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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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Saturday, December 19, 2009

For our 3 month Sparkversary in October my husband and I bought snowshoes. Having grown up in Northern Wisconsin, I have always hated winter. This year I decided that if I am truly going to become a fitness junkie, I needed to embrace the outdoors year round, regardless of season. So we bought snowshoes (and poles, winterized camelbacks, long underwear, thermal gear etc). And I waited for it to snow. We had one day of snow in late November, but not deep enough to snowshoe, so we hiked instead. Then I woke up this morning and saw a winter wonderland outside of my window. Time to find out how these things work!

We bought Atlas snowshoes on REI.com (I got the Elektra 12 series, and Ron got the Atlas 12 series) plus some midrange poles. We ended up with a high end pair because I wanted to be able to get a pair with a heel lift bar for some serious uphills (we do live in West Virginia, so going uphill here is a way of life), but there are also some very nice ones that you can get relatively cheaply. We walked down to a local golfcourse (about 1/2 mile from our home) and strapped them on. Very easy -it only takes about 2 minutes and you are ready to go.

And I LOVED it! I had no idea what to expect and thought that they would be awkward and hard to walk in. They were so easy - it was like gliding through the snow. It took me a little bit to figure out what it reminded me of, then I realized: it is the exact motion of being on an elliptical (which is probably my favorite indoor machine) . We snowshoed for a little over two hours and used every bit of energy in our body. My husband and I were like rag dolls by the time we got home, but it was so much fun! If any of you are looking for a new way to get active in the winter, I highly recommend snow shoes. I can't wait to get outside again tomorrow!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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INKYWAG 12/20/2009 2:55PM

    Ive never tried it myself but it sounds like you guys had a blast.
We have enough snow here to get out and play already,its been the usual for me playing with my son and building forts in the yard,I like the snowball fights because they get mad you peg them.LOL!!
I hope that you can get out and do some more soon.

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CHANA-D 12/20/2009 7:15AM

    It sounds like it was a lot of fun - and great exercise as well. You are truly becoming a fitness junkie - CONGRATULATIONS! My exercise yesterday was walking the mall with my children - who were itching to spend some of the money they received for the holidays. We are actually having a bit of a cold spell here - it got down in the 60's. For us - that's time to break out the heavy winter coats. Keep up the great work!

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SMOKINGUN 12/20/2009 1:25AM

    I am glad you had so much fun. I could feel the excitement you had as you were talking about this new adventure. Would have expected the snowshoes to be clumsy and you said they were just the opposite. Great!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 12/20/2009 12:06AM

    I am so happy for you that you found a great outdoor sport. We had a mini heat wave in San Diego today, so I won't be joining you except to see the cool photos!

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/19/2009 9:25PM

    Oh, that sounds like so much fun! Too bad I live in California...

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JULIEWATSON1 12/19/2009 7:40PM

    I LOVE snowshoeing!! Here in NH we are waiting for enough snow to go!! I bought a pair for my daughter and we are just dying to go!!

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