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Week 24: 3 lbs and -2.25 inches

Monday, January 11, 2010

I have definitely turned up the heat a little bit this week with the fitness activities! I hit the 65 lb marker this week which is so exciting and I am beginning to see the countdown to Onederland this winter! Hoping if I just keep trying new exercises and shaking it up I can continue on this downward streak. I tried the Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD for the past two days and liked it. Interestingly, after doing the circuit training, I felt super energized and spent more time on the machines than usual! I have 2 things in March to use as goal points: I am speaking at a conference in early March in Orlando, and I am going to Exuma Island in the Bahamas - both great motivating factors for this journey. Continued thank yous to my Spark Buddies who keep me motivated on the good days and the bad.


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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/20/2010 1:04PM

    You are looking terrific! emoticon

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JE1074 1/12/2010 10:20AM

    You look fabulous. Keep up the great work!

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FEATHERSTITCH 1/12/2010 8:54AM

    Wow! Great work. Keep it up!

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K25ROCK23 1/12/2010 5:52AM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/11/2010 10:48PM

    Looking beautiful as usual! You are doing awesome!

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JANA2010 1/11/2010 10:47PM

    You are gorgeous...keep it up!

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Week 23: 2 lbs & -1.75 inches & some hopes for the future

Monday, January 04, 2010

Hello beautiful New Year! After shaking up my exercise routines a little I seem to be back on track. It was interesting to go into the reports section and see that in December (when I stalled out a bit) my exercise time was lower, and calories actually were a little higher...even though I would have sworn on a stack of bibles that nothing had changed. It was good to look back and see the actual data! I have been feeling a lot of energy lately, especially since coming up with my goals for this winter. Although I have many, non-weight based goals, these are specifically a few number based ones that help keep me on track:

Jan 27th = 6 month marker = 216 ( 7 lbs in 23 days...maybe?)
Feb 9th = 200th day of consecutive exercise = 211 (75 lbs in 200 days...it would be cool)
March 26 = Trip to Exuma Island = 199 (a girl can hope right? It is exactly 81 days or 11+ weeks...I think it is possible, but will require some seriously consistent losses)

Just so y'all know: I realize that these are stretches, and I may not make them, but I would rather dream big and hold nothing back. Everything I lose counts, and if I get even close to these goals I will be a happy girl!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/5/2010 8:11AM

    You are doing fantastic! I also made my goals pretty stretched so that I am really held accountable for making great change this year! Here's to a new healthier year!

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CHANA-D 1/5/2010 5:50AM

    I wish you lots of success in reaching your goals. Whether you get to your goals by the day you stated - or the next day - or a week or a month later -- it doesn't really matter. As long as we are reaching TOWARDS our goals, that's the important thing.

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LOTS2LOSE4EVER 1/5/2010 4:38AM

    I think those are great goals!!!

Like you said, everything you lose counts! I think every pound gone is another pound to celebrate getting rid of!

Way to go! I know you can do it!

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Musings on the year to come, 2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year Sparkies!
I have been browsing through several blogs tonight and trying to think about what it is that I want to achieve in the next 12 months. SO much! Where to start...I think I will start by acknowledging that these goals may change with time, but as long as I am moving forward, positively, I will be happy.

So here it is:
1. Continue on this journey. I have no idea what I will weigh a year from now but I know that I will be healthier and fitter, and not as limited by my weight as I still am.
2. I want to be FIT! I have always wanted to be "one of those people" People who go outside everyday and are fit enough to do what they want. I want to ski, rollerblade, bike, walk, snowshoe, swim, hike, kayak and yes, someday (this year) I even want to run.
3. Focus on my family. Although I don't have children, my small family (husband, father, and mother-in-law and a few close friends who are functionally family) mean everything in the world to me. I want to be worthy of their love. I want to prioritize me on my journey without losing sight of them. I want to communicate all of my feelings well and help them on the journeys that are important in their lives, as this one is to me.
4. Succeed at work. My job as a physician and teacher is a huge part of who I am. I want to continue to push myself to be the best I can be.
5. Actively manage my stress. This is the one that is closest to a resolution...I truly want to spend 2-3 days "away from it all each month." My life can be intense and recharging my batteries is crucial. I am set in January with a 3 day skiing trip. Let's see if I can keep that trend up.

That's it. A pretty simple list as long as I stay true to myself.

I wish you all happiness & joy in the coming year!

With friends Allison and Laura

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BLASIAN-BEAUTY 1/3/2010 1:35PM

    You look gorgeous! Happy New Year!!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/2/2010 9:05AM

    These are all wonderful goals and I hope you succeed at each and every one of them! This is the year for big change! I'm here for ya! emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 1/2/2010 7:47AM

    It sounds like you have a hreat year mapped out for yourself. I wish you a wonderful 2010. Sharon

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Playing in the Snow

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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I hope to inspire others to spend sometime outside this winter, playing in the snow. The last several weeks my husband and I have been lucky enough to hike to a frozen waterfall, snowshoe, cross-country ski and downhill ski. It is a whole new amazing world to someone who spent everyday indoors last year.

Above is Ron and I enjoying the sparkling fresh snow with our snowshoes. Below is a pic of our tracks in the snow...

Next we headed off to White Grass, a winter wonderland in eastern Western Virginia with 70 km of grooved trails. Loved it! It was really a chance to enjoy the beauty of fresh snow on the trees.

Downhill skiing was next at Canaan Valley. Having not skiied in 10-12 years we took a lesson and even managed to hit some blues and a little bit of a black diamond. I did take one hard spill, but wow - the workout was worth it!

Finally, hiked down to Blackwater Falls which was half frozen and looked almost suspended in time. The beauty of winter that we have found this year amazes me!

Have a beautiful and healthy winter!

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MYLUCKCHARM 1/6/2010 1:54AM

    What beautiful pictures great photography.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 12/31/2009 2:23AM

    I loved seeing your beautiful winter pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us! ~JJ~
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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/30/2009 10:40PM

    Gorgeous pictures! Wish I could have scenery like that. Great exercise too. Nice time to spend with your hubby too.

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FRENCHTOSD 12/30/2009 8:55PM

    Beautiful photos, and you two look like you're having so much fun.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/30/2009 7:40AM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing as we never see anything like that around here.

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CHANA-D 12/30/2009 6:23AM

    Wow - it's been many years since I have seen snow. It looks like quite a workout - and gorgeous scenery as well. I hope you and Ron had a happy and healthy new year!

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JAN1031 12/30/2009 6:17AM

    Hey Girl,

Those pictures are gorgeous I wish I could exprience
that just once though in Florida the lowest we get is maybe
42. Some of those look like post cards. You or Ron take some
beautiful photos. You look awesome keep it up you just keep gettin thinner.
Many Blessings for a safe and Happy New Year.

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TEACHERTB 12/30/2009 12:47AM

    So beautiful!!

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RAINTHIEF 12/30/2009 12:19AM

    Pretty!! emoticon

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Week 21 & 22: 0 lbs, then 3 lbs -back on track!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last week I was still stuck, but this week things seem to be back on track. I am hoping to make some more progress before New Year's Day, but I am happy with the progress that I have made so this year. This week marked two important events for me:
1. My 5 month Sparkversary was 12/27/09 (pic above)
2. I hit the 60 lb marker the same day

I look forward to the coming year with great joy!

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LOOZINITNOW 12/29/2009 10:06AM

    Congratulations! You are are true inspiration! Happy Sparkversary!

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/29/2009 9:37AM

    WOW, girl! You did 60lbs in 5 months?? You're a machine!

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CHANA-D 12/29/2009 8:19AM

    FANTASTIC!! You are really rocking! 60 pounds lost is an awesome accomplishment. Way to go!

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FRENCHTOSD 12/29/2009 12:14AM

    Awesome job! emoticon

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