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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Okay, so today I remembered to bring shorts, T-shirt and towel to work.

Problem: forgot the sneakers and was wearing Hushpuppies and dark socks...combined with shorts & T...? That'd be quite a sight walking along the RiverWalk...lol! Okay, for today, just swap my dressier work shirt for a T shirt and make the best of it!

Started out for my 3 mile RiverWalk with a fast walk. Tried to walk faster...but after a stretch it just was NOT ACCEPTABLE...too slow, too limiting...let's kick 'er up to a jog!

And we're OFF! Jogged the whole rest of the route and the return...at least 2 of those 3 miles. Now I've jogged further distances on my treadmill, but we all know how the real world and the treadmill are two different things...! Felt GREAT! Mopped up as best I could with the towel and carried on with my day. Tonight I'm "feeling" it in my thighs in a good way.

I've decided (barring any RADICAL change in the temps DOWNWARD) I'm going to bundle up against the chill and commute on my bike tomorrow and Friday...and then Saturday head out on another ride with the Bike Club after our roadside clean up efforts.

So it's looking like a NICE stretch of biking coming right up! What better way to kick off Earth Day!

Everyone do your part to take care of the Earth tomorrow and EVERY day! :-)


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DRASADAF 4/22/2010 2:23AM

    Hi Don,so i c u had a great day outdoors hmm gr8 indeed.

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FRECKS96 4/22/2010 12:52AM

    Congrats on getting your walk/run in. Feels great! Enjoy your rides this week, should be beautiful!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/21/2010 10:48PM

Joanne is SO right -- and good for you on the cycling to work! And yes,
FYI, a SparkPerson and fellow cyclist, riding the Good Ride:

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JCORYCMA 4/21/2010 10:47PM

    Don - you have had quite the week for trying to exercise! You get an A+ for perserverence and inspiring all of us who might have been tempted to say "forget it"! I hope the next few mornings aren't too chilly a ride for you. Keep us posted!

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Making Lemonade / Maintenance Ponderings

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Been slogging through another "blah" period lately...lotta little things just getting in the way, nothing major...

No biking for several days due unpredictably drippy dreary days on the weekend and cold mornings during the week (30's are just TOO cold), yet later in the day nice weather which has me kicking myself for not having braved the cold of the morning...I think I'm psyching myself up to brave the cold on Thurs. / Fri. mornings...!

So if I'm not biking I'm getting up to use my treadmill, right...? Nope, haven't been getting up for 'millwork in the morning...have ended up trudging up to the 'mill late at night as a last resort...for 'millwork that hasn't been easy nor inspiring.

Since last Thurs. my Nordic poles haven't been working...they just slide up and down and don't "hold" into their position. Finally got a tool which I think may help to straighten this out. Too many days I've allowed my day to crowd out my RiverWalk option...and I get to negative thoughts like, "since I don't have my poles, what's the point in bothering with the RiverWalk..."

Well today I blew that stinkin' thinkin' out the window and got out for my RiverWalk sans poles...and had a GREAT time! It was another one of those GLORIOUS days in the Southern Tier and I challenged myself, since I was starting late into my lunch hour to nail it quickly. I wasn't satisfied with walking, no matter HOW fast I tried to walk, so kicked it into gear with a jog. Dress shirt and saggy dress pants (42's) being held up by 38 belt...lol! Jogged along the RiverWalk, yanking up my pants now & then yet still really enjoying moving along the 3 mile route in 35 minutes time. After work I had clients to see in my private practice which is also 3 miles away from my day-time work so instead of driving I walked back & forth to this as well. VERY nice day!

On the way home I picked up a tool which I HOPE will help me to straighten out my poles. I also MUST bring shorts & T & towel to work so that if I continue to jog the RiverWalk as it warms up I can at least freshen up as best as possible with a sink...lol!

Today I came across a blog by ILOST150POUNDS (star of the Dr. Oz 100!):


in which she asked a question that got me really thinking...

"Do you think the weight loss part is easier or the weight maintenance part?"

Maintenance is DEFINITELY HARDER for me than losing...! I'm beginning to realize how much I miss that ongoing positive reinforcement of seeing the scale drop, the clothes size drop, the compliments from others (not that I don't get them anymore, but certainly far less frequently). I suspect this was a MAJOY factor in the past when I have regained my weight. Lately I've been lacking the enthusiasm I would like to see in myself. I think this may be at least PART of the reason...! I need to learn new sources of reinforcement and rewards...or perhaps learn a new perspective on what I've accomplished.

I know I have SO APPRECIATED all the support from my SparkFamily! Time to shake off the small stuff and move on to bigger and better things!

Looking forward to joining our local bike club in their roadside clean up efforts this upcoming Saturday and walking in our local Heart Walk on Sunday. I'm hoping to have some fellow members of SparkPeople joining in the fun!


Keep on SPARKING everyone!


ps...forgot to add RUSSLANE's addition to the thoughts on maintenance posted above: "At some point, you have to stop showing off the fat pants. And then what?"

LOVED that comment...it boils it down to the basics of maintenance for me as I KNOW I've been relying TOO MUCH on the 'fat pants!' So 'what's next?' is the struggle...!

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MOM5INFL 4/26/2010 8:00PM

    I love the title of your spark page! It perfectly describes the end result of out weight loss efforts! Thank you for the nice comments you have left on my blogs. I appreciate them.

I think we are all struggling a little here with finding out what's next. But, I think we all agree that finding out what's next is much better problem to have than how do I lose 100+ pounds!!! Keep up the good work and keep Sparking! I wonder if we will ever wean ourselves from this place?! Birdie.

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/21/2010 2:53PM

    Very good blog Don. I can so see where maintenance would be a harder period than the losing. You are right, we praise the weight loss we see and tend to frown when we stay sedentary for too long. Maybe once we hit weight loss goal it is time to kick another area of our life in gear for success and link the success in our other part of our lives with our dietary needs. Hmmm.

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/21/2010 10:39AM

    Very good insight. The best part is you have recognized the issue and are setting on a plan. I laughed along with the vision of your pants falling off. I went for a walk this morning on the Rail Trail as part of the healthy U challenge and I have been yanking up my pants all morning. I also can relate to needing the towel afterwards.

I have to say that a couple years ago when I rode my bike back and forth to work, it was the mornings that I enjoyed the most. i loved that morning air and the way I felt. it's a great way to start your day.

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FLOWINGWATER 4/21/2010 9:59AM

    That's GREAT that you ran your usual walk, baggy pants and all! LOVE IT!!

Yeah, I'm finding maintenance to be tough for all the reasons you list. Seeing the scale drop is what gave me my drive. Being fairly new to maintaining this weight, I'm still learning the ropes about what it takes, mentally, to sustain my new body. It really is a shift, though, as there is no end in sight. No specific "goal". Now, I have to find what works to motivate me for the long haul.

Good luck fixing your poles! Keep on moving! emoticon emoticon

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DAYHIKER 4/21/2010 8:59AM

    Glad you are getting it back together again, Don. Things seem to sometimes run in cycles. The weather is a big factor. I still abhor the thought of using the treadmill after being able to be outside!! You are doing so great!! Isn't Diane's blog great! She's maintained for going on 13 years now. Awesome.

Greetings from Chicago--love it here!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/21/2010 7:33AM

    You are amazing, Don. Your self-talk and encouragement of others (ME!) is heroic! Oh yeah...maintenance is the hardest! That's why I keep picking up and losing that same twenty friggin' pounds (wow...just thinkin' of a twentypound bag of POTATOES gives me the creeps!)

Thanks for being here among us and offering so much on the journey!

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COLOURFULME 4/21/2010 3:38AM

    Yes please go an bike in the mornings. I do it weather or no weather yet again I don't wear those pants you do so I understand it is too cold but can't you get a longer one.....:) Goodluck!

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DRASADAF 4/21/2010 3:34AM

    Hi Don,first of all thankyou soooo much...you definitely are a good friend and you make me believe that i too have a sparkfamily...wow you have got an excellent locale....you can go outside and walk ,jog ,cycle wow..ask me how it feels to stay indoors all the time especially in this weather here in the middle east...i just wonder how fun and refreshing your life must be...take advantage of what you have and dont let negative thoughts overpower you....whenever you do so think of me as to where i am and how i wish i too had the previlege of such a wonderful weather...

As for Dr.Oz, yes i read his book you on a diet,its worth reading....

Just think positive and try to maintain your weight ,when you have come this far you might as well maintain it...make weight maintenance your hobby and try to enjoy it....i learnt all this here on spark...

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MIZZSB 4/21/2010 2:27AM

    Hi Don,

I think maintance is harder than losing weight as well. The motivation is gone cause you dont have visable results and dont have comments from others how good you look.

Hopefully you get the motivation back soon, cause your doing a great job. If i look at your pics im amazed how you have changed!


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CHARIZMA207 4/21/2010 12:08AM

    The best gift Sparkpeople gives is making everyone in this struggle THINK. It forces us to think about, not just what, but why we have such difficulty with weight. It's great that you've got this down. The easier it is for you to recognize when you're slipping and to find ways out of the mental rut, the faster progress or maintenance can ensue. You're amazing Don :)

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SMILINGBREYES 4/20/2010 11:49PM

    GREAT job on lifting yourself out of the 'blah' period, Don!! Thanks for the forewarning for this bigger that the road ahead in maintenance has its challenges. Have you thought to have a couple of pictures handy.. the before and after to keep you motivated? Can you start an office walking club?

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FRECKS96 4/20/2010 11:11PM

    WTG on finding the Spark today! It's so hard when the weather is cold and dreary. Hopefully we're in for a nice stretch and can enjoy it.

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JCORYCMA 4/20/2010 11:11PM

    I agree that maintenance isn't as easy as I thought it would be for all the very reasons you listed. I do enjoy mentoring others in their journeys and find that it motivates me to keep my weight off as well. Way to bust a move over lunch today! I hope you get your Nordic poles fixed too.

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SUZIAND 4/20/2010 10:56PM

    Good for you Don! You lifted yourself up against all the "blahs" and owned the day! I'm very proud of you!!!

Have fun on your Heart Walk!


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Additional Benefits: Eco $$$

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I figure at 50 cents a mile each time I bike to / from work I save myself around $9 on gas and wear / tear on my car...not to mention burning less gas! :-)

Couldn't bike today as I worked late...overslept this morning and got a haircut (my quarterly shearing...lol!) during lunchtime so no workout till LATE...finished my 'millwork & ST around 10...trying to pop in, and pop out so I can hit the sack...easier said than done...lol!

It's definitely nice to re-visit working out with tunes!

Thx for all your comments and support...going to Spark just a little...no, REALLY! :-) ...and then get some zzzzzzzzzzz's!

Nite all...!


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ZELLAZM 4/17/2010 9:16AM

    Good reminder - living in this small town, I know I save bucks by just walking to church, the post office and to the grocery store (when I don't have much to carry). And burn a few calories to boot.

Hope your weekend gets off to a good start! and our Three-Year Sparkiversary week!


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PUDDLE_JUMPER 4/15/2010 8:04PM

    You know I am saving so much money on food eating less! LOL. I had know idea! Lately I don't dip into the til as much for food extravagances....really awesome!!! Liking that!

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/14/2010 2:53PM

    How great Don. If I didn't have to get the toddlers to daycare, I would def try biking to work. I am glad that you are reaping so many benefits from using your bike. Woohoo.

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LADYGWEN25 4/14/2010 1:31PM

    I didn't know they made padded bike shorts...Good work for you being disciplined enough to bike to and from work... And i didn't know that about the car insurance.. How far is your commute, Don???

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JCORYCMA 4/14/2010 12:50PM

    Hey with all those $9 savings you can buy lots of padded bicycle shorts! Thanks for taking the time to "spark" -- you inspire so many of us!

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FLOWINGWATER 4/14/2010 10:11AM

    Hi there! Valeriemaha directed me to your post. As she said, I just called my insurance company and told them that I don't commute in my car any longer, and it reduced our insurance by $25/month. You should give it a try!

And, don't forget the other savings of commuting on your bike - lower health care bills, since being fit will make you so much healthier!! emoticon

Making the switch to being a bike commuter is one of the best things I ever did, for so many reasons. It's great that you're discovering the benefits too!

Keep on riding!! emoticon

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SMILINGBREYES 4/14/2010 9:56AM

    I enjoyed reading about the money saving stuff in you blog and comments because of biking. WOW. Guess I better dust off mine, pump up the tires and get rolling with mine so I can reap the benefits too.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/14/2010 9:07AM

    I LOVE that you made that connection between self-care and care of the environment...as Thich Nhat Hanh so beautifully coined "We inter-are!"

You're the BEST, Don!

Rock on!
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P.S. Your DW doesn't mind hugs among friends, right? heh heh

P.P.S. This just in on a SparkFriend's feed: "FLOWINGWATER found out that we will save $25 a month on our car insurance, since I rarely drive mine now. Another benefit of commuting on my bike! :)"

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DAYHIKER 4/14/2010 8:08AM

    You are so good to get in your workout that late! I really like Ferretlover's idea of putting your savings in the bank for new gear down the road! emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/14/2010 6:27AM

    What a great thought! I tend to forget all the ways that this new lifestyle is helping me.

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FERRETLOVER1 4/14/2010 6:15AM

    You should try putting that $9 in a bank every time you bike - see how much you can accumulate. That money can be used to get new gear for the bike when you need it...like tires or lights or other fun stuff like a horn!

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COLOURFULME 4/14/2010 3:08AM

    Yep....going by bike to work is good for every 'environment'. :) Our shared environment, our wallet's environment and our own body's environment. :)

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XENA1956 4/13/2010 10:38PM

    Good for you saving all that money and getting healthy at the same time. Get some sleep so you don't burn out. Teri

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18 Miles...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another 18 miles in this afternoon...I'm hoping to crank up the miles soon...everything in noteable biking distance around here always seems to put me @ 18 miles for the round trip. Want to start nailing MORE! I keep tackling nasty hills and LOVE the way my bike can climb! I tend to average between 14-15 mph.

Although my "dorky shorts" have been a big help, I STILL feel enough pain to give me "pause"...! Which can be frustrating...the SPIRIT is willing and so is MOST of my body...grrr! How can I knock down the miles with this pain holding me back...?

I have been finding out little ways to alleviate the problem, such as by standing on my pedals when I see either rough road, stones or holes coming up. Sometimes I just stand on my pedals to just give my butt a break...seems to help a bit. I usually stop for a break every 9-10 miles and do stretches, etc. and my butt seems to recover...for a bit.

I've been enjoying watching and reading about Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont, aka Guiness World Book Record holder for cycling round the globe who earlier this year completed his journey from Anchorage, AK to the southernmost part of Argentina. What an inspiration!

Here's his blog for more info:



Too cold tomorrow a.m. to consider biking to work...maybe later after work...? We'll see!

Hope everyone has had a SPARKIN' weekend...have heard lots of great stories already! :-)


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_VALEO_ 4/13/2010 8:51AM

    Standing on the pedals is a good technique to climb the hills.
Maybe you could consider buying another saddle if the one you have is uncomfortable?

In the meantime, I'm sending you some rays of sunshine. emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 4/12/2010 11:00PM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog - I think it'll be easier this time around simply because we DID whittle so much when we moved in DECEMBER/Jan. HAHAH :D So soon... but yeah - when I did spin classes I totally got some padded shorts. :P

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/12/2010 1:05PM

    I prefer gel for the padding. On the shorts, on the seat cover, on the seat itself.

It makes a difference. The other kinds of padding just do not absorb shock the same way.

Just my 2 cents.

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SMILINGBREYES 4/12/2010 11:59AM

    Are the 'dorky shorts' the same as bikers shorts? I have a pair of bikers shorts that are padded and it was a BIG help in doing mileage riding. Then again I did the Erie 'flat' riding instead of taking to the hills. emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/12/2010 10:46AM

    Sorry to hear about the pain in the buns, that is kinda not so good. I hope you can come up with a much longer route for you. I sometimes have trouble getting routes that are in the right distance range too. My coworkers and babysitters like to laugh because I will keep reconfiguring a route to get the best possible route for my runs.

Keep up the good going.

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FRECKS96 4/12/2010 10:25AM

    You know, many people would say that the fact that EVERYTHING is within 20 miles is a positive for the area!! =)

Good Luck mapping out a longer route, I love the fitness maps on here to find a new route and adjust it to any length, but I'm not doing 10+ miles either.

Enjoy your rides into work this week, it looks like it should be nice most of the week...

ETA: or not. I just checked the weather again, Boo for rain showers!

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SATYAGRAHA 4/12/2010 10:14AM

    Yay biking! Sorry to hear about your butt! I'm sure it'll get better with time, but I can imagine that would be really annoying!!! By the way, I think it's hilarious that only on SP you could complain about your butt hurting and have so many people sympathizing and sending well-wishes. emoticon emoticon Have fun biking this week! I KNOW you'll find ways to bike farther!

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/12/2010 9:48AM

    Great job! I'm looking forward to a bike ride later with my granddaughter.

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LADYGWEN25 4/12/2010 8:53AM

    Sorry to hear about the butt Don.. Isn't there some kind of added cushion cover you can buy and put on the bike seat?? i thought i've seen them somewhere...

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FERRETLOVER1 4/12/2010 6:53AM

    Sorry to hear that your bum still hurts - eventually, it should get better. Don't give up!

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SVELTINGTON 4/12/2010 6:48AM

    When you begin your round the world trek please don't forget to Spark us some postcards.

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COLOURFULME 4/12/2010 4:52AM

    WOW you are sparkin'away on your bike! Yes it hurts but you will get used to it. Your anatomy is not different to the professional bikers right? LOL So keep on bikin' and sparkin'!!!!

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ZELLAZM 4/12/2010 3:54AM

    Guess you better start learning Spanish :)

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SUZIAND 4/12/2010 1:11AM

    I tried a spinning class once... at the end of the hour, my butt hurt so bad I vowed to never get on another bike again! :( I really do want to buy a hybrid bike to bike on trails around here though.

I think you are doing so great, Don! You are such an inspiration to all of us! Thank you for that!!!

Suz :)

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XENA1956 4/12/2010 1:01AM

    You are really doing fantastic. I have that problem with doing stationary bikes at the gym. After about 25 mins my bum starts to get sore. I asked a guy next to me one time about it, he is a bike guy big time and he said you just get use to it. Standing does help for a little while. I can't remember my bum hurting this much as a kid when I bike alot, so maybe it is just age. lol emoticon

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Nice Ride After Overcoming Glitches

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I enjoyed a pleasant 18 mile ride around town heading toward home this afternoon. Had originally intended on a 30 mile ride but a glitch and a trip to the bike shop changed my plans, which I initially did NOT take to very kindly, but made the most of the remainder of the day and soaked up the great outdoors.

Traveled some new roads, conquered some new hills...life is good!

...AND I'm back to trackin' the snackin'...! :-)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!


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TRAINOF4 4/11/2010 10:17PM

    As you would say...Rats! Sorry about the short trip, but happy you were able to enjoy the lovely weather emoticon emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/11/2010 9:36PM

    I had a fantastic bike ride yesterday, despite the cold.

Took my NEW BIKE out, rode the 11.5 miles from home to the bike shop, met up with the other women for a 20-something mile group ride, motored up the hills and down the flats like the wind, got the shifting adjusted at the shop when they opened, and rode home. Total mileage something like 41. Average speed 15.9 mph. Max speed 33 mph (!)

I emoticon my new wheels.

And it sounds as if you like yours, too! emoticon
(What was the glitch, exactly?)

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GRACEFULIFE 4/11/2010 8:55PM

    Excellent! I didn't get a workout per se but spent most of the day on my feet, much of it gardening. Also, got a lot of healthy food cooked this weekend, so I am loaded for bear on high-nutrition meals! Also, wooooooo sticky bar!!!

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JCORYCMA 4/11/2010 2:45PM

    Makes me long to get outside and get going! I'm sidelined with grandkids this weekend, but chasing them is pretty physical!

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CARRIE1948 4/11/2010 7:51AM

    Glad you're enjoying your bike. I need to start getting out on the road soon.

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KATRINA333 4/11/2010 7:44AM

    Good for you! It can be hard to stay on track sometimes. I had a headache for a week but still managed to go for some walks. For that, I am proud! Take care!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/11/2010 7:19AM

    When life hands you glitches...roll with 'em!! Just like you did. I used to hate when my bike would blow a tire on a day when I'd planned a great ride, but I had to deal with it, just like you did. Sounds like you made lemonade out of those lemons!

I've been struggling with my snacking lately, too. I am getting back on track NOW!!

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