Saturday, November 08, 2014
I turned 49 years old yesterday. For years, I've been saying I want to be at my goal weight by the time I'm 50. I haven't made very good progress in terms of weight loss. However, I am very strong and fit. I work out regularly, but I need to crack down on the eating. I know that no amount of exercise will overcome a bad diet. I eat healthy foods, but I just eat way too much. This is the year that I will make the change. I will be at my goal weight by the time I'm 50! I only need to lose 2 pounds per month to get to my goal. I can do THAT!
Saturday, October 04, 2014
I'm leaving on Monday morning for a six-day bike ride in Acadia National Park in Maine! I carefully looked at a lot of cycling tours and this one fit me the best. First of all, I don't like hot weather, so this should be a good time of the year in Maine for me. Secondly, I'm not a fast cyclist, so I don't quite reach the 15 mph requirement that apply to other cycle tours. Thirdly, it seems like the participants are more my style. The average age for participants is 54, some are overweight, and they all look like they're having fun. Fourthly, I found a frequent flyer ticket to get out to Maine. It was all in the cards.
I signed up for this last spring. It was supposed to be my "carrot" to get to goal weight. I didn't make it to my goal weight (I missed it by 16 pounds). But, I'm going anyway. I trained really hard for this ride, and I AM READY!
Even though I didn't make my goal weight, this "carrot" worked. It gave me a goal other than just the scale. There were days when I did not want to get on the bike, but this gave me the incentive to keep at it. I put up photos of bike riders on my SP start page. I cut out magazine photos and put them up around the house to remind me of what it looks to be fit. This upcoming ride was a constant reminder that I need to get and stay in shape. Even if, God forbid, something happens between now and Monday, I have accomplished a lot. I have biked over 100 miles/week on average since spring, my clothes fit better, and I sleep better at night.
I don't really know how this trip will turn out, but I'm looking forward to it! I'll try to put up posts and photos as time allows!
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Okay… So, I’m getting ready to go back to work at the university. I needed to get some new clothes because my clothes were getting kind of worn and dated. I ordered a bunch of clothes on line, ordering the same size as the clothes that I’m getting rid of. However, I guess those old clothes have stretched a bit because the clothes I just ordered are a little snug… well, more than a little snug – unsightly snug. I can get them on, but every little bulge is obnoxiously evident. I AM GOING TO LOSE THIS EXTRA WEIGHT! Nevertheless, the dilemma still exists. I can lose a few pounds before school starts yet, but will it be enough to wear the new clothes? I know I will have to buy a few things to get me by until I lose the weight. But, will keeping the new clothes give me incentive to lose the weight? Or, should I send them all back and buy what fits me properly? What would you do?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Dear Firecrackers: As you know, my husband and I went sailing up along Lake Huron and into Canada for almost a whole month! When I left, I thought I would be able to keep up with the challenge by accessing the internet when we came into port. However, Internet was not as readily available as I hoped it would be. Nevertheless, not a single day went by that I didn't think of you. Just knowing that you all would be thinking of me kept me on track as much as possible. I certainly didn't lack any exercise! Sometimes we would be sailing as much as 10 - 12 hours a day. However, food choices are limited. I ate as best as I could under the circumstances. I'm happy to say that when I got on the scale this morning, I hadn't gained any weight. I'm sorry I didn't lose any weight, but now that I'm back, I will be able to control things much better. I look forward to seeing you all everyday now! We still have time to make this challenge a success! Let's go Firecrackers!!!
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