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Status Quo...It's all good!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I have been staying between 176 and 180 for months now, no matter whether I am eating and exercising at peak or at minimum. I just keep rolling around those 4 pounds and I have finally come to the point where it is ok. This is for life, it is a journey and I appear to be at a resting point or even final destination. It's ok. I feel relaxed, comfortable, happy with my body and my fitness level. I have spurts where I say "I'm going to get down to that 170" and I go all out but I just keep rolling around those 4 pounds.

I feel wonderful -- emotionally and physically. Life is fun and interesting. I can live like this for the rest of my life! It's all good!

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AELARLEE1 9/6/2011 10:59AM

    Peace, isn't it wonderful? You look amazing, so inspired by you!

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/5/2011 10:35PM

    Great Blog, Go for it Nancy and live your life happy and with that positive attitude. You have reached your goal and that's awesome.
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DDOORN 9/5/2011 12:01AM

    Sometimes we just gotta pause, savor our progress and do our best to keep on keeping on!


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CARLANNIE 9/1/2011 9:52AM

    It IS good! Contentment will take you a long ways. Enjoy!

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KOFFEENUT 8/29/2011 10:13PM

    You're right - WAY more important how we feel and whether our body allows us to do the things we want to rather than what number shows on that scale!

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OURELEE1 8/29/2011 10:51AM

  Glad to hear from you. I like your way of thinking.

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JOYINKY 8/29/2011 10:19AM

    I agree! Healthy choices for food and fitness and life is good!
It's about health, physical and mental; you go girl!

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    Great attitude! You're going to bust through those numbers, too, in the long run! emoticon

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VEUVEGIRL 8/29/2011 10:05AM

    I love your positive attitude!

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Having fun Processing!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

As I mentioned in my status today, I got a food processor to make my new hobby of healthy cooking more interesting. I am having a ball! So far I have made soup, cole slaw, banana nut muffins, bread and salsa. And I only received the processor yesterday.

This is the first loaf of bread I've ever made and I made the dough in the processor.

Then my DH said he'd like some salsa! I've never made salsa before either!

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MTNGRL 8/3/2011 7:33PM

    Wow, that bread looks emoticon. I love my food processor and use it almost every day. Have fun with it!

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CARLANNIE 8/1/2011 9:41AM

    Set a place for me at your table - I'm comin' to your house for dinner!

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RURAL3 7/31/2011 6:32PM

    Looks like you and DH are having fun with it. You might have just found a new way to keep you eating healthy. Watch that bread though. It looks good. emoticon

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CALGALFOX 7/31/2011 9:10AM

    It looks like you're having a blast! It sounds like your husband is going to be as happy about the food processor as you are.

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JOYINKY 7/30/2011 11:49PM

    I'm glad you are enjoying it; they are fun!

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DDOORN 7/30/2011 10:59PM

    We LOVE our Cusinart! Enjoy!


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KOFFEENUT 7/30/2011 6:59PM

    WOW! I've baked bread before but NONE of my loaves have looked as elegant and tasty as yours!!!

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    I love it! I have a new one and have barely used it! Shame on me! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/30/2011 5:40PM

    emoticon I love my food processor! Have fun with yours.

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Monument Gulch Geocache/Hike (with pics)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

We've been spending a lot of time hiking for geocaches this summer and I've been having a ball. We're new at this and have a lot to learn, but we're having a lot of fun.

This is me at the top of Monument Gulch trail this weekend.

DH giving Buck some of our picnic lunch at cache site.

Bucky taking a rest on the way down!

We had a great 5 1/2 mile hike and I burned 1500 calories according to my heart rate monitor! (There was a lot of uphill climbing!)

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LINDAKAY228 8/5/2011 9:07AM

    I've thought and heard a lot about geocaching and thought about trying it but haven't yet. I really should. Whether hunting for caches or not, I love hiking too. Buck is a beautiful dog!

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SUECHRIS50 7/27/2011 10:45AM

    You Go Girl!!!great pics! emoticonSUSAN

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DDOORN 7/27/2011 9:07AM

    Great pics...! Keep 'er SPARKIN'! :-)


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RURAL3 7/26/2011 9:56PM

    my sister and her dh do a lot of geocaching. They love it. keeps them together and having fun. That was a great hike. I bet you didn't even realize you were exercising when you were running around like that. Keep up the good work Nancy

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WALKSFAR 7/25/2011 12:57PM

    If you are interested there is a walking club in your area called the Northern Front Range Wanderers. This is their Website:


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LOULOUBELLE2 7/25/2011 12:22PM

    emoticonLove the pictures.......Bet it was cooler up there too.
Congrats on the calories lost. we have never been on that trail, is it in R.M. Park or the Backbone?
Our little 8 pound doggy sure couldn't carry a back pack like that...She'd never move!!!!!! Love the idea and what a help for you to.

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    That is FANTASTIC!!! I would LOVE doing that! Is Monument Gulch in CO?

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CARLANNIE 7/25/2011 8:49AM

    I'd love to get into geocaching - it sounds like it gives purpose to your walk/hikes. Dh doesn't want to buy me a gps thingamajigger to use for it, though. Oh, well. Congrats on burning all those calories, and having fun while doing it!

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JOYINKY 7/24/2011 8:17PM

    Wow! That's a lot of calories! What a fun way to hike! It's so great that your DH enjoys it too. Love Bucks backpack! I should have one so Sugar could carry her own water! Thanks for sharing; love the pictures.

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Maintenance Sucks

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My experiment with maintenance (just staying within 3 pounds of my current weight) is not working well. I have been eating at my upper level of calories (and over a couple of time) and I have really reduced my exercise. I guess in my mind when I am not trying to lose weight I can take it easy. Not true. In just a couple of weeks of this "easy" living, NOT binging, I have gained 4 pounds. Its just fascinating how quickly the weight can come back on..... I need to go back to watching my calories carefully and exercising actively and try to figure out what is going on in my head.

I think it is that I don't really want to maintain at my current weight. I still feel like I'm too heavy and am carrying too much fat. I don't really know if its the numbers (weight, BMI) or if I still don't like myself in the mirror. I "feel" healthy -- I don't get out of breath easily, I can move and bend without difficulty, I am wearing a good size (not Women's) . I don't know. I do know that I have to figure this out or I will regress...quickly.

So, for now, back to trying to get to 170. I've been told by many Spark friends that Maintenance isn't easy, maybe even harder than losing. I believe it. But I definitely am not going to quit my journey. I like it here even if it is a struggle.

Any words of wisdom?

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AELARLEE1 7/10/2011 8:51PM

    It seems the older we get the less food our bodies need. I have found that if I save my calories for one "decent" (not splurge) meal a day and only eat (under 300 calories each) two other meals having only a fruit or veggie for a snack, I can stay under 1200. If you can add about 300 to 500 calories a day in an exercise burn (do it in segments if you can't do it all at once) the scale WILL begin to move. It has for me of late and I thought it would never drop!

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LOULOUBELLE2 7/8/2011 9:39AM

    Maintenance Sucks, geez I wish that I could get to that point...lately, I've let down and gained back several pounds...now to loose them again.....I hate yo yoing but that seems to be what I'm doing lately.......
I need to get serious again....but with my back pain it's tough to get in the exercise that's needed and that's what it takes....so you get back to that bike riding and hiking the mountains and you'll be back to that 170 mark soon.

Comment edited on: 7/8/2011 9:40:47 AM

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CALGALFOX 7/7/2011 9:52PM

    I have that same issue. I find that it's just easier at my age to diet. I can't trust myself not to be on a diet.

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GATOR12 7/6/2011 7:02PM

    It is Very difficult to find your balance and to emotionally stop dieting but continue life-style changes. Exercise for me is the main component. Somedays I think, can I do this 5-6 times a week for the rest of my life. But I love how strong I feel. I just have to balance the eating and exercise. When I reached my goal, I gained and found a very scattered way trying to maintain that balance! I still struggle with it. Good luck. Go back to what you were doing and try to NOT GAIN!! might be your best solution.

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DDOORN 7/6/2011 4:02PM

    Maintenance is for sure the greatest challenge!

Struggling here as well!


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TRIGFROST 7/6/2011 1:58PM

    emoticon...I am still trying the lost weight thing myself...but I can't imagine keeping everything perfect...OH-No... emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/6/2011 11:35AM

    Nancy, I do eat well; but I keep increasing my fitness goals not easing up. In my 6th year of maintenance now I still, and expect always will, track my food and count calories. I don't do that here; I'd already developed a system that works for me. Fitness minutes I do track here. Focusing there keeps my mind off food. I keep my food choices pretty simple and am somewhat of a "grazer". I eat frequently, make healthy choices and don't eat big meals. Works for me; but yes, maintenance is a challenge. No-to mindless eating and yes-to mindful moving! Hang in there! The results are worth it. Good to hear from you!

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SHECHAM 7/6/2011 10:46AM

    Hi there. I remember this feeling not so long ago. I do find being active in a maintenance support group has really helped me be patient with myself while I learn the ropes of maintenance. For me it has meant tracking food diligently. I enjoy tracking my exercise too. I like the daily differential tool when I track both. Maintenance did not mean I could eat a lot more... I also had to take time to determine where to set my final weight goal... not sure I am there, but so far am able to maintain it, so that is good. Be patient with yourself... you will make it... and congrats on your loss and your efforts.... hugs

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CARLANNIE 7/6/2011 10:24AM

    Rural3's comments probably ring true, unfortunately!

Aside from exercising regularly and watching that you don't overeat, I think there is an emotional component to all of this where we just need to find the right Balance in our lives, that place where we are happy and content with who we are right now. It's a peace that doesn't beat us up for not being strictly on plan, and its a red light that flags ourselves to stop and reevaluate things and bring them back in line. Guess it's the yin and yang. It is scary, though, at how quickly the pounds will pack back on versus how slowly it is to take them off. I don't get that part!!!

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BHOLMAN1005 7/6/2011 9:56AM

    Maintenance was my downfall years ago I went to the Diet Center. It seems like maintenance is a real challenge. Good Luck.

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RURAL3 7/6/2011 9:17AM

    oops comment below. How did it get there? emoticon

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Surprise Gift (?) from my Doctor

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I went in for my annual checkup yesterday. It was so nice to not have any problems or complaints. We reviewed my progress and my stall in weight loss. I was discouraged...she was pleased that I had lost 6 pounds in the last 6 months since she had seen me. She said that I looked great! and that my current BMI of 28 (compared to the 43 I started with) was fantastic. She said that I had a very large frame and that my current weight was fine! What??? Yes, she said that I should stop worrying about losing more weight and just concentrate on maintaining my current level of fitness and health. Wow! That is something for me to try and get my head around. I don't want to cop out. I would like to get into the normal rather than overweight range, but she may have a point. It is more improtant to not go backwards than to continue focus on losing. Maybe I need to relax and just get comfortable here. Maybe, I need a breather before I lose more. Maybe I just need to stay here and be satisfied....

She drew blood and I should get those results soon.

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RURAL3 7/6/2011 9:16AM

    I struggle with maintenance also as you know Nancy. For me I think it is those things I let back into my diet that I know I shouldn't but think I can control for just once. Well I can't. There are certain things that I just can't have. They trigger me and I can't control it. They are in my house as I speak so thank you for waking me up "again". Maintenance is not easy. Never has been and unfortunately never will be. But Health is the key issue. If we can just eat healthy the maintenance will come.
I hate it but there it is. The exercise can be lessened but only if the calories are reduced. More calories, more exercise. Life is hard isn't it? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 6/22/2011 10:18PM

    Fantastic emoticon emoticonfor that wonderful report from your Dr....Just remember that your main goal is to be healthy and it seems that's where you are. Don't stress out anymore about loosing weight, just enjoy your accomplishments and continue on the "Healthy" trail.

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JUDY1676 6/21/2011 10:37PM

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DOLLIE6 6/21/2011 6:37PM

    I am so proud for you. I am also a good size women when I am down to a decent size now I am just fat. I am 5'8" tall.
Your blog encouraged me to have fun finding the size I am healthy and happy at. Your blog and your page are very encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

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RURAL3 6/21/2011 5:59PM

    Can you hear me clapping? CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP This may be just the thing you need. Stressing ourselves out over consistently losing is not healthy. Take a break from the worry BUT continue in the healthy patterns you have learned. If you decide later, you can pick it up again down the road.
emoticon emoticon emoticon that's definitely not Bucky.

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FREECAL1 6/21/2011 3:01PM

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JOYINKY 6/21/2011 1:07PM

    That is great Nancy! I agree with your Dr. If you've read "My Journey" blogs you know that it was when I started focusing on health and fitness and quit the scale that my weight started coming down. Slowly, oh so slowly, but enought to motivate me to continue making healthy choices. Don't worry about the scale, you look great and are feeling good. Making healthy choices will bring your weight to where it's supposed to be!
I had someone today think I was not yet 60; I was in terrible shape at 60! They were pretty surprised when they found out I will be 70 this year! Health is wealth!

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AELARLEE1 6/21/2011 11:36AM

    I agree with your doctor!! You have done so well and worked so hard and have established some excellent new habits of eating and exercise. So maintain for a bit and quit worrying about the scale.

Story example: Hubby and I had a transition year where we lived with his brother before buying our own home (we were empty nesters by then--before adopting our 16 year old--nother story). Anyway, we only ate what they ate and my sister-in-law did NOT cook volume and we ate way less for a year. I paid no attention to my weight and only walked a little. In the Spring I began running again to keep from going stir-crazy in a basement bedroom. By the time we bought the house we are in I had dropped 15 lbs. without even trying, just eating less for a year.

So yea, doc is right. If you keep exercising and watching what you eat but don't try to get the scale to move, your body will love you and you will continue to get in better shape :)


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KELLYIM 6/21/2011 11:08AM

    That is great news! I'm actually pretty impressed with your doctor for not insisting you get to a normal BMI. Most doctors are really hung up on that BMI number.

The thing is, BMI was never meant to be used for gauging individual health. It really is a flawed measurement and can't take into account things like frame size, lean mass or any other variables. Muscles is heavier than fat, which is why many athletes measure in the overweight or obese range for BMI.

Of course, you should do what you feel comfortable with, but if you feel good where you are (and it sounds like your doctor thinks you're at a good weight), I would say don't stress about being "Normal."

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DDOORN 6/21/2011 10:46AM

    While your doc's feedback is important YOU are the final word on what works for you!

Keep the SPARK! :-)


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    I have a large frame, as well, and I have been thinking that my doctor might say the same thing when I get my next checkup. Those general numbers aren't for everyone, just a guide. If I got to where my Wii Fit wants me, I think I'd look ill! emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINE2 6/21/2011 9:56AM

  emoticon on losing those 6 pounds. What great news from your Dr. you go girlfriend.

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CARLANNIE 6/21/2011 9:30AM

    Sounds like your doctor is one smart cookie! Work on maintaining and staying fit and you'll be one happy camper. (It's hard to change the mindset, though, when you've been at this for such a long while, but you can do it!)

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WELLNESSME09 6/21/2011 9:24AM

    emoticon News, fitness and Health is so important...you must be doing something right! emoticon

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WEEZIE30 6/21/2011 9:20AM

    Yea! That's awesome!! Congratulations.

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    hey awesome news well dont to you how amazing do you feel

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