I lost 3 lbs. and saved $15 in gas taking the bike this week.
I've been bike commuting for about a month now and I'm really enjoying it. I'm lighter, I feel stronger, and I'm having a good time. Plus the commute is so beautiful, I wonder why I haven't always done this. Here are some pictures:
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Throw your drugs in the woods
Those of you who follow my blog know that I've given up the car and commute to work on my bicycle.
When I started, I went on a shopping spree to make sure I could do this safely. My regular cycling shirt is one of those reflective ones t... Read more
Snapshot of life at 10 pounds lost.
When I started SparkPeople, I had 110 pounds to lose. I expect - indeed I'm counting on - big changes as I lose that much weight and I thought I would do a little assessment each time I lost ten pounds. Here is the first.
At ten pounds do... Read more
Return to the scene of the crime, Part 2 (thoughts on vacations)
(Note: this is a follow-up to my June 25th blog)
This particular trip to my father's was relatively uneventful compared to others. He only made one gratuitous racist remark that made my blood boil. He only told my wife one story that was ... Read more
The latest great reason to live a long, healthy life...
Noah Andrew Clark, born 7:45 PST, Saturday, June 25th, Federal Way, WA. Mother and child are doing fine.
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Return to the scene of the crime ... Part 1
By which I mean my parent's house of course.
My wife and I spent Thursday night there on our way to NYC to renew her passport at the Russian Consulate. Yup, my wife is an alien! She was born in the Soviet Union and has a great accent th... Read more
Isn't it good to be back home again
Just got home from 48 hours on the road, including some time spent at my parents' house. It was the first time away from my daily routine since I joined SparkPeople. Tomorrow I will blog about the successes and failures of the trip and what I ... Read more
Spandex Bike Pants
"Spandex is a privilege, not a right" said my friend Andrea. This was many years and many pounds (my pounds) ago, and we had just seen an overweight cyclist go by wearing bike pants. I laughed nervously because I was already internalizing her ... Read more
Saving the planet, one fat man at a time.
One of the resolutions I made around the same time that I joined SparkPeople was to use my bicycle instead of my car for trips around town. I figured it was good for the environment, it was good for my health, and with gas at $4 a gallon, it wa... Read more
Today's Guest Blogger
Today's Guest Blogger is Cat Stevens, 70's pop star. I sometimes listen to this song while I'm hiking because it reminds me to enjoy where I am now, focus on the process, take the next step and not obsess about the destination. I wonder where ... Read more
I tend to do things to extremes.
In college I took up scuba diving and became an instructor.
I like to hike, so I planned to climb all the mountains in the Northeast over four thousand feet.
If I started jogging again tomorrow (no... Read more
I decided to give myself a little treat to acknowledge the hard work I did during week one. I thought I might buy myself something.
So what did I get? An banana split? A flat screen TV? A trip to Tahiti? No to all three.
I got mys... Read more
One week down, a lifetime to go
It's been a great first week: moved from stage 1 to stage 2, lost 5.25 pounds, and seemingly received a gazillion Spark Points and trophies.
I'm sure this next week, that things will slow down. It's a good time to remind myself that I'm ... Read more
This sentence is six words long.
Which is my way of saying that as I move into week two, I resolve to be very good about measuring everything. Well, okay, not everything, but all the food I eat. In the past I've "eyeballed" portion size. And I plan to do so again in the futu... Read more
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The World is Getting Bigger As I Get Smaller
Most people, I think, have heard the adage about putting a frog into water: if you put a frog into hot water it will jump out, but if you put a frog into room temperature water and slowly heat it, you can boil it. Before going any further, let ... Read more