TOLLER43's SparkPeople Blog TOLLER43's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 58 pounds wow. hard to believe 58 pounds are gone since March. I really feel like I am half way down the tunnel. the light is getting bright. 25 more pounds to go. <BR> <BR> I had an awesome ride on Friday morning. 15 miles and averaged 14 mph. A personal best for me. Only down side - dog ran out and bit me in the back of the leg on mile 15. Thankfully only a bruise and she didn't break the skin. I have purchased an air horn that I will strap to the handle bars that will hopefully deter M... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 20:30:27 EST Just another day in paradise The day started great - 1 pound weight loss this morning. 13.5 mile bike ride in an hour - a personal best for me. Had a wonderful delicious salad for lunch and have some pinto beans soaking to put in the crock pot with some ham. Meals for several days! <BR> <BR> Despite some other personal set backs - I feel very positive! <BR> <BR> 100 degrees today - hope it cools off some so I can go for a walk this evening. <BR> <BR> walked yesterday in 100 degree heat - it was toasty! <BR> <B... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:49:28 EST Major Accomplishments this morning I weighed 158.5. Woo hoo - 55 pounds gone! Rode 12 miles on my bike to celebrate! This was not just any bike ride - this 12 miles included the leg killer hill. This is a hill I have never been able to ride up - not even when I was a kid and riding my bike around the neighborhood was a way of life. Invariably I would end up walking the bike up the hill. So to be 55, and to ride up this hill, albeit slow - 6MPH, it felt awesome. Make no mistake I was winded at the top of the... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:56:11 EST so close I am approaching a milestone - 50 pounds! I think I am getting obsessed with exercise. Road almost 15 miles this morning and went on a 45 minute walk this evening - I need to lose 4 more pounds and according to my BMI will no longer technically be overweight. I feel better, I look better. <BR> <BR> I am sick of hot weather by the way!!! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 21:11:55 EST the heat is unbearable I road ten miles yesterday and then did a 3.5 mile jog. Even in the morning the heat was nasty. This morning had a 12.25 mile bike ride - took me an hour. Once again the heat sucked the air out of my lungs and made the ride very hard. Slow pace. <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to enter in a 5K in Montgomery that is coming up, but this heat makes training so difficult. I may have to wait for the November 5K in Troy - I will be hopefully at my goal weight by then. <BR> <BR> I am so close to hi... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:28:40 EST 12 miles today The weather cooperated this morning and the temps were low 70's - BIKE RIDE - 12. 5 miles this morning. Quads are sore - but it is a good feeling - building that muscle up. Going for a run in a bit. <BR> <BR> Did I mention I love summer squash. Steamed in the microwave - awesome!!! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:38:14 EST a couple good days a first 3 miles in 39 minutes. jogged most of the way. Weight this morning was 167. Road the bike this morning for 10.5 miles - 47 minutes. A good workout. Doesn't take as much out of me as the jogging does. I really want to be in the 150's. Someone wave a magic wand so I can drop this 7 pounds. 150 isn't the final goal, but it would be really nice to say - only 20 + pounds to go. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:02:44 EST two miles in 24 minutes a new first for me - 2 miles in just over 24 minutes. This was in 90 degree heat and with the humidity felt like 97 outside. I didn't think I could do it, but I did. Ever so slowly my time is improving! <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:12:03 EST I ran a mile today! Woo Hoo. I did it. It wasn't fast - 12 1/2 minutes to run a mile, but I did it. I finished an hour on the treadmill - the next mile was slower - 17 minutes, the last two miles were 14 minutes each, then a 3 minute slow paced cool down. I never thought I would be able to run a mile, but I did. wow. I impressed myself. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 12:17:22 EST Biking Enjoying biking in the cool mornings. 21 minute ride today and 5 miles. 12.7 MPH. I need a change up of workouts. Really wish I had an elliptical machine! <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:06:48 EST what a surprise My weight is surprising me this week - Started the week at 178 - and SURPRISE I am at 174. Not sure why, nothing has changed - with food or exercise, so not sure why the 4 pound drop in less than a week - I know - don't weigh yourself every day - but I do. Anyway - very happy - hope it hold up till Sunday - which is the official weigh in day. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:12:15 EST Saturday good news - fresh peaches and Blueberries at the farmers market. Scale shows a 2 pound drop this morning. 6 pounds from my half way point. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:40:03 EST A pay cut - argh Well just found out I am getting a 400.00 pay cut a month. How depressing is that - I suppose it could be worse, I at least still have a job. I will try not to let this send me in an eating frenzy - as if that would fix anything anyway! <BR> <BR> On the upside - I weighed in this morning after working out and I am down 35 pounds now. Still a long way to go - 48 more pounds - Treadmill - 45 minutes this morning, walking/jogging at a level 2 incline, so 350 calories burned this morning. Fe... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:26:55 EST Guilt I didn't exercise this morning for the first time since March 21st. I feel like I cheated on a significant other. ARGH. I'll hit the treadmill tonight after I cut the grass. <BR> <BR> So exercised tonight, 25 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes bike riding. Wasn't my usual workout, but better than nothing Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:44:16 EST