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What a rolling lesson looks like...

Monday, November 02, 2009

Today we had our final session in the pool. Here's a video shot by one of the instructors while instructing me (I asked him to, so I could watch it later and see what I need to improve).

In the video I roll several times (badly) on my "on" (right) side, and at the end once on my "off" (left) side, which now unfortunately looks better than the "on" side. *sigh* These things can always use work! ...at least I'm getting up pretty consistently...

I tried rolling in the lake on Saturday but it was so windy I almost couldn't launch through the surf, and once I got out there (after paddling back to shore twice to communicate with the photographer) I was unsuccessful at rolling. The waves were pretty big and there were whitecaps on some of them. I ended popping out of the boat, which promptly was blown away from me while I tried swimming after it.

There is video of this fiasco, but it's not very exciting. I like the part where my friend Linda (who is holding the camera) says, "Oh sh1t." when I pop out of the boat. LOL. www.flickr.com/photos/origamifreak/4

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NRLB75 11/2/2009 8:28PM

    That is so freakin cool! I think I would drown. Does someone jump in to save you if you can't turn over?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/2/2009 9:29AM

Oh, the water aerobics went well, I think - thanks for asking! They seemed to like it. Some even asked if I was going to be teaching regularly. If I do, I'm definitely picking better music.

I was sore yesterday (and even some today). Not sure if it was from the weight lifting on Friday or the water aerobics on Saturday. (or maybe both!) It took me a little time to loosen up in the pool yesterday so I could roll comfortably. (my lower back was tight)

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DDOORN 11/2/2009 8:55AM

    Great to see you going at it full steam ahead!

Oh, how'd the water aerobics class go...?


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YARELL 11/2/2009 6:55AM

    That's awesome!

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SUGARPUNK52 11/2/2009 2:22AM

  Looks like fun.Hard work too.Thanks for sharing!

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Inedible Halloween Treats

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Here's what the trick-or-treaters are getting from my house:

That's pencils, kaleidoscopes, erasers, and bubble bottles.

And when anyone asks, I've been happy to explain that I've just lost 155 lbs, and if I don't need the sugar, THEY surely don't, either! LOL
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One mom actually thanked me, saying I was saving her on dental bills.

Update: after hunting around online some, I found these, which look like a LOT of fun to hand out next year:

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RACHELRB 11/2/2009 11:38PM

    My DD13 just looked at the frogs and she is very jealous. She wants to move to your house next year.

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CARRIE1948 11/1/2009 9:29AM

    What a cool idea. The candy I bought is going to the foodbank.

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EMILY1721 11/1/2009 8:27AM

    yes... all the candy i bought for trick or treaters was gone well before halloween. lesson learned!

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DDOORN 10/31/2009 10:04PM

    That's the spirit! We truly need to orient kids toward something other than sugar and unhealthy foods for the holidays...!


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SECRETMUSIC 10/31/2009 9:20PM

    Good for you! In our small town, I didn't see any things like those, except for the pencils. Maybe if I planned ahead, we could look for some when we make a trip out of town....For years one of the dentists handed out toothbrushes.

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TIFFLE52 10/31/2009 8:52PM

    That is great -- it is wonderful that you are thinking about your needs first.

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GHW1968 10/31/2009 8:45PM

    Every school kid can always use pencils! Especially in my house! Great idea! :)

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WALKWITME 10/31/2009 8:06PM

    Nice !

I gave out Bottle Drinks(low sugar)

And they were Excited to get as I was to give.

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FROSTY99 10/31/2009 7:41PM

    What a great idea. I used to hand out coins, usually dimes but that was several years ago and that probably wouldn't work today. We don't have kids where we live now, so glad it isn't a temptation anymore, I just don't buy the candy!
More people need to do such as kids don't need that sugar high. I even used to freeze a large part of my boys treats and then would dole them out over several months.

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FEISTYMAMA 10/31/2009 7:37PM

    That's a great idea! A person down the road was handing out toothbrushes and the person across from them were handing out granola bars.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/31/2009 7:19PM

I must confess that I'm deliberately NOT handing out candy, not just because THEY don't need it, but even MORE because *I* didn't want it in my house, calling to me late at night in that little, insistent voice that sugar seems to have... LOL

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SASKATIA 10/31/2009 7:15PM

  Oooo... you're one of the houses kids hate at first, but then realize that they've actually been given a cool lasting present. Always a good idea, but I prefer doing both.

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AUNTBEE6 10/31/2009 7:15PM

    GREAT idea!

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 10/31/2009 7:12PM

    That is a really great idea you have. I actually haven't handed out halloween treats in about 30 years as I have usually been out with my kids. In the future I will have to remember your ideas for halloween treats.

Take care and congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

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Consignment stores ROCK.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Throughout this process I've been lucky that friends around me who have lost weight have generously donated their larger clothes as I shrank out of mine.

Now that I'm between a women's 14 and 12, though, that source of clothes seems to have dried up.

Desperate for warm clothes that fit, I visited a local consignment shop during lunch Tuesday and Wednesday.

This entire outfit (shirt, jacket, skirt, boots) cost approximately $30. Bigger version of the picture, here: www.flickr.com/photos/origamifreak/4

I spent $100 total and now have:

2 sparkly beaded sweaters for the holidays, 4 long sleeve shirts, a jacket, 3 skirts, a funky mola-style applique vest, a warm furry reversible winter coat, a pair of boots, and a pair of dress pumps. Because I got them all at the same time and place, most of them go with each other, so it's totally mix-and-match.
And even better, she wants to sell the plus-size clothes that I just shrunk out of, which means THOSE clothes might help subsidize THESE clothes.

Most of the things I just got will probably go back in a few months when I shrink out of them, too. Except this skirt, which a co-worker has already claimed. LOL.

Beside the price (which you just can't beat), what I found I really like about hunting through used clothes is that they come in all kinds of colors and styles from many past seasons and years. So I'm not stuck with whatever the designers decided a year ago I was going to wear this season.

I can pick color combinations that *I* like, in cuts that *I* think are interesting together.
I always used to H. A. T. E. shopping. But this I think I could get used to. And I like the idea of my closet being stocked like a rotating lending library. I'll accumulate less stuff that way.

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MONKEYBIZ12345 11/1/2009 5:44PM

    I also like consignment stores and better quality thrift stores because what you see is what you get. The clothes have been worn, washed, and faded (if they're going to) so you know that if it fits in the store it'll fit after you wash it (unless you've lost more weight by then emoticon ). And since everything costs less, I don't feel bad about shopping for things that fit me every time I've lost a few pounds.


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LJOHN44 11/1/2009 5:39PM

    We have a great consignment store up here- Lou's Back Door in Fairport. Next time you are up here (crazy cold kyaking on the big lake, perhaps?) you should check it out- Corner of 31F and Jefferson (next to the emptly lot that's aross from the Mobile station). Voted the best consignment shop in Rochester for a million years in a row (or something like that). Of course it will be hard to beat Ithaca, and some of the funky little shops on the Commons...I alway find good stuff down there.

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FROSTY99 10/31/2009 7:43PM

    That is the only way to go. I also love the big community yard sales as there are real bargains out there! Sometimes at the thrift stores I get virtually new clothing for $1-2 so I don't mind when they get too big. Now I am passing things on to other friends as I shrink. I was thrifty even before it was cool.

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DHOLLOWAY60 10/31/2009 5:11PM

    Very nice outfit.
I to shop those places.
And also donate alot of clothes there too.
Keep up the great work.
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MOMFAN 10/31/2009 2:22PM

    I usually go and shop the 99 cent sale at the local thrift shop, but with working right now and other responsibilities I don't have time. I still have so much to loose that I don't want to spend much. I have gone through three sizes already this year.

I love the outfit, you look amazing! That is the size I will probably end up at.

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TUPPROACH 10/31/2009 4:51AM

    Way to go!! I have always loved consignement shops, yiu can find some really good stuff and for cheap! I am doing the same thing with the clothes that outgrow me. I already have 4 suits that just a few months ago I couldn't even get on and now have some room to move in! One still had tags from 4 yrs ago!! Keep it up you are such an inspiration!!! emoticon

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CARRIE1948 10/30/2009 8:32AM

    I donate to and shop from charity shops all the time

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YARELL 10/30/2009 6:57AM

    One of the ladies I work with has a friend swap... either clothes you outgrow, or in grow??? or are given and you wonder why... or you plain got sick of... and they swap out...

She tried it, but felt funny cause her friends are there and if something is gross and gets left... doesn't that make ya feel bad?
But I LOVE thrift stores... Rescue Mission just had their 50% off everything day.. wooohoooo

and I LOVE that outfit

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SECRETMUSIC 10/29/2009 3:24PM

    Very nice! In our very small, rural town, we only recently got a thrift store, run by the local sheltered workshop. I already visited there to get a pair of smaller jeans, but I have donated boxes of the larger stuff myself. I hadn't been able to put it into words, but I love your sentiment about not being bound by pre-determined styles. Especially since, in this town, there are only two places to buy clothes: WM and JCP. Continued best wishes, and thanks for giving voice to my feelings!

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KIMBEEJ16 10/29/2009 1:12PM

    Very nice outfit! I love our local Goodwill...it's huge! I can't believe how many nice clothes I've been able to find...most of them look new. I tend to buy clothes in 1 size smaller so I've always had a complete wardrobe waiting for me...such fun! I just tried on my closetful of size 12's and at least half of them fit nicely. Almost there! I also love taking my larger sizes back...never to be worn my me again. So much fun!

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MYFEETHURT 10/29/2009 12:51PM

  You look great! It's a very "put together" outfit. I love thrift shops. As my sister lost weight I loved looking for clothes as she shed the pounds. Now I want to do the same. Actually I've loved shopping for clothes at garage sales and thrift shops all my life. So much cheaper and a much bigger range of fashion. Huge congrats to you.

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WALKWITME 10/29/2009 12:11PM

    YOU LQQK Terrific !

N I C E Outfit

I went to A Few Thrift Shops And Consignments too when I was Downsizing.

I gave away my "Big Clothes to Family as well as donated them back to the Shops.

Now I go along with a few Friends to the shops.


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DDOORN 10/29/2009 11:42AM

    Looking SHARP!

Hmm...might have to think about that approach as well...I usually wait till the end of a given season until places like Sears, Penneys & Kohls marks clothes down 70-90%.

I like the notion of "recycling" the clothes...which I normally do by donating mine to Catholic Charities or Salvation Army.


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I can see my roll from both sides now...

Monday, October 26, 2009

After a couple hours of drills I had a functional off-side (left-hand) roll in the Dagger RPM MAX Sunday night...

Here is a link to videos of the on- and off- side rolls as of last night...

Sorry the video isn't more complete - I didn't realize the lifeguard was only recording very short snippets, and there wasn't time to do a longer one.

I promise a more fun video for next week!

As a teaser preview, here's what I looked like on Saturday at a 350.org rally in Ithaca. That day I tested my "on-side" roll in my own boat (a CD Kestrel) in Cayuga lake and nailed it.

I'm the one in the orange boat facing away from the camera.
Bigger picture here: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_9OO4nfSajL0/SuOh7

I have arranged with a friend on Saturday morning to take my boat down to her waterfront and roll it a few times on each side while she holds the camera.

P.S. My current favorite tea is Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry. I THINK it's the flavor, but now, looking at the box, I wonder if the fact that the berries are going down some nice-looking rapids has anything to do with it? LOL

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/27/2009 11:01PM


hehe. That's what FLOAT BAGS and a skirt are for!

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LJOHN44 10/27/2009 6:40PM

    Ooooh! You're a serious kayaker! Very impressive. I have a little Blast kayak- that thing would sink if I ever attempted a roll (which I wouldn't!) emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 10/26/2009 12:10PM

    I'm so impressed!

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WALKWITME 10/26/2009 9:58AM

    From One Sagittarius to another ( Dec. 15 th. )

I Love It !

Wish I could Even attempt something like that.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/26/2009 8:50AM

    LOL, Don.

You should know me well enough by now to expect me to go at full speed toward anything I really want! hehe Like they typically say about Saggitarians, I have only one gear. Fast.

Besides, if I'm going to be the baddest 40-something ass on the river who used to weigh over 300 lbs by the time the snow melts in the spring, I need to get my stuff in gear.

(Maybe if there isn't enough competition in the above category I'll open it up to ANYONE who used to weigh over 300 lbs. hehe)

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CARRIE1948 10/26/2009 8:35AM

    Pretty cool.

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DDOORN 10/26/2009 8:15AM

    You're really going at this WW kayaking full steam ahead!

Woo hoo! :-)


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One Year Ago

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Seems like a good time of year to start reminiscing. Last October I weighed about 318 lbs (up from the low of 290 the previous year and would gain another 8 by December). I had heard of SparkPeople, but wasn't interested because it sounded mostly like a social networking site.

I was doing water aerobics 4x/week but I wasn't watching my intake anymore. I'd pretty much given up. I despaired of ever having an active life again, and wondered how I'd manage my slowly decreasing mobility with my arthritic knee. I spent a lot of time alone in that dank hole that JESPAH blogged about recently. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

Thank God (and I really do) that things have turned around. My quality of life is 200% better. I'm one pound away from having removed 150 of them, building myself into an athlete again, and best of all, everyday mobility is no longer an issue.

As one friend said this weekend while looking at my progress photos, "who IS that woman in the October 08 pictures?!"

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/28/2009 9:25AM

    Wow you look amazing! Way to go on losing the 150 now! YOu look amazing and you are a constant inspiration!


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SECRETMUSIC 10/19/2009 9:59PM

    You look radiant!

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NGCHILD 10/19/2009 4:02PM

    You look fabulous!! CONGRATS on all your hard work!!


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CARRIE1948 10/15/2009 4:01PM

    Way to go.

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HEALTHY_CATH 10/14/2009 6:42PM

    Congratulations! I've had some trouble lately using walking as my exercise so your story is particularly inspirational to me. Way to go!

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GNUATTITUDE 10/14/2009 5:29PM

    The woman in those pictures is you--and you're quite fabulous! Kudos!

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USARUNNERGIRL 10/14/2009 12:15PM

    Congrations on your huge success. You are quite the inspiration to me. Your before and after picture speaks volumes.

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FIT_TERI 10/13/2009 9:11PM

    Wow, I just came across your page & blogs and I have to congratulate you on your progress. Very, very impressive. You should be very proud of yourself!!
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KIMBEEJ16 10/13/2009 5:24PM

    Congratulations! You have done an amazing job and in only 1 year! I hope to reach my 150 lb. loss by next Spring. Taking it nice and slow as I continue to find new ways to eat healthy and exercise. I have also recently begun to learn how to kayak...a friend is teaching me and we are headed out to the Gulf (off Florida) this Saturday! I'm in love with it! Also, thanks for the trophy icons...I am going to borrow them as needed...those little guys are hard to find. Some people just cannot understand the huge boost in quality of life after such a weight loss...I'll never get over being amazed by it. :)

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TELERIE 10/13/2009 5:11PM

    Wow! Just WOW! Admirations and congratulations and inspirations!

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COUNTRYMUSIC63C 10/13/2009 12:33PM

    You are such an inspiration. I am so happy for you. I cannot wait for the day when I will be in the 100's, I knw it will be awhile and I need to do the work. I am willing to do it. emoticon emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 10/13/2009 1:42AM

  Truly remarkable. You are really an inspiration to us all. I know it's been a lot of work...but it sure is paying off for you. Keep sparking! mary

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THOMS1 10/13/2009 1:27AM

    Wow, you are just amazing and you look amazing. Congratulations on you healthy lifestyle change!! IT WORKS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WANDAC2013 10/13/2009 1:06AM

    WOW!!!!! Cogratulations! You look--and are--amazing!! emoticon

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ENLIGHTEN74 10/13/2009 12:53AM

    Wow ...am soo impressed with your resolve and staying on the path. I look forward to reading your previous blog entries to find out more about your journey. You look fantastic by the way. is it bad to feel slightly envious even though it couldn't have been a wall in the park? :-)

All the very very best to you to maintain your hard earned success. Cheers to a beautiful healthy life! emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/13/2009 12:28AM

    Very inspirationa - thank you! I am a memver since a month and hope to get where you are.

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