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Great Expectations

My desire of becoming healthier through diet (not starving myself or following fad diets) and exercise can bring undue expectations for results. As I’ve aged I realize I cannot do what I did when I was twenty, at least not right now, but there are things I can do at fifty-something (sigh). My three week powerhouse workouts that dropped weight and re-shaped things all while not changing a thing with my diet just don’t work anymore — age does seem to have messed with my metabolism. Talk about wanting to turn back time — now I have Cher singing in my head — and with her money I could surgically turn back time too!

Back to expectations … I’ve started down this healthy road many times over the last few years but got stuck when things didn’t change after putting in a good four to six week effort. I hope that will change for me because of what I read today in the February 2013 issue of Real Simple:

“It takes six months to get into shape and two weeks to get out of shape. Once you know this you can stop being angry about other things in life and only be angry about this.” Rita Rudner, Naked Beneath my Clothes “THE WORKOUT WHISPERER”

Hum, I think someone needs to reevaluate her expectations. Everyday I need to serve myself up a huge portion of consistency and patience! I may need to be reminded of this next week, but I’m hoping this message sticks to become my great expectation that will result in lifelong changes.

What about you? Ever wish you could turn back time and get a do-over?

Resolutions … yada yada yada

Oh my! 2013 is here and my list of resolutions is still in draft form. One item that is the typical suspect on a New Year’s resolution list is exercise. The older I get the more I understand the importance of regular exercise. I’m not talking about becoming Ernestine Shepherd, even though I find her story quite motivating, I’m talking about being functionally fit. I’m still working on what that looks like both in exercise and eating healthy. I want to create a realistic plan that will work for me.

In the mean time, I found this list of exercises we’d be better off leaving behind in 2013.

– Jumping on the bandwagon.

– Beating your head against the wall.

– Beating your own drum.

– Dragging your heels.

– Jumping to conclusions.

– Grasping at straws.

– Fishing for compliments.

– Throwing your weight around.

– Passing the buck.

-Repeating excuses.

Seriously. To me, healthy living is at the center of the target for 2013. I don’t think the rest of my resolutions will be successful without it. I’m not standing still while I figure out what will work best for me. I’m working on doing something that points to my healthy living goal everyday. What plans do you have for 2013?

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Susan

My next guest stopped by the blog and left a comment so I asked her to join us. Ladies, please let me know if you are interested in joining in with your story! I try to reach out, but I feel I’ve missed a few of you. Don’t think you have nothing to add, you have a unique story to tell from your point of view. Do share.

Here with another story filled with wisdom and her experience is Susan!

Susan the road warrior!

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? I started a little late, I was 51 when I got my first bike and it’s been seven great years. My how time flies when you’re having fun! Funny, today I can’t remember a time when I didn’t ride a motorcycle.

How did you learn to ride? Well it’s a pretty long story. My husband took on the job of teaching me to ride. However, it was my daughter Rebecca that got the fire burning in me. She decided that she didn’t want to take the MSF course alone, so she begged, pleaded with me to take the course with her. After sleeping on it for quite a few days and everyday her begging me, I decided that I would take the course with her. Reasoning that, we’d be using their bikes (important because I was sure I’d wrecked the bike) and surely nobody over 25 or so would be taking the course,  so if I made a complete fool of myself nobody would remember me anyway. And besides I owed her one for taking the boring Notary class with me a few months before. First day on the course, once I got the hang of riding, I was hooked.

What was your first motorcycle? My first motorcycle was a 2006 Yamaha FZ6, a cute little naked sports bike.  Good thing that it was naked (no fairings) because I must have tipped that thing over at a standstill at least 10 times.

Susan on her FZ6

How many have you owned? I’ve owned four bikes in those short seven years. First was an FZ6, next I moved on to the FZ1. Then I bought a Yamaha Road Star Warrior for touring. I loved that bike it was so beautiful and had a great sounding engine, but unfortunately it wasn’t comfortable for touring so I sold it. Later I bought a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 750 for the track and had some great times with it. I’ve settled on just the FZ1, it’s a great all around bike with enough power and great distance comfort.

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? Before I took the MSF course I’d been having some health issues and was beginning to feel like things were coming to an end and that I was going to be stuck on my couch without ever trying some things that may be out there.  Riding took my mind of my problems, it became my passion. I wanted to ride as well as possible. Learn the ins and outs of proficient motorcycling. I bought the book Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough and decided that I wanted to be that kind of rider. So every day when I go out for  a ride, at the end of the ride I assess my riding, what did I do well, what mistakes I made, how can I keep from making them again and what do I need to work on next time. Every ride is a learning experience. It’s a never ending riding lesson.

Tell us about your riding. It’s always a pleasure to ride, no matter whether I’m commuting, vacations or racing. So I ride for all those things. Anytime I throw my leg over the bike it’s a great feeling and I know I’m in for an adventure. The smells, sights, the people you meet, it’s all part of riding. There’s a connection to things around me that I don’t experience at any other time. Riding never fails to puts a smile on my face.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? To women who ride I would say never let down you guard. Riding a motorcycle takes all your attention all the time. Relax, enjoy, but never take anything for granted. You never know when a cager may decide to turn into your path, or a deer decides to commit suicide, or a truck gets a flat tire around the next bend.  Always ride defensively.

To anyone thinking of riding DON’T start, unless you’re willing to let it draw you in and become an obsession, take all your time, your money and provide you with a lifetime of memories burned into the back of your brain and stories to take you through your rocking chair years.

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? I’ve done quite a few long trips. My favorite was San Jose to Las Vegas to Zion National Park to Page, AZ to Monument Valley to Grand Canyon, to through Mojave National Preserve and back to San Jose. We rode about 1,900 miles 10 days in all sorts of weather, hot, cold, windy, rainy, foggy, hail and snow all in that one trip. It was a great adventure.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I belong to a local online riding group.

What do you do when you’re not riding? I work at a Commercial Real Estate office as an office manager.  I’m a wife, mother and grandmother.  I help care for my aging mother too. Thanks to a motorcycle riding friendly work and home family I can always squeeze in a ride. My kids are never surprised when I show up to a family function on a motorcycle. In fact sometimes they’re surprised when I show up in a car.

The many rides of Susan!

Sole Hope

I’m thinking y’all are like me. I look in my closet and have several pairs of shoes {heels!} to choose from and some days its just not a quick decision. It’s too easy to take for granted having shoes until you watch something like this:

Sole Hope Promo 2012 from jason garris on Vimeo.

Sole Hope’s mission is to offer HOPE to widows, orphans and others within impoverished and forgotten communities around the world by teaching the simple trade of shoemaking which provides jobs and shoes to those in need.

You, me, and as many as we can share this with can help … for free. It only takes a few minutes to vote for this organization over at Cultivate Wines.

According to their web site, “Cultivate is giving away $100,000 per quarter to non-profits via a democratic voting system. The winner will receive $50,000, and the five runners-up will each receive $10,000. To vote, you can either register or login through facebook. Once you’re logged in, you will have 1 vote per day. To get started, click any “vote for this” button, then log in to cast your vote. So be sure to come back and vote again each day!”

The voting is over at the end of the month (March 2012). Join me and vote everyday until then for the wonderful cause Sole Hope. >click here to vote<

For more information about Sole Hope and discover other ways to help check out their web site: SoleHope.com

Time to start on that biker body?

Here in Minnesota I can tell spring is coming because the sun sets a little later every day. I leave work at 5 p.m. and last week it was pitch black walking out to the car. This week has brought a surprising change, it is not quite that dark! I know, it’s the little things in life …

This got me thinking about riding my motorcycle. Which lead to getting back into exercising and eating right. And then, I found a copy of this diet. A friend received this from a doctor several years ago. The first time I looked it over I thought she was kidding. Believe it or not neither she nor her doctor meant this as a joke.

Dr. McGillicutty’s Diet

No sweets

No snacks

No seconds

Smaller helpings

Smaller bites

Chew more

Eat slowly

Drink a glass of water 1/2 hour prior to a meal to stretch the stomach, which lowers the appetite when you are ready to sit down to eat.


Watch out for the word, BUT, it usually means an excuse is coming.

Weigh yourself daily and record it.

Continue to weigh yourself even when you get to your “ideal” weight to keep from regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose.

You should be able to lose at least one pound per week on this diet.

Personally, I have not tried this diet! My friend lost over 60 pounds quite a while ago. She has kept the weight off by continuing to follow this diet!

Bon Appetit!

Disclaimer: Try at your own risk. Wisdom would dictate that if you need to lose weight seek doctor’s advice before starting any diet and/or exercise program.

One Shameless Plug for Good Nutrition

You do not need to look far to hear someone talking about their health, especially if their health is suffering. A few years ago that was the case in my house. Hubby came home from the doctor with high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis (translate that to joint pain, continuously). Needless to say this was a wake-up call that turned into a loud alarm when he started taking methotrexate for the rheumatoid arthritis. I won’t go into it, but the side affects of that drug were so awful he had to stop taking it.

What this did was push us into looking for a better way to combat the health issues. Diet and exercise topped the list. We have several exercise DVD programs so it was just a matter of using them.  The diet part wasn’t that bad either because we both know what makes for a healthy meal or snack so we bought the good stuff! What we did next has changed hubby’s health. Through a lot of research and trying different things we found a nutritional product that brought with it some phenomenal results*. It is amazing what the human body will do with the right nutrition.

When hubs went back for his annual health exam the report was: cholesterol dropped over 50 points and now in the normal range; blood pressure normal; rheumatoid arthritis pain under control through natural supplements. I’m not claiming a miracle cure, but what we’ve found is a product that has actually changed our health. I have family and friends who are also experiencing results that have benefited their health too*.

I invite you to try it too. The company offers a 30 day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee. If you want to know more about the products go here. We are brand partners and do benefit from any purchases. We would take the product whether or not there were financial benefits. Here’s to your good health!

*Disclaimer: This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary. You may not experience the same results.