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Where's Lori? – Virtual walk update

Monday, December 12, 2011

I’m way overdue for my “Where’s Lori?” blog update.



If you are a new spark friend, you should know that I’ve been walking off my weight. However, I needed a way to stay motivated, so I started a virtual walk to the Mackinac bridge (pronounced ‘Mackinaw’).

My journey began in July. I decided to take the scenic route by walking along Lake Michigan’s coastline. I stopped by my alma mater WMU and partied with some frat bro’s, did some fishing at South Haven, now I’m just heading out of…….



I had lots of fun in Traverse City by spreading some holiday cheer.

I helped out the Salvation Army by bell ringing.



I helped a family pick and cut their Christmas Tree.



They were so thankful that they offered me hot chocolate at their home. It was in my calorie range so I had a cup.

I then helped them decorate the tree. I supplied the SPARKLING tree topper.



Don’t worry, I didn’t fall. I developed good balance by doing yoga.

Well I’m off….see ya Traverse City. It’s been fun.



I’ll be spreading more holiday cheer and hope to do some downhill skiing and snowmobiling soon.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS SPARKERS.

Only 100 miles to da bridge!!!





  
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JENNIFER_67 12/12/2011 9:32PM

    This is such a great idea. I enjoy all of your posts. It such a great journey.

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HINCTYBEAT 12/12/2011 8:48PM

    This is awesome! I had a friend in grad school from MI and she had two dogs, Mackinac and Petoskey :) Great dogs. I hope that you have Petoskey on your eventual route as well :)

Happy Travels!!

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KINEPS 12/12/2011 4:42PM

    This is a clever and fun way to keep motivated. My husband's company just had a similar activity for employees and spouses -- we had to Get Fit on Route 66. After posting our exercise minutes, it would tell us what town we were in along Route 66 and gave some fun facts about the area. Love your comments and pictures!!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/12/2011 2:40PM

    Very nice! I'm getting a kick out of doing my own virtual walk. It really does add another dimension to walking regularly.

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WANNABESKINNYME 12/12/2011 12:32PM

    Love, love, love this journey! Keep us posted.

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SARARAH 12/12/2011 11:01AM

    Too funny! That's a great bridge - so beautiful up there! I love Northern MI.

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Goodbye 180s...Hello 170s

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The scales finally tipped this morning and I'm out of the 180s. Hello 170s, it has been 4 years since I've seen you. I plan to stay for a little while and eventually will say goodbye to you too. I'm one determined Sparker who is going to reach her goal by the big 5-0!

Now I'm off to the gym for my big workout!

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Once again...thanks to all my spark friends for keeping me motivated and inspiring me. You rock!

  
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JUSTA123 12/10/2011 1:24PM

    emoticon and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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JENNIFER_67 12/8/2011 6:59PM

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TWNOMWE 12/8/2011 1:40PM

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The more we move the faster they melt away.
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READYRACHEL 12/8/2011 12:42PM

    Congratulations! Moving from one set to another is always so motivating even if it means you only lost one more pound. Seeing that second number change makes a big difference.

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CHEESER22 12/8/2011 10:47AM

    Fantastic! They are just numbers, but don't those kinds of milestones motivate us? Woo-Hoo!

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SARARAH 12/8/2011 9:44AM

    Congrats!! Have a great workout!

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KINEPS 12/8/2011 7:56AM

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Congratulations!!! Enjoy . . . . .

Maryann

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I now love my tape measure!!

Thursday, December 01, 2011



The month of November, I lost:

1.5” around waist
1” around hip
1” around thighs
1” around upper arms

I can't wait to see how December measures up (down that is)!

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CRAFTSNUT 12/4/2011 4:35PM

    Way to go!!!

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LUVS2BIKE101 12/3/2011 9:46PM

    Congratulations! I love measuring success by using the tape measure instead of the scale!

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    That is great. Way to go!
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Cholesterol is NORMAL after 5 months!!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My test cholesterol results came in the mail on Friday and I was in shock. I did it!!!! My total cholesterol is normal. My hard work and dedication has paid off.

I can’t every recall my total cholesterol ever in the 170s. I’ve have always been border-line high.

Last June, a month before my scheduled physical, I received test results for my cholesterol re-check. My doctor wrote on my report: “We need to talk about your cholesterol at your next physical”. I knew exactly what was coming….medication. So I had one month to start seriously doing something. That was the day I really officially started spark people (joined in February but never really committed).

Four weeks later, I went in for my physical and my doctor took out his prescription pad. I said “NO”. I explained that I was following a online nutritional & fitness program called Spark People and I have walked over 55 miles since I started. He put away his prescription pad and said that he would give me a fighting chance. That day I was more determined than ever to prove to myself that I could get to normal level without medication.

Since June, I have:
• Lost 17 pounds
• Been eating more healthy whole foods
• Limited dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day
• Walked over 340 miles
• And lately been putting in 2 hour daily workouts (over 2500 fitness minutes in November)

I was hoping that my November test would be the one that dropped below 200. Yes, it was. Woo Hoo….



My HDL (good cholesterol) is low which has me a little concerned, so that is what I’m targeting the next 4 months. I’ll be researching ways to improve my HDL a few points. HDL for women should be above 50. Exercise and taking Omega 3 supplements are two ways to improve HDL, but I’m already doing both. Any other suggestions out there?


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EDGYKITTEN 11/27/2011 5:43PM

    Good job! Keep up the great work!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/27/2011 3:21PM

    Fabulous job!

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/27/2011 1:32PM

    yeah! cool!

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KEEPITUP05 11/27/2011 12:32PM

    This is a great accomplishment! Woo~hoo!!! Way to go!!!I am going to read this to my hubby!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Weight loss is a good thing but to bring your cholesterol down without medication is totally awesome!
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Woo hoo! That is amazing!!! Congratulations!

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MISSG180 11/27/2011 10:07AM

    That is amazing! You did a great job. Congratulations!

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BESTCK 11/27/2011 9:27AM

    LORI!!!! I am so proud of you! Way to set a goal and go after it. U Da Woman!

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Half way point

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today I hit my half way point to my goal weight (15.6 lbs lost)! I’m so excited that I’m feeling the results of my hard work, dedication and commitment to myself and a lifestyle change.

In the past this is the time I would start losing my motivation to complete the other half of my journey, but I’m committed to reaching my goal. What is different this time? It is this wonderful community.

Thank you to all my spark friends, you inspire and motivate me!!!!!

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BESTCK 11/15/2011 9:44AM

    That's awesome, Lori!

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