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Getting lost is good for steps!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

We didn't get snow yesterday or today, but boy, it's still cold! Still in the 30s. Supposed to warm up . . . someday.

Yesterday I headed out to Prague Castle on my own. Which involved the metro and transfering lines, but that was easy. The hard part was finding my way from the Metro station to the castle -- which you'd think would be easy to see, but it took me a while. I was beginning to think I'd never find it, but I finally did. Walked around for a an hour or so, then wanted to head back -- needed to get back & take a shower & wanted to let my hair dry a bit before we went out for dinner.

It took me almost an hour to find my way back to the metro station. I was beginning to think I'd actually have to take a cab back, but I did eventually find my way. However, with all that walking around, I ended up with 21,000+ steps (2 hours of them aerobic -- trying to find my way back out)!

Today my husband took the day off & we headed out with one of the other wives to Old Town. Despite the cold, we had a good time, but even with being gone longer, i didn't rack up nearly as many steps.

Tomorrow is our anniversary, but apparently I can now get into the meals with my husband (if I want), even tho we didn't pay for it, so I may be able to tag along to a fancy meal like we did last night.

So if you never hear from me again, you know that I'm still trying to find a metro station!

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EOSTAR_45 10/20/2009 9:01PM

    Wow, Ms Adventurous!! Glad you found your way--finally and that your trip is going well!!


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THERESAMARIEM 10/18/2009 7:42PM

    What a funny story. Not funny that you got lost well, sort of. I'm glad you found your way though and that you got those extra steps. Every single one of them counts!!! And...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! emoticon I hope you had a great evening!!

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KEAKMAN 10/18/2009 3:08PM

    Sorry you have to contend with the cold - but I am glad you are maintaining (exceeding!) your level of activity and getting to see a beautiful place, too!

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CASSARAH 10/18/2009 2:33PM

    Sounds like a nice way to rack up steps!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2009 2:30PM

    I'm enjoying sharing your trip. I've heard that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Have travelled a great deal, but not there. Once had a Czech love-of-my-life who was a very interested person. (born there) He was also a stunner, and pretty unforgettable. (smiling) Have a wonderful time.

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The snow is following us

Friday, October 16, 2009

My one day to tour Dresden involved snow, sleet, and ice. It was hard to juggle an umbrella, my gloves & cameras, but I still took pictures. Walked around for several hours then decided my hands needed a break from the cold.

We are now in Prague. The forecast for tomorrow is snow & rain again . . . but at least after that there's supposed to be a warming trend. If I'd just known, I would've brought my short down coat! I looked at coats in Dresden, but the cheapest was about 299 Euro (which is something on the order of $450!) so needless to say I passed. Layers, layers, layers (and thankfully I brought knee high wool socks with me.

BTW, skinny jeans & knee high boots are definitely in here . . . don't think they really go so well on someone as short as me, but I'll be they're warm.

I used the treadmill at the Hilton both days -- I knew they charged for the gym here, but it's something like $25 per day! I plan to use it a couple of times, but we'll see . . . see how much walking I get in. So far I've been doing well, even on days like today when we spent several hours on the train (but that's because I used the treadmill this morning, of course). But now we're settled for a week.

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KEAKMAN 10/17/2009 10:10AM

    I applaud your perseverance in sticking to your lifestyle, even on vacation! You are a great example of how we can go to distant places and still maintain a healthy way of living. Looking forward to the pics on your return! Hope it warms up soon....

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STARTSPARKING 10/17/2009 3:57AM

    Good for you for making the best out of dreadful weather and still managed to enjoy your walk for hours! Stay warm, and enjoy the rest of your trip.

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ROCKYCPA 10/16/2009 6:30PM

    Sounds like a great trip - keep dry and warm.

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LINDYTHALIA 10/16/2009 5:52PM

    Good for you for using the treadmill, and hope the rest of your trip goes well!

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Tired, but an uneventful journey

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Brrrrrrrrr! Hellow from chilly Germany. Instead of the 40s & 50s forecasted, we're getting 30s. With maybe some flurries on Friday! Would've been nice to know this BEFORE we left. Still, not too bad.

The hotel has a gym . . . I'm planning a run sometime tomorrow, and then probably just some wandering around. Then we move on to Prague the next day. DH crashed already, which is why I have the laptop for a while. He should be working.

The journey was long -- left our house around 11 am, spent a couple of hours at the Albany airport, then had about a 4 hour layover at JFK. It's about a 7 hour flight. \Neither one of us slept much, but I did watch 2 movies I'd really wanted to see. Then it was onto the train from Frankfurt to Dresden for about 4 hours, arriving around 3:30 pm today -- so almost 24 hours in transit! It felt really weird being served breakfast on the plane at what was still 2 am for us. Glad I ate it, tho, because it was a while before we got lunch -- and then only one of the protein bars I'd brought with me.

The train was much more comfortable than the plane.

We had a wonderful dinner tonight. I had a roasted beet salad with shallots & almonds -- absolutely yummy -- and then herring with fried potatoes (think sort of roasted more than french frie. Don't ask me why that was on the menu, but I love herring & it was very good & it's good for you. We shared a small hot chocolate for dessert (and it really was relatively small).

The hotel charges for breakfast, so I'm really happy I brought my oatmeal with me (and yes, i did squeeze in the chocolate chips. Now just have to find them). They even have one of those electric water boilers, so that should make it super simple.

We're staying at the heart of a touristy areas, so lots to explore tomorrow if I can stand the weather. My coat isn't quite as warm as I'd like, and now I REALLY wish I'd been able to squeeze those boots in. Oh well.

Reporting will probably be spotty, as DH really ought to be using the computer right now, but he's asleep. Poor guy. He's got to work tomorrow!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/15/2009 8:50PM

    Glad to hear you made it and that you will checking in ever once in a while. Have fun, soak in the beauty and stay warm :)

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KEAKMAN 10/15/2009 12:52PM

    Thanks for letting us know you are alive and well....I'll keep one eye on the German/Czech weather reports and another eye out for your updates! Enjoy and KEEP WARM!

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/14/2009 2:55PM

    Glad you made it safe and sound! That salad sounds delicious! Stay warm.

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LEONALIONESS 10/14/2009 2:18PM

    Glad to hear you made it safely!
Have a wonderful time. :)

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Busyness is the answer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bet you didn't expect to hear from me today, huh? We don't leave til about 11 am (I thought it was 3 pm, and boy, am I missing those extra hours). I'm an early bird, always up early, so here I am.

Yesterday was busy, busy, busy. And a new PR fro steps -- almost 18,000. Didn't really feel like I got that many; I'm not sure how I did it.

Unfortunately, it was also one of those days were lots & lots of little things go wrong. I won't bore you with the details, suffice it say it was frustrating and involves discontinued chocolates, non appearing downloads, and naked cats. Don't ask.

I didn't have a whole lot of time to eat. Dinner was late, and I was starving by that point, but also tired so just ate what was planned. And the evening was filled with more little chores so I didn't really have the time to snack.

I was up a tiny amount at my WI yesterday (but not as much as they told me I was), but it was less than a week & preTOM plus dinner out the night before, so not terribly surprising. I'm not where I wanted to be numbers-wise, but it is what it is. I'll just focus on one meal at a time.

Still trying to figure out how to stuff my boots in . . . I really shouldn't bring them, but I really want to plus I think they'll be useful in the dreary weather predicted for the first part of the trip. Too much stuff, as usual.

Don't know how often I'll be checking in. If we have internet access & I can actually get on the laptop, I might pop in now & again. If not, I'll "see" you in a couple of weeks. Make those hapy, healthy, fulfilled weeks! Make every moment count.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/13/2009 9:17PM

    I'm probably too late but have a wonderful, joyful trip and a safe journey! Yeah! Have fun!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/13/2009 9:54AM

    Have a wonderful, fun trip. BTW, the sun lamp I wrote about on my blog and you responded to are very inexpensive on amazon.com and ebay. No kidding! Okay, happy trails and have fun on your trip.

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KARBIE18 10/13/2009 7:58AM

    No, I DIDN'T expect to hear from you, but glad to. Have a safe and healthy trip. I look forward to hearing all about it!

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JLITT62 10/13/2009 7:40AM

    Ok, naked cat isn't really exciting. It just means they've slipped out of their collar. But it's definitely NOT what you want to happen before you leave for 2 weeks, even if they're basically indoor cats. I may not find it before I leave, and they he'll be naked all that time. At least he's microchipped.

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/13/2009 7:19AM

    Have a wonderful time, please check in if you can. Naked cat I need to know about. I always pack too much, but like you said never know what you need. Looking forward to your return! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/13/2009 7:15AM

    I sooooo want to hear about the naked cat....but I will content myself with making up stories, each more fantastic than the previous one!

I hope you find time to sit down, take a deep breath, and relax before you head out the door this morning.

Oh, what are you doing with the dogs? Kennel or friend coming over to take care of them? (Do NOT tell me you gave them grocery money and the car keys and told them 'no parties'!) emoticon

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FITKAT2010 10/13/2009 7:07AM

    Congrats on the steps.

Have a great trip.

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I am you

Monday, October 12, 2009

I am almost 10 lbs thinner than this before/after photo, and was hoping to have time to take a new photo -- but we're leaving for a 2 week trip tomorrow & there's just no time!

The one that nobody wanted on their team. The last one to be picked. The couch potato.

I wasnít heavy as a child, but I was never particularly athletic. My sister and brother were athletic, but somehow that gene skipped me. I swam because they swam. I love to swim, but I am a very slow swimmer Ė I am slow at most things. I excelled at bowling, of all things.

But I hated team sports. I was terrible at softball, at basketball, at volleyball. Those presidentís athletic tests were just pure torture for me. In grade school, I used to hang out in the bleachers with my friend who couldnít participate in gym because of an illness. I donít know why the teacher never forced me to participate, but he didnít. In high school, we had several choices. I would choose track Ė because the teacher never actually walked out to the track, so we used to just sit out there and gab. And those gym uniforms? Whoever thought up those torture devices should be shot.

My parents were both heavy, but we ate fairly nutritious meals and very rarely ate fast food. Of course, after a swim meet, the reward was almost always to go out for an ice cream sundae. I learned to equate food as a reward at an early age. I started to pile on the pounds when I was a teenager. I donít really know why Ė all in all, I had a good childhood, and nothing in particular happened then. I was lonely, tho; Iíve never had lots of friends, always felt like an outsider.

College was probably my first inkling that fitness could be fun. We had a gym requirement, but there were a wide variety of classes. I swam, of course, as Iíve continued to do for most of my life. But I took horseback riding one quarter, then ice skating another. Iíd grown up ice skating outside on ponds, but never much more than just fooling around. For the first time, I learned things like crossovers and how to skate backwards Ė and began to go skating on the weekends for FUN. Whoíd have thunk?

I wasnít a great skater, but I enjoyed it. I chose to do it rather than just sit around in my dorm room.

My first serious attempt at a diet was probably before my wedding. I chose slimfast. I was determined to fit into my sisterís dress, and even tho sheís taller than me, I had to lose weight. Slimfast back then wasnít what it is today. There were bars and shakes, but they were tiny. They didnít taste bad, but they sure werenít filling. But Iím a pretty determined (some might say stubborn) person, and I wore my sisterís dress.

Of course the pounds didnít stay off. By my late 20s, I just knew I had to do something. Again, there wasnít any particular photo or episode that was my ďlast strawĒ; I was just sick and tired of being fat.

I donít know why I joined Weight Watchers. No one I knew had ever done it. There wasnít a whole lot of choice back then, tho, and I knew I wanted something where I ate real food.

I didnít lose the weight quickly, but I lost 38 lbs, became a lifetime member, and a leader. I continued to struggle with my weight, though. I moved to TX after about a year, and because I was above my goal weight, I couldnít be a leader anymore. I went back to meetings on more than one occasion, but couldnít seem to lose weight anymore.

Through all the years, though, one thing was constant: exercise. I didnít particularly enjoy exercise, but I liked how I felt afterward. I liked that I could eat more when I exercised.

I joined a local women only gym. I started to work out with personal trainers, probably one of the best gifts I ever gave myself. I never thought of myself as particularly strong, but my personal trainer showed me otherwise. She pushed me hard, but she believed in me. She showed me I could be so much more than I thought I could be.

I realized just how much I had changed the day I got caught in some horrific traffic snarl and couldnít make my kickboxing class. I called my husband, whose reply was to get myself some chocolate. ďI donít want chocolateĒ, I wailed, ďI want to be doing kickboxingĒ.

Who was this person? The person that wanted exercise more than chocolate?

Since this is already a book, I flash forward to spark people. Spark people gave me the courage to go back to Weight Watchers. And this time itís working. Iíve lost almost 30 lbs so far Ė slowly, as always Ė but I feel so much better.

And spark people became a goldmine of exercise advice. I started to hear about this Turbojam thing. I donít think I ever heard anyone say they didnít like it. I started to read about how people gave themselves healthy rewards, something Iíve never been very good at. I decided to give Turbojam a try, and I found out exercise can be really fun.

Iíve been exercising, in one form or another, for decades. It became a habit for me a long time ago. And I had quite a few exercise DVDs already, as I had quit the gym some time ago. None of them were fun. Exercise is something you do, right, itís a means to an end Ė it canít be fun, right?

I learned with Turbojam that exercise can, indeed, be fun. But itís about so much more than that. I love how Chalene drops in encouragement, telling us that weíre so much stronger than we think we are, that itís okay to have what we want (in moderation). She doesnít scream at us or call us pussy Ė you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, after all.

After more than a year, Turbojam is still in my rotation. Iíve gone on to try other fun fitness DVDs, like Zumba, Core Rhythms, Yoga Booty Ballet, and more. Trust me, thereís something out there thatís exercise that youíll enjoy. Maybe it isnít Turbojam, or maybe not any more. But exercise doesnít have to be about pushing yourself to your limits, or hundreds of crunches and pushups. It should be something you enjoy. Because if you enjoy what you do, youíll look forward to it Ė and making it a habit will be easy.

So if you think you canít go from couch potato to avid exerciser, Iím here to call you a liar. Because if I can do it, anyone can do it. Because I am you.

And if you actually made it this far, you seriously deserve a spark goodie!

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LEONALIONESS 10/13/2009 2:01PM

    Excellent blog!

Enjoy your vacation. :D

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 10/12/2009 5:50PM

    Have a wonderful trip and safe journey, my friend! You so deserve it!

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MTER67 10/12/2009 11:32AM

    Yay! Great blog. You really have done so much; have made such great progress; and are an inspiration to so many of us! Keep up the good work. And, have a fantastic trip! I can't wait to hear how it goes. (Don't forget we wanna see pictures!)

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/12/2009 9:22AM

    Wow, congrats on your progress! I agree that exercise should be activities that are enjoyed, not dreaded. Good for you and best wishes for continued success.

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KEAKMAN 10/12/2009 8:22AM

    We must have been sitting in different bleachers doing the same old nothing growing up. Yes, food = reward to my everlasting struggle. And I am slow - which is why I loved the marathon so much - the number of speed demons I passed in the last 5 miles proved that slow and steady can win the race!

One of the absolute best things about Sparkpeople has been meeting people like you - learning from your wisdom, sharing experiences and struggles and recipes (okay, you share those, I eat them!)

Have a great vacation Judy, and I hope you find the time and place for some good exercise. Take lots of pics of you in front of famous places! (and I loved your Reeses' Peanut Butter Oatmeal - my breakfast today!)

HUGS to you! emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/12/2009 7:09AM

    This is very good my friend! I am thinking of getting the WII fit program because I am going to need a change up before too long. Have a great trip! emoticon emoticon

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