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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Great treadmill session this morning!

I've been challenging myself to bump up the amount of distance I can cover in the 35 mins. I typically allow myself every morning on my 'mill. I'm always at a 10% incline and have been varying my speed between 4-6 mph. 2.7 miles is my all-time record and this morning I made up my mind to hit 2.8.

With a little help from Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper and best of all Santana's live version of Incident at Neshabur (these were my 6 mph songs) I had a ROCKED OUT time! Smiled at Santana's tip of the hat to everyone's inspiration John Coltrane as he worked into his extended jam the melodies to Afro-Blue and My Favorite Things...at first thinking Rogers & Hammerstein must be rolling over in their grave, but then, being the consummate artists that they were, perhaps they might have given Carlos a nod of approval...? :-)

Anyhow...nearing the end of Neshabur (an extended jam of probably over 15 mins.) I could see that 2.8 miles was well within reach so I slowed down to 4 mph to cool off, but then I PASSED 2.8 with 30 seconds to spare and thought, 'Why not kick it back up to 6 mph and see if I can reach 2.9...?'

Mission Accomplished! Woo hoo! Look out #3!

Have a SPARKING day everyone!!


PS...also, MORE great news! Lost FIVE POUNDS this week! TRIPLE Woo Hoo! ONEderland here I come! :-)

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ZELLAZM 9/24/2009 6:22AM

    Hey, new name for you - Spike!
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I have to laugh, though. Although I'm a musician and like to workout to tunes myself, I've been listening to downloads of Dave Ramsey lately. quite a contrast!

Blessings today,

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    Way to go Don!! You are doing an awesome job! Keep on truckin'!!


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ROYALETBONE 9/23/2009 2:55PM

    You leave me breathless! Awesome job.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/23/2009 2:42PM


Keep it up!

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JUSTLYLE 9/23/2009 1:41PM

    Great job Don on the ole mill and with the weigh loss, looks like you are heading into the winter season with a good attitude.
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ZIRCADIA 9/23/2009 1:24PM

    Man you are KILLING IT on that treadmill! :D ROCK ON!

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Getting Spikey

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Been continuing to push myself on the treadmill lately, aiming to vary my speed between 4 - 6 mph and attempting to cover more ground in the same amount of time, i.e. bumping up my overall speed.

The graph of my speed on the treadmill is no longer flat-lined as it has been for the most part all these years. Now I'm getting SPIKEY! Woo Hoo! :-)

Had a nice boost today, dropping another pants size from 42 to 40...another Woo Hoo! I'll be SO thrilled when I hit 38!

Wrapping up my first week of "no nuts"...we'll see how it goes...

Keep on SPARKING everyone! :-)

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KELLI9001 9/23/2009 4:00PM

    That's so awesome. Glad to hear you hard work is paying off. You will be in those 38's in no time!
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TRAINOF4 9/23/2009 10:51AM

    WTG! Great work on dropping another waist size! That feels great, doesn't it?! HA HA! I thought you meant you needed a haircut emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/23/2009 7:23AM

    WTG on the pant size!

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GMACAMI 9/23/2009 1:15AM

    And I thought you were talking about a new doo (hair that is) !!!!!


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ROYALETBONE 9/23/2009 12:14AM

    Spikey is good!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/23/2009 12:06AM

    Awesome on the size drop. I love it when that happens!

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More Kayaking Fun, Green Workouts & Strategy #1

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yesterday was such a special kayaking outing with ORIGAMIFREAK and her local kayaking club, which I'm about to join...! Joined up with everyone on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, not too far from Geneva. The weather was spectacular, clear blue sunny skies & mid/upper-60's.

We first had lessons in recovering if one has fallen out of their kayak and our teachers were amazing in their abilities to roll over in their kayaks, staying right in their seats. I was beside one who was so quick I had looked away, heard a splash and she was already upright and soaking wet from her rollover!

Then we kayaked down the lake and back for a round trip of about 8 miles. The return was against the tide which, whew!, was quite the challenge! I learned how much more effort it takes to paddle a short kayak (10 footer) than a longer one. However one of the kayak club members was kind enough to loan me an extra one of his, which I truly appreciated!

Kayaking really engages quite a wide range of muscles...they all told me ALL about it today...lol!

Today was clean up the garden day...bagged up our blighted tomato plants... :-( And cleared out other stuff, getting the gardens ready for next spring. Still have some red peppers, cauliflower and summer squash coming....hoping the frost will leave them alone! Then I got my handsaw and started lopping off LOTS of lower branches on our trees which were either dead or in the way. We are INUNDATED with maple saplings everywhere so hacked them down too. Working the saw (no power saw for me!) was a great upper body workout! It was another beautiful day today and great to be out and enjoying it while sprucing up the property as well!

My first strategy in striving toward ONEderland:

Striking out the nuts!

I'm nutty for NUTS!! And I have developed a bad habit of keeping a big jar of them in the car with me for munching on my way back and forth to work. Yes, I *know* nuts are good for you, but not when one overdoes them like *I* do...!

So I'm pulling the plug altogether on nuts for now and may attempt to re-introduce them later in a more controlled manner.

Hope everyone out there had as fulfilling and SPARKING a weekend as I did!

Now let's get a super week under way tomorrow! :-)


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FRANCIE-N-BELLA 9/22/2009 10:03PM

    Don, this si great!!! I do hope you can get back to the nuts since they are healthy for you BUT in MODERATION, please!!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 9/22/2009 9:16AM

    Sounds like a great time. You inspire me to try new things everyday and push myself!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/21/2009 2:39AM

    Thanks to you and Kathy for driving all the way up here! You beat out the Syracuse and Dryden people for longest distance...

Glad you had fun - I did too.

Also glad we managed to finally get you a real workout on the water...

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L*I*T*A* 9/20/2009 10:28PM

    sounds like a lot of fun on the weekend............have a great week............blessings and hugs...................lita

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BJENKINS1014 9/20/2009 10:08PM

    What a great weekend! It's so nice to be outdoors this time of year, and you managed a perfect balance of play and hard work.

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    I admire how you always do things the "old fashioned" way, with blood, sweat and tears. Sorry to hear about your tomato blight. I'm impressed at how much kayaking involves. You are awesome.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 9/20/2009 9:40PM

    Sounds like a great weekend all around.


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ROYALETBONE 9/20/2009 9:29PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day.
And you can exclude the eating kinds of nuts, but hope you leave the Sparky kind of nuts in your life.

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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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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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