Monday, April 26, 2010
Doing the onederland dance!
Returned from my trip to Ghana today and I was very excited to check out the scale. Not a lot of loss, but enough to be below the magic number! It was difficult to lose weight in Africa! I actually bought a body bugg before leaving to help "keep me honest" while I was there. It calculates your calories burned everyday, step walked and aerobic activity. My first surprise was that despite high step counts (~15,000 daily) and lots of aerobic activity my calories burned were down about 400-500 per day) compared to usual. At first this seemed counterintuitive (I am sweating more, doesn't that mean I am losing weight...LOL!) then I realized that it was because I was so hot, stressed and fatigued. Also difficult to be fussy about healthy food in rural Ghana - I pretty much ate whatever was put in front of me, and just worked on portion control.
So what does Onederland mean to me?
It means that I am within 50 lbs of my goal (Initial goal of 140, but looking at myself I think 150 is more realistic)
It means I am almost the weight on my driver's licence (193 lbs)
It means I have made more progress than I expected when I started, in fact I have done what I thought was impossible...all within 9 months
It means that I don't have see that 2 anymore (ever again!)
Yup, definitely doing the happy dance!
Friday, April 09, 2010
If you are checking in on me between April 10th and 26th I am not MIA! I am on medical mission in Ghana hopefully saving some lives, but probably nowhere near internet access. This is my first real absense from Spark since last July, so I am a bit nervous to be outside of the fold, but I know I will do well. I plan to exercise daily, eat healthy when I can, and probably sweat a lot given how hot it is going to be! Please pray for a safe journey, and I will catch up with everyone when I return.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
So I haven't blogged since I returned from my week long vacation in the Exumas - above is a picture of the private beach that we had all to ourselves all week. It was pretty amazing! Rented the Calypso home on Great Exuma with two other couples. The Exuma Islands are a chain of 365 cays in the outer Bahamas - truly beautiful and relatively isolated.
Ron and I went diving a few days with Dive Exuma
This was our first dive so we felt very lucky to get to go down the Angelfish BlueHole and also visit several reefs teeming with beautiful fish including damselfish, parrotfish, barracuda, butterfly fish and even a few honeycomb cowfish. Now we are certified and look forward to diving more on future trips.
We had a great time snorkelling, body surfing, and just walking up and down
the beach. Ate fresh conch and lobster every day and a few fish that our group caught.
One day we rented a boat and drove 70 miles up the cays exploring little inlets, caves and other exciting things. Saw swimming pigs, pet sharks and giant starfish.
Last one is my husband and I looking and feeling very relaxed!
Finally, the sunrises and sunsets were to die for!
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of our journey through the Exumas!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Ron and I on the bike trail this week - letting the sunshine motivate us!
I might as well blog about what is going on in my mind a lot - getting below 200. 199 isn't a magic number, but it does represent a passage of sorts. Artificial or not, it will feel good to have a 1 at the beginning of my weight. (plus it says 190 on my driver's licence, so it will get me one step closer to that being true!)
So what am I doing about it? I bought a BodyBugg so that I could hold myself accountable to burning calories every day. So far it is working well - I really like being able to see how many calories I am burning. I am also trying to take advantage of the spring weather and sunshine. I have been outside 4 of the past 5 days - rollerblading, biking and walking. Finally, I am starting week 7 of C25K, so running 25 minutes 3 times a week is keeping me pushing myself. I have dropped two lbs this week, so something must be working.
6 lbs to go to 199.
Friday, March 19, 2010
So I was digging through my jewelry drawer recently and I came across my wedding rings. I haven't worn them in the past 3 years because I was too ashamed to get them upsized. So there they are...hidden at the back of the drawer relatively forgotten. Maybe they will fit? I was not hopeful, but I thought I might as well try. Amazingly they slipped on my fingers pretty easily. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to wear them again and imagine my husband's surprise when he saw them. Just one more "real-world" measurement that my journey has been successful. I think moments like this are so much more important than any number on the scale. So today, I wear it in HEALTH!
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