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Back To The Hills!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pretty good day today!

Mowed lawns for a couple hours and later on headed out for our local state park for some biking and QUICKLY found out how spoiled I was biking such flat terrain lately!

Those hills were something else, but I REFUSED to get off the bike and walk up them! Just ground away to the top...whew!

Yesterday I had another fine day of "greencycling" as I dropped my car at the garage and biked on into, through the downtown section to get to my private practice office. Saw a few clients and then biked back the LONG way to the garage to pick up the car.

Gorgeous weather yesterday and today...felt so FINE to be on my bike again...woo hoo!!


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ANDALEX 9/22/2008 10:32PM

    very cool! way to knock out those hills!

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LADYWEZ 9/22/2008 4:20PM

    Good for you.

You inspired me to ride my bike to work today. It was great.
But it is flat from here to there not brave enough for hills.

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MUNS10 9/21/2008 9:01PM

  Wow! I'm impressed. You ought to check out some rides with the Southern Tier Bike Club! emoticon

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Trouble Kicking Up The Motivation on the Home Stretch!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Long time no blog! I think that is symptomatic of my latest rut: Success can breed complacency!

I'm about 18 months into SP and if I could just nail 220 by December this would be 100# lost in two years' time. However I started SP in April so my two years would be up 04/09. That would mean I'd have to lose 25 pounds by April to claim to have lost 100# since joining SP...ugh! At my present weight my BMI just barely creeps from the "Obese" into the "Overweight" range.

My problem is I've grown too comfortable with my plateau at 228 pounds. Part of me is fairly content, but part of me would TRULY LOVE to nail those last and most stubborn of pounds. Does anyone out there have any tips, suggestions for those last and most stubborn of pounds...?

Here are my rationalizations: "well, I've lost a lot of weight, I can fit in normal clothes and enjoy a wide range of activities. It's not like those extra pounds will open the door to new activities I can't already enjoy. And you know, I'll just bet that all that flab hanging around probably totals 20-25 pounds! I can work out day and night and NEVER lose that flab!"

It is tough to see any clear and tangible payoffs for losing these last pounds. So my motivation is flagging in that way.

This does not mean that I fail to appreciate the fact that I HAVE built an active lifestyle with healthy nutrition that is balanced enough to MAINTAIN my success without gaining any weight. My problem is that this very success enables me to *coast* and not push myself toward further weight loss.

Perhaps, as Coach Dean shares in his story www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
, I've reached that point of diminishing returns in which further weight loss just wouldn't be possible to sustain anyhow...so why bother? Is that being reasonable? Or am I rationalizing a degree of laziness...?

I'd appreciate folk's thoughts / feedback on this struggle of mine. I'm sure there are some of you who have wrestled with similar dilemmas?


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MUNS10 9/20/2008 4:56PM

  My opinion is that you should go the extra miles :) You have already done so much that I am sure that you can do it...and you probably wouldn't be struggling with the thought of it if you didn't really want to do it. Yes?

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    Doh! I can't believe I forgot about your mono! Stay away from the strength training, lol!

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    I agree with ANDALEX about this coming down to what you want. Now is a good time to reeavaluate your goals and maybe change them or make some new ones. As to your request for suggestions on getting rid of the last stubborn pounds, I would maybe try changing or adding strength training and work on increasing muscle mass at the stage where you're at now. How much strength training are you doing? (Asks the girl who has a hard time doing the strength training herself, lol!)

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ANDALEX 9/18/2008 1:14PM

    i think the answer to this question comes down to what YOU want. where do your concerns lie...health? cosmetic? fitness? have these concerns changed throughout your journey? if you're happy where you are, then stay and be happy. if you feel you have unfinished business, figure out what's lacking and set a goal to work toward it.

best of luck :)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One of the good things about client cancellations (shhh, don't tell 'em...lol!) is that I can slip on home and nab some extra time on my bicycle! Which I was able to do yesterday! :-)

Tomorrow I thought of a nifty way to work in extra bicycle time: I have to drop our minivan off at our repair shop for oil change etc. Usually we have to do this clunky arrangement where I take another family member along in a 2nd vehicle and have them bring me home and then bring me back when it's done.

If Mother Nature cooperates (and it looks like it may be a close call...cross your fingers!), INSTEAD what I plan to do is to load my bike up in the mini-van and drop the car off in the morning on my way to work and BIKE the remaining miles (perhaps around 5?) to work and after work bike back to pick up my car...voila!

I've got my bicycle time in PLUS I'm being green by minimizing all that 2nd vehicle dosey-doe!



My first experience "greencycling" was a smashing success today! It was wonderful waking up with my city, riding along as the sun rose in the morning sky...a couple years ago I wouldn't have believed I would ever even get ON a bicycle, let alone THRIVE on one!

I had plenty of time leftover, re: making it to work on time, so I rode all about our downtown area while everything was fairly quiet but in the "waking up" phase of the morning with the pace of hustle-bustle growing as I traveled.

I feel like I have so much time to make up for...no longer hungry for FOOD, but for NEW ADVENTURES!!


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MUNS10 9/16/2008 6:47AM

  That's super...I'm proud of you :) I know exactly what you are talking about because I ride a paper route every morning in the wee hours and it's so peaceful.

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SHARON_AHAUS 9/10/2008 11:56PM

    This is a great idea, and I know how the taking a family member along goes. I always hate it. This would also be a great way to save on the costly gas situation ,pollution, etc, if everyone who's able too, give it a try. I just visited your page, too, and found it very interesting. Enjoyed reading the words to the song. Congrats on your weight loss. You're doing great, and it helps to motivate the rest of us. I, too, use the treadmill. It's the one exercise, that I'm able to do, and trying to increase my miles on it. I enjoyed seeing your pictures ,and it shows how you've already come a long way. Keep up the great work!

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KRISTINTHIN 9/1/2008 3:25PM

    I guess I will dust off my bike. We have a love-hate relationship you see! LOL

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SUZANNERN 8/30/2008 1:10AM

    awesome idea... you rock! :-)

ps-- any recommendations for affordable bikes?

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ANDALEX 8/27/2008 9:27PM

    awesome idea! i hope the weather cooperates :)

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    Your doing great!

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A Sea Change

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Reading a post by another Team member this morning, I realized that I've undergone such a transformation over the past couple of years in focusing on my health and wellness, at first on my own and since 04/2007 with the help of all of you in the SparkPeople community!

There is absolutely NOTHING that can compare to the peace of mind one experiences when one is in the driver's seat, taking charge of one's life, looking ahead to the next challenge on which to set one's sights.

The best part is that this time the changes feel so DEEPLY rooted that I don't stress, as I have in the past when losing weight, about when the next shoe is going to fall...i.e. when am I going to blow it and re-gain my weight.

I simply know that it just isn't EVER going to happen!

Woo hoo!


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BOUDICA26 8/27/2008 2:47PM

    You are always an inspiration !

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ANDALEX 8/26/2008 11:06PM

    reminds me of a song!
"whatever tomorrow brings
i'll be there
with open arms and open eyes"
-incubus, drive

what an amazing thing you've done, taking hold of your life and turning it in the direction you want. there's nothing more powerful than that ability. good for you! you are truly an inspiration.

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Summer's End...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Long time no blog! Been back from my week out in MI with my son since 8/12. Had a wonderful time at our family reunion and got VERY acquainted with Kalamazoo, which is where my son will be working as a Physician Assistant.

There are terrific bicycle paths which weave all over the city and a 30-40 mile path all the way to South Haven on Lake Michigan! Biking such distances has always seemed like a dream to me, but in the few days of biking which I enjoyed at my parent's I found myself traveling 10 miles in an hour and not being wiped out! I can see myself developing my biking to a point where double-digit distances don't appear quite foreboding, but actually enticing and alluring...to think I can really DO THAT! Woo hoo! :-)

Back to reality, however...it's been tough returning to the world of work when my mind is still out riding my bike on a long road stretching off between sprawling fields of corn with picture perfect blue skies and puffy clouds overhead. I had the tune "Into the Great Wide Open" by Tom Petty on my mind while riding out there...good to hold onto some of those images long afterward...

Been feeling badly that I haven't gotten on my bike since returning from vacation over a week ago.

I've been allowing stupendous weather to pass me by for over a week without getting out on my bike...argh!

Finally, with a little help from my DW, we got out to our local state park tonight where I have biked before and I got a good hour of biking in...which was wonderful in itself BUT!

In the past I could never bike up this one wicked hill...always had to get off and walk up it. Tonight there was not a single walk up: I biked up EVERY hill!

So I keep pushing myself when I can, the vision of doing more than I ever dreamed I could do drawing me ever forward!

In my dread of the passing of summer I've been scheming for ways to get my "wide open" outdoor fix in the winter. We have a local park that rents snowshoes and cross country skis. Have never done either, but they may become my winter source of breaking away, cutting loose!

Hope everyone is *being the Spark they want to see* in the world around all of us!


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ZELLAZM 8/23/2008 12:23PM

    Don, WTG on continuing to make breakthroughs - like conquering those hills ON the bike instead of pushing it. I'm sure you'll find ways to make fitness fun this winter, too - where HAS the summer gone?!

Blessings, Michelle

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    Pushing yourself is the most important part of being successful! You have the right mindset, you are on your way to success! emoticon

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    Way to go on conquering that hill! Shamefully I missed another opportunity to ride on this beautiful day. How are the trails at the State Park? It's been forever since I've been there, and hadn't thought of taking my bike there. Now I'm anxious to check it out.

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ANDALEX 8/21/2008 10:35PM

    congrats on biking up that big hill! that's such an awesome milestone. good for you!

cross country skiing is GREAT....i wish i lived somewhere with enough snow to make it possible. i fall a lot, but the snow really cushions you so it's not so bad. it's a great way to see wildlife because you move so quietly. have fun! snowshoeing is great, too, and QUITE a workout.

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