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Day 1.

Monday, November 10, 2014

So, I’ve been….absent lately. Not just on Spark, but absent from myself, my plan, my goals. I have all of these reasons, these excuses, that I use to explain my absence, and some of them make sense, but some do not. It doesn’t matter – all of them are excuses, and while I know they had their place in my life over the last 8 – 10 months, they don’t have a place in my life now. Today, I’m starting over.

My new plan:

**Drink a bottle of water before every meal – as in, I don’t get to eat until the bottle of water is gone, no matter how hungry I am. This is just a tool to remind myself to take a drink – I get busy at work, or at home, and I completely forget to take a drink, even when the water bottle is right in front of me.

**The dreaded CICO. I just got a new phone and had to start over with the LoseIt app anyway, so maybe I will try the SparkPeople app instead – does anyone have a preference for a calorie-counting app?

**Exercise at least 30 minutes a day – even if it means taking the kids with me, or not sitting down right away after the kids all finally go to bed!! Sometimes this just means not being so self-conscious about exercising in front of my family (living with teenage boys can be brutal, even if it’s all in fun), or dragging my husband out in the cold for a quick walk.

**BBST – that’s something I started during one of the BLC rounds, but slowly walked away from after I left the BLC. Basically, every time I take a bathroom break at work, I do a small amount of strength training moves – 10 squats, 10 calf raises, or even 10 jumping jacks – anything to get my body moving. I’ve been known to run for 1 or 2 minutes in place during a bathroom break just to get my heart rate up and blood flowing – it’s a good way to get in a few minutes of exercise and keep myself alert during the work day.

Well, I’m now 9 hours into day 1 and I am still on track, yay me!! : )

  
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    Still on track after 9 hours?? I'm pretty sure I would have already broken by that point in time! Good on you for getting back in here and making plans to get yourself back into the swing of things!

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Stop Holiday Gain

Friday, December 13, 2013

For the final week of our BLC challenge, we're to create a blog with our plan to stay on track through the holidays, so here's my plan:

Eat breakfast every day - it's the most important meal of the day, and if I don't eat it, I will eat everything else I see :)

TRACK, TRACK, TRACK!!! You have no idea what you are consuming if you don't TRACK it!!!

Since I have two 5-day weekends, I will stick to my normal meal/snack routine that I follow when I work - it's gotten me this far, right?!

Always have healthy snacks on hand - especially at mom's house!! This means buying fresh veggies and hinting to my dad that they need to be washed/cut :)

We only have 2 actual holiday meals this year, and one of them is at a Chinese buffet -I'm good there, not really a fan. The other holiday meal is with my extended family (my mom's side) and that one might be a struggle. I'm going to have just one or two of my grandma's homemade cookies (c'mon, she's 83 - I HAVE to have a couple while I still can!!!), but I will not overdo it!!

Exercise - this is key. I plan to exercise AT LEAST 60 minutes/day on the days I am not working. I have a gym membership, I should really be using it.

For the "present exchange" with my good friend's family, I plan to suggest meeting at the Y to go swimming and play the family games instead of going to dinner - this is way healthier than last year's dinner and shakes at McDonalds!!

Here's my final thought - I will be honest with myself. If there's something that I truly want to eat, I will - I haven't come this far by denying myself something I really want/need. But I also know that I can get an Oreo any time of year - maybe Christmas Day is not the best time to have an Oreo, but it is the best time to try a new dish that someone has put a lot of thought and work into. So, for the holidays, I will skip the every-day foods (mashed potatoes & gravy, turkey, meatballs, Oreos, store-bought cookies, potato chips) in leiu of something that really only gets made on Christmas (Grandma's cookies, my homemade carmels that take HOURS to make, Uncle Dan's bacon-wrapped venison). I will enjoy the holidays and the food, but I will make smart choices!!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2014 2:52PM

    How did you do? I'm just catching up with blogs. Good luck in 2014, it's going to be a great year!

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COASTAL6 12/28/2013 9:11PM

    Stick with it, you shell have success.
I'm rooting for you!
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SINGER73 12/15/2013 4:53PM

    emoticon Definitely enjoy the special foods.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 12/14/2013 8:57PM

    you are bound to succeed when you have a plan in place for dealing with foods or circumstances that you know can trip you up!

way to be prepared!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/14/2013 1:43AM

    A great plan!

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LOTUSBURGER 12/13/2013 8:33PM

    emoticon Good pan!

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KING_SLAYER 12/13/2013 4:35PM

    Sounds like a well thought out plan that has very high chances of success!

Merry Christmas!

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I AM Alpha. (Pics!)

Monday, June 03, 2013

A year ago, my son and his two friends ran the Alpha Race - at that time, it was just over 3 miles of wooded trails and about a dozen military-style obstacles. I sat on the sidelines and watched the racers joking and laughing as they waited for their turn to run, then watched them take off running through the forest.

Then later, I watched as they made that last turn and stood at the top of a 200 foot slip-n-slide created with huge tarps covering the side of a hill (used for sledding in the winter) with hoses spraying cold water from the top and down along the sides. At the bottom of the hill was a mud pit that they had to crawl through before crossing the finish line. I didn't know what was in the middle because spectators could only watch from the start and finish lines.


The starting line is on the left, slip-n-slide on the right.

Last year, I said I would run the Alpha Race in 2013. Last year, I made myself a promise. I kept that promise. Today, I know what happens in the middle.


This is me, getting ready to start the race.

The 2013 Alpha Race in Michigan ended up being 4.2 miles of wooded trails and obstacles. The ground was mostly packed dirt, though some parts were mulched trails, some were muddy and mucky, and other parts were completely flooded due to recent heavy rains. I won't bore you with the running and walking, suffice it to say, I did a considerable amount of both. Here’s what most of the trail looked like:



The first obstacle was long logs, laying horizontally, held up by what appeared to be saw-horses on either end, 4 logs in all, the goal was to go over, under, over, under – not too hard.

The second obstacle was the hardest and most unexpected. Huge ropes tied to trees on either side of a small river, a creek really, about 3 feet deep in the middle. The goal was to hold on with your hands and feet, then "walk" your way across while dangling over the river. I made it about 1/3 of the way across, then, with my hands screaming from the scraping of the rope, I dropped my feet and landed in the (very cold!) water. Cold felt good though, and if I hadn't tripped on a branch at the bottom, it would have only been part of me that was wet, but I trudged on.

The next few obstacles were completed in a bit of a blur, but here's the gist of it....an A-frame style climbing wall with only a rope to pull yourself up, no foot-holds (I nearly lost my footing at the top, but a couple guys behind me gave me some encouragement and advice, and I made it!!), two 16 foot tall climbing walls built of 4x4s that were spaced about 4 foot apart, a net laid low across the soft ground that we had to crawl under, and the cargo net that reached about 12 feet high in the middle (totally fun!). There was a huge pile of old tires dumped across the trail that needed to be climbed over, two huge wooden spools (like the ones used for telephone wire when they put up new lines) that needed to be climbed over (set on their rolling sides, but anchored somewhat), and a 12 foot vertical rope climb. Since this was the last obstacle before the slip-n-slide, I was pretty tired, so I grabbed the rope, gave a couple valiant tries, hugged the rope, promised it a better try next year, and moved on!

My very favorite obstacle though, was two ropes – one above the other, stretched across the creek/river where we needed to cross back over. The goal is to hold the top rope with your hands and put your feet on the bottom rope to maneuver yourself across the river - I ROCKED this one!! My dad had a 100 foot tower in our backyard growing up and it had guide wires to hold it up, spaced just perfect for a kid to climb quite a ways up the wires - I grew up doing this one! I loved it, and it totally gave me the confidence to keep pushing through!!

Here’s where the ropes crossed the creek (picture taken the next day, after everything was taken down):



Before long, I was standing at the top of the slip-n-slide, contemplating the best way to go down it. I thought about sitting on my butt and sliding gracefully to the bottom (as a lot of people were doing), and I thought about how you only get an opportunity to slide 200 feet into a huge mud pit once a year, if that. I made my choice, stepped over the edge of the hill and hurled myself, head-first, down the plastic covered slide. What a RUSH!! That was the most exciting 5 seconds of my weekend, maybe my year! There were a few places where the water pooled and my head went under, but it didn’t bother me at all! At the bottom, I had gained just enough speed to fly over the small hill and into the 2 foot deep mud pit of FREEZING cold water – it completely took my breath away for a minute, but still totally AWESOME!



After crawling through the mud pit, it was just a short jog to the finish line and a much-needed bottle of water.


This is me crossing the finish line at 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 34 seconds.

I looked at this photo 10 times after I finished the race that day and thought it was just another picture. The next morning, I looked at this picture again, and tears filled my eyes. It's not just another picture – it’s a reminder that I kept my promise to myself. I took myself seriously. I really finished the Alpha Race. I proved that I could do it.

I AM Alpha.

  
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HHOLT6 2/2/2014 12:34AM

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MADEIT3 12/19/2013 12:58PM

    Wow!! And you look amazing. Give yourself a pat on the back!!

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CELEST 12/19/2013 12:32PM

    How utterly amazing. I wish we had something like this in our town, Id sign up in a heart beat the day I reached my goal weight. That would be my gift to myself.

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AMARILYNH 11/19/2013 7:06PM

    OMG - I'm just now seeing this - it brought tears to MY eyes!! CONGRATULATIONS!! You ROCK!!

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XRAYLADY65 11/7/2013 6:28AM

    what an awesome blog..... I have always wondered about the obstacle races and have thought about doing several but never get the courage.... maybe next summer I will ....

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CLAUDEM1 10/21/2013 4:14PM

    Woohoo! High five!! Awesome!!! That was no small feat. What an example you are setting for your four children. Mama can conquer anything!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 6/4/2013 2:15AM

    Congrats!!! You have reason to be proud of yourself with such a fantastic accomplishment. Way to go. I'm impressed, very impressed with your achievements.
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KING_SLAYER 6/3/2013 9:10PM

    COngrats! Good for you for deciding that you would do it and then sticking to and actually getting out there and getting muddy! What a great achievement you have there, make sure to look at the picture of you crossing the finish line at least once a week, for the good feelings and the motivation!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/3/2013 7:56PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for the pics

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KATYDID412 6/3/2013 5:03PM

    Awesome!!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/3/2013 4:56PM

    Woohoo!!! So proud of you! Congratulations ALPHA!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/3/2013 3:05PM

    You ARE Alpha!!! That's so awesome, congratulations! WooHoo!!!

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JEREMY723 6/3/2013 1:46PM

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Winter Blues.....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So, I struggle a bit this time of year…I think a lot of us do in the winter. I’ve found myself whining and complaining about the cold nearly non-stop since the first of the year. I tried to stop one day – I really did. On my way to work I told myself that I would not complain about the cold that day – not even once! God made the cold, just like He made the sunshine, and there MUST be a reason for it. There just MUST be. I lasted until I sat down in my office chair at work and realized the heater went out the night before.

So, I thought my Spark friends might be able to help me out! Here’s the thing – we’re currently sitting at below-zero temps, but no snow to play in. Skiing scares the bejeebers out of me, and tubing at the local tubing hill (while I’m told it’s super-awesome!) is very expensive and not really a more-than-once-per-winter option.

Any thoughts on how I can talk my butt outside for some fresh air??

What do you do to keep active in the cold months?

Thanks :)

  
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TRAVELGRRL 1/23/2013 8:29PM

    I hate the cold too, which is why we moved from Michigan to Arkansas as soon as my husband retired!

We used to walk in the winter outside as long as it wasn't icy (just bundled up REALLY well). You might want to try Leslie Sansone's "walking off the pounds" videos -- they are awesome!

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KING_SLAYER 1/23/2013 4:14PM

    Can't help you on this one, I really don't care for the cold (overnight cold here is around 25 and I am a Popsicle!). I walk the treadmill, 3-4 mph @ 10-12 incline for 60 minutes.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/23/2013 12:41PM

    I have a treadmill and elliptical I use. I try to go out when it's not snowing a blowing. The cold I can dress for, but the blowing is miserable.

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KARENGMT 1/23/2013 12:16PM

    Stay inside. That's my advice. I don't like the cold, either. emoticon

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XTINA46 1/23/2013 12:04PM

    How about snow-shoes? Not down-hill scary but a super outdoor workout !
Or - stay in doors and try Zumba or dance workouts. Something fun that will
Make you shake your booty! LOL

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COCK-ROBIN 1/23/2013 11:58AM

    Myself, I stay inside and work out to videos.

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To the Hundred Pound Losers out there…(pics!)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When I first started my journey, I was in awe of you. I knew you must be very special to accomplish the impossible – that’s what the end goal was for me then, impossible.



After a few months, I was inspired by you. Your kind words and pictures showed me where you’d come from, and how far you had journeyed without giving up.



With every step of my journey, you’ve encouraged me. You’ve shown me how to work through the tough times, and you’ve told me honestly that you struggle too. You’ve shared your ups and your downs with me.



Today, I join you. You see, because of everything you shared with me along the way, I’m a Hundred Pound Loser now too.



Thank you. Thank you to every SparkLoser out there who shares their journey, who shares their story, who shares their triumphs and failures for us to learn from. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you from my kids who now have a mom with mega-energy and an unbreakable spirit!

Keep spreading the Spark!!

  
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REBBLTX 12/7/2013 9:49PM

    Blogs like this make me appreciate being here. Motivating and humbling at the same time. You are an inspiration...thank you!

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PINKBUNNY61 11/23/2013 12:06PM

    Congratulations. Well done. Very inspirational. I hope to join you some day soon!! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/19/2013 7:08PM

    Wow - this is SO inspirational!!

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RJNICHOLS 10/6/2013 9:24AM

    Such a great blog. You are an inspiration to me as well. I am in the same group, need to loose over 100 pounds (actually 180 pounds). I see so many people doing it, that I know that if I stay true to myself, I can be a full fledge member and not just a wanna be. Thanks for the inspiration.

By the way, you look AWSOME!!!!

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KAYYAK1 3/24/2013 4:01PM

  You did yourself proud! Congratulations!

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KOOKYKATHIE 1/23/2013 4:48PM

    You look emoticon Way to go!!! What an inspiration you are to me. emoticon

Not sure I can help you much with ideas for exercise in the cold. Our cold spell just broke (was in the 20's) and must be 40 now and here I sit at 2:00 p.m. still in my pj's looking at all my email.
I'm not a very energetic person: let alone in the winter.

BTW where do you live and where is this pictures of the cabins from?

I'm in Southern Oregon so we never get much cold.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/6/2013 2:16PM

    Woohoo!!! That is amazing! Good job :)

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GAYLA1271 1/5/2013 2:31PM

    Thank you for this blog. You have inspired me to move forward. emoticon on becoming a 100 pound loser!

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    Amazing! Wonderful blog, wonderful You emoticon

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HAPPY_AS_IS 1/3/2013 11:11PM

    Congrats to you! You look fantastic!

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ZIGGY7611 1/3/2013 10:48PM

    Congratulations!! You are fabulous!!

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SHESMITH1 1/3/2013 10:59AM

    Wonderful!!! Way to go! With hard work and determination, you accomplished your self-defined "impossible." What an inspiration!

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SULLIVANTORY 1/2/2013 4:07PM

  You are an inspiration! Congrats, and great job on the hard work! I'm 13 pounds down in to my 100+ to lose. You make me believe its possible.

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KANOE10 12/28/2012 8:50AM

    That is a wonderful accomplishment. Your blog was very inspirational! I love all of the support here at Spark People also.

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    Great job on your weight loss!

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JIBBIE49 12/24/2012 3:09AM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. A 100# down is fantastic. I know you can get to your GOAL. Happy Holidays. No young woman should spend her best years being fat. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 12:24AM

    WOW! Fantastic!! Keep it up - you look great!!! :-)

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MARYHENNIG 12/22/2012 11:51PM

  Amazing! What a transformation...to lose one third of your body and gain 100% more energy and spunk. Thanks for sharing with us...helps us all get through this journey.

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CAROLJ35 12/22/2012 9:15PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! Keep encouraging others, too.

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GODSBEST 12/22/2012 8:46PM

    Fantastic results - you look great !

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BOOKWORM2004 12/22/2012 8:39PM

    FANTASTIC!!! :o)

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JB122383 12/22/2012 5:20PM

    Congratulations!! What an inspiration! You look fantastic and I know you are so proud of yourself.

Thank you for sharing your journey.

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SLARSON69 12/22/2012 5:12PM

    You're an inspiration. Congratulations!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/22/2012 4:10PM

    You look absolutely amazing! Congratulations! I am half way to my first 100 pounds lost, so I look foreward to joining the club!

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FROMNDTOGA 12/22/2012 3:10PM

    You inspire me! I'm down 25 of the 100 I need to lose.
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COLETTEISGREAT 12/22/2012 1:44PM

    Congratulations on becoming a SparkLoser!!

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AZURELITE 12/22/2012 7:57AM

    And now, I thank you for sharing YOUR story!
Way to go!!

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LOSING30TOWIN 12/21/2012 11:48PM

    You look amazing, what a nice shape you have. Congratulations for all your success and thanks for posting the pics, they are inspiring to say the least.
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LADYREV1955 12/21/2012 8:52PM

    So happy for you! Thanks for the encouragement.

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/21/2012 3:34PM

    Congrats!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/21/2012 1:17PM

    Great job and congrats! Your results are very inspiring!

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KATIEBEARKAT 12/21/2012 12:01PM

    AWESOME!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 12/21/2012 11:09AM

    Congrats , on your success!! Inspirational story :)
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