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So you're feeling too fat to be photographed...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

One of my friends posted a link on Facebook to this FABULOUS blog entry. I encourage you all to read it.

Now dig out that camera and charge up the battery! :)

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BLUESKYMUM 3/14/2013 5:28PM

    Thank you for posting that honest and gutsy blog that hit a cord with me too! emoticon

After just getting new passport pics for our Asian cruise tour, it has crossed my mind a few times that I am stuck with that awful pic for the next 10 years! But I am going to have a great time on this holiday and the future ones we have planned in our retirement so I can take that good advice and live life now, while I can.

That passport pic is a great incentive for me to keep sparking and a great record of how far I have come, so it serves as a great motivator too! emoticon

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SMARTIN77 2/23/2013 4:19AM

    I hate getting my picture taken - noticing not just the weight but every flaw. This blog inspired me to push past these insecurities. Definitely a keeper!

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BLITZEN40 2/4/2013 6:39PM

    "Life doesn't wait until you get thin enough to capture it." Love this! I lost my uncle yesterday and have been thinking a lot about what really matters since I got the news. Does anyone ever say, "She did great at staying within her calorie limit every day." at a funeral? Does an obituary ever read, "She was excellent at maintaining her daily workout routine." or "She was very skinny." or "She was quite overweight."? NO! Because it doesn't really matter in the big picture. What matters is who you loved, what you loved, who loved you and what your major life decisions were. And this blog that you shared just reiterates that. emoticon

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    Thank you so very much for sharing this. It really struck a cord.

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WILLOW49 2/4/2013 12:08AM

    Thanks for sharing with us. I've always hated having my photo taken; I'll be thinking differently now...

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JACKIE542 2/3/2013 9:11PM

    This is so true, I never liked my picture taken, now I do understand I should have been in more, so now I give hubby the camera so I can be in them.Thank you for this post. emoticon

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TERESA6262 2/3/2013 9:05PM

    What a great blog!

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    Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don't mind but, I will be making this a blog entry! It's needs to be shared.

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 2/3/2013 8:37PM

    Thank you sooo much for sharing that link!!

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    That was really powerful Malia. Are you going to post it in whole by any chance because I was thinking about copying it into a that I can read it again when I am feeling photo-phobic. =)

Thank you for sharing it.

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    What a great post-thanks for your direction to it. emoticon

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URBANLOTUS 2/3/2013 7:54PM

    That's a great post. It is so right. Thank you for sharing it. emoticon

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GCHUNG 2/3/2013 7:50PM

    I used to feel that way - I finally came to terms with myself and will no longer shy from the camera.

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More leaves!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

On Saturday I raked up the remaining leaves in the front yard, and then brought FOURTEEN large wheelbarrowfuls (is that a word?) of leaves to the backyard in a pile.

I can now fill a Volkswagen with leaves...

This is not how I want to look in a tank top and jeans, definitely a motivational photo to keep sparking. (I like this term sparking better than dieting!)

I also swept all the walks with a push broom - I think I will be using a regular broom from now on because the push broom didn't make my back happy.

After dark it started raining and it is raining occasionally today too. Thank goodness I didn't give in to yesterday's temptation to procrastinate moving the leaves; moving WET leaves is disgusting. Glad to have the job done!

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LINDA! 1/11/2013 4:59PM

    That is a lot of cardio!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/10/2013 10:29AM

    14 wheelbarrows of leaves can compact quite well. In my youth, a buddy of mine and put a garbage can in the bottom of a stairwell and raked his entire front yard into the well and stomped them into one garbage can. We being about 9 nor his dad could not move that can up and out of the stairwell. Great luck on Sparking instead of dieting.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 1/6/2013 7:50PM

    I'm so glad to be done with my leaves!! Only 86 bags!!

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BLITZEN40 1/6/2013 7:20PM

    You look great, but WHERE IS YOUR SMILE? I am so jealous that you live in a place where it is warm enough to wear a tank top outside right now!! If I lived in a place that warm, I would be smiling all the time! Nice pile of leaves, I would've totally jumped in them. I mean what's the point of having an awesome pile like that if you don't jump in it at least once? ;) WTG on getting it all done! emoticon

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    Wow, it was an INVASION of leaves--are you sure the trees are really just trees! You look so CUTE in your pic! I know you want to lose weight and get fit and all and you will certainly be healthier, but ya gotta love how CUTE you look right now just like you are!!!

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SABLENESS 1/6/2013 4:40PM

    That IS a lot of leaves! Great workout and congrats on not procrastinating. emoticon

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    Sparking instead of dieting is MUCH better and you nailed it as a term for me. A VW bug full of! I think I would've been tempted to jump into the pile at least once, just for fun. Thanks for sharing you pics! It's like I get to visit with you for a moment!

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JACKIE542 1/6/2013 4:11PM

    That is a lot, you won, I did not get done. I think you even have a bigger yard too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1EMMA2011 1/6/2013 2:17PM

    That is a lot of leaves! Great job!! I like the term sparking too!


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Yard Work

Friday, January 04, 2013

While we were away, ALL of the trees in our yard lost their leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. When I arrived home, it looked like an abandoned house or something. How embarrassing.

So today I spent an hour and a quarter raking the leaves out of the street, the neighbor's yard and our front yard.

I raked up three waist-deep piles of leaves - enough to make myself a replica of a VW beetle or something. Here in town we can't burn them, so tomorrow's job will be to wheelbarrow them around back to the compost heap (which will quadruple in size).

Sure hope there won't be much wind tonight!

The best part is that according to SP, an hour and a quarter spent raking leaves burns 480 calories! Sweeping and raking for the exercise WIN! (No wonder our nation is getting fatter now that those horrible leaf blowers are all the rage.)

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BLITZEN40 1/6/2013 12:19PM

    Nice job getting all those leaves raked up- that's a HUGE pile! I want to jump in it! emoticon

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SABLENESS 1/5/2013 4:59PM

    Great workout! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 1/5/2013 10:31AM

    Yes, that is a lot of exercise. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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    Oooo.... I LOVE work-outs like that, where you can see instant results! My fave is to push-mow the yard despite owning a riding mower. And hubby loves that he can enter "chopping wood" after we cut a big load. Your compost pile is gonna love you! Raking leaves is a lesson in futility at my house, but we don't live in a neighborhood so it doesn't matter. I'm in the process of turning our yard into a garden of raised beds and paths so we will eventually only have a small space to mow. Hubby wants to keep one patch of grass for playing games like volleyball or cornhole.

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NUTRON3 1/5/2013 5:51AM

    Good job

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    What a FANTASTIC way to get a workout in!! Raking leaves, gardening, working in your yard...those are some of my FAVORITE things to do. I can't wait till I actually have a yard of my own though =) and WOW, what stamina you have, that was one hell of a workout!

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1EMMA2011 1/5/2013 12:49AM

    That is amazing! Great job and Glad you are back!!


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JACKIE542 1/4/2013 10:45PM

    I raked up many leaves today too, yes it sure burns the calories. emoticon

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Food choices and falling off the wagon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Too late to edit the previous entry so I'll make a new one. :)

Today I am traveling. I left the house at 4:45am for the airport and then the flight was delayed, causing me to miss my connecting flight. So I'm spending the night in Denver at a very nice hotel courtesy of United Airlines.

So what did I eat all day, you ask?

I started off well. I had brought some granola bars and fruit, so I started off with a nonfat latte in the airport and a banana. After sitting on the runway for an hour I ate a granola bar and an apple. When the stewardess came with drinks I had water and added Emergen-C vitamin powder. So far, so good.

Arrived in Denver two hours late and got in line behind about 50 other people to try to arrange another flight at customer service. Drank a bottle of water (2 cups). Still ok.

Getting the new flight and hotel arrangements handled took another hour or hour and a half. By that time I was over hungry, my last snack having been hours ago. So I saw "burrito" on a restaurant menu and I fell off the wagon. What is it about burritos that they tempt me so? Oh yeah, they are huge and full of carbs and fat... dangnabit.

If not for that burrito, it would have been a perfect day. The DoubleTree Hotel's complimentary warm chocolate chip cookie (310 cal) was worth splurging on, and would even have fit within my "allowance". The mediocre burrito I had in the airport for lunch (over 700 cal according to the nutrition tracker even without dairy) was NOT worth it.

I had an excellent dinner and made good choices, even knowing I had already used up all my calories for the day. (glass of port, mediterranean hummus and eggplant, green salad w/o dressing, pita bread).

It would have been SO easy to stay off the wagon and order the "Loaded Smashed Potato Fries" for dinner (potatoes, melted cheddar, bacon, horseradish sour cream). I wanted it so bad I could taste it, and it was tempting to just write off the whole day as a failure. But having just finally lost the two pounds I had re-gained last week, I knew that choice would be sabotage of the worst kind (i.e., self-sabotage).

So while I didn't win the war today, I did win some of the battles. Phew.

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MAUREENIE1 1/7/2013 4:17PM

    I think that it is great that even though you went a little overboard ( we all do at stressful times) that you continued to make good choices. emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/21/2012 5:04PM

    Its especially hard when your traveling. You made some good choices and some not so good, but all in all, I think you did OK. Have FUN on your trip, I'm so happy for you getting to go!! I wish I could go somewhere =)

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/21/2012 10:04AM

    I think you did great too! Being overhungry is a recipe for nutrition disasters but you did what you could to avoid it with everything in your power. And when you were back in power after the burrito, you made good choices again! I say, "way to go!!!"

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NUTRON3 12/21/2012 7:17AM

    I think you did better than I would of

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BLITZEN40 12/20/2012 10:35PM

    Well, I wouldn't call one extra burrito falling off the wagon. I'd call that a little bump in the road. Especially since you stayed on track the entire rest of the day. Had you started with the burrito, continued with the Smashed Potato Fries and ended with some reeses pieces, some brownies, a pack of chocolate cookies, a huge glazed jelly filled donut and a big bowl of leftover Christmas cookie frosting (like I did) THEN you could call it falling off the wagon. I'm not sure burritos are even considered bad.. I have them for lunch sometimes: 1/2 c fat free refried beans = 90 cal + 1 flour tortilla = 120. That only puts you at 210 for a meal. Most of my non-burrito meals are more calories than that. Just sayin. You're doing great! I, on the other hand, am eating like there's no tomorrow. Just in case the Mayans are right!

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Taking the stairs

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In the hotel I've been taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I'm on the fourth floor. Three flights of stairs is easy, and the fourth gets my heart pumping and lungs working. Compare that to one flight of stairs four months ago!

Next stop, the Empire State Building...

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    Great choice! I hope you enjoyed the hotel!
In the nearest big city to us there is an event in which you climb 29 stories of stairs! I have looked at that event with amazement, but now wonder if I might be able to do it next year. I can almost imagine the fire that would be in my thighs after 10 stories.

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1EMMA2011 12/20/2012 9:40PM

    Woo Hoooo! emoticon Awesome job!!

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