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I understand about how hard it is to watch your elderly folks fall ill. My dad had a heart attack when he was 59, on my 31st birthday. One triple bypass later, he's still alive, doing ok though he is diabetic and so he has his issues.

Right now, my boyfriend and I live with his elderly father, who is now terminal with prostate cancer that's been aggressively spreading. We have nurses and hospice in and out, and feel quite helpless watching him get more and more sick, day by day. He is now unable to take care of himself, at all. Such a sad thing to see. There is no dignity. It's heartbreaking. He's only 65.

And so it makes me try all the harder, to take care of myself. I don't want to be like that. Not that young. Heck I ride with men that age that can give me a run for my money. I want to be like them when I'm that age!!

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#: That's a really cool idea. I think I will have to give it a shot sometime.
Welcome to the team. I'm sure you will find lots of wonderful people to chat with on here. Good luck with your goals.

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I'm a peanut butter & fruit spread person myself, but for those of you who liked eggs, here is a great and easy trick.

Boil a pot of water on the stove. Put your egg with any other additions you like (a little cheese, mushrooms, green onions, etc) in a small (snack size) ziploc bag. Squish it all around and drop in the boiling water for 3 minutes. You get a nicely cooked omlet that you can drop neatly on ww toast for a no mess, no fuss breakfast. It cooks in the time it takes me to gather gear and fill water bottles!

 
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Thanks SPARTYJR3000
It is hard seeing your parent age, fall sick and die. I think we feel that our parents will live forever. It’s silly to think they won’t die but it is always hard when reality slaps you into the here and now.

I’ll check out your new group. Sounds interesting.


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8/8/07 11:08 A

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I like to workout on a semi-empty stomach so my pre-morning workout breakfast for me is a peanut butter sandwich on 2 (sometimes 3) slices of WW bread. And a large cup of coffee, of course. Can't do oatmeal as it just sits in the stomach and doesn't really go anywhere (and if I'm running, I've been known to get the trots).

That'll fuel me for at least 1.5-2 hours so if I know I'm going longer then I'll take something with me (gel, banana, etc). You have to experiment and see what you like and don't like - I've been doing that with some "interesting" results!

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Daytrading doesn't allow for early morning rides on weekdays and we like to sleep in and spend time together on weekends.

My breakfasts are always Bran Flakes with fresh blueberries or frozen raspberries (defrosted naturally) or sometimes raisins - my DW told me Raisin Bran uses a bad form of sugar, so I don't eat that anymore.

A large glass of orange juice & a couple cups of coffee finishes off breakfast.

Then two or three fruits through the course of the morning and maybe a bagel or two.

Then lunch at 1pm and then afternoon rides. DW works in tv/film costumes, so I get a lot of time to ride.

Eating a lot this time of year especially - trying not to lose weight - hard to do in summer when I ride a lot. 165 a month ago, down to 158 ... trying to stay over 160 ... I'm 6'2" so even that is kinda on the light side.

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Right now my favourite breakfast is GoLean!Crunch cereal with frozen blueberries (I let them defrost first). I hate milk, so I use yogurt instead.

September's Bicycling Magazine has an article with some breakfast ideas. I'm going to try the scrambled egg with a toasted whole wheat english muffin tomorrow.

Right now I ride 18-19 km 4 days a week as part of my commute to work, and then 3 days at the gym (although I've missed going to the gym this past month because of work re-scheduling). Basically, all that energy use makes me absolutely starving! I may have to split my breakfast in half before and half after my workouts, because I'm heading back to my old bad habit of spending "quality time" at Starbucks.

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8/7/07 4:58 P

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K: I have been meaning to respond but I got busy w/ my B-day and having to start school again. I hope I didn't make you feel bad about not posting. I just wanted to let you know how much I like reading your posts.
My prayers go out to you and your family. I recently lost my last grandmother. She was going for a while suffering from dimentia (SP) but was finally hit by something like three or more complications at once. When they said that she was being moved to a hospice I didn't know that it meant she was going to die. I thought it meant that she was getting better and didn't need to be in a hospital but needed a little more watch. I was devistated when I got the news that she was really on her way to another part of life. My brother finally called me and told me what was going on. I guess my mother was trying to protect me from the truth. I love her but I hope she soon realizes that I am now the one who has to protect others from the horrible truth and that she can tell me anything.
Ok I don't want to make everyone cry with this post. It wasn't my intention at all. I would like to mention that I have started a new team. All are welcome to come and put in their two-cents. It is called Theologians. It's under students, majors and then some where in there is my team. I hope all of you are doing well with your goals. Good luck to you all!

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MRS.WEASLEY you are so right. My Mom represents one path of genetics but of course I have to factor in my father too. And my parents could not be more opposite: Dad ran all his life. He started track and field in high school and competed and/or coached women’s track and field all his life. He got bored with running the 400 & 200 so he took up hurdling in his 50’s!! Just a little something new. He also started bike riding in his 60’s. Just a little something new. My Dad went to the hospital 3 times in his lifetime: 1) have a pace maker installed, 2) reattached a torn ligament 3) when he contracted pneumonia but died as a result of leukemia. We loved to tease him about his body! We always said that daddy didn’t have calves like everyone else: his calves were no babies they were full-grown so we called them bulls!

Then there is Mom. My poor Mom has never been active and has always struggled with her weight, with high blood pressure, arthritis and now diabetes and heart failure. Both knees have been replaced. She has had many operations: carpel tunnel, hysterectomy, varicose veins, etc. and has many, many visits to the hospital. Too many to count. I can see that I inherited my Mom’s health challenges more than my dad’s: high blood pressure, struggle with weight control, arthritis in both knees, carpel tunnel. I already had the hysterectomy in 1999 and the carpel tunnel is acting up and I am on medication for my high blood pressure.

But there is some good news in this genetic soup. I am finding that many of my health problems may be traced to the diagnosis I received at age 19: dermatitis herpetiformis, a form of celiac disease. I must be on a gluten free diet. One of the problems I have when eating gluten is inflammation: of my knees, wrists, all my joints. So is it really arthritis or just an allergic reaction to gluten?? Is it carpel tunnel or an allergic reaction to gluten?? Interesting stuff to consider.


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I agree! It's like looking down one particular path with your genetics and realizing you can alter the course of it...My mother and I actually had a laugh along those lines last month. she has never been an athlete, but tries to stay active (I have learned that hagen daaz for lunch will not work, it's not working for her...but she does enjoy it). I'd go out for a jog and she'd say "keep it up" this is what the non-jogging version looks like! She is doing great though, despite a somewhat sedentary lifestyle. I must thank her for my genes.



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KJEANNE, Glad to hear from you. Don't feel guilty about your mom being your motivation to get and stay fit. I think we all have people around who show us what we should copy from them, as well as what we should avoid. If she is helping you be healthy, that's a good thing. I am glad to hear she is home and recouperating. And I know what it's like when work rears its ugly head and interferes with the rest of your life! Good luck with your challenges.

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I haven’t been posting much because of some life “challenges” including a very sick Mom: she was in the hospital for 6 days. We initially thought she had pneumonia but found out she had had a mild heart attack! She is home now, but since we have a 2-story home, we had to make some changes to help her feel conformable upstairs in her bedroom. She has a hard time doing stairs. So we brought her a refrigerator, put in a microwave and have ordered Direct TV for her room. She is overweight and has never eaten well and now it has all caught up with her: congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes type II and her kidneys are shutting down. But considering she is 80, she is doing well. Most of her friends are dead now!

In addition, we are in our busy time of year: SOX testing. So there is lots of mandatory overtime.

I feel a little guilty saying this but my Mom, with all her health problems (way to many to list here!) has been my motivation to get my act together health wise.


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MB: I don't mind eggs if they are fried or scrambled. If they are runny, in egg salad, or hard boiled I get nauseated by the smell. I don't know why but I do remember it coming about some where before high school (I think). When I got to college I coudln't eat a hard boiled egg.

K: Where have you been? I have missed reading your posts. I have looked around trying to find your posts but haven't seen you. I hope all is well with you. I was telling my wife that I was going to head up to your area for a ride one of these days. Oh and as usual great tips with the breakfast foods. I'm really glad to hear tips from someone with special dietary needs. That helps me so much with my knowledge.

C: Great job with your ride. Egg beaters are ok but I prefer a real scrambled egg to that but if I have to eat it then it's not all that bad. I was really surprised the first time that I had to eat it. I hope that your diet works out for you. I don't understand the "white" food but I guess I just need to pick up the book and read into it. It sounds interesting but I like "blackened" food. I love spices and if I can get some blackened Halibut then I'm all for it. I love that stuff!

ALL: I would love to remark and the support of this topic. Great job at stating what you like for breakfast. The support that we give is helpful to all. I'm basically saying thank you for all that you do. These posts are a great resource.

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OK got to weigh in on the oatmeal issue. To my mind the best oatmeal is whole rolled oats made from scratch. Sorry guys but this processed instant stuff is just BAD for you and has all the good fiber and wholesomeness processed out of it.

Real oatmeal has substance and tastes soooo much better. I get mine in bulk from our organic COOP. My favorite is adding blueberries (antioxidents) and walnuts with skim milk and sometimes real mayple syrup. Yummm

My favorite ride breakfast is an egg beaters omelet with low fat cheese and tomatoes or other veggies and a piece of Eziekial bread (sprouted grain bread). I sprinkle herbs and garlic salt in the egg mixture to give it lots of flavor. Yumm again. Holds me for many miles.

Did the MS 150 ride this week end and with my egg beater breakfasts, excellerade and my sweet little carbon bike....I just flew. LOL

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Due to dietary allergies – I can’t eat gluten (a protein in wheat, buckwheat, oats and rye) I can’t eat all of the cereals that you can buy in the supermarket. Most of the gluten-free (GF) cereals I have tried taste like cardboard so I have looked for alternative foods to fuel me for my rides. I have found it easier to just drink some of the drink I have during my rides: Perpetuem by Hammer Products (it has complex carbs, soy protein, fats and some key nutrients). I bring GF fruit and protein bars but usually don’t eat during or right after a ride. Instead I drink my Perpetuem.

PS. If I could eat oatmeal, I still wouldn’t because I really hated that stuff when I ate it during my childhood!

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Sparty... I have cut out nearly all my meat intake so eggs are a larger portion of my diet.

I do a lot of organized rides.. a couple of mtn bike rides a week, rides for beginners, rides for the more serious folks. I love to help the folks just starting out, since I have only been seriously biking myself for less than 2 years. Fresh in my memory on how I was when I first started.

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T: The only oatmeal that I eat is the instant stuff with flavor. I don't add as much water as the package says because it makes it too thick. Then I put a little milk on top to cool it off and give it a nice flavor.

MT: That's cool that you organize rides. I can't eat hard boiled eggs nor can I eat egg salad. I also don't eat mayo. I avoid all that stuff. If you enjoy it then have at it. Bananas really are great for you. I used to eat them a lot when I was wrestling so I could sweat off my extra weight.

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I am one that tends to do a sandwich and a salad, go figure. LOL Oatmeal, a normal helping anyways, does not fill me up for any length of time, especially if I'm on a bike. Yesterday I hosted our shop road bike ride, did a pretty intense 53 miles with some pretty serious roadies, and did fine on a sandwich with low cal wheat bread, low fat mayo, lean lunch meat, and I had a salad with some nuts and raisins. I came home and had an egg salad sandwich.

For a light morning ride, a banana is perfect. Bananas are such a great food.

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Yes, I just tried it again recently because everyone says how filling and good it is. My boss eats the maple syrup one every morning and it smells like heaven. Little did I know it only smells like heaven. I made it at home and I thought I can get past the fact that it looks slimy. Then I tasted it and it really tasted like the cardboard. Needless to say the boss got a free box of Oatmeal. emoticon

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T: I'm so glad that there is someone out there that doesn't eat oatmeal before a ride. Pancakes are a great fuel too. I like the wheat pancakes. My son likes to eat sweet potatoe pancakes.

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OK I have to agree with SpartyJR about choking down oatmeal. In my opinion it tastes like the box. For short rides I usually go with either a granola bar or eggs and toast. For longer rides I find pancakes to be good.



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I usually do oatmeal and add raspberries. I use the frozen raspberries, so they don't go bad on me, and just defrost them before adding them to the oatmeal.

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Oatmeal with a sliced peach and yogurt is my best workout day breakfast. I will be hungry after the ride though.

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I go for bacon and eggs on a bagel. I like two or maybe three eggs fried in Pam or extra virgin olive oil. Sometimes I will keep it as simple as a bowl of cereal. I know that milk isn't good before a hard ride but if I eat it early enough then I have little to worry about. I guess other then that I would say go for a good carb with some form of protein. Oatmeal is good but I find it hard to choke down. It also leaves me empty.
Abiker said a good thing. "Try different things until you figure out what your stomach can tolerate." This is good advice. I have had many early morning workouts most of them right around 0400-0500. One thing I realized is that I need to do some eating the day before. If you are going to have a long hard ride or race then start eating good carbs about 24-48 hours before. If you would like to bring someting on a ride you should bring Gu. Their gel has great flavor and helps out by keeping your body full of the necessary nutrients. It does require you to drink some wather to make sure that it gets fully absorbed but even if you don't the stuff really helps. I hope that you listen closely to your stomach and body for it will tell you what works and what doesn't. Good luck to you.

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Oatmeal is always a winner. For a 10-20 mile I would just go with a banana and a granola bar or gel to take with me. I would just try different things until you figure out what your stomach can tolerate.

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I agree with PLANAR, porridge (oatmeal) is great. I would add in a banana and some raisins myself as well. Best of luck
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Oatmeal is the traditional favorite.

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What have you found to be a good breakfast the morning of a ride? Specifially a short 10-20 mile ride.

Thanks.

 
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