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Tomorrow is the day!

Friday, August 03, 2012

Tomorrow morning, we get up at 4am to get to the starting line on time for the big ride.

Turns out the big ride is bigger than we thought. Someone did the route math, and it's 81 miles on the first day and 84 on the second. I'm a bit irked, but relieved that I learned that before the ride because I will be mentally prepared for the extra miles. But it's kind of irksome that they didn't route it better.

DD and I are eating lots of protein and carbs, and drinking sports drinks to get our electrolytes up for the ride. It will be an early bedtime tonight.

Wish me luck!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/5/2012 5:32PM

    Can't wait to read about you ride. TAKE CARE.

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    I'm thinking of you now and sending good vibes your way!! I hope it's going well!

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SUNNYDAZE9 8/4/2012 3:17PM

    Best of luck on your ride.

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LISALALA1 8/4/2012 12:50PM

    Good luck I can't wait to read all about it

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OPTIMIST1948 8/4/2012 12:07PM

    Have fun. We expect an update when you get back...but listen to your body!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 8/3/2012 5:02PM

    Sounds like you'll have fun!

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2012 4:56PM

    YAY!! Have fun!!

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EUPHRATES 8/3/2012 4:39PM

    Luck? Aw, you got this!

So proud of you both!!!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/3/2012 3:59PM

    Can hardly wait to hear how it goes.

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NORWOODGIRL 8/3/2012 3:59PM

    Good luck! Have fun and tell us all about it. That sounds like quite a challenge. emoticon

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Catching up

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lots has happened in the last week-and-change, some of it good, some of it bad, but all of it keeping me away from Spark People.

First of all, last Sunday I took a bad fall and bruised my tailbone. I was in so much pain that I thought I might have cracked it, and wanted a doctor's okay before getting back on my bike. My doc wasn't available, so I went to an urgent care clinic where they x-rayed me. The tailbone was undamaged (though I have a pretty spectacular bruise at the base of it), but the x-ray revealed extensive arthritis at the base of the spine, just above the tailbone. This is not the kind of news that makes me happy, to say the least. The urgent care doc said he couldn't provide any kind of evaluation on the basis of those x-rays, so I will need to get to my doctor and get a thorough evaluation.

Guarded good news is that my mother-in-law has not yet developed multiple myeloma, though her blood toxin levels are getting close to the breakover point. Fingers are crossed and prayers are being said that the rise in her levels stops, because she has a gene indicator that says that if she develops it, it will be a very aggressive form and quickly fatal. I have the best MIL in the world, so I really hope she stabilizes.

After a week off my bike, DD and I have ridden the last two days. Thursday we only rode 12 miles, but yesterday we did 37.5. We were attending a Critical Mass group ride, and on the way downtown we were caught in a serious rainstorm. It was warm, though, and we just laughed our way through it. The rain stopped for the group ride, but when it was over and we were headed home in the dark, we got caught in a serious deluge. Soaked to the skin and shivering, we finally took refuge at a Taco Bell, where we had a snack and waited out the storm. When it finally stopped we had to apologize to the employees for the LAKE of water that was under our table. Once we got home, we celebrated our accomplishment with hot showers, dryer-warmed fluffy bathrobes, and hot toddies while we watched the opening ceremonies for the Olympics.

Today I am definitely feeling the ride in my tailbone region, but also in my feet and legs from taking a lot more weight so I could be off the seat much more than usual. I'm hoping to get a short ride in before hubby arrives home from California, but I'm not going to fret if that doesn't happen.

Next weekend is Pedal to the Point. 75 miles of riding, two days in a row. I'm a bit nervous, but also excited. I'm also determined not to injure myself with this ride. If it proves to be too much, then I will SAG. Because hurting myself over one event is foolish in the greater scheme of good health.

I just hope I can remember that on the rode, if it comes down to it....

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EUPHRATES 8/3/2012 4:38PM


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1GR8FULWOMAN 7/29/2012 9:02PM

sorry to hear about your fall, and I hope your mother in law will be okay....

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THOMS1 7/28/2012 12:50PM

    Hope your bruising is better before your big ride. emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGGRANDMA 7/28/2012 11:56AM

    It is good that you are listening to your body. Broke my tailbone a few years ago and had to learn to sit on my hips which didn't help my back at all. It was a long six weeks.

I hope things work out for the best for your MIL.

Watching the Olympic bike ride. It is fun to watch. Have fun on your ride today.

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NATPLUMMER 7/28/2012 11:55AM

    I've got some arthritis in the same place. Glad you didn't hurt yourself too bad.
I hope MIL gets through it okay.
Awesome rides!!

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DMEYER4 7/28/2012 11:33AM

  My prayers are with you for your MIL. Also I hope the pain gets better before the big ride. emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/28/2012 11:33AM

    I am glad to hear that youare being prudent with your tail. Fingers crossed for your MIL. Welcome back!

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Awesome, and scary

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yesterday I checked my basement closet for more clothes that might now fit me. There was a pair of size 14 jeans there, which looked TINY. My daughter encouraged me to try them on anyway, just to see how close I was getting.

Imagine my shock when they zipped up. Of course, the "muffin top" I was sporting was more like a mushroom cloud, and they are still too tight to wear, but I'm very close! And the 16s I found in there fit perfectly now. Considering that I was wearing a pair of 24s last September, I'm pretty happy with that progress.

But then came the scary part: I let my daughter pack up all my outgrown clothes and take them to Goodwill. She pulled out a few items that she thought she could sell on eBay, but 90% of my fat wardrobe is now GONE. That's a little terrifying. It feels like my safety net is gone.

I know that's really a good thing, but it's tough to let go like that.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/26/2012 4:39AM

    HOW AWESOME!!! emoticon

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NEKEL16 7/24/2012 5:55AM

    wow that's brilliant I have had a few teary moments when clothes i thought i had no chance in getting into went on. best feeling! I think we often think we are bigger than we actually are. emoticon

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EUPHRATES 7/23/2012 9:49PM

    I am so proud of you!!

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CORNERKICK 7/20/2012 5:10PM

  Way to go!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/20/2012 4:30PM

    It is scary when we let go of our oldselves. Remember you are a butterfly now, not a caterpiller.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 7/19/2012 10:38PM

    I kept a single outfit I wore at my heaviest. It reminds me of what I need to do to stay away.

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MILPAM3 7/19/2012 8:31PM

  You don't want to go back to those bigger sizes. Stay on track and show us the slim you!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/19/2012 3:55PM


I think, scary as it is, one of the great things about letting go of the larger clothes is that they are a very deceptive safety net. After all, just how "safe" is it to fall through net after net (each larger size) regaining all the way up to a point we never wanted to be and never wanted to get back to? Much better to have our clothes getting snug be an IMMEDIATE safety net reminding us to get right back up on the wire.

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LOVINSHERRY78 7/19/2012 2:58PM

    that's awesome! you will def be in those jeans in no time.
i did the same thing with all my summer clothes last fall when i thought i was going to to loss weight. i thought.."come summer, i wont need these". ha ha...well, here we are now in summer but guess what? not having those clothes opened my eyes and actually encouraged me to try again. everything has a way of working itself out so don't your worry about that. if you don't have fat clothes to fit into again then you will be more motivated to keep that weight of. just keep the 16's and one day those can be your fat jeans, lol.
good luck to you in getting into those jeans...i have a pair as well that i'm almost in....so hang in there. we will get there!!

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SNEVIL1 7/19/2012 11:44AM

    Way to go!! Getting rid of big clothes is scary, but what reason do we have to keep them? Make it overly challenging for ur body to go back to that big place and embrace ur new skinny self:)

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MUGGLEMUM 7/19/2012 11:40AM

    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations. Now, you should go out and splurge a little on some new clothes, in size 16 (you might even find a 14 that fits!). :-) Happy Days! emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/19/2012 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon and emoticon That mushroom will go away in those 14s too.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/19/2012 10:35AM

    Awesome! You'll be rocking the 14's fulltime in no time! Don't sweat the donation, You Got This! :)

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EILEENXO 7/19/2012 10:33AM

    Congrats. Huge steps!! You're doing awesome!

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/19/2012 10:29AM

    Congrats! You are doing great.

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My Sunday

Sunday, July 08, 2012

1. Wake up at 6:00, start a pot roast cooking.
2. Bike 63 miles in 4 and three quarter hours.
3. Attempt to be nonchalant about this, but WOOHOO!!!
4. Resent that Spark People will only credit me with less than half my exercise minutes. Pout.
5. Attempt to stand back up, fail.
6. Have hubby fetch me Advil.

In a little bit I will get up and put the rest of the veggies in the pot roast. My daughter accompanied me on the whole journey. Go us!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/13/2012 7:59AM

    Holy schneikies! 63 miles in 4.75 hrs??? No wonder you cant stand. Still great job!

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    I am very impressed. My daughter does long rides and she loves them. It is amazing how much you can see going 63 miles.

I hope you are moving soon.

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HONBAD 7/8/2012 9:42PM

    Wow!! That's super impressive!!

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MUGGLEMUM 7/8/2012 9:03PM

    I. Am. So. Impressed.

I need to say it again.


Someday soon, you and I are going to discuss how you got to this point, because I'd love to do distance biking, but can't right now.

Go You!

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BARBARASDIET 7/8/2012 4:01PM

    LOL! Why can you only get 1/2 the minutes?

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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/8/2012 3:24PM

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NATPLUMMER 7/8/2012 2:47PM

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Amusing NSV

Friday, July 06, 2012

I can't get through a meal without getting food all over the front of my shirt. But tonight was different! Tonight at dinner a bit of sauce dribbled off my fork. Instead of hitting my chest, it dropped straight into my lap.

Um, yay? emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2012 11:52AM

    Oh, so THAT'S why people put the napkin there! Ummm, go you?

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SANDYW1945 7/7/2012 7:18AM

    emoticon Good for you!

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TATTER3 7/7/2012 6:25AM

    Oh tis a spark moment for sure!!! LOL

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BLUE42DOWN 7/7/2012 12:36AM


I'm laughing with, seriously. I totally know ALL about being unable to eat without spilling something at least once. (Though I honestly don't think I'll ever get to have a lap-spill NSV. =P)

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NATPLUMMER 7/6/2012 9:02PM

    Totally yay!!

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TRUCKNMIKE 7/6/2012 9:01PM

  that is soooooooo me! Now you'll just have to get new pants.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/6/2012 8:55PM

    That's great! And I hope you had the napkin there to catch it.

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