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Reasons for Plateaus and How to Break Them
Friday, August 07, 2009      3 comments

After losing 28 pounds in about 7 months, I have hit a genuine weight loss plateau. I have been between 214-16 for several weeks and just can't get the scale to move. I've read several articles SP has about plateaus but this morning I decided to... Read more
I don't know how to start losing again
Thursday, August 06, 2009      3 comments

From January to June I lost quite a few pounds--just shy of 30 in fact. But since then I have stalled and I don't know why. I'm seeing progress in other areas of my life, like cycling, so my overall health improvement hasn't stalled but I'm stil... Read more
I'm Very Tired Today
Wednesday, August 05, 2009      0 comments

I think my big ride last week is finally catching up with me--I'm exhausted today. Luckily I'm on vacation so I'm going to just chill out all day!... Read more
It's hard to stay disciplined on the bike
Tuesday, August 04, 2009      0 comments

Everything I read says that after a significant effort on the bike--which riding 328.4 miles last week at an average speed of 17.9 mph was--one should either rest completely or engage in "active recovery" for 5-7 days. Active recovery means that... Read more
Back on the Bike Today
Monday, August 03, 2009      0 comments

After riding for 328.4 miles last week, I took two days off the bike but today I plan to get back on it. Just some easy spinning, a recovery ride if you will, but I can't wait. Being on my bike is like being in a sanctuary for me. I just love it... Read more
Now it's time to focus on weight loss
Sunday, August 02, 2009      0 comments

For the last month or so I have been focusing, almost exclusively, on preparing for my bicycle ride across the state of Minnesota. I was hoping to lose weight of course but that didn't happen during those weeks. I rode very well last week but I ... Read more
I just rode my bike for 328.4 miles!
Saturday, August 01, 2009      1 comments

My wife and I just returned from the MS Society's 2009 The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. My wife has MS and so we've participated in this ride for 7 years now. It was an amazing ride which I was able to complete at an average speed o... Read more
I'll be gone for a week
Saturday, July 25, 2009      1 comments

Don't think I'll have access to the web on our 300 mile bike ride next week, so see you on the other side--Lord willing!... Read more
The Training is Over Now
Friday, July 24, 2009      0 comments

Training has come to and end, now two days of rest and then up Monday morning to start out on a 300 mile bike ride--hopefully faster than ever before!... Read more
One More Day of Training
Thursday, July 23, 2009      0 comments

I've ridden my bike over 1600 miles since January, worked my butt off, lost almost 30 lbs--and now my time of training is coming to an end. Lord willing, I will ride about 25 miles tomorrow and then take two days off (except for mellow walks eac... Read more
I Don't Have Anything to Say
Wednesday, July 22, 2009      1 comments

I'm sitting here thinking, "There must be something I have to say about something" but honestly nothing's coming to my mind! Oh well, my brain is weak but God is good and great and gracious! Praise be to his name!... Read more
Making Good Choices When I Don't Want to
Tuesday, July 21, 2009      1 comments

For the first time in the last four months I've hit a stretch where it's hard for me to make the right cuisine choices. I'm craving the old junk I used to love so much. But this time I'm making a choice: just don't do it. Just make the right cho... Read more
I've Reached Stage 4
Monday, July 20, 2009      0 comments

I remember standing in my bathroom looking into the mirror 18 weeks ago and saying, "Charlie, you have to believe this is possible. You have to believe that you can do this." And lo and behold, 18 weeks later I'm 21 lbs lighter (I had already lo... Read more
One more week before my "Tour de France"
Sunday, July 19, 2009      0 comments

Well, I've been preparing myself for months now for The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. It's my Tour de France every year, and this looks like it will be my best by far. I'm shooting for a total average speed of 16 mph over 300 miles. ... Read more
Barely Got SP in Today
Saturday, July 18, 2009      0 comments

Today's been unusually busy--I just finished a 15 hour work day. For the first time since March I almost forgot to log in and get my SP points for the day! Whew, that was close!... Read more

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