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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!

Comment edited on: 2/10/2012 11:52:41 AM

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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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We journey together....

Saturday, February 04, 2012

It’s really amazing to be on the receiving end of so much support from SparkPeople members! Like most people, my journey to better health has had a lot of ups and downs. I am an avid cyclist and most recently, I have been experiencing quite a bit of pain in my hand. After doctor visit and normal x-ray, the diagnosis seems to be thumb tendonitis. The doctor told me to give it (biking) a rest for a while. Are you kidding? With mild temperatures and sunny skies, I set out on my bike to do an “easy” ride. I managed to position my hand on top of the handle bar or on my lap when I did not have to use the brakes or gears. SparkPeople team members gave me some good advice of which I am grateful. And I will look into getting ergonomic handlebars for my Trek. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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DEBBYFROMMT 2/4/2012 10:16PM

    Tendonitis should heal on it's own if you don't keep straining it. Ibuprofen is good for it. Just an idea. Keep on biking! emoticon

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SCMAMAJONES 2/4/2012 9:06PM

    Awesome! Be careful to not overstrain, but I'm glad you were able to keep donig what you love!!! Sparkpeople is FULL of great sources.

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BONDMANUS2002 2/4/2012 8:59PM

  good luck

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Dormant Fields; Reaping Benefits...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The winter here in New York State has been very mild with little snowfall as compared to the winter of 2011. Last weekend after a brief snowfall, I enjoyed snowshoeing in the forest. This weekend after several days of mild temperatures, I ventured out on my bike. The sun was shining and the temperatures hovered around 40 degrees F. I decided to head to the Goshen Heritage Rail Trail, a trail I usually ride during warmer weather months. This trail is located in the “Black Dirt” region of New York and borders enormous fields of our nation’s onion crop.

Rail trails around here are most often covered with snow this time of year. Today was an exception. At first I planned to ride 16 miles round trip. But I felt very energetic. So, I decided to complete 23.3 miles.

During late summer and into autumn, one can smell the aroma of onions while riding the trail as it borders very large onion fields. Today was different. As you can see in the pictures, the Black Dirt fields are patiently waiting for the farmer to plant new bulbs come Spring.

The wind started to kick up during the last 8 miles. But I pushed forward remembering why I put myself on that saddle and thought of the many benefits I would gain from today’s ride.

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SWEETLIPS 2/3/2012 6:26PM

    How cool is it that you have such bountiful beauty around you and the fact that you take advantage of it, is even more wonderful and yes, I am drinking in the water and loving it more daily!!

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GALINAZ 2/3/2012 2:26PM

    Thanks for the hint on my blog! I have a bike and I just don't get out and use it. I live in the city and our drivers are crazy! But, that's just an excuse! I'm going to find my bicycle tire pump and give it a whirl this weekend!

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MISSY994 2/2/2012 9:43PM

  emoticon 23.3 miles is impressive!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/30/2012 9:38PM

    I havent done an extended Rail Trail. Your post makes me think I should.

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MAKULEWAHINE 1/29/2012 11:44AM

    I am so jealous. Biking around here is dicey right now. Ice on the roads, left over snow, tree branches still down. But I did get a run in yesterday. It was ffffreeezing!!! Milder weather supposed to come so I am trying to plan a ride soon. Enjoy the trails.

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/29/2012 12:57AM

    Great blog! Tell us more whenever you ride, OK?

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/29/2012 12:40AM

    This is just beautiful. I love the feeling of the cool, crisp air as you ride along. So glad that you were able to enjoy this day. And thanks for sharing. emoticon

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