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Me and my bike! A "before" picture...stay tuned for the after picture.

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Out on a club ride 4/21/2007. Jersey is a size smaller than previous picture!

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I quit my job of 16 years and started college full time. I have finished my BS in Environmental Issues and am now pursuing a PhD in epidemiology. I am so glad to have left a job I was hating for the last two years I worked there. Since I finally found the courage to change my life I also figured this would be the perfect time to lose that extra 70 pounds and get healthy.

I had lost 60 pounds the first time on spark but unfortunately gained it back plus 5 pounds or so. Now I am back hoping to lose 75 pounds.

The support here is great and I am quite sure that I could not lose the weight without it. Thank you to all those I meet along the way

I love cycling and touring by bicycle but the funny thing is I have never ever done any other kind of exercise. So far all the people I have met on SP have inspired me to eat better and to start exercising more consistently.

Member Since: 10/4/2006

My Goals:
I would like to eventually be able to run a 5k but right now the bike takes precedence because I will be leaving on 5/27 to work on a bike ride across the USA. Perhaps when I get back I'll try again to do the couch to 5k.
I have been riding about 300 miles a month.
Eating wise I am trying to keep it around 1600 calories except for the days I ride 50 miles or more, those days I will probably eat about 2250-2500 calories.

My Program:
I am using the SP nutrition tracker to track my calories and other nutrients.

Lots of indoor and outdoor bike riding.

I wanted to walk but I hate walking in the cold and/rain and don't have a treadmill. I'll try again after the bike trip.

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I am from the New York City area but currently living in Buffalo, NY

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    Thanks for your encouraging words about the clipless. I can already tell that I will love them so very much, but right now I'm glad I decided to learn in the winter when I'm wearing long sleeves!
    4832 days ago
  • v LUCKI*4
    Hi Michelle - love the picture of you and your bike!

    Happy new Year to you. I am so glad you joined our team, I think you are a great inspiration to some of us (like me) to just start moving this ole body LOL
    4845 days ago
  • v GDSMITH54873
    Hi Kestrel500! I was just checking out your SP page and noticed you said you quit your job to go back to school full time. My husband and I did that mid-life when our daughter started 9th grade. We put everything on hold and both went back to school full time. It was worth every sacrifice we made to be able to do it. We graduated from college in 1999 when our daughter graduated from high school. My most favorite picture is one of all three of us in our caps and gowns!

    We recently fell in love again with biking. Both of us used to ride all the time as kids, but it's one of those things most people stop doing when they get a drivers license, I guess! We now love to ride and I hope to do a century ride some day.

    Best of luck to you on both your journeys....educational and physical.

    4855 days ago
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