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Discovering how to pedal through the “Sweet Life” (Adjusting to life as a new diabetic;)

So if I asked you, “what are some circumstances you fear most?” What would be your reply?  Loosing your job? Getting a letter from the IRS that you are being audited?

For me it was a fear to be diagnosed as a diabetic.  You have to realize I’ve watched the destructive nature of diabetes both type 1 and type 2 impact my entire family since I can remember.  Family reunion picnics were extravagant feasts of some of the most fattening “comfort foods and sweets”…all the while conversations comparing blood sugar and dosages of insulin were overheard at every table.  Aunts, uncles and cousins, who would give themselves an “extra shot of insulin” so they could indulge in those extra desserts was common place.  Family members who had lost toes, legs, even their eyesight just worshiped food and ignored exercise.  So that was my “genetic pool” which fostered my fear…”MAYBE ONE DAY THAT WILL BE YOU!!!”

Despite that lingering fear, as I stepped over the “40” year old mark and noticed the creeping number on the scale and expanding inches on my waist band I fooled myself into thinking “surely I would be okay.”  I mean after all  I was getting out there on my bike (yeah, maybe not EVERY DAY but I was still “active”) and that was enough right?!? Yes, my metabolism had changed drastically, but I was eating healthy enough…that is WHEN I would eat! I would usually get so engrossed in work projects, traveling and selling at cycling events that come 8pm I would realize, “I haven’t eaten anything since 7am!” So then I would voraciously eat too much at that late hour, along with drinking an “adult beverage” or two.  Essentially, despite my fear, I had allowed myself to stumble down a gradual, slippery slope that resulted in “hitting rock bottom.”

This past month I found myself feeling absolutely horrible and after “dragging my feet” since I could not be bothered to stop working and pay attention to the progressing signs of diabetes (fatigue, blurred vision, nausea, dry mouth, frequent urination, etc…) I FINALLY went to the hospital.  After more than a week of excellent care and education on my situation, I was released and started my new “adventure” of pedaling through the “sweet life” as a newly diagnosed diabetic.

What does life look like now?!  For me it’s absolutely NOT sleeping in. I get to bed at a decent hour and get up early to make SURE I have time to meditate and exercise first thing. I make NO MORE EXCUSES about riding or at least walking a couple times a day.  I eat regularly throughout the day, concentrating on a plate that’s 2/3rds raw veggies, fresh fruit along with lean protein & healthy fats.  I always have little bags of nuts somewhere nearby in the Sprintervan or in my bike’s transformer frame bag to snack on in case grabbing a meal is not an option.  I have cut back HUGE on my drinking (my only temptation since I have never had a “sweet tooth”) and refuse to eat past 6pm…ice water helps take away those “late night cravings” that are pretty much just pangs of “boredom” and a bad habit that will hopefully disappear eventually.

Diabetes is so prevalent in our culture now. It is definitely easy to stumble into, especially as the cost of eating healthy increases and our pace of life interferes with getting our bodies moving. Don’t neglect the steps you need to take today to protect yourself from diabetes.  My doctor affirms, what I read online, that if I am persistent, dedicated and careful my body may be able to “correct” itself and regain a healthy balance once again.  That hope is renewed in my mind & soul every morning as I ride around the flourishing, beautiful green hills here in Ojai, CA that just 6 months ago were burnt ashen grey from the Thomas fire.  I am discovering now that diabetes, is something that can be victoriously managed day by day, as long as we choose every day to simply MOVE and fuel our body with GOOD things…that is the “sweet life!”

Okay, time to throw on one of our organic cotton Tshirts and get in some pedaling…Go Big or Go Home?!  Kind of feeling like a Bear today though?! http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com

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Beauty from Ashes in 2018

The Jewish prophet, Isaiah, spoke of an amazing truth to encourage hearts that have endured disaster…”beauty will come from these ashes, joy will replace mourning….”

We at Cyclelogical have clung to these words the last months of 2017 for ourselves and our community.  While we are so thankful for the blessings and victories 2017 brought for our Cyclelogical business and staff…the last two months also held some bitter things.

Traveling back from an exciting time attending the El Tour De Tucson in Arizona for the first time, we got a call that our beloved dog, Hannah, had been struck by a car in our Ojai neighborhood.  Unfortunately, before we could make it back she had passed quite quickly surrounded by staff that loved her as their own.  Hannah, was the BEST FRIEND you could have and perfectly loyal companion on a ride or run.  As the years passed it was hard to see her not “lead us” on the trail anymore and instead lag behind a bit, but oh how she loved to come with us! In her memory, we have designed a “best friend” riding jersey for this spring season.

We dealt with that loss and then came the Thomas Fire in December.  Never have we experienced or seen such a radical wild fire in our years of living in California.  The flames encircled our entire community for days and spread so fiercely fast.  We will be forever grateful for the brave men and women (firefighters, police, pilots, etc…) who fought to help us keep our property and Cyclelogical headquarters (and the properties of all our staff) from destruction within 200 yards of us all.

It was the “perfect storm” as far as wild fires go constantly challenging the Cal Fire leadership as they coordinated firefighters from at least 10 other states, who sent crews. Few lives were lost and few properties compared to so many other fires this year.

We have swept and washed away the ashes here at Cyclelogical and dealt with smoke damaged apparel. We were very fortunate!!!!  Please in this New Year of 2018 take time to be mindful of ways you can help your neighbors and get to know them better…tragedies, like this Thomas Fire, have motivated us to “Be Calm and Stay Focused on the REAL PRIORITIES of Life!”

Now we wait…as we ride the trails around Ojai and our Ventura Community, we look forward to a time when all the ashen grey will be green once again…when BEAUTY and NEW LIFE will come from the ashes, it’s happened many times before, we trust it will again in 2018.

We are so grateful for all of you, who encourage and support us here at Cyclelogical, blessing to you all in 2018!!!

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Who doesn’t want $250 worth of Cyclelogical Merchandise?!?!

Hey there dear Cyclelogical Blog followers…

Yes…yes…I know…I know…it’s been at least a month since I posted on here.  Still spending too much time outside on my bike (in this glorious weather) and designing fun, new Tshirts that I simply forget to sit down and “blog”…but I WILL get better;)

I wanted to make SURE that you all are aware of the EMail address sign up that we are doing this month.  We want to get better at showing off our new styles and emailing coupons and deals to our faithful Cyclelogical followers.  And we need your updated emails to do so.

Please take time to simply enter your email address in order to enter yourself into our contest. At the end of November we are giving out a gift certificate for $250…that’s right we didn’t go “$25” or “$100″…we went right to $250 which should help you cover Holiday shopping for quite a few friends/family on your list!!!

SO when you see “Billy Bison’s invitation” don’t hesitate…and of course, tell your family and friends to sign up too…because even if YOU don’t win that gift under the tree from them to you will probably & most logically be…Cyclelogical!!!  -bs

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fathers day freebies

fahtersday

It’s another give away!!!

Last year Simple City Life Blog did a Father’s day give way for us. This year in keeping with tradition they are doing another one. Head over to the blog post and fill out the raffle copter form to enter  for your chance to win a free Tour De Outdoors tee shirt and 2 packs of spoke reflectors.

Don’t forget you can enter every day!!!

Tour de Outdoors

 

Spoke Reflectors


how to carve a turkey

Hope everyone is having a great week so far. We are excited for Thanksgiving and  thought we would share a  video on how to carve a turkey.

Just for the fun of it!

 

Make sure to be extra thankful for your bike and go for a long ride on this holiday week!