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I conquered it!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

So, yesterday we took our annual color tour trip along the scenic drive in Oscoda, Michigan. It was beautiful! The leaves have not yet reached their full color peak, but it was awesome, nonetheless!

The entire route runs along the high bank of the Au Sable River, with amazing viewing stops along side the road. The first stop we made on this trip was at a natural spring that creates waterfalls near the river down below - 289 steps below!! We trudged down, wandered around, and back up all 289 steps! Woo Hoo!!

But the best stop on the scenic drive was the last! It's a high bank of sand, like sand dunes, that seems to stretch out FOREVER to the river at the bottom. Our older kids have always run to the bottom and crawled back up, but it was completely intimidating to me. My hubby went down it a couple years ago, and literally CRAWLED back up, on the easier side where there are a few tree roots to grab, He was completely exhausted and swore he'd never do that again. I decided that this year, I was ready to do it.

Here's the view from the top looking down:



Here's Hubby looking down at me after I first started heading down the hill - not as easy as it might seem when your heading straight down on loose sand!!



And here's the view from the bottom, looking back up the hill - if you look really close, you can see the tiny red dot that is Hubby at the top of the hill!!



The view at the bottom was just as beautiful as I expected:



The climb back up was much tougher than I thought it would be - but, you know what? So am I!! I climbed and fought and struggled and crawled and dug into the shifting sand with both hand and feet - cimbing back up the middle, not on the sides where the tree root "steps" are and I did it!!

I conquered the sand hill!!

When I got to the top, Hubby asked if I would ever do it again, and I took about a half hour to answer him, but I really thought hard about what I had accomplished and how great I felt when I reached the top, and I told him "YES! I can't wait to do it again next year!!"

I hope you all get to climb your own "Sand Hills" this week!!

  
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BEBOP4ME 12/20/2012 7:50PM

    Cool!, i did it many years ago, not having any idea how hard it was to climb back up! A long long time later, i made it back up S i had no choice if i wanted to leave!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/1/2012 5:14AM

    What an awesome accomplishment!! I know how conquering a hill feels.......one that, at first, intimidates you..............

Look forward to reading about this again next year!!!!! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 10/1/2012 4:59AM

    It truly looks intimidating...but what an awesome accomplishment of you conquering that Hill emoticon You can be proud of yourself! emoticon

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My BLC 20 fitness plan:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Well, weíre a pretty active group Ė hubby & I love to go for walks, runs, and work out at the gym whenever we get an opportunity. With 4 kids ranging in age from 2 Ė 14, we tend to find a wide variety of activities to keep us moving all the time.

During the next 12 weeks, I plan to keep up the activity levels by running three mornings a week like we usually do, and filling in the other mornings with either a trip to the gym, or challenging my 12 and 14 yos to keep up with me on a morning run. As of last Friday night, they couldnít keep up!! I also plan to add more bike riding back into our list of activities now that hubby is half-way through his PT and they said that if he felt comfortable on the bike, he could give it a try! Yay!! I donít think heíll be roller skating again anytime soon, though.

Being a Fall challenge, thereís lots of other things we can do Ė I coach middle-school volleyball, and weíll be starting up again in a couple weeks, the parks in our area are truly awesome, and you just canít beat the fall colors in Michigan!! We always make time for a Fall color tour and go up through East Tawas (of course, stopping at the pier) and down the River Road Scenic Byway in Oscoda Ė itís beautiful!! Thereís plenty of opportunities to stop the car and walk around! The Lumbermanís monument has something like 200 steps down to the water, and the scenic overlook is a huge sand dune that Iíve never been to the bottom of because itís so far down Ė Iím going this year!!

The eating part of the plan is a little tougher, though we like to cook everything at home. Itís very rare that we go out to dinner, and Iím not much of a meat-eater, so itís usually a salad or chicken sandwich. Mostly it will be about portion control and making sure that we include at least two vegetables with every meal. I always have fresh fruit for a snack at work.

Well, I guess thatís my plan Ė keeping up what I have been doing so far. Iíve lost about 2-3 lbs a week since the end of 2011, and Iím down 75 lbs so far, so I donít really want to change whatís already working!

And since I really want those extra bonus points, Iíll post my ďbefore the BLC20Ē picture. Iím always the one behind the camera, intentionally, and Iím not a fan of posting my picture online, but here I am:



My son took this picture for me when we played at the beach last Friday Ė searching for pretty seashells for Christmas ornaments, digging giant holes, and playing Frisbee. It was only about 65 degrees, but we had a good time!

Thanks for stopping by! Good luck to everyone in the BLC20!


  
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RUNNINGOMA 9/20/2012 6:46AM

    I think it is emoticon that you keep active and involve the family. You can practically do all this in your sleep - so ya, don't change anything! It apparently works! WOW! 75 pounds gone! Very inspiring.
Have fun coaching volleyball. emoticon I played 3 years in high school and 2 years in college and have always found some place to continue to play. A great way to stay active.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 9/18/2012 12:47PM

    emoticon Great plan!!! emoticon
There is no place like Michigan. I grew up in the Upper Pennisula's Copper Country. Fall is a beautiful time of year up there too. From one Warrior to another, good luck with the BLC20. Take care and be well.
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GLASSART43 9/17/2012 5:43PM

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I admire how you have the whole family involved in activity! Bike riding and swimming are my two favorite "sports" since I've been with SP, and my DH and grandchildren join in when they can.

Great plan emoticon

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Just waved goodbye to the first 75!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wow!! I stepped on the scale this morning, and Iíve lost 75 lbs since the beginning of 2012!! Yay!

So, hereís what I didnít know about 75 lbsÖ

Assuming there are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat, in the past 9 and a half months, Iíve burned 262,500 more calories than Iíve consumed Ė WOW! So basically, Iíve said ďNo, thank youĒ to the equivalent of:

2,187 of my momís world-famous chocolate chip cookies (just so you know, Iíve said ďYES!Ē to a few!!)

Or...1,033 regular Milky Way candy bars, or 6,908 of the mini-mini Milky Ways!!

Or...345 Burger King Whopper with cheese Ė WOW! Thatís almost 1 a day for a whole year!!

Hereís some other neat little tid-bitsÖ.

My favorite ring that fit perfectly on my ring finger now falls off my middle finger.
My Pandora bracelet now slides over my hand to come off (time for some new charms!! Hehehe)

A cinder block (cement block) weighs about 30 lbs, so Iíve lost the equivalent of 2.5 cement blocks. Thereís no way I could pick up 2.5 cement blocks, but Iíve carried that much extra weight around for years.

A gallon of milk weighs 8 lbs, so 75 lbs is the equivalent of 9.375 gallons of milk!! If Iím trying to make that last trip to the car for groceries really count, I can carry 4 gallons successfully Ė Iíve lost more than twice that amount of weight!!

One moreÖ

A 10 gallon fish tank weighs almost 13 pounds, 7.5 gallons of water is about 62 lbs, so 75 lbs is the equivalent weight of a 10 gallon fish tank, filled ĺ of the way with water!

Woo Hoo!! I'm on my way to One Hundred!!

Whatís your Woo Hoo this week??

  
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KOOKYKATHIE 12/24/2012 9:58AM

    I just found your blogs on here and I must say you are a totally amazing woman! Please accept me as a friend and I will keep following you on your tremendous journey.

emoticon and with inspiration like yours, I will continue emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 9/13/2012 2:41AM

    Congratulations! 75lbs gone is a great accomplishment! Thanks for the comparisons..really opens ones eyes.

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GAYLE73 9/12/2012 3:15PM

    Congrats! Your an inspiration to us all.

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LEEZAHYO 9/12/2012 1:59PM

    Love the analogies!!!!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 9/12/2012 1:42PM

    THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!


GREAT JOB!!!!

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NEWKARA27 9/12/2012 1:31PM

    Congratulations! :)

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 9/12/2012 1:25PM

    Great job!!!

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SARAHSTARTSOVER 9/12/2012 1:23PM

    Good job! That is so fantastic! Go you!

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VICKYMARIEC 9/12/2012 1:10PM

    Those are some amazing ways to look at the 75lbs...thats GREATNESS!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/12/2012 12:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Still looking for my Woo Hoo!

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What?! Thereís no magic button?!?!

Monday, August 13, 2012

In the last nine months, Iíve lost 66 pounds Ė itís getting noticeable. Iíve dropped 3 shirt sizes and 5 pants sizes. My new jacket that was the biggest size available went from never being zipped to hanging on me Ė yeah, people feel the need to say something.

At least three times a week, I have the same conversationÖ it starts out with ďWow, you look great!!Ē Then, inevitably, goes to: ďIíve got some extra weight Iíve been carrying around, too! What are you doing??Ē Hereís where I get frustrated. People only want to hear that you have found a magic button on your butt that you push every morning and you magically lose half a pound Ė without doing a thing!! Instead, I usually start out telling them the truth: ďWell, I track everything I eat, exercise a lot, avoid fast foodÖ.Ē By now, they have that glassy look in their eyes, so I lamely add in ďand we started running.Ē

Now, Iíve opened the flood gates. ďOh, I could never run! My knees (ankles, butt, bunions, toes, whatever comes to their mind) would NEVER allow me to do that!!Ē Followed usually by ďAnd I could never give up my Doritos (ice cream, frappe, hamburgers, sodaÖyou get the idea)!!Ē And Iím always stuck looking at them with what I know is a ďyouíre kidding me, right?Ē look. Obviously, those extra pounds do not bother them as much as they think. Then we usually pretend this didnít get really awkward and slowly back away saying something really lame, like ďWell, I gotta go check my desk for, um, papers. See ya later!Ē

So, hereís the truth: Thereís no magic button, people!! This takes some seriously hard work and dedication! I track every piece of food that goes into my mouth: every Chiclet, every sample while Iím cooking, every single baby carrot. You have to know what goes in, if you want to make sure that you use more calories than you eat.

So, there it is: the magic. Calories out MUST be more than calories in. If you canít/donít want to run, eat smarter. If you run 26.2 every other day, eat up! Just donít tell me what you canít give up, cause that just tells me that itís not important enough to you yet!!

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest, Sparkies! emoticon

  
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GLASSART43 9/10/2012 11:29AM

    Since we're Warrior teammates together, I decided to check out your page and stumbled on your blog. I love it! You put into words my feelings and experiences in the last 18 months.

As you've learned, losing weight and pursuing a healthy lifestyle are hard work, and some of my friends and acquaintances don't want to hear that. I didn't want to hear that!!

Keep up the great attitude - I look forward to getting to know you in the team threads.

Marianne

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ZANNACHAN 8/20/2012 12:47PM

    Heh. I wish sometimes that there were a magic button! Especially when I'm trying really hard and passing on things I want to have or do in order to eat responsibly and exercise and making all the right choices and still not seeing any progress on the scale! But as you said--it takes hard work! Not that I have seen a lot of success lately, but I know that even if the scale isn't moving I'm still HEALTHIER and FITTER than I would be if I didn't pass on that serving of cake or decided to stay home rather than work out.

To be fair, I have some sympathy for the people who say that they can't run... running isn't an option for me either, not at this point in time anyway! I hurt my hip 10 years ago and it didn't heal properly, so when I started exercising again (about 7-8 years ago) I could barely walk. I started exercising by going for regular, really short walks and by walking in the pool in the summer. While my hip has been doing better, especially this summer, I'm still not at a point where running is an option. And anyway I have always hated running and doing something you hate is a recipe for failing to keep it going! Instead, I focus on things I *can* do and *enjoy* doing.... I do a lot of walking, I fence, I like to be active outdoors (so things like roller blading, biking, swimming, canoeing, etc.) and at the gym I walk on the treadmill and "run" on the elliptical. I even sometimes push things a bit and play tennis or even soccer.

The difference though I think is that I didn't stop with "I can't do X" Which would have been easy because when I started there was a lot more that I couldn't do than I could. But I have always tried to focus on what I "can" do--and yes, it was hard work. Maybe a 15 minute walk isn't hard work for another person, but for me when I was starting I was limping by the time I got home. But the alternative was to continue to gain weight and lose mobility and that wasn't an option for me.

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PANDASUE2 8/13/2012 2:22PM

    Oh man... I know the feeling. "Oh? You're not doing that special diet of the day/month?" "umm... exercising for how long? I don't think you need to do that" Well, apparently its working for me so I think I'm doing just fine... come on people! You can do it too!! Just eat less, work more! SIMPLE! emoticon

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