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Friday, May 28, 2010

Drove all day. Mindless gnoshing on my bag of broccoli, unsalted almonds, Cortland apples and bananas. Trying to make good time, didn't do much working out at rest stops even though I DID bring my Nordic Poles. I DID do some stretches when stopped and while driving I did lots of pelvic tilts, kegels and butt scrunches...all are supposed to strengthen the core and prevent back / sciatica / piriformis troubles.

But when we got to the hotel for an overnight stay I felt like such a slug and was so surprised that even a cheap Super 8 had an elliptical and two stationary bikes that I hopped on the elliptical for about 45 mins and then lapped around the hotel a few times walking and several times jogging.


On to my son & fiance's place in GA tomorrow...probably after another elliptical session in the morning.

Hope everyone is launching yourselves a SUPER Memorial Day weekend!


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GR8CATSBY 6/2/2010 8:50PM

    I hope you have/had a great time!!!

I'm heading to South Dakota on Sunday - an organized bus trip. We'll stop for breaks/food every few hours and I plan to get some serious walking in during the breaks, and to hit the gym at the hotels. Good for you, all the working out you fit in - that can be really tough when you're not on a regular schedule!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/1/2010 2:10PM

    Good job on exercising at the hotel - that's what I call...

D E D I C A T I O N !!!! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/1/2010 5:23AM

    I hope you are enjoying your trip. Way to get your fitness in!

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PKTREKGIRL 5/30/2010 7:46PM

    I'm impressed that you got in these workouts! Well done!

Not sure where you are in Georgia, but here in the NW Atlanta burbs, it is storming something awful today. Hope you are having a great time in GA and that you get in your 'outside time' between our raindrops!

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SVELTINGTON 5/28/2010 3:21PM

    Way to go packing healthy food for your trip and getting in the exercise!

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ZELLAZM 5/28/2010 2:07PM

    Enjoy your journey... wherever you are, you're Sparkin' away!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/28/2010 12:57PM

    Woohooo! Great sparking. I love the elliptical. Woot.

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L*I*T*A* 5/28/2010 11:10AM

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DAYHIKER 5/28/2010 7:21AM

    Way to go, Don! Your holiday is off to a great start! Wishing you the very best time this weekend with your family!

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SMILINGBREYES 5/28/2010 3:26AM

    WOW that is AWESOME that the Super 8 Motel had some machines you could use. Drive safe and have fun this long weekend. i'm hitting the books to try and get way ahead so I can cut out the over lap time I have with two classes way down or way out!

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COLOURFULME 5/28/2010 12:54AM

    Wow now that is willpower.
Good that you could do a workout.
Happy weekend.
Will google what Memorial Day means.
Thanks for the update.
Drive savely.

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Still Tickin'

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hey everyone, still hanging in there, although my limited spark time is not reflecting well on me...ugh!

I am slowly but surely putting the pieces to our home network back together again.

Just been absolutely CRAZY / BUSY with house renovations / remodeling and gearing up for a week+ visit to my son & fiance in GA soon.

Thx so much everyone for your support!

My back is still twinging a bit now & then, but I'm keeping up with my stretches. Had a SUPER ride on Friday the official Ride Your Bike to Work day...finished up with physical therapy then also.

Should be back up and running with SP more steadily once we arrive in GA next weekend, although even then it may be touch and go depending on how busy we get down south...! :-)

Looking to be biking to work tomorrow and Tues., but have to drive on Weds.

Will try to touch base when I can!


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DAISES2 5/26/2010 11:37AM

    enjoy your visit with your son.i know you love your bike,but be careful with that back

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SUZIAND 5/26/2010 9:38AM

    Don! Have a fabulous trip to see family! Glad you are able to do some biking and Nordic walking - hope that back gets to 100% soon!!

Find that joy and hold on to it!! Rawr!!


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SATYAGRAHA 5/24/2010 2:08PM

    Enjoy your trip to GA! Remember to stay cool!

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RAINBOWFALLS 5/24/2010 10:54AM

    Great job biking to work! I hope you have a fabulous vacation. I'm off next week too, but I have a massive tree that needs to be chopped up and stacked. It fell last fall and we need to get it cleaned up.

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COLOURFULME 5/24/2010 4:39AM

    Anything you do is fine as long as you take care of you!

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SVELTINGTON 5/23/2010 10:14PM

    Enjoy your visit with your son and take care of your back

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LADYGWEN25 5/23/2010 9:18PM

    hAve a great visit with your son.. Glad you continue to feel better. :)

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LUREAH21 5/23/2010 9:00PM

    Glad to hear your back is still doing well. South sounds wonderful, hope you enjoy your stay!

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_VALEO_ 5/23/2010 5:35PM

    Glad to read that you could ride on Friday despite your back.

Good luck with your network connection and have a safe trip.

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L*I*T*A* 5/23/2010 5:26PM

    enjoy your trip and keep on biking too........
blessings and hugs............lita

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GETTO140 5/23/2010 5:22PM

    Have a good time in GA!! I haven't been a good sparker lately...we've been away (as you saw). I've also decided not to do as much socializing on here and get back to the tools I need to get back on track. Sooo...I am still here, but may not be as active on the boards. Enjoy!!! I hope it's a vacation trip and not a work trip.

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A Few Days of Limited Sparking...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Due to some work being done around our home which may necessitate shutting down our home network, ongoing lack of access to SP @ work AND the mysterious return of the old problem of not receiving all my e-mail notices of SparkPeople activity you might not see too much of me over the next couple of days.

I'll be keeping at it with my bike and catch up with all of you as I can!


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ZELLAZM 5/23/2010 9:03AM

    If you're on your bike, you won't just catch up to me, you'll PASS me :)

Hope to see you back soon,

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/21/2010 2:42PM

    I know how you feel about the mysterious lacking of spark mail. I am way behind on keeping up with my peeps and have a lot of new work to do at work. Although I feel off track the last couple of weeks, I am trying to pick back up and get back to it.

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DAISES2 5/20/2010 4:12AM

    i don't often reply to your glogs,but i read everyone.you are so inspiring.you will be missed

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FERRETLOVER1 5/19/2010 7:01PM

    I will miss ya! I missed seeing your huddle!

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L*I*T*A* 5/19/2010 10:03AM

    good to know.........
hope all goes well with the work you are doing....
take care...........blessings and hugs......lita

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COLOURFULME 5/19/2010 9:17AM

    Hope you don't get withdrawal symptoms!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/19/2010 7:58AM

    Hope you survive living without your electronics, what did we ever do before the internet?

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AMABILE75 5/19/2010 7:50AM

    Will miss ya! Hope all goes well for you until you return.


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SVELTINGTON 5/19/2010 7:45AM

    Too bad internet access does not have backup plans similar to jumping rope when you can not get to the gym!

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JESPAH 5/19/2010 7:40AM

    When you return, please tell us what it's like to live in the 18th century.

J/K ;)

I'll miss ya, hon.

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Starting Off National Bike-To-Work Week!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It was a great day of riding during yesterday's commute to work and on the way home with a detour to physical therapy. Here I am just getting off my bike and what do they have me do first...? Hop on the stationary bike! :-)

They put me through the paces with extra moves and I shared what a fine and active day I had on Saturday and they are close to agreeing with me that further PT isn't necessary at this time. One more session on Friday should do the trick!

Today looks to be a wash with rain in the forecast for later, BUT: I suspect every OTHER day this week looks good for riding...woo HOO! Especially Friday which is THE DAY: National Bike to Work Day!


Some more fun links:



On your bikes, get set, SPARK!


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    Wish I knew how to ride a bike!!! Oh well, too nervous to learn at y old age lol....

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DONNELDA22 5/18/2010 7:24PM

    You persevered and you made it. Now you can enjoy great biking for the rest or the spring and all summer. Great way to stay healthy. emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 5/18/2010 7:05PM

    That's funny that you did your physical therapy on a stationary bike - I'll bet they got a kick out of the fact that you had ridden your bike there!

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LUREAH21 5/18/2010 2:49PM

    So glad to hear you're doing so much better!

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MIZZSB 5/18/2010 6:54AM

    I am glad to hear everything is going great with you Don!!
Your always so positive and full of happiness when i read your blogs.
It really does inspire me ;)

Keep doing this great job!

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_VALEO_ 5/18/2010 6:53AM

    Glad to see that the weather is cooperating with yoyr biking!
The bike-to-work-day is a great initiative.

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Everybody Wants to Rule the ROAD...!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I've always loved the song "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears and today while riding my bike along this song has been stuck on my brain...nice driving rhythm:


I like the outdoor imagery used in the video of driving along, flying in an airplane, etc. It has that wide open sound which makes me think of the rhythm of biking out on the road.

Today was just wonderful! I was BACK! Between biking to the Annual Walk/Fun Run Against Obesity and biking the LONG way home I totaled almost 22 miles on the bike PLUS jogging / walking 4.8 miles for the event...woo hoo! What a GLORIOUS day!

It was SUPER to catch up with one of our fellow members of SparkPeople, FRECKS96 ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FR
), who went on the RUN ahead of me. Although I mostly jogged, I don't feel like a *runner* per se, so ended up kinda in the middle of the group doing my own thing...but felt GREAT to be able to jog along as consistently as I did with just a little fast walking here and there.

One of the COOLEST things about the event was catching up with folks and turning them on to SparkPeople! I had a chance to speak at length with the social worker for the local bariatric surgical group which sponsored the event ( www.stscny.com/walk.shtml ) and shared much about SparkPeople and my own "failed" weight loss surgery background and how I came back with the support of my SparkFamily accomplished what I have the "old-fashioned" way: healthy eating and physical activity. I stressed the benefits those considering and / or carrying out weight loss surgery could reap through joining SparkPeople and passed along flyers.

ADDITIONALLY I met with our area's real-live successful Biggest Loser Trent Patterson www.people.com/people/package/galler
who has gone on to opening his own fitness training studio: Training For Life Systems www.trentpattersonsst.com/index.html

Trent's a terrific fellow, VERY approachable and open. I again pitched SparkPeople to HIM, suggesting it could be a SUPER adjunct to his efforts as a personal trainer. He was very interested and planned to catch up with me to talk further about SparkPeople.

There has been great effort undertaken through our local pharmacy / health center nearby Binghamton University: HealthyU www.clintwoodhealthyu.com/

They've been sponsoring their own version of Biggest Loser and a number of folks participating in this were at the event. We had fun sharing some of our experiences and I pitched SparkPeople as something that could be helpful. Their ears certainly perked up when I spoke of my successes!

Lastly, a sweet thing, I ran into my old primary care doc. Yep, the one who "knew me when"...back in the bad-old-days of morbid obesity. He was impressed and implied he thought I had lost weight through bariatric surgery, but I shared the "not this time" story with him and AGAIN pitched SparkPeople and suggested he pass this along to patients of his who might benefit.

It felt so wonderful to be both celebrating myself and to be Spreading the Spark so actively today! The folks to whom I spoke seemed like instrumental people who were in positions of affecting many MORE people by pointing the way to THE SPARK! :-)

My thighs are "talking to me" tonight..suspect the jogging worked those muscles sweetly...it's one of those pleasant, gratifying bouts of soreness...YES!

Stretching throughout the day and have another round awaiting me before bed...night all...and Keep on SPARKING!


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_VALEO_ 5/18/2010 7:00AM

    Thanks for the link to the song... it has been such a long time since I've heard it.

Good job on spreading the Spark and being an inspiration.
You jogged/walked for a good cause, and I'm sure you've inspired those who just came to support the racers.


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GRACEFULIFE 5/16/2010 9:33PM

    That entire Tears for Fears album is great work; really well put-together rather than a random collection of songs like seems to be most common anymore.

Sounds like a great time, and LOVE those post-workout soreness bouts. It reminds you that you are alive!

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ZELLAZM 5/16/2010 4:20PM

    Wow, you have really been spreading the Spark! WTG!

Glad you've recovered and are back to enjoying all your activities!

Blessings for a good new week

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FERRETLOVER1 5/16/2010 8:51AM

    You are simply the BEST advocate for SparkPeople that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing...keep on Spreadin' the Spark!!

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MIZZSB 5/16/2010 4:31AM

    awesome Don... spread the spark!!
And amazing that the doc thought it was by surgery, i can imagine the look on his face hihihi!

How are your thights feeling this morning?

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SUZIAND 5/16/2010 2:56AM

    WooHoo Don!!! Excellent day all the way around! Very, very happy to hear that you are back and going full speed!

I hope you realize how much you are affecting soooo many people's lives... through your own testimony, your encouragement to your spark family, and to helping people discover Spark.

Suz : )

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COLOURFULME 5/16/2010 2:02AM

    Great to read that you are back in business!!!

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SATYAGRAHA 5/15/2010 11:16PM

    Sounds like you had a Sparking Day!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/15/2010 11:13PM

    GREAT on all counts! You are SUCH a terrific ambassador for SparkPeople...you should be on the payroll I swear! LOL

Rock on Don!

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IRISH_EYES_66 5/15/2010 11:07PM

    Sounds like you (and Spark People) had a great day. I too do my best to spread the word about Spark but it sounds like you are way more successful at it than I am. For me the greatest part is that all of this is 100% free!! I am happy to hear you had a great day with your race. Embrace your muscle aches as a badge of honor!!


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FRECKS96 5/15/2010 10:56PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad that today was such a success for you-in so many ways! Even though I didn't spread the Spark, I really enjoyed the run and it was a pleasure to have some time to chat this morning. Make sure you get those stretches done so you don't get sidelined again! It's great to have you back!

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