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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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  • v CAB5876
    Hi Michelle. Just joined SP. I am also a cyclist and training for my first Century along the PCH, CA. It's the end of Sept. Have a great ride! I'd love to hear about your adventure. CAB5876 (Cherie)
    4650 days ago
  • v GERRYD8784
    Hi Michelle! Just stopping by to check in and see how you are doing. Hope you'll return to active involvement with Spark People soon. We're eager to hear more about your cross country ride!

    4668 days ago
  • v TURMAN1897
    Kestrel500 you are awesome and you sure are lookin good!!
    4688 days ago
  • v GERRYD8784
    Hi Michelle! Hope your bike trip across the country is going well. I miss you on the Team forum (and we're not moving nearly as fast on our 1000 mile challenge without you!) and hope you'll be able to check in and update us soon. If you do, post the web address of your biking log on your Spark page. I should have bookmarked it when I checked it out a while back, but didn't. Ride on!

    4720 days ago
    seeing your photos, got me to reminiscing about my biking days. I look forward to the day I can return to riding my road and mtn bike without it being followed by several days of nagging back pain.

    Ride on!
    4721 days ago
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