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Return To Oz!

Friday, September 26, 2014      10 comments

Today I am BACK! Into the same "skinny" size 38 jeans I wore in 2010 when I was one of several members of SparkPeople on Dr. Oz's 100th episode featuring 100 people who had lost 100+ pounds and kept it off...woo hoo! Here was my blog from b... Read more

Tough Muscles AND Mind!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014      8 comments

Not only did I prove the muscles in my body to be tough enough to climb the mountains of the Catskills, but I gave myself another challenge which I pulled off: How do I properly fuel my body with the carbohydrates I need to climb those mou... Read more

Stewards Of The Earth and Of Our Bodies & Souls

Tuesday, September 23, 2014      16 comments

Six of us joined forces with our tour leader, let's name him "Pete" to light out for the Catskill Mountains and steep ourselves in the ups and downs of all the challenging climbs and breathtaking descents with nature's palette providing a feast ... Read more

The Will To Make It Happen!

Sunday, September 14, 2014      17 comments

For all those Sparkers out there sill looking for something that sets you on fire, lights you up like a neon sign and makes you realize that THIS is what you were born to do: KEEP LOOKING! Keep pushing, exploring, trying out new activities, new ... Read more


Monday, September 08, 2014      12 comments

Yesterday was such a roller-coaster of experiences both out in the world and the internal dialogue and decision-making almost constantly roiling and percolating. I have another opportunity for a self-supported tour coming up which is going... Read more

When Numbers Don't Matter

Thursday, September 04, 2014      10 comments

I have gotten SO far away from caring about the numbers when it comes to working out and cycling. Over the weekend our cycling up Canada way wasn't the kind of distance that we've cycled in the past...much to the chagrin of one of our new member... Read more

The Rest of the Story...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014      16 comments

Here's the thing: to be immersed in nature and to soak up such wonderful sights while reveling in the movement of one's body on a bicycle in a way that has become as much a part of yourself as walking...such a beautiful experience! But...t... Read more

Still Basking...

Monday, September 01, 2014      16 comments

Too late to tweak & share my pics, but some of the others who shared our absolutely AWESOME Labor Day weekend @ Tibbett's Point, Cape Vincent, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario near the beginning of the 1,000 Islands have already posted some of t... Read more

Bicycle Commute: Change in Plans

Tuesday, August 26, 2014      16 comments

One of the losses I've had with my ongoing use of blood thinners has been my bicycle commute to work. I've struggled with this and finally I think I have a solution that will "work" least on occasion. The reason I gave up my commute is that... Read more

It's About TIME!!

Monday, August 25, 2014      15 comments

I heard a piece on NPR this morning that both made me want to scream in frustration and WOO-HOO that someone has FINALLY caught on: Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing
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Jam-Packed Day of Play!

Monday, August 18, 2014      15 comments

There were two rides scheduled this past weekend, BOTH for upper Catskill region. I passed on the Saturday ride through the Cannonsville Reservoir...HATED to, just too much to do to give up both days. 21 bike club members showed up for that ride... Read more

Cloud Chaser!

Sunday, July 27, 2014      14 comments

A sizeable thunderstorm swept through our area earlier in the morning, however a check of the radar showed that the rain was OVER! Woo hoo! Out on our ride we go! I added some miles by starting in Center Village and met up with a couple of... Read more

Great Ride and Great Memories

Sunday, July 20, 2014      13 comments

Today's ride paled in many ways to the wonderful ride back in October 2011, but there were enough parallels to bring back the memories and yet to enjoy the people with whom I was riding today. Here is the route for today's ride: Read more

Michigan: The Rest of Vacation & Some Archeology...

Friday, July 18, 2014      19 comments

This was a most challenging week of re-entry after vacation, hence a delay in posting the "rest of the story"...! I was truly blessed with some of the BEST weather during my time in Michigan, especially on the important days of our reunion ... Read more

Rag In The Bag: Michigan Travels!

Thursday, July 10, 2014      17 comments

So in line with the shedding of the "bubble" I've been enjoying tossing a rag in the bag (pannier), hopping on my bike and reconnecting with new friends, old friends and family out Michigan way. After spending the night with a very close fr... Read more

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