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BIG Challenge: Destination ONEderland...!

Friday, September 18, 2009

All right...I've been on the sidelines long enough with this plateau of mine. Lately I've been SO jealous of all you folks REALLY SPARKING out there that I've decided to finally knuckle down and get serious about breaking through to ONEderland by Jan. 1st, 2010! This will involve ongoing loss of around 1-2 pounds a week.

I've been scheming and dreaming about this over the past few days, trying to get the right mindset before going *PUBLIC* with my announcement. I have a number of strategies in mind, mostly along the food intake approach, rather than making much of a significant change in my workouts...although that I'll continue to shake up and challenge myself along these lines as well.

Additionally I've given myself permission once I break through the 200 pound mark to decide NOT to stay under 200 if I find myself as compulsive about exercise and healthy eating as I USED to be about overeating and poor food choices, as Coach Dean did (here's his GREAT story about his journey toward developing a "live-able" approach toward health and wellness: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat

My plateau HAS brought me some wonderful gifts: confidence in my food choices and ongoing daily (with rare exceptions) workouts among other things. These areas of my life are so ingrained that it becomes truly easy, like good habits come to feel. This has been a period of "incubation" and preparation and now?

I'm ready to put some OOMPH behind it and push through the 200 mark!

Recently I have been dropping a pound here and there over the summer, adding up to a whopping 5 pounds lost since June/July. Which brings me to 225. Maybe even lighter...I weighed in at 225 earlier this week at work but today at the doc's office, even though both scales are triple beams, his always weighs me in a couple pounds more, yet I weighed in at 224...! All this psyching up of myself already has some momentum building!

I'll post some of the habits I'll be changing along the way and certainly update everyone on my progress. As you know from my recent blog, *going public* is a TREMENDOUS motivator for me and I can't thank everyone out there ENOUGH for all your WONDERFUL SUPPORT!



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GMN5153 9/22/2009 6:48AM

    I'm joining on your journey to Onederland!!!I'm feeling determined to get there!!!Your blog was the push I needed to kick it up!!thanks

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OUTDOORGIRL69 9/20/2009 9:42PM

    You can do it. As one of my team matse say to me


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KELLI9001 9/20/2009 7:31AM

    You can do this!!! Make it happen!

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ROYALETBONE 9/19/2009 8:47PM

    I hear ya!
I inchy pinchyed up a couple of pounds for a month- but I'm right where my ticker says I am today, and I'm feeling so ready for another drop.
I don't mind my little 'breaks' in losing. It's like I take time to get to know my body at the new weight, and figure out maintenance, and like that. I've had a couple of very LONG 'hold'- not plateus, just times when losing wasn't the most important thing for a while. Still working on my flexibility and endurance.
I'm ready for another batch- 15 off by January sounds about right for me- I'm going for the 1 pound a week slot...
Oh, now I've said that here, I have to go blog about it.
Nice challenge for me.

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JOYFUL_JO 9/19/2009 4:25PM

    My friend's psychiatrist husband used to tell her that her secrets kept her fat. Of course he meant the food she snuck, the drive through meals she hid by tossing the evidence before arriving home, etc. Turns out that was true in my life and the inverse is true as well: when we go public, we have the accountability and lose the anonymity of staying in the shadows.

I'll look forward to hearing about how it's going and celebrating with you when you get to the finish line.


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ZELLAZM 9/19/2009 6:32AM

    You can do this! Will be interested to hear about the food intake changes you plan to make, and rooting for you all the way!
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P.S. Yes, I do seem to be healing up more quickly now than back when I wasn't so focused on fitness. Another benefit of Sparking!

Good weekend!

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    Courage becomes you. Wisdom precedes you. Vulnerability is your charm.
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/19/2009 2:35AM

Go, Don!

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CAOMAGIC 9/19/2009 12:36AM

    It's all about us as PEOPLE, not our weight that makes us special!!! You go Don!!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/19/2009 12:18AM

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AME0809 9/19/2009 12:15AM

    Go, Don, Go!!! :)

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To NEVER "Go There" AGAIN!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

These pics are from as close as I can find among my highest weight days of yore. Sadly (now!) I don't think I can find any of myself when I was at my highest weight of around 450 and I was SO scale aversive that I don't have a clue how much I weighed in any of these pics.

I'm posting these for my own benefit, as my own "switch," if you will, to represent what I NEVER, EVER want to see happen again to me! These are the pics I need to think of if I EVER have thoughts of straying, skipping workouts, eating unhealthy foods!

I'm declaring to myself and the world that I'm just NEVER "going there" AGAIN!

Here's one from 1980, prior to my major inflation, but already pretty hefty:

Next these are from 1981...noticeably larger!

and here's one from "around" 1984-5...not certain of the year:

Not the greatest quality pics as they are scans of old photos, but certainly enough to serve as my own personal 2 x4 when I need it!

I went on to my highest weight in the early 1990's, resulting in a gastroplasty (stomach-stapling)which enabled me to drop from around 450 to upper 200's. Then? Back to the bad, old habits...binging on sugar and refined carbs and bouncing back up to the mid-300's by around 2004-2005.

Since then I have been losing weight the old-fashioned tried and true way, via healthy food choices such as SERIOUSLY upping my veggie intake and avoiding all sugar and refined carbs and through EXERCISE, a concept that heretofore was NEVER part of my vocabulary, let alone daily itinerary!

Hope this is helpful to some as a testimony of what we ALL are capable of doing!

I KNOW it will be helpful to ME to keep me on the right track...for the rest of my LIFE!


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SANDRA0011 5/5/2010 11:57AM

    You have come a long way Don and you are an inspiration to me. Keep on Sparking. emoticon

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AMABILE75 5/5/2010 11:29AM

    You really have a talent of turning a situation around and being an inspiration to others. Thank you for sharing this with me. I am so happy to have you as my friend!!

You have made it so far on this journey, you have truly changed your lifestyle and that is what it is all about if we want to keep the weight off for good.

emoticon I'm very proud of you my friend.

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ETAGGEL 9/20/2009 10:16PM

    Thanks for posting these, Don. You have come a long way!


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GMN5153 9/20/2009 10:00PM

    I think having the pics helps remind you of how far you have come..it was hard work..dedication..too much to go back again!!!I hate pics of me and rarely had any taken..which in some ways is sad looking back at family pics and I was hiding..:(

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OUTDOORGIRL69 9/20/2009 9:47PM

    I wish I could find the Pictures of myself like you did. Back in 1995 I was only 99 pounds when I met my husband and ended up going up to 188 and slowly going down.

Thank Don for the encouragement.


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CHOCOLATE_MINX 9/19/2009 4:13PM

    Wow incredible you have done so well :)
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ZELLAZM 9/18/2009 3:50PM

    Just a few more reasons to give you a big WTG!

Funny to think that exercise was not part of your vocabulary - you sure talk about it a lot these days! I think you're hooked for life!

Blessings and good weekend

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SABRINAIS30IN09 9/18/2009 12:13PM

    Thats a fabulous idea!!! Congrats on all your success!!!

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CATH5109 9/17/2009 9:56PM

    Bravo! When we want something bad enough it becomes possible... you look great and your enjoyment of life will outweigh (ha) any lurking desire to backslide. A little healthy fear is a good friend. Cathy

p.s. it was great coming home and finding the spark of light goodie. nice.

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ROYALETBONE 9/17/2009 7:51PM

    Funny, I was just trying to take 'pics' from a video last week for the very same reason. The video has me at one of my highest weights, and I just don't have many pics of me at that point... I would throw them away when the pictures were developed, saying they were too 'dark', or 'out of focus' or some such b.s. They were just too.... fat. Yup, too fat.
I'll keep trying to find some to scan or grab to get on my pages.
Never again.

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L*I*T*A* 9/17/2009 3:12PM

    great idea and such a wonderful inspiration to us all...........way to go!!!
blessings and hugs...............lita

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/17/2009 12:39PM

    I need my sister to go through her photos and see if there are any good "before" pictures in there... The only halfway decent one I have is from my father's funeral in 2006, and I'm standing sideways (because I'd already learned how to minimize my image).

I was quite lens-averse at my heaviest and became very skilled at avoiding whole body shots. (Mostly by making sure I was the best photographer in the group so I'd have to be BEHIND the lens, instead of IN FRONT of it.)

By any chance, did they take photos of you before the surgery in the 1990s? If so, they might be in your medical records...

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VIBAUSTIN 9/17/2009 12:34PM

    I think it was a good idea to post your pictures. I brought back two boxes of pictures from South Dakota (they are from 1970 to 1983) I haven't started going through them yet.I have ordered a scanner so I can upload them. We'll see what we find.
You gave me the push I need. Thank you.

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Status Update: Powerful Motivational Tool!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I discovered something today about the "status update" feature here at SparkPeople. I have always thought of it as something fairly trivial...like "I'm feeling ____ " or "Today I did ____" Ho hum...

However today when I realized that tomorrow an early morning dental appointment was going to de-rail my usual morning treadmill session and I knew I was going to be working till 9:30 I thought: hmm...I'd better double up on my treadmill time today to make up for this!

Well that's a good thought with good intentions, however if I leave it to the realm of mulling it over it's a very easy thing to just blow it off.

However when I go "public" announcing on my status update that I'm going to do something...

How can I NOT?!?! :-)

I couldn't LIVE with myself if I said I was going to do something and just wussed out and was a slug all night!

So now I know...if I TRULY want to follow through on something I'll just have to announce it in my status update...! I've already had others cheering me on wishing me well on my doubling up on my cardio...so...

Let's crank it up and get 'er done!

Which I already have...woo hoo!

Now I'm pushing the envelope on SLEEP!

Nite all! :-)


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USARUNNERGIRL 9/17/2009 11:13AM

    So very true. I haven't thought about posting what I am going to do before, just what I have done. Maybe I should do that when there is something I should be doing... like taking the kids to the zoo ... by myself ... and not going crazy ... when they go crazy .... Shudders in fear! Deep breathe in, deep breathe out, deep breathe in, deep breathe out.

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    It's like having a little guilt out there yelling to the world what you're doing! I think it puts it to good use!! :) I grew up with Italian guilt, I might as well have SP guilt too! LOL

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BJENKINS1014 9/16/2009 1:25PM

    Good idea! I usually post my status after I've accomplished something, but I like the idea of using it for motivation. Thanks for the blog.

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L*I*T*A* 9/16/2009 11:12AM

    finally found it.........thanks for the help............great feature thanks for bringing it to our attention.........have a wonderful day................blessings and hugs..............lita

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 9/16/2009 11:09AM

    The status updates are a wonderful tool, for whatever the day brings. You've creatively used it for motivation! That's great, Don. I don't remember that page when I first joined, whether it just went unnoticed or SP later started it. Given our busy days, it's a super way to stay in touch with one another and cheer from the sidelines - as I did your double cardio! Have a great day.

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ROYALETBONE 9/16/2009 2:01AM

    Tee hee, absolutely! I find that I do the same thing when I post it to a team... if say I'm going to do something... dang it, I have to do it! Love the accountability features all over the place.

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AME0809 9/16/2009 1:25AM

    Hmmmm. It's kind of like setting a mini-goal isn't it, Don? emoticon emoticon Good job!

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CATH5109 9/16/2009 1:05AM

    This is so true. I made the mistake of saying that I was developing a walking habit and then I HAD to walk this evening even when I didn't want to. Keep up the good example.

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NOW I Can Sleep...!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Overslept today and have been busy as all get-out all day long...finally get home, unload the car and it's already 11:30 pm without ANY workout! Argh!

I had intended to do BOTH treadmill & ST today...so I moped around a bit, thinking about skipping it all and just getting a good night's sleep and catching up tomorrow.

Except I just COULDN'T let it go...

So UP the stairs I go to my workout room intending to get right to work!

But, oops there's laundry that needs drying...uh-oh, cat pan needs attention...before you know it YES I've ground out 45 mins. on my 'mill and finished 2 sets of 15 reps of all my ST dumb-bell, resistance bands and wall push-up routine.

NOW I can sleep! :-)


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TRELLY70 9/14/2009 3:34PM

    Now that's dedication! good for you!

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ROYALETBONE 9/13/2009 3:45AM

    Doing the happy dance... you wild man athlete you!

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ZELLAZM 9/12/2009 6:53AM

    You are a nut, but the good kind.

From another Sparker who will stay up till all hours rather than miss her exercise,

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AME0809 9/12/2009 1:37AM

    Good job!

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Pleasant Mystery...!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Some of you may recall that I had my gall bladder pulled earlier this year around April...?

Well at the time my surgeon said I had a hernia that should get taken care of later this year. It was too risky for him to do both with one surgery, unfortunately.

Back then we all could see the hernia popping in and out of my belly...like Alien trying trying to hatch itself and do the two-step...lol! Didn't hurt or bother me. Just avoided ab-specific exercise.

So that brings us to TODAY! I'm all psyched up and ready to take care of business. I head out to the doc and...

The Hernia Is GONE!

We're totally baffled! The doc congratulated me on taking good care of myself and figures, since the hernia is a hole and holes don't heal, somehow muscles have grown to a point where they must be covering up the hernia and preventing it from popping. I was amazed! I mean, my abs are SUCH a long, LONG way from being a six-pack...and haven't deliberately worked them!

So I guess I can dust off that "Abs-by-Jake" thingy I got for $20 at a garage sale and see what I can do with it...! :-)


PS...A very pleasant surprise today also...SparkPeople has gathered up clips from the San Diego convention earlier today and put together a wonderful 10 min. video to give everyone a sense of what an SP convention is like. You will hear from Chris Downie (SparkGuy), Coach Nicole and Becky Hand, SparkPeople's Dietician as well as speakers from the panel of SparkPeople members and other members.

Yours truly was honored to have a few moments of fame in this ten minute video also...around the 9 min. mark. How cool is THAT?!?

It was so great to re-visit that day again...! I wanted to pass this along to others so you could get a "feel" for what it's like to attend a SparkPeople Convention:


I ALSO wanted to pass this along to remind folks that it isn't too late to consider attending the upcoming SparkPeople convention in Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 26th and later this year on Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Tampa, Florida.

Here are links for registering for the Cincinnati convention:




Enjoy the video!


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ZELLAZM 9/12/2009 8:21AM

    What great news about the hernia!

And I just finished watching the video, not knowing that you were in it - it was nice to see you and HEAR you, too. Well done!

good weekend,

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ROYALETBONE 9/11/2009 2:56PM

    Awesome about the hernia-
You were looking so good at the convention. Thanks for sharing.

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JOYFUL_JO 9/11/2009 8:53AM

    I'm delighted for you. Not only did you take care of the hernia, you also avoided a surgery that would have put you out of exercise for a week or more. So cool. G-d is good and apparently you have been too. :o)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/11/2009 3:35AM

    emoticon on losing your hernia!

Have a ww kayaking gig the day of the Cincinnati convention. Maybe the next one...

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BJENKINS1014 9/10/2009 10:35PM

    Fantastic about the hernia! And I did see you on that video! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 9/10/2009 9:58PM

    wonderful about the hernia................
..................just don't let it go to your head................
blessings and hugs..............lita

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ZIRCADIA 9/10/2009 9:40PM

    Congrats on being featured! AND WOOHOOO on the hernia information! That is awesome!

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