Saturday, October 25, 2008
My wife and I had a mini-vacation (Tues through Thurs.) to Niagara Falls and took a stupendous detour on our way home through Letchworth State Park, our own New York State waterfall wonder!
Unfortunately the wind was knocked from my sails the first day as I had come down with some weird fever and probable infection of some sort which made some of my hair follicles very tender and left a sore, quarter-sized lump on the back of my neck near the base of the skull. I just zoned out, slept a lot and bounced back on Weds. No cardio for me on Tues. tho! I enjoyed using the hotel's Star-Trac Edge for an hour on Weds. & Thurs.
Saw the doc yesterday and he believes this lump was a lymph node, put me on antibiotic and today it appears to have gone away entirely...go figure!
Needless to say, my one day of fever and listlessness did little to detract from our good times out and about!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Yesterday was my 52nd birthday and a great way I've found to celebrate which I've been doing over the past couple of years has been to complete ALL the questions at
Last year I was growing younger by scoring 49.5 years as my "REAL" age.
This year I grew another year younger by scoring 48.4!
Woo hoo! Thank you SparkPeople and all the WONDERFUL support from everyone who has made this such a super place to grow YOUNGER! :-)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Got out for the bike ride I've been yearning for! Had my bright red t-shirt on for visibility and a pair of biking gloves which my sister gave me for my upcoming birthday. Thing is, they're bright kelly green as they are Michigan State University (my alma mater) gloves with a big "M" on them. Couldn't help but feel like I was celebrating the season a little early... :-)
What a most glorious, stupendous day it was! Glad I had those gloves on as it was pretty chilly as I rode through the lifting fog. Funny I didn't mind the cold wearing a t-shirt and shorts, but my fingers could definitely feel that cold!
Riding my bike through the fog lifting to reveal such a wondrous array of colors across the hillsides...surely this must be the peak of the fall foliage colors! In time I could see the clear expanse of blue skies unmarked by a single cloud and the sun shining over it all like a maestro orchestrating this perfect symphony on which my senses feasted!
I dared to challenge myself right away to the huge hill nearby my home, probably less than a mile away. It has stopped me from heading southward into the Binghamton area, which is much more bicycle-friendly with wide biking lanes on the side of the road.
I've attempted before a number of times, humbled each time, being forced to get off the bike and walk up to the top.
But not today! Made it to the very top and beyond without getting off the bike! Woo Hoo! What a feeling as I soared down the other side! Each time I have a victory of this sort it feels like I "own" the road in a whole new way! My heart was pounding and I was huffing and puffing like I had never done before...!
After a bit I pulled over to a bench where I called my DW to announce my victory and savored the sun beaming down.
I wanted to cruise forever today! After all, most of the area south of that hill is relatively flat. I breezed through Otsiningo Park, then headed downtown for a bit, crossing over the Washington St. bridge and finding another sunny bench to take a water break and call a few friends and chat for a bit.
On my return trip I headed up Front St., stopping at Starbucks for my Venti Bold Flavor of the Day, sipping outdoors in the sun. just savoring the moment and the splendid view of the surrounding brilliant hills aglow with the colors of fall.
Now, since I'd already succeeded in biking up this hill once, I told myself that I really didn't HAVE to tackle it one more time on my return trip. However, as I biked up much further than I ever thought I would after being on the road from 9 am till it was approaching 1 pm. My excitement over possibly succeeding yet one more time pushed me further than I should and I zigged where I should have zagged and went off the relatively narrow shoulder, which had a couple inch drop...just enough to tumble me off my bike onto my knee and came to rest on my butt, humbled yet once again...lol! It was just a scrape, had my tissue in my pocket to sop up the blood some and got back on to walk up the rest of the way and the thrill of the ride down the other side on to my home.
All in all this day was just stupendous!
Hope everyone is finding their SPARK during these beautiful autumn days!
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."
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? :-)
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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