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Striving for Balance

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I've come across a very thought-provoking article written by a formerly obese person who dubs herself as "The Thinnest Fat Woman in the World." She was once a proponent of the Fat Acceptance movement and although she has made radical shifts away from this, she offers some insights which she has taken from this experience:

Caught Between Fat and Thin: The Pounds Come Off, But the Label Stays


The level of acceptance and balance she has achieved I think offers an important angle for those looking to make their new, healthy and well lifestyle a permanent change.

I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts, reactions!

Also, another article along the "Buy Nothing - Value Everything" thinking:

Downsize Nation: Welcome to the New, Smaller American Dream


Have a great day everyone!


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JESPAH 12/10/2010 6:13AM

    I suspect a small part of our national obesity epidemic also stems from an entitlement culture. We have little patience with things like cooking, dieting, exercising and sleeping (!), we want everything, and we feel deprived if we don't get everything. Hmm.

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L*I*T*A* 12/9/2010 9:28AM

    what great articles!!
such thought provoking concepts...
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs..............lita

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/8/2010 10:50PM

    That article by Greta Christina is a keeper. How often I've recently thought, "gee, I thought things would be more... *different* after I got the weight off..."

In a lot of ways they are different. Outward ways. But inside I'm still the same me and the way I feel is also the same me, much of the time. And I think there are still things I need to work on, because I'm not as happy as I'd like to be.

Thanks for sharing!

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VEGGIE_POWERED 12/8/2010 7:01PM

    Love the tiny houses! My current home is by no means a McMansion - but I can't wait to get out of it and into a much smaller space (preferably in France). I just quietly wonder what will become of all the unwanted excess (e.g. Hummer's, McMansions, etc.)? I suppose we can all count on a few folks clinging on to the old paradigm and getting what they've always "wanted" at a bargain price. Meh - they can have it. Give me a cottage with room for my wife and three wiener dogs, a couple bikes, a nice vegetable garden - done.

OK, I won't lie - put that on 5-10 acres of hobby farm complete with solar, wind, well, root cellar, and bio-diesel setup and I'm done. Oh so very done and so very happy. To live simple is to live well. Thanks for posting this - a good read and a good reminder!

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VALERIEMAHA 12/8/2010 9:39AM

    "And I still take it really, really personally. I don't hear anti-fat bigotry the way I hear, say, racial bigotry, as something to be passionately opposed but that isn't aimed at me personally. I hear it as being about me. When someone in a comment thread here on AlterNet linked to an older photo of me and mocked me for being fat, I felt the shame and the sting and the anger... before I remembered, 'Wait a minute. I'm not fat.' And was left with only the anger. On behalf of myself... and every other woman who's ever had her ideas irrelevantly dismissed because of her personal appearance."

I LOVE this article, Don. It's packed full of truth and wisdom. What an able advocate Greta Christina is! Thanks for culling it out and sharing it. Isn't AlterNet just the best! And OF COURSE I love the "less is more" article and focus in life!
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Junking Junk Food

Friday, November 26, 2010

Here is a great article which touches on a topic I feel SO STRONGLY about!

Junking Junk Food:


On Black Friday, one of the most commercial days of the year, I'm feeling very anti-establishment. I've discovered that folks in Vancouver, BC started dubbing this as Buy Nothing Day! Love it! Great motto: Buy Nothing --- Value Everything!

So: along these lines regarding the choices we make when it comes to food, we are swimming against a tidal wave of advertising dollars which promote unhealthy food choices. And it's working, It's effective. Look at our similar tidal wave of skyrocketing obesity rates!

Here's an earlier rant of mine:

Fighting Corporate Control of Our Bodies!

On this most commercial of days I would just encourage everyone to think twice not only of course about food choices, but about all expenditure choices. Do we REALLY NEED that (fill in the blank) ...? Are there more meaningful ways we could be spending our time and money...? Do we really want to show corporations that their advertising dollars are going to pay off and influence our choices?

My wallet is staying in my pocket today and I'm spending my time with my family.

How about you?

Have a SPARKIN' Day everyone!


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MRDPOLING 12/25/2010 9:54PM

    Love the idea of Junking Junk Food! I don't even let the stuff in my house anymore. Too tempting!

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APPYMORGAN 12/4/2010 11:47PM

    I have never gone shopping on Black Friday. I hate crowds and consumerism. I am in debt but it's mostly because too many times I have had to choose buying food for my kids over paying my credit card which I used to buy needed clothes. The more money I have made the more I find myself spending and we go out way too much. going out is my big waste of money and it is not good for me either health or financial wise.
My goal for next year, starting now is to spend only what is necessary and budget tightly, I want to buy a house or condo, not a bunch of dinners out or some "thing".
I love the motto "Buy nothing-Value everything" I am putting it up on my wall of sayings I have collected.
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ZELLAZM 12/3/2010 8:59AM

    Germans are often amazed when I tell them about Black Friday. Not that German people don't go shopping, but the madhouse that takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving is something strange for them!

I like that "Buy Nothing - Value Everything!" It's a good slogan for many days for me right now as I work to get out of debt and stick to a budget.

Thanks for sharing the links!


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    I always hated Black Friday--as far as I am concerned Christmas doesn't begin until December 16th. I guess I am "old school" when it comes to the holidays. emoticon

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ALYFITN 11/29/2010 5:51PM

    Don, this is right on!!! I love your thinking. I bought nothing on Black Friday--spent the day with a 88 year old relative instead.

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/28/2010 10:33PM

    Fortunately, I live in a country that doesn't have a 'Black Friday' tradition. Even when I did, I always, always "opted out" of Black Friday.

Who needs the stress?

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MOMOF3NEWYORK 11/27/2010 10:52PM

    I'm with you. We stayed home, I organized paperwork & recycled BAGS of it, then entertained friends in the evening. Who needs "Black Friday", other than the retailers?? no see, no want!! emoticon

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JESPAH 11/27/2010 8:24AM


Wouldn't shock me one bit if there's a connection between hoarding clothes and consumer goods, and hoarding food and intaking too much of it.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 11/26/2010 11:23PM

    I didn't buy a thing today or visit a store, but I did get in a wonderful hike with DH. That's the kind of way I want to "spend" my day.

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L*I*T*A* 11/26/2010 9:13PM

    great blog with much food for thought!!!
blessings and hugs.............lita

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YELLOWDAHLIA 11/26/2010 5:00PM

    Lol- nothing will get me to leave the house today!
I will stay in my cozy, warm, dry house and laugh at everyone fighting the rat race today.

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DAYHIKER 11/26/2010 2:32PM

    In complete agreement with you! I don't window shop because I would just see something I wanted that I don't need and am fine without. I also agree that you are a good roll model! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 11/26/2010 1:12PM

    Love your blog! We are having ads over here asking us to think twice when we buy. Bottom line every French family throws about 8 kg of fresh foods a year per person (and many kilos of what is used to be perfectly good breads)... when others suffer from starvation right below our windows. Insane. Like Maha, the problem isn't only "junk food" it affects everything.
Can you imagine that now they produce fridges or TV with a life span so we can buy a new one after 5 years!!

We all need to buy less, package-free, and to buy what is nearby, it is a win-win situation for our purse and for the Earth.

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VALERIEMAHA 11/26/2010 12:58PM

    Brilliant blog and a man after my own heart! Anti-Establishmentarians ARISE!

Oh my -- nothing short of, oh, about a $1 million bribe would get me out there in the consumer reality today (I know, I know...hypocrite...we all have our price, Don).

My problem isn't junk food, though I understand its impact in the larger culture. PORTION CONTROL of all the whole, organic unprocessed foods I eat would be my nemesis. I'm shakin' it all out, moment-by-moment, to get back on-track.

Thanks for ALL YOU ADD to this extraordinary SparkWorld, Don. Not ONLY are you the supreme model of what SparkPeople stands for as a wellness resource with your 120 lb. loss and completion of the 100+ miles Century Ride, but you are the SparkPeople KING of the UNIVERSE of SparkersPlayItForward.org!!!

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WCSTATEN 11/26/2010 12:55PM

  I agree! It's up 2 us 2 save us!

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Beware the numbers game!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Beware the numbers game!

YES, the numbers can be our best ally as we watch calories and bump up our workouts and watch the scale...

BUT: these ARE only numbers and we have to not lose sight of the forest for the trees.

We're all here working on building a new & healthy LIFESTYLE! Don't forget to stop and smell those new roses we've all been growing for ourselves as we pursue better and better "numbers."

After all, think about this:

When one reaches your goal what numbers will you be watching then? One of the difficult aspects of maintenance once you've reached your goals is that the "numbers" on the scale don't keep dropping. The "numbers" on the tape measure don't keep dropping. The "numbers" on our blood pressure readings, triglycerides & cholesterol...they'll stop dropping too! The "numbers" on the weights we lift or the reps we do don't keep increasing...at least not by the leaps and bounds to which we've grown accustomed. How will you measure your progress and satisfaction then?

I think that illness and injury can help us in preparing for those days by forcing us to take stock of our accomplishments and to savor the SPARKED way of life that we've created for ourselves. With rare exceptions, we all will bounce back from such hurdles. And if we don't quite bounce back to the level we might have previously enjoyed? We can appreciate how our healthy lifestyle has helped us to avoid even MORE serious repercussions and value the skills and abilities we have.

Most of us are giving our workouts the best we can. And just as we tell our children, we need to tell ourselves as well: our best is MORE than good enough!


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  Great blog - so true.

Yet, I must say that after looking at your 'numbers' on your weight tracker ... YOU ROCK dude! emoticon WTG

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FLOWINGWATER 11/26/2010 11:55AM

    As someone who is on maintenance, I have to say that, personally, I still watch the numbers. I still weigh myself daily, and I still log my food and exercise. I know me, and I know that daily weigh-ins and logging my food keeps me accountable. If I don't do those things, THAT'S when I start to gain.

However, the numbers are no longer a source of motivation for me. They are just check-in points. As you so rightly point out, at goal, we have to find other sources of motivation - fitness goals, contentment with how we look and how our clothes fit, recognition of all the benefits of our healthier lifestyle! Everyone is different, so the sources of motivation at goal will vary, but we must find other things that keep us motivated to maintain.

Great blog! Thanks for the reminder!

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GIRANIMAL 11/23/2010 11:38AM

    Thank you for this! I have an injury from long before I started Sparking and working out. I've been through the gamut of pain and ability levels with it, so I know exactly what you mean about what they can teach us about accomplishment. And yet I still needed this reminder right now! I am struggling with not being able to do more so that I can push forward just 10 or so pounds to my goal, and I am losing sight of the fact that I have made huge (65 pounds!) strides already despite the chronic pain of an injury and must remember to be proud of myself!

I am also getting really hung up with the numbers game - mostly the darn scale - and need to hear that I should get back to focusing on my new healthier lifestyle, not just barely staying ahead of that stinkin' number.


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SMILEYBABS 11/21/2010 10:07PM

    Maintenance means working to keep the line flat! That is not quite as reinforcing as a steady decline in in weight nor as reinforcing as the compliments made by friends and colleagues about how weight loss is showing.

At Weight Watchers there is now monthly recognition for those at goal which is way more than ever done for lifetime members at goal in previous years. This recognition has helped my meeting friends keep their weight steady. I suggest a monthly reward for keeping your weight off could be just the ticket for reinforcing continued weight maintenance.


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JCORYCMA 11/21/2010 9:43PM

    Great insights, Don! I have to watch myself all the time, because I can get too hung up on what the numbers are saying.

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BARBARA_BOO 11/19/2010 1:38PM

    This subject is SO important. I tried to comment a couple of nights ago, but SP was doing maintenance on the site. I appreciate your discussion and the input from your other friends.

I've been thinking a lot about this, since I am determined not to repeat my history of losing significant amounts of weight and regaining. Continuing to change the thinking and behavior that you speak of, to stabilize the lower weight permanently, is such a magnificent accomplishment that I will be forever proud of my efforts, regardless of what my future holds.

Instead of thinking about what food I'll eat at my "goal met" party (or, in the old days, afterwards, when the guests have left, LOL), I'm thinking ahead to the excitement of seeing how the other half lives.

Trying out my smaller, stronger body and "getting used to it" sounds thrilling. Being happy and continuing to grow and enrich my life in ways that my larger body and habitual thought patterns believed I couldn't is the goal. The measurement of success will be "how comfortable and happy I am at the lower weight." Another measurement will be "how well I deal with the reactions of others to my being smaller". That can open a huge can of worms.

When I settle on what appears to be my lowest maintainable weight, I will continue to pay attention to "becoming SATISFIED with the weight that I have worked to achieve". I'll be getting old someday (almost 69 now), and I want to do it with a twinkle in my eye. As you have made clear, it's not about the food or the numbers as much as it is about the happiness and the growth. We will all decay soon enough.

Sorry about nattering on, but you got me on a roll.
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ZELLAZM 11/19/2010 12:39PM

    Good insights, especially as one approaches maintenance, you have to start changing your thinking and goal-orientation. Thanks for the reminder, Don!

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BOBCATRN 11/19/2010 8:08AM

    I have to admit I am such a numbers person, from the number on the scale to the number that is my jeans size.. My name is Kelly and I am a numbers addict. LOL I am not sure what I will do once i hit that goal, but I think it will be the enjoyment of the fact that I accomplished something great, and not everyone can commit to do.

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VEGGIEHIPPIE89 11/18/2010 11:50PM

    Thank you.

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GRACEFULIFE 11/18/2010 2:30PM

    I've gone off the numbers for a while myself. Didn't weigh for nearly a week. Haven't been tracking intake. Had a week or two off of workouts even, so no mileage, weight, reps, whatever.

Oh, I so dig the numbers, and will be back to them (already am since I did a workout yesterday). But it's been an interesting reminder of what it was like to be "normal" and live life without tracking all those numbers all the time.

Isn't the idea of Spark to do better at the diet and fitness portion of your life, then move on to challenge yourself in other areas as well? With that in mind, I think satisfaction at maintenance will come not only from enjoying how much better I feel and look, but how many things I get done in working toward hopes and dreams. Plus, hopefully, how many fun sporting activities that I can take part in with skill and grace. Wait, that's the best one I came up with yet... fun! That one is REALLY the point of all this... fun. That's a good thing to keep in mind, I think.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/18/2010 12:56PM

    Like Carrie, I'm a numbers person.

I need numbers as an objective measure of how I'm doing. It's too easy to talk myself into believing that a gain is OK or minimal if I don't have a number to back it up.

If I don't track my food and weight and body fat daily I tend to gain weight very rapidly. So I track them. Just in an effort to keep the numbers down.

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JESPAH 11/18/2010 6:11AM

    Words to live by. The road dips, rises and meanders. Get used to it. :)

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CARRIE1948 11/17/2010 9:42AM

    Interesting. I need to think about this. I'm a numbers person; I need something to monitor, even if that's a straight line

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TERRYMEMPHIS 11/17/2010 6:29AM

    Great Blog. Keep up the hard work.

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MOM2AEROKI 11/17/2010 1:11AM

    don -- i followed suzi's blog to yours. like suzi, i'm experiencing some health issues that have stalled my progress. it's been frustrating and i've been disheartened, but reading your blog forces me to remember where i've been and how i got to the place i am today. i have to believe i will recover more quickly because of my efforts to become healthy before i became injured; that this could be so much worse. i may not be able to exercise, but all i've learned to this point will not fall out of my head. i can control my eating and i can control my attitude. i can still be sparkalicious. 'tis but a hiccup.....

thank you for the insightful (and timely) blog.

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KIRSTEN 11/16/2010 9:16PM

    Great blog, very helpful. I need this shift in thinking right now! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/16/2010 8:32AM

    Great point. I personally have been working at being happy with the accomplishments I have already made and at not being perfect. I have stalled, but I know that I will make more progress and I weigh much less then I did at the beginning of this year. The numbers I will strive for is healthy numbers.

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MIZZSB 11/16/2010 3:40AM

    this is what i needed this morning, it brought a tear to my eyes!

Thank you Don!

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L*I*T*A* 11/15/2010 10:06PM

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/15/2010 9:49PM


Thank you for this Blog. It is helping me a lot at this time.

Thanks good friend for the reminder.

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LADYGWEN25 11/15/2010 8:15PM

    emoticon I've printed this blog so i can remember your wise words.

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SLIMTHICK2 11/15/2010 7:37PM

    I agree with you, well said. All the best. emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 11/15/2010 7:32PM

    Wow, Don, this is timely. While I am not at the end of my journey, I am already having a battle with the numbers. The scale won't budge and I am not far enough in to be experiencing a plateau. I think it is more like I am building muscle. The scale is not moving, but I am getting more trim. I only do measurements, besides weight, monthly so it's not time for that. I have been thinking if I am this frustrated this early what DO I have to look forward to and HOW will I define the maintenance phase when I arrive. Thank you for such an insightful blog!

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DAYHIKER 11/15/2010 7:24PM

    Wise words indeed, Don! One of the hard things about maintenance is that there is not that dramatic feedback from scale or tape measure and if you don't change your goal strategy it's easy to regain!


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GR8CATSBY 11/15/2010 7:15PM

    I especially want to be reminded of this line: "We can appreciate how our healthy lifestyle has helped us to avoid even MORE serious repercussions... " I get so focused on NOW that I forget that the good choices I currently make will likely make a difference years from now. (I'm thinking lately about the converse to that, how the bad habits I got into years ago still plague me today.)

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AGASSIFAN 11/15/2010 7:08PM

    Very well said...I use my numbers to help train myself to head for healthier selections...but they don't possess me....

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Dorky Shorts Rides Again! :-)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Put on the ol' dorky shorts (yep, those padded spandex things are under my regular shorts...lol ) and headed out with a few bike club members for WONDERFUL 42 mile ride from Binghamton to Owego and back today.

It had been too, too long since I'd been out on my bike...guesstimating about a month...! Riding that single-speed beach cruiser in Savannah had me SO appreciating the kind of bonding one develops with one's bike...knowing how it will respond to my pedaling, gear-shifting, etc. Similar to the bond one develops with a musical instrument. I can play any guitar, but it's different when it's MY guitar! I imagine the bond between a horse and rider must be even tighter!

As gloriously sunny as it was I don't believe it ever hit 60. The warmest temp I saw during the ride was 56 and by the time we returned around 4:15 it had already dropped to 49.

So I wondered what to wear...for a teensy bit and then I just said, "Heck you KNOW you're just gonna shed anything that you wear beyond your standard shorts and T-shirt...!" So that's what I wore. And it was just FINE! A little brisk, but I tell ya, those first miles were so sweet and SO pumped up! I zoomed way ahead of the others. Free at last! Woo hoo! Any chill that was noticeable at first was just vaporized!

Felt a little weird shoving this orange-sized (formerly grapefruit-sized) hematoma on my hip into my dorky shorts, but I think it helped to stabilize it...at least for a while. Later it had this irritating tendency to kinda slosh or flop around as I peddled. But it didn't hurt, nor did my right ankle / shin where the cellulitis is. Now as I sit here typing the ankle is saying "okay let's put me up for the night already!"

Owego is a very pleasant little artsy village and today it was just BUZZING with people up & down the street window shopping and soaking up the sunshine. Across the street were some high school band students playing Christmas songs. While I STILL feel this is rushing the season a bit, it was a nice touch:

We walked about town and courtesy of another bike club member I discovered the lovely RiverWalk that had been built a few years ago along the backside of the downtown buildings:

These are the kind of improvements to our cities and villages that inspires people to get out of their homes and walk, jog, bike, skateboard, whatever and enjoy the company of others doing the same. People are more connected to nature, others and themselves! In my opinion there just can't be ENOUGH of these kind of projects!

A few other pics:

All in all it was a perfect day for a ride that was the perfect distance, terrain and company!

Flying HIGH AGAIN! Woo Hoo!

I wish RUNNING could make me feel this good...! Lol!

Everybody enjoy the rest of your weekend, rest, recharge and SPARK anew!


ps...earlier in my cycling resurgence I was bemoaning the need for cycling shorts as I'd never needed them before...well a fellow member gave a good-humored poke by referring to a Dilbert comic where cycling shorts were referred to as "dorky shorts"...to which I heartily agreed! Still do, sorta, but necessary nonetheless...lol!

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APPYMORGAN 12/4/2010 11:53PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. I am currently researching bikes for commute, although it looks like I will be getting a hand-me-down from my mom that is an old style touring bike. It should be great for commuting, but if I get fit enough to do a sprint Triathlon I might be laughed off the course (until I finish in the ribbons, LOL).
I'LL need some donkey shorts too.
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VALERIEMAHA 11/15/2010 9:33AM

    Amazingly wonderful recounting of a terrifically life-affirming experience, Don! Hope your physical ow-ies resolve quickly!
P.S. Oh, and forgot to mention that You.Look.GREAT!!!

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JESPAH 11/15/2010 8:08AM

    I searched in vain for a Youtube of the scene in Sixteen Candles.

Samantha: Everybody thinks I'm a dork.
Her dad: I don't think you're a dork. Mom doesn't think you're a dork.
Samantha: Mike thinks I'm a dork.
Her dad: Mike IS a dork.


I don't think you're a dork. :)

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/15/2010 12:09AM

    Sounds like a GREAT ride - thanks for pics.

What I learned riding yesterday, is with the right 'gear', even a cold weather ride can be pleasant.

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CARRIE1948 11/14/2010 1:25PM

    Love Owego

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DDHEART 11/14/2010 9:05AM

    Great! Thanks for taking us along!! Oh, and you are so right. Yesterday on our local news they were discussing how one local community here is planning to get started with their riverwalk project even though there has been so much infighting and controversy....husband and I both immediately responded since we have been to many cities that have gotten the message and enjoyed our visits so much more than we might have.

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LADYGWEN25 11/14/2010 9:05AM

    Sounds like an awesome bike ride! glad you were able to get out and enjoy such a beautiful day!

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FRECKS96 11/14/2010 8:42AM

    It really was an amazing day! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy it on your bike.

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FERRETLOVER1 11/14/2010 7:51AM

    Glad to hear that you're out there riding again. I missed your travelogues, Don!!

You have some wonderful areas to ride in.

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UROPA40 11/14/2010 6:27AM

    Sounds like a great day. I bought a new bike this year to cross train but did not ride more than twice a week. I wish riding a bike could make me feel as good as running does. Maybe if I ever get used to the skinny tires, gears and clip on shoes I will relax and have more fun. Suzy

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DAYHIKER 11/14/2010 6:01AM

    How good to hear you finally got out for a nice bike ride after your busy month! Thanks for posting the pictures--it looks like a lovely little village. I quite agree about the improvements that so many places are making to help people get out into nature. That what made my younger son love living in Europe (it sure wasn't the socialism or the high prices).

Happy Sunday!

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COLOURFULME 11/14/2010 4:21AM

    Thank you for your sharing your new bike experience. I am really proud of you how you manage regardless of what to do exercise like you mentioned in your previous blog, Then also love the pictures you take and publish. Thanks again and enjoy your Sunday!

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MIZZSB 11/14/2010 4:10AM

    Don, It looks great and you look great!


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L*I*T*A* 11/14/2010 12:03AM

    how awesome is that!!!
thanks for sharing...........
blessings and hugs...........lita


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XENA1956 11/13/2010 11:50PM

    Just beautiful pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and didn't get too sore either. I wish I could of been there with you. Should I tell ya our weather today was in the upper 70's, opps I did. Oh well I have lived in S.CA my whole life, if not for all the people, traffic and tourists I would love it. LOL Teri emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/13/2010 10:58PM


It sounds like a perfect day and all the pictures were great. Here it was between 18-32. Much warner where you are. Snowing right now.
You too have a good rest of the weekend.



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Squeezing in a Workout On the Road

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Checked in and headed down to use the pc in the lobby. Ugh, somone's on it.

Guess "someone" is trying to nudge me about my day on the road without any cardio...so, I start walking / jogging round the perimeter of the hotel for a few rounds until they get off the pc. But I can see this person is a lot like me...still at it after a few loops. It's a chilly 40 degrees (welcome back to the North...lol!) so I figure to really rev myself up I might as well grab my Nordic poles & walkman. Although I felt a bit lame with my lumps & bumps at first, as I limber up I feel better and can move with greater ease. Worked up a nice sweat by the time the pc was free 90 mins. later...lol!

Good to not let a day slip by without my cardio! :-)

Hope everyone is doing well!


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COLOURFULME 11/14/2010 4:05AM

    Posted in the wrong blog!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 11/8/2010 8:02PM

    Don, I want you to know that you were an inspiration to me while I was on vacation for the last several days. While I didn't get in workouts for all the days I was gone, I did get in a workout (even though it was late, even though it would take me from friends) just because I have watched you make your goals a priority even while away.


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EEOSKI 11/8/2010 3:17PM

    Just goes to show "When a door closes, a window opens!" Taking advantage of those "windows" of opportunity are what seem to make all of this work! I have really learned a great deal about filling those "voids" with productive and active options...my house is getting MUCH more organized and now that the cooler weather has FINALLY decided to make itself known again here, in Florida, my garden is looking pretty chipper as well!

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L*I*T*A* 11/5/2010 11:19AM

    what a great adventure!!!
safe travels to you..........
blessings and hugs.......lita


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CHANGE4FIT 11/5/2010 10:19AM

    What a great reminder about answering opportunities' knock instead of using it as an excuse! Thanks for sharing and being a great example!

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DAYHIKER 11/5/2010 8:44AM

    Now aren't you glad that the other fellow was "hogging" the PC? You did a great job of working out while you were waiting! emoticon I agree with Jespah...learning to use waiting time well lends contentment to our lives.

Have a great day!

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/5/2010 7:50AM

    Great Job Don! Travel safe.

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CARRIE1948 11/5/2010 7:50AM

    Good for you!

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JESPAH 11/5/2010 6:25AM

    Making use of waiting time is one of the secrets of a happy life, I feel.

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COLOURFULME 11/5/2010 2:28AM

    That is called dedication, persistance, consistency and so on. Good for you!!! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 11/5/2010 2:12AM

    Rub it in!
P.S. You're an addict (in a good way, of course)!

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