RUSTBUCKET1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUSTBUCKET1 RUSTBUCKET1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ My Cat has the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722228 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271180464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, it looks like everyone in my house gained weight last year. My cat who was once the runt of the litter, has to lose four pounds. My vet, who I love, advised me...no told me...um Rusty’s getting FAT. No more free-feeding. No more open bowls of food. Now, I don’t free feed but I DO have a hi-tech automatic feeder that doles out precise portions for breakfast and dinner on autopilot...for infinity. With o... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 16:36:25 EST Losing 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663233 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364124958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I am so glad that 2011 is over. It was an injury, accident, disaster filled year. By the end, I kind of looked like one of the zombies in “the Walking Dead” but with slightly better hair and makeup. (Well on most days.) <BR> <BR> At the end of 2011, I finally was able to get back on my bike and start working out. Then something sparked in my reptilian brain. It doesn’t do that very... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 00:53:33 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639035 Hi! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934595473.jpg"> <BR> Happy Day in Monterey! <BR> <BR> Thanks for your kind words and goodies and Spark love throughout the year. Hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. I apologize that have been AWOL and missed you and all my Sparkfriends terribly. <BR> <BR> 2011 brought a ton of stuff that happened including the following in no particular order : <BR> Hurricane Irene hit my mother’s home and I needed to help her ... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 16:51:52 EST The Cookie Century: 100+ kilometers, 70 miles and a bottomless cookie jar!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3567825 100+ kilometers, 70 miles and a bottomless cookie jar!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946246571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rest Stop#1:It’s a Cookie-Palooza!!! Mile 14. <BR> As the cookie monster would say, "Cooookiieees!!!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331560083.jpg"> <BR> Actual Cookie Baking Lady. (I LOVE this RIDE!!!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163429582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Delicious...hmm...hmmm <BR> ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:23:13 EST It's Not About the Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3537788 Today’s Fog City Ride lived up to its billing. Even the sculptures in San Francisco were searching for sunshine. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444710072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is August in California and I am wearing a turtleneck to go riding. Welcome to Summer in San Francisco. <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> I hopped our friendly ferry to meet up with the gang at the Java House in SF. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412280738.jpg"> <BR> Today was... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 22:33:12 EST Middle of the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3490247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l787971757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’m half-way there... <BR> <BR> Half-way through the year. Half-way through my half-hearted training for my upcoming metric century. Today was the perfect day to test myself. Our fab bike club had their annual Wine Country picnic ride and I could ride the route of my upcoming Tour de Napa. To think that I signed up for this ride simply to get free homemade cookies. When I add up all the hours training, riding, fi... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 01:33:31 EST I fought the devil and lived to tell... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3401272 They don’t call it Mt. Diablo “Devil Mountain” for nothing. <BR> <BR> 3849 feet of unforgiving climbing... <BR> <BR> Whether you decide to hike, bike or drive. Beware. With the beauty comes a price and there is no easy way down. <BR> To celebrate my independence from being a novice cyclist, I decided to take on the Beast on Independence Day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129947392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The base of the mountain is surrounded by indescribably pictures... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 16:36:33 EST HEED the WARNING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3351180 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l97703905.jpg"> <BR> ...'Keep Out' Sign Painted on a Tire <BR> <BR> HEED the WARNING... <BR> <BR> For those of you who are INTIMIDATED by our Saturday ride, we offer a Sunday alternative... <BR> -Quote from the Local Bike Club Website <BR> <BR> Why didn’t I read the directions on the website? Just like they tell you to read the warning label BEFORE you take your medication? Assemble a gas grill? Use OxiClean with a ShamWOW? <BR> <em>... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 21:13:42 EST How I Starbucked My Way to My Goal Jeans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3181234 Here I stand, wearing my goal jeans. But it's not what you think. Nope, I didn't plan to buy goal jeans. I didn't plan to make my goal today. It all had to do with my spilled Starbucks coffee. <em>106</em> <BR> I was in my office drinking my lowfat milk, no sugar, one Splenda and two Stevia packets Starbucks Venti drip on the phone gesturing when OOOPS. A Venti. All over me. And my pants. <em>198</em> <BR> Luckily I was able to soak up most of it, but I could not wear these anymore. They w... Sat, 1 May 2010 02:12:16 EST 65 miles for a homemade cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3036326 This blog is inspired by Skinnyinmyhead who posted the most elegant, beautiful, gorgeous, organized ride schedule. She's amazing and one day, if I am lucky, I might learn a few things from her about blogging. <BR> <BR> She's inspired me to get off my slightly smaller butt (thank you Sparkpeople!) and register for the 34th Annual Tour of Napa Valley Metric Century! Yay! At 65 miles, it's the mini-me of centuries. But in my book, it still counts. <BR> <BR> <link>www.eaglecyclingclub.org/... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:01:50 EST 65 miles for a homemade cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3036325 This blog is inspired by Skinnyinmyhead who posted the most elegant, beautiful, gorgeous, organized ride schedule. She's amazing and one day, if I am lucky, I might learn a few things from her about blogging. <BR> <BR> She's inspired me to get off my slightly smaller butt (thank you Sparkpeople!) and register for the 34th Annual Tour of Napa Valley Metric Century! Yay! At 65 miles, it's the mini-me of centuries. But in my book, it still counts. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.eaglecyclingclu... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:01:40 EST My blog of gratitude...Thanks SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3022725 My blog of gratitude (long) <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't felt compelled to blog. I can easily fall asleep every night paying attention to my life so I must not be that interesting. <em>102</em> But I had to leave a blog of gratitude. I am unbelievably grateful for the amazing, interesting, funny, dedicated SparkFriends who make this a true community. You have enabled me to get in shape and lose weight more than you will ever know. Sharing our successes and our difficult days makes me feel that... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:07:14 EST