Getting Healthy / MIlestone / Mountain Biking

A Second First Anniversary and a Bike Ride

It’s my second first anniversary!  So where have I been and what the crap have I been doing?

This video update is a long time in coming.  First, to anyone who may actually be watching these things and wondering what happened to me, I’m sorry for leaving y’all hanging.  It’s been difficult for me to keep up on regular updates due to my work schedule.  My commute to and from work is an hour and half each way, and that tends to get me home late at night.  The weekends tend to be about the only time I am able to do anything, and that is usually spent being with my kids.  Things are changing that will hopefully allow me some more time to do the other things in my life that I want to do.  And I’m hoping that includes making more of these videos.

To give you a brief update of what I’ve been doing, first let me say that February marks another first year anniversary for me.  The last entry details my first anniversary of the day I started the RM3 program from Tucson Medical Weight Loss.  That entry also described a milestone for me; riding with the Buena Mountain Bike Team up Carr Canyon here in the Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista, AZ.  That was an intense ride, but it was also only the beginning of things to come.  

This month marks my first anniversary of coming off the program.  When I exited the RM3 protocol and went on the lifetime maintenance program, I was weighing in at 227.5 pounds.  I’m pleased to say that for the most part, I’ve kept the weight off.  This past year has seen a lot of things happen to me, and my mantra of Getting Healthy from 2016 has only slightly modified to Staying Healthy in 2017 and beyond.  I can’t wait to see what the coming year has in store for me.

Admittedly, this anniversary finds me a bit mixed in the way I measure my own success.  To be honest, I’ve not been super great at keeping away from foods that are triggers for me.  These are mostly carbohydrates in the forms of starches, breads and pasta.  I have a weakness for those.  Also, I’m a sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie.  Especially the ones I make (because they are awesome).  But I can say I’m doing very well with staying away from excess sugars.  I am very keen on what I eat for snacks, and my sweet tooth is more subdued than ever.  To be honest, this isn’t hard to believe.  I’ve never been much for candy.  But in the past, sugary sodas were my downfall.  I’m pleased to say I haven’t knowingly consumed a regular Dr. Pepper or Pepsi since starting the RM3 program in July of 2015.  I’m all about the diet sodas, now.  That’s not entirely a great thing, though.  Sure, I’m not consuming excess calories, but diet sodas have their own issues.  That’s the subject of another blog entry, though.

One thing I know is that my exercise regime will never be the same.  I’m as active as ever in cycling, and enjoy both road biking and mountain biking equally.  I have never been more active in riding than I am now.  In fact, I’m taking that activity to a whole new level for me.  At the time of my last entry, I would never believe that I would ever do more with mountain biking than simply enjoying the trails with the MTB team.  But once the 2016 NICA season ended, I found myself missing the excitement of the races and I didn’t want to wait until the summer to enjoy it again.  So after some investigation, my son Braden and my daughter Leah and I decided to sign up for the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona racing season.  That’s right, I’m actually competing in real races for the MBAA!

I love the events.  For me, it’s all about the fun.  Even though I could compete for actual cash prizes, I find that my level of skill and fitness isn’t really a match for some of these other racers.  I just want to go out and have fun.  And it’s been a blast.

So far I’ve competed in two of the three races of the season.  Logistics kept me from getting to race number 2 at Estrella Mountain Regional Park near Phoenix, AZ.  The first race was at McDowell Mountain Park near Scottsdale, and the third was in Lake Havasu City, AZ.  The fourth race, which we’re entered in already, will be at White Tank Mountain Park west of Phoenix.  The last two races will be in Prescott, AZ and Flagstaff, AZ respectively.  Check out the MBAA web site for more details.

The races are open to the public and anyone can race.  You don’t have to be a member of a team.  My kids and I race for Sun and Spokes here in Sierra Vista.  SnS has been around for just over 40 years and was my first local bike shop as a kid.  I’ve purchased almost every single bike I have owned from them, and it’s a privilege to be able to wear their colors for these races.  

I’m very grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this place in my life.  My parents, my family, my friends and everyone who has played a part or seen my transformation and congratulated me.  At the risk of sounding prideful, I am very happy with where I am right now, both with myself and with my family.  Getting my body to a healthy point was just the beginning.  Now I can concentrate on other aspects of my health.  Most particularly my spiritual health.  Getting myself right with God and building a strong relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ, is taking a top priority in my life now.  I am forever grateful to Heavenly Father and to my Savior for all they have done for me, for the many blessings they have bestowed upon me and my family.  

Thank you, God, for your love, divine inspiration and your guidance and council!  I praise you in the most high.  You are so kind and good to me, even when I don’t deserve it.  Thank you.

The video, which you may or may not have watched by now, also includes some footage of a recent ride up Brown Canyon Trail loop.  I hope the video wasn’t too long or boring for anyone.  It is by far the longest video I have ever made and uploaded to YouTube.  I appreciate your comments below.  And as always, if you have any questions about how I was able to make my transformation happen, I am happy to answer them.  

God bless you all!


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