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How do I even know how to feel?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I just found out that one of my favorite people from law school was killed in a car accident. I'm sitting here stunned. We were in the same class, and from the first semester had study groups together. We made a good team: I kept all the good notes, and he had a teacher's mind so would help me to turn that jumble of knowledge into cohesive statements of the law.

He hosted the first party for our class, and was the main impetus behind us being such a close-knit, supportive group--professors commented regularly on how we cooperated instead of competing. He was rude, obnoxious, and funny as hell.

After we finished school, he moved out of town and we lost track of each other, but I was just thinking about him the other day.

And now he's gone.

I can't say we were close, but we were friends. And even though I probably would never have seen him again, I miss him.

  
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SHARONSPARKLE 5/28/2012 9:35AM

    To hear of the loss of someone you hold dear, is a shock to your whole system. It takes time to accept that he is gone from your life. I will keep you and his family in my prayers.

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NATPLUMMER 5/27/2012 9:02PM

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PATRICIA4472 5/27/2012 9:27AM

    You have my sympathy....and a lot of us know how this feels...to lose a classmate and person who was significant in our lives.... Little parts of ourselves go with them because they held our memories in them, too...and we grieve when the past has really passed. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/27/2012 8:24AM

    (((HUGS)))

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BLUE42DOWN 5/27/2012 2:42AM

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OBNURSE3 5/26/2012 8:46PM

    Sorry for the loss. Its still sad even if you have not seen this guy for a long time. Your heart still feels sorrow because he left an imprint on it. And because you know that there were people who must have loved him. May he rest in peace!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/26/2012 8:45PM

    Its avery odd thing to lose a peer and colleague. Reminds us of our own mortality. Reflect on you goodtimes together, call another friend who you lost touch with and file it under strange but grieving.

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Fitter than who?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Last night I really had my eyes opened to what I've accomplished. After riding the Critical Mass ride, I read several people writing about how hard it was and how grateful they were for the organizers who stayed back and encouraged them to finish.

It was 9 flat miles of riding. The hardest part for me was avoiding collisions in the crowd.

I realized that I've been comparing myself against serious riders, and that's good because it helps me to challenge myself. But I shouldn't pooh-pooh what I have managed to do just because I'm not at their level yet. Being able to ride 30 miles without giving it much thought IS an accomplishment.

  
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DOGLADY13 5/27/2012 7:19PM

    Excellent! I gave up a long, long time ago comparing my ability to do things against others. I compete against myself. As long as I show improvement, I'm happy. As long as I push myself just a little harder, I'm happy.

A 30 mile bike ride is great. You should feel good about that. How's your tailbone feeling?

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EUPHRATES 5/27/2012 12:16PM

    A HUGE accomplishment! You are a rawk star!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/26/2012 9:40PM

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It definitely is nothing to be pooh-poohed, what you accomplish on that ride.

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DARA52 5/26/2012 6:15PM

    emoticon 30 miles is a piece of cake for you! emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 5/26/2012 4:59PM

    Way to go ! Congrats it is quite indeed an accomplishment!

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Pedal pusher

Friday, May 25, 2012

Today is the last day for the initial push for Pedal to the Point. It's a really great cause, and I am doing my best to raise money for this important research. I'm pleased with your generosity so far, and have raised over $1,000.

But I just found out that there are all kinds of extra goodies that I get if I make it to that $2,000 mark! Like, a special jersey and everything! Swag!!! Now, I know that this is totally selfish on my part, but I really want the swag!!

Swag me, my friends! ;-) main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B
ike/OHABikeEvents?px=10045374&pg=perso
nal&fr_id=18300

  
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NATPLUMMER 5/25/2012 1:14PM

    YAY!!

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Fitness changes perspective

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

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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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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!
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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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