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Girls on Bikes on CA, I'm doing it wrong!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

this post is not mean to be judgemental, just on observation***

So I have been in CA for about 2 weeks and I love it. There are tons of beach paths and other paths that lead to the beach and I am trying to soak them up while I can. I have my last doctoral class starting tomorrow and I'm afraid it will take up most of my free time for the next 8 weeks. So this weekend I rode my bike down the Ballona Wetlands trail that is a 7 mile trail to the south end of Playa Del Ray. I was all geared up on my mt bike and was surprised (dumb me) to see that I was doing this all wrong, according to CA. This is what I observed:

1) You must wear a really big hat. One that totally prevents you form riding more than 7 miles per hour.

If you try to ride above that speed, you will probably take off….

2) You must carry a really big bag, with maybe some water in it. I'm not kidding. Every girl was sporting an oversized hobo bag. Did Coach start making bike bags?

3) Please carry your dog at all times. As a canine, it lacks feet and the ability to walk. Either in a basket or a body sling (?) but don't let it touch the ground.

4) The look is completed by a beautiful, one speed beach cruiser. That must be why I passed about 50 of them walking their bikes up the inclines.

Ok, so here's me. (This picture was taken in November (25+ lbs ago), but I was geared out very similarly yesterday. Helmet, hydration backpack, lights front and back, spedometer, and padded bike shorts. emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 8/31/2014 8:55PM

    Hahaha - I just saw this. LOVE IT! Does it still seem the same?

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BOILHAM 8/22/2014 7:54PM

    I came to thank you for the spark goodie, and stumbled upon this funny blog. LOL. Thanks.

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PMRUNNER 6/23/2014 6:30AM

    Too funny! Thanks for sharing!

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SMITTY4RL 3/20/2014 8:51PM

    LOLOL You go girl! And nah, you're doing it right! Are you going to live in California now? Just be careful you don't start carrying your dog everywhere! Good luck on your class, too ;-).

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JUSTYNA7 3/19/2014 7:03PM

    Hahaha! Bike on Amy, bike on!

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STRONGNFIERCE 3/18/2014 7:58PM

    LOVE this post!!! Made me giggle :)

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IMSMILEY88 3/17/2014 12:42PM

    What a difference from how we do things here in Texas, too! Guess I'd look out of place. emoticon

Thanks for your encouraging words again!

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FINCHFEEDER80 3/17/2014 12:34PM

    OH my god, the dog body sling is KILLING me! I would not fare well in CA! Thanks for sharing!

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EILEENV3 3/17/2014 12:07PM

    Reminds me of when I was hiking in Arches National Park on a Memorial Day weekend. The last day there the temperate was over 100. The hike I was on had not shade. I had good hiking boots, a two liter hydropack, and a big wide hat. I was prepared but I saw a lot of people with flip flops and maybe a small bottle of water.

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DFOLKARD 3/17/2014 6:38AM

    You are a hoot! Keep on emoticon "your way"

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TXPATRIOT 3/16/2014 11:54PM


Love your humor! Thanks for sharing!

Congrats on the weight loss!

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MEOWMEEEOW 3/16/2014 8:11PM

    Thanks for the laugh! I'm not in California. I don't bike, but I love your urge to be practical!

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LJOYCE55 3/16/2014 8:08PM

  Sounds like you are having a great time. Good luck on your last class.

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Day 5 & 6 of 28 and 17-21 of 100

Sunday, March 16, 2014

emoticon for me because I'm keeping my days straight so far, lol!!

For those of you who are not familiar with the 28- Love your Body Challenge, by Molly Galbraith, link is below. It's awesome. I teared up for the first time today and I look forward to celebrating my body with the new challenge everyday!


Day 5

“I am beautiful, on the inside and outside, and I feel especially beautiful when I finish a 6 mile run or a 30 mile bike ride. I feel beautiful when I complete a task that I thought was going to be impossible.”

This was a hard one for me. I realize that lots of other women feel beautiful, like they like the image they see in the mirror or they appreciate and feel like the compliments paid to them are real. I don't have this feeling. I need to work on that. I always feel like I'm average looking or maybe an ugly duckling who has, at 37 years, not turned into a swan yet. So when I reflected, I found that I feel most beautiful or powerful (after all, aren't those two things closely connected??) after a tough physical challenge.

Day 6 (I may over-share a little here, but it's the truth.)

”I love my body. It may not be 100% perfect, but it’s serves me well and it deserves love and compassion.”

My body is amazing. It endured over 10 years of self-abuse due to alcoholism, drug abuse, and two suicide attempts. It never quit on me. It survived and literally gave me the strength to continue life, recover, and get healthy. Thank you, body for persevering when mentally, I didn't want to.

Today I am sober, I eat healthy, and I exercise daily. I ran 5 miles on Friday, strength trained for 50 min and rode my bike 14 miles on Saturday, and I have a 7-mile run planned today. These are just some of the things I am thankful for.

Day 17-21 (10 min of excersise a day)

The highlights of this chalenge are:
As I stated above :-) Ran, rode bike, strength training. Today, day 21, I will run. I'll update how far tomorrow :-)

During the week, I am walking the dog and doing some leg work (lunges and squats) in my apartment. This seems to work for right now.

Thanks for reading!
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JUSTYNA7 3/19/2014 7:00PM

    emoticon I LOVE this blog. I relate so much to feelings of beauty linked to feelings of accomplishment and power. When I carry a canoe by myself or finish a plot of weeding or am able to play a harp peice in front of someone without freaking out... I get a sence of beauty that I never feel looking in a mirror. One day at a time, we can do this. Love our bodies. Make our own definitions. Power our dreams with affirmations. I am grateful for you sharing this. Sometimes I lose my own focus. The challenge sounds wonderful. Maybe it will be part of my next one emoticon

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STRONGNFIERCE 3/18/2014 7:59PM

    Wahoo!! You're an inspiring superstar!!!

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FINCHFEEDER80 3/17/2014 12:36PM

    I LOVE Molly's challenge. I can't believe what an impact it has already made in my life!

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DFOLKARD 3/17/2014 6:35AM

    emoticon Your new nickname has to be Active-Amy!

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Day 4 of 28 and 16 of 100

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 4 of 28 is a tough one. I am not sure what my life's purpose is just yet. So, I'm having trouble filling in the blank.

My existence is a miracle. I am not here by accident. My life has purpose and meaning, and that purpose and meaning is to reach my full potential. (I am not sure what that is yet).

Day 16 of 100

I walked the dog and I did 15 min of stretches for runners. My legs feel tight partly because I wear heels during the day. I can't help it. I'm 5'1" and I like heels! So my calves get tight after a long day and walking in flats feels weird.

For those of you who were wondering :Dead Bugs

emoticon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFRu

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JUSTYNA7 3/12/2014 8:19AM

    OK I think I will try a "dead bug" today, hehehe. Just keep the RAID away!

As for the meaning... I did a very quick written exercise with a bed and breakfast guests who came here who runs workshops in life planning. If you are interested I'd be happy to share. It really helped me see my "role" in life from a totally surprising perspective.

You will find your way!

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DFOLKARD 3/12/2014 7:29AM

    You are doing emoticon

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Day 3 of 28 and 15 of 100

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Today the 28 Day "Love Your Body Challenge" was all about identifying the emotional, physical, and psychological strengths that we all possess. It was very helpful for me to write them down and think about how I use these strengths everyday. These are the three I came up with.

I am strong enough to take risks, like moving to a new city for a new job! First day was today. I am proud of that!
I am strong enough to say “yes” to being single, because I haven’t found the right person. I am proud of that!
I am strong enough to carry my mountain bike up two flights of stairs and make it look easy. I am proud of that!

Day 15 of 100

I did walk the dog for 30 min today, but that is a pretty slow walk.

I also did 20 min of strength training with moves that use my body weight: Squats, lunges, dead bug ab workout, and a few sets of bicep curls (with weights). :-)


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JUSTYNA7 3/11/2014 3:35PM

    Yes... dead bug abs does leave an interesting visual. I did a 30 day abs challenge and I think emoticon was my best icon to describe how I felt after.... not bacon... my mat and I. Crispy, lol. Great day!

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FINCHFEEDER80 3/11/2014 9:58AM

    Dead bug abs? I'm totally curious! Being on a third floor apartment has definitely been a deterrent to me buying a bike. That and not having anywhere to store it. It's one of the many things I'm looking forward to when we move.

I'm so proud of all you have accomplished, you are on quite the roll! You're doing marvelously! I hope your day is a beautiful one!

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LIVESTRONG2010 3/11/2014 7:50AM

    Awesome on carrying the bike upstairs. Used to do that living in Dallas. Those bike are a workout themselves. Enjoy this new life God has given you.

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Day 2 of 28 and 14 of 100

Monday, March 10, 2014

I f I can keep the count straight on these blog posts, I'll feel like a genius! LOL.

So day 2 of the Love Your Body Challenge was about celebrating what your body can do. The mantra was "I am capable of (insert your activity here) and that's awesome! I am capeable of anything if I put my mind to it and am willing to work toward it."

I am amazed that I can run. I ran HILLS yesterday when lots of others around me walked (which is totally fine) and I sprinted the last 1/8 of a mile or so to the finish line. My recovery time is getting shorter and I feel greta the next day. I am totally capable of running and it IS awesome!

When I started on Sparkpeople, I weighed 226 lbs and walking up the stairs was a challenge. Today I weigh 164 and I can run. :-) WOW!

The second part of this day was to pick a goal and work toward it. I am going to run/bike/run a duathlon in May. That's my goal. I can do it, I know I can!

Day 14 of 100. I went to the gym and I am not a big fan of treadmills for several reasons. #1 is I get SO bored. I literally feel like a minute is 10 minutes and in my head I'm like "when is this going to be over"….but I have good music and I started to read the TV show about a cult and Diamond Mountain until mile 2.8 when it switched to Spanish subtitles and I kicked up the pace to finish the last .3 miles faster. LOL!

That's my update.

Thanks for reading :-)

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STRONGNFIERCE 3/10/2014 4:50PM

    Nothing better than hitting that realization that running is awesome and that you CAN do it!! It took me a while but I started to crave running! It's fabulous!!

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MUFFIY831 3/10/2014 3:40PM

    Awesome perspective. It is pretty impressive what our bodies can do, isn't it?

And I SO HEAR YOU on the treadmill thing. They don't call it a dreadmill for nothing, right? I usually have the iPod turned up, the TV on, and I always try to get one by the window so I can people watch while I'm at it. As many distractions as possible! :)

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JUSTYNA7 3/10/2014 11:25AM

    I KNOW! Isn't is an amazing remember when to think back to what we could not do... and what we are capable of now. I never would have dreamed my life would be so different becoming healthy. I'll enjoy these blog posts. I just love the Love your body theme. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Justyna

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DFOLKARD 3/10/2014 7:15AM

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CTICKET 3/10/2014 2:01AM

    Keep up the good streaks! You are an inspiration to me, as I'm starting at 235 and my target is 165. It's nice to read about those who've gone before me and succeeded. Thanks for sharing.

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