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update august 15, 2014: and the two-year mark has arrived, and just as last year the scale says 107-ish. considering that just 3 months ago it was closer to 120, i'm darned happy to be here. but i realize that i have to keep working, again would love to slip down to the 105 range. still working...

update may 2, 2014: well, it happened. back on the yoyo, sadly. spent the winter in hawaii, and when i first arrived, managed to get right back to my minimum weight, felt great about it. ...
update august 15, 2014: and the two-year mark has arrived, and just as last year the scale says 107-ish. considering that just 3 months ago it was closer to 120, i'm darned happy to be here. but i realize that i have to keep working, again would love to slip down to the 105 range. still working...

update may 2, 2014: well, it happened. back on the yoyo, sadly. spent the winter in hawaii, and when i first arrived, managed to get right back to my minimum weight, felt great about it. and got careless. stopped checking in with spark, stopped thinking about what i ate - and the busy season of work set in, and didn't get out for as many miles as i needed for the amount i was eating - and the wine. and so, many pistachio nuts later, i find myself up 10 lbs. so, after finally getting back on the scale, i'm getting back on the wagon.

update august 14, 2013: and it's one year later. holding steady around 107, which really is not bad - i'd like to slip down to the lower weight, just to have the room, but as long as i hold in this range it is still definitely "maintaining". the trick has been miles and miles and miles - and the fitbit to keep me motivated. we're going to try a couple of days of "clean eating" each week (no wine, no cookies, no goodies, lots of veg of course), which may knock off the extra lbs, or may just keep us healthier. but all in all we (the "royal we" of DH and myself) are staying at a good weight, staying active, and eating well - a good formula, indeed.

update august 14, 2012: and i did it. touched that 103 lb mark for the first time in close to 30 years. and that marks the bottom line for maintaining. i am starting to read everything i can about maintaining so that i can join the ranks of the 5% who lose weight and keep it off. i know how to lose, but over the past 14 years of yoyo-ing (with a max weight of 162!), i have never kept it off. this time is going to be different!

update june 9, 2012: so close to the next goal, which i thought was a total impossibility. what amazes me is how this formula really works - when you track things, you think twice - do i really want these calories? in the past three months i have cleaned up my diet - almost no processed foods left except a few carefully selected - no mad munching except for carrots, celery, etc - and wine back under control. and the miles just seem to add on when you are tracking for a goal.

i joined the 5% challenge for summer to get that extra push, to go all the way. and i know i'm going to do it: signing up for a half marathon in october (and a 10k in september) means i can't quit now, running every day and walking the others. i will commit to ST 3-5x week. and i'm looking forward to meeting my teammates and supporting them and receiving their support. i will continue on my delicious plant-based food journey. and i will report in as the challenge requires. ready to go!

march 25, 2012: my journey has been up and down and up and... well, you get the picture. for the past 6 months, the same five lbs have been coming on and off the entire time. i want to get rid of those 5 lbs and then another 5 so the clothes i bought the last time i hit that low will fit again.

update may 14, 2012: today is the day - the first time i saw 111 lbs (111.6, to be precise) since jan 2011. am i pleased? you bet! am i done? nope - i found a pair of size 4 jeans that i bought in sept 2010, i can *just* zip them now, but i'd like to have a little leeway. so the next goal is set, just a little one, but a great reward!
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Member Since: 5/7/2006

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My Goals:
to make sure i get out every day, walking or running. to find balance. and leave the computer behind...to continue my vegan journey of plant-based food. and finally lose those 10 lbs.

mini-goals:
drop below 120: done, 4/3/2012 119.6

halfway point 116: met! 4/18/2012

hit 115: the elusive 115... DONE! 4/24/2012 - 114.8 after a run, but still. also, 2 inches gone from my waist...

goal: 111 lbs: 5/14/12 hit 111.6

REWARD!! vitamix:-))

goal: 108 lbs: 6/11/12 hit 107.6!!

REWARD!! ipad! ORDERED!

(i never thought i would hit 111, but when it started going well i decided that if i could hit 108 i would treat myself to an ipad...and now it no longer seems impossible!)

HM: run like a girl, bellingham WA oct 6!

My Program:
5% fall challenge:

exercise: continue 30 miles/week despite the changing weather. ST 3 days/week

diet: track nutrition and stay within calorie range, plant-based whole foods diet (E2L)

support the underdawgs! get to know my teammates, read blogs, leave positive messages

my border collie is my personal trainer, along with my dh. we are out with pelle every morning and evening, trying to add up to 5 miles a day. it is so easy to go to the end of the block and back. have to keep on keeping on....

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i love living in beautiful places, and going out walking and running - whether at home in winthrop WA, or bokenäs, sweden, or molokai, hawaii - my nyc roots are well hidden.


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my time zone: Pacific Time Zone!

we've been on a vegan journey for 4 years, and i love to cook - each day, the search for a "winner" meal is a challenge. and i love showing omnivores just how delicious a vegan diet can be:-)

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8/24/2014 9:32:34 AM

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8/24/2014 1:14:30 AM

We so can do it....
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8/20/2014 6:24:35 AM

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8/18/2014 9:25:08 PM

Your Moroccan lentil soup looks great: flavourful and healthy!!



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Thanks for the support on my blog.



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