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Back From Vacation! Pics! NH,VT,NY,NJ, Bobsledding & more!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I had a WONDERFUL vacation! And now I'm back and getting back into routines. First with work, home and now online. :) Here is a snapshot of vacation:
Went to NH to see my father - only the third time meeting with him as an adult and it was awesome

Then drove through VT stopping a few places along the way

Then onto NY where we went to Lake Placid to bobsled on the Olympic track!

After bobsledding we went to the ski jumps to see the Olympians practicing into the pool and also take the lift to the top of the jumps for a view.
Look carefully at the pic above, he's upside down!
Next pic is from the top of the ski jump

1st Place Anyone?

Onto Little Whiteface Mountain, views from the top

Then a little rock & river climbing

Tried Rock Wall climbing for the first time - what an amazing rush! and wow tiring!

Down to Orange County Choppers (Paul Teutul Sr. Shop on Discovery Channel)

Me with Mike Ammirati from OCC

Paul Jr Designs - Paul Teutul Jr.'s shop

Last, but not least, Carols Bakery - The CAKE Boss in New Jersey!
The BEST cupcakes in the world - and moderately priced too!
And, finally a few fun pictures along the way:
That's All Folks!

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PJC19671 7/20/2011 11:09AM

    You really look amazing and your weight loss is definately noticeable. Looks like you had a nice vacation. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/11/2011 3:44PM

    You are so pretty looking....each time I see your picture I notice that and I'm not sure if I ever told you. How nice that you got to see your dad, I'm sure there is an untold story there. Wow, you accomplished a lot on your trip...thanks for taking me along so I could see some of the sights with you!

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CHEETARA79 7/5/2011 6:08PM

    You look so beautiful! It looks like it was a fun, active vacation.

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LAURIE9404 7/3/2011 11:16PM

    Love it! What an awesome vacation. How was the bobsledding? I've been to Lake Placid before but never tried the bobsledding. That vacation looks fantastic! Glad you had a great time! (and i'm a little bit jealous of it)

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DDOORN 7/2/2011 9:39PM

    Looks like you had a well-deserved BLAST! Great pics!


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HAKAPES 7/2/2011 11:44AM

    Wow, great photos! Yu must had a wonderful time!
Great you can do new things with the pounds off! Way to go! Let's leave the other 50!

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    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pix with us!!


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SRABANTI 7/1/2011 6:54AM

    Thats one fantastic place I must say. Seems like you had a lot of fun out there. Now get back to track.. and rock July. :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/30/2011 11:08PM

    That looks like an awesome trip, great pictures too. The rock climbing looks like a blast. Glad to have you back safe and sound.....


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JERSEYFLOWER 6/30/2011 10:08PM

    Awesome pics! Looks like it was a really great, fun trip! Love the rock wall climbing - I want to try that one day. I don't feel ready to tackle that yet, physically.

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MAMABUGAZ 6/30/2011 9:19PM

    Nice difference, in your appearance, in your vacation pics, as compared to the older 2007 and 2009 pics on the main page of your SparkPage. You should post some of your new pics on there, instead.

Kaz -- since you've lost 60 pounds, have you noticed any improvement in your MS symptoms? I've lost 52 pounds. I seems to have somewhat better balance (I still need handrails for long flights of stairs, but, it's easier to get up and down front and back stairs without them), and, maybe need fewer naps during the daytime. Not noticing a difference, really, in physical stamina, as related to ability to walk long distances, exercise, house-clean, etc.

~ Faith

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KAZINMICH 6/30/2011 9:06PM

    I was able to do so much fun stuff, including going to a waterpark and gokarts, all because I lost 60 lbs. I have another 50 to go and I'm feeling great and re-sparked! So happy!

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Half way Slump..

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm in an exercise slump. I am having trouble making myself find the time to exercise. I get in a few little 10 minute walks a day, here and there, purposefully walking more, but that's it and it doesn't feel like real exercise to me. I'm so happy I'm down 60 lbs. I know I need to at least loose 21 more so I'm under 200. Then another 20 to be the skinniest I've been since 94 (before my daughter was born). Then I will be very happy. I still don't "see" that I've lost weight mentally. I see myself in the mirror, or the size of my clothes, and I smile, I'm happy. I forget though, and feel shy of cameras, etc. and I'm still a big girl. 16/18 bottoms and 18/20 tops. This was my first major goal - to be able to buy clothes not in the plus section, and I did, at Meijer. So I'm happy, but I know I have a ways to go. I've just plugged up every minute of my time. Between working, cleaning, cooking, taking care of my family, ebaying (selling), and family events (parties Parties parties) I haven't time to even start packing for vacation (leaving tomorrow). Our vacation isn't a "real" vacation. We are driving my daughter out East to visit her family (fathers). We will stop and see my father in NH first - first time in 8 or 9 years, he's leaving Saturday on business, so it will be a quick visit. Then we will go to my hubby's mother & step fathers and Rebecca's father's parents (same town). Then after that, I am not sure what. I really don't want to hang out there. His mom is crazy, and his sister is even crazier. Not a good crazy either. Plus we have to sleep on their floor. Yeah, nice vacation. Hubby said the shower is so nasty you want to take a shower after showering - great, even better vacation plans. NOT. We can't take our bikes - he doesn't want us to put the bike rack on the new car. I think we could just fine, if we put a towel on it first where the cords touch. BUt then he says we can't access the trunk - why do we need to? We will have the cooler and stuff in the back seat with my daughter. Oh well, we shall see what happens tomorrow. Vacation.. vacation.. vacation... I need one.. and I'm not going to accept less. ha.

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    I am with you, and I feel you; to get under 200 seems like a huge elephant to eat one bite at a time. Plus exercise has always been my nemesis - more than a slump.

DON'T GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/14/2011 5:58PM

    Have loads of fun on the trip. Having your bike with you sure would make it a more active trip, wouldnt it? Might just be what you need to get you out of this slump, try explaining that. Be safe, Victoria

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NEWNAC304 6/14/2011 2:35PM

    I hope your vacation turns out better than you're expecting it to.

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 2:27PM

    Sounds like you're doing a super job of keeping the SPARK!

It takes LOTS of time for our self image & self perception to catch up with ourselves. Be patient...you'll get there...!


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CHEETARA79 6/14/2011 1:37PM

    Hey girl! Sorry to hear about your lame vacation plans. I'm not sure where in NH you'll be but maybe you could make an excursion to somewhere fun like Hampton Beach. There's lots of great hiking in NH too.

I still feel so huge too even though I'm down 25 pounds total AND I fit into a regular size 16 (not plus). I have not bought much new clothing due to budget constraints. So everything I wear is too big and it feels/looks sloppy. I think if I could wear clothes that fit me I would finally get it into my head that I am NOT plus sized anymore. I still feel the same (big) even though the pounds are gone.

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TY & Half Way Check-in after being gone

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Thank you all for your suggestions and thoughts!! About 2 weeks ago I felt burnt out. Between being on the computer at work all day, then going home to log more stuff on sparkpeople, and sell more stuff on ebay, I just felt burnt out. I dreaded going on the computer. So I started coming on here less and less. I do miss some of it (spark) And I'm ready to recommit myself to the next 50 lbs to lose. I did not gain (nor lose) any weight during my 2 weeks off (yeah). vacation is coming up in a week! We don't really know where we are staying yet, kinda playing it by ear. We decided we will eat sandwiches, bananas, apples, etc. as much as we can for vaca and make good food decisions as much as we can. I think we will be good. I did remind myself today that once I eat something with sugar in it, I crave it strongly the rest of the day! Grr! I ate a smaller panera cookie today, and now I just want to EAT. So I'm drinking more water and ignoring that sweet tooth. Craving is a horrible feeling, and I don't understand people who don't get cravings. It's such a strong emotion for me, and I think I need to figure out why. Is it all physical reaction, or is there something emotional? hmm... thoughts welcome on that one for sure!

Another question I have is, should I start my ticker over for the next 50 lbs? My new weight as my start weight - starting over kinda? I'm proud of what I've lost so far, and I LOVE the way pants are fitting me! I wasn't as embarassed at the pool, and I was able to wear a tankini - bottoms are 16 and top is 18!! My top still is more of a 20 though. My husband is doing the same thing - his belly is last to go, his pants went from a 52 to a 42 - and some 40s. But his shirt size is still 3XLT since his belly is so big. His shoulders/chest look good now though, more like a weight lifters. I know we will get there, and I'm not concerned with when because I am enjoying life more than I have in years. I do want to keep a mindfull eye on what I do though, making sure I eat right and exercise right, because i DONT want to go Backwards - and I know how easy it can be, one lil thing here and there, all add up!

Thank you again for your thoughts, ideas, friendships! I know I could not have gotten this far without sparkpeople people.. (lol) and I am very thankful.

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DDOORN 6/9/2011 8:30AM

    Great job maintaining! Good to hear DH is doing so well getting on board too! Two BIG thumbs up for him! :-)


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LAURIE9404 6/7/2011 9:57PM

    It is great that you've done so well when you took your time off. It really is a lifestyle. I too crave something sweet after I eat sweets. It's brutal. There are times when I have to set myself up with a week long high protein, low carb, no sugar diet to get all those feelings put aside. It's tough but it's so much of a mental thing. Good work on trying to control that!

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PEGTIGER 6/7/2011 1:13PM

    Congrats on maintaining for 2 weeks. I'd personally have to keep my tracker, because seeing what I'd already lost would help keep me motivated. You'll have to decide which would motivate you the most. Maybe started at zero and going to 50 would challenge you more. Good luck on whichever you decide.

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    Ask yourself which way will be the biggest motivation to you, regarding your ticker. I chose to leave mine the full amount which helps me when discouraged. But everyone is different. I track the next mini goal on calendar or streak or another way. Try a calendar by the scale or a paper tracker or wipe-off tracker on the fridge, especially if you are sick of the computer. Try a wipe-off board on the fridge that shows non-scale tracking, i.e. the things you'll do to get to the next 50.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/7/2011 12:06PM

    Hey, spark is here for you. You spark if & when you want to. Plenty of people are busy & that is life, right? So I think you ticker is a personal preference, I would not start over, just because I would want to be proud. but I think you should post that question on the board under technical maybe? Ultimately you should do what works for you.

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ELLEYKAT 6/7/2011 11:16AM

    Congrats on the tankini! =) And on maintaining while you were away from the computer - that shows you've made real LIFESTYLE changes, and that's a great thing! =)

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Give Me Suggestions to lose Upper Body Weight!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

So far I've gone from size 26 pants to size 16/18. I've lost over 50lbs. I've only gone from a 24/26 shirt to a 22. I've gone down a bra size (both band and cup) but only one. I'm feeling lopsided. Top heavy. I would like to add something to my exercise & workout routine that focuses on my top half catching up with my bottom half. Please, any suggestions!!!

I have the biggest loser last chance workout, 30 day jumpstart, and shred-it with weights, MTVs grind workout tape, a swiss ball, a stepper, wii & Wii Fit, PS3, treadmill, bicycle. I'm hoping to start swimming soon too (depending on weather).

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HAKAPES 5/31/2011 5:35PM

    You rock, great achivements!

I noticed on my body that first kilos from certain parts were left, then kilos from other parts are leaving for the last. So I just keep on until all go away.

Otherwise, SWIMMING and NORDIC SKIING use your full body in cardio.
Usual cardio emphasizes only the lower part of the body.
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CHLOE453 5/30/2011 6:23PM

    I sure wish I had a suggestion for you, in fact I have the exact same problem. I have gone down a total of 75lbs (in a 1 1/2 yrs) and lost NO bra size and that is where I want to lose so bad. If you find that magic key to losing upper body weight please let me know....until then we are in the same boat. Hope you had a great Memorial Day!!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/30/2011 6:13PM

    I'm not an expert on any of this, but I would think that your upper body will eventually catch up with the weight loss the rest of your body is enjoying. 50 pounds is amazing!!!!

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MAMABUGAZ 5/28/2011 5:15PM

    Yup -- Like Peg said. Hope your top catches up with your bottom soon. My body seems to "know" that I need to lose weight most in my waist. I've lost 9" there, and 5" in my hips. I'm guessing that, over time, your weight will come off where it needs to as you continue to lose pounds.

~ Faith

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PEGTIGER 5/24/2011 8:26PM

    I've always read that there is no way to target certain parts of the body. You have done fantastic getting all that weight off. I can't wait until I can say I've lost 50 lb. I'm about halfway there. It has come off very slowly, but the exercise and eating better has me feeling better and feeling better about my self! I usually lose on top first and was surprised that this time it was my bottom half! Weird, but I'll take any loss. Hope your top catches up with your bottom soon.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/24/2011 6:33PM

    Ooops, I was so impressed with your workout I forgot to answer your question. Heck, I dont know. But I would post on the message boards. I find the responses on there are the best.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/24/2011 6:30PM

    You are so cool & YOU ROCK! I love your dedication, motivation, implementation and RESULTS!

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BACKINNB 5/24/2011 2:22PM

    Although you can't target where your weight comes off of you can tone areas. I swear by the rhythm boxing on WiiFit. I use my WiiFit a couple times a week for 60-90 minutes each time. During that time I do the 10 minute rhythm boxing 3-4times. In one month I tone 1" off my upper arm, can't dispute results. Also I do the "slim in 6" dvd start it up in the morning, every leg movement has an arm movement. emoticon

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ERICACEAE 5/24/2011 12:17PM

    Yup, there's no way to target specific areas for fat loss. And I've also read that you lose fat in the opposite order from how you gained it - so if you gained in your belly and chest first, and your hips last, then your hips will slim down first and your belly will be more stubborn!
Insulin spikes contribute to fat gain around the belly so in theory you'd think that low-glycemic-index eating would help lose weight in this area. I started eating low-GI five months ago and I'm losing weight slowly and steadily but my torso is 2 sizes larger than my hips right now! I think it's the right thing but it takes a LONG time! It's worth it though. Eventually the inch loss on your hips will slow down and your middle will catch up. :)

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    The only think I can say is cardio burns fat!! and I have pics to prove it. Unfortunately, it always goes last from the place you want it to go first!

You have done so fabulously, I have no doubt you will really see it falling off your upper body now, you wait and see!! Take some before pics so you can see the proof.

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    1. Overall body weight loss will help you look more proportional, but you will have to be patient as you will look more proportional OVER TIME.
2. Celebrate the way you're made, because you can't change it. People with curly hair want straight, the straight-haired people are perming theirs, etc. The people who are pear-shaped WISH they had your problem, etc. Your reason to sigh is another person's reason to envy. Look with new eyes at your shape.

50lbs is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ELLEYKAT 5/24/2011 10:07AM

    There's no way to target trouble zones, really. Like DDOORN said, just keep doing what you're doing (WOW!) and eventually your top half will catch up with your bottom half. Maybe try to focus on exercises that work the whole body, or focus on the upper half. Lots of the common cardio (walking, jogging, most the stuff on the wii) focuses on the lower body and core, and not so much on the arms. Perhaps try those wrist weights - strap on a pound or two to each wrist and that should help increase the effectiveness of arm workouts?

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DDOORN 5/24/2011 10:02AM

    There really isn't a way to "target" body parts re: weight loss. Just keep doing what you're doing, re: healthy eating and exercise. Perhaps greater focus on upper body strength training will tone your upper body a bit more, but it won't make a whopping amount of difference, I'm afraid.


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RICHTERRL 5/24/2011 9:35AM

I use a DVD called 10 Days to a Better Body. It has two different workouts, one for upper and one for lower body. I do the upper body workout every other day, and I don't always do the lower body one, because I prefer to do step-aerobics, or to walk. Check to see if they have it at your public library and try it out first. It is 30 minutes of interval training. You do a minute of strength, a minute of cardio, a minute of strenght, a minute of cardio, etc. for 30 minutes. It is intense, but you can do the lower impact moves until you get used to it. You can start with low sets of weights and work your way up. I went from a 22 to an 18 using it, and my 18's are starting to get big on me. It says 10 days to a better body, but I use it as I need to. Good luck! emoticon

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Ooopsie! Made a bad choice at dinner.. lol yikes.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Well, we celebrated our 1st anniversary as a married couple (tomorrow) today. Hubby really wanted to go out to dinner somewhere that is special (meaning, not healthy). So we went out to mexican and I did pretty good up until dessert. We couldn't agree on one to split. .so we ended up each having our own. I'm not going to beat myself up because it's a once a year thing, however, my body is VERY mad at me. I feel sick from the sugar and eating too much of the not so healthy stuff. I did drink extra extra water today, and I bought more fruit for the week. I'll be fine tomorrow morning. I just went way over in calories & bad food today. lol. The morning will bring a nice fresh banana & some oatmeal. I'm going to make some strawberry icy drinks and take the bike out if it's not raining. If it's raining, then watch out jillian michaels, I will be doing the last chance workout. My laptop is acting up, I think I need a new fan. I have to get my other one back that I loaned out in order to make sure I can get on here and log everything throughout the week & check in with people & their blogs. I'm slacking, I know!!! So Sorry!!

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ELLEYKAT 5/23/2011 10:39AM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/22/2011 11:16PM

    Happy anniversary! A day late. A treat once in a while won't ruin your plans if you don't let it. Cherish your time together, that's the really important thing!

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/22/2011 10:24PM

    Happy 1st Anniversary!!! You're so right to not worry about your "oops" today -- and, you already have your plan in place for tomorrow and the rest of the week, so you'll be just fine!!


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LAURIE9404 5/22/2011 7:40PM

    Happy Anniversary. It's true like everyone says, don't worry about the big day. I like your plan for tomorrow and you'll totally feel better! isn't it crazy how after we eat healthy for so long, we really don't enjoy what we used to eat as much. Way to go!

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HAKAPES 5/22/2011 12:28PM

    Happy anniversary! That is a day to forget about limits and just enjoy! And is good that the next day you are back on track. I have read here on SP that one off doesn't really matter, and it was my experience, too (both over eating, or over exercising).

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    Happy Anniversary!!! I'm glad you were able to have a treat. 1st anniversaries are very special. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/22/2011 7:35AM

    There is always tomorrow but 1st wedding anniversaries don't come around every day! Congratulations to you both!

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    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I didn't realize you were a newlywed.
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DIANITAH 5/22/2011 12:11AM

    Happy Anniversary. I am glad too that you are not beating yourself up over this. You sound like your body is already giving you a bit of a hard time!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/22/2011 12:01AM

    Happy anniversary! emoticon

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NADECHKA 5/21/2011 11:39PM

    Congratulations on your Anniversary and don't beat yourself up for a much deserved treat! Tomorrow will be your regular day!

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