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Before and Recent Pics (not after yet...still in progress!)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I've been toying with the idea of putting up before and after pics on my page. Well there is no after yet since I"m still in progress, but I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and putting up some before and now pics.

So, those who've read my journey and progress blogs may remember that I got serious about doing something about all this extra weight in December 2012. My hubby and I had just gone on a wonderful cruise and enjoyed it very much. I'd been exercising for a couple of months trying to get some stamina (like being able to walk a reasonable distance without dying, LOL) and on the trip, it was apparent that I could do more than just a few months before. I had not been able to lose any weight though, so my theory that it's all about the activity and not about the food was proven false. The goal on the cruise was not to gain any more, and in that I was successful.

When we got back home, I told my husband I was getting serious about doing something about the weight and that I was going back on SP, getting a nutrition plan, tracking, and cooking healthy. He was looking through the trip pictures, and came across some of us on the beach and said "OK, I'm with you". Sometimes it takes a picture to trigger the "Ah Ha moment". Here's one picture of us on that trip in November 2012 (not the beach one, but not one I'm proud of):

Recently we went on vacation in the mountains and it was lovely to be able to hike, walk, and climb any amount without being tired! We could go and do everything we used to love doing and had been missing. Here's a pic taken on a trail to a waterfall a few weeks ago: more super-sized us!!!

Between the two of us, we've lost 110 pounds from December 2012 to July 2013!

Maybe one of these days I'll get the guts to put on a bathing suit and take some comparable to the worst before's.

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NINETOZE 9/15/2013 8:45PM

    Hey There!
Visiting some friend pages and saw what a great accomplishment you've achieved!
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I hope to do the same thing (although I don't have as much to lose). I am getting serious about getting rid of what I don't need!
Take Care!

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MINNA72 9/6/2013 2:52AM

    You've made fantastic progress, Alie! I am so impressed !

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FLYCHRISTI 7/28/2013 12:18AM

I am with you too!!!
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MYAKAYAH 7/27/2013 6:05PM

    Yeah, you both look amazing, great job! Your husband just jumped right in along with you, Super! I think everyone has their Aha moment and things start falling into place when you have a good plan put together. I think I am noticing that when I plan out my food, exercise & sleep right everything goes a lot better for me than when I have my "I'm winging it a little" times. Keep up the good work~ emoticon

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BELIEVING-N-ME 7/26/2013 3:29PM

You both look amazing! Glad that you have each other for support!

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DOROTHYBERO 7/26/2013 8:06AM

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GWINNER1 7/26/2013 7:06AM

    Alie, you've done AWESOMELY. You and Chris look amazing! I know you will complete the journey. Thanks for inspiring all of us.

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LIVERIGHTNOW 7/26/2013 12:45AM

    Very impressive Alie- Don't you feel great!?

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 7/26/2013 12:41AM

The other thing about pictures is that it motivates us who are watching your journey to stay strong on our own!
Funny, I was thinking of posting some before and afters as well. :)

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POPSY190 7/25/2013 9:35PM

    The photographs tell their own story. You both look great.

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MICKEYH 7/25/2013 8:42PM

    What a great achievements you guys. Both of you looks so lovely nicely trimmed up!!
It's so nice that you guys can support each others. Congratulations!!
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MELISSIMAUS 7/25/2013 8:04PM

    Inspirational! That is awesome. emoticon

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LILLEAN 7/25/2013 7:39PM

    You guys really look amazing. Honestly this is a job well done. Keep going.

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    Wow! You both look fantastic! It must feel terrific to not worry about whether you can make it up that hill. . . Nicely done!


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Laundry Day - With Help! (and pics)

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's laundry day and someone decided to help (putting a washcloth in the dryer, or at least on the door!)

Then he (Boogie) decided to get comfy inside the dryer..

Meanwhile, sissy (Angel) has decided to make a nest in the clean clothes waiting to be folded.

Then Boogie decided he would rather cuddle with sissy than stay in the dryer.

Good thing they were DH's clothes! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/30/2013 7:27AM

    My cats like to hide between the clothes on the line sometimes when it is hot. But they really love to help me sew, especially when I am trying to thread a needle.

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MISSCUS 7/24/2013 6:37PM

    WOW, those are real cats!! They're having fun being real cats. My cats LOVE to lay on anything that you lay down on the couch or floor. On a real hot day, DH just dropped his jeans shorts w belt onto a heap on the floor, then next thing I saw was cat Myra laying purrfectly within them. So cute. Later, my chihuahua Paco did the same. I have a picture, check out my page pics!! I might do a blog like you!! See you SPARKED ME!!

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MYAKAYAH 7/24/2013 3:52AM

    My cat would never do this, he's a bit cautious. Such a cute post, thanks~ emoticon emoticon

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OWL_20 7/23/2013 5:22PM

    So very helpful! LOL But they are a couple of cuties!

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ELLFIN3 7/23/2013 3:19PM

    Love it! It is things like this that make life worth living! Enjoy the rest of Your day! ((HUGS))

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/23/2013 9:20AM

    OOOOOOO I love your help!!! I wish I had help like that.

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TURTLETALK 7/23/2013 9:19AM

    Almost as helpful as grandchildren!

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SABLENESS 7/23/2013 8:59AM

    Yeah, they are SO helpful. I have three "helpers".

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 7/23/2013 2:39AM

    LOL! Cute!

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SISSYP63 7/23/2013 12:25AM

    That's too cute! emoticon

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POPSY190 7/22/2013 11:15PM

    They're gorgeous - and, after all, all cats know humans only undertake activities like washing, making the bed, reading to entertain them!

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    Awwwwwww so cute. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Progress, Goal Check and 'How I Got Here'

Saturday, July 20, 2013

As part of preparation for the start of the Summer 5% Challenge, I wanted to review and document in one place where I am today on my journey toward a healthier body and lifestyle, review my goals, and document the strategy to get there.

In reviewing my progress so far, it's clear that the 5% challenges have been a big part of maintaining my focus and pushing me to continue along the path to healthiness (is that even a word?, LOL). They encouraged me to try different things and learn how to incorporate them into my daily routine, and make healthy choices into habits. I managed to lose more than the 5% of weight in each of the previous challenges, but they've given me so much more than that!

In the 7 months since I reset my SP journey, here are some stats on progress:
50 pounds lost
23 total inches lost
3 pant sizes down
BP is now on the low side of normal
My complexion has cleared up (a co-worker recently commented that I was "glowing with health"!

I've managed the shrinking wardrobe problem fairly economically. I was able to dig around in the "too small" piles to find enough things to get by with only buying a pair of jeans and a few shorts in each size.

There have been, however, a lot of unexpected things to adjust:
-wedding rings had to be resized (smaller)
-had to get some new bras and underwear (I never went to larger sizes, but the old ones were really stretched out!)
-watch needed some links removed
-some of my shoes and socks are suddenly too loose

I'm excited to keep working toward my goals, as it can only get better from here! So, here's the plan for the next 8 weeks:
I will keep tracking ALL my food every day and stay within my SP recommended ranges for calories, carbs, fat, protein, and fiber.
I'll get at least 5 serving of freggies daily.
I'll keep drinking 8-10 cups of water daily.
I'll continue with daily morning stretching (15 minutes of yoga).
I'll try to get a minimum of 10k steps a day, and 10 flights of stairs.
I'll do 3-5 cardio sessions each week (Zumba, jogging, walking).
I'll do strength training 2 times a week (sticking with Iron Strength workout for this one).

I only wonder now, how I could have been so dumb about my health? I need to make clear that I didn't add all these at once. If you had given me this list 7 months ago, I would have said there was no way I could do all things on a regular basis, (or even at all!) Instead, I worked to include a few at a time, making adjustments to my lifestyle to fit them in, and only adding new ones after I was comfortable with the others. Making these things into habits instead of "have to work to include in each day activities" was not easy, but now that they are, it's really now just routine.

I only need to look back 6 months to get a very real reminder of why I keep going. I feel so much better, and have so more energy and physical stamina, it's unbelievable. I'm really looking forward to a total closet clean-out and some wardrobe refreshing once I get to goal.

I want to lose about 8-10 more pounds, and lose the rest of my belly fat (get the jiggles when I'm running down to the parts that are supposed to jiggle, (T&A). emoticon

Sparkpeople and the 5% Challenges have shown me the way and I CAN do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADAPTOR 7/23/2013 1:53AM

    Way to Go Alison! You have done so awesome. I really had to giggle at a few of the things you wrote here as I too have had some similar changes. Sliding into goal weight here now is a big WooHoo!

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CHRISBRYAN 7/22/2013 11:39PM

    Living with this person has been quite the journey; she pushes and I fall in line, I push and get in trouble!, LOL. In all seriousness losing the weight has been a team effort and the reward are beyond anything I had ever guessed. I have been truly blessed.

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MICKEYH 7/20/2013 4:21PM

    Wha-oh Alie!! Great achievement and great plan. No wonder you've succeeded 50 pounds lost. Congratulations!! I know exactly how you feel right now. Yes dear, Nothing taste better then healthy feels. You've done it. and great job in your health journey and you shall keep on keeping on !! Nothing can stop you now right!? Me too !!
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Cute find in an antique shop

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Yesterday on our town trip for freggies, we poked around in some shops and I found this super cute pitcher (and you all know I love cats, and collect them in every form).

These day lillies are growing wild everywhere on the road sides and trails (where there is sun) and I was looking for something to put some in for our table. The cat pitcher holds them perfectly! Each day new ones open so we have fresh blooms on the table, and I don't have to pick every day. emoticon

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PATRICE_E 7/16/2013 5:50PM

    Terrific find!

And bonus: the day lilies are edible!!! If they're still blooming in your area, find ones that are as far from the road as possible, wash them well, and you can add the chopped flower petals and buds to salad (gorgeous), or saute the buds as a side dish. (Just be certain they're DAYlillies--which those are--as some lilies -- the asiatic ones, for example -- can make you sick. Luckily the non-edible ones look and smell totally different!)


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MISSCUS 7/3/2013 7:32PM

    Love the cat vase. I love day lilies.
At one time I had a cat toilet bowl brush holder. Not antique, but fetchingly cute. It broke and haven't found another one.

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MLH148 7/3/2013 7:45AM

    Very cute!

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POPSY190 7/3/2013 4:05AM

    What a great find!

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MICKEYH 7/2/2013 5:52PM

    So cute!! Great find. emoticon emoticon

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ELLFIN3 7/2/2013 4:35PM

    The flowers are beautiful! I love the cat vase! Good find!! ((HUGS))

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Fishing (with pics)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Went fishing today in the river by the house, and after a short hike, up and down a creek that runs into it. I caught a rainbow trout almost right away, and didn't even have to resort to worms! (I usually switch to worms after an hour or two if I haven't caught anything with a lure).

So, if the fish looks a little brown for a rainbow, it's because he got away from me and flopped into the sand on the bank before I could get down stream to where DH was (with the camera). After he finally got the picture, we released my fish and went back to fishing.

About 10 minutes later, he catches one! Of course, it was about 1/2" bigger than mine, LOL!

I can't seem to get the picture of him with the fish uploaded. The site says the picture is too large to save. Is that because the fish is a little bigger, or what?

Anyway, if we had known he'd catch one right after mine, we might have had them for dinner, but the one fish wasn't enough for both of us, so both fishes got to swim away and continue happily in the creek.

All in all, it was a good day with lots of exercise and no worms lost their lives either!

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MISSCUS 7/3/2013 7:34PM

    Lucky fishies!!

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GEMLADYONE 7/1/2013 4:58PM

    About the tucked in shirt and belt...that's what 7 months of SP has done. Those pants are only 4 weeks old and the belt was to keep them from falling off, LOL! Those are size 10's down from size 16's in December! Going soon to 8's! emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 7/1/2013 6:11AM

    Happy fishing!

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DJ4HEALTH 7/1/2013 1:20AM

    Great catch!!

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MICKEYH 6/30/2013 11:15PM

    What a catch !! Sounds like you two had a great time in the creek. Great picture and You looks good with the fish. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 6/30/2013 11:13PM

    What a cute blog post! I too love to fish. We are hoping to go on an adventure this week. We usually fish by boat out on the Chesapeake Bay, but this week we hope to go out on the Indian River and catch some Spot or maybe a great big flounder!
We shall see. By the way, you look so slim in this pic. The fact that you can tuck in your shirt and wear a belt and look good is something that I admire. emoticon

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JO88BAKO 6/30/2013 11:08PM

    Fun and yummy!!!

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