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Grateful Thanks & Reflections...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I just want to thank everyone for the support I have received in the last few months with this whole weight loss thing. It really has meant a great deal to me. I feel incredibly blessed and loved.

Maintenance is going to be a journey unto itself. One of those strange new adventures, especially because I am committed to continuing with the exercise and eating habits that I have established over the last 8 months.

When I started, I was hoping to be into a size 12 by the next New Year's... and I'm in an 8 or 10 (depending on brand and age of clothing). I am quite satisfied with that.

When I started, I was hoping to be more physically healthy... I never dreamed I'd run/walk my first 5K in June... and now I find, though running is HARD, I LIKE it. My body craves exercise and physical movement. (Tonight I'm going a little neurotic on where I can fit in 45 minutes of exercise before or after choir practice.)

When I started, I had no idea how much happier I was going to be, and I was already a relatively happy person.

When I started, I had no idea how much stress relief I was going to find... and trust me, I have had some backbreaking & mind-bending stress in the last 8 months.

When I started, I didn't know how many physical aches & pains would find relief... nothing earth-shattering... but my low back pain is only an infrequent visitor now... YAY!

When I started, I had no idea how much clearer my mind would be and how much more energy I would have... I feel like I could understand calculus while climbing a mountain now!

When I started, I thought I had no self-control and now I find it to be a natural part of my decision-making process...

In short, I have realized everything I wanted and so much more and I am confident the discoveries will increase.

Now the news comes out that if you are physically active, especially running, you can delay serious declines normally associated with aging by an average of 16 years.

So my feet are going to keep easin' on down the road or treadmill until they just won't go no further!

Good afternoon and greatest blessings to you all!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GLAMOURGIRL-9 9/6/2008 9:17AM

    I can not wait to be where you are!!!!! You have gained so much while losing - amazing! Congrats again!

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JILLWILSON2102 9/4/2008 9:31AM

    And hopefully your road to empowerment and enlightment is just beginning. You are doing so wonderfully. You are a true testament to the power of positive thinking and just doing it every day. Good for you!! Jill

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UNEEKNITTER 9/4/2008 12:12AM

    Here is to your success with a healthier lifestyle!!


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SHAREBEAR74 9/3/2008 7:28PM

    I am thrilled for you! You deserve nothing but the best; glad you're getting it! emoticon

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

148.8 this morning!!!!!!!!!!

150 was my goal and I certainly didn't expect to hit it on the nose. I just want to go outside and yell, "GGGGOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!"

I ran(mostly) a really hard treadmill workout for 45 minutes last night and I only had to tone it down in two places, 1 spot for incline and 1 spot for speed... it was so hard but so good.

My BMI this morning is 23.2! I have lost a total of 55.8 lbs (27.3% of my starting weight) and I am officially in Maintenanceville. I have also maintained a steady 1.6# per week (average) weight loss all year.

I was doing okay before really digging into SP in April, but this site has really made the journey more enjoyable. Just knowing how many others are out there struggling with the same stuff on their journeys helps tremendously.

SP has also been wonderful with all the articles and solid information available. This makes the journey to life change easier.

I am incredibly happy. Crossing the 50 lb barrier was overall more emotional... now I am steeling myself for the work ahead (read as: the rest of my life!).

The shift of focus from loss to maintenance is going to be interesting but really since I hit that wonderful 50 lb lost mark, I've been better able to prep myself for it than I was in the beginning... when it seemed like such a distant dream.

That dream is reality now... and nothing is perfect just because I've reached my goal weight. However life seems better. On Sunday our church had its annual Water Ceremony in which everyone brings water (real or virtual) to pour into a common bowl at the end of the summer to share travels/experiences both internal and external with the congregation. Hubby and I took our water jugs that we tote around the house all the time now and shared water of our physical/mental/spiritual/financial decluttering we are undergoing, which has been a huge journey for us both this year...

Nothing is perfect just because I'm at goal weight. BUT things are truly better in many many ways than they were a year ago.

Thanks to all my friends here on SP for the extraordinary support you have shown to me!

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BLESSEDX72005 9/6/2008 2:59PM

    Is that what that sound was I heard the other day? Now the mystery is cleared up...it wasn't thunder, it was you yelling, "Gooooaaalll." :)
Congratulations on your journey...it isn't over, just changing.


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GILLIAN416 9/3/2008 11:57AM

    Congrats! emoticon

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ASMPD2 9/2/2008 11:34PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your big milestone! You're such a great role model for SP beginners like me!


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MEL27P 9/2/2008 7:33PM

    Congratulations on your success!!

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ANNIEONLI 9/2/2008 6:35PM

    YAY YOU!!!!!! Congratulations to you, Congratulations to you, Congratulaaaaaations dear Oakborn! Congratulations to yoooooouu!!

emoticon You've just graduated to Maintenance Land!!!!
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Told you the coffee and fiber would work! emoticon

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BATHMOM 9/2/2008 6:21PM

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Congratulations, Oakborn!!! How exciting! Good job!

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SHAREBEAR74 9/2/2008 2:38PM

    emoticon Can you see my huge smile for your right now! Woohoo! emoticon

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 9/2/2008 10:25AM


That is so wonderful! Congratulations!!! I can't not wait to hit 50 lbs. lost - which is my goal as well. emoticon

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UNEEKNITTER 9/2/2008 10:08AM


Congrats on your success!!!!

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It's a new week.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Things are going pretty good. I can't complain too much really. I am pretty confident that I will meet my goal weight when I weigh in on Tuesday. I'm delayed a day since I am off for Labor Day. I was 148 on our home scale this morning... and it's about 2# lower than the one at work.

I have done lots of thinking about weight loss and how I feel about things. I was walking this morning (at my usual 4 mph pace) and kept saying to myself with amazement, I'm slim now... I'm not fat any more. It's weird how hard it is to change your view of yourself.

I am wearing size 10s. That is so incredibly amazing to me even though I have been wearing them for weeks now. I could wear 8s from Old Navy since they have made their sizes smaller over the last year or so... but again, vanity sizing is silly. Especially when you consider that I started out in 18s anyway... any decrease is a triumph.

I love the weekends since "getting up early to exercise" is 7:30 to 8ish. It's much harder on the weekdays when that means 5:30 ish!

Yesterday & today I completed my 3.75 mile route... except yesterday I ran 1.8 miles, walked some and then ran another 0.6 miles and walked the rest. Today was just a brisk walk today... I don't like to run two days in a row, much for the same reason that I don't like to do strength work 2 consecutive days... I want those muscles to rebuild for a day.

I'm also excited because my pace outdoors is slowly increasing... I was at a solid 6 mph and that is up to about 6.1 to 6.2 mph. I even ran 24 minutes straight on the treadmill the other night.

Today I am trying to make the German Cheese Pinwheel Pastries (Quarkschnecken or "curd snails") again. I have had it in my head how to change the recipe for the whole week. If this one works, I will happily post the recipe. So far the flavor is the same for the filling but it didn't run all over the counter and I was able to roll it up and cut it. Now we have to see how they come out of the oven...

They are a hit and quite delicious!

You can get the recipe via my SparkPage!

Tonight we are having homemade pizza, and now that it's made, I totalled the calories... eeek. I think I will have half of my half and save some calories! That will allow me to have some tomorrow too!

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UNEEKNITTER 9/1/2008 6:07PM

    Sounds like you scored with your weightloss and workouts this week. Way to go!!

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CECEWRITER 9/1/2008 9:02AM

  Wow-I am so impressed with your walk and RUN habits! My gosh, you have made an awesome feat-a very heartfelt congrats!

I think that it is also so important for us to know - at our age, that we can make BIG changes, it is not too late! That is so empowering, and I think that if we were to work as diligently at reprogramming our thoughts about ourselves as we were about exercise, those old patterns would just break off of us, you know? I think that it is the hardest part!

Anyway-I am so thrilled for you and look forward to your blog posts!

Have a great new week-


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SHAREBEAR74 8/31/2008 7:27PM

    I'm happy for you and really enjoy hearing about your progress! emoticon

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So much to blog... so little time...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I did manage to get up yesterday morning to run a mile on treadmill with .25 mile warm up and a .25 mile cool down. I had a great day.

This morning, I looked at the clock at 5:30, when my eyes opened again, it was 5:45 and then again at 6:00. Needless to say, my butt wasn't exercising this morning. Then it dawned on me, if I want to change it, I need to set a goals... small, measurable ones... like getting up to exercise once per week and then increase it every few weeks until I am happy with the result. (DOH!)

I'll try again in he morning.

Today I managed a lot of exercise... 3 miles with Leslie Sansone and the I used the strength exercise list from SP and did treadmill in between each of the exercises! It basically became an intense 76 minutes of circuit training... really good...

Since I've burned tons of calories today, I get chocolate.

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UNEEKNITTER 8/27/2008 11:36PM

    Awesome reward. Chocolate is always worth working for!!

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SHAREBEAR74 8/26/2008 10:53PM

    emoticon Good Job on the exercise!

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Today deserves an entry...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Just because of my failed success of a recipe...

Somehow this morning I ended up on YouTube looking a a clip from a German cooking website (I really don't know quite how)... the lady was making a tasty-looking pastry with a Quark & vanilla pudding filling. (Quark is sort of analogous to cottage cheese, except it's smooth.)

So I went to the website and used Babelfish to translate it... and with my knowledge of German and the translation and video, I proceeded to make the recipe usable with American ingredients.

I had a laugh over a translation, that while literally accurate, was hilarious in and of itself... under the recipe categories, "Backen" was listed on the German page... but on the translated page, it was listed as "Cheeks"... that is the noun, but the verb "backen" is "baking"... I just sort of looked at it and saw "Back" and then "Cheeks" and thought of buttocks. I giggled until I had tears in my eyes.

Anyway, I made some substitutions and got the recipe underway. It was going just fine... until I tried to spread the pudding/pureed cottage cheese mixture onto the pastry. It was far far too liquid and proceeded to leak out onto the counter as I was rolling it. (It was supposed to just roll up and be sliceable and then baked.)

I ended up kind of wadding the whole frakking thing up on a baking stone and shoving it in the oven in despair... not knowing what would come out after I decided the baking was done.

The filling ran all over the oven (bad!) but what remained on the stone browned nicely and smelled good... so I took it out to cool and my son (my PICKY child) grabbed a little spatula and whacked off a hunk. He had a quizzical look on his face on the first bite and then smiled ear to ear... he LOVED it! He has had 3 more pieces in the course of the evening.

Hubby loves it too. I think it's mighty tasty. And my darling daughter (the NOT picky one) who'd said earlier, "you couldn't pay me to eat that!" has now had 2 big hunks and has declared it's what you get when you cross banana bread with cake, and "I like cake".

I hope there's some left for breakfast!

I'll post the recipe when I get it to where it won't run all over the oven and try to carry the stove away upon its escape.


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