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Adventures with underwear

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Yesterday I decided that it was time to get a proper bra fitting. I hadn't had a proper fitting since I lost the weight.

Here is a little background info. About 12 years ago I had a reduction since I had horrible back pain due to having a 36FF chest. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made and always recommend women to look into it if they are in a lot of pain. After I had the surgery, I went down to a 36D. When I was at my highest weight I went up to a 40 D. emoticon All of this with a 5'0 frame. Not only is it a pain to find clothes that fit because I was overweight but it was harder finding clothes that would accommodate my chest. emoticon

I was able to go to a certain lingerie store and had a proper fitting. It was wonderful. emoticon She helped me get my new measurements and was able to find the bras that would fit me. I was in the changing room and it didn't even bother me that she saw me in my bra without a shirt. emoticon A couple of years ago I would have been horrified to have some one see me like that. I felt great with my new found bra knowledge. I was even happier with my increase in self esteem and positive self image. As soon as I get a job I will be going on a crazy bra shopping frenzy. emoticon


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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 9/18/2013 9:43AM

    This is such a great topic - there's nothing worse than spending 12 hours in a dreadfully uncomfortable bra. Good for you for having it fitted properly!

The first time I went for a bra fitting I was SO surprised to have the woman come in the change room WITH me! but like you said, got over it quickly and enjoyed getting a bra that was comfy.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/15/2013 11:02PM

    My daughter wants to get that done too and I agree that she needs to get it done since it does hurt her back too. Don't know where she got them but it was not from me. It has to be from her father's side of the family since allot of them have the big boobs.

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MARIANNMC 9/14/2013 12:19AM

    Your blog title "caught" me and I LOVED what you wrote. On my "when-I-get-down-to-200" list is "bra ftting." I actually keep this list on my phone. I've gone from 254 to 213 since January. So, soon and very soon! I keep reading about how important it is to get a good fitting bra. I can't wait!

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MTRACHEL 9/12/2013 10:08PM

    I'm a fan of getting the proper bra. The slogan of my shop is 'come in and have a fit'. glad you did!

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ELMA1913 9/12/2013 2:47PM

    Congratulations!!!!!! I can so relate! And it is amazing what a properly fitted bra will do for one's self esteem AND comfort. I just recently had to get some more bras and actually went down two sizes. What a difference it makes. Glad for you.

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KIRSTENLYNN62 9/12/2013 2:20PM

    Sounds like a great thing to do, I should do it after I have lost some more weight. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 9/12/2013 5:04AM

    That is great, you go girl!

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PATRICIAAK 9/12/2013 12:25AM

    IMHO, proper fitting is necessary.

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CMCGRUN 9/11/2013 10:16AM

    Congratulations! What a feat to be more sure of yourself and pleased with your
Progress. That's wonderful!!'

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EMPRESSAMQ 9/11/2013 9:50AM

    Woot! What a great victory and especially the part about not being bothered at all by the fitting! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 9/11/2013 8:40AM

    Good support is important! lol

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WOUBBIE 9/10/2013 8:29PM

    AA. Don't wear bras. (Might be AAA, come to think of it. Haven't measured lately!)

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STAGPIPE 9/10/2013 5:02PM

    Good for you for overcoming your insecurities and allowing yourself to get fitted!!! It was probably one of the best things you could have done for yourself!

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KABMPH 9/10/2013 3:30PM

    That's great! I like to get fitted for bras. The makeover shows say your size changes frequently -- I wonder if that's true. I haven't gotten a new bra in over a year so I'm about due.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/10/2013 3:08PM

    As an A cup girl I wish you could have gifted me a bit of your extra emoticon

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JOIFULJOII 9/10/2013 2:30PM

    That's so great! I too have a very large chest for my height & being overweight obviously has made it worse. I am hoping when I get back to around 150 lbs (my favorite weight) that they'll go down. When I was 150 lbs before I was a C cup. Cannot remember the exact size, but it was great. I know that after gaining, losing, gaining, losing... when all is said & done they'll most likely not be the same size. So I may have to do some sort of surgery later on as well. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it though (; Congrats again, having a great bra & comfy boobs is a MUST!

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KAREN608 9/10/2013 2:19PM

    That's neat! I live in tiny town USA, so this will never happen for me. I just wear tshirts so even at a 48DD, I don't have clothes issues, not being a fashion plate. It would be great to be a smaller size down the road and get new bras. It's one of those things a gal does for herself that is special.

One thing I know at my size right now, I can't buy any bra with plastic rings on the straps.... they crack and break ... just can't handle the stress of the girls.

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NITTINNANA 9/10/2013 2:18PM

    Had a fitting MANY years ago outside St. Louis. Just put as one of my BLC goals to finally go for another fitting.

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SEAJESS 9/10/2013 12:56PM

    I have NEVER had a bra that fit! Where is the shop that fit you? I'd plan a vacation around a bra fitting!

So happy for your success!

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TAMMYAND 9/10/2013 12:41PM

    Woo hoo for you! I read quite some time ago that most women do not wear properly fitting bras. Good for you for doing it the right way. And what a great NSV! I have always been "top heavy" too but never really had the back pain some women get. I have 2 friends who have had reductions too, and like you, they say it is one of the best things they ever did for themselves. In a related matter, though I have lost only 30 pounds, I bought new panties last week (on sale, with a coupon) and went down one size. That made me smile!

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MYJOYNOW45EST 9/10/2013 12:34PM

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A new low

Friday, August 30, 2013

This week has brought me to an all time low. emoticon I can now fit in to a size 4 pair of pants. I can also fit into a small shirt. emoticon Happy dance on that one. I never thought I would see that number. I have also never been at this low of a weight. I have been at 134.2 for about 2 weeks now. The weight isn't coming off as easily as it once did emoticon . I would like to lose about 9 more pounds, but if I don't, I'm not going to get upset. I might have to rethink my eating and possibly change up the exercise routine. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and friendship. I couldn't have been successful without you.

  
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MYAKAYAH 9/10/2013 2:38AM

    A happy playlist? There's a good idea, I'm going to have to try that out~ emoticon

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EMPRESSAMQ 9/9/2013 11:32AM

    Woot! Congratulations on your new low. I didn't see this earlier so am late to the party but good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 9/8/2013 3:44PM

    How awesome is that???? You go girl! emoticon

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SOXYINMO 9/8/2013 10:10AM

    Congratulations!!!!!

Yes, yes, yes. Everyone will tell you that those last 10 pounds are the hardest and you nod because somewhere in your head you hear that, but it isn't until you are the one fighting to get them off that you really realize it to the core of your being!

You can do it! Slow and steady! Well done!!!!
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VBPARROTHEAD 9/6/2013 11:37AM

  WOW!! I think that I wore alarger size than a 4 when I was born!! Congratulations!

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CMCGRUN 9/5/2013 7:52PM

    Congratulations on all your hard work!!! It's really paid off!!! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 9/3/2013 1:03AM

    Kudos on your weight loss progression and having a positive and healthy mindset. Thanks for all the positive comments on my blog~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 9/2/2013 4:56PM

    Major congrats on your progress!!

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KAREN608 9/2/2013 12:20PM

    wow!

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KABMPH 8/31/2013 9:10AM

    Congrats, friend!

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ROCKLAND2010 8/31/2013 8:01AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work!
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JESSIKA_56 8/31/2013 7:57AM

    Great job!

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PENNYSAVER2 8/30/2013 11:51PM

    You are amazing!! emoticon emoticon

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WENMARIE78 8/30/2013 11:29PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you!

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MATER88 8/30/2013 7:39PM

    That is great! You've worked hard for that. Don't ever let the weight get back on. I did and now it is so much harder! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/30/2013 5:29PM

    super

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TAMMYAND 8/30/2013 4:19PM

    Sensational! Just like you! I am going to look at a size 4 next time I am shopping. I cannot even imagine how small that is. Yippee for you!

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CBLENS 8/30/2013 4:02PM

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

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MARIANNMC 8/30/2013 3:49PM

    WOW! Congratulations! That's amazing. I looked at your tracker. 211 to 134. WOW. Keep up the good work. Take good care of your size S body!

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SUPERGREENDIET 8/30/2013 3:15PM

  Yaye! Love the progress, so happy-making. #congrats emoticon

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My step tracking

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Last year my hubby was given a pedometer as a Christmas gift from a co-worker. This was when he was actually interested in being healthy. emoticon This has all recently changed. emoticon Oh well, that is his decision and it is not going to stop me from being healthy. I was cleaning the other day and I found it. So, I asked him if I could have it and then I took it and set it up. Well actually, I set it up before he even said I could have it. emoticon I think I chose a bad weekend to start tracking. The first day I had it I started tracking around noon and I had to work at our festival where I stood in one place for the whole time. The second time I walked around since I was the Russian princess of the day. emoticon I had more steps but no where near where I wanted to be. Today I was at another Church festival and didn't get to do all that much. I am hoping that when I get back to my regular schedule tomorrow that my numbers will be awesome.


I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  
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KAREN608 8/28/2013 12:48PM

    I've noticed that helping at things, means not much movement. Except on church clean up days! I'm going to start following you as I so want to be thinner someday. And you inspire me, your writings.

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ELMA1913 8/24/2013 7:15AM

    I love mine, and record my on my fitness page every night. I find it is a real incentive when I really don't want to go downstairs to the basement for the upteenth time. Now I think, hmmm how many steps will I take doing this?

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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:37AM

    You are too funny! ( set it up before asking your hubby) Russian princesses probably don't break a sweat that often anyway. emoticon I would like to get a pedometer. It would be interesting to see what my # is a challenge it. What are your goals?

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MYAKAYAH 8/23/2013 4:00AM

    I'm fairly addicted with my FitBit in counting steps but I'm learning if I get round 12K a day I'm usually okay after that. I had a pedometer before that and it was fun then as well~ Thanks for the comments on my crazy blog posts! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/20/2013 1:59PM

    Super! Now you have a baseline and you can set little goals to improve! How cool is that? emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 8/19/2013 7:53AM

    Great job! What is your daily step goal?

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DJ4HEALTH 8/19/2013 12:43AM

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/18/2013 9:20PM

    Great work! Keep stepping! It is so fun to count steps! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/18/2013 6:17PM

    congrats on being Russian princess

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LORILEEPAGE 8/18/2013 5:52PM

    When I started using mine, the first week I just kept record of my steps (actually i still write them on a calendar at night) and used it as a starting point. Then, seeing what I averaged, I challenged myself to work up to the level I wanted. Realize this goal you have in mind could be something you gradually work up to. Way to go for snatching up the pedometer~That's awesome!

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MTRACHEL 8/18/2013 5:42PM

    It's great that you set it up and the steps will certainly come!

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What I have learned from Sparkpeople

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I celebrated my 1 year Sparkiversary yesterday. emoticon So much has happened during this year. Here is what I have learned while I have been here.

1. I learned that I had been over eating. I ate the wrong foods and a lot of them. emoticon emoticon emoticon
2. I had to relearn how to eat in a healthy manner. I had the knowledge but I needed to put it to use.
3. The only way to have safe weight loss is through exercise and eating right. Don't tell my doctor that I admitted this as he will get a big head over it. emoticon
4. I need to measure my food as my idea of what a serving size is isn't always accurate.
5. Fruits and veggies are not the enemies.
6. Exercise is actually quite nice. I try to do something daily. I have also learned that I love the elliptical and aqua jogging. I'm even running now. emoticon emoticon emoticon
7. I did not put the weight on over night and should not expect it to come off that way. It took me over 17 years to get to my highest weight. I know I will have fluctuations and I am learning to not let it ruin my day if I have a higher day. emoticon
8. I need the daily interaction of Spark. I look forward to posting on the boards and reading the blogs.
9. I look forward to participating in the challenges.
10. I learned that not everyone will be happy with my decision to become healthy. Some people are jealous over my weight loss and some just don't understand. Well, that is ok because I am doing it for me.

I went from 211 pounds to 134
Waist 39.5 to 27.5 inches
Hips 47 to 34.5 inches
Thigh 24 to 15 inches
Arm 12 to 8.5 inches
Waist to hip ratio .85 to .79
I lost a total of 77 pounds and 37 inches

I went from a size 18 to a size 5.

I am thrilled that I have the tools to continue on my healthy journey. Thanks to everyone who has joined me on this journey. I thank all of you for your love and support. Here is to another great and healthy year.
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KAREN608 8/28/2013 12:54PM

    Thank you for this.... I liked the part about weight, measurements and clothes sizes.
I thought to myself, that in due time I could be a nondouble digit size ... someday in the future. I could buy thrift shop clothes! I'd like that. Thanks for sharing what you learned. Same here, Sparkpeople educated me, socialized me and helped me stay motivated even with on again off again times.

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SUPERGREENDIET 8/24/2013 3:58PM

  Thank you for this wonderful post! emoticon #inspiring

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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:22AM

    Wow!!! You have accomplished soooo much! I am very happy for you! I got a good giggle at #3 emoticon

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CATHYROSE40 8/18/2013 7:42PM

    What an inspiration! Truly admirable. I know I will take from this that it can be done, just as long as you allow yourself the opportunity. And acknowledge is needs to be done in the first place. Congratulations!
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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 8/18/2013 6:01PM

    Oh my goodness - those numbers are FANTASTIC - WooHoo!

I think you can add a couple of things to your list:

you have learned that you are worth it
you have learned that you can do anything you put your mind to
you have learned that you have staying power to follow through with something huge for an entire year and more
you have learned that you have the courage to start on a course that has an unknown end

BRAVO!!

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/16/2013 10:55AM

    emoticon You are doing great! emoticon

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SKYE996 8/15/2013 1:49PM

    That is super awesome! Way to go girl!
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CHEETARA79 8/15/2013 8:40AM

    You are amazing!

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JESSIKA_56 8/15/2013 8:01AM

    Great accomplishments! Congrats!

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BLUEROSE73 8/14/2013 11:01PM

    That is awesome. Congratulations

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TAMMYAND 8/14/2013 10:31PM

    Congratulations on a job well done. You have a lot to be proud of. I am blessed to know you through SP.

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    You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/14/2013 8:11PM

    those are some amazing statistics!!! Happy Sparkversary emoticon
YAY YOU!
Victoria
Dr. Oz Show Fans Team Leader

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KABMPH 8/14/2013 7:47PM

    FANTASTIC!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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CHUBBYGAMER 8/14/2013 7:46PM

    That is so amazing ^_^ You are inspirational.

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PATRICIAAK 8/14/2013 7:33PM

    super

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ACRAIG921 8/14/2013 7:16PM

    Congrats on your anniversary and all of your accomplishments. You should be so proud. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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SAMZA83 8/14/2013 6:56PM

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That is truly fantastic!! Happy Spark Aniversary to you!

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GOCALGAL 8/14/2013 5:03PM

    BRAVO! I can identify with so much of what you said but it is taking me forever to reach my goal! I will not quit...ever! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Maria

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/14/2013 5:00PM

    Spectacular! You inspire me! emoticon emoticon

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MYJOYNOW45EST 8/14/2013 4:59PM

    You are amazing!! And you should be so very proud... I'm a fan. emoticon It really works, doesn't it? Blessings for another great year, JOY

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    Wow!! Great job!! emoticon

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GINAC0 8/14/2013 3:46PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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    emoticon Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

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My personal Tough Mudder- Bike version

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today I was all excited because I was able to explore different trails at the new Metropark. I did the usual route first and then I went to the new park. I took a path that led me through a river. Yes, through the river. emoticon So, I went through the river. Then I had to turn around because the path ended. emoticon Thanks! A notice would have been nice. Back through the river I go. Then, I decided to go along the marked trail. I thought I would take it around the park and then pick up the trail that ends at the Nature Center. Well, that would have worked out well except I took a wrong turn when I reached one of the paths. emoticon I continue this path and ended up going through the woods and through tons of mud. emoticon I am not a seasoned off roader yet so it was a work out for me. I finally make it back to the regular path. emoticon When I reach the section where I had made my wrong turn, I noticed that if I had made the correct turn I would have only been a quarter of a mile away from where I wanted to be. You live you learn I guess. I'll know better when I go on Monday.

I took pictures to add to my blog but they ended up turning sideways. I'll try to take pictures on Monday and then post them. I get to see all of the pretty rivers and trees and just enjoyed having time to myself. The bad part of the trip is that I have to ride on a pretty major road to get to the other park that I needed to ride through. There isn't a park connector. I made it in one piece and avoided being run over. I think I rode about 20 miles today. I feel great. I might not have seen a decrease in weight this week but I did not gain. emoticon I have also cut way back on the exercise and I feel much better about it. I am enjoying being out in nature- even if that does include going through mud.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  
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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:28AM

    emoticon I enjoy reading about your journeys. I am glad you have such a neat place to have adventures!

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JESSIKA_56 8/11/2013 3:00PM

    Oh wow, sounds tough!

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MTRACHEL 8/11/2013 2:36PM

    I'm also trying to balance exercise with other things. I was inspired by your hat photo and went back to a hat I'd started knitting and am almost done! Thanks for that!

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LSDALOIA 8/11/2013 12:29PM

    I love getting dirty in nature! I'm not a mountain bike rider, but when I hike I always know it was a good one by how muddy I am.

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PATRICIAAK 8/11/2013 3:13AM

    The Metroparks are wonderful

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/10/2013 11:42PM

    Wow! What an adventure! Sounds like next time will be better, you just had to learn where NOT to go! I am so impressed that you rode 20 miles! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/10/2013 8:50PM

    Sounds like you had a fun adventurous ride! Good going getting in 20 miles. emoticon Great workout! emoticon

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TAMMYAND 8/10/2013 8:07PM

    You sure are adventurous! Just be careful too. emoticon

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