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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 😂!!!See this image larger#BeforeAndAfter This entire week without a single slice of 🍕 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 😁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 😡😠😠😤😟See 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 😁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!!! 😁😎👍🤘🏃🏻✌️#getoutside!!!See this image largerHave an amazing Thanksgiving day my friends!!! 🦃🍁 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??!! 😁🤘✌️👍🚴🚴🚴See 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. 😁😁😁 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!!! 🚴🚴😎😎 Apparently, it was too cold this AM (25 degrees) for tubeless MTB tires 😁😁😭See 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...😁🐶👍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 😁🚴See 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. 😁🚴🤣See this image largerA “Life Hack” for winter running: Put 3/8 inch sheet-metal screws in the soles of your running shoes. You’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 nicely😁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 didn’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 God’s Peace in your spirit.⭐️🤟👼🥂See this image largerA very Merry Christmas to all my Spark Friends!!!See this image largerWhat’s yours? Best 10 “running shoes in the world” 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!!! ❄️❄️❄️ A good workout of almost 3 miles. Now it’s time to warm up by the fire with a good book 📚See this image largerHere’s to our adventures, laughter, achievements, struggles and the wonder of last year. Cheers 2017!!!! 2018: We’re ready for you!!!😁💪👍🚴🏃🏻😁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!!! 😁🚴❄️ #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!!! Let’s go!!! We go this!!! #getoutside #nobadwaetheronlybadgearSee this image larger25k WINTER CHALLENGE done. 2nd place in my age group!!! WooHoo!!! Big NSV. Couldn’t have done it with the encouragement from my Spark Friends (and the weight loss that’s happened since I joined). Your turn!!!! What can I cheer you on for???!!! 😁❄️🏃🏻 #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 it’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 Robinette’s Apple Orchard trails. After 90 days on SparkPeople, I’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 “Jedi Master” of Fitness 💪💪🏋️‍♀️🏋️‍♀️ “So you don’t lift very often, do you?” He said. Ha. I WILL be sore tomorrow. 😁😭See 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. I’ve ridden 20 miles before with less effort! Still loved it 🚴👍😁❄️ #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 don’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) Haven’t lost any weight the last month...but I feel stronger during my runs??? #getoutside!!!See this image largerStarted Saturday’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 🚴 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 McDonald’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 “To-Go” 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 “torture” 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 I’m not raving about that saddle either - lol) #missmyfatbike #getoutside!!!See this image largerLooks like rain and snow all weekend long. So I’ll be spending it working out, inside. But at least Friday evening dinner was nice 😁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. Didn’t get any exercise in while I was in Jakarta, but I did get a new jean jacket for only $25. Lol 😁😁😁See this image largerNamed after the top outdoor shoe brand HQ’d in my city, I was welcomed home to 70 deg temps and a super nice trail ride today. #GetOutside!!!!See this image largerIt’s Friday & the Weekend.....WooHoo!!!!!!!!!! #GetOutside!!!! (after I eat Tacos)See this image largerGood mountain bike ride today. Except...well...oops 😁 #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 today’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 largerToday’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 didn’t break my spirit. Can’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 🐑 sheep. #lookoutshaun #getoutside Gained 5 lbs on a steady diet of Fish & Chips & Beer. Back home now and haven’t felt like doing anything but sleep. #OfftheWagonSee this image largerYeah. Cool. New Speedgoat 2’s in Black and Kumquat (didn’t know that was a color - LOL) just arrived. Praying these will help with my recent lack of motivation!!! #GetOutsideSee this image largerStunning fall day. Perfect for an AM trail ride on the Fat bike. If I can keep from stuffing my face with pizza after, I’m going to call it a win!!! 😁👍✌️🚲See this image largerFirst run in 8 months + tracking calories today — managed to stay under my goal....Feels great to be back on track even though I still have a long way to go!!!See this image largerFail!!!! Apparently, I used up all my calories at work today? Oops. So now this dinner. ~#%€£*^+!!!!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣See this image largerOffsite strategy meetings for work - Taco Bar for lunch. Steak & Lobster for dinner. I’m not even going to bother recording this day. Ug. 3 good days and 1 bad since I started logging again....and OH - how did I do this last time??!!! (I don’t remember it being this hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!)See this image largerBack on track 👍 guess the phrase “tomorrow is a new day” is true 😁 Thanks everyone, for your encouragement!See this image largerHope your day was even better than mine!!! And mine was pretty awesome: I did this. And I stayed under my calorie goal. And most importantly, I watched a youtube video of a Beaver eating lettuce 🤣🤣🤣 #dontknockituntilyoutryitSee this image largerGood ride this morning on a trail called the “Dragon” - Didn’t quite burn off all the excess calories from “binge” week, but it was a start. #getoutsideSee this image largerMonday is off to a good start. Stayed on target with my calories and got in a solid indoor bike ride. Hope yours was good too!!!See this image largerGloriously warm November day for an afternoon ride. (Probably should have gone a bit further to round out the distance, but I came to end of the trail - 😂) #optoutsideSee this image largerHello Fresh! Anyone else subscribe to this service? I like that all the ingredients you need come with it and you know exactly how many calories per meal. And tonight’s tasted amazing!!!See this image largerTonight’s ride on the virtual trainer (Zwift) just about killed me! Over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. But at least I got it done. Hope you got it done today!!! #RideOnSee this image largerNot going to win any races at this pace....at least I’m moving, right? What did you do today?See this image largerNice ride on box hill in London tonight. #ZwiftSee this image largerOops. Ate the whole thing again. Don’t even want to add the calories up. Gonna have to be a loooooong bike ride in the AM.See this image largerGuess who would like me to share my popcorn??? Well....when you look at me like that, it’s so hard to say “no” #doggyloveSee this image largerLately. Yes. Do you ever feel this way??!! 🤣🤣🤣See this image largerCold ride (29 degrees) Warm recovery (103 degrees) #optoutsideSee this image largerFinished. With my Finnish style sauna project. Planning to sweat some of those toxins out here at home instead of going to the Y. Should be able to shed a couple of pounds of water weight in here? #saunatimeSee this image largerNight ride in London. Flat, relatively mild effort. Probably better than sitting on the couch though?See this image largerPost Thanksgiving Day ride #justpedal #turkeyburnSee this image largerGravel adventure ride today. Unseasonably warm and sunny for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. #optoutside #justpedalSee this image largerPre-ride selfie. 10+ miles at Cannonsburg ski area trails today. Bright enough out to need sunglasses 😎 (very important that my cycling gear matches my bike and my FJ 🤣🤣🤣)See this image largerA 4-day streak after tonight’s ride!!! WooHoo. Hope I can keep this up....feels amazing to be getting some exercise in on a regular basis again....even if I’m not losing any weight yet???See this image largerTaquito Tuesday. Today was a fiesta - started eating Taquitos for lunch - had some more dinner and I didn’t stop until the whole box was gone. Oops. 😬😬😬See this image largerToday’s ride. #optoutsideSee this image largerIs it ever wrong to have breakfast for lunch??? 🤣🤣🤣 Clearly, my furry friend doesn’t think so!!!!See this image largerAnother Hello Fresh meal. Ingredients delivered directly to our door. So delicious!!!!! (And it forces good portion control)See this image largerGlobal Fat bike day today. 20+miles at the Fort - sharing the trails with our equestrian friends 👍🚲🐎 #optoutsideSee this image largerThe Alpe dash. 3500 feet of elevation gain over 10.9 miles (simulated on the trainer) Burned 1100 calories. Placed 13th out of 34. Not too bad for a Sunday evening?See this image largerDrive thru Christmas party at work (social distance style). Decorated our cars and had a mini-parade. At least there wasn’t much food to binge 😜See this image larger5k on the dreadmill. First run of that length since I broke my foot in the Spring. Nice to see reverse splits - even though I’m still super slow. Lol. Really hoping to be back outside on the trails by January. #optoutsideSee this image largerWinter Solstice Eve ride. Racing to beat the sunset because I didn’t bring my headlight. No snow yet. Surprisingly comfortable in shorts. #fatbike #optoutsideSee this image largerGoing further every day.....See this image largerAnd just like that, God’s timing is a perfect. Our first snow of the season. A Christmas Eve gift - and a quick bike ride to enjoy it - before the family, food and festivities begin. #joytotheworldSee this image largerWeather warmed up a bit and the snow turned to rain. Wet and mushy outside so no choice but to ride indoors. But I still got it done...even though I felt like a whale on a bike after all the Holiday binging. Lol. How about you?See this image larger5 more miles today. Still slow. But moving. Hopefully moving just fast enough to leave 2020 behind 😜See this image larger“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WooHoo, what a ride!” Cheers to a New Year in 2021 -May God bring you a year full of family, friends, adventure, fitness, health and success.See this image largerNot strong. In fact, my dreadmill runs look pretty ugly right now. Lol. But getting stronger. Hoping to get back to a sub-20 min 5k before the end of 2021. (Which means I’ve still got about 20lbs to loose)See this image largerIt really shouldn’t even be an argument? This is where you park your bike the night before your Saturday AM ride. 😂😂😂See this image largerRide On. #optoutsideSee this image largerInspired by @amyinthewild and her (2) workouts per day, I ran 5k on the dreadmill before getting a virtual bike ride in...and yeah...now I’m whipped!!!!!See this image largerAn 10 minute mile is just as far as a 5 minute mile. So let’s go Spark friends!!!See this image largerFYI - it’s very confusing to count calories for graham crackers? Box? Cracker? Sheet? Sleeve? Serving? Huh? Anyway - couldn’t figure it out so I ate the whole box just to be safe.See this image largerthe recovery after a long ride. Important because tomorrow I plan to run outside on the trails for the first time in almost a year!!! #optoutsideSee this image largerNot going to win any races...first trail run since May 2020 was almost a walk (Uneven icy trail was tough in the injured foot) But you have to start somewhere. #optoutsideSee this image largerWhy, “Hello Fresh”....Another successful pre-planned, home delivered meal, Beef Bulgogi - only 750 calories for the entire yummy plate!!! 😁👍✌️See this image largerPolar vortex snowstorm. Uncharacteristically - didn’t feel like going outside to ride - so I spent over 2 hours on the indoor trainer. Sweating like a dog 🐶 but put the miles in felt good 😁💪 Hope you had a good Saturday!!!See this image largerDrove south over the weekend to find some sunshine and dirt. Had to go all the way to Alabama....and it was a little muddy....but it was all worth it....hope you found some adventure this weekend? #optoutside #adventurebybikeSee this image largerCold (24°) but sunny. Mix of gravel roads and some trails (trails were too muddy to spend much time on). 2,200 ft of climbing. Legs are toast now. 😂 #optoutside #gravelgrinder

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