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How time flies in a bad way

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I have been putting off getting back on here for a has been just about a year since I last tracked, and longer than that since I tracked consistently. The expected result has happened - I am approaching my highest weight since 2003.

I have many excuses - 2012 has not been kind to me. Most importantly, my Mom passed away in April which, even though she was ill for a long time, has been a blow that has been very difficult for me to deal with - much harder than I expected. Naively, I thought that I was more prepared due to her long illness than I was. Add onto that three bulging discs in February that went misdiagnosed until May that were easily reinjured in July and September, plus a torn oblique body surfing in early December, and I have done very little exercise in 2012 compared to my usual high-exercise lifestyle in the 9 years previous.

But in the end, excuses do nothing for me - the end result is the same. I'm back into obese +200 lb territory and the only person holding me back from improving my health is me.

Sparkfriends, I see that many of you are still on here and have been doing a much better job of caring for yourselves than I have, and I'm both proud of you and envious. I'm grateful for any holding to account, but understand that ultimately I have to kick my own rear end into action.

I hope that everyone has an enjoyable end to 2012, and here's to 2013 where I want to be a healthier version of me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KA_JUN 12/29/2012 2:30PM

    Good to see you, again! Sorry to hear about the injuries, know how that is and how it can quickly snowball into bad trends. Things happen, they're not excuses, stuff harms your morale, your motivation. Condolences on your loss. Don't be too hard on yourself, it doesn't help bring you back to where you want to be. You know what you need to do to lay the groundwork to encourage positive trends. You can, and you will. Believe!

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LMB-ESQ 12/27/2012 12:14PM

    I'm so glad to see you again! I had wondered where you had gotten off to. Yes, ditto to what Carol said, join us on the daily thread, that's probably one of the only reasons I'm still here and still swimming. Even if you can't get there daily, if you stop by weekly, you'll be welcomed with open arms.

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I agree, you're never truly prepared, no matter what you think. But each day will be a little less painful than the day before.

Happy 2013, and no more injuries!

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BILL60 12/27/2012 7:36AM

    2012 is almost history, but 2013 is not. Make this coming year your best ever. Just hang tough and do it.

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RESIPSA99 12/26/2012 7:21PM

    Thanks, Carol, I will. I did find that last time I let myself get distracted by taking too much time reading along with the tracking, but it might work if I set a time limit for myself...

The good news is that tracking is definitely easier than it was the first time I signed up here... :-)

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CALGALFOX 12/26/2012 6:45PM

    Try joining us on the daily thread, we will all be happy to help. It can be frightening at first because we are all very close, but we LOVE to welcome new people and it's a great way to stay accountable.

We all want you to feel supported in your path to healthier living.


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Biking Tally for 2010

Monday, January 03, 2011

So I'm a device nerd. I have had a version of the Garmin Forerunner since they first came out.

I find it motivating to see how far I've gone, and get an estimate of how many calories I have burned. I ordered the 405CX on New Year's Eve, and I'm looking forward to seeing whether the heartrate-based calculations are more accurate.

I don't always wear the Garmin when I'm riding my bike - sometimes I forget or it's not charged - and sometimes due to where I live it can't get a GPS signal and it doesn't pick up the GPS until well into the ride e.g. this morning it only got 1.9km of a 12.5km ride. (For those of you considering the Garmin, it will eventually pick up the GPS signal if you wait/stand still, but sometimes I'm too lazy - or late - to wait.)

Anyway, I just looked at my stats for last year and they were:

Commuting: 4,425 km
Fun: 838 km
Total: 5,263 km

Since that underestimates given that I don't use the watch all of the time, and my goal was 5,000 for the year, that's pretty good!

In 2009 I did 3,713 km and in 2008 2,114 km, so I like the trend, a lot.

This year I'd like to bump up the "fun" km to at least 1,000. The commuting will stay about the same. If I biked every single day to work, excluding holidays and vacation time, it would be 5,500, so I'm at 80%, which is pretty good considering that there are some days that aren't bikeable due to weather and I travel a fair bit for work.

Bring on 2011!

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/5/2011 7:00PM

    Fantastic!!! You are a true road warrior!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 1/4/2011 3:03AM

You're amazing! Definitely way to go!
I sure do love my Garmin too...

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SVELTSTER 1/3/2011 11:56PM

    Amazing stats--so impressed with your commitment to riding. emoticon Bike more miles in 2011!

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KA_JUN 1/3/2011 11:02PM

    Awesome job and great attitude! Sky's the limit in 2011! emoticon

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    WOOO HOO!!! That's freaking AWESOME!!!

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    Impressive and fun to read about. Especially the upward trend over the years. Keep up the great work!

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Not a bad at work lunch!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

We haven't been making enough dinner for me to have leftovers for lunch, so I've been grabbing what I can at work. Yesterday it was a can of tuna - not too exciting. I walked 20 minutes to a grocery store today at lunch because it was nice out, still thinking I was going to have another ho-hum lunch, but it turned out to look not that bad on the plate! (Which is not my plate, btw - we have 'communal' plates at work that are donations from people - not my style! LOL)

(Turkey sandwich, pickles and pickled beets and snap peas)

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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/27/2010 12:48AM

    Looks like you scrounged up a pretty good lunch!

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RESIPSA99 10/24/2010 11:13AM

    Thanks, guys, now I just have to keep it up!!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 10/23/2010 9:55PM

    That really looks good! All the foods I really like, at least. emoticon

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RUSTBUCKET1 10/23/2010 7:11PM

    Yummy! It funny that I had a craving for a turkey sandwich today and enjoyed one myself. Although I didn't have any cornichons/gherkins. How are you? Are you still bike commuting? It's raining here so I am back in the gym kickboxing and lifting. But hoping to break out the bike trainer soon. Catch you soon. Wishing you many good meals!-RB1

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RESIPSA99 10/21/2010 5:52PM

    Thanks! I just looked at it and thought it'd be fun to post a photo. Much better than the tuna of yesterday.

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/21/2010 5:32PM

    Awesome! Congrats!!! It's so nice when you can have a tasty lunch at work. :D

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Unexpected benefit of bike commuting

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

So I bike commute to and from work, rain or shine, about 15 1/2 miles each day. This week is "Bike to Work Week", but unfortunately, the weather has been pretty horrid, and the forecast is for the rain to continue for the rest of the week. Not likely to inspire people to get out of their cars and try biking.

This morning, having checked two forecasts, I opted not to wear (or bring) my rain gear as it was unexpectedly NOT supposed to rain. Hah! It started just about 2 blocks from home.

As I was whingeing to myself internally, I came upon a fellow cyclist with 4 full panniers and a handlebar bag - clearly someone on a bike holiday. Turns out that he had taken a leave from his work for 2 months, and had biked across Canada from Sherbrooke, Quebec. I was amazed, as not only is it a huge distance (he told me he was over 3,000 miles so far), but I've done that trip driving, and in many places there is only one road, and it is a highway with no shoulders, with many, many heavy trucks going very, very fast. And he was by himself!!

He was heading to a town about 50km from where we were, so I rode with him and we chatted about life and biking, switching between French and English, as both of us were rusty in the other's language. When we got to the spot where our paths had to diverge, I gave him some suggestions for his route and off he went.

And I had completely and absolutely forgotten about the rain.

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RUSTBUCKET1 6/7/2010 12:38AM

    How incredible. That's another benefit of cycling. You just meet the nicest most interesting people who have been on a journey and have a story to tell.
Thanks for sharing!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 6/3/2010 11:35PM

    Oh how cool! I swear you meet the coolest ppl when your exercising. Maybe you will run into him again sometime. That is amazing you bike 30 miles a day!!!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 6/2/2010 12:49AM

    Sounds like you had a really interesting morning and conversation!
What an amazing trip he was making!
Not fun to be soaked early in the morning though...

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/1/2010 10:46PM

    I'd love to be able to commute by bike to work. I am not certain if I'd want to arrive at work soaking wet though. What a nice time you had in getting acquainted with a fellow traveler. How fun!

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RESIPSA99 6/1/2010 2:24PM

    Yes, it was lovely. I don't mind riding without rain gear on the way home, but getting soaked to the bone on the way into work just grinds me, even tho I do have dry clothes here, the option of a hot shower and a blow dryer. Think it's a mental thing!!

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CALGALFOX 6/1/2010 1:46PM

    That sounds like it was so much fun! (The talking...not the riding in the rain with no gear - hehe.)

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Photo of my ride

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ka_Jun suggested in one of the threads that we post a picture of where we ride. A couple of blocks on my cycle commute are unbelievable right now with the cherry blossoms. They have started to fade a bit already, as the other day when I was riding through there was pink everywhere - in the trees, on the ground, and floating gently down from the trees. I took these photos this morning using my camera phone - they don't capture it well, but still give a kind of idea of how pleasant it has been riding under the cherry blossom canopy for the last week or so.

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RUSTBUCKET1 4/23/2010 10:34PM

    Ooooh! The cherry blossom season is sooo beautiful! emoticonThanks for sharing and bringing back so many childhood memories.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 4/21/2010 12:15AM

    How pretty! I like this idea, I will take a pic this weekends on my ride home from work.

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GMEAN2055 4/19/2010 7:20PM

    I love it, wish I was there riding

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KA_JUN 4/19/2010 5:36PM

    Now that's a pretty ride. I keep thinking "pollen, pollen", though...

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RESIPSA99 4/19/2010 2:26PM

    You're welcome! We've actually had some form of tree blossoms since *January* if you can believe it. Everything has been around 3-4 weeks early, I believe. I thought that the blossoms were done except for the dogwoods, but the cherry blossoms of this type of tree came out in force over the last 2 weeks.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 4/19/2010 2:23PM

    OOohhh That's absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for giving me my spring fix. We won't have crab apple blossoms until May, and no cherry blossoms here.
Thanks so much for sharing!
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NICKIEA 4/19/2010 2:12PM

    Very pretty. :)

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RESIPSA99 4/19/2010 2:08PM

    It really is. And last week the stretches of pink on the road were much wider...they just got washed away in the rain over the weekend.

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CALGALFOX 4/19/2010 2:01PM

    Thanks for sharing, it looks wonderful! I bet it was incredible while it was floating down around you.


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