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My 50th Birthday Goal

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! emoticon

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SPARKED2BFIT 11/22/2014 7:08PM

    i missed this!! wishing you a belated but very emoticon and may ALL your wishes come true! here's to a new year filled with all that you desire...cheers!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 11/15/2014 12:25AM

    emoticon and 50s are awesome! Two pounds per month? Piece of emoticon! emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/9/2014 1:04PM

    emoticon emoticon I did it after that age but i did!!

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NHES220 11/8/2014 11:13PM

    That sounds like a goal you can hit. I say go for it!

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MAINEALI 11/8/2014 12:35PM

    I know you can do it! Just keep your goal in mind.


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FITKAT62 11/8/2014 12:13PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!

I am also guilty of eating larger portions than I need. That has to change. I hope to reach my goal weight by my birthday in February.


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EVIE4NOW 11/8/2014 11:24AM

  Happy Birthday. Don't forget to set small goals and rewards along the way. You CAN do it!

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MEMORPHING 11/8/2014 11:19AM

  You can do it! Every day can be a little better than the day before. Happy Sailing!

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DO4FIT 11/8/2014 11:11AM

    You can do this! I am pretty sure my mom didn't start her healthy journey until after 50, but she looks great!

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My Fantastic Bike Tour!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The week of October 6, I went on a five-day bike tour to Acadia National Park in Maine. I had been training for it since June, and the training paid off. I was the only woman of 13 who did ALL of the activities! It was an amazing accomplishment for me. I was always one of the last women to come in from a ride because I am very slow. But, this particular tour said that we do not have to have any particular speed. So, this was the trip for me! I biked 132 miles that week.

Here are some photos...

We ate really well!

We saw beautiful scenery!

We met a blue lobster!

We biked


and hiked!

And my greatest accomplishment of the week was riding to the top of Cadillac Mountain to watch the first sunrise in America!

It was an incredible experience, and I hope to do it again!

I'm back now, and trying to get back on track. I had a lot of catching up to do at work last week, so I didn't eat well or get much exercise in. But I think I can start this week off on better footing! I need to start training for my next ride... wherever that will be!!!

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AMURDOCK68 11/1/2014 6:45AM

    Hiking, kayaking, biking (eating...yum). Yes, that had to be a fantastic trip. Great job! Woo Hoo! You did it! Trained, trained, trained and followed through with the challenge. I am so very impressed the accomplishment. And thanks for putting the beautiful photos on your spark page. Seeing the photos are motivating...particularly the one with the bike in the air and the sun in teh background.

Great job lady!

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/29/2014 4:21AM are amazing!! congrats on your awesome accomplishment and the great pics! YOU ROCK!!!!

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ps...thanks for the support and congrats on my weightloss!! have a great day and stay warm.

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MAINEALI 10/20/2014 12:30PM

    Congratulations on the great ride! I love your pictures! I know you'll get back into the swing of things and will only go up from here.

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ROXYZMOM 10/20/2014 9:18AM

    Awesome! Congratulations!

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KIWIANN 10/20/2014 8:09AM

    Sounds like such a great trip - thanks for sharing your experiences with us!! emoticon

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LIVIN4LISH 10/19/2014 11:27PM

    Your trip sounds and looks amazing. So happy for you to have the opportunity to do it, and do it well!

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BBONET 10/19/2014 2:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon This is awesome! Good job!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/19/2014 2:42PM

    Looks like so much fun! Love the last picture, I would love to do and see that too emoticon

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FISHGUT3 10/19/2014 1:33PM

    Lobster looks tasty!

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MM11113 10/19/2014 1:23PM

    Wish I could have been with you. what tour group organized it, I may want to train next summer for it

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NHES220 10/19/2014 1:17PM

    Wow! Sounds like an awesome trip and so great that you were in shape to do the riding and all of the other activities! Isn't that a great feeling! You should be proud!

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I'm leaving on Monday...

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!

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/6/2014 9:28PM

    Training for an event is a wonderful thing in that it keeps us motivated to move and even if we don't hit our goal weight, we've done numerous great things for our body. A BIG CONGRATS on training. Have fun on your trip and be proud of the fact that YOU are in the matter the outcome. You inspire!!

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MAINEALI 10/6/2014 8:42PM

    Make sure you have a good rain poncho! This week doesn't look too good. Have a wonderful time!


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ROXYZMOM 10/5/2014 9:02AM

    That sounds like the perfect vacation! Have fun!

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SHARON10002 10/4/2014 11:52PM

    Wow! What a wonderful goal to set for yourself! It should be absolutely beautiful up there! You have trained for it and what a gift to give to yourself! Hope you have a WONDERFUL time!

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BILLB000 10/4/2014 10:23PM

    I would think a more leisurely and self paced ride would be quite enjoyable. And you will still get the calorie burning and miles in. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Will look forward to pics you post.

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Should they stay or should they go?

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?

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BILLB000 8/14/2014 5:26PM

    It is important to feel comfortable in what you have on at work. You will feel better as you go throughout the day. You can still work on the pounds. It sounds like you are determined to do so. Reward yourself with some new clothes once you have some success with weight loss. Thank you for sharing your dilemma. I think it is something all of us go through.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/8/2014 1:21PM

    Send them back - you will really hate it if you have clothes that don't fit. I have found that even clothes from the same company fit differently if they are made in different places. So don't feel like your old clothes just stretched. But if you can afford to keep them, and they will fit you with maybe a few pounds gone, then do keep them for an incentive. But you need clothes that fit you now....

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LOSINIT52 8/8/2014 9:11AM

    Hmmmm! Little Miss Practical here I guess. I would likely send them back. I already have clothes in my closet that don't fit and that doesn't seem to motivate me. You know yourself best though. If you would feel motivated by keeping them....
Spark on!

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FITKAT62 8/7/2014 4:18PM

    I'd just buy a few new outfits to fit you now and work on losing enough weight to get into the smaller stuff. If you return the small stuff you won't have much incentive to lose the excess weight.

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To my fellow Firecrackers: I'm back!

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!!! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/23/2014 2:02PM

    Welcome back! Yes, we need you! Let's rock the rest of this challenge! We can do it!!!

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JENGRAMMER 7/23/2014 10:56AM

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NHES220 7/22/2014 2:22PM

    You maintained and that is an accomplishment, good for you! Welcome back!

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