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Friday, October 21, 2011

Remember the old sitcoms that had someone trying to choose between good and evil and they had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other? I swear if I looked in the mirror, I would see them whispering in my ears! However....I think I've been listening to the wrong one! My decision making has been terrible!

When I reached my goal weight last spring, I was so comfortable at that weight. I was in a size that I liked and happy with what I looked like...even the remaining lumps and bumps. (I am 47 years old, after all! I'll never look like I did in high school!)

That little devil on my shoulder has been talking too much. I am back up to 10 pounds over my goal weight. My clothes are all uncomfortably tight and I just keep gaining. All of my good intentions seem to disappear as each day progresses. That voice keeps telling me that I look fine. It tells me that since I don't drink or smoke that my vice is food. He says everybody needs a vice. Why can't I eat what I like? A little of this, a little of that...Next thing you know, I'm up another pound and my jeans are digging in even more!

I woke up in the middle of the night last night with an aweful stomachache. Maybe it was the smoked pork barbeque from the restaurant we went to...or maybe it was the mac and cheese and fries that I ordered to go with it...or maybe it was the peach cobbler that my husband ordered and couldn't finish, so I couldn't let it go to waste...or maybe it was the whole package of pumpkin shaped Peeps that I polished off on the way home...or maybe it was the handful of candy corn while I was watching TV...or maybe it was the bowl of chocolate laden trailmix I had before bed... You get my drift. It wasn't pretty.

That little evil voice was loud and clear! I think the little angel fell off my shoulder in the shower yesterday and couldn't get back on!!

Today's another day. I'm going to try to listen to the right voice today and try to flick that evil little jerk off my shoulder! If you hear screaming, it's just him falling!

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BILL60 10/25/2011 7:59AM

    You're my "Rock Star" and I know that you can do it. I'm not from Missouri, but "Show Me".

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/21/2011 5:25PM

    Hang in there. You and I are about the same age...too cool. I will be 47 in Dec. emoticon Trust me I understand about not looking like I did in high school. But that little voice is a big FAT liar. Eating healthy is wayyyyyyyyyy more than just losing weight. It is about living a long healthy active life as we age. Next time he gets mouthy just stick a fork in him and call him done. emoticon

You got this. emoticon

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DDOORN 10/21/2011 11:19AM

    Oh yeah buddy! How well I know that underhanded devil!

Here's my Dutch Uncle, 2 x 4 pitch against Him:

R>Choosing My Hard: Living vs. Dying

It's become my mantra these days...helps!

Hang in there and keep SPARKIN'!


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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2011 10:42AM

    Ok, so you've identified the problem . . . listening to the emoticon vs. the emoticon. You know what to do . . . plan your work and work your plan. Put it in WRITING! Are you tracking your nutrition? Portion sizes being measured? Yeah, it's harsh, but sounds like it's time to get back to the beginning and you can do this! We're behind you 100%. And you're not alone!

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ASHLEYROXX 10/21/2011 9:40AM

    You are absolutely IS another day! I also battle with the little demon on my shoulder. I named her after someone I know who is soooooo irritating. It helps me not listen to that voice because I envision it coming from someone I don't like very much.

You'll bounce back for sure. Keep your head up!

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RADFEN 10/21/2011 9:31AM

    emoticon Just because yesterday wasn't so great doesn't men that today will be the same. You know what to do!

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I need a spark!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I've been kind of quiet lately. I guess I'm in a funk.

Fall is a hard time for me. I'm a Spring/Summer person and tend to get a little depressed in the fall. My move from Wisconsin to Tennessee helped a little, but it's still there.

I've been exercising pretty regularly. I bike about 100-150 miles per week. My diet has been terrible. I've slipped back into old habits. Right now, I weigh as much as I did a year ago. Pretty depressing after hitting my goal weight last spring.

I guess I know what I have to do. I'm just lacking that spark right now. I'll have to push myself and hope that I get a flame.

On a lighter note, I had an excellent weekend with friends. We biked the Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga Trails from Anniston, AL to Powder Springs, GA and back. It was a great time! Here are some photos:

Here we are at the start.

This is at the state line. (I'm the one kneeling down)

It's really a beautiful trail.

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HERE2PERSEVERE 10/12/2011 3:45PM

    I'm sorry to hear you are feeling down.
I think we all get in a funk sometimes...I think I have been having more than my share of those moments lately... emoticon
I just try to remember to tell myself: emoticon
I know,
Take care & SPaRk On!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/11/2011 5:43PM

    Hang in there. It is hard to regain the weight but you can get it off again and be the stronger for it. Praying you get out of your funk and start feeling better soon. emoticon

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BRTRAINS 10/11/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon Maybe this sun will give you a spark !! You'll be fine .. I wont hit my funk until December - February..

I love the crisp Fall weather here in New England, however it is still very warm out...

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DDOORN 10/11/2011 3:39PM

    Love the Silver Comet made it up to the area where I was cycling earlier this year! Hope to get back to it in the future and make further headway toward, even INTO Alabama!

Have been trying to ramp myself up a bit lately too after a might check out some of my more recent blogs:

"Messages from My MP3 Player: Weight Loss vs. Maintenance"

"Back to the Future: Re-Committing, Re-Thawing"

"Attack of the Deathly Stupids"

GL and keep the SPARK! :-)


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BAILEYS7OF9 10/11/2011 2:23PM

    hmm can't you try embracing fall for it's great colors and cooler weather?

see how many days can you work out outside before winter drives you inside.. oh wait, that will be a while in TN vs WI!

hmm no fire of matches emoticons to send you!

I have to watch November when I lose sunlight and cannot run outside...I have a hard time getting on the treadmill...

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HKARLSSON 10/11/2011 1:43PM

    Maybe you need to get your Vitamin D levels tested. The light levels in Tennessee in October are too low to get any real Vitamin D in your system. I found that out when I moved from Tennessee to Texas and didn't feel like crawling under a rock until April. Now I have to take Vitamin D supplements in the summer because it's too hot to go outside and get any sunshine! I hope you get your spark back soon!

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ONICAM 10/11/2011 1:05PM

    I have been having depressive symptoms on and off since I have been sick. I have also been gaining weight like crazy, so I need a spark of some kind as well.

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BFMONICA 10/11/2011 12:57PM

    I love your pics! Looks like such an exciting weekend. I have faith in you and I know you'll figure out how to get your spark back! emoticon

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Enough water already!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Well, considering all of the rain that has gone through here, I have plenty of time to get other things done around here. That includes blogging!

First of all...Holy Rain, Batman!! I sat and watched it continuously rain yesterday. It was the first measurable rain around here in months. Everything was dry and dying. August set a record for the dryest month ever in the Chattanooga area. Well, we made up for it,..and some...yesterday. When I went to bed last night at 11 o"clock, we were up to 9.3 inches and they were saying we were easily going to top 10 by midnight. Haven't heard the official number today, but all of the schools are closed because of the flooding. So, yesterday set a new record for the most rain in one day in this area. The old record was 7.6 inches, set 125 years ago!

Since I couldn't ride, I worked on cleaning carpets and doing laundry. (Riding my bike would have been so much more fun.) It is nice that I got that done and out of the way.

I've been having a rough time on the diet front. Too many temptations lately! It's time to get my head out of the "shade" and buckle down and lose the weight I've put back on. I hit my goal weight this spring and I've been watching it go back up all summer. Now, here I am, almost 10 pounds up again. I think about how hard it was to drop it in the first place and I get sick to my stomach.

So, yesterday, I counted every calorie. Everything that passed into the cake hole was accounted for. I know it works, but I haven't been doing it for a while. I've also started weighing myself everyday again. I know this doesn't work for some people, but if I don't look at that number everyday, it's not there. If it's not there, I don't see it going up. I need to see that to reign myself in. These things, along with lots of water, cutting down on Diet Coke and getting enough sleep should get me back on track.

One thing I've noticed while eating a lot of junk lately is that I feel like crap! I'm tired all of the time. Sometimes I feel narcoleptic! I have no energy and just want to sit around. The only thing that kept me active is my biking, but I've still had to push to do that, too. Now, I'm ready for my energy to return. Bring it on!!

So, time for the fun stuff! Here are a few pictures:

Labor Day Weekend, I participated in the Raisin Hope Ride. It raises money for brain injury research and treatment. There were about 300 riders on a beautiful day to ride!

This is Saul Raisin. He was an up and coming professional bicyclists at one point. He suffered some severe head injuries in a crash during a race. He's made quite a good recovery, but he's no longer allowed to race. He is from Dalton, GA, which is about 15 miles away from where I live. He started this annual ride, through his foundation, which is growing every year.

Here's a funny situation I came across on the road. This very excited Tom was strutting his stuff in the middle of the road. Now, if you look at the flock of ladies...only one is another turkey. The rest are guinea hens. I wonder if he realizes that?

Hope everyone has a great week! Keep the spark!!!

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DDOORN 9/6/2011 10:51PM

    I think (PRAY!) we're drying out tomorrow...heading out for the Silver Comet 1st thing! :-)


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/6/2011 9:47AM

    I'm with you. I have to weigh daily to keep myself in line. You can get those ten back off. emoticon

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Bike Tour, Birthday Century and Stuff (lots of pictures)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Well, it's been a while since I posted a blog. Part of the reason is that, unfortunately, eating right has not been the priority it should be. Why? Don't know. What I do know is that I run into this every year at this time. I'm not too worried about it. I'll get back on track soon. I know what I have to do.

Another reason is that I've been busy! Life is just crazy lately. I saw my husband a total of 7 days in July, between his business trip and my long, planned bicycle tour. I think I need my life to get back to boring! Everything is getting neglected.

Now, don't get me wrong. I haven't been busy doing miserable stuff. I've been having a lot of fun...sometimes too much fun (if that's possible!)

I've been trying to check in on Sparkpeople at least once per day, if nothing else to keep a spark of routine. I just don't have the time to keep up with all of the blogs that I used to. I'm not ignoring all of you!!

Okay, enough of that. Here are some pictures of some of the fun stuff:

This is a picture of my group of bike touring friends and me, ready to roll. We did a self guided tour in Southwest Wisconsin. Only 270 miles of biking in one week, but a ton of laughs!

It was a very hot week for Wisconsin. We hit the water whenever we found it. Here we are in Lake Mendota in Madison. (I'm in pink.)

I made a new friend at the Mustard Museum.

This was called the "In Search of the Perfect Beer Tour." I found it! ROOT BEER!

Look! I made another friend. A concrete viking!

We all had little pinwheels on our bikes.

Who says there are no hills in Wisconsin? We rode on a lot of these hilly roads and balanced it out with rail trails.

On the last day, we rode into Monroe. I made another friend! fast forward to August 21st, the day before my birthday. In honor of my birthday, four of us decided to bike 100 miles. We left my house ar 7:30 am and just kept riding.

Here we are at the top of my driveway.

After about 18 miles, we met up with some friends and biked 22 miles to Dairy Queen and back for birthday ice cream. Mmmmm...

My bike was properly equipped with pom poms on the handlebars.....

...and a bubble machine on the back!

At about mile 61, we stopped to listen to these young, native american men practicing their drumming. Very impressive!

At mile 72, we stopped at Subway for lunch. My husband joined us on one of his motorcycles.

Mile 85 called for a dip in the Conasauga River to cool down. It was about 95 degrees.

Here I am! Buzzing right along!!

We made it! I felt so good, next year I think I'm going to aim higher!

Now, I'm another year older and I feel great! I look forward to my next adventure....

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BILL60 8/30/2011 8:12AM

    You're just full of adventure. Way to go!! Keep on living life.

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HERE2PERSEVERE 8/25/2011 10:23AM

How cool!
Sounds like lots of fun & adventure & a emoticonway to celebrate!
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Happy Birthday!

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DDOORN 8/25/2011 8:46AM

    Oh SOOO jealous of your tour...! Had hoped to do a multi-day tour this year, but it's beginning to look like it will have to be next year. One never knows, tho...I'm always scheming & dreaming of places I'd rather be out on my bike...! :-)

Thx for sharing!


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KA_JUN 8/24/2011 10:44PM

    Awesome pics!

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/24/2011 9:50PM

    Good on you....sounds like a blast!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/24/2011 8:58PM

    Looks like a ton of fun. emoticon

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JAZOIE 8/24/2011 8:23PM

    What a grand adventure! A Mustard Museum? I never knew such a thing existed. Your biking group find the neatest places to go!

And this sentence, "Only 270 miles of biking in one week" is the best I've read all week. Awesome!

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A Day of Crashes

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wow! What a day! It's one of those in which you just want to go back to bed and pretend it didn't happen!

Normally, I would bike on Saturday. Today was different. My mother, 3 of my friends and I planned a trip up to Crossville, TN to see a play and go out for dinner. My mom (who's 80 years old) was to meet me at my house and we would drive to meet the others on the way. Well, she always wants to take her car, so she can smoke because smoking's not allowed in my car. This time, I insisted on taking my car. Since she was parked behind me in the driveway, she went to park her car behind my husband's Goldwing motorcycle. I was in the garage when I heard a sound. "Oh....please let that be the lawnmower she hit!" I thought to myself. Wrong. She hit the back of the motorcycle, knocking it off of the center stand and it tipped over onto the riding mower. Pardon my french, but ....SHEET! For those of you not familiar with a Goldwing, it weighs about 900 pounds! It's going to take a few guys to lift that up. My husband is out of town, so it's going to have to wait. Can't see the damages until it's lifted back up. She feels terrible, but, surprisingly, he said it's just a thing that can be fixed and at least no one was hurt. I think I was more upset than him!

When we finally got to the meeting place, where my friends were waiting, we found out there was a horrible crash on the club's bike ride today. Apparently, a tandem was coming down a mountain descent and lost control. (Not sure if they hit gravel or had a blow out.) They went down and the cyclist behind them also went down. I heard they were going approximately 50 mph. The husband on the tandem was air lifted to the hospital with a fractured skull. Some of his teeth were knocked out and he aspirated some blood, so they're concerned about pneumonia, too. His wife and the other rider were taken in with broken bones. All of them are still hospitalized.

There was a cloud hanging over all of us on the trip to the play. At least it was a light hearted one, (Little Shop of Horrors), that made us laugh. After the play, we went out for dinner, followed by a trip to Dairy Queen to calm all of our worries.

Please, keep my friends in your thoughts and for those of you who are religious, pray for their speedy recoveries.

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JAZOIE 7/28/2011 9:23PM did I miss this?!? How is everyone doing now? Recovering nicely? I sure hope so!

How's the Goldwing?

How are your nerves, lol!

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KA_JUN 7/20/2011 9:31AM

    Prayers sent, hope those cyclists heal up fast!

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SPEEDYDOG 7/20/2011 2:12AM

    I hope you don't have many more days like that one. I have never rode a tandem bike. Is 50 mph a safe speed on a two person bike? Such a terrible accident!

I have a friend that has a Goldwing. The thing is a monster.


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CAROLYN1ALASKA 7/20/2011 1:39AM

    What a terrible crash that must have been! I have never gone over 40 downhill and that was so scary that I just can't imagine going 50 and then crashing!
Your friends are in my prayers...

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/19/2011 8:26PM

    My heart goes out to any cyclist that has to suffer through a crash. I've never quite gotten to 50+ mph on a decent, but I have been close. Don's right - it's thrilling and terrifying at the same time. We don't like to think that our's is a dangerous sport, but it certainly can be at times.

I'm praying for their speedy recovery.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/17/2011 9:57AM

    Praying everyone will be okay. emoticon

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BILL60 7/17/2011 9:35AM

    So sorry to hear about those crashes. Happy hat your hubby took it in stride.


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W5VEOTX 7/17/2011 7:01AM

    Whow !

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DDOORN 7/16/2011 11:31PM

    Oh, oh, OH am I just shuddering to imagine! I've been on some 50+ mph descents and always sit on the edge of being thrilled and gulping in terror...all the "what if" visions that flood the mind!

My heart goes out to your fellow cyclists and am keeping them in my thoughts and prayers!


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DDOORN 7/16/2011 11:31PM

    Darned double post hiccup!

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