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A Thousand Miles (re-visited)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This is a "quicky" blog as life is incredibly busy.

I'm still working on that 1,000 mile goal and haven't swayed. As of 2 nights ago, I have officially logged 700 miles for this year.

How's about them apples!

(Don't have time to hunt up a picture of a bunch of apples...just imagine that I have it here!)

For those who happen along and see this...The bigger question might be if I'm still maintaining my over 120 lb. loss...

Definitely! (That's me on the my hair cut sassy and short as it's easier on all these cancer events and runs and such! Besides...I think it's cute... (sassy grin)

I could use peri-menopause difficulties, busy family life with 3 children, busy church schedule, family difficulties with the in-laws and out-laws, flat tires, sickness in the family, financial overload when everything breaks down at once and has to be replaced...etc...but NOPE.

This is about lifestyle not "diet" and it's about choices...daily choices.

I've committed to making the daily choices that promotes a healthy weight.

It's about persistence...not perfection.

That's how I'm looking at this 1,000 miles. I'm hanging in there like a "hair in a biscuit"!


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OHMEMEME 8/22/2012 8:45PM

    Awesome Feat! I needed this journal of yours so very bad today. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Congrats on this awesome accomplishment. I can feel your joy and self satisfaction. It really helps to know that our Spark friends are real people with real lives and yet still accomplish such things. Best wishes on the next 300 miles. You are the second Sparkers I ha ve come across that does this long distance walking. You both have raised my curiosity and interest! Keep Sparking!
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2014THISISIT 6/27/2012 11:55PM

    Wow awesome! That's 100+ miles a month! I started the same goal on June 7th and as of today, I've a total 53.90 miles, lol! A 'tad' slower than you but I'm not deterred; I'm excited to get where you're at! Like your comment states, "it's about persistence, not perfection". Love it!

Lotsa luck to you! :))

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SMILES650 6/27/2012 10:29AM

  You go girl, keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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A Thousand Miles...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I normally don't "do" the New Year's Resolution thingy very good. I'm more the type to be making resolutions/goals all the time! But this year, I decided to doing something big after my "rest" year from major walk training...I decided to go for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day (60 mile) for the Cure in 2012 AND I made this ridiculously crazy goal of walking 1,000 miles in 2012!

Maybe not so ridiculous to you folks who walk all the time and have the time for such things. Easy in fact for you who work at a job that requires walking. But for a "stay at home Mom" (hysterical laughing) who teaches 3 children during the day and has to divide the rest of my time up between Husband, Home, Laundry, Church, Cardio Kickboxing, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Shopping, etc... get the picture.

In my heavy training year for 2010's 3-Day event, I only logged about 650 miles. So going for 1,000 is crazy.

(Hysterically laughing again) So Crazy!

I'm tackling this like I tackled the getting rid of 120 lbs. One mile at a time. I know that if I raise the funds that I won't be walking much at all in November as the last time I did the 60, I damaged both legs in the process and couldn't pull miles for about 5 weeks while I healed. So I know I have to be ahead of the game a bit.

Crazy and OCD in one'd think my poor husband would have pulled in the reins a bit but NO. He and the children are so excited about my goal and they are encouraging me.

Now I have no way out! emoticon

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 1/28/2012 2:03PM

    Good for you! You can do this~

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DIVEMASTER01 1/28/2012 4:17AM

    Thanks Becca, you are such an inspiration to me. I am so glad you found our WW group. Have a great weekend :)

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I subscribed to your blog so I won't miss a single one.

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Heroes For Children 5K~1 Mile! Another Milestone!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Okay...I've been at this walking thing a while now. Ever since my father died (double whammy...stroke then cancer...) I've made it my goal to combine my fitness goals (which felt selfish to me although they really aren't) with some kind of service to memorialize my Dad. So I started walking...for a cause.

First, my husband suggested I do something small. I signed up for Cancer Relay For Life and raised funds in Dad's memory and figured I would walk a couple of hours as part of a team. But something happened that night that did something to me...I felt like I was doing something powerful...and I thought about the times my Dad walked for miles and miles...just because. I ended up walking all night long...they finally stopped me at 5:45 a.m...I had walked for about 11.5 hours total (with a few potty breaks, stretch breaks and a yogurt feast at midnight!) and knowing that my body could do that affected me greatly!

You see...just to walk to the mailbox a few years ago was a major thing for me. I was 267 lbs. of heart attack/stroke waiting to happen who was suffering from clinical depression and more issues that I won't bother you with. Every morning, I woke up and the first few steps of the day were extremely painful as my weight had damaged the tendons in my feet. I also had no hope of ever losing the weight as my doctor put it...I was "disinclined" to be able to get it off and KEEP it off. When I heard that...I took it for a dare!

And not only did I show him...I showed everyone! I ended up losing 120 lbs. I also decided to beat the stinkin' statistics as part of my life goal as well and have kept the weight off now for over 5 years.

So I went from that event (Relay For Life) feeling somewhat like a hero (my husband made sure of it)! Then my husband dropped a major bomb in my lap. A challenge...he suggested I should sign up to do 60 miles for Susan G. Komen!

I did...the fundraising was as hard or harder than the training. I worried constantly about being able to raise the funds...sold everything I could get my hands on and walked...and walked...and walked like nobody's business. I know many do this event and ride the bus but as a memorial to my Dad...I wasn't going to get on the bus unless I was injured so the training was vitally important to me. But I raised the funds and walked 20 miles a day for 3 days straight. I felt like I had just climbed the highest mountain...I suffered injuries from my walk (as I power-walked 52 of those miles...being injured in both legs the last day slowed me down for the last 8 miles) but I did it and felt like a hero again (yup...hubby is good at that!)

Then I thought what is left? I felt like I needed to challenge myself to something higher! I didn't know what to do until I realized that there are many organizations needing funds...why not challenge myself to do more than 1 or 2. So I told myself that I would do 5 events this year for my Dad...and sweetened the deal a bit by daring myself to actually RUN (gasp!) at least one mile as I had not run since I was a teenager! This past Saturday I was scheduled to do Heroes For Children in the 1 mile and 5K and this time I was doing it as a prayer for my nephew who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. This would be my 5th event and I completed it with icing on I ran the whole thing and surprised myself!

When I crossed the finish line, I felt like a hero again It didn't matter how fast...what mattered was how much FUN this really much I was personally pushing much money was raised for children who are victims of cancer...and how all of us was working together on a common goal while working towards a more personal goal at the same time. It was a "team" thing even though I wasn't on a team. I realized my doing this was doing something "bigger than myself". So another milestone was reached and it feel good.

I ran slow compared to some but I'm thrilled with my 11 minute miles (finished the 5K in about 34 minutes) and I ranked 12th in my age and gender division. Not to bad for a 47 year old that weighed 267 or more pounds a few years ago! What was really cool was meeting a couple of Sparkers there in their tie-dyed shirts! That was nothing short of AWESOME in and of itself! I felt like I was among friends! So reaching a milestone...meeting new folks...and hey...I even did the chicken dance with the David Chicken Band! I couldn't get my children to join me in the chicken thingy but they told me later they were proud of me and they can't wait for the NEXT event! So I guess I have another milestone/goal to set...and reach!

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FIT4SURE 6/27/2012 11:09PM

    I realize that this is kind of "old news" BUT I want to add that my nephew is doing wonderfully! I'm expecting him to be fully recovered and I'm so grateful! AND...I signed up for another 3-Day...

Let the FUN(draising) begin!

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FREETHEGODDESS 10/21/2011 3:44PM

    Wow! I can't believe it took me this long to read your blog! What a wonderfully powerful story!!! I am sooo proud of you! AMAZING! Your father is up in heaven just beaming with pride in you! You are a hero to yourself and the many people whom your fundraising efforts help.

I am so glad I met you there. It was equally exciting for me to meet a fellow Sparker. I feel an instant connection to people on this journey to find a healthy, fit and happy life. This journey is a battle for me and I am a warrior.

You were a warrior for yourself and now you are a warrior for those who need your help. What an inspiring journey you continue to have. Keep challenging yourself.

Thank you for sharing your story.
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SWAN47 9/26/2011 2:32PM

    Your story is inspiring... emoticon on changing your life and influencing others. Your father is proud of you and so are many others. By the way I'm running a half marathon (my first) and in training. My time is slower than yours and proud of it. They say it's the journey and not the destination. So true! Keep up your emoticon walks/runs and who knows what's next. God bless you! emoticon

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Conquering the "Demon"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

This morning when I woke up...I wanted waffles.

Not a big deal to some but it was to me at one time.

I've lost over 120 lbs. and have maintained that successfully until fairly recently. I had gained about 10 pounds and couldn't figure out why!
Every morning was a battle within myself as I stepped on the scale. Every week was a panic situation because I started losing hope of losing the extra weight (10 lbs...not so big really but big to someone who is fearful of losing ground on a slippery slope) that had crept upon me like a "demon" and was clinging to me...suffocating me with hopelessness of ever getting rid of it.

Double check my counting...although I was counting differently (program changes) I was still eating the minimum that should allow me to lose...not gain!

Double check my tracking...tracking was a habit for me and I never skip this step!

Am I drinking my water?? Am I still exercising??

What's HAPPENING to me?? Do I have a medical condition? Will my weight continue to creep up until I'm back where I started from (like so many before me)?

Needless to say...I was a MESS!

After trying everything, something my husband told me resonated with me..."Go back to doing things the way you were". So I did.

I "counted" what I was eating the old way...the new way...and the Sparkpeople way and made the amazing discovery that gave me hope.

There was nothing wrong with me...I was simply ingesting more calories than before and "maintaining" at a higher weight than I was comfortable with! So I went back to my "old" way of counting and backed it up with Sparkpeople...and lost the little "demon" that was suffocating me! But I realized something through this. I...lost...the weight! I knew what to do and I didn't just keep slipping down the awful slope...I did something about it! I had not only conquered the 10 lb. demon but also the 100,000 lb. one called FEAR! I truly CAN maintain and not helplessly gain and it has opened my eyes at how fearful I really was.

Can't do a fajita date with my husband...might gain weight. Can't have a little frozen yogurt after my meal...I might gain weight! Can't have waffles with the get the picture. Everything had to be so perfectly PERFECT for me to feel in control and yet I just lost 10 lbs. of weight that crept up on me from a simple "counting" change. I lost that 10 lbs. that would normally make someone give up because "it doesn't or isn't working for me" and cause them to go right back to where they started from! This "demon" had been with me for a while and I wasn't aware of it. But I just "shrugged" him off of me without even realizing it for the first time in this "weight loss journey"!

This past week, my husband took me for a fajita date. I ate 3 of them with real sour cream. Tracked it all and moved on.

Afterwards he wanted to treat me to dessert at a fat-free yogurt shop. I had some, tracked it and moved on.

I've been smiling at the scale all week.

So this morning I wanted waffles.

They were delicious... emoticon

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FIT4SURE 7/6/2011 3:16PM

    Awww...proud to be both sister and friend!! I just thought I'd let you know where I am on here! :) I'm not tracking calories at the moment or you could look at my daily tracker. I'm tracking on paper again for a while and doing it a bit differently to allow for a little more freedom for myself. I indulged in cheesecake last night and ALMOST had an issue with that little "demon" again but I squashed him! The cheesecake was good but really wasn't worth it to me and I realized that I learned something from it...tracked the cheesecake...moved on...walked a bit furthur today and will cut back a little through the day. I feel good about learning to live with food in a "right" way!

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MAMAINSWORTH 7/6/2011 2:03PM

  You are the very "bestest" inspirer I know! I'm proud to know you and call you "sister and friend".

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NICKY820 5/16/2011 12:27PM

    Just what I needed to hear right before I'm leaving for a week-long conference out-of-state! I've lost a whole bunch (and gained) of weight over the years, and it managed to find me right back again! I, too, want this to be the last time I lose that same 30 pounds. I want to to be free of my food demons, and your insights have helped me tremendously.

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KATHIE_B 5/16/2011 11:14AM

    Thanks for the perspective. I have been obsessing because I have to eat two meals out in one day and I am so close to getting back to goal after gaining on PP. I can handle the demon better now. emoticon

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FIT4SURE 5/14/2011 4:24PM

    I realize that I might have to fight this "demon" again but for now...I'm quite happy that I've made a realization concerning this fear!

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ONECATSHORT97 5/14/2011 2:24PM

    emoticon That's the point I think all of us want to reach, be it fajitas or waffles or whatever.....

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DLSMITH411 5/14/2011 1:10PM

    You are so right. That is what I am trying to keep in my mind to make "this time" my last time of losing weight. If you give into the fear you are depriving yourself and not truly living happily. Not that waffles = happiness but being able to live normally, but responsibly, does. Good for you for conquering that demon. This was a very inspirational post. emoticon

Also, I love the way you started with waffles like they were such a bad thing and ended with them being delicious. It made me chuckle.

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FANORONHA_14 5/14/2011 12:24PM

    You are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
Life is a Gift!
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
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I'm Pinching Myself!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


That's what I thought as I looked at the digital scale reading this morning. I stepped off and on several times to make sure.

Over the past several months I've been struggling just to get 8 little pounds off (that I gained when I began a new program) and struggled with the guilt that I must be doing something wrong.

Too much fruit? (NOT!)

Too little exercise? (Not really THAT much less!)

Combining 2 programs? (NOT!)

No matter how I tracked, how much I was exercising...I was getting frustrated that I had gained following something I trusted explicitly and (yes...I'm I really did follow it religiously) I couldn't get under that 144-145 lb. mark.

Honestly, 144-145 is a good weight for me and still within a healthy BMI but it wasn't where I maintained for almost 5 years and it wasn't where I felt the best at. Where I felt the best was 130-135.

Silly, huh?

I finally "woke" up and realized (after my husband repeatedly told me to stick with what works for me!) that things have to change.

So...I quit my job (the pay and the stress was bad although I did LOVE helping people that way) and I started looking for my old materials and determined to do things the way I had done them before with the exception of using Sparkpeople to really see what is going on. (Love, love, love the nutritional breakdown and reports at the end of the day!)

It's obviously working. A month ago I was still in the 140's...last week was is 134.4.

Hopefully the scale is working properly...(Grin) Part of me is still worried that it won't "stick" after struggling with those pounds for so long and hard!

But for now...I'm doing the "happy dance"!

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GRAMMAYAYA4 4/28/2011 8:36PM

    OMG, you did it, you are amazing. Congrats. It took me 7 weeks on Momentum to lose the 5 pounds I gained on PP+. It took you only 4. My hat is off to you.

I think the one thing we all have in common, we all trusted WW to work, what a terrible mishandling of its clients. My husband told me the same thing as yours.



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FIT4SURE 4/28/2011 4:47PM

    Thank You, both! I'm still afraid that my scale might be malfunctioning (laughing) but I'm gonna "bask" in the victory until I find out otherwise! My ultimate "happy weight" is 130 lbs. but when I crept up to 145 I had to do some real re-evaluating of my how I accounted for my food choices. It used to be that when I'd hit 135...I would feel bad so it's a real switch that I'm feeling FINE at 135 (134.4)! I'm going to continue what I'm doing right now for about a month more and make sure this is real before I up the calories for maintenance. Thanks for your responses! I just wanted a pat on the back! (big smile)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/28/2011 4:01PM

    emoticon Congratulations on all your hard work paying off.

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1TRULYBLESSED 4/28/2011 9:53AM

    Yea!!!! Glad you chose to stick with it (bet you are, too!). You're now where I'm going to be in another 6 months or so...if you can do it, so can I! Thanks for the inspiration!

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