Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Minus 143 Days - Movin' On Monday

Wayne’s Aunt Les is a serious biker. Every Saturday, she gets up at the crack of dawn to pedal a real bicycle. Like 30 miles or so. Fast. And she's done it for the last 18 YEARS!

When I posted our New Year’s mantra, Eat Less / Move More,
Les commented:
Girl, Get a bicycle, ride every day hard for 45 minutes, and I promise, you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight, enjoy the beauty of God's creation and have fun,
all at the same time.
Lifestyle is the key word!!!
I once had a friend who imbibed too much too often. On a particular occasion, her husband cautioned, “Look, alcohol is OK as long as you just have one or two drinks,” to which my friend replied, “What’s the point of drinking then?”

I'm convinced, Les is a bike-aholic. Why cycle just one or two miles at casual speed when you can go to the next TOWN faster than than a car in traffic?

Just before Christmas, Les and a few other addicts in her support group rode 300 MILES of the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville, Tenn. to Jackson, Miss., just for FUN!

Her latest comment on the blog: “Maybe I could book tours up and down the Natchez Trace for people who want to lose weight by cycling?????????????????" LGB

Any takers?

P.S. I might try it, just to wear cool leggings like Les has on in pic #2. Click the picture for a better view!