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New Sea Kayak!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The new boat, an 18 ft QCC 700X. A sweet roller & cruiser. I've graduated! LOL

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Last July as a reward for losing 100 lbs I got myself a little 12 ft Current Designs Kestrel. I loved that boat. I took it out almost every day after work. I paddled it in all kinds of weather, including crazy storms (just ask CARRIE1948, LOL).

There was a problem, though. After about a month I found that I wanted to go faster. It seemed kind of stubby and slow. It was so stable I had problems edging it. And whenever there was wind or a diagonal following sea I spent more effort correcting course than I did actually moving forward.

In other words, I outgrew the boat. Although I actually outgrew it in about a month, I loved it so much I kept paddling it anyway. It was pretty fast for what it was, handled nicely, and was comfortable. But I knew that I'd eventually have to replace it with something more designed for big water like we have sometimes on Seneca Lake.

On Monday morning I met some friends and tried three of their boats: Necky Looksha (I hated it - couldn't roll it at all!) Perception Shadow (really impressed with it, actually), and a QCC 700X that they use for racing. Gosh, the QCC was a sweet ride. Fast, smooth, and rolled almost as easily as the Shadow. It was also 18' long.

I looked at the Paddling.net classifieds and there were a few shorter used QCC boats for sale in the northeast, and one Shadow that had been in CT was sold already. So I thought, "I'll keep that in mind for the future. Oh well."

Later the same afternoon I looked again, and suddenly there was a new ad, for a 700X, somewhere in NY. Gee. Maybe it's only in the Hudson Valley, or Buffalo? I wrote back and asked about it.

Nope. West Syracuse. Less than an hour's drive. And this boat that goes for $3000-$4000 new was being sold for $1800 and the owner said he'd paddled it 3 times. So I wrote back and said I was taking a rest day from the triathlon training (which was true) and could I come see it tonight?

It was in pristine shape. I'm actually kind of surprised he'd paddled it at all. Almost no marks, even on the hull. So in the end I bought it and drove home Monday night with an 18' boat on top of my Honda Fit (which is 5' shorter than the boat, LOL).

The funny part is, until Saturday I'd never heard of QCC, and until Monday morning I'd never even seen one, let alone paddled one!

I've ordered foam to pad out the cockpit some and add thigh braces, but as you can see from the video it already rolls just fine.

It also cruises. No wonder people race in them.

I'm going to use it for cruising up and down Seneca Lake after work, and for kayak camping.

And I know that it'll handle those nasty diagonal following seas just fine, thankyouverymuch.

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DAVEW175 5/28/2010 5:53AM

    Great boat... enjoy

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FRECKS96 4/28/2010 3:38PM

    Beautiful!! Enjoy every second of it!

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    How exciting and truly inspiring.


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ALEXAALEXA 4/28/2010 11:07AM

    Super cool, I added you as my friend, hope you don't mind and I joined your team

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JESPAH 4/27/2010 7:17AM

    Oh man I haven't paddled anything in forever. Makes ya wonder if ya can still do it (of course! ha!). Great stuff -- you're really doing it and really pursuing cardio that you love. That's awesome.

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NANJHALL 4/16/2010 6:11AM

    You are my inspitation.....

I sld my kayak because I got to big for it. I loved and and really miss the feel fo r cutting through the water and the peacefullness of it.

I am putting a picture of you and your kayak on my inspiration board!!!!! emoticon

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ISLANDGIRL2013 4/15/2010 1:44PM

    That's a sweet ride! and the water looks gorgeous!

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/15/2010 9:29AM

    very nice

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CARRIE1948 4/15/2010 7:54AM

    Amazing new yak. Enjoy

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 4/15/2010 6:42AM

    So cool! And that water looks so gorgeously clear... I've only tried kayaking once, in a river. I wound up stuck upside down under a tree branch for what was probably a couple of seconds, but felt like hours... It scared me more than anything I've ever done. But on a nice calm lake? Hmmm...

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GRACEFULIFE 4/14/2010 10:47PM

    That looks like a heck of a boat. And I see you made sure to demo the roll on BOTH SIDES for me this time! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/14/2010 10:47PM

    Ooh, you make me homesick for the finger lakes! Looks like a blast.

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DDOORN 4/14/2010 10:35PM

    What a sweet, sweet reward!

How fortunate to find such a gem so close to home!

You're gonna COOK in that thing! Woo hoo!


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LINIS_THIN 4/14/2010 10:35PM

    I LOVE the feeling of the kayaking machine in the gym!

Now that my arms are stronger I know I cn kayak better than my pathetic first attempts as a novice!

You make me really want to try again!

(Now where can I find a kayak and some water?)

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ANNE7X7 4/14/2010 10:05PM

    WOWZA! THat`s a huge boat! I bet you will have a blast in this one!! Enjoy!

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ZIRCADIA 4/14/2010 10:04PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I'm still scared of that whole rolling situation, but you (and your new kayak) make it look so easy! :D heehhehe. CONGRATS on the great find!

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A kayaking goal accomplished! One more step toward badass status. LOL

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Back in September I took a whitewater kayaking class so I could learn how to roll for my lake boating.

It was all well and good while we practiced in the pool, and even on the one day outing.

But everything changed when we did the overnight trip to the Middle Moose river in the Adirondacks.

We went down that section twice; once on Saturday when the river was running at 3.5, and once on Sunday when it was running at 4ft.

Saturday was a blast, although frustrating. I was in a giant RPM Max boat that was so big I couldn't maneuver it at all, but it was so buoyant that it basically floated me upright through everything no matter what I did.

Sunday was a mess. I traded down to a Jackson 4Fun play boat with much less volume (its original paddler got so beat up on Saturday he decided not to go at all on Sunday), the river was higher, and I swam at every rapid, as most of us did. One student even lost her paddle - we never did find it. The instructors decided halfway through to cut the trip short and we walked up the hill to the road.

That day I was cold, tired, and yet still wanted to keep going. And that day it became personal. Between me and the river. I vowed that I'd lose the rest of the weight, get my rolls solid, build up my core and upper body strength and return in time for spring to do that same section at the same water level, with finesse.

I decided I'd become the baddest 40-something ass on the river who used to weigh over 300 lbs. And if that pool of competition was too small, I'd open it up to ANY paddler on the river who used to weigh over 300 lbs. LOL

Today, 7 months later, the first time out in my new boat on moving water, I did it. No swimming, no rolling, AND we added a rapid at the end that was much bigger than anything I'd done in September. According to the gauge the water level was somewhere between 3.93 and 3.9ft, which is close enough to 4ft, in my book.

In one way I feel really good about this; I set out to show the Middle Moose who was boss, and I've done that. On the other hand, as so often with achievements, it was a bit anti-climactic.

I kept waiting for those big scary waves and holes I'd remembered. And we got to the point where the class finished in September and one of the guys said, "gee, that was tame" and I found myself thinking, "but it hasn't begun, yet. what happened?" And now that I've actually done it, on my first day out of the 2010 season, holy heck what am I supposed to AIM for between now and September?! LOL

According to one of my companions the last rapid we added was supposedly a low class IV.

One of the guys did come out of his boat (it's hard to roll that boat - it's a weird Italian play boat). Another who'd gone down before me said he'd come through the rapid all which-way. Somehow I got lucky on that one and missed most of the big holes and punched through the ones I didn't miss. And I stayed pointed downstream.

Part of the credit I think is due to my boat. It's a Pyranha M3 233 creek boat, designed for big water - and I bought it because I figured it would be forgiving of my mistakes more than a river runner or a play boat.
And I was right, I think. Today demonstrated that.

Unlike the RPM Max, it actually fits me, so there is lots of ability to edge and maneuver it. It spins on a dime. I can see that I'm going to find this boat very comfortable for a long time, unless I start getting into playboating.

Amusingly, on the way back to the cars we ran into the guy I'd bought the boat from. He now paddles a Pyranha Burn, which is the next generation after the M3 and he says he loves it.

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OTTAWABOUND 4/13/2010 10:38AM

    I am so inspired by this blog--not because I want to try kayaking, but because I see that you are doing something that you really enjoy that would not have been possible before you took control of your health. My water fantasy is learning how to surf. And you show me that I will, with patience and work, be able to get there! Thanks.

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KELLYS_JOURNEY 4/12/2010 8:05AM

    Great adventure! Even greater goal setting and accomplishing! Thank you for sharing!

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CARRIE1948 4/12/2010 7:34AM

    You are a lean, mean, energy machine

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SMILINGBREYES 4/11/2010 11:38PM

    Glad you had a BALL!! Done the whitewater rafting but never the kayak. Think I'll keep the kayak to the calm water until I learn to swim. emoticon

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DDOORN 4/11/2010 9:43PM

    Love the way you pull out all the stops when you go after what you want...!

Correction to your blog title...TOWARD badass status...? You've already arrived and are CRUISIN' in badass mode!

Sounds like you've been lovin' your bike BIGTIME!

I'm hoping to crank up the miles soon...everything in noteable biking distance around here always seems to put me @ 18 miles for the round trip. Want to start nailing MORE! I keep tackling nasty hills and LOVE the way my bike can climb! I tend to average between 14-15 mph.

Keep up the super pace!


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SUSIEMT 4/11/2010 8:57PM

    WooHoo!! Sounds like an adenture!!

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GRACEFULIFE 4/11/2010 8:52PM

    I have more experience with alpine skiing, in which there is nothing like having your own skis. From my small experiences I think that whitewater kayaking is much the same, in that there's nothing like having your own boat and paddle.

Also, I think that I need to give myself another few months, complete P90X and Insanity, then see. I think after that I'll be 20 pounds lighter and have some beastlike core strength. The question is whether or not I will have enough hamstring flexibility to make it work well. I think it's time to devise a scheme of stretching to do every day for a period, or something, to accelerate progress on that, because in almost no time it will be the only thing holding me back (well, there will also be the no-cash thing).

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MARVEL-LOSS 4/11/2010 6:03PM

    Wow -I'm impressed and excited for you- you've found a "passion" that can keep you excited for the long haul. I'm a quiet water paddler but I love to watch the thrill of white water boating.
Of course I'm also impressed with your success building a new you- or is it discovering the real you!
Happy, healthy life ahead!

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iPod Touch / iPhone apps for monitoring health and fitness

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I got my iPod Touch in preparation for a business trip in January so that I could track my food on the fly without internet access. Since then I've added a bunch more apps that I find helpful for monitoring my health and fitness.

It seems time to list them all in one place, so I'll do that here.

1) Lean Me Pro
This is the food tracker I use. It works even without internet access, unlike the Spark app. I also track my cardio, weight, and % body fat with it. Customer support has been very responsive whenever I have contacted them.
(A popular free alternative is Lose It! www.loseit.com )

2) Completed

I use this for tracking my water. I just set up a list called "water 1, water 2, water 3, "etc. up to "water 8" and check them off as I drink them. At the end of the day I reset the list.

Another option is the water-specific app "HEALTH&WATER" by Merop:

The English is a bit strange and there isn't much functionality, but it does track 8 glasses of water per day in a cute way. The developer's website is unavailable, as well.

3) True Weight

This is a nice moving average weight tracker along the lines of the Hacker's Diet.

4) iFitness
This is what I use to track my strength training sessions. It's very easy to use and has some nice features such as graphing weights and estimating the 1 rep max.

5) Sleep Cycle

This neat little app uses the motion sensor built into the Touch to monitor my sleep. It also has an alarm clock that will wake me up nicely in the morning. It's fun to look at my sleep graphs to see when I was dead asleep and when I was moving around. I've also noticed that I need to get more sleep - I've been averaging around 5-6 hours a night, which might explain some things, like the cravings and general ennui.

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CTHRUME 7/3/2011 5:57AM

    Great information...especially the app that runs without internet access! Thank you.

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SHANTISHANTI 5/2/2010 12:05PM

    You have a wealth of information on your page. Thank you!

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ICANCHANGE1 4/16/2010 6:33AM

    Totally awesome! I can't wait to get these apps! It's amazing that they have an app for sleep - I even showed your blog to my geeky husband. He's like "Wow."

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LINIS_THIN 4/8/2010 2:35PM

    Thanks for these I'm gonna try some!
(assuming they don't only work with i phone!)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/8/2010 8:38AM

    LOL Carrie!

This from the woman who uses her BodyBugg to the Nth degree...

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CARRIE1948 4/8/2010 8:23AM

    Too much gadgetry for me!

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Maintenance is No Joke, as many people have pointed out.

I personally am struggling with the eating part of it; the exercise is pretty well locked in, with training for a half-iron Aquabike event in July (1.2 mi open water swim followed by 56 miles on the bike).

On Monday the scale read 165. *gulp*

It was probably due in a large part to salt from Easter dinner (ham, pickled green beans, cheese, etc.) Regardless, it was very unwelcome and shocking.

On my ticker I'm reporting the weighted moving average on Physics Diet because it smooths out the fluctuations that happen near goal.

The point, though, is that I AM struggling. I am not giving up. Never again. And I'm going back to what works for me. Protein. I think even the complex carbs of oatmeal have been too much for my system.

And as GRACEFULIFE has suggested privately, I need to stabilize my calories around 2000 and stop messing around with trying to go lower. That just makes me hungry the next day and sets me up for a potential binge.

I still also struggle mentally with self-esteem and the feeling that I'm super obese, a human anomaly who doesn't physically fit in society. 80-90% of the time I forget that I'm now a size 8-10 and still feel miserable about how my life is slipping by while I live in a coffin of fat. Phantom fat is real.

Yes I have been going to counseling. But these are well-worn mental ruts that will take some time to bust out of.

So, onward. I will beat this. I have to. Because regain is simply not an option. I refuse to go there.

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NAPITOVSFAME 4/9/2010 9:05AM

    I saw a post on this site the was titled "it's hard to be overweight, it's hard to lose weight, and its hard to maintain, decided which one you want." I think about that alot. I took it to mean that they are hard in three different ways, but I imagine that the stages are harder for different people. Let me say you look fabulous. You should be so proud. I myself have yo-yoed but fortunately only with 30-40pds. I have told myself not again. So maintance is hard for the both of us. You lost the weight by lifestyle change, so that is the first BIG step in the right direction. You have choosen a healthy lifetyle. But now the trick is to find the maintance balance. Wow, this gets really complicated. You will find it, just keep working at it and getting as much imput as you can. but don't beat yourself up to much if you are not perfect. A little Easter ham, 15 more minutes than normal on your run. Good luck and you are very inspirational. I have a recent video of me riding my horse, and I didn't realize how much I have changed either. I suppose it take a while to change your mental body image. I still pick up clothes that are to big off the rack. I can imagine how much more that is an issue for you. Enough rambling and off to the gym. My first mini spint tri is in July.

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DARA52 4/8/2010 5:19PM

    Wow. I'm so glad I saw this entry. I am 15 lbs from "Goal" and have been sabotaging myself for the last 3 months. The old me would have gained 20 lbs by now so I feel successful that I haven't gained. Maybe if I reset my goal to this weight, 150, I'll relax. It's a long way from 214 and my health has improved. I cannot, nor can you, take away from that!

Do you feel better? Of course you do. That is a major goal in itself. Congratulations for living your life with such gusto! Good luck in your training.

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STEVIECAT4 4/8/2010 5:02PM

    I know what you are saying....you feel like an overweight person in a thin body. Well, to be blunt, what I say I feel like is a fat person in a thin body. I don't believe I am thin so I still don't look in mirrors and still don't want my picture taken and if by chance I see a picture of me, I'm amazed that I don't have that big round face anymore. Very weird. But I think that MOM5inFL had such great and interesting advice. I'm glad you wrote this blog and I'm glad to have been able to read everyone's comments in it. It's all very helpful.

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LINIS_THIN 4/8/2010 2:28PM

    I saved this on my hard drive so I can find it when I am ready to maintain.
I'm currently 231lbs after a 29 pound weight loss.
I have never "maintained" before so I am planning to this time.
My biggest loss before this one was 28lbs... OMG!!! I just realise that as of this morning... I recorded my biggest loss EVER!!!

I'd appreciate some feedback on this: One of my "coping with maintenance" strategies is to treat every plateau as a maintenance phase. So I avoid hounding down a drop in weight when I'm at a plateau and aim to simply maintain that weight. Once I drop from that plateau I aim to make the new weight my set weight and be happy there. I find it keeps me alot calmer and I do not frak out with a fluctuation of 2lbs. 3 or more and I take small action. "Small" because I find big action to be counter productive as it increases my anxiety and self loathing.

What do you all think??
(You might consider reading my blog "FEAR: False Evidence appearing real" I'd appreciate your feedback on that as well.)

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MOM5INFL 4/8/2010 7:36AM

    You know I'm going to have to comment on this entry!!! I have been in your shoes and I expect to be in your shoes again. You are going through the weight maintenance crisis! I hope your transition through this stage is shorter than mine! I really believe that a large part of this crisis comes from not getting the positive reinforcement from the scale. Also, there is a disappointment with not getting to the original goal set. Your body (and mine did too) has picked a number. If you try to push past this point it will resist by forcing you into behaviors that will further upset you and make it more difficult to maintain your weight.

I know it's easier said than done, but you need to pick a new goal weight based on what is relatively easy to maintain. This number can change, but pick your most recent number. When I finally decided to stop chasing my original goal weight I picked 158-160 for my final goal because that's where I seemed to get stuck. My lowest was 148 but it was too difficult to maintain. I got back down to 150 for the People magazine shoot, but as soon as I relaxed where did my weight go??? Right back to 158-160. But, when it went back up I was a lower body fat percent due to more muscle. I still sit here this morning at 158. So, it is what it is. And my body is still remodeling by the way....and I'm still the same weight.

When I first got down to around maintenance range I had a period when I started to binge like crazy. It's an interesting phenomenon. Perhaps it was around the time where my body stopped pulling from my fat stores. I don't know. I have bumped as high as 175 from food and water weight. It never lasts for more than a week or two, but seeing numbers like that is scary and really tests whether you can stick with this forever.

This period you are going through is a very important challenge. You must get through these periods to successfully maintain. There will be more challenges and the better you get at overcoming them, the more successful you will be.

You are doing great. I really hope that your transition is smooth. Again, I had an extremely difficult time. I am doing much better right now. My weight has been very stable for months now. Transitioning into maintenance for me was very much like a very rough airplane landing!!!!

I'm here for you! You will overcome! Every time you get your appetite and weight back into check after a challenge your confidence gets stronger. So, these challenges are probably necessary to convince yourself that you have what it takes to get back on track every single time you slip.


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DDOORN 4/7/2010 10:48PM

    With you, with you, WITH YOU in this struggle!

Struggling to lasso the appetite into submission and struggling to fully integrate the "new me!"

Great to hear of your "inner work" with your counselor...together you'll pull the "inside you" ahead to match the "outside you" in time and blow that phantom fat (love the phrase...definitely LIVING the phenomena!) away!

And even though I've known you as you've moved down through a few sizes, I heartily agree with GRACEFULIFE I am with you with each milestone and plunging off that diving board with a WHOOSH:

Each time I've seen you, while you've been trimmer and more fit, you always carry the *essence* of yourself that has always been a joy to be around and has been ever-present throughout, with my perceptions shifting with ease right along with your size.

And I *know* from experience that ANY upward blip will be VANQUISHED by you in short order! :-)


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KIMBEEJ16 4/7/2010 5:52PM

    I am trying to figure out how to enter into maintenance without it having to be such a big struggle. I've been reading a lot of blogs lately from people who are just tired of it all and are having a hard time sticking with this. There is a lot of discouragement out there!
I just saw Oprah the other day where one person lost 175 lbs and then gained it all back. She was looking for attention instead of looking inside and loving herself. You MUST learn to love yourself in a positive healthy way.
I do not feel like I am struggling at this point. I know what to eat and I know to exercise daily. I just do it. If I eat a bit more one day, I balance it out the next. No big deal. What I CAN'T do is go back to my old eating habits and my old exercise habits (which is NONE).
If I want to see all this as a lifestyle change, I don't think it should be that hard. I want it to be second nature...not something I have to put so much time and energy into every minute of the day. That would be exhausting and frustrating. So, I'm teaching myself to relax and just go with what I know to do...then I need to get on with the happy business of living my life.

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FISHING88 4/7/2010 5:01PM

    Don't give up! You have come so far and your body will have to continue to go through times of adjustment with the training you are doing. You already received a lot of great advice. Hang in there!

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JAY75REY 4/7/2010 3:40PM

    You need calories for energy with all that exercise! Maybe your body is storing up to keep up with demand? Maybe your weight will stabilize a little higher than your "ideal" weight? I dunno. All I know is, you are an inspiration to so many and I appreciate what you share with SP. Keep working on staying positive and loving yourself for the special person you are (no matter what you weigh).
Also, unless you're eating tons of it, I suspect carbs like oatmeal are not the culprit. Friendly advice: no one food is the "enemy", but eat what you know you is healthy and balanced and gives you enough so you are not feeling hungry.


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GRACEFULIFE 4/7/2010 3:25PM

    0. I think you know everything I might say here, not that it'd hurt to hear it from someone else.

1. Stay calm.
2. You are doing better on calories, just keep doing it and improving it.
3. Your BF% ticked down a notch even if your weight spiked.
4. Make sure you are getting enough water in.
5. You are training like crazy; between that and your last year, consider whether your body is in starvation mode or all too ready to be.
6. I wasn't going to say anything until your moving average went above 160 (although 165 is something of a big deal since that would be my +10% threshold if goal weight is 150).

7. I associate the new you as you. For me it is strange to look at the old you pictures, because they don't match my mental image. You for me is: you and sis in the old pants, you in your black dress, you in leather pants, and most importantly, you in the boat dropping off the diving board. emoticon

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GOING4MUSCLE 4/7/2010 2:46PM

    That scale jump probably was from your Easter dinner. I ate at Subway, and even though the calorie count was healthy and low..the sodium count was not! Needless to say, the scale jumped up 2 pounds and stayed there for 3 days! It finally came down, today, and took another 1/2 pound with it! Yippee!!

Sounds like that race you are training for, might just be another reason for your scale increase. It's just false 'fluid' weight, that's all. But my hat sure goes off to you! It made me tired..JUST READING about those bike miles!!! emoticon

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DOLLIE6 4/7/2010 2:10PM

    Oh yes please keep on with your commitment. I gained mine back because somewhere I did not learn about maintenance. I have been following your blog as I start this journey again to lose 180 pounds also. I have lost 35 so far and am on day 94 of a streak. I really enjoy your writing and encouragement.

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MNDIVA 4/7/2010 1:54PM

    Maintenance is my fear as well!

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SIGLED 4/7/2010 1:30PM

    Thanks for mentioning two important areas: Maintenance and Phantom fat.

Maintenance is necessary and much a part of the adventure and journey. Only 10% of people who lose weight maintain it for any length of time. Preventing a weight gain should be spoken of as much as losing weight.

Phantom Fat is very real. I feel that I have gained weight back in the past because I had a really hard time accepting the new me. IN some ways, I have felt that the FAT me is much more lovable and comforting than the Skinny Me. Now I am closer to accepting the Slim Me than ever before. emoticon

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ANNE7X7 4/7/2010 1:16PM

    Thank you for sharing this! Maintenance is a huge fear of mine! I know I can lose the weight. It's fairly easy for me to do so... The issue is going to be keeping it off. But you are proof that it can be done, even if it is no joke! Keep it up! You can do it!!

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CARRIE1948 4/7/2010 12:55PM

    I know what you mean. I am keeping it off, but every day is a struggle to eat right and not jump into bad eating habits.

Why is it the exercise is so easy to incorporate but not the food?

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TELERIE 4/7/2010 12:42PM

    Take your time finding that balance - it will probably take some time, like everything else in this process, but so worth it! Never give up!

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THIS is why I needed to lose the weight!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tonight was the last pool practice in Syracuse. At the end of the evening we asked the lifeguards permission to jump off the diving board in our kayaks. About 5 of us went for it.

I could never have done this at 335.6 lbs. Or even 235.6 lbs...

And it seems I've even made some progress since last September... hehe

Now I just need to find me some running water... LOL!

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ZACKLE 4/9/2010 8:05AM

  that was a hoot.I tried crew when I went to syracuse u, it wasn't the crew pool was it, forgot the name,in any regard you are so inspirational. I would love to go back and read more of your blogs. keep up the good work and drag the rest of us along for your ride. emoticon

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MAGICLANTERN 4/8/2010 11:49PM

    Well I couldn't help but laugh :D Was that supposed to have happened ? Hee-hee :D

And a big congratulatory hug too ! ~ emoticon~ How awesome to lose that many pounds woohoo and wow do you ever look happy.

All the best,

Tracy :)

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STEVIECAT4 4/8/2010 5:03PM

    You are so awesome!!!!

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JAY75REY 4/1/2010 5:01PM

    and just think, now you fit into the kayak too! Looks like fun!

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MSCORONA65 4/1/2010 9:47AM

    So happy for you... emoticon

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CHANGEDIN09 3/31/2010 8:10PM

    You are awesome. Thanks for the video. Looks like fun and most importantly, you lookk SO HAPPY!!

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JUDYLY 3/30/2010 4:27PM

  great sport, I would like to learn

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DDOORN 3/29/2010 11:08PM

    Amazing stuff...! Well beyond MY interests in kayaking...but woo HOO to your accomplishments! What a boost it must be to keep knocking down those milestones!


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MONIQUEANNE 3/29/2010 10:12PM

    It's nice to have those "awaking" moments now and then. It's makes you feel so good, and you should be feeling great! :)

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OTTAWABOUND 3/29/2010 6:50PM

    That was lovely to see--especially the happy little woohoo as you went off the board. Thanks for showing me the wonders that await!

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DRPOOH63 3/29/2010 4:04PM

    emoticon That was cool!

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TURNANEWLEAF 3/29/2010 3:31PM

    Awesome! What a nice reminder of why you put in all that hard work, and an inspiration to us working to be more fit :)

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CARRIE1948 3/29/2010 1:48PM

    I think it's great that you keep finding things that remind you why you want to be here.

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GRACEFULIFE 3/29/2010 10:34AM

    That looks awesome! You really got your roll down, that looked very easy! Now, did you tape your roll on your non-dominant side??? *g*

I'd really like to try that again after improving my fitness and weight a bit more - oh, and my hamstring flexibility! Only problem is that I think there is no diving board where I know to go pool kayaking...

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DIAMONDFOOLER 3/29/2010 10:30AM

    Wow! how much fun that looked! That might be the next thing I try. Thanks for posting the video.

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TEENYTINYPIP 3/29/2010 10:29AM

    SO COOOL!!!

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MURSPERZ 3/29/2010 9:18AM

    Made me smile. emoticon

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GOGO122 3/29/2010 8:19AM

    Wonderful-you should be very proud!! emoticon

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GAIIAGIIRL 3/29/2010 7:13AM

    Awesome!! :) Thanks for sharing with us all!

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LEASIM1231 3/29/2010 7:04AM

    Looks like fun!

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TELERIE 3/29/2010 2:46AM

    That looks like so much fun! Enjoy yourself! You deserve it!!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 3/29/2010 2:40AM

    That looks like great fun... and a wonderful way to learn some kayak survival skills in a safe environment!

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KAREN_01 3/29/2010 2:25AM

    Loved it! Made me wish I could be doing that too. You look like you're having a ball of a time!

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EYEONGOAL 3/29/2010 12:23AM

    emoticonGreat job! You should be proud of losing all that weight and the difference it has made in your life. emoticon

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ANNE7X7 3/29/2010 12:23AM

    That looks like so much fun!! WOW! You are so amazing! I can't believe your journey! Mind-blowing!!

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ERIECANALGAL 3/29/2010 12:18AM

    Great job losing all that weight!

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