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No Matter What: I'm Gonna Get Out and RIDE!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Although I have been crazy / busy with:

my 60 hour work week,

no water in our house for 3 days,

mastering the art of shampooing, scrubbing up and rinsing with only a half gallon of water... :-) ,

a well that appears to be drying up (I believe our area is experiencing a never-mentioned drought...we live only hundreds of yards from the Chenango River! I am becoming HIGHLY concerned about our local / global water resources! For a frightening glimpse into the coming water crisis I HIGHLY recommend folks see this new documentary: Flow, For Love of Water www.flowthefilm.com/ "Water is the sleeping giant issue of the 21st Century and we all need to wake up about it. FLOW opens our eyes about the greatest threat of our time - the global water crisis. It is a compelling and passionate film. Its engaging narrative will grip the viewer."
Robert Redford),

arranging for a pellet stove installation to avoid $500 / month fuel oil bills year round,

having six replacement windows installed,

and preparing for a mini-trip to Niagara Falls, Canada to visit our Canadian friends the week of 10/20

Despite all of this I WILL get out on my bike this long weekend of what promises to be stupendous weather at least TWICE for LONNNNNGGGGG travels to restore my equilibrium. If I DON'T, I'm going to be pretty unbearable to be around! GRRRR!

Can you tell I've spent too much time away from my bike? :-)


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ANDALEX 10/12/2008 9:01PM

    man, your schedule sounds insane! are you getting enough "you" time? hope you get to squeeze in a bike ride soon!

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ZELLAZM 10/11/2008 5:27AM

    Super weather here, too --- loving the days of "golden October" which is what they call it here in Germany and perfect for Nordic walking or jogging. Leaves are at their peak, weather is foggy in the morning, sunny and cool in the afternoon - YES! Will check back to see if you got those rides in.

Blessings, Michelle.

P.S Thanks for the link to the film - have just started to read more about the water crisis.

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    I hear ya about spending too much time away from my bike! I finally did get on for a couple hours last weekend for a beautiful and restorative ride with the kiddos. I've been counting the minutes until my work day is over so I can get out again this afternoon. Hopefully it won't be the only ride! Have a great weekend on your bike, Don!

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On Keeping the SPARK Alive!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What I think I'm finding out is that it is a bit of a let down in a way when all the BIG weight losses are made and all one has in the future are itty-bitty losses which seem to take TREMENDOUS efforts and persistence to accomplish!

I find it can be helpful to take time to stop and remind myself of all the pay-offs I continue to enjoy at my hard-fought-for new & improved weight:

---The compliments from others keep rolling in...always such a JOY!
---Ongoing increased mobility and capacity for such a wide range of physical activities, including returning to old favorites such as biking and scheming to tackle new territory such as cross country skiing.
---Freedom from the sugar / carb demon, which I feel I have successfully locked away and battened down the hatches for the rest of my life.
---Improved energy level and animation in my day-to-day life.
---I'm able to wear "normal" sized clothes!
---Good physical health, all vitals within normal limits.

The challenge ahead of me now is...what NEW pay-offs will I be able to enjoy and celebrate as I continue to lose those stubborn pounds closer to my goal weight? What can help to jack my motivation levels up now...?

---Improvements over "all of the above"!
---To feel more comfortable in my own skin, sufficiently accepting of my body to be able to go shirtless publicly.
---Looking foward to biking the Kal-Haven trail with my son in Spring '09. This is a 33 mile trail or 66 mile total! Don't care if we stay overnight at the other end and take a couple of days or hey, maybe succeed in doing it in ONE day...woo hoo!

I'd like to be able to add to this list some other ideas, which are eluding me as yet...so that I can give my motivation enough of a boost to squeeze my food intake down, pick up my fitness activities even more.

Appreciate any feedback, ideas others care to offer!


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MOV4WARD 10/2/2008 10:54PM

    methinks that in this struggle to figure these things out, we find the skills and motivation we will need to also master the "keeping it off" process too :)

i think it helps to look forward, which you are doing with this blog ~ and to remind ourselves why often until it becomes part of our new/positive thinking & approach.

i also like to think of this as kind of like beautifying & maintaining our home ~ part of our self-care routine that helps us and makes things better, healthier, happier...

if we let our house fall into disrepair, not so good, and i do enjoy the planning of the changes to the flower beds, the next time i paint, or next project....

don't know if this helps... just a few thoughts...

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FISHPOND7 10/2/2008 4:07PM

    Here are my suggestions, as you have asked in two different blogs for ideas:
1. Buy the book "Younger Next Year" and read it.
2. Using what you've learned in that book, sit down and meditate on exactly WHY you want to keep going down in your weight. Write this out and post it somewhere so you can read daily your reasons for continuing your journey.
3. Write out some new weight goals in smaller increments, such as reaching _____ lbs. by Nov. 1, ____ lbs. by Dec. 1, etc. Then focus on these smaller goals.
4. Do something different. I would suggest your workouts. Do something nice for yourself (after all, after all your work, you deserve it) and hire a Super Slow trainer and do strength training with the Super Slow protocol. You may see some serious strength gains. Remember, you want to continue building muscle and losing fat.
5. Ask yourself, are you all you want to be. Good luck on the journey.

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ZELLAZM 10/1/2008 9:07AM

    Great post, Don! Do you have any ST goals? Measurement goals? I don't remember reading anything about those areas here on your blog. Just a suggestion. I know that the measurement challenge I did awhile back was a great motivator, although as a woman I mostly preferred to see lower numbers, while men might have a different motivation. Looking forward to hearing how your race goes - any plans to do a shorter race or two in advance as practice?

blessings today

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ANDALEX 9/30/2008 9:57PM

    wow, this is a post that i really needed to read right now. i've been "backsliding" a bit! thanks for sharing your lists with us!

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KENSINGTONC 9/30/2008 4:38PM

    I hear you, especially about the big-ticket items seeming more rewarding than the little things. You've got the right attitude, though, and it's motivating to read.

Sounds like your upcoming bike ride is a pretty motivating factor in your life, and I bet you can make it in one day!

Good luck this week! emoticon

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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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