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Another Accomplishment....

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ever since I joined SparkPeople in June 2010, I find myself changing on the outside as well as on the inside. Today marks another accomplishment. I completed Coach Nicole’s 28 Day Boot Camp DVD program. It was quite the challenge! I will take what I learned from the experience and continue to do physical activity on a daily basis beyond the 28 days. Already my passion for road and rail-trail biking has expanded to include mountain biking. Last Sunday I decided to take a small step and test my skills on some “easy” trails in Stewart State Forest. Plan, prepare and have fun! Happy trails!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/2/2012 9:24AM

    Wow, you are a real inspiration! I've stayed away from bikes since I had some nerve damage "down there" when my first daughter was born. That was 23 years ago. Maybe it's time to give it a try....... emoticon

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LINDA! 2/29/2012 9:34PM

    Looks like a wonderful place to ride the bike!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/29/2012 6:07PM

    I love the photos. It is time to get my bike out also.

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BILL60 2/29/2012 9:19AM

    Congratulations on your completion of the 28-day journey. So, what's up next in your book of challenges??

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BILLB000 2/29/2012 12:32AM

    Nice pictures. I bike whenever I can, but some winter days in Michigan are pretty impossible. Been mild this winter so I have gotten a few days in even this winter. It is a wonderful way to stay active, and feel good about accomplishing something and feel good about your self. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for biking.

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MISSLISA1973 2/28/2012 11:22PM

    FANTASTIC!!! emoticon

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Persistent Wind, Persistent Me...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It was a long stressful week at work. With the weekend upon me, it was time to unwind. The weatherman predicted today to be sunny but windy. I woke up with plans to enjoy a good part of my day from the saddle of my bike. As long as it was going to be a dry day, I was ready to ride.

After a nourishing breakfast, I gathered my gear and planned my route. Temperatures hovered around mid-30s. With ski jacket and pants, gloves, mask, and foot warmers, I felt I would be comfortable to enjoy a ride on the back country roads. As I was about to embark, the wind kicked up. It quickly became quite strong with snow squalls. So, I waited a bit to see if the wind would die down. It was such a different scene from the previous week of Spring-like conditions with warmer temperatures.

The wind was persistent and, according to local forecasters, was reported to be 44mph at times. That was a bit much for me to confront while on a bike. I still wanted to get outdoors and enjoy a peaceful activity so I decided to go for a long walk at a local park. Light snow covered the grassy areas and the small pond was very turbulent because of the constant wind. After two miles of “pushing” through the wind, I was ready for a cup of hot cocoa. Spring, where did you go??? Come back, please!

(Orange County Park - Snow-covered grass in foreground; pond in background beyond park-bench)

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/29/2012 6:09PM

    Our winds have hit 100 kph. That just crazy.
Glad you didn't ride and get pushed over.

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YOGAANDBIKE 2/26/2012 9:48AM

You're the bomb! I didn't ride Friday because it was too windy--27mph. It wasn't even that cold.
Riding today though! emoticon

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VEENAS1 2/25/2012 10:54PM

    It was very windy in the Washington DC area too. You were very brave to go biking inspite of the wind.

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TGIF -- Mardi Gras

Friday, February 17, 2012

It was a very busy day at work. I did my usual lunch-time work-out but, instead of exercising in the gym, I decided to enjoy the Spring-like weather outdoors and do a power walk. The end of the day arrived quickly and our 4PM reward was great. Everyone was invited to a TGIF Mardi Gras-themed party on campus. It was so much fun to socialize with colleagues and not talk about work-related issues. The food was plentiful and all with southern New Orleans flavor. I tried to prepare myself as I walked up to the buffet tables. Everything from jambalaya to crab cakes to shrimp Creole to Southern Po’ Boys was served. The dessert tables were screaming for me to taste: a little King Cake, beignets, walnut cookies, rice pudding. Just a little taste of each satisfied me without going overboard with calories. (Yes, I will be biking this weekend!) A couple of us dressed for the occasion. What a fun way to end the work-week!

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JSALERNO 2/18/2012 6:07AM

    cool mask

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MAKULEWAHINE 2/17/2012 8:48PM

    What a fun activity. And planning that bike ride ahead of time is wise:) enjoy your ride. It is pouring here for at least 2 days. Sigh:(

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/17/2012 8:22PM

    Fantastic mask! It reminds me of a cross between a peacock and a lion!
Good on you for sampling and enjoying but keeping small portion sizes.

Have a great weekend!


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Looking Back in Time.....Hiking/Biking Forward

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last Sunday was a day for multiple layers here in New York. With temperatures hovering around 4 degrees F, a choice had to be made: stay indoors all day or dress in layers and enjoy a hike in the Stewart State Forest. I chose the latter.

Many years ago, much of Stewart State Forest was farmland. Hiking along the many old roads and trails felt like time stood still. The trees alone are enormous and border what once were working farms. Occasionally one could see from a distance the remains of old farm equipment.

The forest is picturesque with many trails and streams flowing throughout. Over time, small bridges have been built for easy crossing by bikers and hikers.

Memories of fishing the ponds are still vivid in the minds of my generation while strolling through the area. Today the pond still exists with all its surrounding beauty, but perhaps not as stocked with fish.

(Wilkens Pond)

I meandered through 5 miles of the forest, staking out trails I would like to bike when Spring arrives. There are trails of every level of ability. I will take precautions and test my skills.

(Very easy trail.)

(A little more challenging among the trees.)

(Steps leading to an old farmhouse that once stood.)

(A beaver's incomplete job.)

(Interesting ruins of an old raincoat factory that once was part of London Fog. Strange to see this amid the farmlands. I assumed it was built soon after most of the families left the farms.)

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/17/2012 8:23PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/15/2012 10:41AM

    Beautiful pictures! That place must be really fun to hike! Good for you getting out when it was cold. Probably didn't come across to many other people!

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TATTER3 2/15/2012 6:29AM

    Oh I love these photos and information!!! Please go exploring again and share!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/14/2012 10:01PM

    What lovely photos! I must make time to get out there and enjoy it as you do.

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An early Valentine surprise.....How sweet it is!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

How many of you out there can resist a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, especially if given to you as a gift? I, for one, can enjoy one piece or two. But then as the day turns into evening, the temptation is so great that I feel like I’m about to “fall”. I discussed this recently with my very supportive husband. He has watched me transform myself from a hefty gal of near 200 pounds to a healthy one at a normal weight range. Since June, 2010, he has witnessed the many hours I’ve spent in the “weight room” and the many miles I’ve run or biked. So, he asked me if I would be disappointed if he didn’t get me a box of chocolates this year. I quickly told him I wouldn’t mind at all.
Most gals would prefer a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. My husband surprised me with new bike jerseys instead!

Keep your goals in front of you. Remember where you once were and how far you have traveled on your journey to better health. Celebrate with your loved one doing fun activities instead of hovering over a box of chocolates. Yes, I understand any kind of food is ok as long as it’s eaten in moderation. Every day I work on improving my will-power. But for now, I know if I had a pound of Commodore Chocolates (or any other kind for that matter) sitting in front of me one evening, the only thing left in the box by sunrise the next day would be the little brown papers that once held the sweet delectables. Let’s go for a Valentine Day ride instead!

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/14/2012 4:47PM

    What a PERFECT gift!
give that fellow a hug!

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DENVERDAN 2/11/2012 9:26PM

    Brilliant! Now I know what to get for my wife. Hope you don't mind if I steal the idea. emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 2/10/2012 6:50PM

    Wow, what a great husband you have!

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MJ7DM33 2/10/2012 11:51AM

  Your husband sounds like a great guy and so attentive to you! I think the bike jerseys are a really great alternative to a box of chocolates!The ride sounds great also! Yes it really is weeet!

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YANKEEBELLA 2/10/2012 10:39AM

    That is true love! May it last forever along with your good health.

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/10/2012 9:35AM

    Wow, what a husband! You know those bike jerseys will last a lot longer than chocolates, and you will enjoy them a long time!

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BILL60 2/10/2012 9:32AM

    What a super guy. But of course, you appear to be pretty special yourself. Hang tough and ride hard!!

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MICHIGANLORI 2/10/2012 8:38AM

    Love it! I'm for a ride instead.

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KSZSPIN 2/10/2012 8:12AM

    He's a keeper for sure!

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DBELLE39 2/10/2012 8:06AM

    emoticon to your sweet husband for paying attention to what you really would love to have rather than getting you a traditional gift of chocolate! Enjoy those new jerseys!

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JSALERNO 2/10/2012 4:58AM

    I'd rather have the jerseys

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VAL_LYNNE 2/9/2012 9:52PM

    emoticon Your are going to get a lot more enjoyment out of those jerseys than a box of chocolate. emoticon

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VEENAS1 2/9/2012 8:59PM

    Glad you have such a supportative husband.

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OPTIMIST1948 2/9/2012 8:11PM

    Love-love-love Commodore Chocolates, but gosh those bike jerseys look nice!

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