put those bugs in your nutrition tracker for the protein, right?

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/22/2010 12:22PM

    That is awesome. Great way to mix things up between gym and bike. Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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MSNICHOLS39 9/22/2010 8:29AM

    Hi I've been away from Spark for quite a few months, but I'm back, as of today. Glad to see that you are still here, working hard. I need to get back into it. Luckily I maintained pretty well in my absence, but still have another 100 I want/need to loose. Have a great day.

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/21/2010 9:51PM

    The rides sound lovely....I'm still on feet but it still means I can get 'out there' in places I missed for a long time.

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DDOORN 9/21/2010 9:27PM

    Another GORGEOUS biking day today here too!

Didn't ride as much as I would have wanted...just not enough hours in a day! But it was sure mighty FINE being out in that sunshine.

In fact if it is a beautiful day like today and I find myself totally unable to get out and enjoy happened not too long ago, for me it's the equivalent of wolfman being shackled when the full moon comes! A MOST painful time!


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MILNE81 9/21/2010 4:39PM

    I wish I had a video of some of the metric century ride I did on Saturday. I smiled through the whole 62 miles (ok maybe only 60 - some of those hills were TOUGH). But doesn't it feel great to accomplish something and know that YOU did it. It's great - bugs and all!

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CODEMAULER 9/21/2010 4:12PM

    Bugs in the teeth = sure sign of a happy biker / cyclist
(I had that same thought on my trail ride this weekend. I think the insects know that summer is winding down, so they're getting their last ya-yas.)

My cycling movies would be pretty tame and, if there's sound, would likely be more like an obscene phone call; plenty of panting and groaning. I'll keep your setup in mind, though, should I ever feel like taking an Oscar-worthy ride.


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MRDPOLING 9/21/2010 3:56PM

    bugs in teeth? Nah, just more protein in your diet. hehe!

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A video and a bike ride for today

Monday, September 20, 2010

Today we have something a little different for you fine folks that care to read my little space on the net, that's right its a video! I always bring my camera when I go out for a ride longer than just around the lake and as I was finishing up today's ride I said awww what the hell and pulled it out..the camera you perverts! and took a short video for the blog. This is the first time that I have ever posted anything more than a photo on here and perhaps I will do more? I don't know quite yet. Ignore the pants and heavy breathing and focus on the freshly changing leaves and the fact that there is a 300 pound man barreling through the woods!

Video is posted here

I headed out and was going to go in the opposite direction that I normally do on this trail but when I got to the trail head I went with what I knew but decided to go a bit further than I normally do. There was only 2 other people on the trail today, another fella on a mountain bike and a girl on a horse which was a bit nerve wracking because I wasn't sure of the "trail etiquette" that went along with a horse rider. I did pull to the side and let the horse go by and going off of the reaction of the girl I think that she appreciated it, I said hello to her she waved and said Hi back then thanked me for stopping the bike instead of flying past the horse.

Just a shot down the trail over my bars.

I know that I was pedaling faster today than I have on the past couple rides and I felt fast for almost the entire ride but my bike computer was acting all kinds of wonky so I had no clue how fast I was really going at any point of the ride or how far I went. When I got home I used Gmaps pedometer to calculate my distance and I was just over 15 miles if I was including the street portions of the ride, which is where all of the hills are! On the way to the trail head I am going mostly down hill which of course means the way home, after about 13 miles on the trail is all uphill yay fun! I really don't mind the hills but they aren't exactly what I would call fun either, as I said I am still a 300 pound guy.

This weather is perfect for this type of riding and I am going to take full advantage while I can because sooner than later New England will be covered in the white stuff and I will have to settle for the gym and a stationary bike. I want to also say that apparently there is a problem with the comments on my blog! I got a few emails from different people saying that there is no link to leave a comment and I am looking into why that is but since I am not the best at this whole html thing I am having a time of figuring out exactly whats happening. If you want to comment or message me and the comment thingy is not at the bottom of the post feel free to email me through the link in the profile for email or directly at because we all enjoy getting comments/feedback right?

That's all I got for today so I hope that every last one of you enjoyed your day as much as I have.

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MSNICHOLS39 9/22/2010 8:30AM

    I'm so happy you are video blogging occaasionally, I have to watch later, I'm at work now, and I look forward to seeing you.
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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/21/2010 2:56PM

    Won't be making any videos soon but I'm that much closer to getting my old bike running. Watched a few bike "campers" on the I&M Canal trail this weekend and thought that might rock.

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DDOORN 9/20/2010 10:11PM

    Okay, you unknowingly twisted my arm...going to HAVE to start hauling my camera around with me on my rides...! You are SO right about this being such a PERFECT time of year for heading out on the bike! I've missed SO many beautiful scenes / situations that would have been great to capture in a pic.

Today I stopped by our friendly, good Samaritan neighborhood Bike Guru and bought a HIGHLY used, but VERY CHEAP (my middle!) carrier which straps nicely on my back fender / rack. Now I have a convenient spot to stash my camera, not to mention other handy things.

Thx for the inspiration! Enjoyed a great 9 mile ride to work this a.m. and a 15 mile roundabout return home later. Nice sunny, low-60's kinda day! :-)


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ASHARON 9/20/2010 8:50PM

    Nice place to bike ride!

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MRDPOLING 9/20/2010 8:44PM

    You make me want to go for a bike ride RIGHT NOW! Of course I cannot because it is too dark and more importantly, I don't own a bike!

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PUCKYGIRL 9/20/2010 7:11PM

    Don't take this the wrong way but I literally thought I was watching the Witch Blair project and then your face popped up and I jumped. :) I seriously was getting nauseated watching the road go by. Next time you are trying to video pedal slower so you are not all over the road. Just kidding.

Looked like a nice trail & a lot of fun. I am for sure saving up for a bike for next year.

Keep it up.


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AMBERROGUE 9/20/2010 6:54PM

    Gorgeous trail to ride along! I'm jealous! lol emoticon

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CUTIECAT1 9/20/2010 5:12PM

    what a beautiful trail - i dont know how you held the camcorder and rode at the same time - i wouldve taken a header over the handlebars! emoticon

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Bombarded with acorns..

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today was another wonderful day in New England, about 65 degrees, clear sky and the tiniest of breezes, so of course that meant that I would pass on my drive over to the gym and take a bike ride. This whole kids back in school thing really makes it easier to do what I gots ta do with the weight loss game, I have felt awesome the past couple weeks since they went back and am hitting on all cylinders again. I almost forgot to eat breakfast today but caught it around 9:30am and ate a banana with peanut butter on it which is light but if I wasn't hungry for anything more I didn't want to push it. I decided that because yesterdays bike ride was a good length and pretty hilly that I would take a short hard ride this morning but when I got to the junction to either head back towards the house or go the other way to the MUP I bet you can guess which way that I went.

Because of the original plan of going for a shorter ride I had pushed myself to that point and was feeling it a little bit about half way through the 12 mile ride and I came across a cat just rolling in the dirt right in the center of the path. I stopped to say hello to my feline friend and the cat ran towards the bike and started purring and rubbing itself against me and the bike, a cat was not what I was expecting to find on the trail. Off I went back towards home and the whole ride lasted just about exactly an hour and was 12 miles and that my friends is a good workout let me tell ya! I wanted to try and get to the gym later just for a quick trot on the treadmill or some light weight lifting but this ride has wiped me out, I don't know if its the small breakfast, the ride yesterday, or the fact that I was up late watching UFC and Nate Marquardt beat Rousimar Palhares but I am done for the day.

I went over my calories yesterday by about 200 but my weight this morning tells me that it was ok as I am down from the previous morning and I am thinking about upping my calories a bit but haven't decided yet for sure. Hydration has never been an issue with me but I like to mention it as much as possible because I believe that its more important than we know when trying to lose weight and I drank 2.5 gallons of fluid yesterday between my tea and H2O. Exercise? well yeah I would say that I have it covered for yesterday and today so I won;t get into that any further.

The acorns were plummeting to earth as I rode through and a good time was had by all, even that cat that got a quick rub before I was on my way. This day would not have been possible just two and a half years ago and honestly I don't know where I might be if I hadn't changed things when I did but I am glad its turning out the way that it is. I have learned in the past couple years that if you want something that you have to do something about it because no one will just walk up and hand you life, its one of those things that we must do ourselves in order to appreciate all that it has to offer.

That's all I got for today, I hope that you enjoy your day as much as I am enjoying mine.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/30/2010 11:30AM

    A definite great day. big kudos on the improv on breakfast. Sometimes it is easy to falter when the planning breaks down. Also big kudos for knowing your body on the when to back off the exercise and how to feed it what it needs.

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BEAR_GURL 9/19/2010 8:08PM

    As always, my friend, you are an inspiration to us all; I throughly enjoy reading about your success and am BEYOND proud of you= ) Have you ever considered writing a book? Perhaps a collection of your blogs? Best wishes and I look foward to reading your next blog!!!



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DDOORN 9/18/2010 9:14PM

    Kudos to the ride! My VERY FAVORITE way to SPARK! :-)


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ALEXSGIRL1 9/18/2010 7:05PM

    i am glad that you enjoyed your ride and that you have come a long way in these two years. you are an awesome motivator. emoticona lot of people dont get any exercise how sad. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/16/2010 8:57PM

    Another great was a perfect day for one! Lightning and torrential rains screwed up my outdoor plans for tonight, but a workout with free weights inside, helped improve my disposition! (the family is breathing a sigh of relief!) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIRIRADHA 9/16/2010 7:27PM

    Sounds like a great ride! I'm in Colorado, too, and the only acorns I ever see are from the scrub oaks that grow wild and the oak tree that DH and I planted out front. This is an absolutely gorgeous time of year to get out on a bike!

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CODEMAULER 9/16/2010 4:19PM

    I did a 38-mile ride on Sunday and I felt like I had a target on my helmet; acorns raining down all over!

I've been downing the tea this week, too, primarily because I have coughing and sniffling co-workers all around me. I needed to build my defenses!!

Enjoy the remainder of the week; here's hoping for more bike-worthy weather.


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VEEJAY3 9/16/2010 3:59PM

    I just got back from my ride. Maybe 15 miles or so. What a spectacular time of year!!! No acorns for me (not many oaks here in Colorado ... more aspen and cottonwood and linden) but I had to tread carefully to keep from squashing the millions of grasshoppers. Also a LOT of fallen cottonwood leaves. Marks the season's change, sadly.

Am enjoying a big glass of iced green tea, so I feel especially akin to you today!
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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/16/2010 3:43PM

    Sounds like your bike helmet got to do double duty this ride!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/16/2010 3:41PM

    I am having a wonderful day, just got back from my walk on the ocean. You should have seen how many bikers there are along the walk/run/skateboard/bike road. All ages and all sizes!

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AFITJULIE 9/16/2010 3:36PM

    I heard recently that trees communicate with each other and all drop their acorns at the same time...I found that funny. I was imagining trees nudging each other to drop their acorns as I run by, trying to hit me in the head!
......I may be having weird thoughts due to a lack of sleep :)

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MRDPOLING 9/16/2010 3:13PM

    I was fully expecting you to say you brought the cat home. LOL. Way to go on the ride! it sounded awesome!

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AMBERROGUE 9/16/2010 2:58PM

    It's awesome to hear you talk about how much you enjoy your life now and how much more you can do. Petting a random cat, going for a bike ride may seem like small things to some people, but they mean the world to you, and it's refreshing to hear you talk about it.

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