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100 miles biked. 8:38 including breaks. 3278 calories burned. $345 raised for HIV & AIDS support

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I rode my first century in 27 years yesterday. That's 100 miles in one day. Last time it took me 10 hours. This time it took me 8 hours and 38 minutes.

(The sign says "100.9 miles")

It took 6:53 of actual biking (about 14.7 mph on average). I got two free 5-minute massages, once at the lunch rest stop (59.3 miles) and once at the end (100.9 miles).

My butt was not very sore because I broke down and put a gel seat cover on my bike saddle. My calves hurt the most, surprisingly. At about 55 miles they really started to hurt so I began hydrating like crazy and took advantage of the massage option.

Between the 59.3 and 75.7 mile stops there was a nasty headwind. I was riding alone, so when a group of four Cornell students (including one on the cycling team) passed me, I put on the gas and drafted behind them for about 5 miles. They were like a machine in a double pace line. I kept up until I pulled out in front to try and take my turn (which happened to be uphill) and just couldn't do it. The effort was so much that I couldn't keep up with them, even drafting. But by then the worst of the headwind was over, thankfully.

At about mile 95 I got tired of the pain and became something not entirely human - basically went berserk - and sprinted to the finish at about 25mph. I was D.O.N.E. hahaha

At rest stop two I met another Spark Person, LJOHN44. We took some photos together:

She'd been up late the night before making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Which were delicious, by the way. I had FOUR quarter sandwiches.

Special thanks to Spark Person EILEENV3 who even helped sponsor my ride, although we've never met in person!

More pictures here:

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WOLFKITTY 4/25/2011 11:18AM

    Oh, wow!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 9/24/2010 5:11PM

    WOW what an amazing ride you had. emoticon To complete a century is a feeling that is almost without words to explain. I am very proud of you.

You rode a very strong ride and great thinking hooking up with the pace group in the winds. You just got to love that wind. That does not kill will only make you stonger for the next century! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Great job cutting your time! emoticon
You look great and so happy in your photos!!!

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LJOHN44 9/12/2010 5:59PM

    Woo hoo! You rocked it! You were way at the front of the pack when you hit our Pit Stop. We got slammed after you left. I can't believe I forgot to take off that ugly plaid shirt for the picture! I put it on when we got up at 5am -it was frickin' cold that morning! I'm glad it turned out to be such nice weather.
We're told every year how much people look forward to the PB&J Pit Stop so we make them with a lot of love-we make them how we'd like to eat them!

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GEE-KNEE 9/12/2010 2:55PM

    Thats so cool!!! You are amazing. Keep it up.

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EILEENV3 9/12/2010 12:42PM

    Congrats! emoticon

You are such a great montivation given your journey.

I would love to hear more about the gel seat cover. I don't like doing bike rides more than 20 or so more because of the seat issue. Though I will admit that I don't have bike short yet. emoticon

Again, I'm so proud for you of what you've done.


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STARLIGHT615 9/12/2010 12:12PM

    WOW what a great accomplishment!! Congrats!

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DDOORN 9/12/2010 12:05PM

    Wonderful to hear of your success! What BEAUTIFUL weather you had for your ride too!

I'm anxiously awaiting my MS City to Shore ride on 9/25-26...! 100 miles on 9/25 from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ and 75 miles ride the following day returning to Cherry Hill...!

Wish I was able to manage a camera while riding...miss being able to share pics of my rides.


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BLUEANDGOLD57 9/12/2010 10:56AM

    Congratulations on a great ride!

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BREWMASTERBILL 9/12/2010 10:33AM

    Wow, great job and awesome gun shot in pic17. You got a license to carry?

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MILNE81 9/12/2010 10:20AM

    That's great! Our first century is next Saturday! We can't wait. We're actually only doing a metric century (62 miles) but we're supper excited. We ride between 10 and 11 mph on average so we'll be in the saddle for about 6 hours no counting the rest stops. The century is call the All You Can Eat Century! I just have to make sure I don't actually eat all I can :)

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ATREAT4ME 9/12/2010 10:16AM

    Awesome! Incredible! I so want to ride in a century. At the end of Sept., DH and I are scheduled to ride our tandem in a 65-mile ride. It'll be the longest ride I've ever attempted. And when I finish, I will be somewhat on my way to my first century. I cannot wait to have an accomplishment like yours. It is such a fantastic job. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy it for a long time!

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CRAZYWIG 9/12/2010 10:08AM

    Congratulations!!!!! emoticon

What an accomplishment!

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GRACEFULIFE 9/12/2010 10:05AM

    Hahaha, awesome job! I'd love to ride in a pace line like that... I watch the pros and it just looks crazy bada55!

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GEINAHG0757 9/12/2010 9:48AM

    What a great physical accomplishment - and raised money for a worthy cause, too! WOW! Hope you are not too sore today.


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KAREN_01 9/12/2010 9:42AM

    Every time you amaze me!! You're such a star!

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MMALONEY15 9/12/2010 9:32AM

    Awesome job!!! You make me want to get up and go!!!! emoticon

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I believe I can fly

Monday, August 23, 2010

This weekend I went to Ohiopyle State Park with some friends and paddled the Lower Youghiogheny river in Pennyslvania.

This weekend for the first time the Park has begun a trial period allowing people to run Ohiopyle falls more than one day a year.

We ran it on Sunday, the day after the race. The video is of my drop. Yes, those are platforms of spectators on the shore in the background.

Here is another angle. You can see my friend Aubrey on the rock in the background, shooting the video.

The whole series can be seen here:

After running the falls we continued on for another 4+ hours, running the river and playing along the way. I burned well over 1000 calories both Saturday and Sunday, according to my heart rate monitor.

It was a good weekend.

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GEE-KNEE 9/7/2010 11:22AM

    That looks hard, but fun. You are amazing. Keep it up.

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PSSN4FITNESS 8/25/2010 10:35AM

    Great post! That is some high intensity activity! I love to get outdoors and play in the water and burn some serious calories at the same time. What a perfect day!

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LILPAT3 8/24/2010 12:04PM

    It looks like a lot of fun. I prefer other endeavors myself (bad knees) but I think it was emoticon that you did this.

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CHEMMD 8/23/2010 6:54PM

  Whoa! Somebody's really getting active here. Way to go.

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/23/2010 1:31PM

    WOW likes like fun but I think I'll stay with the bike. You keep enjoying yourself!!!!

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TIREDOFWORKING 8/23/2010 11:20AM

    That looks awesome!
And that is some massive calorie burn!

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GRACEFULIFE 8/23/2010 11:17AM

    I can't help but think, gee maybe the creek boat would have been better for the bottom... oh and PADDLE FASTER before the drop! Hehe emoticon

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SMOOCHIEFACE 8/23/2010 10:24AM

    Wow, that looks scary. Glad you enjoyed yourself!!!

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MAPETERSON42 8/23/2010 10:04AM

    That looks like fun but also a bit emoticon. Especially the part at the bottom.

Still pretty nifty.

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DANSTOUT 8/23/2010 7:42AM

    Nice! Looks like you had a great time. And it's good to see you back on top at PD.

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KAYAKKIM 8/23/2010 7:15AM

    Very impressive! That is a real accomplishment!

I used to paddle whitewater, but got scared off years ago when I almost lost my older sister on this very river. She got stuck in a hydraulic at the bottom of a drop and was under for about a minute. She shot out with such force it was astonishing. That showed me the power of whitewater and I have to admit it scared me! I might go back someday for some class 2 playtime, but I'll wait until my kids are bigger and stick to flatwater for now!

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CARRIE1948 8/23/2010 7:01AM

    What an accomplishment!

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    Dayum, way to get air born.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/23/2010 6:33AM

    So you got stuck at the bottom of the falls for a bit, eh? At least you were able to get out in a reasonable period. Sounds like you had a good time... awesome! :)

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DDOORN 8/23/2010 6:27AM

    You are just AMAZING! I'll bet it DOES feel like you've taken flight hurling yourself into that whitewater!

While I can appreciate the thrill this must bring, have to admit I doubt I'd ever be drawn enough to do something like this...whew! :-)


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REILLYGIRRRL 8/23/2010 6:20AM

  Very cool.

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STALEYK 8/23/2010 5:19AM

    WOW! That was something! A little scary looking... emoticon

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KAREN_01 8/23/2010 5:16AM

    Wow, that is amazing!!

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Belated Weekend Update

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Well, after that depressing "struggling" blog, I guess I should mention that things have perked up. I'm back under 170 and holding pretty strong. Would like to get back under 160, and if I'm consistent I know I'll get there.

Some of the depression was almost certainly due to that "time of the month" (Sorry BREWMASTERBILL, I have to call it like I see it), and some of the weight (water?) gain might have been as well.

Saturday I swam 1.2 miles in Cayuga Lake chop for hospice and beat last month's Musselman time by 10 minutes.
Partly because I had a following wind pushing me and partly because I wasn't saving anything for a 56 mile bike ride afterward. LOL

The waves were so fun that when I got out out of the water I ran to my car and grabbed my whitewater kayak which was conveniently in there and paddled back out in time to escort some 2nd wave swimmers in. I was hoping to meet LJOHN44 who said she was there, but I somehow missed her. I'll hopefully meet her next month on the 100-miile biking AIDS Ride for Life.

Then I drove around to the other side of the lake and kayaked around taking pictures of my friends wind and kite surfing.

Next I went to a friend's house and practiced my back deck roll and my hands roll in her pond and tried single-track mountain biking.

She had friends visiting and her live-in chef (it's a long story) cooked this AMAZING 4-course meal for us:

The writing is too small to read in the photo, so here's what it says:

Hacienda Heirlooms
Smoked Vermont farmhouse mozzarella
organic basil
reduced balsamic syrup
farmers market garlic crostini

Anton's Beets
Lively Run goat cheese
hazelnut viniagrette
micro greens
torn herbs

Seared Dayboat Scallops
swiss chard with Piggery bacon
crispy fingerling potato chips (6 each)
dijon mustard pan sauce

Porcini Risotto
shiraz-braised pork cheek medallion
sage graniolata
parmesano reggiano

Each course was small, like an appetizer. They came slowly while we sipped red wine, chatted about kayaking and other topics, and listened to music.

So tired that night I actually crashed on her couch. And when I weighed myself the next morning I'd actually LOST weight.

Next morning loaded the boat back into the car, drove home (via another creek to see the put in and take out - at some point it will start raining again and then I will run Taughannock), got home, took a shower, jumped back into the car and hied to church.

Briefly attended a vestry meeting and then drove down to Ithaca to pick up 2 Cornell students and their kayak gear so we could go to Watertown and surf the Route 3 wave.

Met my best boating buddy up there and the four of us surfed for hours.

The buddy's parents came and hung out with all of us and we grilled sausages and chicken right there on the shore. It was a great time. Played in the water until it got too dark to see and packed everything up and came back. Didn't get home until 1am and I don't regret it one bit.

It was the kind of weekend summers are supposed to have.

Next weekend I'm going camping with three friends to kayak on the Youghiogheny. I *might* even run the 18' falls, depending on how I feel.

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HAVASUROSE 8/25/2010 7:42PM

  The best weekends are two days that seem like three! Been there trying to still do that. emoticon

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EILEENV3 8/19/2010 10:02AM

    Awesome weekend! emoticon

The biggest motivation I have for losing weight and getting fit, is so I can have the energy to do the fun stuff in life. "Fit is Fun" is sort of a motto for me. You are living it. emoticon

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DDOORN 8/18/2010 11:07PM

    Jam packed weekend...just the way I love 'em! :-)

Thx for the great pics too!


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CARRIE1948 8/18/2010 7:23AM

    I get exhausted reading this. Then again, I'm walking with a cane these days and each step is cardio.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/17/2010 7:18PM

    Thanks for the menu rundown, I was wondering. It does sound good! Hooray for foodies!

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CHEMMD 8/17/2010 6:55PM

  Talk about a turn around! Looks like you could blame your hormones on that slump. The important thing is you decided to change and act on it the very next day!

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JAY75REY 8/17/2010 4:48PM

    Living the good life! I like it.

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ELYMWX 8/17/2010 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great weekend!

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JOSOP2009 8/17/2010 1:44PM

    If you pack that much into a weekend, I can't wait to read your next vacation blog!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/17/2010 12:51PM

    Nice to see the turn around! ToM ... (ear mufs) ... LALALALALALALALA

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GRACEFULIFE 8/17/2010 12:25PM

    Yep... sounds like a VERY good weekend to me!

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Back in the saddle - riding 100 miles for the Southern Tier AIDS Program next month

Monday, August 16, 2010

One of the things I wanted to do after losing 180 lbs was to ride a century again. The one I selected is the AIDS Ride for Life. It'll be held next month and circumnavigates Cayuga Lake.

I created a team for any of us Spark People who might want to ride. They have a 50 & 90 mile option too.

The money generated by sponsored riders will benefit the Southern Tier AIDS Program which provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the Southern Tier of New York. Founded in 1984 as a local response to the HIV epidemic, Southern Tier AIDS program provides effective and innovative HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention education and outreach services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Having grown up in the SF Bay Area in the 1980s I suppose I'm particularly sensitive to issues surrounding this disease.

If you were inclined to sponsor me, I'd be grateful. If not, no worries. It's all good. Heck, I'm just happy to be in the shape I'm in, to be ABLE to ride in something like this!

Here's a link in case you're feeling generous:

If you live in the area and don't want to ride too, you can always volunteer. I know of two Spark People already doing that (CARRIE1948 and LJOHN44)

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EILEENV3 8/27/2010 6:11AM

    I made my donation. Last week I was out of town on a different computer.

You've had such an awesome journey with your weight loss and life style change. emoticon

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CARRIE1948 8/17/2010 7:39AM

    I'll be working one of the water stations. See you there

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/16/2010 9:59PM

    I walked in the Aids walk the last couple of years. Great job giving to a good cause.

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DDOORN 8/16/2010 9:50PM

    Awesome deal on your century!

Knowing the terrain around Cayuga Lake as I do and from what I hear about the century I'll be doing from Philadelphia to Ocean City, NJ, my bet is you'll be doing a MUCH more challenging course of miles than mine...!

Kudos and triple woo-hoos for YOU! :-)


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WALKING_ANGUS 8/16/2010 8:55PM

    Last year I was very into doing centuries on my bike. This year I have switched to doing multisport training with intervals but I know I will go back and do more centuries - they are fun! When training for the bike centuries, I loved how they gave me a goal for my workouts and I knew I was supporting a good cause. You should feel so proud of your accomplishment of losing so much weight. I hope that you feel very strong for your entire century and that you have a blast doing it. emoticon

Kate emoticon

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EILEENV3 8/16/2010 6:54PM

    What an achievement to loose all that weight. emoticon

And it's wonderful that you're celebrating it in a way that will help others! emoticon

What is your deadline for sponsorship? I'm not in position at this moment but will try to next week.

Sounds like you are near the Finger Lakes. They are an awesome are in the summer. I have some special memories of the three times in my life I was able to visit them.

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Still Struggling

Thursday, August 12, 2010

GEE-KNEE asked how I'm doing and commented that it seems like all the "big weight losers" have had a rough time lately. I wrote an answer in mail, and then thought it might be worth posting my reply as a blog entry. So here it is.


I'm not sure if there's a specific reason why so many of us are struggling.

For me it's a variety of factors, mostly revolving around weight loss no longer being my primary focus in life.

This is a problem I have with the model proposed in the spark book and on this site. They sell the idea that you solve your weight problem and then go on to challenge yourself to improve in other areas.

In my experience it is not that simple. The weight problem isn't solved just by getting the weight off, even if you do it slowly, even if you do it in a "healthy" or "natural" way or "lifestyle change" way. For me it appears to be a natural condition to gain weight unless I'm vigilant. Period. I've been less vigilant in the past six months, so I've been gaining weight.

I've been snacking at night and not logging it. I've been going away camping and kayaking for weekends and not logging, and eating things I normally wouldn't in quantities I normally wouldn't.

I haven't been locked into a predictable exercise schedule. I haven't been burning as many calories.

I haven't been logging my water. I haven't been taking my vitamins. I haven't even been taking my antidepressant regularly.

Is it any wonder I'm having trouble sleeping and am slowly gaining weight? I've let the house of cards fall.

I still fit into my jeans (barely - haven't tried the leather pants lately and probably won't until I get 10 lbs off) but I can tell the difference and I don't like it.

It takes a lot of energy to live life AND stay vigilant and manage my food and exercise. And frankly, sometimes it just starts to feel like a burden, and I get tired and I want to give up and just go back to eating whatever I want whenever I want and not exercising. Temporarily it's an easy trap to fall into, but it has unpleasant long-term consequences.

I'm not giving up the war, but I admit I've surrendered more battles lately than I'm comfortable with. I've begun making excuses: I'm injured, I'm too busy, it's too much effort, just this once I'll slide, etc. etc. etc.

This is why I would just love to see some kind of maintenance resources on here of the same quality as the loss resources. Maintenance is a big, ugly, hairy problem and most people really struggle with it. But the industry ignores it for a variety of reasons and so there just isn't any support out there of the quantity or quality there is for losing weight in the first place.

Until such resources are available I think all we can do is hold onto each other and push ourselves and each other to take each day as it comes, do the best we can, do damage control where necessary, and keep fighting.

Starting with:

1) Managing the depression
2) Purging the house of temptations
2) Taking the vitamins
4) Logging the water
5) Logging ALL the food
6) Getting back into a daily exercise regime

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PSSN4FITNESS 8/25/2010 10:54AM

    Wow, I am so glad that you shared this. Your post and the responses have echoed everything that I have been dealing with lately (and I am not at my goal weight). As someone else said, the reward of moving the scale lower or even running another mile just doesn't give me the same satisfaction or motivation anymore. The rest of my life needs attention right now and it is so hard for me to muster the energy to track my food and sometimes even to exercise, though exercise is the easy part for me. Literally, the only thing that gets me to press play on my workout videos right now is simply the fact that I know that I am not done, that this vigilance will be a part of my life forever just like brushing my teeth and showering.

I especially love when you said that you have not given up the war but have conceded several battles. PREACH!! Story of my life, including last night dinner. But, at any time you can take back the lead with a one-two punch and swift kick! Turn the balance of winning versus losing battles in your favor one day at a time and one meal at a time.

As someone else said, keeping your head in the game is the key and telling yourself that you are getting your second, third, one-milllionth wind that will carry you through and give you that energy. Just keep sparking and keep your head up! We are all in this together =)

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MOM5INFL 8/18/2010 4:52PM

    Sorry I've taken so long to respond...life is pretty stressful right now. But, I totally understand what you are going though. I think I have blogged in the past about my crazy behavior early in the maintenance process. I'm just coming out of a 2 week cycle of what amounts to the alternate day diet. I was going way over one day and staying on plan the next and cycling back and forth. I was starting to do things like eating multiple bowls of cereal because I didn't have anything else interesting to eat. I'm a little better now, but I'm still worried that the behavior will continue.

So, is maintenance easier for me? In a way yes. I'm back down to 158 pounds after I saw a high of 170...this was after a few days of total nonsense. I can carry an incredible amount of food and water! My point is that I think that my weight recovers faster now than it did before. I don't know why. Maybe due ot more muscle??? I don't know. But, I know if I don't get back on track I will start to gain some serious fat.

Keep sticking to the basics. You know how to do it. Keep triggers out of the house and minimize stress. Keep your hands busy.

I have been sipping hot tea and chewing sugar free gum like crazy lately. It's helping. It has been difficult to log on here due to my increased work responsibilities. But, I still keep my maintenance goal at the top of my mind that all times.

This is for life. It never ends. Maintaining this weight loss is worth it. We will never ever give up. I know you know this, but I still remind myself every day. Keep fighting! Birdie.

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LKG9999 8/17/2010 9:30AM

    Thank you for posting this blog. Like others here I've been struggling lately, feeling overwhelmed by the stress of looking for a new job. Fortunately for me, I've found that I look to exercise to help manage the anxiety, so I have been keeping up a steady routine. However the eating is another story; like you I haven't been logging and indulging in way too many nighttime snacks and "treats". The result is that I've put on about 5 pounds over the summer. I'm now taking corrective action to remove those pounds and get my eating back on target.

Your blog is great in pointing out the energy that it takes to keep on track, and I can so relate to feeling at times like it's a burden. I'm concerned that when I return to work in two weeks it will really feel burdensome, which is adding to my general anxiety about returning to work after a two year hiatus, which in turn makes those snacks and treats more tempting... But I'm also at a point where I realize that eating will not make the anxiety go away, and putting the more weight back on will only make me feel more anxious and insecure.

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HAVASUROSE 8/16/2010 6:20PM

  Tell me about it! I have gained back 6lbs since my week long camping/horseback adventure in July. I'm using the excuse of the heat not to work it off again. So yesterday after 4 weeks of seening the bad numbers, I'm back at it again. I couldn't even remember how I lost the weight to begin with. Duh, write EVERYTHING down. It's back to yougert for lunch and cancell the cashews for me.

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JAY75REY 8/13/2010 5:56PM

    Depression and weight gain. My two main nemeses!
SYSADMIN has great comments and I echo them. I sometimes also get weary of the vigilance (and I haven't even reached my goal weight). I think I have to reframe it from vigilance (sounds like one is under seige) to something more positive. For me, I have a health issue driving me to stay on track, but I don't try to be perfect. I just take it one day at a time.
I hope you take care and don't give up totally.

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CHEMMD 8/13/2010 5:40PM

  I wonder if much of where you are coming from is the depression talking. It sounds like you have given up. Have you really? I have a feeling you have not.

If you have not given up, THEN you have to plan for real life. Real life IS unpredictable. We each have to plan for it, so that we can feel we are back in control. Are you willing to do that?

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    Great! This is good news.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/13/2010 9:19AM

    Yeah, you hit on it, SYSADMIN. Structure. I do best when I have a structure to rely on.

This summer has been very UNstructured, with predictable results. :-|

So, the solution is back to a structure, as much as possible. Starting with this morning, when I'm eating my "usual" breakfast of nutlettes, Greek yogurt, and a sliced apple. Followed by a chaser of vitamins. (Which has lately not been usual, and it needs to be.)

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SYSADMN 8/13/2010 9:14AM

    I've never had the discipline to maintain a weight loss. In part, it's because the things I did to lose weight aren't the things you do to keep it off. You can only eat so many Jenny meals, or hear "You're doing great" from a petite 'counselor' before you think you're done.

I'm more optimistic this time - I have changed longtime bad habits for healthier ones. Your post really drives home the idea that I'm not 'done', and never really will be.

Hang in there! I know when my depression re-emerges, eating correctly and exercising feel like they take way to much effort. I bully through by thinking, "This is something I can control. I can't make the fog go away, but I can choose to take care of myself." The structure seems to help. I've got a daily routine, and sticking to it is easier than motivating myself to find something to do.

We're all rooting for you!

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CARRIE1948 8/13/2010 8:23AM

    I'm with you. As soon as I let up constant vigilance, weight starts to creep back. Losing weight isn't like getting over other bad habits, it's a lifetime commitment.

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DANSTOUT 8/13/2010 6:45AM

    The only thing I see missing from the plan is a new goal. What do you want and why do you want it? I find it impossible for me unless I have something to aim for.
Go for it!

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/12/2010 10:38PM

    I don't have to deal with item 1, but perhaps getting that under control will solve a lot of this?

This is not hard. Losing weight is not hard. Maintaining weight is not hard. The concepts are not difficult or confusing. You know, you've mastered them brilliantly. However, getting one's head in the game is hard. I'm not sure there is going to be a site called getyourheadinthegame.com, but in lieu of that, this is the place. Getting your head in the game has little to do with whether your gaining, losing, maintaining.

I look at your background image and see an impressive culmination of so many efforts. I find it very motivating, you should too (and I think you do). Do not let short term emotions impede long term logic. Get your head in the game and kick this ugly trend in the @$$!

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DDOORN 8/12/2010 10:24PM

    Struggling in much the same way here too...I think the pay-off of the falling numbers fades as one gets closer to "normal" weight and there isn't quite the "pay-off" to which we've grown accustomed. Despite all the WONDERFUL WAYS I can now celebrate my thinner life, it somehow isn't enough to sustain and motivate me as much as I once was.

Been spoiled by my biking...but circumstances such as weather and late work hours don't allow me to do it EVERY single day...and when I can't? I've often let my cardio slide....ugh!

Gotta get back to it!


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GRACEFULIFE 8/12/2010 10:10PM

    I'm pushing myself, almost all the time. Push you? Sure. And you're right on exactly what needs to be done in terms of taking each day as it comes, etc etc. Never, ever, EVER give up.

The plan: good. Do it.

Let me know what sort of pushing you need. You know that I, and Bill, and no doubt many others are happy to do so.

And remember: I'm watching you, Wazowski. Always watching. Always.....

Oh, and you want more motivation? Have you logged onto a computer and looked at my latest collage? When you see it, you'll &^*$ bricks. I can tell you didn't look at it carefully yet since you haven't commented on it.

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TATI13 8/12/2010 8:07PM

    I know how you feel. For me, I get on the scale. At least once a week. I know alot of people who struggle with body image issues say weighing is an obsessive activity. But I feel that for those of us who have struggled with obesity and have lost a substantial amount of weight, vigilance is really necessary. (After all, whether it was genes, mind, or appetite, we *were* big for a reason!) Clothes stretch. The mirror lies. It may feel like 1 or 2 lbs. But it may be 10 - 20 lbs. And I need the scale to know the difference.

And I have regain strategies that I have written out *ahead of time*. Like, when I've gained 5 lbs, what do I do? When I've gained 10 lbs? What do I do? For example, if I get over 15, my rule is that I have to hire a trainer. Which for me, would be significant. I don't have alot of excess money lying around, so hiring a trainer would mean giving something else up. But I also acknowledge that sometimes, you have to manufacture motivation. And having someone else to push me along for a month may, at least for me, be necessary at times.

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ALWAYS4MYKIDS 8/12/2010 4:39PM

    You can do it! I agree with your thoughts, it isn't about just losing the weight and then moving on and improving other places in your life. That is why instead of saying I am on a weight loss journey I say I am on a weight loss adventure. To me, the word "journey" insinuates that it will eventually come to an end. There is no end for the people who have struggled their entire life with this. As with any adventure, generally there is not a map - we just go out and try to discover something new. During the adventure there will be surprises, ups and downs, good times and bad, and times we get loss on our way. We'll have to backtrack to get to where we knew we were before. Retracing our steps makes the path easier to follow. You never know where you'll end up when you go on an adventure, just that something different is around the bend.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/12/2010 3:44PM

Yeah, I'm familiar with Refuse to Regain. I've got a copy of her book. That site along with Second Helping Online are two of the very scant resouces available.

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ONTHEGOMO 8/12/2010 3:35PM

    Hey, check out Barbara Berkeley's "Refuse to Regain" website and book. It's helping me. My weight still varies and I still weigh and exercise every day and go on line to read and write. But that's all. Oh, I eat the way she recommends. That has helped a lot.


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LOVEAZ 8/12/2010 2:01PM

    You can do it too. I think you have a good point about resources for maintenance also. Just keep on stopping by and doing what you did before!

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