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Team Potter Weight Loss Challenge Week 3

Three weeks down, and we're still going strong. I had a rough week with lots of traveling and getting majorly sick, so no exercising (unless blowing your nose counts). Losses for the week:

Penutty_________ 3.0 pounds lost
GingerClip_______ 1.0 pound lost


Team Potter Weight Loss Challenge Week 2

There were some tough battles this week: birthday lunches to attend and traveling for work. We're both still on track! Losses for the week:

GingerClip_______ 5.0 pounds lost
Penutty_________ 1.0 pound lost


An Ode to My Cycleops

You sit silently in the corner dark,
a chastisement of Time’s march on,
that the calendar does one less day mark,
‘til the RAGBRAI journey comes to town.
You trap tight my metal steed,
and repress her firey glory,
no matter how she meets the deed,
a stalemate is her story.
Are you friend or are you foe?
The answer is one I seek to know.

To appease your rage, I daily try,
as steed and I together struggle,
Watching the old Tour go by,
which presents its own trouble.
The historic visions climb and race
much faster than we and yet still
I stationary give good chase,
to the point of a house-bound spill.
Turning visionary corners while in one place
ensures the floor meets my face.

The mighty lions seek to tame you,
and rescue me from your grip
but cannot determine where to maim you,
and run in fear from my salty drip.
Even though we fight and bicker
me with a #@%& and you with a whir,
I know that you will make me quicker,
until RAGBRAI when I am just a blur.
Though I’ll hate you thru Winter’s end
I’ll evermore call you friend.


Team Potter Weight Loss Challenge Week 1

It's actually been 10 days since we started, but Penutty and I decided to make Friday mornings the official weigh in day. So our Week 1 / 10 day loss is....drumroll please...

Penutty_________5.0 pounds lost
GingerClip_______4.5 pounds lost

Penutty is following the Weight Watchers points system and I am counting calories. We are both working out regularly. As for me, 1/2 hour of Carribean Workout or In Shape With Sharon Mann from the Tivo, push-ups, and my AbSlide (oh yeah! Informercial purchase from 1998) every morning. Plus I am trying to ride my trainer in the evenings. Can I say how much I hate getting up while it is still dark to go do aerobics in the living room. Blech! But then I also hate getting on the trainer at night. Penutty has been better about getting on the trainer, I think. But then, I think I have been more consistent in overall workouts. I'd have to doublecheck with her to be sure about that though.

I think we both deserve kudos b/c so far neither one of us has cheated on our diets. Not once! Go us!!


Grocery Shopping Observations

My mom gave me a set of "grocery bag" panniers for Christmas and today I used them for the very first time. I loaded them with my wallet, my canvas grocery bags, and my bike lock and then headed on down the road.

The first thing I noticed is that the extra width meant I had to be extra-careful when swinging my leg over to get on the bike.

The second thing I noticed is that my heels tapped the panniers with every rotation unless I pointed my toes in an uncomfortable way.

The third thing I noticed was that my seat was waaaaaay to low. Again.

The fourth thing I noticed is that the bike rack positioning made it almost impossible to release the quick-release on my seat post.

The fifth thing I noticed that my seat was now too high, making the aforementioned pointy toe pedals the ONLY option.

The sixth thing I noticed was that 3 months of only riding my bike every once in a while had made me totally out of shape.

The seventh thing I noticed is that crossing the busy street to get to the store wasn’t too bad.

The eighth thing I noticed is that the only place to lock up the bike was on a handicap parking sign. That can’t be good.

The ninth thing I noticed is that two pannier and two canvas grocery bags fill an entire small push cart.

The tenth thing I noticed is that you shouldn’t select bread first when placing items in panniers.

The eleventh thing I noticed is that there isn’t room for the bulk purchase of fruit.

The twelfth thing I noticed is that there is no room to buy unplanned items just because they are on sale.

The thirteenth thing I noticed is that there is only room for one roll of paper-towels and that isn’t even going to fit in the panniers, but is going to have to be strapped to the rack.

The fourteenth thing I noticed is THANK GOD I DIDN’T NEED ANY SODA.

The fifteenth thing I noticed is that people should only be checkers at a grocery store if they can actually identify the fruits and vegetables without having to ask what each and everyone is.

The sixteenth thing I noticed is that the canvas bags are not appropriate for the panniers because they are too soft sided and that I would have to re-bad everything in two paper bags.

The seventeenth thing I noticed is that I am VERY good at space management (I could pack an elephant into a snuff box!).

The eighteenth thing I noticed is that I wasn’t the only person on a bike at the Tom Thumb.

The nineteenth thing I noticed is that you have to put the paper towels and canvas bags and bike lock on the rack BEFORE you put the panniers back on. Duh.

The twentieth thing I noticed is that the kickstand will not support the Giant after it has been loaded down with groceries.

The twenty-first thing I noticed is how cute and urban it looks to have lettuce and bread sticking out of my grocery bags. Just like a movie. sigh.

The twenty-second thing I noticed is that the bike weighs a ton after buying groceries and likes to fall over. A lot.

The twenty-third thing I noticed is that the panniers don’t get any skinnier after groceries have been added and I still have to be extra-careful when swinging my leg over.

The twenty-fourth thing I noticed is that all the bumps on the road made me glad I hadn’t bought any eggs and surprised that I still had my bread.

The twenty-fifth thing I noticed is that it is very satisfying to ride my bike to the grocery store rather than taking a car.

Shop on!