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Staying on track for El Tour de Tucson


Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's certainly been a whirlwind few months. Between quitting smoking and my hormones, I've gained more weight that needs to come off. UGH! That said, I know any doctor in his/her right mind would tell me that quitting smoking is far more important than weight gain.

I'm going to be 47 this summer and I'm pretty sure I've been going through pre-menopause. I love to eat, I really do. But I've never experienced out of control eating like I have for the last several months. I finally saw my OBGYN and we came up with a plan of action that will balance my hormones. I can feel the difference already...I feel so much better!

On another note, I've been bicycling with a riding group for about ten months now. I decided it was time to get a new bike when I was riding 30-40 mile distances each week with the group. So last July, I found a great deal on Craig's List that I couldn't pass up. A gal was selling her 2 year old Specialized Dolce Comp that had less than 100 miles on it. SCORE! What a difference the new bike made. My riding group continued to meet every Saturday, even in the summer when temperatures in Tucson hovered around 110 degrees. We were on a mission - we had goals to attain! Fast forward to November, where I rode in the 60 mile El Tour de Tucson cycling event in which there were almost 9,000 participants from all over the world. What a fantastic event!!! How do I surpass that goal?

I'd really like to stick to my weight loss plan and ride a longer distance in El Tour this November. When I take this extra weight off, I want to ride the 85 or 109 mile event. I have several months to prepare for this and I can make it a reality if I stay on track. It's this kind of goal that will help me stay on track. :)
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2DANCEAGAIN 3/28/2012 11:40PM

    Wow, good for you! A goal like that is great for motivation. so proud of you for quitting smoking. I had a slip with that and felt like CRAP! I just got off again and I sure hope I start feeling better again!
Thanks for the support on my blog, really do appreciate it!!
Colleen

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/25/2012 11:44PM

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So proud of you !! I gained about 15 pounds after I quit but the health benefits really do make a difference .... every day adds up to a better healthy day for us. You have done some impressive biking my friend .... I'm still a "novice" and ride the trails here that used to be railroad tracks .... but keeps me out of traffic !! LOL Roc
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