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Another blessing....

Saturday, December 03, 2011

It’s a sunny but chilly morning here in New York and I’m ready to tackle the day. A couple of weeks ago, I contemplated signing up to become a co-leader to one of SparkPeople’s great teams. After giving it much thought and prayer, I made the commitment and soon received a welcomed response to “the call”.
My new roll officially began on November 27th but I began my preparations a few days prior with my awesome co-leader. Together we worked out a plan for “opening day” and have been supporting and encouraging each other as well as the team members ever since.
I feel so blessed to have been given this role and to work with my co-leader. I now find myself with increased motivation knowing I am making a difference in people’s lives. My desire to reach my own personal goals is stronger than ever.
Presently the outdoor temperature here is 25 degrees. Weather predictors say that will rise to around 40 by the afternoon. If anyone is looking for me this afternoon, you will find me warmly dressed and out on my bike about 10 miles from home!

  
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MICHIGANLORI 12/3/2011 7:00PM

    emoticon It really does motivate you more when you become a co-leader. emoticon

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COLEENCOLE 12/3/2011 4:36PM

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RG_DFW 12/3/2011 3:08PM

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BIGFISCHY 12/3/2011 11:38AM

    I am glad to be a member of your team. Thank you for the continued support! Enjoy your bike ride :-)

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PURPLELVR7 12/3/2011 10:23AM

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MJ7DM33 12/3/2011 9:30AM

  Enjoy your ride!

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JSALERNO 12/3/2011 9:28AM

    Great!

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W5VEOTX 12/3/2011 9:03AM

    Thanks! By being willing to spend the extra time you help make this site the success it is.

Keep on riding.

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Working off the extras.....

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Here it is, Saturday after Thanksgiving and I still have lots of energy in my reservoir. This morning I went for a 10 mile bike ride. It was 38 degrees but I just had to get out and ride. I told myself to dress for it and ride! Glad I did. Will be back at it again tomorrow, maybe for a longer ride, as long as the sun is shining. I'm trying to "work off" my over indulgence from the recent holiday. I love wearing size 8 and don't want to jeopardize it!

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IMSMILEY88 11/28/2011 9:43PM

    I agree! I don't ever want to go back up to a 10 again. Love those 8s! And, great job with your ride.

I've been meaning to ask someone...so, I bike, but not very faithfully. I have some great padded shorts. But, what do you wear when the temp is in the 30's or 40's? I want my padding, but my legs would be cold!

And, thanks for the comment on today's 15 mile run. I can't believe I did it! And, on a whim!

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BILL60 11/27/2011 8:20AM

    Way to go!! Not too many would brave riding in the cold. Congrats.

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W5VEOTX 11/27/2011 7:14AM

    Great - keep it up.

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JSALERNO 11/27/2011 5:01AM

    emoticon I WON'T GO OUTSIDE WHEN ITS 38.

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GOSPELCLOWN 11/27/2011 1:48AM

    WOO HOO! How many minutes does it take to get that far? I sure could use the inspiration!
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So much to be thankful....

Saturday, November 19, 2011

T oday's sunshine
H ealthy heart
A lternative choices
N ew recipes for better nutrition
K eeping track
S parkPeople.com

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JSALERNO 11/20/2011 5:06AM

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LINDA! 11/19/2011 11:51PM

    Great.... emoticon

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LORETTA24 11/19/2011 8:58PM

    emoticon I like the way you think and thank. Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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Life's An Adventure

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It’s a chilly but sunny Saturday morning. After breakfast, I headed out on the bike, with intentions of riding the same back country road that I always ride near my house. But when I came to the first intersection, I decided to take a different route and headed toward the neighboring town. After 6 miles, I entered the little village of Montgomery and traveled along the main road. I recalled a few years ago the village had plans to clear a trail through a wooded area along the Wallkill River so residents could enjoy a walk through Nature. I never investigated this trail until today. A short distance ahead I found the entrance and decided to see where it would take me. To my surprise, the trail was paved. I followed its many hills and turns until it ended up alongside the Wallkill River. It was just lovely. There were a couple of benches for rest stops facing the river as well as a picnic area. One doesn’t need to travel far to see the beauty of Nature in his own backyard. Today’s ride was quite enjoyable exploring this hidden “gem”. Life is an adventure and we should never cease exploring! (Rip VanWinkle can be seen in the trees overlooking the Wallkill River. -last picture)









  
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VAL_LYNNE 11/16/2011 2:31PM

    Nice pictures! Sadly our weather has not been good for biking. I like Rip VanWinkle in the tree. emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 11/13/2011 10:49AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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GOSPELCLOWN 11/13/2011 10:41AM

    You have encouraged me to go for a bike ride myself--- TODAY!

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BILL60 11/13/2011 10:17AM

    Great pictures. Must have been a great ride.

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JSALERNO 11/13/2011 5:27AM

    YOU TAKE THE MOST SERENE PICTURES.

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Winter keeping me indoors??? NOT!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Now that we have shorter daylight hours, we have to use our creative thinking and get active no matter what the temps are outdoors and no matter where we are. Dress for it! I make good use of my lunch break at work and do a power walk. Encourage your colleagues to walk with you instead of sitting at a lunch table gabbing for the hour (or half-hour) break time. We certainly don't need a full hour to eat. Make better use of your time. Get part of your cardio work-out done midday. You'll feel better!

I do not store my bike during the winter months. My weekends are spent riding my bike as long as it is not precipitating. I take out my ski mask, winter gloves, long johns, etc. and dress to ride on back country roads and trails. If trails are covered with snow, then it's time for the snowshoes or just hiking.

Yesterday I enjoyed listening to my husband tell me how he "Sparked" at work by encouraging his partner to walk while working instead of riding in the vehicle all the time. The following day was my husband's day off. He heard through the grapevine that his partner was spotted walking more than usual. It only takes one step at a time to realize the benefits of moving oneself, no matter what season it is.

  
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KJDOESLIFE 11/9/2011 8:43AM

    Way to stay active AND encourage others to do the same!

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IMSMILEY88 11/9/2011 7:48AM

    Enjoy your winter workouts! I'll be working out, too, but we don't have 'winter' in Houston!

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BILL60 11/9/2011 7:43AM

    Good for you. That's a great and healthy attitude.

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JSALERNO 11/9/2011 6:07AM

    GREAT IDEA. CUTE FROSTY

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LAURELSPARK 11/8/2011 10:32PM

    Have fun riding this winter.....your blood is thicker than mine. I'd love to ride my bike more but it has been raining for about 4 days.....besides the cold.

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LORETTA24 11/8/2011 10:18PM

    emoticon Good for you! I live in Florida for a reason, I don't do cold. LOL It still has what I consider some low temperatures. That does mean coats, gloves, etc. but like you I still like my outdoors. Keep enjoying each day and keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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