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On My Way

Sunday, September 01, 2013

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As time passes

Iím seeing changes

Healthy changes

In character

In habits

Evolving day by day

Feeling settled

Finally feeling my age

Not older

But wiser

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(This is a poem I wrote myself)

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SHERIO5 9/2/2013 10:21AM

    Beautiful! I'm so happy for you, Lori!

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ANGGEL40 9/1/2013 9:20PM

    emoticon just so touching emoticon

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LARISSA238 9/1/2013 8:56PM


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CHERYL_ANNE 9/1/2013 6:48PM

    Feeling settled... one of the best "feelings" there is!

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BABY_GIRL69 9/1/2013 6:28PM

    Baby steps...we need to take them daily..

God bless Lorilee!


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_JODI404 9/1/2013 4:36PM

    Awesome!! These changes are so positive.... just wonderful Lori!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/1/2013 3:43PM

    Fantastic! Talk about a Non-Scale Victory! Change is the name of the journey. Congratulations on the changes you've made, and the ones to come. emoticon

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THOMASINA57 9/1/2013 3:32PM

    Beautiful.. aging wisely!! I love it.

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KNYAGENYA 9/1/2013 2:32PM

    I love it.

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ANNEMAC5 9/1/2013 2:31PM

    simple, lovely.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/1/2013 2:15PM



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Binge and Biking Progress

Friday, August 30, 2013

Iíve passed the 4-week (28 days) point in my binge-free streak! Today is day 29 and I am thrilled that things are going so well! Two weeks from now I will be spending almost 2 weeks at my parentsí house. I am looking at this as a challenge. These two weeks prior to the trip, when Iím living in anticipation and excitement and maybe a bit of anxiety of having to face comfort foods, will be the first challenge in not having any binges.

The next phase of my challenge will be the actual trip and visit. One thing that makes it pretty easy not to binge at Mom and Dadís is that they donít keep any food in the house, so I can buy what I want to eat. The only trouble I had last time was when I made the mistake of baking for them. Of course, I ate most of it! There are a few other candy and bakery goodies from my hometown that suck me in whenever I go. But Iím going home more frequently, and they donít have such a pull on me anymore. Last time I was there and indulged, those treats didnít taste as good as I remembered them to taste when I was younger. If I just remember that, I wonít even consider buying them.

About a week after I return from Wisconsin, weíll be heading to Hawaiíi! CANíT WAIT! Will get to meet baby BjÝrn, our youngest grandson. Hubbyís mom is coming with us on the trip. Having her there will help me keep my fingers off the extra helpings. Iím self-conscious eating around her. This may help keep me in line.

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Bike riding is so much more enjoyable and exciting than riding my recumbent bike upstairs. This seems like a better workout. I got the bike on Tuesday night, rode it twice on Wednesday and once yesterday. This morning I took another ride. Loving it all the way! Got MapMyFitness app on the suggestion of KELLIEBEAN. I started at 10 minutes, increased by 5 for the next two rides, and this morning added 5. So Iím up to 20 minutes. I canít believe how pooped I am this morning! It was humid, so maybe that has something to do with it. I am using different muscles than indoors. Once I get my time increased to where I want it, I will increase speed. I carry my phone in my cargo pants leg pocket. The app calls out every mile or so and how long I have been riding, my speed and everything! Love it. It will also do this for my walks, (and runs, but I donít run). Iím finally having fun working out. I used to have fun while swimming, but I didnít like dealing with locker rooms and showers at the Y.

I am so glad I got a bike! It was the least expensive piece of major equipment I have purchased! Hubby said maybe weíll get a bike rack soon. Iíd love to take it to the greenway!

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KNYAGENYA 8/31/2013 9:24AM

    Congrats on being binge free. That is awesome. Keep up the good work. You can do it...I have faith in you.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/30/2013 9:39PM

    Congratulations for staying binge-free! I am really happy for you and know what an accomplishment it is. You sound like you have a good handle on the eating challenges coming up ahead. Way to go for analyzing the strengths and pitfalls of the weeks ahead!

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    biking is being 12 again! I got a bike rack off craigslist for $20 several years ago and use it all the time. Happy trails!

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/30/2013 9:02PM

    Here's to progress in all areas!

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LARISSA238 8/30/2013 8:43PM

    You can do it! Being binge free is awesome! I've fallen short lately and have been bingeing. But I just try again. You are doing an awesome job and I'm proud of you! Biking is great low impact exercise... keep it up!

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SHERIO5 8/30/2013 8:01PM

    You sound prepared for your trips! Planning is a great idea!

I'm glad you are enjoying your bike, it makes me want to pump up my tires and go! It's too hot right now, and my hand and arm are still healing anyway...but soon!

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ANGGEL40 8/30/2013 4:23PM

    Yay good for you..it's good to have fun working out and enjoying it as well..Good Job! Enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing! emoticon

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THOMASINA57 8/30/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon Way to go!!! You are doing so well and I loved your blog. It is so inspiring. I never did get around to riding my road bike this summer and your blog makes me wish I had..

Good luck on your visit with your parents and the trip to Hawaii sounds like a lot of fun! emoticon

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CHRISTASP 8/30/2013 3:24PM

    Reading about your biking experiences makes me smile. Taking bike rides is my go-to form of exercise (with a foot injury I can't walk or dance or run much). I love being out there in nature, or ride through town and look at all the trees, the houses. It helps me clear my head.
Indeed riding outside is much more fun than riding a recumbent bike. (Though on a recumbent bike, you get to READ! lol).
I'm wishing you the best of luck with your eating while away. No one and nothing can take away the progress you've made so far, that's certain!

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My New Ride

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This is a picture I couldn't resist sharing with you all. This is my 2.5 year-old granddaughter Daisy. She was so excited to get to pick a PINK flower from my garden, roots and all!

I woke up with an extra bounce in my step. As soon as possible I went outside and jumped on my brand spanking new bike!

I didn't have to order it after all. We remembered there was another Academy Sports store another 15 minutes up the highway. So at 7 last night we called them and they had one! I was able to get the color that I wanted, which of course will make it a better bike, haha!

I took a 10 minute ride around the neighborhood. 10 minutes was all I had before I had to leave for my daughter's. But 10 minutes got me out of breath. It's a 6 speed bike and I pushed myself to use higher gears. I LOVE IT! Makes me feel like a kid again!

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CASTIRONLADY 8/29/2013 10:12PM

    Cutest of all granddaughters. Nice wheels. All the old Harley dudes say "Anything on two!". God bless.

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PMRUNNER 8/29/2013 8:24PM

    Yay! Love the picture of your granddaughter, she is about my Elizabeth's age. Love the bike too. I am happy we are a one car family again and I am able to bike commute daily. Enjoy your bike!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/29/2013 8:01PM

    Granddaughter is a doll! How cute. Love your bike, too!

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SHERIO5 8/29/2013 9:27AM


Don't forget your helmet! Have fun!

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KANOE10 8/29/2013 7:28AM

    How fun to get a new bike,. I like the ones with the lower number of gears. Your granddaughter is adorable! Have a great day

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    Woo hoo!!! So excited for you! Such a sweet picture of your granddaughter, too!

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_JODI404 8/28/2013 9:38PM

    emoticon emoticon YaY!!! So happy you got your bike!!!

It does make you feel like a kid again! I love it!!!

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I know you will have fun & it is great fitness!

LOVE the pic of Daisy, and LOVE her name too!

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ANNEMAC5 8/28/2013 9:17PM

    Adorable little lady :)

You sound so excited about your bike. It looks really smart and I love the colour looks like you will be having lots of fun as well as keeping healthy

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ANGGEL40 8/28/2013 6:26PM

    Awww..your granddaughter is so cute..cool bike, love the color..so glad you got the one you wanted..enjoy your new ride!

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KNYAGENYA 8/28/2013 6:23PM

    I love it! The color is great. You are going to love cycling. We can be cycle buddies!

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CHRISTASP 8/28/2013 4:37PM

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous picture of your granddaughter! 'Too' cute!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/28/2013 3:33PM

    I love it. What a great color! I downloaded the Map My Fitness app on my phone and it keeps track of my bicycle miles as I ride as well as my miles whe I run!

Your granddaughter is so sweet!


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CHERYL_ANNE 8/28/2013 2:53PM

    Having a color you want in something you desire automatically makes it better!

Congratulations on your wheels.

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PICKIE98 8/28/2013 2:43PM

    Pretty snazzy! I love the color! Polish that helmet and rack up the miles!

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Just Touching Base

Monday, August 26, 2013

It was a busy weekend. Whew! Not enough hours in the day. Definitely no time to eat out of boredom. I've had two weeks I've eaten a little than lower calories than my allowance, so to make sure I didn't lose ground with keeping a good metabolism, I had a day of more calories. I ate good for me foods, so it wasn't a time to fill up on goodies. No weight fluctuation involved. I got right back to business the next day, and today is off to a great start. I also got past a 24 hour period that we were taking care of the grandchildren. I am so proud of myself that I am finding I no longer stress out over having company in the house. It has allowed me to stop the stress-eating that almost all of the time accompanied having guests. I really can hardly believe it. ]

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I ended up hardly exercising last week. I was feeling a little bad about that, but decided to just not worry about it. I was actually motivated to go out and walk this morning. When I got out there and checked the Weather Channel on my iPhone, I saw it was 55 degrees at 8:00! I took a 5K walk, and the temp only went up to 60. I am so glad I did that walk. It's made me feel good all day. After I got home and hydrated, I waited to absorb the water and proceeded to do 10 min of intense ST. I'd only done ST once last week and I'd like to be doing twice a week. Whenever I ST, I love it, but I have a hard time remembering that so I put it off. It's only 10 minutes for pete's sake! Anyone can do that!

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I'm going to buy a bicycle. I haven't had one in 2 1/2 decades, so I think it's time to get one. I always loved to ride when I was young. It has been so nice out lately that it makes me want to ride and feel the wind in my hair. Though nowadays you have to wear a helmet, so it's probably not going to feel the same. Well, I can feel the wind in my face anyway!


Not much going on in my brain. I just felt like writing, so out came a rambling blog!
Have a great week!

Oh, I also am happy I made it past the 25th day binge free. No urges to binge in all that time! I can hardly believe it!

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ANGGEL40 8/27/2013 10:32AM

    emoticon binge free for 25 days, this is wonderful...I hope you have fun with your new bike..thanks for sharing..Have a Awesome week! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 8/27/2013 8:52AM

    Congrats! That is so awesome. I can't wait to see your blog about your new bike.

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KANOE10 8/27/2013 7:13AM

    Great job on 25 days. Also it is nice that you have figured out how to entertain people without being stressed! It sounds like you are having a very good week.
I like the cool walks also.

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_JODI404 8/26/2013 11:29PM

    emoticon on 25 binge free days!!!

You are doing a fantastic job Lori!! So proud of you, and I don't think this is temporary either... I believe you have really resolved some old issues with successful new ways to handle them and you are do it with ease it seems -- ie : having company over several times now!

Your walk this morning sounds lovely.

I didn't get to ride my 1 yr old (then) bike at all last year due to hubby's work schedule, weather, and my 4 month wrist injury. I'm really hoping to get some riding in soon -- especially Labor Day holiday.

You are doing great! Hope you have a fantastic week!


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SHERIO5 8/26/2013 9:07PM


I hope you get your bike soon, I got one a couple of years ago. It feels great, even with a helmet!.

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/26/2013 7:34PM

    Thank you for sharing your happiness and joy!

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OOLALA53 8/26/2013 5:53PM

    Kudos on not stress eating with company. And enjoy the binge desire reprieve. Long may it wave!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/26/2013 5:05PM

    I love seeing so many blogs by you now. It makes me smile reading how well you are doing.

I love riding my bicycle! I need to buy a helmet! I wouldn't think of getting on my motorcycle without one. I mainly stay on the paths around my house when I bicycle ride.

Happy day 25!

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CASTIRONLADY 8/26/2013 3:42PM

    Where are you, dear one? It is 85 at 6 am and climbs into the 100s by afternoon. I find myself avoiding the workout place in the garage because 1. it's too hot and 2. I am getting tons of yard work exercise. God bless you and keep up the good work. emoticon

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People Don't All Look at Us and See Our Flaws

Friday, August 23, 2013

Iíve done some reflecting on my sonís comment about me looking healthy and attractive, which I mentioned in a recent blog. It strikes me interesting that I donít consider myself attractive because I see my imperfect, still 15 pounds overweight body when I look in the mirror. I sense that what he may be seeing as healthy is the peace and calm, yet energetic person I have recently become. I am finally feeling at peace because Iím not stressing out over the bondage to food and exercise that Iíve felt for SO long. I am at peace with food and Iím not trying to exercise every spare minute, but allowing myself time to do the things I love the most. Iím taking the mental time I would usually spend thinking about what can I eat next, or fussing at myself for having eaten too much or the wrong thing, or fussing at myself for not exercising, and using it for positive things, like focusing on what Iím doing and really enjoy it as I do it. I am also utilizing the time I normally would spend eating, or foraging for food, to connect with friends, write in my journal or blog and visit with SparkFriends. I am surprised at how much time and effort I used to put into all the negative thinking and activities. So, maybe my son could read my face and demeanor as healthy and attractive.

If he can call me healthy and attractive, and I consider him to be very frank and not say what he doesnít mean, I have no excuse to be so hard on myself. A silly thing kind of triggered this thought today. I was outside at my clientís house today and her neighbor, who drives a Jaguar, said he likes my car. It is a gray 2013 Toyota Corolla. It is new, but it was filthy today. I was embarrassed that he was even looking at my car, yet he, the owner of a sharp Jaguar, saw beauty in my dusty Corolla.

People donít always look and see our flaws. They recognize our beauty. We can do better for ourselves than be so critical of ourselves. Just love ourselves for who we are!

My son, so smart he is, suggested I type my blogs in Word, so I can keep from losing them, as I have done a bunch of times by inadvertently typing the wrong key when I've typed right into the blog entry box. Now I copy and paste from Word and have no more problems!

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CHRISTASP 8/28/2013 4:40PM

    Wonderful blog to read. I wonder just how you made those changes / how they came about?

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    Interesting blog. I think you are right about both things......you are more at peace now and also others just plain notice all the aspects that we dwell on.

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_JODI404 8/24/2013 2:58PM

    Your son is very wise!
He definitely may be seeing as you as attractive and healthy -- seeing the new peaceful and calm, yet energetic person you have recently become.

Instead of spending so much of your time and energy struggling you have learned to stop fighting yourself so much. Let go of fighting your weight and thinking about food and instead, embrace your body, your health and your spirit.
I believe that when you feel good, you canít help but look good.

I LOVE this that you wrote, and totally agree with you!
"People donít always look and see our flaws. They recognize our beauty. We can do better for ourselves than be so critical of ourselves. Just love ourselves for who we are!"

Comment edited on: 8/24/2013 2:59:22 PM

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SHERIO5 8/24/2013 1:19PM

    So, true!

Sometime you may hear that positive attracts positive...I think that seems true. I've notice that when I'm feeling good about myself, I get more compliments. Focusing on enjoying each moment, each person, just being really present, can make me feel more peaceful, happy, and content. It sounds like you've found your own fountain of youth!

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LARISSA238 8/24/2013 12:13PM

    Great insight! we do have to know that people see us for who we are, not the little things that we see that drag us down. You have to get up and over them, and it sounds like you are doing a great job! And once again, you have a wonderful son!

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KNYAGENYA 8/24/2013 9:41AM

    That is a great way to see things. You have a very smart son...then again look who he has as a mother.

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POPSY190 8/24/2013 3:27AM

    I do the copy and paste too for the same reason!
We are often very hard on ourselves and our eyesight is often skewed when it's ourselves we are looking at! emoticon

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LINDA! 8/23/2013 10:17PM

    You have a wise son. emoticon

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ANGGEL40 8/23/2013 7:08PM

    So true... we really are so much more then our flaws..love is the key word..thanks for sharing!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/23/2013 4:34PM

    So true. We are more than our weight and looks. When things start feeling good on the inside, they show on the outside!

We are our own worst critic!

Good job using Word first!

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SUEPERWOMAN 8/23/2013 4:06PM


Lovely. I so agree with you! We tend to be our own worst critics.
To have your son, who is an honest boy, tell you truthfully how you look to the outside world, that is important information to have. You obviously have come a long way and should be celebrating all that you've done. Can you still tweak your journey? I'm sure you can. Yet do it with much love, because you are all you've got, you know?

Love, Ginger

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CAMAEL100 8/23/2013 4:02PM

    I agree. I think we are the ones that see our flaws the most.

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