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    Default Breaking free from petroleum

    Well, I'm doing it.

    In the past 6 weeks I changed my lifestayle completely. I fixed my bike and I'm riding it again.

    At first I was just riding it around town my days off from working running errands. No time crunches or anything and it was getting the job done.

    Now I am biking to and from work once a week (13 miles each way, mountain bike) 26 miles round trip. I work 10 hours a day at a fairly physical job where I am on my feet all day.

    I've started eating vegetarian due to rising cost of meat and I have witnessed my health improve significantly. My blood pressure has gone from 150/102 to 115/85. I've lost 30 pounds and counting.

    And the thing I like to brag about the most..

    IT HAS BEEN 27 DAYS SINCE I HAVE PAID FOR GAS!!!! And BOTH our cars are sitting about 5/8 tank.

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    Wow!!!! That's awesome!!! That's taking a bad situation and making it work to your benefit! For you rising gas prices has been a good thing!

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    Yahoooo!!!!

    I've seem more and more people biking to work.

    I think that will be the trend. I used to see steam rise from the radiators of the cars stunk in traffic... now I see steam rising from the ears and eyes of the drivers.

    Problem solved with a bike.

    That would be a great challenge~~ see how long you can go without buying gas~ and see if you can stretch it.

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    dannng. I'm impressed and envious! How long does it take you to ride to work?
    I saved 100% by buying nothing. Best sale of the year.

    Think for yourself, question everything.

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    This is my very first post here and a reply to your post is so deserving of it!

    I just wanted to say - what an awesome and impressive job your doing! Awesome! GO YOU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by $hirley$aves~$$ View Post
    This is my very first post here and a reply to your post is so deserving of it!

    I just wanted to say - what an awesome and impressive job your doing! Awesome! GO YOU!
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    I saved 100% by buying nothing. Best sale of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon View Post
    Welcome to FV.
    Thank you!

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    That is so great! It's freeing, isn't it! I've been car free since last September and I really haven't missed it!

    Congrats on your decision to make the problem work for you!

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    The first time I biked to work it took me about an hour and a half. It was very grueling in 90 degree heat.

    I've got that down to just over an hour. Seems to get better each time as I am getting stronger/lighter.

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    Good for you! Burn fat instead of petroleum! Beneficial to you and the Planet.

    Have you had any problems with the switch to vegetarianism?

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    [quote=earthymom;924702] Burn fat instead of petroleum! Beneficial to you and the Planet.
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    EARTHYMOM! This is a FABULOUS quote!
    I see TShirts! I see sweat towels, I see... paniers. I see.... shorts.

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    Wow, I just seen this....just wanted to say way to go!!!!! Katy

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    We're not 100% vegetarian. We get $2 meals at work and we take advantage of those. On work days I'll get ham or chicken but on off days it's vegetarian.

    I have had almost no problem with the change and my budget is appreciating the fact that the two of us spend less than $45 a week on groceries. That includes 'non-grocery' items such as shampoo, soap, medicines, etc.

    To further stretch gas budget, I've been hypermiling in the car too, and it has taken a car getting 22mpg to getting 26.5 mpg.

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    We're not 100% vegetarian. We get $2 meals at work and we take advantage of those. On work days I'll get ham or chicken but on off days it's vegetarian.

    I have had almost no problem with the change and my budget is appreciating the fact that the two of us spend less than $45 a week on groceries. That includes 'non-grocery' items such as shampoo, soap, medicines, etc.

    To further stretch gas budget, I've been hypermiling in the car too, and it has taken a car getting 22mpg to getting 26.5 mpg.

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    great job!

    keep up the good work and keep sharing!

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