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Today would have been New Boat Day :(

Friday, June 03, 2011

Here was my goal:

Here was my reward:

Bah. Now I have to keep the number here until October?! I want a Jackson RockStar kayak now, and I want to spend the summer playing in it!
[insert small pouty tantrum here]

I have my followup appointment with the surgeon on Monday. I hope hope hope he'll tell me I can at least get on my road bike...

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PATTILYNN224 6/6/2011 9:50PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal! I am sorry that you have to wait for your reward. |read your doctor visit blog. I would have thought your doctor would have been happy with your progress. I hope that your indoor training goes smoothly and you rock that century ride in September.

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    hey congrats on reaching your goal, you will keep this until you get your new boat, and it will be sooo worth it .Hope you get a good report from the Dr. I am v impressed that you reached your goal despite your injury. I am 8lbs heavier than when I had the accident ( 5 mths later) but at least now I can start bakc lifting weights and slowly doing some lower body stuff. I am booked to see an endocrinologist in july as even with a large deficit I am still seeing no change in weight or bf. Anyway really enjoyed your blogs and photos hope things continue to go well for you !

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KAYOTIC 6/5/2011 10:32AM

    That does look like a nice boat...congrats on hitting your goal weight!

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    I never get to the feats of strength. We always take extra time on the airing of the grievances.

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GRACEFULIFE 6/3/2011 10:48PM

    No whining.

I have that same scale. It's never seen such a low number, at least with me on it. Never will either. BEEFCAKE!

This just means you have to spend the summer preparing for the Festivus feats of strength.

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ELYMWX 6/3/2011 1:58PM

    You'll get that boat...

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ANNE7X7 6/3/2011 12:55PM

    Congrats on reaching that number... I'm sorry you don't get to enjoy your reward, but just remember that when you do, it'll be amazing!!!!!

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    well bleh then.

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DDOORN 6/3/2011 8:51AM

    Crossing all my digits for great news from the doc ASAP!

Agree with Jes...you just KNOW that boat is going to be YOURS!


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JESPAH 6/3/2011 7:58AM

    It will happen .... the boat will be yours ....

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/3/2011 7:21AM

    Dude, that IS the nicest boat out there. And I'm getting a custom color layup. The only way it can be nicer is if it's carbon fiber and I don't want one that fragile...

And yeah good point about forever vs October. In a way I suppose it is encouraging that I got here even while knowing that I wasn't going to get my reward right away.

Lesson. In. Patience.


Screw that. "Serenity now!" LOL

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    Til October? Nuh-uh, you gotta keep that number there for good.

Here is an idea though, since you have to wait, any comfort in the idea that perhaps you can save up a few more bucks and get a slightly nicer boat?

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Freaky program about sleep eating and other obesity/mind issues

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


A few topics covered:

- brain surgery to control food cravings
- sleep eating, including disturbing videos
- food addiction

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TRAVELNISTA 6/2/2011 12:41PM

    An interesting concept as far as a science breakthrough. Very drastic measures and the cost of brain surgery for weight loss would probably be out of the reach of most people unless you are rich.

I'd never consider it. I think anyone that does lasik for the eyes not to wear glasses or contacts is out of their minds. I mean really; mess with your eyes. Cutting into my brain, OMG! NO WAY!

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ANNE7X7 6/2/2011 9:39AM

    oh my. Brain surgery for weight loss? What else are they going to come up with??

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/2/2011 12:52AM

    Yeah, especially since the brain surgery doesn't actually seem to be helping. :-/ After a year she didn't lose any weight except when they kept her in a metabolic chamber for a week and she suddenly lost 10 lbs...

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JENNSWIMS 6/1/2011 10:50PM

    I wrote a self-help book about life after bariatric surgery and I wouldn't even consider having that. Brain surgery is a whole new level of hell no.

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Parade of Vehicles

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

1988-1990 Eckbert (the license plate had letters EKB)

1979 AMC Spirit

paid $250, got $12 for scrap

This was my first car. Like all of them, it had a manual transmission, and like all of them, I paid cash. It had a gazillion miles on it, and this was the good side for pictures, because the other side had a dent where someone had T-boned it. When I got it the first thing I did was go scavenging at a junkyard, because it was missing all kinds of knobs and dials, and even the windshield washer reservoir and pump! The fact that the previous owner threw in a Chiltons Manual for free says something about what kind of condition it was in. I learned a lot, though, doing my own oil changes, and with a friend’s aid and timing gun even adjusted the timing belt. It had acres of empty space under the hood and a distributor cap and rotor.

It had rear-wheel drive and really loose power steering. I had it when I lived in CT. Whenever there was any kind of snow or ice, I was usually in the gutter within 5 minutes. I once had a very scarey freezing rain experience in it, and after that didn’t drive it much. By the time I got it towed for scrap, there was a small treeling trying to grow up through the bumper!

1991-2008 Horace Les Carage

1991 Honda Civic DX

paid $8500, got $100 for trade-in

This was my second car. I finally started needing to get around again, and the Spirit used too much gas and handled very poorly. I got this one after much agonizing – it was the biggest purchase I’d ever made, and the thought of spending that much, let alone being responsible for my Very Own New Car was daunting. It lived with me 3 places in CT, one in NV, and 3 in NY before retiring. It handled exceptionally well, laughed at snow and ice when wearing winter tires, gave me 2mpg better than the EPA estimates, and hauled all kinds of things, including kiddie swimming pools, large furniture, a plasma TV, and once even a 14-foot Sailfish boat – INSIDE.

2008 – 2011 Little Seizure

2008 Honda Fit Sport

paid $15905
insurance payoff TBA

This vehicle was a trusty steed, purchased before I lost the weight, and survived through a grueling season of white water kayaking, got a rack permanently mounted on the roof, and carried lots of smelly wet boats and kayakers, I camped in it twice, and loved the mileage. It had tons of space inside and parallel parked like a dream.

It started life owned by a pretty sedentary super obese woman and ended its short life being driven by a crazed whitewater kayaker to places that no road vehicle has probably ever ventured. Some of the river put in areas are pretty sketchy. Even when you don't get lost. Which I did sometimes. Don't get me started on Garmin's route to the Fife Brook put in. The Fit did amazingly well, given that it never signed up for such duty.

If I'd had to do it over again I always said I'd get something similar that was designed for a roof rack.

After an untimely incident last week, I found myself needing to replace the Fit. Enter the latest ride.

2011 - ? Agent Smith

2010 Toyota Matrix

paid (around $19,000 - need to check. Added the rust proofing and the extra warranty)

They're bringing it to me tomorrow. I will have a roof rack added. It is designed for one.

It's a little bigger than the Fit and will be a little more comfortable to sleep in. I'll still be diagonal in the back but I'll be able to actually stretch out, which will be nice.

This was the only gold manual with a 1.8 L engine anywhere. The dealership where I am buying it had to import it from New Jersey. I wanted a color that was visible (not light or dark grey) and didn't show dirt so badly (not black or white). That left just this color. Only the "sport" model (with a bigger, less economical engine) comes in red and blue.

I wonder if Toyota chose those colors as a joke? If you buy the red car do you wake up seeing things as they really are? If you choose a blue one, do you get to go back to living your life as normal? LOL

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ANNE7X7 6/2/2011 9:38AM

    You've had some pretty sweet wheels! I especially love the first!!!

Congrats on your new car! Enjoy!!!

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CARRIE1948 6/1/2011 3:25PM

    cool. when do I get a ride?

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DDOORN 6/1/2011 3:08PM

    Can be stressful, car hunting, but hey, nice new & sharp wheels? What's not to like? :-)


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JENNSWIMS 6/1/2011 3:03PM

    I'm sorry you needed to buy a new vehicle, but I'm glad you are safe, healthy and in possession of a cool ride. :)

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Fun in Freeville & Geneva

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday afternoon I spent with my friend Deb.

Here are photos from her garden:


Seed stalk of crown imperial. I like the shape. Sort of Dr. Seussian.


Another peony.

Another peony bush. With a shade she rigged to protect them from the sun. Can you tell she loves her peonies? LOL

Big red poppy

Abandonded sparrow nest

Her husband's favorite chicken. Because, as he says, she's smarter than the others, more curious about things, and has a more refined comb on her head. LOL Apparently if this chicken is in the fenced enclosure in the yard and decides to lay an egg, she'll fly back to the coop, lay it, and then wander around until told to come back inside. None of the others will take care of business on their own like that.

Saturday I went to Geneva to buy some apples and oranges

The owner asked me to come outside to look at something.

He pulled down a hanging basket of impatiens, and showed me what was in there.

He didn't know whether that had just appeared in the 2 weeks since he'd bought it, or whether the plant had come with it. Wanted to know if I thought he should water the plant or not, in case it WAS recent and watering would bother the mother bird. And what if it came with the plant? Was there some poor bird at the garden supply store frantic because her nest had been sold and carted away?

I told him I thought he should water it anyway carefully around the edges with a watering can and if she didn't come back, he could make a very small omelet. LOL

and then went to check out the Goodwill next door. It turned out they had a half off one-day sale going on.

About buying used clothes, seriously, why would I ever WANT to pay full price for something? I started shopping at thrift stores when I was losing the weight, zooming down through sizes so fast it didn't make sense to pay for new things. I became so accustomed to it that I never buy new stuff anymore, except underwear. I get major sticker shock at malls, etc.

And you have so much more variety at a thrift store. There are all kinds of colors, styles, textures, etc. You can come up with totally unique outfits. You're not stuck with whatever palette the fashion industry decided they're using this season.

And in case you didn't know, they actually DO decide ahead of time what colors they'll offer us.

Three hours later I emerged, having spent $24. I got 2 white blouses, 5 skirts (including one of beaded silk and a wool custom-made kilt), a couple of tank tops, and a couple of workout tops.

Here's one of the skirts I got, originally marked $2.99 so I got it for $1.50. LOL
(mine is labeled size 10)

I have to say that buying used clothes sure immunizes one against worrying about the size number on the label. Almost nothing is standard between modern manufacturers, let alone between the decades that different clothes come from. In my haul from yesterday I think I had everything from size "L" and "12" down to "P/S" and "8." On any given day I can have on things that are recent or 20 years old, labeled "6" or "14." You just have to try everything on.

I'm slowly getting to the point that I can start to hold something up and guesstimate whether it'll fit.

But to find out whether it's flattering or not I have to try it on. And I'm finding that there are some styles that I like on the hanger but I don't like on me. For example, I like skirts with a fitted yoke and pleats, but they just make me look like a box. Straight skirts, pencil skirts, things like that, while completely unexciting from a tailoring perspective, are much more flattering on me. They accentuate my shape, rather than detracting from it.

I also can't wear very short skirts because of the loose skin on my legs. Things that hit the knee look good. Things that hit the widest point of my calf do not.

Hanger space in my closet is at a premium. If I don't think I'll actually wear it I just don't get it. This is a far cry from how I used to shop when I was almost 350 lbs. At that point practically the only criterion was whether or not it actually went ON.

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ANNE7X7 6/2/2011 9:34AM

    Wow! Those flowers are beaaatiful!!

I am doing some thrift-shop hopping this weekend! I'm putting my judgement aside (I worked at the Salvation Army in a very bad part of town for a few years) and going for it!!!

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PATTILYNN224 6/1/2011 10:10AM

    I'm in agreement with Jennswims. A very beautiful garden. I have almost always shopped at a thrift store and decided a couple of years ago that I wanted new instead. Now I can't justify paying full price for anything so I think I'll be heading back to Goodwill. Thanks for the positive perspective on that, I've always looked at it as a negative.

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JENNSWIMS 5/31/2011 9:08PM

    What a beautiful garden, truly lovely.

I can't wait until I can shop with your enthusiasm. I like the idea of Goodwill while I'm going through sizes quickly. I'm too cheap to buy full price clothes and keep giving them away.

I really needed to hear the reminder that clothing sizes are not made the same. I'm giving away some 24s while I'm just squishing in to some others. Thanks!

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Fun in Rochester

Saturday, May 28, 2011

After spending the morning car shopping I caught up with CCKELLY3 and we tried on clothes at Rochester's oldest consignment shop.

Next we checked out the Roc City Rib Fest roccityribfest.com to hear some of her friends playing in a band there (The Deep Blue Dream). Nice bluesy rock. www.myspace.com/thedeepbluedream

Unexcited by either the long long long lines waiting to buy ribs or any of the other food choices we eventually had dinner at the restaurant where we'd parked the car.

She had the mahi mahi and I had some skewers with shrimp and scallops. We both substituted veggies for the standard rice.

Then we went back to her place and nibbled on kumquats and grapes

which I'd bought earlier at the Wegmans flagship store in Pittsford.

I discovered the combination by accident about a year ago. I just love the contrast between the tart citrus and the sweet grapes and how they look next to each other in a bowl. My favorite are kumquats with the really dark "black" grapes. Red grapes will do in a pinch, as they did today.

It was lots of fun. We might have to investigate consignment and thrift stores more often.

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 6/9/2011 10:14AM

    I lived in rachacha for a year...don't miss the cloudy skies...but REALLY miss the pittsford Wegs! :)

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ANNE7X7 5/31/2011 11:46AM

    Looks like a blast!!! I'm gonna have to go check out some consignment shops around here!!

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JENNSWIMS 5/30/2011 8:30AM

    It looks like you guys had so much fun! The consignment shop looked like a total blast!

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DDOORN 5/29/2011 1:13PM

    The two of you really know how to have SUCH a BLAST! :-)


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KAYOTIC 5/29/2011 9:23AM

    Those look like fun clothes to try on....crazy hats and all....I think the smell of the ribs would have driven me over the edge, I LOVE ribs....

But you made a better choice with the seafood. emoticon

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    Looks like good times. Well, except for trying on clothes.

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