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Lost another Pound

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

As I shared last week, I dipped down to 201 a couple of times last week but my official weigh in is on Tuesday mornings. Today I was at 202.0 which is obviously more than 201, however, it's less than the 203.6 I was last week so I'm VERY happy!

Watch out "onederland," here I come!

  
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SKABABY 4/5/2011 11:04AM

    congrats!!!

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MNNICE 4/5/2011 10:12AM

    No doubt you'll get there soon, especially now that the weather is more agreeable with bike riding and running! Will look forward to seeing a post that you dipped under the 200 mark!!

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OLIV0144 4/5/2011 9:01AM

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PLAYBLUES22 4/5/2011 8:42AM

    Sweetie you are doing awesome emoticon emoticon

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Cycling: Strength/Climbing Workout

Monday, April 04, 2011

Yesterday I tried a new strength/climbing exercise which I will undoubtedly do again and again. Here's how it goes:

Pick a course with longer hills. As you begin to climb, get out of the saddle for 5-10 revolutions and then sit back down for 20-30 revolutions. Repeat this pattern all the way to the top of the hill focusing on maintaining a steady pace. That is, do not speed up too much when standing or slow down too much when sitting. As you gain strength and improve technique, stand for longer periods of time.

This was a really fun workout, you should try it sometime!

Have a great day!

  
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BACKTOTEN12 4/4/2011 1:00PM

    That's what we do in spinning class. I just started spinning a few weeks ago and have decided my reward for reaching my goal will be a new bike. My current bike isn't a very good one but I intend to use it very soon. It's finally warm enough! Reading all about your rides inspired me to take spinning and figure out my final goal reward. Thanks for all your encouragement and support and your comment on my blog. Have a sparked week and a blessed spring enjoying God's wonderful works of art. I LOVE spring. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cadence Workout Yesterday

Sunday, April 03, 2011

One of my goals this year is to increase my ability to maintain higher cadences for longer periods of time so yesterday I completed this simple workout.

Within an aerobic ride, and after a 5-10 minute warm-up, hold your cadence for 1 minute at 100+ and 1 then minute at 90+; 2 minutes at 100+ and 2 minutes at 90+; 3 minutes at 100+ and 3 minutes at 90+; 4 minutes at 100+ and 4 minutes at 90+; and 5 minutes at 100+ and 5 minutes at 90+. Cool down for at least 5 minutes. Option: go into the drops each time you ramp up the cadence.

I completed this cycle twice during the ride and thought it can be challenging to hold a particular cadence on the road it was good.

Have a great day!

  


So Near to One-derland

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Over the last two years I've lost about 40 pounds. I started out at 242 with the hope of getting down to 185-195. Before I left for India three weeks ago I was at 207 and ate well while I was there and so I was surprised to see that I was down to 205 upon return. Then, overnight it seemed, I plunged to 203 and then 201 for the last several days.

Then it hit me: I've been hoping to enter into onederland for two years and now I'm on the precipice thereof. I am only two pounds away from getting into the 100s and I haven't been there for almost 20 years! Wow, this sure feels good because I know that I'm here because my lifestyle has changed and I won't be going to where I was. This is not a fad, it's not temporary, rather it's the fruit of slow but sure life change.

Can't wait to write and say that I've arrived!

  
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JOURNEYTO60 4/2/2011 1:06PM

    Can't wait to see that you have arrived! Congratulations on coming so close. You will make it!

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SUCCESS44 4/2/2011 12:48PM

    Wow! Great progress and focus! You will be there in no time and sound like you know what to do to stay there. Good luck and celebrate when you get there!
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Bit of a Chilly Ride but a Ride Nonetheless

Friday, April 01, 2011

Yesterday I went for a 15 mile ride in about 35 degree temps with a 5-10 mph SE wind. That wind was chilly and I rode right into it for the first half but then I turned around and had it at my back which was very nice. I must say, though, that it was quite chilly! Normally it doesn't bother me so much but yesterday it did. Oh well, it was chilly but it was a ride nonetheless!

Have a great day!

  
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PELESJEWEL 4/1/2011 8:57PM

    Way to get out there!! That's cool!

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