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Putting the Hammer To It & Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I've been on and off the nutrition tracker and of course paying for this by muddling along with my weight. Feeling a bit down on myself today, but somewhat more motivated after meeting with my fellow bike club members at today's annual meeting as so MANY of them are looking SO slim & trim here in the dead of winter! Fellas with bellies-no-more! And here I am doing same-old, same-old...argh!

Here I am chatting with everybody about my plans to do a multi-day cycling tour...yet feeling like a FRAUD with these extra pounds!

Gotta put the hammer to it and get as serious with the nutrition tracker and accountability with my food choices as I am with my workouts and exercise!

Spring Ain't Here Yet

...but it will be before you know it and I want to be ready to SPRING ahead and celebrate hitting the road again on my bike!

I gathered lots of information on my idea of cycling to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania as well as Plan B of heading north to the 1,000 Island area bordering Canada up north of the Adirondacks and even a smidgen of info on the rail-trail that connects Pittsburgh to Washington DC.

I also signed up for my third or fourth time at the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour up around Watkins Glen and Keuka Lake wine country! This is a SUPER DEAL if anyone is interested in joining the fun! Our bike club sponsors and organizes this and offers a weekend of great cycling in June for only $75 (including meals!) if you camp, $85 if you stay in a cabin...which is always my camping for me, thank! I'll probably haul my guitar along for some fun.

Here is the link to more info and the form if you want to sign up for this wonderful weekend of fun:


It would be so cool to have share this with some members of my SparkFamily!


Updated thoughts: Thx everybody for your support. I've always been my own worst critic. While I *know* I'm not a fraud...sometimes I get to feeling that way when it seems like there is such a disconnect between grand plans and aspirations of cycling the globe over yet not shedding the pounds that would truly free myself up to do so!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
2BMYOWN 2/11/2012 2:57PM

    You are so hard on yourself, Don....I suppose all of us are our own worst critics, but this is one of the things I've chosen to leave behind, now. I would rake myself over the coals repeatedly for not living up to my own expectations, and it actually became a totally self-defeating thing, for me. I can't labor under the burden of any more guilt. I know all about feeling like a fraud...I have spent most of my life there, for one reason or another, and that is also what finally caused me to leave nursing. It all adds up to a total lack of self-confidence in your own abilities, and all that does is defeat you. I'm choosing to just plain live, now.....I work on each day, and leave it go at that. I don't worry about ***the big picture***, or the following day, or the following week. And if I have a day where I just wanna toss it out the window and enjoy pizza with my kids or cookies with my grandkids, I just do it now without viewing it as any kind of cosmic failure. I know that when a new day comes along, IF a new day comes along, that it will be a whole 'nother day to make better choices and then call it a day. And it's making those better choices for the vast majority of days that keeps you going, I think, just one day at a time.......and no guilt about the slight 'tumbles' here and there, 'cause we ALL have them. Hugs, sparky bud.

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ZELLAZM 2/3/2012 4:49AM

    Read your last couple of posts this morning and it does sound like a case of cabin fever along with frustration at your ST "wall" - learned a lot from reading other poster's comments, so thanks for sharing your dilemma so we could all benefit! ;)

Spring WILL come!

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LADYGWEN25 2/2/2012 4:03PM

    you'll get there DOn... I agree..we are always our own hard critics. Just tackle it one day at a time and we'll both be chasing each other around the Southern Tier..

BTW...those bike tours look AWESOME!

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JESPAH 2/1/2012 9:51AM

    Yanno something - the pounds - they are a pain in the patoot but they are not a fraud or any indication of anything, except maybe that you're not 16 years old anymore. Don't shweat it.

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/30/2012 11:04PM

    First - I really love the background pic as well.

Second - unfortunately, a little weight backsliding happens to all of us - it doesn't make you a 'fraud'. Just get back to the tracker (I fall off the use of the tracker far, far too often - always sets me back when I do this)

Third - your spring bike plans sound like soooo much fun! Should be motivators for you to shed those winter pounds!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 1/30/2012 9:26PM

    A fraud?? Oooh no far from it! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2012 7:02PM

    Oh that "I'm a fraud" thingy . . . yeah, been there, struggle with it all the time. Can't get my weight to budge back down below 140 GRRRRRRR and it's annoying me.

But: you know we are NOT frauds, we are just human and we keep right on working it. I'm focusing on on my nutrition tracker a little more stringently too: gonna do my best to make February the month that sees middle 3 again!!

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GIRANIMAL 1/30/2012 3:53PM

    I know how you feel since I have a handful of pounds (and the flabby proof) creeping back on -- and that's while still biking! -- but trust me, you are no fraud, my friend! Winter is sometimes unkind to the best intentioned of us. But you are doing just fine because you are being mindful and accountable and as active as possible. Be nicer to my friend Don! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 1/30/2012 11:38AM

    here are some definitions of your word fraud!

1. A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.
2. A piece of trickery; a trick.
a. One that defrauds; a cheat.
b. One who assumes a false pose; an impostor.

you are a work in progress and definetly not as you describe... it looks like many here agree........
all the best with your plans and sure you will reach your goals.......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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SHIROIHANA 1/30/2012 9:57AM

    You are no fraud. A fraud would not be attending his Spinning classes nor meeting his fellow bike club members all while calling himself a cyclist. A fraud's only means of cycling is 'pedaling' to the kitchen and back to the couch. The good news is that you are holding yourself accountable and know what to do to get out of this. Continue preparing for the bike tour, Don! You will rock this!

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BILL60 1/30/2012 7:42AM

    Best of luck with you nutrition and bike plans for the summer. Don't forget to consider RAGBRAI.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/30/2012 7:28AM

    I'm with FERRETLOVER 100% Don. Get ride of *that* word (not repeating it!). Maybe we can somehow encourage and call one another on staying with the food tracking. We KNOW beyond a doubt that IT IS THE KEY!

Your touring plans all sound awesome. GO YOU!!! Curious where the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania" is. Guess I'll have to google it. WOW! Dream on...on doing your local club's bike tour.

What smooth mellow Pat Metheny...the rhythms of spring. Gawd, they're having SUCH a good time.. Ahhhhhh....I was just about to say that it looked like UC Berkeley's Greek Theater where I saw him around that time..and then I saw it was Austria!
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Hahahaha Freudian slip up there on the "ride" typo? Or...pun intended? LOL -- and NOW I see that Chris slipped in while I was writing with her crazy-fun humor. LOVE IT/HER!!!
Laughing is ESSENTIAL in this crazy life!
This is "laughing so hard I cried":

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PUDLECRAZY 1/30/2012 7:20AM

    Oooh, yes! Haul that guitar along! emoticon

You are NOT a frog! emoticon

Oh, you said FRAUD emoticon You are not one of those either.

Can't wait for spring and breaking out the bikes.

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FERRETLOVER1 1/30/2012 7:12AM

    First off, I have to tell you how much I LOVE your background picture!!

Now, on to your blog - you are NOT a fraud in any sense of the word, so take that word out of your vocabulary, Don!!

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