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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I hit the big 45 on Monday. I feel maybe 25... really. Getting fit and healthy has been the best thing I have ever done for me, and secondarily for my family. So being 45 now isn't a downer...

The first weekend in October was spent at Archon 34, the convention that Mark and I met at... 24 years ago. It was a great weekend, but again, I came away troubled. So many folk at the cons are overweight... as one friend of mine describes it, "Wrapped up in their own heads..." So much so that they forget/deny/hate their bodies. I am even more determined to do a fitness and fandom panel. I want to bring concepts of fitness and small changes to this generally very smart group of people. I want to emphasize health... I will keep you all posted on the progress and structure of this.

After we got back from Archon, we got the news that a friend from the Convention circuit died. He was only 55, but he had been overweight and diabetic for many years. His health, I have no doubt, had a lot to do with his weight and the choices he made... which galvanizes me to start talking to Fandom about fitness... and to keep up my own running. It was a sad passing but I can use it as a catalyst for helping others and remembering why I have done what I have for my own health and why I continue to maintain it.

As to the new adventures... well I leave for Officer Basic in just over 3 weeks. I am scared silly but also excited about the challenge. I will be gone for the entire month of November and it will be the first Thanksgiving that Mark and I will have been apart since we met in 1986.

The dark stains of 2009 are mostly faded, some will never be gone completely, but they are moving well to the background as a contented sort of happiness settles over my personal landscape.

In the meantime I keep running, walking, and doing whatever else it takes to keep the weight off.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 10/13/2010 9:22AM

    What is Archon? Your description of the people as living in their heads and detached from/hating their bodies sounds like a good description of my son and, to some degree, me as well. I hope you can get a following among this group and make a difference in prolonging some lives. Cool, smart people still need their bodies to keep that fascinating brain going strong!! Good luck with Officer basic! I think you are ready! And happy 45!
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In a writing mood...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Things are actually going quite well. I have dropped a couple of pounds, so I'm pretty much smack in the middle of my desired weight range. I am very happy about that.

I have been really pumping up my exercise, my eating has been over calories quite a few days... mostly due to bad choices... but yesterday I was in range and I'm determined to stay in range today as well. I even had 100+ calories to spare yesterday and I didn't eat just because I could. I'm just glad I'm keeping up the exercise end so I am not regaining.

I'm about 6 weeks out from Army Officer Basic. I am excited and scared both, but it will be okay, I will get through it. It will be harder being away from Mark and home for 5 weeks. SNIFF.

In the meantime, I'm trying to get loose ends wrapped up here at work so there won't be any backlog for my backup person to have to handle.

Overall life is good and I'm choosing not to be depressed about stuff... too much time and energy can so easily get poured down that rat hole.

It's all good.

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UUCEEJAY 9/18/2010 1:05AM

    emoticon You have worked hard to get ready for this. Best of luck on the training!

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COOP9002 9/17/2010 12:22PM

    Great job! Looks like you're where you need to be.

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SUCHAHOOT 9/16/2010 12:07PM

    It sounds like you have it going on!!
I'll be thinking about your 5 week training. You seem very well prepared for it. I'm glad it is all working out now.

Keep us posted!

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Commitment & Consistency

Saturday, September 04, 2010

While on my run today, I saw a young man, certainly much younger than I, very obese standing on his front step, smoking. This combined with one SP article I read this past week about how people estimate their weight one classification (ie. obese, overweight) below where they are... and a new SP health article today about Americans not being particularly concerned with fitness... and a conversation with our dietitian while carpooling... about how fatness has become the new norm in this country.

It seems like most people just don't want to put the work into being healthy, they want a magic bullet, a pill, etc. to just "make it happen". I wish I could count the number of times that I have been asked how I managed to lose the weight... and I tell my story and have heard, "I could never do that"...

I know I can only change me and it's up to everyone else to change themselves...


I've had an amazing productive day... slept in, cleaned the kitchen, then went and picked up our farmshare fruits and veggies, then I did 2 1/2 hours of yardwork, then ran/walked 3.35 miles in 46 minutes, then went to the grocery store and bought a closet rod for my daughter. My calorie burn was rather large today... made my week's numbers huge.

I have also found that I am wired funny... some people have sweaty palms, for me, the backs of my hands sweat.

Tonight though, I did manage to lengthen my running intervals. I have 2 miles of my route staked out in 1/4 mile segments. I figured that out today and it was really helpful in building up my running.

In my recent upswing of exercise and good eating, I have gained so much more energy. I wish I could share the magic that energy begets energy... the more active you are the more active you want to be. I have had people marvel at my energy levels too and I try to share the concept with them, but they remain convinced that they could never have similar energy levels. It's so sad to see people selling themselves so short.

I know this has been a ramble... welcome to my brain!

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COOP9002 9/5/2010 10:56AM

    Glad to see you're back on track. It is disturbing how we have allowed unhealthy to become the norm in our culture.

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GODSKIDGLO 9/4/2010 11:46PM

    I like that...energy begets energy! I need to remember that when I don't feel like exercising, but have a full day of work to do!


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DEB_NC 9/4/2010 11:37PM

    What a great post. Whew girl, you wore me out just reading this, lol I know what you mean about how much more energy you have. I have really noticed that too, since I have increased my exercising. I love how it makes me feel too. Keep up the good work, and you look great!!!

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GWENFITNESS1ST 9/4/2010 11:32PM

    I agree so much with everything you say. I am losing weight slowly (too slowly), but the energy I have gained is much more important and I realize that healthy fitness choices are playing a major role. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Can I get 100 SparkPoints today?

Friday, September 03, 2010

I've really had an incredible couple of weeks. I'm sparking strong and feeling great, even though work has been stressful. My personal life has chilled out a great deal and that has been a plus.

I am so looking forward to 3 days off! Sleeping in, hanging with friends, enjoying the beautiful weather and sunshine... does it get any better than that?

I love the feeling of my body working better, going to bed tired because I've worked it! Also having walked over 10K steps each day this week.

Tomorrow morning I will be running in the park. Sunday morning I'll be walking in the park with a friend and Monday I will be running a Changeling: The Lost game for some friends and family. I hope to get a goodly amount of knitting done in the meantime as well.

Hope every has a great Labor Day weekend as well!

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KAYOTIC 9/4/2010 5:51PM

    Busy woman! get it all in, it sounds like fun!

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2 Years in Maintenance...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I just realized that I have been in maintenance for 2 years as of today... I can hardly believe it's gone so fast. I weight about a pound more than when I hit goal 2 years ago... not too bad. I am really happy about this and there is NO WAY that I could have done this without SparkPeople!


I have also really found a wonderful new source of energy and motivation by just getting it up and DOING it. My running is getting stronger, I have more energy and stamina and it just continues to increase. I am getting back to where I crave running. It is so exciting!


Thank you SP and all my friends on here! You keep me constantly inspired and moving forward!

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SUCHAHOOT 9/4/2010 12:22AM

    Wow! congrats on your 2 year anniversary! I'm glad things are going well for you. You've done an awesome job. Where are you with the Army now? I may have missed something.

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Congrats my friend!!!! On to year #3!

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