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A week of 5's

Monday, September 07, 2009

This past weekend marks my 5-year anniversary of the change of my life. Five years ago I was 535 pounds and desperately need to change. At the time I’m sure there were doubters; including myself. I had been successful in the past, but let things get in the way of staying in control. I’ve learned many things the way this time around that keep me staying the course. The only thing the doubters have to doubt now is what will be my next big challenge.

The other 5 this week was a 5-pound loss! Now, I didn’t weigh in last week due to not being home, but I didn’t expect anything. Last week I upped my carb calories to give me more energy for my big ride. This past week I’ve been less than perfect on tracking everything. I’ve been over on calories more days than not, but something worked. My exercise was also less than spectacular due to the yard needing mowed and a funeral, but life will get in the way from time to time. I have to say that I’ve been hungrier than normal, but I’ve tried sticking to the plan. We’ll see what this next week brings.

This weeks ride was The Covered Bridge Tour. Sounds innocent enough, but it was anything but. Last weeks ride, The Pelotonia, was expected to be hilly and challenging. This week we rode a lot of the same roads hilly roads without much of the warm up of last week. Last weeks hills seemed to be less daunting; this week it was a constant barrage of up hill with very little down hill. Last week during our ride my family was along cheering us all the way. This week Anne seemed to have a fan club as we rode past the Southwestern Correctional Facility. It was a very humorous when one of the inmates started cheering for her from behind the barbed-wire fence. After the hill we had just climbed we could use the laugh. After finishing 67+ miles we were talking in the parking lot with someone who had a Garmin unit and they said that we had climbed a hill of 17%. I’ve never had that kind of information, but I can tell you that it was a ‘quad-burning’ grade; the type of hill that would make a preacher curse. Mountain goat status still in effect. I’ve been asked by my riding partner for some flatter ground for our future rides.

Today is a dreary day in Ohio, so I’m catching up on Sparking and working the design for my new tattoo. Have a great week.

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    Congrats on all your 5s. :) As I continue to read about your accomplishments, I am getting more and more interested in biking. Although we do not have any bike routes in my area, or safe areas to do any long distance biking, as soon as I get back on my feet, I will begin to train for long distance biking at the gym, since we have some very pretty areas around here and hilly country that lends itself to biking adventures - if it was only half-way safe...

    Thanks for being a fantastic motivator, Bill.
    4296 days ago
    emoticon on 5 years! That's wonderful that you have been able to stick to your lifestyle change for that long! emoticon
    4298 days ago
    Congrats on the 5 year mark. You have come so far and I cannot even imagine how good that must feel looking back. Way to go!
    4299 days ago
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    September...the month that the changes began for you and I. Most I talk to that have changed have January 1 as a benchmark. I'm sure that 2 years ago I was thinking some of the very same things you were thinking some 5 years ago Bill. I knew I had to do something. I knew that I didn't want to wait another minute, let alone 3 1/2 or so months to change. I wanted to make the changes in September so when January 1 rolled around, they (the changes) were solidly in place.

    It is great to read of your bike rides. I'm thinking that perhaps next year I may join you on one of your rides. I thought about you yesterday in the dreary Ohio afternoon as I was working from 2 pm to 1030 pm. A fan of the Cleveland Indians was in town and it was pouring rain. He wiped his car out on Interstate 71 near somewhere in the town of Brooklyn (between Linndale and Cleveland) and wasn't able to drive his car so I drove him on the flatbed back to Lexington Ohio but he told me he was parking his car there and his wife was meeting him there as he lives in Ghanna Ohio, which I believe is not too far from where you're at in Marion. We got to talking and I showed him my driver license and he was telling me that he has lost 50 pounds in the past year and a half and after looking at my progress, it has motivated him to continue on to his goal.

    As I was cruising back up I-71, I was thinking, one of these days I'm going to utilize this highway and meet that guy down in Marion!

    Great going Bill!
    4300 days ago
    Congrats Bill- you are truly amazing!
    Keep up the good work.
    4300 days ago
    Congratulations on 5 years Bill - that's awesome! The Covered Bridge Tour sounds killer - who hosts it?
    4300 days ago
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    Oh what a difference 5 years can make!
    I feel like a broken record when I say this...but I am so proud of you. I remember when you first began being healthy and what a difference that brought to our lives. I remember our first trip to the YMCA and what a difference that brought. I remember all of your ups and downs and your new challenges that you'd give yourself!
    You are a true inspiration to many people on Spark and in our lives here @ home. You have shown true devotion to your lifestyle and I applaud you for that.
    I am very blessed to call you my hubby and all that you bring to our life! May you continue your healthy journey and may you keep encouraging others to jump on board with you and enjoy the ride...I know I'm glad I finally have!
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    4300 days ago
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    Congrats on reaching the 5 yr mark. Anniversaries always have a certain gift or meaning dependent on the year - You celebrated with a century prize emoticon Keep on going - I'm sure no one that knows you has any iota of doubt toward you now; quite probably a lot of admiration and respect. For those of us reading from spark-land or elsewhere...I'm sure over the next 5 yrs you'll continue to be a source of encouragement and motivation. Thanks in advance for that...there's no doubt here!
    4300 days ago
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    Good job Bill!

    4300 days ago
    Bill . . . you're rocking it as always. I think I hit one of those hills myself the other day. I'm determined to ride up it. heh I'll get there. it is kinda dreary today isn't it? It's a bit nutty by the lake . . . cant decide to full on storm or just blow over. The rain has stopped and started about 10 different times.

    Enjoy your day! Congrats on the loss! And the 5 years man . . . . here's to 5 more. And then 5 more! And then . . .

    you get the picture. :)
    4300 days ago
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    Five years, how awesome! What's even more awesome is the way you encourage others along this journey. I know you will reach your goals and I'm excited to watch you reach them.

    Hmmm. Somehow I missed the 17% comment, but I know exactly which hill it was!Those 3500' of climbing were not lost on my quads, either. It does feel good, though, to know that we can do it. See you next week for a hopefully flatter ride!

    4300 days ago
    Wow! Seventeen percent grade feels vertical on a bike. I can barely WALK up one of those. I tried a really short one on my bike once and only got about 50 feet up and my bike came to a stop and fell over. LOL! I have to tell you that when I ride my bike these days and I hit a hard patch (like today--horrible headwind) I think--Bill wouldn't give up on this--and it keeps me going. Thanks for being an inspiration!
    4300 days ago
    That does sound like a quad-killer of a ride. But congrats to you and DW for making it, and you just a week from Pelotonia.

    Also, congratulations on 5 years of growth, better health and a new outlook on life. :-)
    4300 days ago
    Congratulations on your anniversary!and your amazing ride!
    4300 days ago
    Amazing! I can't even begin to imagine a 67 mile bike ride! It is just awesome you have come so far in only five years. You have a great week, too.
    4300 days ago
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