Cinda W.'s Profile
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streak 53 days
- Completed 1027 challenges
I'm 63 years old: feel better than when I was 30. A few years ago I was morbidly obese, coping with chronic knee pain from a 1988 injury, suffering with chest pains, wondering if I would wake up in the morning. I was a 'walking dead woman'.
Today I'm an endurance athlete: triathlete, century rider, & solo bike tourer (685 mile in 11 days). I've shed 185 lbs, more to go! I coach/mentor others to recapture the lives they love. I am blessed.
- Always - even though it is sometimes difficult and expensive to find these in Puerto Rico - my health is worth some investment.
Here's the law of attraction at work in my life:
I have been wanting grapefruit - in the past 7 months I have become re-accustomed to eating it at least once or twice a week. Well it is very expensive here. However I continue to look in various markets to see if I can find it affordably. Two days ago I looked and it would have been nearly $3 for one medium size grapefruit that didn't even look good. Yesterday I had a FB friend post about regular and heirloom tomatoes - the difference in taste/cost and we exchanged comments about my grapefruit situation. She said her Sam's Club had large bags. Well, my friend here in PR just renewed her Sam's Club card so I thought we could check there (Haven't seen them at Costco).
Now check this out - while we were having the FB exchange Lizzette (my PR friend) was receiving a gift from the gardener at her office - a large bag of home grown grapefruits that are juicy and delicious, full of seeds - like the ones I picked from the trees in Florida when i was growing up. FREE!
Plus we went to Sam's last night and they have Pink Grapefruit reasonably priced so we will check there when we need more.
I had a delicious breakfast this morning with grapefruit, scrambled eggs - that included onion, two types of bell peppers, and garlic topped with my homemade salsa and a few pita chips. Good eating and will help me on my New U in 90 days journey! March 6, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
- So many experiences flood my mind with this challenge: particularly memories of my first monumental solo bike ride from Pittsburgh PA to Washington DC at age 61.
I rode 500 miles and on my last day I rode 50 miles in downtown Washington DC - first cycling on the 13 avenues names for the first 13 colonies. As I pedaled along I saw parts of DC off the beaten tourist path yet still filled with much history and awe. I heard the sounds of traffic and people on sidewalks. I was riding with two new friends and for that first 13 miles we were part of a larger group so I heard the chatter of other cyclists, the grinding of gears, the huffing/puffing of some who were not in shape for the heat of the day. I felt the sweat drip from my body too. I enjoyed the taste of ice cold water.
It's quite a different experience to view the major sites such as the Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Building, White House, Smithsonian, the Mall, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial - and other war memorials - WWII, Korean, a special states memorial, a small tribute to Women who served in Viet Nam, and more.
Three very touching moments would cap this day - the visit to the Viet Nam Memorial where I saw the name of my friend Kevin inscribed on the wall - and even got a rubbing of it. As I walked back to my bike the sweat of brow dripping into my teary eyes stung so severely that I could barely see.
From there we continued toward Arlington - the Seabees memorial where I paused to make a short video recording and sang the Navy Hymn "Eternal Father Strong to Save..." with crackling voice as I struggled to contain my emotions.
Then on to the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery - we were not allowed to take our bikes into the cemetery so my friends stayed with my bike while I visited the Women's Memorial. The organization to build this memorial was founded in the early '80s and I am a Charter Member. I had seen it under construction in June, 1996 but was unable to visit during the grand opening ceremonies in October, '97. This was my first time there. I walked into the lobby area - literally beet red from the 98° temps and high humidity, dripping with sweat from all parts of my body. A woman walked up to me and asked "could I get you some cold water" - and I said that would be fabulous. She was a retired Lt. Col USAF and the coordinator of a major event in progress at the moment for 300 military women (in some kind of transition - I don't remember the details). She was in civilian clothes but a young AF woman was with her and another AF retiree was a volunteer behind the counter. As we shared stories for a few minutes we also exchanged some good-natured bantering between forces (I am a US Navy vet). Then the Lt Col gave me a private tour including showing me where my name was listed as a Charter Member.
"Now" she said, "I want to introduce you to our conference attendees." Oh my goodness, she took me on stage and called everyone to attention - there were 300 women sitting at tables having lunch. They were all dressed in their crisp clean sparkling uniforms and I was still beet red and dripping sweat with helmet hair! She shared my brief story of chronic pain, obesity, and overcoming the obstacles to become an endurance athlete who had just cycled 500 miles alone from Pittsburgh. As I listened, my body tingled and became covered in goosebumps - then heard and saw 300 women rise to give me a standing ovation and salute. You can imagine the tears that now flowed down my face. It is one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life time. It was capped with being introduced to a special table of high ranking Navy officers who all hugged my sweaty body and didn't even care about messing up their uniforms.
I ended that ride by seeing the Iwo Jima Memorial (I had taken my son there in 1996) and then a ride along the Potomac back to my friend's house where they honored me with the most incredible French dinner - beyond words to describe the look, feel, taste of the foods and wine that I devoured that night.
So.... that was in September 2010 and I still get goosebumps as I think about it. I was blessed by God's Grace to be able to do that ride - and to make the transformations that I have made these past 4 years. The journey continues - I have many wellness goals to reach. I am currently on a New U in 90 Day Challenge - I started the second week today so I weighed and measured. In 7 days, I got rid of 6 lbs and 5.5 inches. I'm thrilled - much hard work to do. I love my life - and I love helping others to change their lives too. March 6, 2014 at 2:15 UTC
- DONE - and DONE! Yes - I did it with 10 lbs weights. Yippee!
On Sunday when we were at La Playa Salinas in Puerto Rico I was showing my friend Lizzette exercises to do the water for your obliques. March 4, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
- I'm good - had my eyes checked 1.5 years ago; both vision and physical eye health has improved as a result of the supplements I have taken as part of my weight loss journey. Really awesome - and no signs of macular degeneration.
Will have another eye exam in 2-2.5 years. March 3, 2014 at 20:36 UTC
- Traci - thanks for the encouragement to DRINK UP today. I had slacked off for a while on drinking enough water. But I'm back in the saddle and drinking at least 100 ounces per day.
Sometimes the water is plain, other times it could be
~an herbal tea
~squeeze of 'limon verde' lime
~enhanced with Camelbak Elixir (Lemon-Lime is my favorite)
~my nourish (tonight 20 ounces of water, 1 scoop of nouish, and 1/2 elixir tablet) - so refreshing after an afternoon at the beach. (Sometimes we add silver Tequila to it)
~floating frozen blueberries in fresh lemonade
I get 5 servings of fruits/veggies from one scoop of nourish too.
Time for me to say good night - I had an awesome swim and water aerobics at the beach this afternoon. Feeling relaxed and ready for a good night's sleep. March 3, 2014 at 3:31 UTC
Rhae E. replied March 5, 2014 at 5:08 UTC:
Fun in the sun!
- No 'flashlights' in the conventional sense of the word. However I have three lights - one is a camping headlamp and runs on 3 AAA batteries. I bought for my bike touring adventures however the first night I bought it, we had a power outage that lasted about 7 hours. I was able to use my computer until the battery drained and then I was able to read for several hours with my headlamp before I went to bed.
It has 3 beams and a flasher so great for me.
Then I have two cycling lamps - one for the handlebars has so many lumens you could light up a baseball field. The other attaches to the front fork to give me light near the road. Both of these are rechargeable using USB cables. They have a long battery life.
Thus I am well prepared - and where I am living in PR she has several traditional flashlights and emergency stuff in case of a hurricane.
So with that I'll say good night - and keep the light shining bright in your heart. March 1, 2014 at 23:09 UTC