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Friday, May 25, 2012

This evening is the monthly Critical Mass bike ride here in Cleveland. The group meets downtown at 6:30, rides at 7 for about an hour, then meets up at a local bar for fellowship and libation.

I decided that it would be nice to ride into town, ride the ride, then ride home. With the breaks involved, that seems like a good, relaxing sort of ride.

It's going to be 30-35 miles. A month ago, that would have seemed like a major undertaking. Now, it's a good number of miles, but with the breaks really no big deal.

What a difference a couple months of riding make!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/25/2012 6:38PM


And what a wonderful amount of improvement in your fitness!

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APPLESBANANAS 5/25/2012 12:59PM

    Do you have to be a nuclear physicist to participate? I like the name! : ) have a fun ride!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/25/2012 11:06AM

    It'll be a breeze for you!

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/25/2012 10:33AM

    I know it can be done, but I can't even imagine! Way to go!

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NATPLUMMER 5/25/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon emoticon

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Weight bounce

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

After Monday's 41 mile ride, I found myself absolutely starving all Tuesday. I couldn't stop eating, and then we had Chinese in the evening, and the end result is that I've bounced up 7 pounds.

Now, I know I have not actually gained 7 pounds of fat. This is water weight, and if I'm careful it will come back off. But it's making me look back over my eating for the last few days and do some careful analysis.

Yes, yesterday was a very hungry day, and part of that was the biking. But another part of that was probably the junk food I ate on Sunday while trying to keep my blood sugar up during the drive back from DC. I think that the level of refined carbs I took in has my body in a craving mode right now, and that's making me a lot hungrier than I usually feel.

That's frustrating, and not much fun. My plan of attack is to stay away from carbs for a couple days and feed myself veggies, proteins and fats to give my blood sugar time to rebalance. I don't think that carbs are evil, but I do think that lots of highly refined ones have messed me up, and I need to get past the cravings and back to balanced.

We will see how this goes....

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OPANKA 5/23/2012 1:15PM

    41 miles, wow!
I am sure you have to recover from this!

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NATPLUMMER 5/23/2012 12:58PM

    Good plan!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/23/2012 12:34PM

    Sounds absolutely logical. You've learned something about your own body chemistry and anytime something is learned, it makes you a better person! Welcome to your better, if slightly larger temporarily, self!

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DARA52 5/23/2012 12:16PM

    Great idea. Keep us updated! I can go up and down 3 lbs without even thinking about it. Our bodies sure do let us know what it liked and didn't like, doesn't it?

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NELLJONES 5/23/2012 10:37AM

    The daily weight bounce is something you have to get used to in maintenance. It is just a fact of life. I just make sure that when the bounce is up, I cut back that day whether it is water or whatever. A few days costs very little in emotional dreariness, and I never have that feeling of getting behind.

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LHOFFMAN2 5/23/2012 9:40AM

    I too struggle with bouncing- First of all congratulations on your 41 mile ride! I find that I am pretty good with selecting good choices during the week, but lately the weekends have been pretty bad. Alot of graduations, weddings, celebrations that always involve the wrong food. I am going to try like you to be more consisitant and watch my carbs (my favorite).

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41 miles!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I'm trying to get in one extra-long ride per week, and this week was a 40. It was HARD, and took three and a half hours. But I did it. I am really glad I got the CamelBak hydration system for my birthday, because I drank a large water bottle and most of the 70 oz. in the CamelBak, so I felt like I had my hydration under control. I was also smart this time and took along trail mix with dried fruit, which was a welcome break at the 20-mile mark.

I misestimated my ride out, though, and realized that I would either have to go an extra 5 miles or climb the steepest hill out of the park, a hill that I can't possibly make yet. But I decided to go for it. I had to stop twice to catch my breath, but I did pedal the whole thing, so I'm very happy with not giving up and just walking up.

There's still time to donate to Pedal to the Point! main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B

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DOGLADY13 5/23/2012 11:18PM

    That's great!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 5/23/2012 7:14PM

    Wow! That is awesome!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/23/2012 12:34AM


That's pretty amazing!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 5/22/2012 6:11PM

    You are definitely ambitious and determined, too!

What an amazing job you are doing - I am in awe of your accomplishments!

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NATPLUMMER 5/22/2012 12:29PM


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RICHILA 5/22/2012 11:52AM

Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/22/2012 10:41AM

    Awesome ride! That is a very long ride!

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Pedal to the Point

Monday, May 21, 2012

I mentioned a while back that I am training to participate in Pedal to the Point, the MS bike ride, in August. And that this is a fundraising event. I have biked over 500 miles so far this year, and am excited about the ride.

But now is the first time that I will be asking you for donations. And this next five days is a particularly important period for donation gathering. You see, the MS Society is running a contest May 21-25. The person who raises the most money in the next five days will win a Raleigh racing bike.

Now, I love my bike. But it is not fast. And a good, fast bike would be awesome. I doubt that I will be the person to win the bike, but if you are thinking of donating to me, this will be the week to do it.

And itís a really excellent cause. MS is a debilitating disease that stole my wonderful grandfather from me and left behind a sad shell of a man. Some wonderful progress has been made, but more is needed.

If I win the bike, I will complete the century ride on the first day of Pedal to the Point. Heck, if I get to $2000, I will attempt the century, even on my current bike.

So if you are able to donate, even $5.00, please consider making the donation this week. My donation site is here: main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B
. You can read more about what the ride means to me there. Thank you!

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NATPLUMMER 5/21/2012 11:00AM

    Cool!! I hope you get the bike. Raleigh's are nice.

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3/4 of a well-managed conference weekend

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This weekend was the Nebula Awards weekend in Washington, DC, and hubby and I drove out there, about a 7 hour drive. I did really well with my eating through the weekend, and worked out. But last night we were up really late, this morning I woke early and couldn't go back to sleep, and driving home I was fighting to stay awake at the wheel. So when we stopped for gas, I bought junk food. The sugar and the eating kept me awake, and I'm home.

While I am not happy with that eating, I'm also not beating myself up about it. Tomorrow I can get back on my bike and on my regular eating plan. If I'd fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed, tomorrow might never have gotten here for me. So I'm going to label it "not tragic" and be grateful for another day!

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NATPLUMMER 5/21/2012 10:26AM

    Definitely not tragic!!

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CORNERKICK 5/21/2012 2:29AM

  Great attitude!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/20/2012 10:01PM


For sure it would have been more tragic to have no more tomorrows. In a real lifestyle, sometimes choices have to be made because of their overall effect and not solely about an eating plan.

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