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The Opening Door, Day 3

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I logged all my food again today.

I went fora 50 minute walk in the falling snow to the bank and to get my newspaper. The snow was crunchy under foot and the streets were otherwise pretty quiet. Fifty aerobic minutes, and 20 of them were even vigorous!

While watching the Biggest Looser - Where Are They Now? I fixed dinner and even got in another 20 minutes walking in place. Overall I had 7283 steps and 4.13 miles.

Tomorrow will be a challenge. I'm meeting friends for dinner at Red Lobster. I'll have to get to Gold's earlier in the day and rack up some steps and weight training. After dinner I will try to watch most of the new edition of Biggest Looser

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SUZYMOBILE 1/5/2011 8:57PM

    Just keep at it, Sunny! You're doing great, and you don't necessarily need a gym to do it.

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MONTY68 1/5/2011 11:08AM

    Hi Sunny
A very positive blog. You tracked well and got in some great exercise. As I am writing this after, I hope you had a good dinner at Red Lobster.
Keep up your great attitude and take one day at a time.

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THIN4_25 1/4/2011 7:35PM

    Sounds like you are doing an amazing job! Keep up all of the hard work.

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    Great for tracking!

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KASEYCOFF 1/4/2011 6:28AM

    Attagirl! They do say that when you walk outdoors in cold weather you up the caloric burn even more! emoticon

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GLORYB2014 1/4/2011 6:26AM

    The door certainly is opening Sunny and you are doing so good!
Walking in the snow is so awesome and invigorating!

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ELSCHULTZ 1/4/2011 1:33AM

  Just wanted to say that's awesome about your walk! I never think of it! We have even driven to the park down the road! lol And walking in place while cooking? Great idea! Keep it up!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/4/2011 12:56AM

    Keep the door open soon youll see the sunshine burst thru! HUGS Laurie

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When One Door Closes, Another One Opens? Part II

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Last night I went out for the newspaper AND a walk. 44 aerobic minutes and 4 were vigorous! ..............

I logged my food today...............

I joined the January Bootcamp.................

It's a start........

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KASEYCOFF 1/3/2011 4:03AM

    I hear you about the membership fees, Sunshine - we've had to cut back on some things this year as well. Credit crunches stink, lol. But you are getting a plan in place, which is always good, so - yah, you go, girl! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 1/2/2011 10:18PM

    My Curves didn't close, I had to leave 'cause I couldn't afford the $41+ per month price tag! emoticon

I still have 1.5 years prepaid on my Gold's Gym membership so I will still get get $15 back from my med insurance! emoticon

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    Good for you!!! emoticon

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JANNIE-D 1/2/2011 6:41PM

    Good start!!

Many aging men are weird - they fear their own mortality so seek younger women to fool themselves. They are missing out on great women and rewarding relationships.

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MOM4407 1/2/2011 6:32PM

    Keep your chin up.
Curves was mostly women maybe like Suzy said you need to look for other places to workout. Maybe a gym could help you in both areas.

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GLORYB2014 1/2/2011 6:12PM

    It's a REAL GOOD START! Kudos to you Sunny, you'll do great!
I'm sorry that Curves folded, perhaps another like Curves will open up.
And oh yeah, lots of really nice fellows on Spark People as Suzymobile mentioned!
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    Dont ever quit, dont ever give up. You can do it. Take it from a pro like me in falling down and making mistakes. You are human and are not perfect, get over it, forgive yourself, love yourself, cry a little and get on with living life to the fullest in the most healthy way that is doable each new day. About men, they always seem to want a woman so much younger than they are. You would be surprised how many young men want an older woman, Just food for thought. Anyways, today is a new day to get better and better with each new and passing day. You got the fortitude to do it, now, just forge ahead and get it done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRIE1948 1/2/2011 5:02PM

    Good start

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SWEETNEENI 1/2/2011 4:55PM

    emoticon Sunny! I think I just heard the sound of you jumping back on the wagon! emoticon emoticon

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MTULLY 1/2/2011 4:24PM

    You are on a roll! Keep it up!! emoticon

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ESLTEACHER1 1/2/2011 4:08PM

    Woo hoo lady! You are off to a tremendous start! Keep writing your accomplishments, you'll have them to encourage you as you continue your wellness journey!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/2/2011 4:04PM

    Sunny, I'm so sorry about Curves closing! I've had that happen, in a different way, at other times in my life--largely because of changing jobs and no longer having access to the gym where I worked out at lunch. The fact that you're concerned about it, though, tells me that you will find a way! A local Zumba class, a local yoga or tai chi class, and of course walking and running. If only your weather were better! But surely there must be other health clubs so close to St. Paul.

As for male companionship, so many women I know have met soulmates online, after having long conversations. Perhaps somewhere on SparkPeople?

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When One Door Closes, Another One Opens?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Well, here I am, The Curves door closed due to finances, where do I go from here? As the fini to Curves approached, I fell off the Spark Wagon with a Thump heard nowhere but in my mind.

Peanut brittle, wine, cookies, lack of body movement - those were the chosen weapons of my downfall. emoticon True, I didn't gain all that much weight back - 6 pounds.

Curves, my GoWearFit armband and determination had been my weapons of weigh loss for the last two years. From a high of 187 to my lowest - 147. Now I'm at 153....

Now what? Aye, that's the rub. What else is tugging me down?

1- My oldest nemesis - SAD.

2-Feeling good about myself after loosing 40 pounds, I joined to find some male company for this stage of my life. The results were mind numbing. Not one person was interested in meeting me in over two months! Woa! (There were many choices in my age range, but most were looking for women 5-10 years younger than they were!)

3-No more Curves

(to be continued..............)

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MONTY68 1/3/2011 7:13PM

    HI Sunny
I like your title to the blog. It is a true statement, however, speaking from my own past experiences I was always looking back at the closed door and never saw the open door.
As far as your blog, I will start that you belong to a great web site with a lot of friends that are here to be with and support you. Sometimes that is a great benefit, On your second blog you did say you went out for a walk and that seemed to help. I always come back refreshed after walking. You also said that you gave up Curves because of your own Finances but that you still have a membership in Gold . Is there any reason why you can't use it for the next year?
You also made a statement that curves and determination had been your weapons, So You don't have Curves and we need on getting that determination back, Remember we are going for the open door. One of the difficult areas is SAD, I suffered for 30-40- years and finally it went away when I moved to Florida, One can not always move so, is there any thing that you can do, have you tried the lights that are recommended, have you done a google search to see if there are new solutions?
As far as finding a relationship, not every man is looking for someone 5-10 years younger. In my own opinion, I feel there is always someone , it is a matter of finding the one. I am not in a relationship, not really looking but a bonus of my walking, found someone my age who loves to walk and also enjoys going out to dinner and a movie occasionally. It is really a great win-win for both of us.
So, I believe that all things can turn around and with our support, we will get you back in the groove, release that weight and have you feeling positive again.

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SUNNYWBL 1/2/2011 10:03PM

    My Curves didn't close, I had to leave 'cause I couldn't afford the $41+ per month price tag! emoticon

I still have 1.5 years prepaid on my Gold's Gym membership so I will still get get $15 back from my med insurance! emoticon

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    I find it maddening that men always seem to be looking for women 5-10 years younger. I did meet my husband through the Yahoo equivalent of He is one year older than me. I was 52 when we met. Have you actually asked anyone if they want to meet or are you waiting for them to make the first move? They might be receptive if you asked them even though they say they are looking for someone younger.

I'm sorry to hear about Curves closing. I know you really liked it.

Good thing that the days are getting longer. I also usually have SAD every winter. For some reason this winter hasn't been quite as bad, but I have certainly felt it this year too.

Good to see you blogging. Hang in there!

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GLORYB2014 1/2/2011 6:09PM

    Sunny, knowing your determination and good spirits, you'll come up with something to replace Curves! Do you like to go to a gym? Know of other lady friends who have a favorite place they go to? It will work out hon, just hold out till a light bulb turns on.
And don't sweat the small stuff ~ 6 lbs is not a mountain, you'll lose it pronto when you get to another exercise place!

Men! I don't know why they like to look at/for younger women. I asked my hubby about why do men do this, quite a while ago, and he said men like "eye candy" and younger women make them feel younger. So .... does that mean that older men make these women feel 'older?' emoticon

Again, there will be someone special come along when you least expect it, that's how I met my second hubby Rolly. Wasn't looking or even interested and pop ~ up he came! emoticon

I see you wrote another blog so I'll go on and read it.
Keep your spirits up!

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JANNIE-D 1/2/2011 3:52PM

    Oh, Sunny...we have some things in common. Sorry to hear you're having such a challenging time.

I hope you can find an exercise partner or another way to get re-inspired to regular fitness.

People get so hung up on the age # they forget the person is the most important part.

Thinking of you - it is a very sunny day here. Heading out soon with Sierra for a short walk.


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FOXXYROXXYD 1/2/2011 3:50PM

    Come on Sunny - you can do this! Have you looked in to programs at a local YMCA or recreation center? Are you able to keep up with your walking?

Just start making some small steps and you'll turn it all around in no time!

What is it with men - always looking for something younger? Have you tried eharmony? I have a friend that is about the same age and she had some luck there.

Good luck - keep us posted!

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A Walk on Thanksgiving Evening

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It was 12*F with a brisk wind as I started out on the walk. I was wearing my new boots, hoping they would keep my feet warm and keep me from falling on my butt. They achieved their mission! My neighbors, across the street, were sitting in their dining room along with friends having their Norman Rockwell moments. The two inches of fresh snow from yesterday's storm was sparkling white.

Me? I was setting out to:

1. Return 2 books to the library
2. Get the T-Day edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and
3. Get some calorie burning steps on my exercise-deprived body.

The books delivered, I walked to the lake and stopped to greet my doggie friend, a lovely collie, who had a terrier friend visiting.

The lake was surface frozen and beckoning to anyone foolish enough to test it's thickness. Me? Nope, I'm at least smart enough to pass up an evening swim.

I would like to wax poetic over the views on my walk but I'm out of poetic wax.

Finally, I found a newspaper box willing to give up today's paper, all three pounds of it. I was now in the home strech of the walk and very thankful I had carried the books in a tote.

Ah, home at last to feed my kitties and enjoy a hot cup of chocolate! It's all good!

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/28/2010 11:26AM

    Im glad you are doing so well Sunny! and I wish i could send you some poetic wax but im having a hard enough time trying ot stay awake. sorry girl heads heavy! HUGS Laurie

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/26/2010 5:35PM

    Hooray for getting out for the walk!!

I just came back from a run on our first really cold day and I was the only one out. Isn't it great to get outside when everyone else is in?

It sounds like you had a lovely, productive walk with the new snow on the ground!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 11/26/2010 3:07PM

    Life is so good isnt it? I just love having days like you just had. You had such a great and blessed day and I know you feel invigorated and healthy with the fresh air and walk and seeing the great sights of Gods creation. Enjoy your weekend just as much. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YJNANA 11/26/2010 11:03AM

    Nice blog Sunny :) I think as much as you like to walk to the store you might bet a light weight back pack so your arms and hands are free for balance on Icy walks
Wish we could have walked with you, in sounded lovely emoticon

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LJCANNON 11/26/2010 9:35AM

    emoticonSending warm hugs!! It sounds like you had a very successful, healthy day yesterday. I am glad you enjoyed your Cold Walk. Mine~40*F~was positively balmy compared to yours!

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MNNSAIDE 11/26/2010 9:04AM

    What a nice walk!
Do you have any pictures of the beautiful snow to share?

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NELLIEC 11/25/2010 9:49PM

    Sounds like a good walk. It is good you didn't test the lake's surface!

I bet your kitties were very glad to see their food!

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MONTY68 11/25/2010 9:46PM

    Hi Sunny
Great blog, so you are out of poetic wax, well the humorous side of you had plenty to say. It was so great. 12*F is to be absolutely freezing. That is amazing and congratulations on doing it. You said the boots kept your feet warm, I am going to assume that the rest of you kept warm. You accomplished what you set out to do and certainly burned some calories. I read sometime ago, that walking in very cold weather burns a few more calories.
It sounds like you had a very nice Thanksgiving Day, Thank you for sharing this.

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And the Streak Goes On............Through Day 20

Friday, October 22, 2010

The original blog of this title was better but the blame thing froze up on me! emoticon

The streak has two parts : walk/jog a minimum of three miles or more per day and log every bite of food consumed every day.

The last two weeks data -

Average Calories Burned = 2246
Average Calories Consumed = 1687
Average Calorie Deficit = 559
Average Daily Activity (in hours and minutes) = 7:47
Average Daily Vigorous Activity (in minutes) = 42
Average Daily (GWF) steps = 6482
Average Daily Omron Steps = TBD
Average Daily Omron Aerobic Minutes = TBD
Average Daily Omron Miles = TBD

I go to Curves 6 days per week
Average Weekly Wt. Loss = 1 pound or more emoticon

And the beat goes on and the beat goes on, drums keep pounding rythym (Can't spell) to my brain emoticon Blame it on Cher!

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TONEILL1 11/2/2010 9:50AM

    Keep up the good work! Thanks for posting!@! emoticon

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GVANSCOOT 10/30/2010 12:24PM

  Great job and an a inspiration to others!


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LJCANNON 10/23/2010 9:06PM

    emoticonWay to Go!!!! We will have to start calling you the Energizer Turtle soon!!!

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LADYZHERRA 10/23/2010 12:21PM

    Woot Woot! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/22/2010 11:39PM

    Way to go Sunny! You are very active during the day! The beat goes on!!!!!

As you know, I broke my streak the day I ended up in ER for the 3 mile part, but got right back to it the next day and have tracked my food throughout. It's really been great.

You are doing fantastic!

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DIDMIS 10/22/2010 10:41PM

    You are doing so great Sunny. Wish I could do that great. Keep up the good work girl.

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MONTY68 10/22/2010 9:44PM

    Hi Sunny
Congratulations on day 20, but in my opinion that is only part of what you do. You have done a fantastic job on yourself. The stats you give on the things you are doing certainly show the motivation and positive attitude about you and your desire for healthy lifestyle.
I think you are a good example of what one can do to be successful on their journey. Keep doing what you do and what ever goals you have, I believe that you WILL make them.
Thank you for sharing.

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