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Christmas in July!

Monday, July 07, 2008

It all began yesterday when my wife planned an outing...to visit an online friend who was coming to town for an overnight while en route to another place. As they talk a lot about crafting, etc...i.e. not the most stimulating conversation for yours truly...lol...I thought, okay...we're already into July and you have YET to get your bicycle out this YEAR!

We have a beautiful park nearby where my wife was going to be visiting, so I resolveed that I would bring my bicycle and go riding while they caught up with each other.

The last time I biked was last fall...and that happened to be the FIRST time I biked since my college days over 20 years ago! That experience was less than pleasurable...I couldn't peddle over even slight hills and when I was done my backside hurt for days. So...I dropped biking from my list of things to do and put the bike away for storage after leaving it stowed in my car to unsuccessfully tempt me into trying it again last year.

However yesterday's ride was a WHOLE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE! I felt like the former college student of yore who used to zip around Michigan State's forty-some acre campus...the only way to survive! But yet THRIVE as well!

I found myself able to peddle over hills and even the overpass which brings one over our local interstate so I could catch up with my wife.

It felt so WONDERFUL to fly like the wind again!

And THEN, this morning I wake only to find that I am featured on the Motivational SparkPages (go to "Community" then to "SparkPages" and you'll see me there!

I only found out indirectly because new folks, not on my SparkTeams, begain posting oodles of praise on my SparkPage. I began to wonder...what's this all about? Then somebody mentioned my being in the "SparkLight" and piqued my curiosity even MORESO...finally someone was kind enough to get back to me to guide me so I could find out where I was being featured....WOW!

What a feeling!!! Like Christmas in July! :-)

I headed out to my 'mill for a wonderful 45 min. (instead of the usual 35...lol) and my mp3 player was picking some gems!

It wrapped up with Oregon's instrumental ode to fulfilling oneself, titled "Yet To Be" ( www.amazon.com/Oregon-Co
ncert/dp/B00005RDJS/ref=sr
_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1
215453176&sr=1-1
) and finally, Santana's song "Everybody's Everything" ( www.amazon.com/Best-Sant
ana/dp/B0000062FZ/ref=sr_1
_8?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=121
5453474&sr=1-8
)...what a BLAST that last song is! I was so pumped I nearly fell off the 'mill boogie-ing along with the band...lol!

Thank you, thank you everyone for your praise and pats-on-the-back! I'm not accustomed to basking in the limelight...so I appreciate the opportunity to "exercise" that ability! :-)

Hope everyone had a stupendous Fourth weekend!!

Don
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/22/2008 4:33PM

    I'm so glad that someone helped you find your way to the spot where you were in the SparkSpotLight!! I've been travelling since early June and couldn't get backatcha till now! Thx for the lovely bouquet goodie! You really do rock, man!!!
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HEALTHYGAL01 7/8/2008 8:35PM

    Well deserved accolades Don and bicycling is FUN
Sara

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REDNECKFEMINIST 7/8/2008 2:42PM

    You rock!

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PRI$$Y 7/7/2008 9:14PM

    Hey Don - that is super cool and you should be so proud! Recognition always feels great and also being a motivator to others is something spectacular..congrats!

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ALASKAMOE 7/7/2008 8:19PM

    Great Job Don! Quite and inspiration! This is a great reminder that this is more than a diet, more than just trying to lose some numbers on the scale. IT's taking your life back and really it's a lifesyle change, a permannent one. Keep up the great work!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 7/7/2008 8:19PM

    No more invisibility for you, Don! Woohoo on the bike riding and the "sparklight!"

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PAMIJANE 7/7/2008 5:43PM

    emoticon Don! emoticon

I am so chuffed for you and delighted by your happiness. It will be a couple of years before I can ride a bike again, but because of your ebuillent joy in describing your experience, my reward for reaching 250, a hundred pound loss, I will purchase my first bike since I was in my early 20's and will commit to the experience of riding it at least 3 times a week, and once a week with my hubby. What fun that will be....AND you look FANTASTIC! Or should I say SPARKtastic? You are an inspiration! I've subscribed to your blog so we can stay in touch that way.

Blessings, smiles and high fives! Pami xoxox

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NYDIA07 7/7/2008 5:22PM

    Congrats! I'm a total stranger not on your teams passing by to say "congrats" you've done amazing and now I want to go hear your song "Alive in the World" that will remind me of you :)

Enjoy it you deserve it!!!

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GENTLESPIRIT1 7/7/2008 5:06PM

    You deserve it Don!! So enjoy the moment!

Nancy

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HAPPYMOM8 7/7/2008 4:21PM

    What an amazing job you have done! We are all mighty proud of you!! Pat emoticon

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HOLYCANNOLI 7/7/2008 2:09PM

  Your blog so inspired me today. I, too, have a beautiful new bike in the garage that I haven't taken out yet this year. Why? Because people will look at me!! And I must say there's nothing like Lake Michigan to restore your soul. I will definitely be downloading the song from Jackson Brown. It expresses exactly how I feel.

Thank you for sharing your amazing story!

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2008 11:55AM

    Congrats on the well-deserved recognition! You're reaping the rewards of months of hard work and it shows.

PS The shades in your new profile pick makes you look like a real hipster ;) Next thing, we'll be seeing you in a black turtleneck with a paor of bongos!

Blessings today,
Michelle

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ONESWEETSHANNON 7/7/2008 11:34AM

    Woo hoo! Nothing like riding your bike! What a measure of the success you've earned, too, how much easier and enjoyable it is now. Congratulations!

Congrats as well on having the featured SparkPage! You've earned that distinction with all your hard work and progress.

I also wanted to tell you I think your new profile pic is great!

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