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A little history of my weight

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Attempt to lose weight. WOW. I remember thinking, way back 21 years ago, that since I could not lose weight (then 170 lbs), then I would just not worry about it. It took about 10 more years, but I climbed to 235 pounds in no time flat. Not to worry, just buy size 20 in everything, and get on with life. I should be about 130 pounds.

I got from 130 to 170 via three pregnancies and then apathy. Anyway, about three years ago, my middle daughter was working at Curves in town, and I eventually decided to join Curves because it was only for ladies and I only needed a bag of canned goods for the application fee. So, I have now been at Curves for over three years. I lost no weight at all, but have gained strength, flexibility, and some endurance. So, that is good. But not good enough.

At age 59, I know this is my last chance to get this done. Now at 216 pounds, after four months at Sparkpeople, I still need to lose about 80 pounds. I figure that will take 3 or 4 years to lose. I am within range on calories and exercise 2700 Kcal per week. It still is not enough. But I will keep on working the program, be mindful of the carbs (never get enough) and the protein (rarely get enough).

The reason that I want to lose weight is simple: I want to be able to captain a small sailboat by myself. That means that I need to be agile, strong, and have an ability to focus on the weather, the rigging, and the tiller. Being overweight, slow to move, and finding it awkward to get up from sitting flat on the floor, must be overcome.

I dance, walk, and do some more. I would like to skate again, and maybe, just maybe, ride my unicycle (!) again. I used to love to race skate (when I was a kid). I still like to go fast. That is why cruise control is my friend. I do not want to get any more speeding tickets!

Anyway, this topic is somewhat depressing to me, as I never thought I would be this big. I am ashamed, and want to hide somewhere, but I am too big to hide anywhere.

I will not give up, though. This cannot be the permanent state of affairs for me.

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NUTRON3 2/10/2013 6:18AM

    you can do it

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/9/2013 9:00PM

    Please, please never give up. You can do this.

The small sailboat goal sounds amazing. And I gave faith that we will be calling you captain yet!

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PATRICIAAK 2/9/2013 8:04PM

    Would seeing a nutritionist help?

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DESERTMOTH 2/9/2013 4:56PM

    You are wise to know the weight loss takes time. With your goals in mind I believe you can, and will, succeed! emoticon

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Final Books

Friday, February 08, 2013

The thing about books: I am not joking when I say that they are my obsession/addiction. I always have two of three books in my car, just in case. I have one on the front seat that I can read while waiting for the train to go by. If I do not have a book with me, well, let’s just say that I GO CRAZY!! I have been reading since I was four years old, and I expect to consume books for many years to come.

One problem is travel. Books are heavy, even if they are paperback books. One time, at the airport, I had to remove some books (paperback) and put them in my husband’s luggage (thank goodness) because my luggage was overweight!! The books were the problem.

My husband solved that problem for me when he purchased me a Kindle. WOW! I was not sure that I would like it, because I really, really like holding the books, turning the pages, etc. However, I find that my fixation can be handled pretty nicely by the Kindle. That is, if I get some books on it. I expect that I will need 25 books for our next trip (gone 22 days), just in case. I may only ready 15 of the books on the trip, but, well, no one wants me to be “out” of books. Just say’in!

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UWHK8STER 2/9/2013 12:23PM

    You are a person after my own heart. I love to read as well - I can't have enough books. Have fun getting ready for your trip!

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PATRICIAAK 2/8/2013 10:05PM

    I, too, became an avid reader as a child.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/8/2013 9:21PM

    I understand!!! My Dad taught me at an early age to always have a book available so that I wouldn't get impatient with waiting. I also love the feel of books in my hands, but the weight of some of those books makes me glad to be able to read on my kindle. I'm also one who takes more books than I need on vacation. emoticon

I read on the elliptical machine and am glad to increase the font size so my movement doesn't make me lose my place. One touch page turning is great. With a book, I have to carefully move the page so as not to tear it on the edge of the book holder. The thicker the book, the harder that is to do!

My Dad got an android tablet last year and we downloaded the free kindle app for him. He also loves the feel of books, but can no longer see them clearly enough to read with ease. Having a backlit screen and a variety of font sizes available has made all the difference for him between giving up reading and still being able to enjoy it!

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LINOVER 2/8/2013 9:12PM

    I too love books! I have not broken down yet and bought a Kindle but probably will eventually! I also have books in my car, some by my bedside and some by my chair in my rec room. I've read over 40 since Jan. 1. (Guess it's good I'm retired emoticon ) Everyone tells me they love using the Kindle so I am sure you will also.

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DIET_FRIEND 2/8/2013 8:15PM

    I loved my old Kindle, but I dropped it one time too many and it broke as did its replacement (I think my daughter broke that one). Now I have an Ipad. I too love books, and I buy them for a dollar at Dollar Tree or the Library. I also frequently visit the library. I have some books on my Ipad, but I usually play games whenever I pick it up. If my typing is off, it's because I'm Sparking on the Ipad! I used my Kindle when we went to London and it was so handy to read on the subway or in the bus when we were on long trips. When you are on a tour, there is a lot of waiting around. Perfect for reading. Airports have great bookstores. Have you read Diana Gabaldon? Her books are really long and would be perfect on the Kindle. She's one of my favorite authors living today.

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LAWANDMUSIC 2/8/2013 6:33PM

    Yes, I love my Kindle. WHAT tablet has BOTH the Kindle/Nook apps? I do not plan to upgrade for a year or more, but I am intrigued!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 2/8/2013 4:34PM

    I've had a Kindle Fire for over a year now. I didn't think I would ever like having something like that, but wow! I love it!
Things get very slow at my job sometimes and I work 11 hour days, so I have to have a book to read in order to make the time go by faster.

I do still read regular books too- just bought 3 new ones at Barnes & Noble yesterday.

Also, I've learned how to download TV shows into my Kindle so I can watch TV too.

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 2/8/2013 4:09PM

    You'll love your Kindle. I have a tablet with both the Kindle & Nook apps and I never leave home with out it. Because of DH's chronic health problems, I spend a lot time in waiting rooms so I end up reading while I wait.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

My legal assistant and I were talking about a mouse in her house and its travels around the place. It is gone now, I think.

My mouse at home (the computer kind), is failing. It does everything except signal "drop down" linkages. I must replace it! I also noticed, just before I became frustrated, that it would not open any files at all on my computer. It is a mouse problem, not a computer problem.

Oh, well. Onward!

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DIET_FRIEND 2/7/2013 12:13PM

    The mouse may need cleaning. If you can break it down and clean it, it might have some life left yet.

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BASKETLADY13 2/7/2013 9:43AM

    How ironic that your mouse quits working at the same time that the mouse in her house disappears. It's like her mouse took your mouse with it. LOL.

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My desk

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

My desk: This is a beautiful oak desk. It is HUGE, and has glass over the whole top (to protect the wood). On this desk are the aforementioned books, a table lamp, and computer monitor, a ceramic bowl with potpourri, a statue of an elk, Ms. Liberty, a bear sitting in a large cup from Cooley Law School, a dog sitting on the Circa Calendar holder, a quart Mason jar with raw almonds, a milk jar with Riesen candy, the TV remotes, and the cell phone charger that belongs in the van. Oh, and my keys. The FitBit charger is on the desk as well. And, there is a small glass salt container that currently has my rings and earrings in it. Most important, I have a lovely pencil holder that holds all my useful writing implements, a letter opener, and a pair of paper scissors. This is where I spend most of my waking hours at home.

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LAWANDMUSIC 2/6/2013 7:16AM

    @PatriciaaK. Yes, indeed, I still have about 5 square feet to do work, lay out the papers I am working with, and a drawer for my keyboard. Sometimes I need to clear it off a bit, so that is once a week (Friday night), and I clean the glass once a week (Monday night). It is my major work space, so it has what I need as well as what I want on it. Unlike my desk at the prosecutor's office!

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MRSBOBBIBJD 2/6/2013 7:11AM

    Wow, it sounds beautiful.

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PATRICIAAK 2/5/2013 11:27PM

    Is there any room left on it to work?

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PARKERB2 2/5/2013 7:32PM

    Sounds like it is a useful part of the house and a catch all too. At least everything is all together.

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More books, in context

Monday, February 04, 2013

Sitting in front of the books on the book cabinet on my left are: Walker’s Shortbread, bubble gum balls, the case for my Philip Stein watch, the box from the Sprint cell phone, a three hole punch, and a collapsing purple umbrella. The writing books on my desk are propped up with two elephant bookends that I purchased a couple of years ago from Barnes and Noble. They do a pretty good job.

Across the room from me, in the television cabinet, are some more books. These books are the annuals/year books from my junior high, senior high, and undergraduate college. In front of those books are some family photos of the girls, a statute of an enlisted navy man, and a bear with a naval uniform. That cabinet also houses our DVD/CD/Video collection as well as my record collection.

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PATRICIAAK 2/4/2013 11:40PM

    I feel as though I am at your house looking around.

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CINDYCHARLENE 2/4/2013 11:03PM

    Sounds wonderful. I love books too. Love to read but love to write more. What a blessing education has been for me. I cannot imagine not being able to read or write.
Thanks for sharing.

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LINOVER 2/4/2013 4:50PM

    I still have some of my college texts and I graduated in 1967! I think it is probably time to get rid of them!

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NUTRON3 2/4/2013 8:37AM

    I am trying to slowly go through my books

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JGRAY76 2/4/2013 7:35AM

    It's hard to keep books and things organized. But the more I do the more organized the rest of my life seems to be.

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