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NYC - 29 miles and a canoli...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Since I have to work all Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I decided to have a little mini-holiday in NYC this week. We lived there for 7 years in our 20s, and I still miss it sometimes, although I would never give up living in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia now. Our main goals for the 3 days were to walk everywhere, see friends and enjoy the excitement of the city.

We lucked out on getting a "workout room" in the hotel that we staying at. Has anyone ever heard of that before? It was a regular hotel room at the Westin, but in addition to comfy beds it had a spin cycle, spinning DVDs, yoga mat, free weights, medicine ball, stability ball and health magazines...Isn't that great! Yes, I used them. It was my first time using a spin cycle but I managed to get quite a sweat up working out along with the video.

And then there was the walking! 29 miles of walking in 3 days. We walked everywhere! To heck with cabs and subways, we decided that there wasn't anywhere in Manhattan that we couldn't walk to. What a great way to see the city and see how different neighborhoods have changed since we lived there 12 years ago. Especially enjoyed walking through Central park on a crisp Autumn day.

The food was also fantastic. Went to a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant in midtown and had a perfect meal with spiced tea. When we were in the Village we stopped in a coffee bar that we used to go to and shared a canoli, something that we really enjoyed when we lived there.

The rest of the time we spent seeing friends, shopping and one night out at a off-Broadway musical (Avenue Q). All in all, a fantastic 3 day weekend!

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MYLUCKCHARM 11/26/2009 2:50AM

    Wow, 29 miles in 3 days an amazing workout in walking!

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HARMONYBLUE 11/24/2009 9:40PM

    So cool! Next time work takes me to NYC I will have to get some suggestions on where to stay, what to do:) Way to go on all the walking!

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Week 17: 4 lbs and 1.5 inches

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jumping up and down excited!
I worked so hard the past two weeks to try to get to the 50 lb marker and today passed it! I think the combination of positive attitude, healthy food choices and daily exercise continues to help me stay on track. Would like to get another 10 lbs off before the end of the year which I think is an achievable goal. This week for Thanksgiving I am grateful to all of you who read my blog, give me goodies, and cheer me on. It makes all of the difference! Love you!

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LOTS2LOSE4EVER 11/25/2009 5:11PM

    Congratulations on hitting your 50 Pound Mark! emoticon

I'm very excited for you!!! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 11/24/2009 4:56PM

    Good for you walking everywhere you went! That's a lot of miles! You will have no trouble reaching your next goal! You are looking fantastic!

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Week 16: 2 lbs & 3.25 inches

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy to say that the loss keeps coming! Very happy with 2lbs after the big loss last week. Another kind of interesting thing happened today. When I first started this journey at the end of July, I HOPED to get to 239 by Christmas...it was the farthest goal I could hope for. And if I am truthful I did not think I would make it that long or lose that much...yet here I am, 6 weeks early - 239 lbs today. Sometimes you get to win a few in life

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LOOZINITNOW 11/24/2009 4:59PM

    That is super awesome! Way to go! emoticon

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KIRSTY1306 11/17/2009 8:23PM

    Woohooo! Massive massive massive emoticon being sent your way. Just goes to show with a little hard work, effort and deication , followed by a touch of Spark madness, you can reach you rgoals and even surpass them!
Keep up the good work you are doing SO great !
Kirb xxx

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HILARYMM 11/17/2009 7:45PM

    Congratulations, Gorgeous!

Isn't it great when we exceed our goals?

-- Hilary

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LINDAGAGS 11/17/2009 6:23PM

    Congrats on arriving early, you're looking great! Keep up the good work.

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FITSPIRATION 11/17/2009 10:23AM

  That is incredible! 6 weeks early, wow, that means by Christmas you will be surprised again~

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HARMONYBLUE 11/17/2009 9:09AM

    A big congrats! Way to go arriving ahead of schedule. So what are you going to aim to hit before Christmas?

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/17/2009 12:21AM

    WOW!! You look FANTASTIC!!! Super early merry Christmas to you!

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BESTLIFE79 11/16/2009 8:58PM

    Wow!!! That is awesome!
And girl, you have some GREAT curves! (Can you JEALOUS!!) LOL

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/16/2009 8:47PM

    WOW... emoticon! That is so awesome and very motivating. That huge success comes from you being 100% dedicated to getting healthy. You're enthusiasm has inspired others towards the same success. emoticon

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FJCINZION 11/16/2009 8:42PM

    Congratulations!!! You look GREAT!!! Merry Christmas, early!!!
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2BTHINNERIN10 11/16/2009 8:29PM

  Yea, thanks for sharing. We all need to hear stories like yours to keep us motivated.


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Hiking on a perfect November day!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I am going to try to take advantage of every warm day I can to get outside and enjoy the sun! Today two of my friends and I had the perfect day.

We started the day with a ride into Pennsylvania to go hiking in one of the parks there. It is nice to see some new scenery for a chance. Beautiful day to scamper down to the waterfalls and take a few pics!

Cucumber Falls

Me, Lori & Lee Ann enjoying the day

The Yough River

Hiked a little more than 3 miles then headed out since we had 1pm massage appointments at a local spa. Love the relaxation of a deep tissue massage. I feel like a new person! Relaxed in the spa for several hours soaking up the ambience and drinking cucumber water. For dinner we head out to a historic home and ate (mostly) healthy things until we were perfectly content.

So happy for days like these!

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INKYWAG 11/16/2009 12:42PM

    It sounds like you had alot of fun!
You need to relax once in a while,I am jealous of the spa I wish I could go too.
The scenery looks awesome,Im kind of tired of it here too,but I have my route all planned out for the winter.Ill look at x-MAS LIGHTS for now.

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GOZEKIGRL 11/16/2009 10:21AM

    wow! looks like tons of fun!! i'm jealous!!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/16/2009 10:05AM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day! Beautiful scenery, hiking, and a massage afterwards. I'm totally jealous!

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CHANA-D 11/16/2009 6:10AM

    What a great day - lots of exercise, beautiful scenery, and a massage to top it all off. Plus time with friends - sounds like you had a great time. I loved the pictures as well. What a beautiful area to be hiking. Keep up the great work! And keep on smiling!

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FRENCHTOSD 11/16/2009 12:54AM

    Great photos, and it looks like a wonderful day for you. You remind me that I would love to have a massage. Maybe for Christmas...

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HARMONYBLUE 11/15/2009 11:28PM

    The hubby and I are planning on taking up hiking any day now. Looks like a lot of fun!

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/15/2009 11:17PM

    Wow, wonderful day! Friends, Exercise,Sunshine, Nature and a Massage!!!!

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PENGUITO 11/15/2009 11:03PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Good for you! emoticon

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30 Mile Bike Ride!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ron and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful sunny weather today and hit the bike trail. We are fortunate to live in a place with 70 miles of rail-trail systems.

We decided to take the Decker's Creek trail. I have biked this trail before but given the uphill grade have never made it past the 8 mile marker. My goal today was to make it to the 10 mile marker. As you can see in the picture below there is significant elevation gain on the trail.

I am ecstatic to say that when we hit the 10 mile marker (without stopping) I wasn't tired, so we kept going. By the time we hit the 15 mile marker, our bums were sore so we decided to turn around.

On the way home we stopped to take a few pictures of the coke ovens, the creek itself and us enjoying the day

It was so great to get outside today. The stationary bike at home just doesn't give the sense of accomplishment that getting out there does. I also love that I made it farther than I thought possible. 30 miles & 1750 foot elevation gain!


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SMOKINGUN 11/15/2009 5:29PM

    congratulations on the Bike marathon. Love the fact you had soo much fun and enjoyment on such a nice day. Way to keep the fires stoked.

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/15/2009 10:49AM

    That sounds like so much fun--and you look GREAT!

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CHANA-D 11/15/2009 6:11AM

    WOW!! What a great accomplishment! And what a fun way to exercise. It's been a LONG time since my husband and I cycled for fun. We used to go to a bunch of bicycle festivals - before the kids - but even in my younger days, we would do 10 mile rides at the most. And living in South Florida, we NEVER had to worry about elevation, so when we rode in Central Florida - the hills were killer for us. Your progress is inspiring! Keep on doing what you are doing. It's really working for you.

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SLOLOSER 11/15/2009 3:47AM

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HILARYMM 11/15/2009 12:42AM

    I did a thirty mile bike ride on the rail trails around the Twin Cities Metro area in September, and I loved it. The only problem was that I could no longer feel my butt when I was done, and began to wonder if it was still attached.

(I may need a better bike seat.)

Go you! It is great that you can still bike in November!

-- Hilary

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/14/2009 11:58PM

    YAY!!! You keep on inspiring!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/14/2009 10:14PM

    That is awesome! You rock!!! emoticon

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LAWRALOO 11/14/2009 9:31PM

    Good job! I'm so proud of you!
You look super happy :))))

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BLUEROSE73 11/14/2009 8:54PM

    Good for you. Pictures look great.

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