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See this image largerThoughts? Spark says my lunch is only 226 calories total -1 whole bag of microwave popcorn, 2 hard boiled eggs and a Coke Zero. Good, bad or otherwise?See this image largerDinner out with colleagues tonight - thought I was ordering a "healthier" fare compared to the fries, steak, pizza etc I would normally order. Proud of my choices until my SP log said this was STILL almost 900 calories!!!?? Are you kidding me????? Fish, rice, beans and water.....come on. I quit. Not really. Yeah maybe.See this image largerHeaded to the gym straight after work. Discovered I forgot my athletic socks after I hit the locker room. Look out Planet Fitness, I'm stylin' in my dress sock today. LOL. Guess that's better than missing my work out ๐Ÿ˜‚!!!See this image larger#BeforeAndAfter This entire week without a single slice of ๐Ÿ• Pizza.See this image largerYeah. Me. Out to eat, entertaining colleagues all week. But I tried hard to make healthier choices, stayed away from Pizza altogether, and managed to drop another pound this week. - 3 lbs total since joining Spark People only 2 weeks ago. Thanks for your help my friends!!!See this image largerSometimes I get the munchies really bad after an late evening workout. So I found this combo along with 8 oz of water kills all my cravings. My cravings for food, work, exercise, sleep - basically kills my cravings for living. Yeah. Yuk. But at least I don't want to eat again until the next morning ๐Ÿ˜See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerWoo-Hoo! Down another 3lbs this week. 8lbs total since joining Spark People 30 days ago. So thankful for you!!!See this image largerWeigh in done. Soccer game over. Work out in. Nothing left to do today except this. Ahhhhh....See this image largerCame home for healthy lunch today & squeezed in a quick 4 mile trail run. The sun reflecting off the Thornapple River was refreshing. #getoutside!See this image largerAre you kidding me right now???? Seriously. Donuts shaped like French fries???!!! With chocolate sauce???!!! Ug. Failed that test big time ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ŸSee this image largerBeautiful, cold morning in Michigan with a light dusting of snow on the ground. Trail running group doesn't meet 'till this afternoon ... so for now, you will find me here - soaking up the beauty of the morning and recovering from yesterday's run ๐Ÿ˜See this image largerNSV!!! Didn''t really lose any weight this week. But I ran the Robinette''s apple orchard 5.5 mile trail in less than 50 minutes for the first time in a couple of years. Woo-hoo!!!See this image largerTook me over an hour to run 5 miles on the trails tonight after work. 34 degrees. Dark. Snow flurries. And I fell twice (need new batteries or maybe a new headlamp?) ... But it was so awesome!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿƒ๐ŸปโœŒ๏ธ#getoutside!!!See this image largerHave an amazing Thanksgiving day my friends!!! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ May God help you to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all your circumstances.See this image largerAnnual Turkey Burner ride!!! Thanks to 45 days with Spark People I was able to hang with the fast guys today (just barely). Almost 30 off-road miles in about 2 hours. Should be worth some calories??!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค˜โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšด๐ŸšดSee this image largerOK. So don't judge it until you try it. LOL. This is SOOOO yummy you will NOT believe it!!!!! Tastes like a Chocolate Ice Cream float but has less than 100 calories in 16oz's and tons of healthy protein. #YOURWELCOME #GENIUS@WORKSee this image largerCrazy, busy day. Ug!!! No time to work out drives me nuts. So I had breakfast for dinner (egg, toast & coffee). My egg turned out like a fish and that made me smile. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Now on to "Death by Burpees" before I head to bed.See this image largerGorgeous day for a 10 mile commute to work by bike - until it became a 3 mile jog after I got a flat tire!!! ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž Apparently, it was too cold this AM (25 degrees) for tubeless MTB tires ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญSee this image largerChallenging day (no, week!!!) But on the ride home (after fixing my flat at the office) I stopped to take this photo while trying to beat the darkness. What a way to step into the weekend. #Thankful #GodIsGood #GetoutsideSee this image largerAfter an almost 20 mile (accidental) run yesterday....a hike seemed like just what the doctor ordered for today. Dogs weren't too happy about crossing the ravine on this rickety bridge...๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ‘See this image largerToday's outdoor adventures in the snow by Fat bike. Pedaling doesn't get any more fun or scenic than this!!! Don't let the snow hold you back #getoutside!!!See this image largerYou're in my spot. LOL. Now let's get off Sheldon's couch and go burn some calories!!! Woo-hoo!!! (This one is for all my nerd friends. You rock!!!)See this image largerTakin' the ole Schwinn Airdyne for a spin tonight. It's been awhile old girl...go easy on me please ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸšดSee this image largerFresh snow and setting sun made for a scenic Fat bike ride this afternoon. What a refreshing way to step into the weekend. #getoutside!!!See this image largerIf you really want to be more active and live a healthier lifestyle, it all starts with having your priorities in order. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšด๐ŸคฃSee this image largerA โ€œLife Hackโ€ for winter running: Put 3/8 inch sheet-metal screws in the soles of your running shoes. Youโ€™ll be amazed at the traction on snow & ice!!! Cost less than $5 and when you take the screws out in the spring, the rubber closes right back up nicely๐Ÿ˜See this image largerWinter Solstice ride. Woo-hoo!!! 15 miles done. The days only get longer and lighter from now on! #getoutside!!!See this image largerOverslept and missed the meetup with my trail training group. Almost didnโ€™t go...but ended up doing an 8 mile solo run along the Thornapple River. Spotted lots of wildlife on the peaceful run...and my last mile was the fastest!! Woo-hoo. #getoutsideSee this image largerMerry Christmas Eve from Teeko and Teaghan!!! My prayer for today is that you may experience the Light of the Christmas star, the Cheer of good family & friends, the Hope of a childlike heart, the Joy of a thousand angels and Godโ€™s Peace in your spirit.โญ๏ธ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿฅ‚See this image largerA very Merry Christmas to all my Spark Friends!!!See this image largerWhatโ€™s yours? Best 10 โ€œrunning shoes in the worldโ€ according to Runners World. #1 - the Brooks Ghost 10 and #1 for Trail - the Hoka Speedgoat 2: https://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes
See this image largerA brisk 11 degrees above zero (-16 degrees Celsius) with 8+ inches of fresh snow. The perfect day to go snowshoeing on the golf course!!! โ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ A good workout of almost 3 miles. Now itโ€™s time to warm up by the fire with a good book ๐Ÿ“šSee this image largerHereโ€™s to our adventures, laughter, achievements, struggles and the wonder of last year. Cheers 2017!!!! 2018: Weโ€™re ready for you!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿšด๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜See this image largerRinging in the New Year by Snowshoeing out to Lake Michigan. Wishing you everything good in 2018: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; and may God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you Peace!!!See this image larger17 degrees was like a tropical heatwave!!! Dark so early - perfect opportunity to try out the new Christmas headlights!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšดโ„๏ธ #getoutside!!!See this image largerScrews in my shoes. #1586 ready for the Yankee Springs 25k WINTER CHALLENGE trail race in the AM. Sub-zero temps and mountains of snow...here we come!!! WooHoo!!! #getoutside!!!See this image larger-4 at the start today for the 14 brave souls attempting to run all 50 miles today!!! (2 of them are in my trail running group!!!) Maybe it will warm up to zero by the time the 25k runner starts??!! WooHoo!!! Letโ€™s go!!! We go this!!! #getoutside #nobadwaetheronlybadgearSee this image larger25k WINTER CHALLENGE done. 2nd place in my age group!!! WooHoo!!! Big NSV. Couldnโ€™t have done it with the encouragement from my Spark Friends (and the weight loss thatโ€™s happened since I joined). Your turn!!!! What can I cheer you on for???!!! ๐Ÿ˜โ„๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป #getoutside!!!See this image largerWhy is it so hard to find an exercise bike with a little basket where I can put my beer & pizza???!!!See this image larger38 deg heat wave today. Which ironically means itโ€™s too warm to run or ride the trails. So look out Planet Fitness, here I come!!! #getoutside or #goinside #doesntmatteraslongasyouGO!!!See this image largerCrazy busy week. Warm and rainy. Finally cold and snowy. Then This Sunset. #Godisgood #thankful #weekendSee this image largerOur weekly Sunday late afternoon run/walk on the Robinetteโ€™s Apple Orchard trails. After 90 days on SparkPeople, Iโ€™ve lost 18lbs. On the same journey as me (different app) my lovely wife has lost 26lbs. If we can do it, so can you!!!! #getoutside!!!See this image larger2 hour work out tonight at Planet Fitness with my good friend Clark. The โ€œJedi Masterโ€ of Fitness ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ โ€œSo you donโ€™t lift very often, do you?โ€ He said. Ha. I WILL be sore tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญSee this image largerAnother arctic storm blanketed West Michigan in an additional foot of snow yesterday. Gorgeous morning to hit the trails...but the fresh snow was hard work to plow through. A rewarding exhaustion. #getoutside!!!See this image largerMy goal was to ride 10 miles today. But the snow was soooo deep, I was only able to squeeze in 8 miles before it got dark. Iโ€™ve ridden 20 miles before with less effort! Still loved it ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜โ„๏ธ #getoutside!!!See this image largerWhen 29 degrees is a heat wave!!! In the snow. In the dark. And in shorts. LOL. #getoutside!!!See this image largerLake Superior in the background of this gorgeous snowy mountain vista in Marquette. Heart was pumping hard by the time I pedaled up here. So good to leave routine behind and seek the peaks and valleys of some the best winter trails in the country. #getoutside!!!See this image largerRecord level flooding in Grand Rapids thanks to all the rain and melting snow this week. Made for an interesting trail ride today. Might have even seen some fish on the trail. LOL #getoutside!!!See this image largerIn Nashville for work. Snuck in a quick 5 mile trail run at Percy Warner park. Wow. What a joy to run comfortably in shorts and short-sleeves!!! And the views on the Mossy Ridge trail took my breath away (so did running uphill - lol) #getoutside!!!See this image largerSun was shining and the snow is gone. So I left the Fat bike in my garage and took a trail ride on my Trek Superfly 29er this morning. This bike is so fast I donโ€™t deserve it (yet). #getoutside!!!See this image largerSunny all weekend long. What a dream. Good 5+ mile run this afternoon with the gang at the Apple orchard (technical course with a lot of hills, rocks, roots and mud) Havenโ€™t lost any weight the last month...but I feel stronger during my runs??? #getoutside!!!See this image largerStarted Saturdayโ€™s morning run at 3 AM. Near the end of the run and at the highest point on the trail, you could just see the sunrise beginning to kiss the hills from the gorgeous river view on the bluff. Made the long run worth every minute of effort in the darkness, cold & snow #getoutside!!!See this image larger20 miles indoor cycling ๐Ÿšด passed quickly while watching the first race of the 2018 Mountain Bike World Cup series streaming on Red Bull TV!!!!!See this image largerSo....this happened all week. I was better off going to McDonaldโ€™s. HaSee this image largerSun was shining. Snow was melting. Left the office early to sneak in a glorious afternoon ride. #getoutside!!!See this image largerHow I felt about running this afternoon. What I actually did this afternoon. #getoutside!!!See this image largerA KFC โ€œTo-Goโ€ cup. 1. That is not a mountain bike. It is a road bike. 2. I L-O-V-E KFC. But if you eat there too often, downhill is the only direction you will be able to pedal your bike 3. Tonight I will be pedaling the trainer โ€œtortureโ€ machine for at least an hour to make up for my lunch fail today. #skipkfc #getoutsideSee this image largerThe North Country Scenic Trail stretches almost 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota. Running a 7 mile section of it during this glorious sunny afternoon, I felt a part of something much bigger than myself. Thanks to one of my Spark friends, I was reminded of this quote from John Muir as I ran. #getoutside!!! #godisgoodSee this image largerCelebrating a half century on this planet today. Thankful for my Spark family...and that I can still ride & run off-road and ALMOST squeeze back into my cycling apparel. (Just in time for Spring) Lol. #getoutside!!See this image largerRan over 100 miles in March. Mostly trails. Outside. Feels good. You should try it. #getoutside #cantstopeating #timefornewshoesSee this image largerWhile the sun, ocean breeze and melodic sound of waves is the perfect backdrop for a run....studies have found that running on sand burns more calories than pavement, does a better job of strengthening your core, and is much easier on your joints. #getoutside!!!See this image largerThe Beach Cruiser. Low-tech, big fun. Worth the $15 rental to start the day with a nice long, single-speed cruise the length of the island. (farther than it looks on Google....and Iโ€™m not raving about that saddle either - lol) #missmyfatbike #getoutside!!!See this image largerLooks like rain and snow all weekend long. So Iโ€™ll be spending it working out, inside. But at least Friday evening dinner was nice ๐Ÿ˜See this image largerWoke up this morning to rain, sleet, snow and ice. Almost crawled back under a blanket for the day. But embracing the day-instead of fighting it-trail running, Fat biking- I rediscovered the joy in our beautiful planet. And maybe burned some calories along the way. #getoutside!!!See this image largerMy bike seat this AM. Big factor in my decision to ride the Airdyne (inside) instead of the trails (outside) today. LOL. #mothernaturegonemad #pedaledanywaySee this image largerSaw this sign at a McDonalds in Tokyo today. Despite what you might think - I resisted the urge to order this and walked right on by. LOL.See this image largerAlmost back to the US!!! Missed my Spark friends. All their running competitions (Congrats!!!). And Spring. Apparently missed that too. Didnโ€™t get any exercise in while I was in Jakarta, but I did get a new jean jacket for only $25. Lol ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜See this image largerNamed after the top outdoor shoe brand HQโ€™d in my city, I was welcomed home to 70 deg temps and a super nice trail ride today. #GetOutside!!!!See this image largerItโ€™s Friday & the Weekend.....WooHoo!!!!!!!!!! #GetOutside!!!! (after I eat Tacos)See this image largerGood mountain bike ride today. Except...well...oops ๐Ÿ˜ #GetOutside!!!See this image larger20 mile bike ride. And a beer half way. #GetOutside #BeerCityUSASee this image largerLeg day. Again. Lol. #GetOutside!!!See this image largerA perfect Saturday morning ride in the woods with friends feels like a mini-vacation. #GetOutside!!!! Back home before the rest of the family wakes up. And then, a big hearty breakfast (brunch?) chased with a cup of coffee on the deck. #GodisGood #LoveSummer!!!See this image largerFinished todayโ€™s ride just before sunset. #GetOutside!!!See this image largerIn Seattle for work. Did a little trail running yesterday at Mount Ranier National Park. Wow. Gorgeous scenery!!! #Getoutside!!!See this image largerTodayโ€™s ride. Tiger Mountain. Fabulous trails!!! Elevation made for a nice sweat. Wish I had more time in the Pacific NW. #Getoutside!!!See this image largerHiked up to the top of the ski hill with my furry friends. Gorgeous views and smiles all the way around from the chair lift. Enjoy your holiday weekend!!! #Getoutside!!!See this image largerMargi Gesick finisher. Broke my thumb and my bike. But the hardest mountain bike race in the US didnโ€™t break my spirit. Canโ€™t wait to race it again next year. #Getoutside!!!See this image largerIn Northern England last week for work. Managed to squeeze in a nice long bike ride in the mountains on my day off - successfully dodging ๐Ÿ‘ sheep. #lookoutshaun #getoutside Gained 5 lbs on a steady diet of Fish & Chips & Beer. Back home now and havenโ€™t felt like doing anything but sleep. #OfftheWagonSee this image largerYeah. Cool. New Speedgoat 2โ€™s in Black and Kumquat (didnโ€™t know that was a color - LOL) just arrived. Praying these will help with my recent lack of motivation!!! #GetOutside

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