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These Shoes are Made for Walkin'

Friday, August 08, 2008

I'm walking my a$$ off. REALLY! I am!

Today I walked to the beach and back. That might not sound like much unless you know that the trail to the beach and back is 5.5 miles AND it is a trail that goes up and down sand dunes AND I'm carrying a back-pack chair with a towel, a can of bug repellent, 52 oz. of liquid refreshments, a lunch bag with a cooler pack, an apple, half a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich and a cheese stick, a fanny pack with an MP# player, sun glasses, a camera, and a book. It's heavy. I haven't weighed it, but I'm sure it weighs over 10 pounds.

I do this walk 3-4 times a week, sometimes more. It takes an hour to hike to the beach and an hour to hike out. It's hard. Even though I've done it many times, it's still hard. Some of the hills are REALLY steep. If I look up, sometimes I think, "no way, I can't do it", but I do. I just keep walking. I put one foot in front of the other and I keep walking.


This morning I was in a store and as I checked out the woman said, "did you used to be (my maiden name)?" When I said yes, she said, "You look fantastic!"

Later in the day, I ran into a friend of mine and she said "you are looking terrific. You must feel great too!"

Why do I hike 5.5 miles when I could go to the beach and park a few steps from it?

So I can work my a$$ off. emoticon emoticon

You should try it!

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CJROMB 8/16/2008 1:07AM

    This is a GREAT blog!!!! I LOVED it! Short, sweet, to the point. PERFECT. And, truly, I know I've said this a bunch before, but I mean it EVERY SINGLE time! You are AMAZING that you do this. My goal is to be like you when I get all my stuff fixed. Wow.

You ARE going to work your A$$ off!

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MICHELAR 8/8/2008 1:58PM

    emoticongoing Kissie! You sure do inspire me with all the walking you do! Sounds like a great placeto be doing it too!

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Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm all deklemped. I can't help it. Taz, is not doing good at all and we can't figure out what'swrong.

He was worse today.

I didn't work out. I did errands. Anything to keep my mind off the fact that the little guy isn't looking good and I don't know how to help him.

We took him into the vet at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. The vet took x-rays that didn't tell him much and gave him a pain shot and sent him home with us. We brought back in in the morning so they could observe him and do more tests. When we picked him up in the afternoon, he was his old self. Not today, though. He's just not himself at all. We called the vet and he said to give him remidal 2x/day and call on Monday if he's not doing better. I just hate seeing him like this.

We rushed him into the emergency clinic in May too. They kept him overnight, did all kinds of tests, put him on IV fluids and pain meds and antibiotics. The next day he was good as new (not so my wallet). They couldn't figure out was wrong other than an "irritated colon"...i.e. we don't know what caused it but this is the result. He's been ok since then and the symptoms aren't as serious this time, but still, he's not a happy camper and so, neither am I.


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MICHELAR 8/22/2008 2:45PM

    Hey sweetie! Looks like I missed this one. But I see it was posted just before I left on holiday. Sorry you went through such a hard time with Taz being so sick. How is the little guy doing now? They can turn our world & our hearts upside down when they are not well. emoticon

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CJROMB 7/21/2008 12:25AM

    Oh, Kissie, this is really bad. :( It's sooo hard when your doggies aren't okay and you don't know what's the matter with them!!!!

Do they have a vet hospital around there? Maybe your vet can give you a referral to them? That's what I just had to do with Sophie because they couldn't figure it out. My vet tried to tell me he thought she might have lymphoma. I should have known better than to listen to him, because he tried to tell me he thought my last dog had lung cancer, to which I replied (you know what I'm gonna say) he doesn't smoke (and neither do I!) And my doggie didn't have lymphoma and my other doggie didn't have lung cancer. Thing is, the vet hospital knows all that stuff way better than the vets do.

Anyway, I'm really sorry Taz is having hard time. That's hateful, hateful. Is there anything I can do? :|

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SCUBAHONEY 7/19/2008 10:08AM

    Oh, Kissie! I hope Taz gets better and stops feeling so bad! I love dogs, too, and it really sucks when they don't feel good and can't tell you what's wrong!! emoticon

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I will I will I will

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I needed to burn 900 calories today. I did it, but it was a challenge.

I got up early (for me, set the alarm and everything) so I would get my gym workout done cuz my sister had a day off and she and my niece wanted me to spend the day at the beach with them.

So I got to the gym about 3 hours earlier than usual. My plan was to just knock out an hour on th e elliptical, do some stretches and then go to the beach. I figgered I could do a walk on the beach later in the afternoon.

I got to the gym all right and I started up my music and get on the machine (thank god for the new playlist) and start workingÖ.

And then I realize itís hot. I mean, ITĒS HOT! emoticon The gym is an open affair with the cardio equipment in a loft. There are ceiling fans and normally the temperature is ok. But today it was HOT!

I barely made it through my warm up set. I mean I am seriously friggin hot. And I go downstairs to talk to Nida or her brother, the owners. I can never remember his name. Heís usually not there when I am. Anyway, I tell them that itís REALLY HOT and he says ďyeah, theyíre sawing and the air conditioner is turned off."

YIKES! Iím in trouble. Iím sweating and pantin. I canít help myself. I kinda roll my eyes and say ďok??Ē

I feel bad as soon as I do it because theyíre really nice and the gymís great, but theyíve been working on this remodel job for the past few weeks and dammit, I gota workout to do.

On Tuesday night I committed to burning 3600 calories by Sunday and I needed to do an hour on the elliptical to get part of those calories knocked out.

So I went back upstairs and got back on the machine. It was gruesome, even though I noticed that they did turn the air on for a little while, it never really cooled down to the normal tolerable temperature.

The machine calculated that I burned fewer calories than yesterday, but I donít think so. With the heat, my heart rate was at least as high as yesterday, even though I wasnít going as fast.

The main thing thoughÖ.I didnít give up. I stayed on the thing for an hour and even though I was whining, crying and groaning (in my mind), I finished it.

After that, I went to the beach. I mostly just relaxed and enjoyed myself there, but I did commit to burning a lot of calories by Sunday. .

I donít see my sister often. She and my niece wouldnít walk, so I shortened the planned hour walk to 30 minutes.

I got up and walked down the beach as fast as I could, 15 minutes out, 15 minutes back. I figured I could knock out the other 30 minutes at the dog park later in the afternoon.

That didnít exactly work out either. I wonít bore you with the details, but I only got in another 15 minutes hiking at the dog park.

But you know what? I still did it. Despite everything, I burned 940 calories today.

And the scale is moving down again.

What obstacles did you push through today? Iíd like to know.

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CORIEFLASH 8/21/2008 12:05PM

    this is great! I felt like that this morning. my hrm for some reason put my target zone WAY high. So i had to work twice as hard as yesterday to just stay in my zone. i thought i was going to die before it was over. i was watching the seconds until i got to an hour of running. now my hips hurt and my legs are sore. i still have 1568 calories left to burn by Sunday. :( i don't have an elliptical. wish i did. it would make burning them quicker, that's for sure. you're very inspiring.

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MICHELAR 7/11/2008 10:13AM

    Way to go Kerry! You are on automatic pilot girl! You just keep on going! HURRAY for you!

I know how hard it is working out w/o AC. Did that before I had one installed in my gym room at home. I looked at the sweat dripping off me as an achievement of perserverance!

No major obstacles for me yesterday besides having a ton of stuff to do that I thought I would have to bag my workout! The NEW me decides to bag the ton of stuff to do and DOES the workout instead! Does feel good overcoming those voices in your head that are trying to tell you to ditch the workout and you listen instead to the other voices telling you to ditch the chores.

I am wondering which voices will win tonight!

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    Wow, that's intense! With no a/c I would just wilt and go home and walk in place in my living room with a big fan in front of my face. Good for you!

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KISSIETAZ2 7/10/2008 11:13PM

    And oh yeah...part of the credit for my showing up today, without a doubt goes to the newly nominated spark motivator CJ. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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CJROMB 7/10/2008 10:18PM

    WOW, Kiss, you really showed up today. It's days like this, when it's really hard, that you get to be extra proud of yourself. I'm totally impressed.

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I was supposed to go to the gym today. I totally don't have inertia. I'm totally up for it mentally. But physically, I wasn't so good. I was at work for 12 hours today, and I probably shouldn't have been. So I DIDN'T push through what I was supposed to push through. I kinda just punked out. I'm going to try again tomorrow, but in light of your amazing accomplishments this week, I'm a tad embarrassed that I couldn't even show up and just look around for 30 minutes at the gym!

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Let's Get Real

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Letís get honest here.

Iím stalled. And it is not because my body has reached some mysterious plateau.

Iím stalled because I have not been staying below my caloric intake max.

I went on vacation the 1st week of April. The day before I left, I weighed myself and I was down 50 pounds from my starting weight last August. I was thrilled! I weighed 167 lbs. I was still 42 lbs. from my ultimate goal, but I was thrilled, nonetheless.

I was on vacation for 17 days and when I got back I weighed 168.5 lbs. Pretty respectable for returning from vacation. I got back on track and the next week I weighed 165.5. Wow! I thought that was great.

But thenÖ.I started to slip. I would do ok all day and then at the end of the day I would eat an extra 100-300 calories. The next time I weighed, I was back up to 167.5. Today I was 168.5.

So whatís going on? Why canít I keep my intake below the line when I know thatís all it takes for me to see the pounds drop off?

Right now I am at a weight I havenít seen in 8 years. I have a ton of cute clothes in this size. Could it be that I donít want to lose more? Unconsciously? I havenít been below this weight in probably 15 years or more. Am I just trying to stay with whatís familiar?

I DO want to let go of the last 42 pounds. I know I will feel better and be healthier if I do. But maybe I just need to give myself a break here. Let myself catch up to being this size. Or is that just an excuse to not keep my commitment to shed these pounds once and for all?

Is it ever ok to just coast for a while and enjoy the progress that Iíve made or do I need to take advantage of the momentum that I have, buck up and keep going all the way even though it feels really hard right now?

I know it won't help to beat my self up because I'm not staying below my caloric intake. I start each day with the intention to do so. Today I was only over by 16 calories. It's better than I did yesterday. And I had a good work-out. I've been getting lots of exercise, so at least I haven't let go of that.

Tomorrow's another day. I'm still Sparking. Still tracking my food and exercise. I am doing that much and thatís a whole lot more than I was doing when I put on all this weight.

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CJROMB 5/31/2008 5:06PM

    I agree with Mich and Bik. Haha. Mich and Bik. Anyway, you know sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

I really, really think what matters is just to keep showing up. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don't give up, participate, log, exercise, blog. Look, I'm a friggin poet here today.

There's a great book by Martha Beck that I'm always blabbing about called "4 Day Win". It's all about taking baby steps. When you're not motivated to do something, there's a message there. Maybe you're asking yourself to do too much. She's got a great method for overcoming inertia and resistance.

Here's an example...say you tell yourself "I'm going to work out for an hour every day." Then you find you're not doing it. Tell yourself this instead "I'm going to work out for 1/2 hour." Are you completely, 100% sure you can do that? If not, break that in half, try that on. "I'm going work out for 15 minutes." The goal is to get to a goal you can commit to that's so ridiculously easy, you can't POSSIBLY fail. Keep splitting it and splitting it and splitting it. Then, do that thing for 4 days. Then add a peeny, peeny bit to it.

So if you're eating too much at night? How much are you eating? Say it's 300 calories. Tell yourself you're going to eat 290. 4 days. Then, 280. 4 days, 270. You see what I'm saying? Eventually, you've made a habit change, and the slow rate at which you're changing things won't even get your body and mind's attention to freak out about.

We're making life changes here. We have time to take it slow. But we've all worked super hard, and it would be heart-breaking for any of us to have to start over.

Sorry my blather is so long on your blog. I'm going to take a nap now. I've worn myself out. Haha.

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SCUBAHONEY 5/28/2008 4:46PM

    Kissie, I agree with Michela...(geez, she's smart)!! It's okay to do a maintenance thing for a while, just make sure you don't gain. I know I have a nasty habit of thinking I can eat a little more if I drop a pound or two. That's self-sabotage!! And, I know it, and I do it anyway, over and over. I need to stick to healthy eating until it becomes habit, and then maybe I won't want to cheat anymore. You are doing a good job, you have lost over half of what you set as a goal!!! That's awesome! Keep up the good work and don't let a little setback mess you up! emoticon emoticon

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MICHELAR 5/28/2008 9:11AM

    Kissie, it is perfectly ok to want a break and maintain this weight if you feel you need it. It's great that you are exercising and tracking your food. Eat as if you would be on maintenance. The most important thing is not to lose momentum and let the lbs creep back on. It has happened to me each and every time and always after I get back from vacation. I get a little lazy and the motivation that drove me before my holiday was not there anymore. So it's ok to give yourself a break but keep focused on not gaining more. It is devasting to start all over again.

I also think that the way we eat become habits. So now you got used to eating those extra calories at the end of the day and you crave them whether you are hungry for them or not. If you made an effort to stop those cravings, after a few day or a week you will not think about it anymore.

Just keep with the great habits you have formed on making this lifestyle change and you will be fine.
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This Is It!

Friday, May 23, 2008

This lifestyle change happens one step at a time.

Being outdoors. Being healthy and fit. Eating right. Exercising.

Today a silly contraption called a scale told me that I weighed the same as last week.

Thatís ok.

Iím not the same as last week. Iím brand new.

Part of changing the lifestyle is changing the mind-set that this is about what that silly contraption says.

Today I got out and walked my dogs and then I went to the gym and spent an hour on the elliptical trainer and did 360 crunches. I ate good, healthy food. I took care of myself.

Today was a great day!

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CJROMB 5/31/2008 5:12PM

    Hey, I can do a crunch. Crunchie cereal, crunchie lettuce, crunchie almonds. Heehee.

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MICHELAR 5/26/2008 9:12AM

    That is fantastic Kissie! You really have a handle on this lifestyle change! emoticon

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SCUBAHONEY 5/25/2008 8:00PM

    Kissie...360 one day....all I can say is ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch!!! I guess I need to stop doing so much around the house and yard and start doing some actual exercises..?!?!?! You are amazing!!! emoticon

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TERRMOR 5/24/2008 12:01AM

    That is great! I hope all your days are as good as today. Your pups are precious.

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