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Back from Africa, Back on Track

Friday, April 06, 2012

I've been stalled in my fitness and weight-loss efforts for a long time. I've been wrapped up in projects. The past 12 months, preparing for a church mission trip to South Sudan. I promised my husband, once I get back from Africa I'm taking a year off of "projects" and focusing myself.

Little did I know, Africa would be just the kick-start I needed.

This mission trip required our team to fly into the beautiful city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (one of my favorite places in the world). Addis is at about 8,700 feet altitude, so we took a few days to adjust to altitude and time zones, and then bought our equipment, and flew to Gambella, Ethiopia, where we overland (by 4x4) traveled to Malwal, South Sudan.

Malwal was the first town seized by the SPLA in 1985 when the 2nd Sudanese Civil War began. And there's not much left there now--30-40 mud huts and maybe 500-700 people and a little tumbledown mud church.

We were there to provide some humanitarian relief, and supplies to people returning from the refugee camps in Ethiopia. We provided medicine, clothing, small tools, corn mills and had a program to build water filtration systems (unfortunately, the water part of the program didn't work due to insufficient raw materials in the community).

The week we spent in Malwal, in temps exceeding 120 F during the day, melted the weight off of me. Between the heat, diet and general hard living, I was tying my clothes on myself by the end of the week--and ended up leaving most of them in the village (where they will likely serve as maternity clothes). (Me providing some medical care to a very sick baby about four weeks ago in Africa).

The next three weeks I spent back in Addis Ababa. Hiking, touring, and visiting friends. I ate well, walked a lot and enjoyed the new-found strength that the combination of weight loss and altitude provides. (There's a marvelous altitude-weight-loss connection, I've long suspected it having had similar results in Addis Ababa before: Wired Magazine on weight loss at altitudes

Now I've been home a week, and have continued to loose weight. I've also continued to exercise. Walking ---even running-- and getting a personal best time on a 2-mile run--my best time since college, ten years ago.

I'm stronger, and faster, and focused. I'll regain my health so I am strong enough to do trips like this again.

I'm 20 pounds and 2 sizes smaller now, re-energized, and re-focused!

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WOUBBIE 4/6/2012 7:50PM

    Welcome back! Keep that momentum going!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 4/6/2012 3:27PM

    That's great! You never know what will give you that jump start! Keep up the fabulous work! emoticon

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Hint, Hint

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A few things recently have hinted to the fact that I've fallen off the weight-loss wagon in recent months. I knew it, but was busy worrying about "other things." (Which are so much more fun).

In December I was laid off from my job and started a business at home. It's going well but it's all consuming and anxiety-ridden launching new business into the world. I've always been one to ease anxiety wtih food. I think that I cannot tell the difference between anxiety and hunger.

It all started last week when my 10 year old daughter (who's just two inches shorter than I) needed a pair of slacks for a school play. I went to the garage and pulled down my "you're dreamin' girl" wardrobe bin and found her a pair of slacks. She was going through all the cute clothes in the bin and said "Wow mom, you musta been hot!"


A few days later, I was shoppping for a family friendly gym, and at one gym, the manager started telling me all about the perils of baby-weight and what I need to do to get rid of it and recover.

Here's the rub. My kids are 10 and 3, and they're both ADOPETD. I have no baby-weight. I gained all my weight the old fashioned way. Broken diet and exercise lifestyles.

I've recommitted myself to modeling a healthy lifestyle. This has been further rubbed into me by the fact that I wanted to teach the kids to swim, and my biggest swimsuit is still four sizes too small, so I had to go buy another one.

My fear of the children drowning is outweighing my fear of bathing suits.

Without fear, now, I know that I will succeed.


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SYLVIE_RUNS22 5/14/2009 3:15AM

    You go girl! Way to get back on the wagon (i've been there too). I must admit that when i go out i'm always afraid that someone from high school is going to see me and be like, "oh wow, when are you due?" Just hang in there and keep it up!

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Status, the good, the bad the ugly

Monday, August 04, 2008

Well, I'm a new mommy! Our adoption as approved and has passed court in Africa. I now have a 2nd daughter, one who will be three years old in just a couple of weeks (my other daughter is almost 10!)

In all the time we've been waiting on court, and documents and travel, I've been eating from nerves, and I've picked up all the weight I lost, and then some. I'm totally embarassed.

I must get back on track. I'm not doing myself or my kids any good to my husband when I don't feel good, and when I'm too heavy.

I reset my Spark Stage today to Stage 1 and I'm going to start all over again today, from the beginning.

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QUIKSYLVER 8/4/2008 11:14PM

    emoticon That's so exciting!

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A trouble goal

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I'm having a hard time sticking to the program. I slip in and out on weekends and recently my computer crashed, and in the 6 weeks I was without, I thought I was doing OK sticking to the program, but would you believe, I gained back every pound I've lost.

It's so depressing!!

I'm now looking for a buddy who can help keep me accountable every day. I will respond to a person even when I'm not willing to respond to a computer every day.

Now, I'm starting backwards, and thinking of moving back a stage or two in the program to get myself back on track. I'll see if I can discipline myself to get back on where I'm at, but if that doesn't work, I'm going back down to stage 2.

Does anyone out there want an accountability buddy?



I need a fitness buddy...anyone want to join me?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I don't mean to sound too desperate or anything, but I really need a fitness buddy. Does anyone eles need one too?

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BAMBIBRAT 9/8/2009 4:17PM

  i need a buddy 2 i join u

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