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A year later....stronger, wiser, healthier

Monday, June 20, 2011

On January 1, 2010 I made a serious decision to lose weight. My health was going downhill slowly and I was finding myself in a depression. My family encouraged me to become active and to control food portions. So I began to ride my bike every weekend, weather permitting. As long as it wasn't raining or snowing, I was riding. Weekdays after work were for indoor stationary bike or ellyptical work-outs because of the short daylight hours here in New York during the winter. But as soon as Springtime rolled around, I headed outdoors every day that it wasn't raining. Even though I was not paying attention to my food intake, I began to lose the weight and dropped about 30 pounds. But by May I plateaued and became very frustrated. I was afraid of gaining the weight that I lost. And then it started, first one pound, then two, then three.

On June 20, 2010 I found SparkPeople.com while on Facebook. I clicked on the icon and the rest is history. Today, a year later, I am 1 pound away from my goal weight. I had hoped to have reached it today on my 1st year anniversary, but it did not happen. And that's ok because I have accomplished so much during this past year. My improved health is testimony to that. I am no longer obese and all my vitals are in normal range! I could not have done this without the support, advice, and friendship of everyone who is part of SparkPeople.com. And for this I am so grateful!

I have much more to share but will put it all in my success story. I just wanted to tell everyone what a wonderful journey this is to better health. I am stronger, wiser and alot healthier!

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/21/2011 9:06AM

    You have come a long way CONGRATS

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LAURELSPARK 6/21/2011 12:10AM

    You've come a long way baby!!

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MISSHARTUNG 6/20/2011 10:01PM

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What an inspiration!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Today I was inspired by a member of SparkPeople.com who recently completed an unfinished curtain project. This member blogged about the great stair workout she got from the many trips she had to take going upstairs to the sewing room and downstairs to the basement where the window was located in order to complete this long overdue project. Well, dear friend, I, too, had a similar project and I got a similar workout! Mine, however, involved horizontal mini blinds that were purchased many years ago. They were too long and I never made time to alter them to the proper length . I just hung them and pulled them up thinking it was just a temporary solution. Many years later the project is completed along with giving them a good cleaning using the bathtub located upstairs! Ten sets of blinds in all! Later in the early part of this evening, I plan to relax on my Trek riding an easy trail enjoying nature's gentle breeze.

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KIMBIES1124 5/29/2011 12:03PM

    Stairs are a great way to get some steps in and stay in shape. Both my computer and my laundry room is downstairs. My husband thinks I am crazy because I will fold the clothes downstairs and bring up small piles to put away instead of bringing up the basket all at once! Of course, it is to get my steps in.

We also have a second floor at work that I try and find excuses to go up to multiple times of day.

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RAGIONERE 5/29/2011 10:48AM

  That is one of the great benefits of better health, you have the energy and inclination to complete these types of projects (and what a boost to get an aged project finally done).

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STARTLIGHT 5/29/2011 12:51AM

    You are truly an inspiration and motivator, thanks for sharing your accomplishment and it must feel great to get a job done. Hope you had a nice trek. emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 5/28/2011 10:48PM

    WooHoo!! emoticon on the mini-blinds.

I'm so glad that I got my curtains up. My next project is to take the wallpaper border down in my son's room and paint it. He moved out 3 years ago and I have not done a thing.

I hope that you had a great ride. It drizzled here all day so we did not get out. Tomorrow we have a chance of T-storms so maybe we'll be able to squeeze a ride in.

Have a wonderful holiday.

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TRIGFROST 5/28/2011 8:50PM

    More power to you gong up and down those strars...

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EVWINGS 5/28/2011 7:13PM

    Wow Wee!! what a great accomplishment!!

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PMFISH 5/28/2011 6:53PM

    Wow, I know that was a workout! Keep up the good work.

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BERVEY 5/28/2011 5:09PM

    Isn't it a great feeling when we finish a project? Especially one that has been on the back burner for a while! Congratulations and good job getting the extra steps in. emoticon

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All creatures big and small...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My running and biking adventures have proven to be very interesting places to see lately. The following pictures were taken of the inhabitants of several different trails I enjoy running or riding on. I hope you enjoy the outdoors as much as I do, especially when meeting creatures big and small.




  


Spring...loving every minute!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bike riding is one of my favorite pasttimes. After work today, I wasted no time to put on my biking gear and head out on my route. With the sun ahead of me and the wind at my back, I liberated the stress that was built up within me and enjoyed the countryside. On my way home, I passed the Quacker family who were very polite and permitted me to take their picture. Spring. I love every minute of the season!

  
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STARTLIGHT 4/16/2011 12:31PM

    Good to hear you had a good day. I have to get my bike out and start riding also. Love the quacker family, really cute. Keep on smiling. emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 4/15/2011 7:57PM

    You lucky duck, we had rain today so I didn't get to ride.

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LOTI55 4/15/2011 11:26AM

  Sounds like an awesome evening! Spring is great...the season of new beginnings. Glad you have an wonderful way to exercise.

And thank you Quacker family for allowing the picture. Thanks for sharing, very cute

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Blame someone else???

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's challenge of (((Skinny Vibes))) team asks us to blame someone else for our problems. And it is clearly stated that "this is not about real blame because we all know that we are in charge of our lives." With that said, I will try my best to complete this challenge. The ONLY person I can blame is ME! Even if I try to put it off on someone esle, I can't in good conscience think of who or what should take the blame for my poor decision that ultimately created a problem(s). This challenge has made me realize the truth about myself. It is a good reminder for us to know that we are responsible for our own actions, no matter what the outcome. Thanks for a great challenge!
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