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5 miles

Saturday, August 04, 2012

emoticon 5 miles today. in 59 minutes. i never would have imagined myself doing that. i'm working my way toward a emoticon. i think i can do this! it's amazing what a year can do! and i'm shocked at how a body can adapt and get stronger and do SO MUCH MORE than we think! emoticon

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EBURGITE 8/6/2012 11:28PM

    emoticon angel.

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SNOWANGEL2012 8/6/2012 9:33PM

    Wow that is awesome!! You are an inspiration to me for sure emoticon
Keep it up emoticon


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EBURGITE 8/5/2012 8:46PM

    emoticon guys! emoticon

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ILOVELIFE2012 8/5/2012 8:04PM

    you can do it!!!! Great job!!!!

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DMVILLANO 8/4/2012 8:54PM

  Great job!

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one year

Thursday, August 02, 2012

it's my one year anniversary for joining spark people. i am in a very different place because of the changes i've made in the last year. i haven't lost as much weight as i'd planned, but i am content with a much healthier lifestyle, and a better, truer image of who i am. it's exciting to think about what the next year will bring. emoticon emoticon

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EBURGITE 8/2/2012 8:16AM

    emoticon love. emoticon

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ILOVELIFE2012 8/2/2012 8:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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reflections from the morning ride

Saturday, July 28, 2012

i went for a bike ride today, with no particular plan in mind....just to enjoy the morning. it was lovely, sunny, but not hot...just glorious. i saw cows, horses, a pony, lots of different birds, fields of corn and skies of blue. (and i think to my self, what a wonderful world!) emoticon i rode out about 5 miles. i didn't realize that the wind was at my back until i turned back toward home....almost the entire return trip was into the wind (15-20 mph). the same hills were harder, and i needed to do a lot of shifting to keep pedaling.
i started thinking about how life is like that...things are easy, we take it for granted, then without any real warning everything is suddenly more challenging. i've often heard people talk about "shifting gears" as they're describing life changes. i'd always thought of that as doing different things, but as i kept down and up shifting, i realized shifting gears is a great analogy of my journey towards health. sometimes, things are easy and i'm speeding along. other times, i'm in my slowest gear and just barely making it. (sometimes i even have to get OFF the bike to make progress!) the more i ride, the easier it is to make those shifting adjustments so i can keep moving. hills get easier. as i build my bike-riding muscles, my body makes the needed adjustments for maximum performance.
when i got serious about changing how i deal with food and exercise, it was soooo hard. almost everything in my life needed a major overhaul. i'm almost a year into that journey, and i've come a long way. my journey is much like this morning's ride. i've kept pedaling through a lot of gear-shifting and made good progress. bike rides end, but this journey has to keep going on and on, and i'll need to keep learning and adapting to my changing circumstances. i'm thankful that the wind is sometimes at my back, and i will keep going even when it isn't. most importantly, i'll keep looking for the beauty around me as i continue my journey.

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JOYFUL62 7/28/2012 7:58PM

    Thank you for sharing...great insights! Keep pedaling! emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 7/28/2012 5:54PM

    great analogy. And it sounds like a wonderful ride today. A great chance to connect with your body and mind and see what's going on overall.

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GINGERD03 7/28/2012 5:50PM

  great analogy indeed~ emoticon on your journey~yes that is the most important to keep going when things aren't so easy. emoticon

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EBURGITE 7/28/2012 4:19PM

    so true, guddigo. and you're welcome elriddick.
good advice, tkddiva! i do check the wind speed, but not direction. i'll have to pay more attention to that, but i am a bit directionally challenged, so we'll see how much that helps! we live in a place where windiness is the norm...on days where it's over 20 mph, i avoid riding, and just run. i think the fitness calculator should have an adjustment for wind! emoticon

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    Quite the epiphany!

Now, as to the wind...I try to check the weather and chart my riding course accordingly so that I have a tail wind on my return trip!

Bike on, sister!


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ELRIDDICK 7/28/2012 2:31PM

  Thanks for sharing

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GUDDIGO 7/28/2012 2:15PM

  It is beautiful around us....just need to be outside and open our eyes....

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next thing

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

i'm taking the plunge.....signing up for a emoticon
i thought about it for a few days, found some training programs, got some cheerleading from some friends, and realized it's not an impossible goal. so, the Good Lord willin', and the creek don't rise, i'm going to run 13.1 miles on a saturday in october. emoticon

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JESSSUCCESS 7/27/2012 12:15PM

  Hooray Zerna!!!! emoticon

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LISAM1307 7/25/2012 10:22PM

    That is totally awesome! I got an informational thing for this half marathon in Las Vegas in December and it is something I would totally like to do next year. If it wasn't for my issues with costochondritis I might take it on now. I am sure you can do it! Good luck training for it and in completing it!

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

i've decided to work on building muscle and strength, and take the focus off calorie restriction. (if i happen to lose weight, that's fine, but i won't know, because my scale is in seclusion until september.) when i started my journey, i didn't know where i should stop, and i still don't. everything in my body is different than it was last year, and things just aren't working as they were before. after reading through articles here: http://eatmore2weighless.com/ , i've come to the conclusion that i've been eating too few calories for a while, and that's just messing up everything. my weight loss slowed dramatically in january, and has come to a virtual stand-still in the last few months. in doing research into bmr, i learned that on an average daily basis, i've been too calorie deficient. my fitness tracker would warn me (almost weekly) that i wasn't eating enough, but i was committed to weight loss, and i figured as long as i ate the minimum, i was fine. i have to take time to see how much food my body needs now, and go at a slower pace of weight loss. it's not a happy thought, but that's ok. for me, my goal is to change my life, not just drop pounds. the simple equation of more calories burned than consumed doesn't always compute as you think it should....there are too many variables.
this is a new chapter. emoticon

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VEUVEGIRL 7/15/2012 10:57AM

    Good for you!

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