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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ok, I still think it was a mistake. I don't feel as tho I lost 3.8 lb! I think that is my largest loss in one week EVER. Of course, once before they told me I'd lost like 3 lbs, and I called them on it, they reweighed me, and sure enough I hadn't.

But I'm not looking at the numbers right now anyway (cause they drive me crazy). They just told me. Still think it's not right, I really think if I'd lost that much weight I would've noticed.

In fact, I tried on my focus jeans last night and was disappointed when they still weren't comfortable, after a week of eating as clean as I ever had in my life.

As I shared on this blog a few times, I tried the Ultrasimple Diet (got the book from the library, heard an audio from the author that made me investigate him further -- he has a bunch of ultra books -- I already have another one out from the library but haven't gotten into it to much).

So here's what I learned this week:

1. Sweet cravings are definitely a psychological not physiological thing most of the time. Aside from my fruit smoothies (called ultrasmoothies) and my one adora (milk chocolate calcium supplement) each night I didn't have any sweets. Nothing. Nada. I thought if I had cravings I would make a raw dessert, but I never had cravings.

2. Some things really do NEED some sweetener. When I needed something sweetened, I added dates (no sugar in any form other than fruit is allowed -- that includes no honey, no agave, no maple syrup). A mango smoothie definitely needed some dates -- I choked the dateless one down, but it truly needed a further sweetness. And I made the brown rice with apple and nuts cereal -- OMG, it was t he only recipe that was an almost-epic fail. Just so very bland. Adding a few dates helped (altho once again, I managed to get the dateless version down).

3. I can actually eat more for less when I'm eating a lot of whole foods. Who knew? I ate pretty clean before this, but now I can truly see what those little extras were costing me. And the real proof is that while occasionally I was a little hungry, most of the time I was perfectly satisfied.

4. I don't think I'm gluten intolerant at all. The only grains allowed were quinoa and brown rice, and since I'm not a huge quinoa fan all I had all week long was brown rice. Luckily, I love brown rice and the recipe with garlic and some tumeric was awesome. I feel pretty safe adding oats back in.

5. A short yoga session first thing when I get up really warms my body up -- and allowed me to face a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Considering the temps were hovering at the freezing point in the mornings, that was a BIGGIE.

6. The journaling portion was very important, just as he said. I found I got a lot of great ideas when I journaled. He has specific questions for you to answer both in the morning and the evening.

7. Listening to one of my guided meditations on the cooldown portion of my runs was a great way to fit them in. I always say I'm going to listen to them, and somehow I rarely seem to get around to it (one of the great ideas that came to me when I journaled).

I didn't follow the program perfectly. For instance, you're supposed to make and drink this "ultrabroth" (vegetable broth). Well, I made it, but I kept either forgetting to drink it or the timing just not being right.

I did feel like I was working harder in the food prep department. Everytime I turned around it seemed like I had to make another meal from scratch. It seemed like an awfully busy week and it really shouldn't have been.

You're not supposed to use any sweetener such as stevia, either, altho he does encourage you to drink up to 2 cups of green tea a day. I'm sorry, I must have stevia in my tea. But I did cut the amount I use in half -- gradually, before I actually started.

I never tried the ultrabaths and only did yoga once in the evening. So not an evening person. Probably easier to do when it's not so dark so early outside.

He encourages you to stay on the program for 3 weeks, then slowly add back in the things you're not supposed to have. Which is just about the time we have before our vacation. So I'm going to try, but with DH coming back home, it will be more challenging.

And I worry a bit about what will happen while we're on vacation. But that is then, this is now.

Today I got my first outside meal: brown rice sushi. Which is almost on-program, only you're not even supposed to have vinegar (they put a small amount of vinegar in the sushi rice).

I'm willing to probably go another week without dessert (we'll see what happens with DH home), and then maybe make myself a nice raw dessert, which would almost fall within program.

When I tried the Flat Belly Diet, I did very well for the first couple of weeks, too. And then my weight plateau'd again. So I don't have great expectations, but I do know this is a very healthy way to eat and I really didn't feel deprived, which totally surprised me.

And I'll leave you with another thought that popped into my head this morning while journaling -- something I know, something I've read, but it popped into my head unbidden this morning:

Perfection doesn't create happiness, being present does.

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KARBIE18 10/24/2010 10:43AM

    Yay! Weird that you don't feel that much lighter, and that your focus jeans don't fit right. I'm sure that's just temporary. Way to keep on shaking things up, and the frequent reflection. You have such dedication, and you deserve to be the size happy you are striving for.

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MZSLYDE01 10/22/2010 6:17AM

    This diet sounds interesting. I will have to do some research.
You really have alot of willpower and mindset on things.
Great job on your weight loss.

And I too love that last sentence. I should right that in the front of my journal so I can keep reading it.

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TEMPEST272002 10/21/2010 11:40PM

    It was interesting to read the details of your plan. The weight loss could be attributed to you "shaking things up" with a new, very clean, eating plan.

I was just thinking about sweets tonight. I've gotten in the habit of saving a fruit serving for after dinner. Tonight was pineapple & coconut - I was thinking it tastes so sweet now because I'm not constantly eating processed sugar.

I think your last sentence is always a good thing to remember... you know my opinion on perfection.

Great job sticking to week one of your plan!

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DDHEART 10/21/2010 10:24PM

    Just read this and your last blog together...think with the adherance to this plan the wt loss is probably real though maybe some of it water...I know for a fact that a lot of my sweet/chocolate cravings desire are in my head and when I have been eating sweets I want more so after a trip I take days before I get myself back in line...your last line is a keeper and I guess i have to admit to being a deviant perfectionist...type A personality...yikes!

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GEODAWG 10/21/2010 4:52PM

    I like that last sentence. It seems that I am getting more "perfect" and less in the present! Got to do something about that!

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KASHMIR 10/21/2010 3:11PM

    Looking forward to more updates on how you do with this plan. I too am not surprised that you lost that much weight this week. I wish I still had the self contol to eat a meal plan like this...I give into my inner voices too easily though.

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DAYHIKER 10/21/2010 2:14PM

    I would not be surprised to see that you really did drop some weight even if some was water. The scales are mysterious things! Well, really, the body is a mysterious thing when it comes to weight loss! But you are doing very well and should be ready to roll for your upcoming vacation!

Yeah, Thursday slipped up on me and I forgot you go to WW on Thursday...I have just gotten used to your blog being there like the morning paper!! emoticon


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HALFFAST 10/21/2010 1:22PM

    You are doing great!

I can totally believe you lost at least 3 pounds this week because that diet sounds really STRICT! I had a few friends at my last job that tried the flat-belly diet, but they all GAINED weight on it! I think it was from the (whatever the word was for the) chocolates and other "allowed" non-dietish food.

The journaling and yoga sound great though! I keep telling myself to journal but the closest I've come is blogging and logging :) I'm hoping that once we get settled in with the move I'll get more on track. Right now my life = pure chaos! Lol!

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KEAKMAN 10/21/2010 1:03PM

    Great info. Not sure I could go with such a strict diet - too big of a wimp! And about those 3.8 pounds....I thought they don't tell you your weight loss.....is that total for a few weeks or just since last week?

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PARKERB2 10/21/2010 12:44PM

    Continue to let us know how you do on this diet. Thanks for reminding me to stay in the moment.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/21/2010 12:44PM

    Good job on the weight drop this week. emoticon

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Are you a deviant?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Are you a deviant?

Or a perfectionist?

Do you have a tendency to deviate from your plans, but not in a good way? You know, good intentions to eat well, get to the gym, get some sleep. But you don't.

Probably because you're not making yourself a priority. And I can just hear the excuses now. We've all got them. We've all used them. But they ARE just excuses. If you fill your cup first, you'll have some left over to fill everyone's cups around you.

Even simpler: if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

Or are you a perfectionist? And deviating from your plans even a smidge causes you to throw your hands up in the air, feel like you've blown it, and give up.

I am a recovering perfectionist. I still do feel guilty, sometimes, when I deviate from my plans, and sometimes I have a difficult time deviating from my plans when I know I ought to be taking it easier. I have a tendency to push myself -- not for speed, not necessarily in getting things done around the house, but to stick to my plans.

Monday I figured I'd do my extra core work in the evening. I didn't have time during the day. I should know better; I am so not an evening person, and the core work didn't get done. And I had to forgive myself for that.

So which one are you?

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MZSLYDE01 10/21/2010 8:44AM

    I think I can be a bit of both really. But am learning with this lifestyle to sway away from both. Trying to anyway.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/21/2010 8:10AM

    I can be both, but call me a "perfectionist". I am trying to slowly change that, change is not easy.

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HEYRED221 10/20/2010 4:52PM

    I think I am leaning towards deviant - I used to be a perfectionist and try when I can - but I know its not always possible.

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GEODAWG 10/20/2010 4:48PM

    Definitely a perfectionist but only just now at this great age did I realize that I was. I told you I was slow. I am also deviant and passive aggressive! I am learning to 'let it go' and have more forgiveness for myself and realize I am living for today not for tomorrow. Thanks for a most thoughtful blog. If I could be serious, I would've written it.

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HALFFAST 10/20/2010 4:39PM

    Hmm strange but I definitely don't fit into either of those categories. I guess that's a good thing?

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SKFEREBEE 10/20/2010 10:50AM

    Used to be a perfectionist with the whole diet & fitness thing, but that just isn't the SparkPeople way. Now I've learned even baby steps are better than no steps at all in the direction of a healthy lifestyle. The older I get the more I'm learning to go with the flow and to quit fighting circumstances I can't change and to just do the best I can! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/20/2010 10:17AM

    I started this sparkjourney as a perfectionist... but now I consider myself "recovered". I recovered myself by arguing back with every lie my Inner Perfectionist told me. It got easier & easier to do until now I don't listen to her at all. I consider this to be critical to my weight loss!

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MARIE625 10/20/2010 8:42AM

    Most definitely a deviant! emoticon
And since I have a few perfectionist qualities, I've perfected the art of being a deviant.

My worst fear about this whole 'getting healthy' thing is that I don't go back. Ever. Once I put something aside, I'm done with it. I can't count the number of knitting and cross stitch projects that have been laying around the house for years because I put them down to start some new project and never went back to them. If I'm reading a book and pick up some other book, I will never, ever go back to the first book. I don't even like out & back runs. I have to make loops. It scares me to death that something is going to happen to distract me from my new healthier lifestyle and I'll end up quickly returning to the old fat, out of shape me. And I've already seen a few instances of it. Nine months or so ago, I tracked my nutrition religiously then I ran out of the forms I used and stopped for a week or so. Haven't tracked a full day's food since. My gym membership ran out last Feb. and I haven't done a single ST exercise since. As I said, I've perfected deviant behavior.

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KEAKMAN 10/20/2010 8:29AM

    While I think of myself as a perfectionist, I am thinking that maybe I am a deviant. All good intentions, but permitting everything and everyone else to take first place.

But could you please come up with a better name for it?!?! emoticon

I think my age, my upbringing, and the social structure that my family inhabited all caused me to always and only think of others first. A nice concept, but not healthy. Still a work in progress.....

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/20/2010 8:23AM

    A combination. I think it depends on the topic. There's always the worry that if I let something slide, I'll never get back on track.

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DAYHIKER 10/20/2010 5:57AM

    Good morning! This fits right in with what I was just reading on SP: "Habits of Fit People: Develop a Plan B." I am a recovering perfectionist! I am learning to stick to the C25K and not get ahead of myself (for once) then crash and burn. Like you, I might have good intentions of fitting in exercise in the latter part of the day but it rarely actually happens that way. But I know that exercise is the KEY to sticking with good eating so I am getting better at getting it in. emoticon


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MARYJOANNA 10/20/2010 5:45AM

  I am a combination of the two, if it is possible. I can be very strict for a good while, and then one day I am not.

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A walk down memory lane (more pics!)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

25 years ago, I married the first guy I ever dated. But let's back up a bit here.

Here we are at our college graduation (there will be lots of blurry pics, didn't want to have to scan into my husband's computer, then transfer to mine, etc. etc. so just took a photo of the photos). At this point in time, he was soon to move to VT, me to MD, we weren't even engaged:

Yes, he was a handsome devil. Too skinny. I was heavy when we met (way back in freshman year, we didn't start dating til my senior year, long story), but this was the start of many years of yo-yo dieting.

And look at those glasses on me! Could they be any bigger? Ah, the 80s!

6 months after graduating, he popped the question. On my birthday. Totally unplanned, no ring, no knees. In fact, they actually ended up mailing the ring to me!

Here we are on our wedding day:

I refused to have photos with glasses, so I started to wear contacts & have never looked back.

We look like kids, don't we? I was 23, he was 25. We had hoped to take photos in the glorious fall foliage in Vasaar College (my parent's house is right behind the golf course), but it poured buckets. They do say that's good luck. I suppose so -- we're still married!

This photo was taken in my parent's home before the wedding. Which makes it kind of special -- you can't see the painting behind us, but it's of an old woman braiding a child's hair. Makes me think of my grandmother, even tho we weren't real close and she never braided my hair.

Here we are on our honeymoon, our first cruise:

The 80s again -- look at those shoulder pads! No grey hairs (actually, I lie, I already had some, just not many).

I think this was our second cruise. We'd been married 10 years by this point (we thought we'd go on a cruise every 10 years, but things have accelerated since then):

I thought I was so fat then. Really, I did. I weigh probably just a tad more than that now. I went from working out with a personal trainer once a week to twice a week to try to drop some weight before the cruise. Didn't happen. Wish I could go back and tell myself how good I looked!

Here we are on our fifth cruise in Hawaii 5 years ago, on our 20th anniversary:

We always said we'd go to Alaska on our 20th, but we just kind of looked at each other when the time came & said Hawaii! It was a great cruise, going to the 4 main islands, and then we stayed on Maui for 5 days afterwards.

Yes, at this point I was still coloring my hair. It wasn't quite as red as it is in the photo, but yes, I was sort of a redhead for a while. I have the skin tone to pull it off.

I was heavier, obviously, but I was just about to really pack on the pounds. We got Chester, and instead of losing weight, I actually started to gain!

But we did get to Alaska on a family trip (another cruise) a couple of years ago. I had started with SP by that point. At this point I think I had lost 7 lbs.

And in a month of so, hopefully I'll have a new photo of us to put up. Not always easy to get one of the both of us, but I think we need one to celebrate our special day (year?).

So there you have it, our married life thru cruising (there were a few more cruises, but it would take days if not months to hunt those photos down!), and my weight going up and down thru the years.

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DAYHIKER 10/20/2010 6:00AM

    Love the picture history! Thanks for posting them. You are a handsome couple and I wish you many more happy years!! emoticon


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MARIE625 10/19/2010 9:58PM

    Great photos and a great story!

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HALFFAST 10/19/2010 9:45PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I loved looking at your pictures and reading the story with it. I have to admit I burst out laughing about the grandma/painting/hair-braiding comment!
Happy Anniversary and I hope you have a fantastic trip!

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GEODAWG 10/19/2010 8:32PM

    What sweet nice pictures! You know we went to Paris for our 20th and I don't think I have one picture of the two of us! What a shame! You are doing the right thing with the pictures!

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GREYPARK 10/19/2010 2:09PM

    How sweet, & might i say you look better now than ever!!!

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APMAC_D 10/19/2010 1:58PM

    Awww thank you for sharing your trip down memory lane- great picutres.

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TEMPEST272002 10/19/2010 11:26AM

    I sure enjoyed looking at your old pics - especially the 80's ones. Love the huge glasses! Congratulations on coming up to 25 years married!

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SKFEREBEE 10/19/2010 10:22AM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary! You should get professional portraits taken to commemorate the 25th! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/19/2010 10:11AM

    What a wonderful blog! I loved seeing history unfold. Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary.

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MZSLYDE01 10/19/2010 10:05AM

    FABULOUS - Congrats on your 25 years. That's awesome - you are both very lucky to have each other. Loved the 80's pics.
Can't wait to see more pics.

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KEAKMAN 10/19/2010 10:05AM

    Thank you for sharing! What lovely pictures and fantastic memories! And you look just like you in every picture!

(and don't you wish what you know now about how great you are and how great you look was in your head then?)

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CELEST 10/19/2010 9:21AM

    How fabulous to sport 25 yrs of still being married. There aren't too many folks who can say that. So hearty congrats.
My friends have just come back from Croatia and they said it WAS AMAZING. Don't know where that is in conjunction to where you are, but worth considering.

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FRECKS96 10/19/2010 9:15AM

    Congrats on 25 years! I love the pics, what a neat project to have a record of your time together.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/19/2010 9:06AM

    Thanks for sharing these pictures, Judy, they are wonderful. I kind of like those glasses, by the way.
And speaking of grey hair, I'm thinking of letting mine grow out. I have a nice streak in front, and not much grey hair elsewhere. If I hate it, I'll just color it again.

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SHEILA1505 10/19/2010 8:51AM

    Congratulations - 25 years is great going - you are hoping to go to Japan aren't you?

Thanks for the support in your comments earlier, Judy - it's sad but I am going to have to move on, I think.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/19/2010 8:26AM

    Can't wait to see more pics, thanks for sharing, boy how we all change over the years. Congrats to you and hubby for a long, happy marriage. Love the glasses, lol.

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I like it, but I don't miss it (heavy on photos)

Monday, October 18, 2010

The title refers to Fall. Sure, I enjoy Fall as much as the next person. The changing leaves (but not so much the endless raking), the crisp air, the lack of bugs, the simple smell of it.

People always say that Austin doesn't have Fall. It does, but it's different.

Still, after spending 17 years there, and now living back in almost the heart of leaf peeping country, I can say for sure: I like Fall, but I didn't miss it. And this actually will have something to do with weight loss -- later.

For now, on to some photos. My photos of the falls. Here are the stairs leading down to the base of the falls:

DH's shot was just one section. Here is almost (but not quite) all of it in all its glory:

Not sure this will come thru, but there was a rainbow on the left hand side:

Just another section:

The park around the falls do close in November, and don't open again til the spring. There's no hike to the falls -- it's just that staircase down, and a bit of walking at the base. I really wish there was a trail beside the river! I suppose they don't have to worry too much about people jumping in this way.

Here's the view from my window:

Pretty, huh? In fact, there are a lot of magnificent trees in our neighborhood. It's so pretty in the morning, as it was this morning when I came home from swimming, when the rising sun lights the turning leaves.

I'm afraid the hours of raking don't excite me quite so much. Most of it falls to me, since it's almost dark by the time DH gets home. It wouldn't be so bad, except for the fact that I'll fill up our compostable trashcans in one day -- and literally the next day the lawn is covered in leaves again.

But last year we were out of town at this time of year, so we never got to see our own trees at peak. I suppose there's a trade off for everything.

So, what DOES this have to do with weight loss?

As some of you know, I'm trying out something called the Ultrasimple Diet this week. Basically, it's a very clean gluten free diet.

And here's the thing about sweets, which really surprised me: I like them, but I don't really miss them! You do get to have fruit smoothies on the program -- in fact, if you want you can have several a day. And I've also made the recovery & energy puddings from "Thrive" a few times, which is basically a smoothie - pudding (smoothie without any liquid).

I get a little hungry now and again, but most of the time I'm quite satisfied. And I'm actually eating more, but for less points. Yeah, if you choose wisely, you can actually eat more for less!

I'm not sure what it's doing for my weight since TOM is arriving so that's always hard to figure out, but I will continue with the diet with some modifications when this week is over. Like introducing oatmeal back in next week.

Oh, and the wild woman that I'm becoming (snort!), I even decided to swim some laps of crawl this morning. I usually do breaststroke, cause I enjoy it and I do it old-lady style without putting my head underwater.

Even with the swimcap my hair did get a bit wet, so I don't think I'll do that at my night swims, and not even sure how long I'll continue it with my morning swims, but for now it felt good. I love the way swimming works your entire body!

So, what do you think you can't give up? Willing to give it a try? What happens just might surprise you!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/19/2010 8:17AM

    What gorgeous pictures, you are truly surrounded by beauty.

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DDHEART 10/18/2010 7:14PM

    Well, I wouldn't want to give up your blogs..........I love them and I really missed them while I was disconnected. I do know there are a number of things I could do to distance myself from....not sure I could do as well as you but perhaps I should consider giving it a go...perhaps it would be an exercise in true appreciation.....the chocolate would taste so much better if it were a missed thing. You have made me think...again, thanks!

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KASHMIR 10/18/2010 5:51PM

    What can't I give up?
Coffee is #1, I tried cutting back and lasted a week.
#2 would be chips/Crackers/savory anything. If there is one thing I find myself turning to mindlessly it's these...even water crackers could top my list of must haves.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 10/18/2010 5:06PM

    Beautiful pictures! We live in a place with technically four seasons but us Newfoundlanders like to refer to three of them as rain, drizzle, and fog!

On a more serious note, fall is my favourite if it is cool and sunny. I also love winter when it is cold and sunny. Spring has too much rain for me and summer I like pretty much anyway. Do you notice I like the sun!!!

I don't know what I would want to give up or that I could give up. I think I could give up soft drinks pretty easy. I was never a big fan of soft drinks but over the past few years found I was buying the scattered case of Diet Pepsi and basically drinking it because it was there. Now I don't bring it into the house. Had one at a restaurant last week and could only finish half of it....I found it too sweet!

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TEMPEST272002 10/18/2010 4:19PM

    I hear you on the raking! Last spring, I raked up 34 wheelbarrows full of leaves off our lawn. It's not that big of a lawn! This is the first place I've ever lived that has full-on fall. It's gloriously beautiful - but there's a price.

I must say, those stairs up to the falls looked like a workout all on their own! The pictures were stunning & the rainbow shows up nicely. Thanks for sharing!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 10/18/2010 11:06AM

    Those are such beautiful pictures!

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LAURA9021 10/18/2010 10:33AM

  Your pictures are gorgeous. I live in NY and love this time of the year too. Luckily I only have an apple tree in my yard so not too many leaves - just those that blow in from the neighbors!


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HALFFAST 10/18/2010 10:31AM

    Beautiful pictures! It looks pretty amazing out here too (minus the falls) :) As far as stuff I can't give up- coffee is definitely number 1! Running has moved up to spot #2, and I guess DH would be number 3 *snicker*

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KEAKMAN 10/18/2010 10:16AM

    You have a beautiful world around you up there, don't you? And it's refreshing to know that you actually SEE it and enjoy it!

What do I think I can't give up?

Running. Nearly went bonkers the 4 months I had to give it up.

Chocolate. Haven't tried to give it up. Not sure I would want to!

Pasta and potatoes and bread. Gave that up back in my Atkins days. I did it fine for months, but eventually couldn't take it and had to have my carbs back!

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GEODAWG 10/18/2010 9:37AM

    Well you have me very curious. What is this diet and where do I find it? I am getting desperate!
Your photos are gorgeous! I changed my background to a picture of trees in north Georgia. Their fall colors are gorgeous too. We have fall in Florida. It comes in January! Maybe like Austin's.
And I am an old lady swimmer too!

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FRECKS96 10/18/2010 9:28AM

    Love your pics! I'll need to make my way up there sometime to check out your falls. I love waterfalls!

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MARIE625 10/18/2010 9:00AM

    LOL, I'm an old lady swimmer too. Even back in my youth when I swam on a swim team, I never felt like I could breathe properly doing the crawl. And backstroke is a joke - one arm is Definitely stronger than the other so I go sideways. LOL

Love the photos. Our trees are just starting to change colors. This week will probably make a big difference to them - it's supposed to be in the 68 - 72 during the days and low 40's at night. That ought to bring on some change.

Glad your clean diet is going well. I've been amazed at how many foods I don't really like anymore that at one time, I thought I couldn't live without. Wow. That was worded badly!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/18/2010 8:53AM

    LOL I swim the same way, old-lady breast stroke! I never did like the crawl....

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DAYHIKER 10/18/2010 8:53AM

    The falls are gorgeous!! Thanks for the pictures! You really are getting to be an Energizer Bunny like Don these days!! I am hopeful to become one too! Eager to see how the extra activity and eating changes impact your weight loss!

Off to visit my mother up north today...ta ta!


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My first trail run

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Here we are at the start of the trail.

Yup, I decided to suck it up and get out there and run on a trail. Now I just have to find more free trails close to home! This is the trail I've gone walking a few times with the dogs. As I've said, it's not terribly scenic, but it is by the water.

I 'm sure you can't see them, but trust me on this -- there are ducks in the above picture. A whole lot of them.

Further on down the path. More duck specs.

And even further.

It's not a terribly long path. Maybe 3 1/2 to 4 miles? I had to loop around a bit to finish out my run.

It almost doesn't qualify as a trail, altho at one point it crosses the road and deteriorates into a lot of loose grave -- and it's pretty flat. But since I've been running on the road in my neighborhood and on my treadmill forever, I decided it was high time I run somewhere that wasn't paved.

I was going to title this blog "you don't know what you're capable of until you try", because that's so true. "Letting go of the fear" is another good title. The woman I've hung with at both my races was confiding in me that she doesn't like to run outside because people will see her.

I can identify with that. But one day I just did it.

I got hooked on my pre-sunrise runs this summer, but it's quickly becoming too cold and dark for them. Since I have the choice, I'd rather run later in the day when it's a bit warmer.

I won't lie, one of the reasons I ran so early in the morning was that there aren't many people on the road then.

But that wasn't the only reason. I had, other, more valid reasons: I love the way it energizes my days and I'm a whole lot fresher when I run before I walk the dogs.

Heck, at first I thought I couldn't run cause I couldn't run with the dogs. Walking the dogs and then running? Sounds too much like work.

And I've resisted driving anywhere to run for a long time for the simple reason that then I have to get the dogs all set for being alone (the wimps).

But you know what? Most of that is excuses. Slowly, bit by bit, I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and truly embraced the meaning of "just do it". I think it's a brilliant mantra.

What are you going to just do today?

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FRECKS96 10/17/2010 10:32PM

    Awesome!! Glad you went for it and enjoyed it!

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KANSASROSE67 10/17/2010 10:00PM

    It looks lovely to me. I run on gravel and dirt roads all the time...I didn't realize what I was doing was trail running! LOL

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GEODAWG 10/17/2010 7:07PM

    I need to get some of your courage and try to run a little during my walks. As one person said, people are not really noticing you run. They are thinking of themselves! And where I live, I doubt many can actually see me! They have too many things covering their windows!

And I did not actually give birth to six children. My DH had custody of his three when we were introduced in 1974. I had my three. I consider all of them mine. Too many evil stepmothers in the world already. I did not want to become another one!

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TEMPEST272002 10/17/2010 6:06PM

    Thank you for sharing your trail run in pictures. I really enjoyed it. What a pretty place to run. I envy the flatness!

Good for you for pushing through the fear. One of the truly valuable lessons I learned from running is that when you push through the doubts & fears and give it a try, well it's downright amazing what you can accomplish!

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KEAKMAN 10/17/2010 5:53PM

    Looks like a great run to me!

And I think I do something that is uncomfortable and "not me" every day just because I know what a scardy cat I am and I really don't want to always say "no" and "I can't"

Glad you got in a trail run this fall....may not be able to do it many more times again this year!

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DAYHIKER 10/17/2010 4:44PM

    Way to go! You are a continual surprise! emoticon I was sizing up our road a few days ago and wondering if I'd get killed walking/running on it (narrow, winding, gravel, hilly). I like living in the country but sometimes I wish we'd stayed on the edge of town where I could walk and run in relative safety. You make me long for those days!! emoticon


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EDWINA172 10/17/2010 3:53PM

    Tell your friend that when people look at her while she's running outside, they think, "I should be running." That's it. People are basically self centered. They're not thinking about you. Tell her to go for it. You will see changes in your body when you venture outside of your comfort zone. Have a great weekend.

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SHEILA1505 10/17/2010 3:07PM

    I was supposed to go for a beach walk today with my Energy Buddy but she didn't show up so I "just did it" and worked extremely hard in the sunshine in the garden - it was so much better for me than sulking about missing out on the beach and having turned down other invitations. It also reminded me that I can spend an hour a day in the garden, after gym and other regular events, and get extra exercise as well as make an impression on the garden

Your trail looks great - peaceful and beautiful! I would love to be able to walk there :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/17/2010 1:49PM

    It's gorgeous. My act of bravery this summer was running in a jogging bra, no top. I'd seen worse sights, so figured I had nothing to lose. It certainly was more comfortable!

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HALFFAST 10/17/2010 1:42PM

    Wow, what a beautiful place to run! Love the pictures, though I must admit I didn't see the ducks ;) So, what am I going to just do today? Well, I'm not feeling so great actually, but after reading this I'm going for a RUN!

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DEE797 10/17/2010 1:39PM

    Your trail run looked like a lovely place to be. Imagine it was nice and quiet with just you and the ducks. emoticon

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