The Nod

The serious bikers out there all wear these funny helmets. If you ever rode a motorcycle (like me) we call them “brain buckets” and for good reason. If you have a fall or god forbid, get in an accident you will be glad you are wearing one.

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My brain bucket is buckled firmly on.

They come in all styles, even aerodynamic if you’re one of those crazy fast cyclists who move at the speed of light. It’s important to be safe but without a helmet, you will be hard pressed to communicate with the other bicycle riders and that would be sad.

Being the friendly person I am when I first started riding my bike I’d see the other person coming towards me on a bike, have a big smile plastered on my face, make eye contact and before reaching them say hello. I would feel the blast of wind, see the person streak by and wait. Nothing.

Surely it wasn’t me? I pushed on.

Soon it was clear that unless it was a family biking, people walking or someone moving at a slower speed that I wasn’t doing something right. These “bikers” were just unfriendly! How could I make contact with my own kind? I kept trying, watched and waited.

Then one day I saw it…I almost missed it because it happened so fast. To be sure I watched carefully and saw it again. It was not always accompanied by eye contact but it was given freely and in solidarity. It was “the nod.” Suddenly I understood and was elated!

It’s not always easy to see and there are some cyclists who really don’t bike to be social so they will ignore you and that’s ok but if you are like me you will want to communicate with the others.

Some people smile, some don’t but you will see the nod of the helmet, a slight, quick, forward dip of the head made easier to see by the funny helmet they are wearing. Now that I’ve cracked the code you know what to do.

Next time we pass on the bike trail I’ll not be saying hello but I will give you “the nod” meaning all is well-enjoy your ride!

Safety is no joke get a helmet and wear it when you ride.

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Bekkie’s Healthy Chili

Chili is a wonderful food it sticks with you is easy to make and 1 cup is about 266 calories. It can be made and ready to eat in a little over an hour. This is my own recipe and I used it throughout my weight loss journey and after dinner, I was never hungry. You don’t have to be dieting to eat this chili it’s just good healthy food.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of hamburger (I like hamburger with some fat it tastes better)

3 green peppers (any color)

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon of salt

3 shakes from the bottle (or what you like) of paprika

parsley flakes or fresh (as much as you’d like)

2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder (or more, it’s up to you)

2 fresh tomatoes (I leave the skin on)

1, 28 ounce can finely chopped tomatoes

1 bay leaf

1 cup of water

1, 15 ounce can kidney beans

1, 15 ounce can black beans

1, 15 ounce can garbanzo beans

Let’s cook:

Put the hamburger in a non-stick dutch oven. Chop the green peppers, onion, and add. Chop the garlic very fine and add. Add the salt, paprika, and parsley flakes. Chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Cook on high stirring occasionally until almost all of the liquid disappears. (This should take no more than 15 minutes but don’t time it, watch the liquid and don’t leave it to burn.) Then add chili powder and stir until the mixture is coated with it.

Add the canned tomatoes with the liquid from the can. Add the fresh chopped tomatoes, water, the bay leaf, and stir.

Reduce heat by half, cover with a lid and cook for 45 minutes. Make sure the heat just boils the chili without burning it on the bottom. It should be gently boiling when you peek under the lid.

When 45 minutes is up, drain and rinse the kidney beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans and mix them in. I like to make a 3 bean chili but you can substitute any kind of beans you like or use all kidney beans.

Keeping the lid on, heat for another 20 minutes until the beans are hot. Because the skin was left on the fresh tomatoes you may see little pieces of the skin rolled up in the chili. Eating the skin is good for you.

Remove the bay leaf when it’s done. I like to have a piece of Safeway nut and grain bread (my favorite) with a tablespoon of butter on it with my 1 cup of chili. My whole meal, with 8 ounces of 1% milk is 566 calories and it’s healthy!

Enjoy! My chili will keep you full for hours your body will love it and it’ll give you plenty of energy for your bike rides. It keeps well in the fridge.

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My finished photo doesn’t do it justice I’m not a food photographer. Lol! Have any questions or comments let me know.

Eating smart is living well.

Still Alive And Biking

As you can see from the date of my last post that I’ve been too busy to get a new post up. Shame on me! It’s not because I’ve quit biking, in fact, I’ve been enjoying my rides very much. Life just happens and I’d like to touch bases before I get on with my normal posts.

What’s Happening?

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this in the past but I write poetry. Every week I write with at least 4 different groups of poets and I enjoy it very much but it takes up a lot of my writing time. I’ve been doing this for years now. I often write about photographs I take on my bike rides and make my own animations. Come visit and read my poetry at Capricious Poet.

I have been blogging since around 2008 that’s a long time! I have more blogs than I have time for but I don’t write as much on the older ones. The writer resides deep within my soul and my muse never takes a break only when life interferes.

Deep Sadness

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My beloved cat and 8-year companion Boo had to be put to sleep on May 6th. He was hit with Lymphoma and a bad liver, a double whammy that took him down very fast. It broke my heart in many places and my apartment is so empty without him. He was a very good boy, a lover and a clown that made me laugh and filled my life with smiles.

Birthday Girl

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May 11th was my 62nd birthday and I spent that week with my best friends in Oakland, CA. Here I am at Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkely where we went to eat that day. (My Jawbone UP3 is on my wrist quietly monitoring.)

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These 2 are my most favorite people in the world. I had a really good time that week going to 2 movies and taking long walks with Marguerite (on the left) and the dogs. Staying at their house in the Oakland Hills is a real pleasure and break from my small apartment and helped lighten my load. It has been years since I had such a wonderful birthday!

As a side note, CA (on the right) belongs to the famous Oakland Yellow Jackets a biking group that rides all over the Bay Area. Check them out, anyone can join them for rides of all types from beginners to expert.

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This is the view I had waking up each morning from the Hinton’s living room. The fog would go away by 10 am leaving beautiful and sunny weather all week.

Back Home And Biking

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It had to happen, all good times must come to an end. Lol! Just look at this view from my ride yesterday! I saw the most beautiful clouds ever on one side of the trail.

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Only to turn around and see this on the other side. It never did rain and despite the heavy winds we’ve been having I managed to ride 19 miles of blue sky and cloud bliss.

Things are pretty much back to normal and I have a lot more to say about biking and health. What it’s done for me has been amazing and I have a real need to pass it on to you. I’ve not only lost more weight being closer to my goal set last September but I am so much stronger. I joke with people that I just can’t seem to get depressed or run out of energy. The old me would have still been sitting on my ass all day crying and feeling sorry for myself. Different as night and day.

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Check back for more and if you have a blog about biking I’d love to hear about it and visit. Just leave me a link in comments telling me about it.

My bike is my antidepressant, ride one with plenty of water and fresh air every other day.