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First, the easy stuff. My favorite things include knitting, sitting by the stove on a cold wintry day, and reading. I am a couch potato, although I'll take my bentwood rocker over a couch any day.

I joined SparkPeople with the idea that I could get down to a nice slender weight. My BMI is okay, but it could be lower and still be in the normal category. And with a potentially arthritic hip, less weight is a good thing. I love the idea of C25K, but my hips won't tolerate a gentle jog across the yard, so I'm not about to embark on a schedule of torture. I may flirt with the idea every once in a while and jog for 30 seconds or so, but I am still limping away from those flirtations.

I love timelines, so here's a shot at one:
March 1, 2010 - 148.6 (gotta love that digital scale)
April 13, 2010 - joined SP at 141
June 2, 2010 - 135 lbs
July 26, 2010 - 129.8 lbs

And now, maintenance. I wouldn't mind losing some more, but between 125-130 seems to be a decent weight for me. A BMI under 20 sounds like a nice idea ... but there is such a thing as too thin, and I think 120 lbs would be it for me.
February 2011 - 136 lbs
April 20, 2011 - 130 lbs
July 6, 2011 - 137 lbs
(ick, ick, ick)

Back to the nutrition tracker I go!

Member Since: 4/13/2010

Fitness Minutes: 40,313

My Goals:
Maintenance! Or rather, decreasing back to my maintenance weight.

My Program:
Eat healthy. I think I eat fairly close to what people are calling 'eating clean'. I want to keep up with eating fruits and veggies, and not worry so much about the calories from yummy homemade bread from freshly ground flour, too.

Strength training (wimpy, because I am a couch potato) 3x/wk. (doing horribly on this.)

Walking when the weather and bugs permit - a mile or two at a time.

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Minnesota, USA

Homemaker, Master Knitter, Homeschooler, and much more!

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    Thank for your comment on my "worn chain" status. Yes, bike chains wear out. A bike chain consist of links and rollers. As the chain moves over the various drivetrain components the rollers rotate over the pins. The pins are what holds the links together. You may have noticed that there are two type of links: inner links and outer links. As the rollers roll over the pins, wear takes place. When the rollers are loose, due to wear, the cogs on the cassette can be damaged, and in extreme cases, the chain rings on the crank can be damaged.

    The chain may eventually can break since the rollers are harder than the pins, and can erode the pins. However, chain breakage due to wear is unlikely, because you will notice that your drivetrain is in bad shape and take your bike to the your LBS ("Local Bike Shop") because of lousy shifting, lots of noise and hard pedaling.

    They will give you bad news that your chain is shot and so is the rest of your drivetrain. depending on the quality of your bike, a new cassette can set you back $50 to $60. A new chain goes for about $20 to $35. If you have to replace chain rings you can figure $35 to $50 depending on size. Throw in labor at about $50 to $60. Total price for a drivetrain rebuild $230 to $250.

    If you have a good bike this investment is worth it. If the bike is a Walmart special, you sell it on Craigslist for $25 and go get another bike. This time you spring for a name band like Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Scott, Fuji, Raleigh or Surly. You do regular chain maintenance or have your LBS mechanic take care of the bike for you.

    489 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2016 11:08:58 PM
    The Avonlea books are where I first came across a reference to an apple-leaf bedspread. I realized, years later, that was the pattern I was working on!!

    You may keep those Minnesota winters!! LOL!! They are beautiful to watch, and I'm sure it's a perfect time for a hot cup of tea and a needlework project. However, my arthritis strenuously objects to cold and/or wet weather. To get both at the same time, puts me in pretty dire straits.

    I'm not familiar with the website you mentioned but I will look into it!

    Carolyn in SC
    802 days ago
    Well, we could always split the two climates!! MN in the summer and SC in the winter! LOL!! I know I couldn't survive a Minnesota winter!!!

    I managed to get out to ride my bike this afternoon even though there was a very light misting rain. Pistache didn't mind it and neither did I.
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    My eyes aren't up to the fine work in that magnificent shawl you made, but years ago I began knitting an apple-leaf bedspread (using Lilly's Sugar 'n' Cream cotton yarn). I'm hoping to get back to work on that. But first I want to knit my DH a new sweater vest. His are wearing out and I can't find one I like for a decent price!

    Carolyn in SC
    805 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend!! I've enjoyed reading your page ..... homemade bread made from freshly ground wheat??!! WOW!!! What a pity MN is so far from SC.

    I love that you are a master knitter! I'm just getting back into knitting after not having done any for many years. When I was in 2nd grade, my family lived in Belgium and I attended a local catholic school. In addition to reading, writing and 'rithmetic, we were also taught how to knit, to crochet, to sweep and dust properly, and how to wash dishes properly. I've always thought it such a pity that American schools don't cover these very important things with young children.

    Take care!
    Carolyn in SC
    806 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my "pedal wheelie gone wrong" status. My bike is fine because it landed on top of me! Ligaments and bones are all good. My $150 super-duper mountain bike helmet took the blow for my head.

    I just ended-up with some internal bleeding. That bleeding has stopped and I am on the mend.

    Thanks, Bruce
    1202 days ago
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