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Tulsa Townie Bicycle Ride

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Okay, first I have to say that I KNOW that some of you runners, etc, will not appreciate this...perhaps scoff (in a nice Sparkpeople way, of course) at my mere 8 miles, but today my husband and I went to downtown Tulsa where they have been having bicycle races all weekend (I understand that we have pretty good ones!) and did the family eight mile ride. I have done 10 miles on a level stretch and usually do six at home, but this had a few hills - not too bad, since there were children.

Anyway, I finished the ride (my hubby is one of those who does rides where they ride 35-70 miles per day , but he was kind)....I did PASS some women half my age on hills where they had gotten off their bikes and were walking!! (sly grin) I will admit that several of those children finished WAYYY ahead of me, but I beat the little four year old whipper-snapper with training wheels!!!!!!!!! (evil hahahaha) Also, I was REALLY glad, as I rode through the water being sprayed by the fire department that I had decided AGAINST the white t-shirt!!
Here are some of the pictures - I am the only recumbent there (of any kind) with the orange flag....was tired, hot, and sweaty but finished!!! Could not have done that 121 lbs ago!!!

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SSSHIGH 10/7/2012 1:55PM

    That's awesome! Your story is very inspirational!

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APRILLSCOTT 6/21/2012 10:59PM

    You did great Janet, I am so impressed. You made my day looking at the pictures and your orange flag. You are so correct you have come a long ways. I love your bike and how you have found what it takes to keep you healthy. It sounds like you had a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/12/2012 10:35AM

    emoticonYou Finished, and You had FUN, that is what is important!! Congratulations to you and your Hubby!
emoticonI LOVE Your Bike!!!

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ALOHAEV1 6/12/2012 9:39AM

    Great job, finishing with a smile! Now change your orange flag to a checkered one. Next time you will probably see more recumbents, sometimes all it takes is to see one for real to plant the idea.

The kids have been trying to get us to either move to Florida or spend more time there, offered to get a three wheeler for me so I could ride with the kids to school. Seeing your bike I think I like yours better.

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NEW-CAZ 6/11/2012 2:56AM

    emoticonJanet, that's amazing, such fun.
A fantastic day and great pics, thank you so much for posting emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/10/2012 9:16PM

    Proud of you, and not scoffing AT ALL! One surprising secret about the fitness community is that we all support each other, whether elite or duffer! You did GREAT, and I for one am PROUD of your progress. You are so right... 120 pounds ago, no way! Just as, 100 pounds ago, I could not have done that 10K yesterday!

Nice bike, btw, and you look HAPPY! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/10/2012 8:54PM

    emoticonJanet! What fun! And I'm a firm believer that exercise should be fun, not work! Love the pictures, what a beautiful day! Your blog had me chuckling; well done! Thanks for sharing!

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JERZGURL_NAN 6/10/2012 8:47PM

    you ROCK - that is so cool and i think it was wonderful - I have just signed up for my very first ride. It is in September and pretty excited about it. i think perhaps I should look for something sooner and a little closer to home. Thanks for sharing. B RAVO

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PATTOMMC3 6/10/2012 8:47PM


I love biking 100% more than running!

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One Year On Maintenance!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today, March 13, is my one year on maintenance anniversary! Wow. I mean, really, wow! It does not seem possible....I am attaching two pictures, taken almost 2.5 yrs apart at about the same place at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida. The second one was taken last week....I think it is crazy that I have on the SAME color shirt!! Not the same shirt, but the same color...

The teenie-tiny young woman who cuts my hair recently said something about keeping my weight off like, "it is really easy for you now, I'll bet" - I assured her that no, it was always a battle but I was just winning more often. I wanted to scream at her loudly something insane like, "What do you know!! You probably have never weighed 100 lbs soaking wet!!" But I restrained myself because she is really a sweetie...and she is armed with sharp scissors.

I have learned a few things about myself and maintenance:

Exercise, exercise, exercise....don't love it, but have to do it....sometimes enjoy it more than others...5-6 days a week for me.

Portions are REALLY important....I cannot and never could eat as much as my husband, although sometimes I think I tried....sigh...

I can still eat somewhat like the "real world" eats, just not as much and I have even gotten to where I prefer broccoli over french fries. Pizza (okay, I prefer veggie) is not forbidden, just much less and not more than once...okay, twice maybe a month. I carry my skinny flat ww bun with me to have a hamburger out once a week, but that may be my only beef that week....we eat alot of chicken and fish.

It seems like I am learning about myself on a daily basis and I turned 64 last Saturday!!! Guess we should never stop that learning stuff!! We got home from a week in Florida this weekend and both lost two pounds each....just by being careful, making the right decisions, and of course, walking our feet completely off!!!!

I have said this before to you, my SparkFriends.....If I can do this, YOU can...look how long it took to get through MY thick head - YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!!

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SSSHIGH 10/7/2012 2:00PM

    Way to go!!!

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SHECHAM 3/14/2012 10:57PM

    Congratulations and well done. Thanks for the inspiration!

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ANDI571 3/13/2012 11:31PM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on keeping that weight now for a year. That is so awesome. I just made my goal on the 8th of this month. Now to try and keep it, or hopefully even a couple pounds under. My trend for the past two years is to, lose a couple, gain a couple. Then I will stick at the lower weight, and start the roller coaster again. I am hoping to make goal stick, and not pop back up before it sticks.

Keep up the good work. You are awesome.

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TIRED49 3/13/2012 11:14PM

    Thank you for the uplifting blog and congrats on your one year 'keeping it off'

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MIZCATHI 3/13/2012 4:29PM

    Very inspiring - THANK YOU! love the difference in the pix, amazing!

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JOYINKY 3/13/2012 10:11AM

    Wonderful Janet! Congratulations, you look terrific! emoticon

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    Way to go! :)

- Michelle

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/13/2012 7:06AM

    You look terrific! And I'm totally with you that it never becomes "easy". It can become somewhat "automatic" but constant vigilence: essential.

emoticon emoticon for maintenance! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/13/2012 3:33AM

    emoticon Janet and belated birthday wishes emoticon emoticon

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Coach Nicole's 28-Day Bootcamp DVD

Thursday, February 02, 2012

What a nice opportunity to get to preview this DVD!! As usual, Coach Nicole is personable, knowledgeable in her area, and cute as a button!! I found the workout to be well done...good warm up, cool down, and the bigger part of exercise, of course!! I liked that she had two other trainers there, doing the beginning and advanced levels...very helpful!

I get the majority of my exercise from walking and riding my bike, so this will be a nice change from time to time - thanks SparkPeople and Coach Nicole!

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APRILLSCOTT 2/27/2012 8:53AM

    I enjoyed your review Janet it was short and to the point. emoticon

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SHFELKEY 2/3/2012 2:57PM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking!

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JOYINKY 2/2/2012 2:32PM

    It's also nice to have a back up plan when the weather makes our outdoor exercise too much of a challenge! This winter, that hasn't been the case but some winters the ice and snow can keep me in. Thanks for the review.

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NEW-CAZ 2/2/2012 1:45PM

    emoticon thanks for the review Janet, enjoy!

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What a difference two years can make!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Two years ago today, at 271 lbs, I was preparing to begin on a new diet. I had been told a few weeks before that I was an "early diagnosed" diabetic. I had taken the classes but had not seen much change in my dieting attempts over the last 30 or so years of being overweight and trying, then failing at losing weight. My doctor had talked about medicine....I asked if I could have some more time to do it on my own....I was frightened and looking at my own mortality at 61 years old. My husband has always been active, and I was wondering if I would always be heavy, afraid to try anything because of my weight, and ruin my health. I got online and started looking....I found the Prevention magazine Dtour diet....but what happened over the next 14 months has proven to be one of the biggest keys to my weight loss....I changed it from a DIET into a LIFESTYLE!! Duh...finally found out that it wasn't a case of going on a diet, losing weight, then going back to eating the way I did before!

I have also realized that something I did differently was doing things more slowly....not starting an eating plan, exercise, water drinking, etc., etc., all at once. I concentrated on my eating for at least 2-3 months before I started exercising, then added on other things at a slower pace.

Then there is exercise...I am exercising more now at 63 than I have for YEARS...I amaze myself regular!! :) I started exercising (the WOW walking program and riding my recumbent trike). I still exercise 5-6 days a week. My husband and I do more together - even went sea kayaking this year!! (would have never even tried before)

Somewhere along the way, I found SparkPeople...what a wonderful key to losing weight and keeping it off!! More knowledge than I can take in and a wonderful group of friends who know EXACTLY what is going on with me!!! Been there, done that!!!

I lost 121 lbs in 14 months and have kept it off for 10 months next week! My eating IS a lifestyle....I can have pizza occassionally, for example, just much less.... I eat breakfast every day....NEVER ate it in the past. I still walk those 5-6 days a week. I am working on getting more sleep...gotta have a challenge, I guess! I am off my blood pressure meds, my blood work is great, and my diabetes doesn't show up in my blood work!! My doctor tells me that I don't have to gain back 100 lbs to have the diabetes kick in....just 20 lbs could do it, so I am determined to be diligent!!!

I look at this picture of Christmas two years ago, me colapsed in that chair,

and remember how exhausted and hopeless I felt....gosh.....just TWO years!

Thanks to God, my family, and my friends, and, let's be honest here, to my hard work and determination....if WE aren't proud of ourselves, who will be?! I know I must be vigilent and continue the work....for those of you who are just beginning, DON'T GIVE UP!! If I can do this, YOU can! Just look at what just two years can do!!!

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APRILLSCOTT 2/27/2012 9:04AM

You have inspired me! I love your determination and believe it or not you are a lot of help to others trying to do the same thing. I know this is a lifestyle change and that it does not happen overnight.You indeed have found the right way to go and stay fit. So proud of you. emoticon emoticon for sharing.

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MAYKATCOOPER 2/2/2012 11:48AM

    You know, this is such a happy moment for me. I went to read your new entry from today which, I agree, Coach Nicole makes it seem doable... but then read your entry from last month... WOW! I am so super proud of you and intensely motivated. I turned 60 in December and have lost 50 pounds of the last year. I'd never been able to do that before and had carried that extra weight for over 20 years. Well true to form, I went off of my DIET in October and in this 4 months have gained 20 of it back. Your words below remind me that the next step is LIFESTYLE not DIET! I start tomorrow... and now am really excited! Smile. Thank you so much for your sharing! maykat

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MIZCATHI 1/8/2012 7:30AM

    I love reading success stories like yours! You are truly awesome and an inspiration. May your life be full of activity and good health!

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NEW-CAZ 1/8/2012 3:35AM

    emoticon Janet you've done and awesome job of changing your life around, such an inspiration! emoticon

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ANDI571 1/7/2012 7:59PM

    What a great job you have done in losing and maintaining your weight. And like you said, it has to be a lifestyle. We may grow older, but we don't have to grow sicker because of it. Way to go! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/7/2012 7:59PM

    It takes hard work, determination, and a commitment to yourself...and you did it! Congrats for losing it and keeping it off. You're right, it IS a lifestyle and you are an inspiration for those of us who continue on our journey. emoticon

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SHARON2014 1/7/2012 6:55PM

    What an inspiration you are!!! emoticon

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GATOR12 1/7/2012 6:26PM

    Janet, to me the biggie is maintaining that weight loss for "almost" 10 months. I'm sure like me you have yo yoed with lossing some and regaining it plus more. This health scare and your determination was pivotal, it sounds. SparkPeople are great is so many ways. I'm proud to count you as an inspirational friend, friend!! To success, health & moving!!

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MILLIE5522 1/7/2012 6:15PM

    Your story was the first one that inspired me to continue going on Spark. I feel so lucky to have come across you so early in my Spark life. Thank you so much. emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/7/2012 6:08PM

    You are an amazing woman and a great example of what it takes to succeed... learning, all our lives long! And following up with changing how we live. Congratulations on finding the magic formula to LIVE WELL!

Spark on, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JBRIDGES1031 1/7/2012 6:01PM

    All I can say is wow! Thank you for posting this itjavascript:void(0); really is inspirational!

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JOYINKY 1/7/2012 5:26PM

    Great blog! Definitely has my vote! You are an inspiration Janet and I have no doubt this is a forever lifestyle for you! How great that you were able to do it in 2 years; it took me much longer. You should be proud of yourself! I know it's not easy but boy is it ever worth it! Congratulations!

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SWAYDE 1/7/2012 5:11PM

    Congratulations! Very inspirational blog! God bless you, YOU HAVE DONE GREAT!

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VACATION - The Difference Two Years Made

Monday, July 11, 2011

We just got home from a vacation in the beautiful (and cool-wear-a-jacket weather) of the northwestern states of Washington and Oregon! The weather was amazingly different from the over 100 degrees of here at home!! I also couldn't help but compare this trip to our trip to the same area of the country two years ago....right before I got serious about changing my lifestyle and losing 121 pounds!

The first was remembering how I almost pulled a shoulder muscle, fastening my seat belt two years ago, with it stretched all the way out....this time, I had a "tail" almost a foot long!

Here are two pictures of me doing some biking in Portland and some hiking in Washington....something I would have never done two years ago....no energy and avoiding "all things exercise" !

How about this one....me after walking up 163 steps to the top of this tower in Astoria, Oregon!! Two years ago, I wouldn't have even tried...no way!

This one amazes me...would you believe sea kayaking for three hours?? Two years ago the energy level would have never handled it and there probably would have been no way I would have fit with that extra 121 lbs!!

I don't have pictures of me at the indoor swimming pool...but even though I know I won't win the Bathing Suit Competition, I actually OWN one now and will be seen in public, drapey skin and all!!

To top all this off, I gained NO weight this week!! Thinking over what I ate, I was proud of my choices...I didn't eat rabbit food and be the long-suffering dieter, but I did make good choices...had pizza one night - only TWO pieces of veggie (my personal fav) and even Mexican....no chips, half of a chicken and black bean burrito.....used my head for snacks and other meals....

Now, don't get the wrong idea...I was tempted, just like everyone else...I think we need to pat ourselves on the back sometimes but not get big headed! It all returns to what I have said many times, "If I can do this, YOU can!" Small steps and a determination to NOT GIVE UP!!

.....what a difference two years can make!

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APRILLSCOTT 2/27/2012 9:13AM

    I am enjoying just watching your new found freedoms. Don't we miss a lot when we have all the weight I have on me! Wow, what a a great blog! emoticon

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KITTYKRS 8/16/2011 6:00PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss adnbeing MOD!!

Your vacation sounded like much fun...I live in the Pacific Northwest.....suburban Portland, OR as a matter of fact!! I love it here.

Karen emoticon

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TMW54812 8/16/2011 7:00AM

    Your regaining the zest for life is the best reward possible for all your hard work. Thanks for sharing and reminding me why I am working for the same goal. emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/13/2011 5:48PM

    Wonderful blog! I just got back from vacation too! What fun to be an active participant and not just watch others have a good time on the water! You look great!!

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MNNICE 7/11/2011 8:46PM

    Congratulations on the progress you've made! Yes, quite a change in 2 years! Wish I could say I'd done as well on MY vacation - but I didn't and now I am paying for it by having to go into "LOSE" mode instead of "MAINTAIN". But... SP has taught me how to do it - and I WILL! Keep it up and keep it off!

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    Isn't it nice to see that losing weight doesn't just equate to having to say no to this food or that food, but that it equates to FREEDOM! Freedom to do things you never were able to do before...and freedom to say no...and more importanly, freedom to say YES - as in, "Yes, I'll have pizza for dinner tonight" and making it work within your life.

YAY YOU!! :)

- Michelle

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MILLIE5522 7/11/2011 10:47AM

    Great blog. You always inspire me. I just hope that I can keep to the same weight while I'm on holiday in France in just over a month's time.

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MAYKATCOOPER 7/11/2011 10:24AM

    HOW FANTASTIC! I am so proud of and happy for you! I love that you are able to enjoy a whole other kind of vacation... getting in and mixing with the land and the elements. WOW!

My daughter lives in Portland, OR and our visits there always leave me with an amazement at the beauty. She is also a vendor at The Saturday Market in Portland. Were you able to visit it? Welcome home and congratulations!

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MMNICKS 7/11/2011 9:16AM

    What an inspiration you are!!!!

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LJCANNON 7/11/2011 8:58AM

    emoticon emoticonIt has been a wonderful 2 Years!!!
emoticonYour Vacation looks AWESOME!! And all that activity is probably why there was no gain!!
Just being able to be active is a reward in itself.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/11/2011 6:56AM

    And, having got there... don't you LOVE the freedom to *do* things? This blog shouts the joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You did it and you're living your life in freedom and sticking around to Spark others! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/11/2011 5:54AM

    Very inspiring, but more importantly... YOU DID IT! I am so happy for you and all the fun things you are now able to do.

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KASEYCOFF 7/11/2011 3:04AM

    Isn't it terrific to be able to do all these things? Really gives you great motivation to keep making those healthy choices, doesn't it!

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NEW-CAZ 7/11/2011 2:44AM

    You've come a long way Janet and your new found confidence shines through. emoticon
I love that you feel comfortable in a swimsuit. emoticon

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ARTEMIS83 7/11/2011 1:52AM

    Thank you for sharing! It is definitively motivation saying you also were tempted! :) I am still on my weight loss journey but I can not help of thinking that one day I will not have anymore a "forbidden" list .. and I am afraid I will not be able to retain myself in eating all those great meals I enjoy.

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JILL313 7/11/2011 1:37AM

    How awesome this blog and you are!! I want success for myself and only wish I had more determination to always make those necessary healthy choices. You sure have changed--all for the better--Congratulations!! I know you enjoyed this vacation much more than 2 years ago!



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