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Getting rid of that bushel so my light can shine.

Greetings, and welcome to my Sparkpage.

I am in my fourth year of SparkPeople, and I have learned a lot about myself. Unfortunately, none of that has resulted in any physical weightloss. Mental baggage? Well, that's another story.

Right now, I'm focusing on getting out of destructive thought and behavioral patterns, and basically becoming "master of my fate and captain of my soul." And fitting into some smaller jeans at some point, because I'm tired of wearing ...
Greetings, and welcome to my Sparkpage.

I am in my fourth year of SparkPeople, and I have learned a lot about myself. Unfortunately, none of that has resulted in any physical weightloss. Mental baggage? Well, that's another story.

Right now, I'm focusing on getting out of destructive thought and behavioral patterns, and basically becoming "master of my fate and captain of my soul." And fitting into some smaller jeans at some point, because I'm tired of wearing the thighs out of my jeans faster than I'd like to admit. Whatever.

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Member Since: 1/27/2009

SparkPoints: 73,469

Fitness Minutes: 54,952

My Goals:
1. To be able to bike long distances without dying.
2. To live long enough to be a terror to the senior citizens' community.
3. To not be mistaken for a linebacker from the Greenbay Packers.
4. Get back to "Onederland", and go from there. One crisis at a time, kids.

My Program:
1. Track the food.
2. Exercise
3. Strength training 2x a week minimum
4. Movement as anesthesia instead of food

Personal Information:
My house is in the Republic of Texas, but I mostly reside in the State of Denial, with a summer cabin in the State of Angst. I'm working on moving out, but there seems to be a whole lot more baggage than I anticipated.

Other Information:
I'm fulfilling my childhood dream of taking piano lessons and playing the piano. So far so good.

Favorite quote:
"If your chicken starts barking, it's time to throw a clown at the president." --Cedric the Entertainer

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SPEEDYDOG
8/18/2014 9:17:57 AM

Dear Heather,

Thanks for commenting on my “Bikes and Beer” blog. Yes I ride some very rough trails. However, the bike is made for rough stuff. If I do my part, the bike will go its part.

Thanks, Bruce




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MARISPHERE
5/21/2014 8:29:59 PM

Hi Heather! TWGH bought me a bike for my birthday, so I'm finally ready to join the Roly-Poly Cyclists club.

Got any tips, tricks, advice for me? Like what distance did you ride at first and what are your distances now? Do you ride for miles or time? How often do you ride per week?

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Thanks,

Mari



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SPEEDYDOG
5/15/2014 7:45:18 AM

Dear Heather,

Thanks for commenting on my “Part 1: Renewing Little Stumpy”. I think I may have a gift. In Star Wars the Jedi have the Force. I have is the “Touch”. The Touch allows me to fix things and build things. Often times, when installing or removing some mechanical part, I close my eyes so I can feel the underlying structure.

There is actually a minor flaw in Little Stumpy’s design. The top tube intersects the seat tube almost an inch too low. This little geometry flaw is not a big deal. However, this flaw was reconciled in 2008 giving the later bikes a smoother look.

Thanks, Bruce




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SPEEDYDOG
5/11/2014 2:15:37 PM

Heather,

Thanks for your comment on my “Bike Fest” blog. I hope your trail rash is not too bad. The Giant XTC is a great bike. Did you test ride any 27.5” bikes? Giant has sworn to emphasize only on 27.5” bikes. Specialized has brought out few 27.5” bikes.

Now that you are a hardcore trail rider, you may want to invest in some protective gear. I always wear gloves. I prefer Fox short gloves with gel padding. I also have long Pearl Izumi and Fox gloves.

I have knee and elbow pads. I like six-six-one (661) “Rage” pads. These 661 pads are made for adults, rather than kids or skinny racers.

A helmet is an absolute must!

I am anxious to hear about your riding adventures.

Thanks, Bruce


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SPEEDYDOG
2/9/2014 1:26:51 AM

Thanks for commenting on my “Walking Cast” rant. I am not my normal bubbly self. I have photos of my foot when the nurse took off the bandages. I didn’t want to post any of these photos and gross out anyone. There is a big cut over my ankle that goes up my calf and down along my foot. I have a jillion stitches. My foot, ankle and calf are all black and blue. Now that the swelling has gone down, the cast is rubbing against the incision and driving my batty.

Thanks, Bruce




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