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Monday, August 20, 2012

Biked 15 miles yesterday, which helped the moodiness some, then had a bout of migraine syndrome, which might explain much of the moodiness. Marginally migrainey this morning--headache is vaguely there, but much more with the nausea and light sensitivity.

Nevertheless, there is work to be done....

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    Feel better!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/20/2012 11:18AM

    Hope you start feeling better. Head aches are no fun

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ATHENAPOWER 8/20/2012 9:18AM

    I don't get them, so I have no idea... feel better soon!

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CMCBRIDE37 8/20/2012 9:13AM

    I get migraines too...about once a month. If I catch it early with an Excedrine (if you can find them in the store), I can ward off a really bad one. If not then the excedrine dulls it enough to function until I can lay down. I am not severe enough to move into stronger drugs.

Hope you feel better.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm just a bundle of fury and crankiness today. I'm not used to this. I'm usually a pretty happy person.

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RICHILA 8/19/2012 11:31PM


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CHEFSOPHIE 8/19/2012 6:58PM

    Well there is always tomorrow.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/19/2012 6:37PM

    Do yu think you might be really tired? I know I feel like that when I need to rest and even take an old fashioned nap! .... (we tend to do MORE than we even realize in a given week .... emoticon

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GAELA-I-CAN 8/19/2012 6:31PM

    Hey we all have those days. Luckily for you they are infrequent ! emoticon

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Ride on the road, ride on the road, ride on the road!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A friend of mine was just hit by a car while riding her bike. She wasn't badly injured, thank goodness.

When we discussed the circumstances of the accident, my suspicions were confirmed: she'd been riding on the sidewalk, and was hit by a driver who was turning right from a stop sign. The driver did not check to the right, but only looked left, and hit my friend as she entered the intersection from the sidewalk.

And this is how most bike/car collisions happen: cyclists on the sidewalk, car in the road. As in, these kinds of accidents are 25 TIMES more frequent than accidents involving a bike on a major road with no designated bike lanes at all.

State law in most states indicates that bikes are road vehicles, allowed on all roads except where expressly prohibited (usually just freeways), and in most states adults are actually prohibited by law from riding on the sidewalk. But people continue to ride on the sidewalk from a mistaken apprehension that this is safer for the cyclist.

It's NOT. It's not safer for the cyclist, and it's certainly not safer for pedestrians using the sidewalk, because bikes travel MUCH faster than foot traffic. So a bike on the sidewalk is a hazard to other people and a hazard to itself.

I know it's scary to start riding on the road. Cars go much faster, and are so much bigger. But it only *seems* safer to be on the sidewalk.

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TATTER3 8/19/2012 5:28AM

    I live in the country and we have a lot of drivers who think of themselves as the 'Dukes of Hazard' and could care less if a cyclist might be over the next blind hill. I get fussed at all the time for 'driving too slow' (the speed limit or a little less). Keep pushing the word!

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THOMS1 8/18/2012 3:56PM

    Good to know!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/18/2012 3:29PM

    I never knew that. I did know that bike on sidewalks were a hazard. I am a big chicken when it comes to riding on the road so my biking which is not a lot is confined to a bike path.

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    I agree that bikes have no business on sidewalks. They are vehicles and as such are safer on roads. I actually walk on the road sometimes ignoring the sidewalk because it is less uneven than the sidewalks and is safer to walk on. If I encounter a runner or walker on the road, it is easier to avoid them, but if we meet on the sidewalk, it is that much more dangerous.

My kids learned to ride on the road using road safety and laws. They also wore helmets. One has replaced his helmet six times due to damage. The others don't ride as much.

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KBFROST 8/18/2012 1:48PM

    How scary. I live in a city with a ton of cyclists so I am constantly on the look out. It always throws me off when someone is on the sidewalk, my husband and I get so frustrated. I'm glad your friend is ok.

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Confused about the seasons

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I almost headed out the door without sunscreen today. When I stepped outside and realized it was 85 degrees, I changed my mind!

Even though the year has gone really fast, in my mind Pedal to the Point was the culmination of summer. Now that has past, so summer must be over. And if summer is over, it must be getting cool. And if it's cool, then the sun is weak and sunscreen isn't necessary.

You can see how my logic is completely flawed here....

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LISALALA1 8/17/2012 9:50PM

    still summer time here in Fl emoticon

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    I can see the point. It is hard when my mind says it is autumn and the weather says "no way." It is still quite hot here but the stores have heavier clothing, the school stuff is out.

Even the people on TV and radio are touting autumn things.

Have a great day.

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/16/2012 11:00PM

    I don't know where you are, but it is still summer here

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SANDYW1945 8/16/2012 10:39PM

    emoticon Yes, I see the problem. Kind of like the labor day thing for me. After Labor Day it's supposed to be cool...so I act like it even though the temp is way up there...I do this all the time.

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RICHILA 8/16/2012 10:38PM

    If you can make it cool earlier-I am ready for it. emoticon

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Bleah squared

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The thing about accomplishing a big goal is that it's easy to go into "completion" mode afterward. And completion mode means that I've gained almost 10 pounds.

I know that it's mostly water retention, it being that time of month, but I am finding it a bit difficult to get back out of the "I'm working out 4 hours a day and can eat EVERYTHING" mode.

I have to get myself into a new mental state, one that is aimed at longterm, steady training. It's necessary not only for weightloss, but also to get the rest of my life back on an even keel. Lots of work stuff got set aside because I was putting in those really long hours of workouts.

It's easier to contemplate than to enact.

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TATTER3 8/16/2012 6:22AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 8/15/2012 11:15PM

    Achieving a big goal that you have worked extremely hard to achieve is a double edge sword. You have the elation from the accomplishment followed by the depression of not striving toward something.

You are on the right track though. I recently changed my thinking of exercising to lose weight to exercising to get fit with weight loss as an added bonus.

As DOGLADY13 said, ask yourself if you want to be doing this at 80? I'm loving biking with my 11 yr/old grandson. He said I'm not like a normal grandma because I go out and do stuff with him instead of sitting at home being old! I told him we will be doing this 20 or 30 years from now when he is in his 40's and I'm in my 70's or 80's!

THAT'S what I want to be doing when I'm 80 so THAT'S my long term goal. It's going to take a life time of training to get there.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 8/15/2012 10:12PM

    You are so right.

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DOGLADY13 8/15/2012 8:48PM

    One of the things that helped me get over that type of behavior is to re-frame my way of thinking of my goals. Rather than the number on the scale, I think about "do I want to be doing this when I'm 80?" It could be anything from weight fluctuations, to eating food that makes me feel terrible, going for a bike ride or putting on a dress that looks terrific.

So now I think about doing things that I want to be doing long term. I dunno. I can't explain it, but it makes it easier for me to not beat up on myself when I gain 4 pounds on vacation, because I actually do want to be able to eat junk at my niece's party and not feel guilty but I don't want to be eating junk every night.

In any event, you are right on target in thinking that you need to change the way you think. Much better than giving up!

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ATHENAPOWER 8/15/2012 7:07PM

    I agree with so much of what you said... except for getting yourself down about water weight! That number is lying! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 8/15/2012 4:38PM

    I know I've seen others who make a point that making a new "big goal" is necessary - something to keep us pointed in the right direction. Good luck finding that and the mental state to go with it.

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/15/2012 4:29PM

    Sounds like you know what is needed, and I'm sure once you get started it will all fall into place. You are so good about setting goals and then working to accomplish them.

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MICKIE27 8/15/2012 4:25PM

    You've already done the most important thing, which is to acknowledge that you need to change something up. You already know how to succeed, and as long as you keep that in mind, you'll be back on track in no time!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 8/15/2012 4:13PM

    You can work it back out one meal at a time. Have you been tracking everything so you know where you can cut back? Time to change things up again!

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