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One year later...it's been a wild ride!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It truly is hard to believe it has been 1 year since I last set my goals. Last September (2013) was a pretty dark time in my life. My mom had just passed away, very unexpectedly & I was a train wreck. The grieving had taken a huge toll on me physically and emotionally. Spiritually, my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is what ultimately help me through the whole last year. emoticon

Physically I had gained back over 10lbs I had worked so hard to lose, I had anxiety attacks everyday, even in my sleep, needless to say I wasn't sleeping either. I had heart palpitations, broke out in a weird rash on my arms, cried at the drop of a hat, on and on, you get the picture.

I decided it was time to get a grip,,I couldn't go on living like that. I knew exercise and good nutrition would be my ticket. so I started a journal. Set physical, emotional and spiritual goals. I tracked EVERYTHING!! I prayed for the strength, ability, comfort and wisdom to push forward. And slowly, things started to turn around. By Christmas I had RE-LOST the 10lbs I had gained. Physically, some of the real bad issues had all but disappeared. Of course it goes without saying I still grieve and miss my mom every single day, but now I can get through the day without feeling like I'm having a heart attack!!

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January of 2014 a small group of family and friends started a "lifestyle change", wasn't just about losing weight but being as healthy, fit and present in our daily lives as we could possibly be. Being the BEST we could be. We all had our own personal goals. We decided to end it in August with a trip to the ocean. We are pretty much landlocked in Montana,,sometimes ya just need your ocean fix!! SparkPeople was a very important tool for me in my journey. The tracking, the support and encouragement from awesome Spark Friends, the inspirational stories, the recipes, just everything was huge in helping me stay on track. emoticon

By August 16th, I had lost an additional 10lbs, 20 all together, I finished a C25K running program and went on to run a 10K in honor of my mom, and I have completed almost every goal I had started journaling about. OH and I also celebrated my 50th birthday haha and welcomed my 2nd precious grandbaby into the world. And the best thing is, I feel so much better inside and out. I have a way to go still, but I know I can do it! So September 2014 is like a fresh start for me. I'm setting some new goals,, so bring on the New Year!! emoticon

Here's a few pic's from our trip :)



The night before we left the Lord Blessed me with this sunset,,took it at a stop light ha ha



First stop was in Couer d'Alene ID at a diner I saw on "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives" had to try the homemade pecan carmel rolls,,well worth the calories!!



Bridge of the Gods



Early morning beach combing



Our beach!



Beautiful sunset from our deck..

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Enjoying the last moments...

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 8/31/2014 1:10PM

    Congratulations. I'm glad that you enjoyed such a nice reward. I hope your next challenge goes as well. emoticon

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MONTANAFOCUS 8/30/2014 3:41PM

    you did a great job. Definitely deserved that trip to the ocean. I can almost hear and smell it now.

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BECKY0111 8/30/2014 12:39PM

    Beautiful sunset! God bless you.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/30/2014 7:04AM

    May you have another great year coming up!! The pictures are beautiful and congratulations on having the strength and conviction to make the last year such a great one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 8/30/2014 1:45AM

    What a great year you have had...working through your grief, and getting yourself healthy. The pics are beautiful...but I know it was many times more wonderful being there to celebrate with your family and friends! emoticon



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New weekend new adventure!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Stayed at the cabin this weekend. Took a 6 hour 4 wheeler ride, saw some beautiful sites and best of all found a newly discovered (at least for us!) huckleberry patch! If you've ever picked huckleberries you know how valuable finding good patch of berries is!! All I'm saying is,it's up "No tell em' gulch!!" ha ha



Hiked into this pretty high mountain lake...



Found this little guy lookin up at me....



View from the top of the world! Too bad there is so much smoke from forest fires to see clearly but Canyon Ferry Lake is in the background....



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MOMTOMONKEYS2 8/13/2014 12:29PM

    Looks like a pretty hike...where did you go? I promise I'm not trying to find your huckleberry spot emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 8/12/2014 11:40PM

    emoticon scenery, and sounds like you got a lot of sunshine and fresh air...at least, I hope you weren't smelling that smoke the whole time...

Cute little friend you made, too! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 8/12/2014 7:02AM

    Beautiful!

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Much needed weekend in the wilderness!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A much needed camping/hiking weekend was just what the doctor ordered! Ended up in the Bob Marshall Wilderness,,breathtaking!! Rivals Glacier Park in it's beauty... the best thing is, it is only 1.5 hours from my house!! Feeling Blessed emoticon



Stumbled upon this awesome waterfall.....



Hike to the top and overlook Gibson Reservoir....



Sun Canyon River....



The COOLEST thing was finding this fossil along the river...looks like a shell??? Anyone know anything about this kind of thing?



Of course I can not pass up an opportunity to photograph wildflowers!! My favorite "Indian Paintbrush"



This was at Canyon Ferry Lake the week before....calm before the storm!!






  
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MT-MOONCHASER 8/3/2014 12:38PM

    Nice picture of Canyon Ferry. I really like the colors in it.

Your other pictures are nice, too.

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MONTANAFOCUS 8/1/2014 12:47PM

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. DH's cousin used to be a ranger in the "Bob". Most of his work was on horseback. Poor fellow, but then somebody has to do it, right?

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BECKY0111 7/29/2014 10:18PM

    So beautiful! Please continue to share your Montana pics, and have a great summer!

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FISHGUT3 7/29/2014 9:02AM

    looks inviting

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TERI-RIFIC 7/29/2014 6:43AM

    Beautiful.

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ALICIA214 7/29/2014 12:14AM

 

The beauty of Mother Nature, can't beat it The pictures are beautiful..


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GODS_TEMPLE 7/29/2014 12:03AM

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Everything around here is FLAT. I've loved the few times when I had the chance of seeing mountains and waterfalls. (sigh)

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As my boss says: You can't have your cupcake and lose it too!!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

07/08/2014
End of 3rd- 5 week challenge
Well, we all reported in our end results of last 5 week challenge (06/03/2014 thru 07/08/2014)

This time we ranged from a 5.5 lb loss to 1lb. to 0 weight loss. I was at a 2lb loss. At one point it was closer to 3 lbs but than the 4th of July weekend happened!! emoticon
I did learn some things this time around. Even though I manage to hit all my daily goals 75% of the time AND followed my workout schedule of cardio/strength 86% of the 35 days, I still only managed a loss of about .4 lbs per week!! So clearly I need to have a bigger calorie deficit. I learned that even if the Spark Calorie counter says you have 300 calories left at end of day, you don't eat a bowl of ice cream to use it up!! emoticon

So my goals for next 5 weeks ---07/09/2014 to 08/13/2014--
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1) Lose 10lbs emoticon

2) Do all scheduled cardio/strength training workouts
*** 86% of the time or better is the goal *** emoticon

3) Stay within my Spark Calorie Goals - --plus maintain a daily 350 calorie deficit-- (something has to change!!) emoticon

4) Track all my fitness/nutrition.

5) Try and hit all these goals 80% of the next 5 weeks emoticon

I'll report back here after Aug. 13th. My reward to myself for accomplishing all this is, extra spending money for my vacation on the Oregon Coast!! A girls gotta shop right??!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon


  
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    Sounds like you're energized. Go for it. You can do it! And two pounds lost is great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/9/2014 12:54AM

    There's only one thing wrong with your plans...you should try to do these things 100% of the time. Even if you know that you wont make it, it's better to shoot for the GOLD!

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WOW!! Talk about inspiration!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Didn't really realize this till a few days ago, but the Governor's Cup Marathon is today & part of the long stretch, goes right down our country road!! I didn't want to be in their way, so I did my workout inside, on my elliptical this morning. I did go out to cool down & was able to see these fabulous, amazing people doing what they do,,going for their goals. There were all types,,young, old, fast, slow,running, jogging, walking, men, woman & kids!! You see the fast ones come in big packs and than the slower ones are spaced out...but either way, I just wanted to cheer and encourage every single one!! They were ALL such an inspiration to me. I think about my own goals, my struggles and my victories over the last year...I'm sure they all have an amazing story to share!!! Thanks to all of you out there pushing through and accomplishing your goals,,your an inspiration to me!! emoticon emoticon

  
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IMLOCOLINDA 6/15/2014 3:58AM

    Saw it on the early news and looked like a pretty good crowd!

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/14/2014 6:21PM

    What a wonderful thing to happen right in front of your house... emoticon

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