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Ready, Get Set, Let's Go!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Here it is nearing the end of 2011 and, at the age of 57, I’m riding my bike in temps lower than 32 degrees F!

Looking back over the year, it amazes me to recall the lessons I’ve learned on my journey to better health. Many times whenever I thought, “I can’t do that”, I would challenged myself to imagine the end result and find ways to accomplish those goal(s). My biggest accomplishment happened in July when the scale informed me that I had finally reached my weight goal. How excited I was….and still am for maintaining that weight!

Planning and preparation plays a big role every day on my journey. The P&P combination is the biggest stress reducer in my life. Whether I’m cooking several meals on Sunday for the week ahead or packing my gym bag the night before work for my lunchtime workouts, I am constantly looking for ways to have a stress-free lifestyle.

During my years prior to joining SparkPeople.com, I used to turn to comfort food to calm my emotions. Today, as the holiday visit from my adult sons was coming to an end, my emotions began to build at a rapid pace. Instead of turning to food for comfort this morning, I decided to ride my bike. At 22 degrees F, I learned from a previous cold weather ride that I needed to wear neoprene booties over my shoes.



With proper attire and head gear, I embarked on a brisk and vigorous bike ride of 10 miles. Upon returning home, I felt great and ready to say my “temporary” good-byes to my sons.

2012, I’m ready, get set, let’s go! It’s time for new adventures in my life to better health! Have you thought about your new adventures and new goals for the New Year? I’m starting my list. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog!

  
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MJ7DM33 12/31/2011 10:24AM

  Thanks so much for the inspiration and the knowledge of how to dress for the weather, because knowledge is power. emoticon in achieving probably the best health that you've ever been in! emoticon

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BILL60 12/31/2011 9:01AM

    Way to go. Keep on being the inspiration that you are.

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MISSLISA1973 12/30/2011 10:40PM

    Thanks for sharing your great wrap-up (and inspiration) from 2011. How exciting to face 2012 knowing you are fit and ready to take on whatever life throws at you. I hope it's excitement and fun all around!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/30/2011 9:19PM

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BABY_GIRL69 12/30/2011 8:10PM

    That is so outrageous but outstanding!!! To change the body we MUST change our minds....

God bless & a blessed New Year!

Dee

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BEEBOBUBBLES 12/30/2011 7:39PM

    Thank you for your positive and motivating post, LUVS2BIKE101! I am new to the Spark community and your story is encouraging. Like you, I'm ready to reach my goals for improved health in 2012. Best wishes in the New Year!

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The Dress......I Did It!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

There was one thing I’ve always wanted to do since I joined SparkPeople.com in June 2010. And that was to be able to fit into my wedding dress worn only on December 19, 1981. My husband knew about my desire to do this from the first day I became a member of Spark.

Today my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We recalled our wedding day and the many unforgettable days that followed. After we completed our morning activities, we headed to the Culinary Institute of America to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared and served by the student chefs at the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. When we returned home, I decided to take the dress out of storage and see if it fit. As you can see, the smile on my face says it all. I think my husband was more surprised than I was. He smiled and said, “Wow!” And then he congratulated me and said, “You did it!”


  
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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 3/7/2012 6:13PM

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/1/2012 4:33PM

    Congratulations! Wow do you look radiant!

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MISSLORI5 12/21/2011 10:06PM

    This was one memorable way to celebrate your 30th! You look just wonderful! Many congrats on the weight loss and the anniversary, may you have many more!

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IDPOTS 12/21/2011 9:38AM

    Oh Loves2Bike how marvelous! I have a dress that I want to get into for a destination wedding this summer. You are inspiring!

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SWEETLIPS 12/21/2011 7:08AM

    Absolutely Beautiful!!! Happy Anniversary too!!

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MJ7DM33 12/20/2011 10:35PM

  WOW!!! emoticon emoticon

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HOPE1764 12/20/2011 10:27PM

    Wow! You look great! Way to go! emoticon

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STLCARDSFANS05 12/20/2011 8:43PM

    the only thing more awesome than the fit of the dress is the glow on your face! congrats!

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PURPLELVR7 12/20/2011 8:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon great job

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LILANGEL181 12/20/2011 5:33PM

    What a great way to celebrate your 30th! Congratulations!!!

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MICHIGANLORI 12/20/2011 8:27AM

    emoticon You look beautiful!

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TRUCKERSMRS 12/20/2011 3:23AM

    Congratulations on your Anniversary. You look great in your dress.
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CAROLYN1ALASKA 12/20/2011 12:00AM

    Congratulations! Your news is really exciting. You look lovely and it's a perfect fit!

I would love to be able to wear my wedding dress again. Haven't been able to fit into it for quite awhile.

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BEVPRESLEY 12/19/2011 11:54PM

    Good for you! What a great anniversary surprise.

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MISSLISA1973 12/19/2011 10:48PM

    What wonderful congratulations!!!!

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VAL_LYNNE 12/19/2011 10:46PM

    You look great! Congratulations! emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 12/19/2011 10:35PM

    How beautiful you are!

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 12/19/2011 10:21PM

    Amazing!


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DEBBYFROMMT 12/19/2011 9:55PM

    BEAUTIFUL!!! And you look so happy! emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/19/2011 9:18PM

    You did a great job. Congratulations on the anniversary and being able to fit in your dress!

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The First Of Many Cold Days...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It was about 28 degrees this morning and the thought of going outdoors gave me the shivers. But I had to keep an appointment with the auto mechanic to get the oil changed on my car. So, off I went to get the job done. An hour later I returned home and had a cup of tea to warm up a bit. Looking at the kitchen clock, I debated whether or not to head out for a bike ride or go shopping for that last minute gift. I kept hoping the temps would warm up soon. But by noon, the temperature gauge did not budge. I thought about shopping. Visions of packed malls, limited parking availability, and long lines at the check-outs danced through my head and weakened me. Instead I had a quick light lunch and then began to dress in layers: long johns, biking pants, ski pants, jacket and gloves. Before I allowed myself a second thought, I headed out the door with my helmet on. No turning back until after the 10 mile ride is done. The winter season is just beginning. This was the first of many cold days here in New York. Ride we must!

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 12/18/2011 2:32PM

    Ew, that is cold to be on a bike! I can see running in that temp, but the windchill on a bike must have been bad! But good for you for doing it!

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DENVERDAN 12/18/2011 1:54PM

    Brrrr. It's the gym for me when it's that cold. emoticon

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DDOORN 12/18/2011 9:56AM

    You are WAY tougher than I...from NY also...Binghamton area. 40s are as low as I go.

Don

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BILL60 12/18/2011 9:27AM

    You are one tough lady. You go, girl.

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 8:36AM

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Rock on, oh fabulous one!

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LILANGEL181 12/17/2011 11:23PM

    Way to keep pushing yourself forward!!

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Preparation Is Key!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

What one can accopmplish when planning ahead! Last evening, I planned my meals and activities for today. Simple but nutritious oatmeal breakfast with fresh raspberries, set up crockpot dinner with pork/potatoes/carrots, shop for Christmas presents using a prepared list, home for lunch, and then out on my bike for a 10 mile ride. After dinner, I will continue into this evening preparing chicken/pasta/tomato sauce for tomorrow's surprise guests. My son and his girlfriend will be visiting!. It's been about 3 years since they were at home with me, although I have traveled frequently to their home in MA. Lighter work and school schedules along with newly aquired personal transportation is now making is possible for them to visit.

Preparation is just one key to my success in reaching any goal.

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BIGFISCHY 12/11/2011 8:53PM

    I agree with you! I have been pretty successful the past week and a half and I am finding that making big healthy meals such as chili, roasted chicken and homemade soup. Then I save leftovers and pack my lunch for the next day. It really helps! I am glad you are doing well!

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BEATINGED 12/11/2011 11:07AM

    That is such a good plan to prepare ahead of time. Decreases stress level for me when im well prepared for the day and the next day. I just need to work on not over scheduling and then not following threw with the plan lol but baby steps i guess are good. Thats awesome your son is going to come home and visit hope you all have a great time... my son is currently in afghanistan and wont be able to come home till next May im counting the days and praying ALOT! emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/10/2011 11:24PM

    Planning ahead does work! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 12/10/2011 10:26PM

    I agree that planning is the key...........I need to start taking a few minutes each morning to plan my menus for the day. I think that might help me keep on the 'straight and narrow'.

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IMSMILEY88 12/10/2011 9:48PM

    Great job!!! Planning ahead is a great plan!

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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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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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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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