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Finally June 1st - weigh in and goals moving forward!

Friday, June 01, 2012

After a reboot on May 16th I promised myself I was going to work my plan, without a scale until June 1st. This from a girl who normally would happily get on the scale 2-3x per day. It was hard for the first few days but then it was actually a bit of a relief to not worry about the scale.

So how did I do over those 16 days...
I tracked every calorie (went over my range twice, each time only by less than 300 calories.
I exercised every day - total time 1185 minutes or 19 hours and 45 minutes
I worked on positive thoughts and mentally rewarded myself for effort, not numbers on the scale
It felt good

So, I am glad I did it that way. It was a good way for me to reboot my mind, and my body. In fact, I like it so much I am going to do the same thing for the next 2 weeks...

It is still nice to see some movement on the scale though
So here is my weight and measurements as of today
Please note, these are my initial "reboot" measurements - I did not mentally feel up to measurements on May 16th so I only weighed in that day...

Weight 229.8 initially, now 223.8 6 lb. loss
Neck: 13.5
Arm: 15.5
Chest: 43
Waist: 34
Hips: 49.5
Thigh: 28
BMI: 37.3

Goals from now until June 15th:
1. Log all calories
2. Exercise every day, at least 45 minutes
3. Practice positivity
4. Log into spark and allow success of others to motivate me
5. Stay off scale
6. Think actively about ways to manage stress that don't involve food
7. Love and value myself where I am now

That's all for now
Amazingly, I think that is enough!

Hollynn aka Spunkyducky

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CALLIKIA 6/7/2012 11:33AM

    I adore you! Keep up the great work! :)

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JEANNETTE59 6/4/2012 4:12PM

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BOGUSANNIE 6/2/2012 8:18PM

    very nicely done.

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LOOZINITNOW 6/2/2012 12:00PM

    Congrats on a great reboot!!! Love the June goals! You've got this! emoticon

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JLPEASE 6/2/2012 11:08AM

    Nice job!!

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JSTCHLIN 6/2/2012 7:01AM

    That's awesome! Congrats on the weight loss. Almost 20 hours of exercise, that's fantastic. Keep up the good work.

Take care and stay healthy


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CAZBRAZ 6/2/2012 6:24AM

    I'm so pleased for you and in turn, want to thank you for the motivation I always feel when I visit your page! I'm sure you'll find June a very rewarding month now your head's back in the zone and I wish you well for the month ahead. You go girl!!!

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CHAINEDFAYE 6/1/2012 11:50PM

    Wow great job! Maybe I will have to give up my scale too. Keep up the amazing work!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/1/2012 10:49PM

    I think you've set some great goals for June. I am in awe that you stayed off the scale for two full weeks. I would NEVER be able to do that. Believe me, I've tried!

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BIGMAMAT 6/1/2012 8:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Way to go!!!!! Sounds like you had a very successful, productive Month!

Look out JUNE, Here WE come!!! emoticon

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RENZRYD 6/1/2012 8:17PM

    That is so awesome! Way to Go! Keep on going I know June is going to be an awesome month for both of us!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/1/2012 7:20PM

    emoticon Hollynn!!!

I think this is an excellent plan. First, it keeps you off the roller coaster ride AKA as the scale and, second, it rewards you for all of your hard work!
Keep on doing what you have been doing!!!


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RHEYNKLW 6/1/2012 7:15PM

    Way to go! Three pounds per week is nothing to sniff at. You did a great job sticking to your plan, and I'm glad you felt so good about it that you're doing it again!

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MICHSTATE 6/1/2012 6:09PM

    Awesome job!!!!!

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    That's emoticon results for 2 weeks! I wish I could do so well without the scale - it's like another habit I'd have to kick and right now I have other priority ones I have to deal with lol.

Keep up the great work! June is going to be a FABULOUSLY Successful month!!

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KITHKINCAID 6/1/2012 5:25PM

    Congrats girl! Way to go on a VERY successful half month!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

lol - yup it means exactly what you think it means...

The docs I work with refer to occasional sessions of grumpy _itching as gritching
From the verb: To gritch
Not really, but it is amusing, right?

So here is my gritching for the week:
- No days off, worked straight through Memorial weekend
- Dog is sick and in "doggy hospital"
- I have a 48 spot allergy patch test on my back...I am on hour 36 and ALL I can think about is ITCHING
How that for something' to Gritch about??

Lol - ever have that kind of day?

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SGRAY478 5/31/2012 9:22PM

    I hope your dog is ok! I know what you mean about the days off! I've been "gritching" lately about how juggling my two jobs leaves me with no days off!!

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/31/2012 2:10PM

    Yikes! I would definitely be "gritching" too! Your term kind of reminds me of something my ex-boyfriend used to say. Whenever I'd accuse him of whining, he'd say it was "manly griping".

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KARVY09 5/31/2012 9:55AM

    Sucks. Hope doggy is OK!

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JSTCHLIN 5/31/2012 8:29AM

    Bummer. My wife had that allergy test but they did it on her forearm. It blew up in seconds. The doctor was so amazed he called the other doctors in to look at it. And they said they never seen anything like it before. All she wanted to was scratch. But at least you can find out what you are allergic too.

Take care and stay healthy


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BOGUSANNIE 5/31/2012 8:22AM

    I like that word! Hold tight the itching will be done with soon!!!

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ROCKMAN6797 5/31/2012 7:44AM

    OMG, that spot allergy test sounds inhumane! I hope these last 12 hours fly past quickly!


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KITHKINCAID 5/31/2012 12:28AM

    Boo! That sucks! So sorry girl - it will get better soon though :)

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Full Length pics (in Cycling gear no less!)

Friday, May 25, 2012

There I am in all my cycling gear after melting in the sun on a 25 mile ride in 90 degree heat. I felt so proud of myself today, I thought maybe I would post some full length pics

This is actually really hard for me to do...
I never allow myself to look in full length mirrors and rarely allow full length pics to be taken. But, here it is - because I am trying to learn to love all of me...

It's odd how much a little phrase like "thunder thighs" can hurt when you are only in middle school, but it has stuck with me my whole life

I have spent my entire life ashamed of how my legs look

It is ridiculous, and I have had enough
My legs are strong, and they might not look pretty but they are part of me
These legs biked over 1,000 foot elevation change today in crazy hot & humid weather
I will be happy when they are smaller and more toned, but I will NOT be ashamed of them anymore!

I hope all of you accept yourselves as well, even your less than perfect parts
Don't let anyone tell you you aren't good enough


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BESTLIFE79 6/25/2012 10:19AM

    What are you talking about? Your legs look great and YOU look amazing

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AROCHFORD 6/9/2012 6:30PM

    Wonderful stuff that is an amazing ride! You look great!

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RUNMELLY 5/31/2012 11:42AM

    You look awesome! I love wearing workout clothes and shopping for them! Gets me excited to exercise--great attitude toward loving your whole self. I have to remind myself of that often! Keep up the great work!

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CALLIKIA 5/30/2012 4:09PM

    I'm trying...I promise. But, yes, love your legs because without the amazing muscles built in them, you wouldn't be riding all those hills miles and miles at a time! I think you look fabulous, btw. (and I miss you terribly! ...I'll be out your way on Saturday and it's killing me that it's not to see you and Ron! *pouts*)

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LOOZINITNOW 5/29/2012 10:39PM

    So proud of you! You have so much to be proud of! You look amazing and you look like a real athlete!

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BIGMAMAT 5/27/2012 6:00PM

    There will always be something about us that we don't like. For me, It's always been my nose. lol. Unfortunately it won't shrink no matter how much weight I loose. rofl.

Anyway, You look wonderful! 25 mile bike ride! Wooohoooo!!!! You will be cruisin into ONEderland in no time!!! emoticon

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JBOWDOIN02 5/26/2012 10:50PM

    You rock!!!! And you look awesome. :-)

Why does it seem like only the mean things stick from school? Kids are soo mean.

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JLPEASE 5/26/2012 7:46PM

    Yay you!!!!
You look great!!

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KITHKINCAID 5/26/2012 3:46PM

    I hear ya girl. Despite all my crazy running, my legs refuse to shrink. But they have carried me so far, I find it hard to fault them that much. They're good for something!

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FITMARY 5/26/2012 2:26PM

    Hurray for you! I can't imagine doing that on a bike. Go for it!!!

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JEREMY723 5/26/2012 10:02AM

    What a great attitude you have! Congrats on a great bike ride. I'm still trying to adjust to running in the heat...so far I so prefer winter!

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JEANNETTE59 5/26/2012 8:57AM

  emoticonThose fantastic legs and your can do spirit got you there emoticon

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KEL_MB 5/26/2012 7:56AM

    Yes! Be proud of those strong legs! And hello, tiny waist! 25 miles...what an achievement! You are doing great Hollynn!

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ROCKMAN6797 5/26/2012 7:24AM

    Good for you!
And congrats on the long bike ride, keep up the great work!


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JSTCHLIN 5/26/2012 6:48AM

    OMG! You look great. Don't sweat it. WAIT, actually yes, sweat it right off! I'm so jealous of your bicycling trips especially in 90* humidity. I'm getting closer to getting back on the bike myself. Time is my only enemy. Keep up the good work.

Take care and stay healthy


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    You are emoticon

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SBHPATRICK 5/26/2012 1:43AM

    Lady, you rock!

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RENZRYD 5/26/2012 12:16AM

    You look like you can take on the world! Especially if you CHOSE to bike in 90 degree weather!

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PLUSSIZEWIFE 5/26/2012 12:15AM

    You're strong. The full length pic is awesome and those legs will take you anywhere with the awesome attitude you have, keep it up. Motivational.

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LIVESTRONG2010 5/25/2012 11:32PM

    Love the photos! I have had what my family calls Hartman(mom's family name) thighs my whole life~but those thighs help me kick butt on my bike and one day they will look tone and fit!

Ride strong and pedal safe my cycling friend!

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ANGIE_1230 5/25/2012 11:06PM

    Great blog! You are awesome!

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/25/2012 10:50PM

    I'm horribly ashamed of my legs too, so I know EXACTLY how you feel. I don't even own a single pair of shorts.

You look great though and you're right that your legs are strong and are powering you along this journey.

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BOGUSANNIE 5/25/2012 10:49PM

    good for you!!! Way to take the power back!!!!
You ROCK!!! emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 5/25/2012 10:39PM

    You look great! Just think of how far your great legs took you! 25 miles! emoticon

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HOLLYSOTEROS 5/25/2012 10:27PM

    Great job! Great Blog! You are lovely :)

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PENGUITO 5/25/2012 9:48PM

    Great blog! You kicked butt out there today! Be proud of what you can do!

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DANA564 5/25/2012 9:45PM

    You are awesome! You look strong and healthy! I can relate to the teen called thunder thighs. I still have a complex I am trying to overcome and I'm trying to love my body too. I do feel strong and we deserve to be good enough!

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PIXIEMOM13 5/25/2012 9:30PM

    I think you look great! But I also understand what you mean.. its hard for me to look at full length pictures of myself too because what I see in my head doesn't always match how I feel..sometimes I feel thin and sleek - then see pics and think, OMG I am so thick through this bodypart or that one... and other times I feel fat and the pic shows me as better than my mind's eye does.

I'm trying to learn to accept that this is my body...and it can do things now that it could never do before... athletic things even! I never thought of myself as an athlete before spark...

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LESSOFPMCD 5/25/2012 9:18PM

    Excellent blog - excellent advice.

We have to learn to accept ourselves as we are - let go of those memories that haunt us from our past. Kids can be mean - they don`t even realize it at the time. I wonder how many of those kids now regret something they said to others because they are still haunted by something somebody else said about them?

Great ride today - I could never do that phsically and I'm always impressed when I hear how others have been able to achieve their goals.

You should be proud of yourself - you deserve it!

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Contemplating the scale...or the lack of it

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Something happened today that shocked me - I lost weight without the scale!

How is this possible you ask?

Lol, when I decided to see if I could go 14 days without a scale I thought about how hard it would be to go 2 weeks without knowing if I was making progress. I thought about how exciting it would be to see a lower number on June 1st.

Then a funny thing happened today on day 7. I felt smaller when I got up and stretched this morning. I got dressed - yup, pants seems a little baggy and then I looked in the mirror and I actually could see change. What? After only 1 week - yup, after only 7 days.

I am smaller and I didn't need a scale to tell me that
As a traditionally scale-obsessed woman I don't think in 25 years of dieting it ever occurred to me that I didn't NEED a scale. Despite measuring and feeling good about clothes over the years I have always relied on the scale to tell me how I measure up...whether or not I have succeeded.

Would it be total anarchy to not weigh in for a while?
Something I need to think about.

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JEANNETTE59 5/25/2012 5:09PM

  I'll take emoticon over emoticon anyday. I know it can be scary, but there is a freedom that comes with less frequent visits with the scale. No, not to eat more and exercise less than you know you should, but knowing you are in charge and responsible for how you take care of yourself.

So be good to yourself, you deserve it.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/23/2012 12:45PM

    This is wonderful!
I still weigh myself on a regular basis but quite honestly my true gauge of myself is how my clothes look on me. Am I still able to button my pants without holding my stomach in? Does my shirt feel baggy? As long as I pass the "look" test I feel that I am doing well.
I don't think that it would be total anarchy to not weight yourself for awhile. Stick to the plan, conduct visual reviews of yourself, and keep moving!


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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/23/2012 11:52AM

    I applaude your strength! I am a Monday-Friday weigher. I don't weigh on the weekends. I don't think I could go 2 weeks without weighing...you are a rockstar! Great job!

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KARVY09 5/23/2012 8:44AM

    I hear you on that "feeling." I'm not sure I'm there yet. But I applaud anyone who can do that and still stay down!

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JEREMY723 5/23/2012 8:31AM

    Congrats on your success! So glad that all is going well for you:)

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JSTCHLIN 5/23/2012 7:21AM

    Just like age, it's just a number. If you don't need to know it. Then it doesn't matter. Enjoy life and the fitting of smaller clothes and the nice comments you receive along the way to tell you how healthy you are getting instead of the number.

Keep up the good work. Take care and stay healthy.


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    For sure the signs you mention are definite indicators of your progress - but for me the scale is how I keep things from sliding too far 'out of control' at times. So for now - it's ok to stay away, but I like to see my week to week progress on paper so I can see patterns. I still hop on it every morning - can't help myself lol ... tried hiding it once but it drove me nuts - it's like brushing my teeth - part of my morning routine.

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MISSPIGEON 5/23/2012 12:51AM

    Great job!

I think I remember reading back somewhere a long time ago that giving up the scale FOREVER is not a good way to go - it's too easy to not notice five pounds creep on.. and then five more... and then five more. If I remember right, the article said like once or twice a month is a good way to go, especially once you've hit maintenance weight. Since I'm still working on losing weight, I go with once a week (and I take measurements - those are important!). Maybe once or twice a month would work well for you, too? :)

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KITHKINCAID 5/23/2012 12:40AM

    I would like to not be as tied to it as I am. Gotta give this "feeling" thing a try myself.

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/23/2012 12:00AM

    I am still super jealous of your resolve to stay off the scale. I tried like two years ago to only weigh myself on "official" weigh-in days, meaning my Monday weigh-ins and my one monthly weigh-in and I think I made it 5 days. I'd be motivated to try it again, because of your blog posts, if only I hadn't JUST ordered a new scale that's arriving Thursday!


It is so awesome that you are seeing success in other ways!

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/22/2012 11:48PM

    That is very encouraging and exciting! I've given up the scale several times and I always gain:-( I'd love to some day be free from obsessing over the scale! But I don't think that will happen for me.
I admire you and congratulate you for your success!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/22/2012 10:42PM

    Monthly weigh ins?? Congrats on being able to see the changes happening to your body!

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DRPOOH63 5/22/2012 10:34PM

    emoticon emoticon Clothes are always a great indicator.

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BOGUSANNIE 5/22/2012 9:58PM

    Very cool....good for you...I am not sure NEVER using a scale would be the answer but maybe just not use it as often if that work for you...

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Adventures in Cycling

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sometimes I think I live in the most beautiful place in the world...especially when I am on a bike
Decided to challenge myself with a new ride into the hills yesterday. I have done parts of this ride before, but never the entire thing. I wasn't sure I even could do the entire ride. I had to stop and walk a few times, but I made it! Below are some pics from the ride - hope you enjoy!

Riding past the coal mines

Chocolate outrage Gu is my go-to nutrition when I am cycling

My husband trying to figure out where we are on GPS

Bucolic pastures

Enjoying my ride

Take me home country roads...

Damn....flat tire!

Ron to the rescue

Good as new!

Finally the best pic for last: below is the route we rode, check out those crazy hills!
Woot woot!!!

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ROXIT22222 5/21/2012 9:45PM

    Oh makes me want to get on my bike again! I have plans for some bike rides this coming weekend as well as some trail runs.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/21/2012 6:57PM

    Nice pictures and it looks like you had a great time!

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SARAHJ19 5/21/2012 11:21AM

    what a beautiful bike ride! Love the scenery!

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CALLIKIA 5/21/2012 10:30AM

    What an amazingly beautiful place to ride! *love* it!!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/21/2012 9:42AM

    Fantastic scenery! Those are some crazy hills!

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JSTCHLIN 5/21/2012 7:42AM

    Looks like a great ride. Is there much vehicle traffic? That's where my downfall began back in '99. I was hit by a car on my way to work. So I rarely go riding anymore. I need to. I loved it. I went out once last year. On streets, I was so nervous. We have plenty of trails here though and I need to get on them. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Taking care and stay healthy


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LOOZINITNOW 5/20/2012 11:46PM

    You made me crave riding again! emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 5/20/2012 11:31PM

    beautiful!!! well done!!! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 5/20/2012 8:49PM

    I got my bike out for the first time yesterday and I share your joy. Absolutely a beautiful day to be out there!

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/20/2012 8:24PM

    That all looks awesome!

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LAURELSPARK 5/20/2012 8:14PM

    Looks like you have a great place to ride. Enjoy!

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JEREMY723 5/20/2012 8:13PM

    Had to leave at the GU gel, I just ran my first half marathon today and hadn't heard of or tried it before getting ready for this. I tried Vanilla and Peanut Butter. Thankfully Vanilla was one of about 5 flavors they had at mile 9:)

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BIGMAMAT 5/20/2012 7:10PM

    Beautiful place you live in! lol. Gotta love those hills.:):)

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CORINA81 5/20/2012 7:09PM

    awesome pix!! looks beautiful there

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 5/20/2012 6:59PM

    Awesome ride! Love the pics - looks like a fun time for you both.

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