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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I am not much of a blogger, but I am so excited I just want to write this and maybe I will want to come back to read it for motivation at a later date. Hopefully I won't "need" to.

I have been on a semi diet since the beginning of the year and I was training for a 10k the end of March. We had such a crappy winter that I really didn't stick to it the way I should have. I still did the 10k, but walked a lot. I never trained in the rain because I was a wimp, but the 10k started at a light drizzle and ended in a the pouring rain. Now I know that I won't melt and it really isn't a good excuse. I am going to restart the training and find another race to do before it gets too hot. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 16 pounds. Not great, but not bad. 6 of those pounds I lost in the last two weeks. I started a new eating plan and joined two challenges on Facebook. One is a group of people, mostly runners, who want to lose 10-15 lbs by 4/26. I joined on time, but started the following week because I didn't want to change anything before the race. The other group is an April running challenge that has morphed into 3 challenges - Run or walk at least a mile every day, Boys vs Girls and Beat Stan who has vowed to run 200 miles this month. I have done at least 1 or 2 miles a day at home and then I have been meeting my daughter once a week and we do 3 miles. Maybe more this week.

The biggest motivation of all was being able to wear a cute pair of cropped jeans last week. I had bought them on super sale even though they were too small. I knew I would wear them one day. I did that last week. Today I am wearing a pair of dress pant for work that I haven't worn in about 18 months. They are not even tight at all. They are actually a little loose in the legs.

So there it is. That is my big motivation right now. It's exciting to me.

Not only that, I am feeling better. Not really drinking at all during the week either and I know that is helping. I will keep doing the challenges as well. Seeing and feeling success is what keeps you going.


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GREGGWEISBROD 6/23/2014 12:24PM

    It's amazing how these non-scale victories can completely recharge our batteries and make us feel so proud of ourselves. Amazing stuff! Hope you're doing well!

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    It IS exciting! and 16 pounds is fantastic! You're doing it emoticon

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SUNNY332 4/9/2014 5:38PM

    16 #'s is awesome. So glad you went ahead with the 10K and it has motivated you to keep on keeping on.

Hugs, Sunny

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MELISSIMAUS 4/9/2014 3:08PM

    Congrats! I think 16lbs in 3 months is fantastic. Nothing to sneeze at.

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4MY4PACK 4/9/2014 2:49PM

    Good for you! Perseverance wins every time... emoticon

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Getting to know me

Saturday, February 08, 2014

A is for Age: 50 yes the big 5 0
B is for Booze: White wine - been trying different kinds and cutting back
C is for Car: 2010 Toyota Corolla with 207,000+ miles
D is for Dad's name: Jim
E is for Ego: Not so much
F is for Favorite song or music: Love the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and The Black Keys
G is for Goof off thing to do: Go to wine tastings or binge watch a great series on DVD
H is for Hometown: Escondido, CA, but lived in Manassas, VA for a very long time
I is for IQ: Not sure
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Grape Jelly
K is for Kids: 4 - 1 son and 3 daughters, 2 dogs and 3 cats
L is for Living arrangement: own
M is for Mom's name: Sharon
N is for Name of best friend: Cheryl
O is for Observations: I dislike people to who believe everything they hear on the news without checking it out for real.
P is for Phobias: I hate spiders and spiderwebs and snakes and scorpions
Q is for Quote you like: I may be slow, but I am faster than those on the couch.
R is for Relationship: in one for a long time
S is for Siblings: 1 brother
T is for Talents: I am crafty
U is for Unique trait:
V is for vegetable you love: zuchini
W is for Worst traits: I am impatient
X- is for X-rays you've had: broken foot
Y is for Yummy food you make: Butternut squash soup, chicken bacon ranch pasta, toast (my daughter will get this)
Z is for Zodiac sign: Leo

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MIMICOTO 4/4/2014 7:30PM

    Hey! This is a really cool blog...nice getting to know you a bit. I visited to see where you might live that would give you the opportunity to run/walk in the battlefields, and learned so much more!

My DH and I had the opportunity to visit Gettysburg VERY briefly last year for a civil war movie premier, and wished we'd had longer to stay....

Interestingly enough, we have close friends and family who live in and near Escondido, and my DH (who hails from France of all places) spent many of his summers as a child stomping around that area....

The world keeps getting smaller....and so do you! ROCK those capris!!!!


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CAROL_31649731 2/8/2014 11:09PM

    I used to own I Corolla, too (in my youth). Ran it forever, too . . . wonderful car!!! Really like your Quote. I may not be too, fast, either, but I'm sure faster than some . . . and getting faster every day! emoticon

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JO88BAKO 2/8/2014 1:50PM

    Very nice blog! Just saw you are a Leo, so am I. Also, your pic is nice. Nothing like being by the water, gotta love the beach. Have a great weekend!

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I'm back (again)

Monday, September 10, 2012

I did really well when I first started on Sparkpeople and it was working. Then life and excuses got in the way. I had my best friend out to visit from CA for two weeks and we had a lot of fun. Of course it all included eating and drinking. Then my birthday came and went. I will be 50 next time (OMG!) . I want to look the way I used to on that next birthday. I have 336 days to get that done. That ought to be more than enought.

I joined a gym last week. I never wanted to pay for stuff that I can pretty much do at home, but it's a great motivator. I spent the money and I will not let it go to waste. I went twice last week after work. The other three weekdays I walked while my daughter was at soccer practice. Not far, but for about 30 minutes each time. This past Thursday I saw one of the moms walking. We joined up and I walked for an hour instead of a half hour. She walks fast too! This is a new team for us and a new for her too and we had just met that past weekend. I saw her yesterday after the game and we made plans to walk to walk each practice (3 times a week). Practices are an hour and 45 minutes so I will get in my cardio.

This morning at the gym I just did the strength machines because I didn't want to get too sweaty before work. I will sweat enough tonight walking. I will split my workout on practice days and the other days I will get it done all at once. The weekend will be more of a challenge, but will most likely just walk at home or before the game(s) at the fields. The gym is far from my home, but close to my office.

Glad to be back and to get myself back.

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SUNNY332 9/10/2012 11:17AM

    Welcome back!

Best wishes on meeting your new goals.


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The scale

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Well, I weighed myself this morning. I was trying to wait until Tuesday which will be one week from the last weigh in. Weekly. That's how often we're supposed to do it.

Before joining this sight I hadn't weighed myself in at least a year. I didn't want to know. I knew it was getting worse and worse and I knew that I would be horrified. I joined the site in the morning and guessed at my starting weight. That evening when I got home, I decided to find out the real number and I was actually 13 pounds heavier than I had guessed. That was shocker. And yes, I was horrified.

It motivated me to work extra hard and stay focused on the end reward. The reward is feeling like my old self again.

After achieving so much success my first week, I couldn't wait to see if it was still working. To see if it was real or my imagination. I won't post the latest number because I still have to get through the holiday weekend. But as of today it's real. And I'm really happy about it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNY332 5/24/2012 10:31PM

    I do not measure my success on the scale (although weight loss does matter to me) but what matters the most is being and feeling healthy.

Keep up the great work and celebrate all the victories.


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GOPINTOS 5/24/2012 8:48PM

    OH I hear ya. I got to a point where I just quit weighing also. But we will both get to where we want to be!!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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XMAS2012 5/24/2012 6:58PM

    AWESOME!!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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CHRISZ40 5/24/2012 9:56AM

    Wishing you lots of success!

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Bringing the groceries in is exercise

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I have been on the site for 4 days. I joined and threw myself into all of it. My family is super supportive. I am the mom of 4 kids, but only have a 16 year old daughter at home. She is hardly ever home.

I started this journey this past Tuesday and not when I had ton of good healthy food in the house. Today I went to the store and 1) fresh fruits and veggies are expensive and 2) they are heavy. I arrived home at 7:00 pm. I left the house at 7:00 am. to go to work. Thankfully young daughter that lives at home called and is staying at school for fun events to lighten the mood pre exams. I am no longer going to cook the dinner she requested. I went onto the Spark recipe site and found a baked honey mustard chicken that she would love (similar to what she wanted) and planned to make extra to top salads in the future. I will freeze some for that.

Can I count lugging the groceries in (apx 20-30 yards...I will measure at a later date) SINCE THERE WERE NO TEENAGERS TO HELP CARRY THEM IN as exercise? I mean, I did the big shopping trip. It seemed like it took forever to get everything in and put away. I felt like I had a workout. Maybe it was because I am so out of shape.

Even though there are 5 baskets of laundry to fold I am changing into workout clothes (old and crappy) and going for a walk before I do anything else. I had a houseful of kids and was busy last weekend and the laundry fairies never arrived...that is whole other story.

Moms of teens....I salute you! Is it too much to expect more help? I miss having them all here for WAAAAYYYY more reasons then help bringing groceries in. Maybe its empty nest syndrome.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 5/22/2012 9:58AM

    Try only buying the fruits and veggies that are on sale instead of always getting the same ones each week (like getting whichever apple type is on sale or a head of lettuce instead of bagged lettuce) And we still carry groceries, we just do it at our own houses emoticon We help carry them when we come to visit though :)

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SUNNY332 5/19/2012 4:13PM

    Fresh veggies and fruits are a little more expensive but the benefit far outweighs the cost.

Hope you enjoy your walk.

Have a GREAT weekend.


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MEH50BEWELL 5/19/2012 8:56AM

    We have been empty nesters for 6 months and LOVING it. They visit often but there is a lot to be said for no teenage mess. Lol. But, all good things must come to an end. 2 of the three moved back last week. Laundry pile is huge. Dishes have reproduced in the sink and can't find there own way into the dishwasher. Driveway is a maze of cars.
But I am destined to continue to take care of me for a change and SP is the place to keep the focus. Good luck. One day, one step, one lb at a time

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GOPINTOS 5/19/2012 8:45AM

    I have 4 children also. 18 year old son officially at home. But have a daughter who has moved back home with her son, while she finishes school. So she lives upstairs, son lives downstairs - it's like an apartment complex with my floor as the common area :P So anyways, I havent experienced empty next syndrome yet, thank goodness.

But yes, carrying groceries, doing laundry, etc is all great exercise. I try to do squats, calf raises, etc. in order to try to make it double duty. emoticon

Good luck on your journey. I am anxious to watch your progress!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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KENTUCKYGIRL01 5/19/2012 8:16AM

    I here you loud and clear. I have one more home too. I'm not looking forward to that day. It makes me sick at my stomach. I'm glad its not only me.

Good luck with your weight loss journey ! emoticon emoticon

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