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It's Time To Celebrate!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Here it is, the eve of my 58th birthday and all I want to do is celebrate! So, I’m inviting you all to join me tomorrow in celebration of my life and yours! I’m so thankful for all of you out there supporting and encouraging me to do my best and to succeed at reaching my goals.

Wherever you are tomorrow, whatever you are doing, just take a moment and think about where you were when you made the decision to travel on the road to better health. And see how far you’ve come to get to your current status. Each of us made our individual long and short range goals and we continue to take small steps to reach them. As we travel, we find the road is not always a smooth one. Together we help one another stay on track to succeed.

As I turn another chapter in my life, I have one wish for each of you: that you will continue to be there for me as I promise to be there for you. Together we will help each other persevere to succeed at reaching our goals in living healthier lives for ourselves and our families. Life is a gift. We must take care of it! Now, go out and play!

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SPEEDY143 3/19/2012 3:49PM

    emoticonHappy HAPPY Birthday emoticon emoticon

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NEILITHICMAN 3/18/2012 8:22PM

    Happy birthday for tomorrow. It's already your birthday over here in New Zealand so I'll start celebrating without you.

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KAYOTIC 3/17/2012 6:25PM

    So much to celebrate, Happy Birthday!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CROWLEY123 3/17/2012 12:06PM

    Thank you so very much - for sharing your joy and your encouragement!

Happy Birthday, and Happy TRAILS! emoticon


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VAL_LYNNE 3/17/2012 10:28AM

    I am going on a 10 mile bike ride to celebrate you Birthday. emoticon
My mom had a goal of riding 60 miles on her 60Th. Birthday. And she did it!
May you enjoy your day and celebrate life! It is a blessing! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/17/2012 9:12AM

    Love that idea! I just turned 57 3 weeks ago and I also want to celebrate life! Hope you have an awesome day today!

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WOODHEAT 3/17/2012 8:12AM

    Awesome!!! Happy birthday Luv2! Party on the deck tonight! See you there!

Life is good!

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GAYLLYNNE 3/17/2012 8:10AM

    Happy birthday tomorrow!! We were both born around the same time and I have to say you look fantastic!! I hope this is the best year ever!!!! emoticon

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TATTER3 3/17/2012 12:16AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!So glad for you! I did my own celebration for my 60th! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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The Sound of Spring

Monday, March 05, 2012

Yesterday’s bike ride took me across a small tributary of the Wallkill River. It was quite evident that the Spring thaw had already begun. The sight and sound of the rippling water rushing under the bike trail made me stop to watch and listen. It had such a calming effect with a very peaceful tone. Can you hear it?

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    Thanks for sharing !!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/10/2012 10:33AM

    Beautiful and so smart to take a camera (phone?) with you!! I never remember to take pictures

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OPTIMIST1948 3/6/2012 8:47PM

    My flowers are blooming! Spring is truly upon us!

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MJ7DM33 3/6/2012 1:15PM

  Just looking at the pics is calming! Thanks for sharing!

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CANDOK1260 3/6/2012 9:50AM

    great pics and sending (((skinny vibes)))

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ADELCASALE 3/6/2012 7:55AM

    Beautiful! The other thing I noticed this weekend in Philadelphia....I love to wake up early on Sat/Sun. While it was still dark out, the birds singing was loud and clear....they are back from their winter nesting.

I haven't yet got my bike in for it's annual maintenance but plan do it this week. Still doing winter hiking as my outdoor activity on the weekend.

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BILL60 3/6/2012 7:54AM

    Super!! Makes you want to go out and find some water to ride around.

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W5VEOTX 3/5/2012 9:50PM

    So neat - that's why I love cycling but only outdoors!

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BROOKLYNROSE 3/5/2012 9:40PM

    I love it:) I miss living near water like that! Thanks for sharing

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SUZZQ4LIFE 3/5/2012 8:58PM

    I know what you mean. We had 3 in. of snow again on Sat. morning and I did snow shoveling on Sun. Today it's starting to melt off the trees and deck and it's a wonderful sight and sound. I'm not really looking forward to the mud though.

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Spring is getting closer....

Saturday, March 03, 2012

The day started out dreary with continued light rain. It affected my mood and I found myself heading down the road of hum glum. Oh, how I wanted to ride my bike! With safety in mind, I thought it best not to embark on what could be a messy ride. What fun is that? So, I pushed myself to go out for a long walk with umbrella in hand. I headed down the road not being bothered by the sprinkles and enjoyed the time walking with my best friend.

After 2 miles, we started our return trip. The sky became “lighter” and before we knew it, the sun was shining. By the time we reached home, the sky was blue with no sign of any grey clouds. It was soon time for lunch, pulled pork and veggies cooking all morning in the crock pot. Yes, the aroma permeated the kitchen heightening our appetites.

After lunch and a little “rest time”, I got my bike gear out, checked the air in the tires and headed down the road in a different direction. It was so nice to feed my addiction again and enjoying the sights and signs of Spring. Yes, the daffodils are sprouting all along my route of nearby farms! Spring is getting closer!

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MJ7DM33 3/5/2012 5:12PM

  emoticon On getting two workouts in one day!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/4/2012 12:06PM

    Nice! 2 workouts for the price of 1! hee hee. We still have too much snow for Spring. Hoping for May but probably June before we see any flowers.

Please send some of that warm weather our way! emoticon

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LINDA! 3/3/2012 9:54PM

    Great pics!

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LAURELSPARK 3/3/2012 7:42PM

    I love your pics and your enthusiasm. I'm grounded off of my bike for a short time. I finally went to a PT to work on fixing my hip/back and we are still in the intro stage. Until we get a better idea of what's going on, I'm off the bike.


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EASTENDCLAM 3/3/2012 4:26PM

    Nice photos. I haven't seen any crocus or daffodils yet, even for as mild a winter as its been.

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JSALERNO 3/3/2012 4:25PM

    yeah spring.

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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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