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My Beloved Bike

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A few years ago I wanted a bike. Not just any bike, a yellow beach cruiser. I had previously owned a mountain bike ... I'm not sure what happened to that one, but I no longer have it.

Long story short I found the bike I wanted and I ordered it. When it was hand delivered to my office I was so excited, even more so when I asked how much do I owe you and was told nothing, your boss took care of the bill! Yeah, he's that kind of guy - always finding ways to support my healthful life style.

My Beloved Bike with out her basket (she feels a bit naked without her accessories):

I love the yellow! I love everything there is about her (yes, it's a girl). Until recently though I wasn't putting many miles on her. However, that has all changed and now she is on my regular weekend workout schedule. My butt isn't very happy about this change - LOL!

Now, at the top of my wish list is a bike rack for the car so I can take her out of town exploring.

On Sunday we went on our longest ride yet, 6.14 miles, it was great.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JENNYBETHIN 6/30/2010 9:54PM

    The tractor style seats are really comfortable. they take the pressure off your tail bone.

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DEB0072 6/29/2010 6:47PM

    I smiled when I saw your post- I love my bike too. It is an Electra Townie in Wasabi green. Very retro but 24 gears. My family has told me I will look like a dork if I put a wicker basket on it but I am a dork so it fits! lol

I had not ridden a bike in 40 years until 3 weeks ago and now I do 6-7 miles a day. I get cranky if I miss a day!

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KITHKINCAID 6/29/2010 6:46PM

    SOOO pretty! I love her. Mine's pink. Her name is 'Roxie".

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REACHBRENDA_2 6/29/2010 6:43PM

    I love her. She is sooooooo pretty. I love it in yellow. I have a yellow beach cruiser also, and love it. But it is alot older. My son got it for me a few years back and it was from a lady that had it in her garage for years. I am so happy for you. Now go out and enjoy it. Also love that bell.

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New Treatment

Monday, June 28, 2010

I had a consultation with a different doctor today that Doc referred me to so I can get a subscription for medication to kill the Blastocystis hominis (BLASS-toe-SIS-tiss HOM-in-iss) that lives in my gut.

I wasn't impressed, for many reasons. At the top of the list is this, my appointment was set by his office for 11:45 a.m., I was to call in today. Okay, I can do that and I did at 11:45 a.m. I was immediately placed on hold and then asked by the receptionist if the doctor could call me back in 5 minutes. Ah, sure - doesn't sound like I have a choice! The doctor calls back in 15 minutes with no apology. Ghrr. His bedside manor was less than favorable and he did not have my history in front of him so I had to give him the background. I could go on but I won't - no need to beat it into the ground.

In the end, he is writing the prescription for "Alinia." I'll receive the written prescription by mail so I can take it to a pharmacy's of my liking. Prices may differ so I may have to go to a couple of places. I'm done with him and will continue on with Doc.

I'll be happy when this is all over ... talk about supplement/pill overload.

It seems my Saturday job is back on track which is a relief, it pays for all this madness. I can't wait till I feel better, don't have to take a handful of supplements and can use the Saturday money for fun activities again.

Good things come to those who wait, at least that's what I've been told. :O


From where it is I come from . . .

Monday, June 28, 2010

This is a photo of me in 1992, I am not yet, at my largest. That my friends comes later and in a different blog.

I'm always amazed looking back at photo's of myself, the trip down memory lane is usually met with - "OMG, I was Fat!" Of course, I had those leaner years too, and they were well documented, but they never lasted very long.

Since I started my photo scanning project I've been going down that memory lane for the last two weeks. It is my goal to put my photo's on CD, and that means years and years of photo's and I am a shutter bug. The project makes me stop and take a moment every now and then to remember where it is that I come from and what I've accomplished in life.

Yup, I've always been the "big girl" or the "fat girl" but I was never the "I can't do that" girl! In high school I was never teased and I was friends with everyone and played every sport I could. I was in drama and all the school plays too. Shine that spot light on me please! Outside of school I was just as active and I carried on with life.

As an adult, same thing really. Of course, I may not be friends with everyone but it's a big world I live in now and I'm okay with that. But I am never the "I can't do that" woman! I love adventure and I love life so I go for it, every chance I get. I don't let my weight issues hold me back, if I do that I might miss out on something fun or life its self.

As of today, I can wear a size 14 dress comfortably. I have a ways to go but I know I'm heading in the right direction, in the right frame of mind, this time. Yup, I'm still addicted to food and on occasion I still eat in secret but I no longer identify being the fat girl and I no longer wish to diet to be thin. I live a healthful life.


5K Confession & Workout Boredom

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I participated in my first 5K race earlier this month and I did fantastic - if only in my own mind. I was ready for the next 5K after I crossed the finish line. Of course, two days after the race I was rethinking that due to the muscle pain ... HA! But seriously, I have next years race already on my calendar and a new goal, beat my 49:34 time. If I do that I win!

So my confession, I did that 5K without much training. Okay, okay, I didn't really "train," not in the traditional sense anyway. Sure I workout at the gym 3 to 4 nights a week and I am active the other days of the week. I put in my time! But training, nope, never did it. I read about the 5K, signed up, paid my fee, picked up my race packet, showed up at the starting line and jogged across the finish line. Here and there I would briskly walk a 5K outside just to mentally prepare myself. Like I said, I did fantastic.

With the countdown to next years race already in my head and workout boredom setting in (Again) I have decided to change things up a bit. I like competition, always have and with no workout buddy or money to hire a trainer to push me I need to find something to propel me forward.

I've noticed that lots of Sparkers talk about the C25K (couch to 5K) and I find their feed back most interesting. However, I never gave it much thought until today. Today I researched the program and printed out the schedule. It's totally doable in my world.

New workout program is this:
Monday: C25K Training
Tuesday: Stationary Bike, walking, Step Class
Wednesday: C25K Training
Thursday: Stationary Bike, walking, Step Class
Friday: C25K Training
Saturday: 1 mile Walk, 30 Minutes Elliptical
Sunday: Bike Ride around Town

The C25K Training will be taking place at the gym on the treadmill for many reasons. Which reminds me, I need to change up my music on the old MP3 player ... the stuff I have now is getting a bit stale.

Now things get interesting!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TSEWARD 6/26/2010 10:05AM

    Thank you for your comment! Hearing your encouragement is a huge boost. I am in awe of your progress as it is...add to that the challenge of everyone around you doing the opposite? you are truly amazing. Sounds like you have an awesome plan in place and I really like how you didn't give up on the idea of running a 5+K but instead found a way to up the ante and make it fun and interesting.

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JENNYBETHIN 6/25/2010 1:08PM

    Ooops forgot to say....


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JENNYBETHIN 6/25/2010 1:08PM

    I would need serious schedule overhaulage to make that work out regime work.... Might be interesting.

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I'm a serial blog reader here on the Spark.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm a serial blog reader here on the Spark. I love reading about peoples lives and often find bits of me in them. When I read them I gain strength, sometimes have a good cry and also get valuable information. Lately when I'd check my e-mail to see who has blogged I find an empty inbox ... I don't have mail. Hmmmm. Finally I checked my blog subscriptions and found that some of my subscriptions had went inactive even though I read each and every blog that I receive notice of. I chalk it up to a glitch in the system. I reactivated everyone and now need to catch up on what I missed.

My hope is that people keep blogging, keep sharing, keep active. Bits of your life mirrors my life and when I least expect it I am forced to sit up and take notice. You all motivate me, remind me to live, laugh, cry and exist outside my own box. I'm grateful for all those who share.

Today I went to the gym and started interval training on the treadmill, Again. I did great and I actually enjoyed it. I accomplished my goal today because of my SP friend Jennybethn, she inspired me after I read one of her blogs. Thanks Jennybethn!

We all matter in this world and I find each of you Sparkers truly fabulous!

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JENNYBETHIN 6/25/2010 1:06PM

    Thanks! I got my motivation from t.v.. Fancy that! I'm hoping to go again today!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/24/2010 2:30PM

    Ditto!! I love to read blogs!!! I find inspiration from everyone!!!

Good job on the interval training on the treadmill, I to have started doing it as well and feel like I am getting a good work out and it keeps me from getting to bored!

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/24/2010 12:31PM

    I too, read many blogs here, KT..I find it to be an essential component of my success...for all the reasons you cite..and I always read yours!! emoticon

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SINCEKINDER 6/24/2010 1:59AM

    Awh...I find you fabulous as well. I enjoy blogging. I actually blog on a different site as well. It's a little of memories, what's going on, poetry, life lessons. I want to make something lasting for my boys to always reflect on.

Any Who... great job going to the gym. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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