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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, 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


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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

Itís 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 doesnít need to travel far to see the beauty of Nature in his own backyard. Todayís ride was quite enjoyable exploring this hidden ďgemĒ. 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


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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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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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New Month...Love Life!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I begin November with new energy, new goals, new outlook on life. I love life! Isnít it grand? As I look back over the nineteen months of being a member, I am amazed at what I have learned, all the old not-so-good habits I have tossed away, all the new habits I now possess, all the energy I have, and all the confidence within me. I have accomplished so much in my life since June, 2010. It has been and continues to be quite an exciting journey.

Nineteen months ago I would have never thought I could run a mile, let alone a 5K. Yesterday I participated in the Trick-or-Treat Trot 5K and ran my best time ever! What a great feeling that was!

As many of you know, I am an avid biker. If Iím not running, I would be biking after work every day. But now, with daylight savings time kicking in, there is not enough daylight for me to ride my local roads or trails after work. But that will not stop me from finding some fun activity to do in order to continue to have cardio workouts incorporated in my life on weekdays. Lunchtime power walks at work will be a great substitute along with adding the stationary bike and elliptical after work hours in the gym.

This new month presented myself with an opportunity to review my existing goals and add new ones to the short term and long term lists. With winter around the corner, you can be sure I will have my snowshoes ready to explore the trails of the Shawangunk Mountains (The Gunks) where I enjoyed hiking this past spring as well as early fall. I would love to see the Awosting Falls in the winter.

Aside from outdoor activity, I will schedule more time for my love of quilting. There are a couple of projects that need to be completed and I hope to gift them to someone by the end of this year.

As for my professional growth, I am preparing a portfolio to advance myself at my place of employ. At age 55+, some people say I should be thinking about retiring and taking things slower now. Well, I beg to differ. I have so much more to offer to help make a difference in peoplesí lives for the better. I will try my best to advance and leave the rest up to God.

What are some of your plans/goals for this new month?

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BABACHAN 11/6/2011 5:25PM

    Truly inspiring blog! emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 11/6/2011 11:09AM

    What an encouraging and inspiring blog. I too am seeking change and advancement at age 56. Also added in bootcamp, belly dancing and yoga. What more could a girl ask for.

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W5VEOTX 11/6/2011 8:23AM

    Neat - great activities to enjoy. Good to see your progress. Keep on trucking (biking)

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BILL60 11/6/2011 8:15AM

    I'm glad that you have progresses so well. Keep it up and don't let age get in the way of personal progress.

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