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An AHA moment!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sorry I have been MIA blog wise.

This morning after exercise Becky said to me "What are you going to eat for breakfast?" I said I think a cereal bar. My next thought was because I need the Carbs. I had to laugh to myself. I have never had that thought beore in my life! Wow! Reading all those articles really did sink in. So I got my bar, coffee and got some Strawberries ready for my breakfast.

Little things like this help me to realize that I truly am making healthy lifestyle changes and not just pretending! Sometimes I feel like I am playing a role and giving lip service that people want to hear. Well I have finally proven to myself that I am the real deal! Yea me!

Weight wise I am back down to 166 lbs I had gained two lbs last week but I wasn't worried about it because I know my routine and exercise is a major part of it. Hey, right back to the healthy lifestyle changes! AND it doesn't hurt that I am still in the Team 300 lbs Plus end of summer challenge. It ends this week! I am sure Dusty will come up with another one for us though.

Until next time! emoticon

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HLTHYETER 9/16/2010 8:43AM

    Challenges are a great source for me as well. I participated in two so far, the Summer challenge and sizzling summer challenge, now about to begin the fall challenge. I belong to the Determined daisies team there--come check us out if you don't have another fall challenge--we would love to have you participate.

You have made great changes--keep up the good work. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/12/2010 8:49AM

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THOMS1 9/11/2010 4:27PM

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.DUSTY. 9/11/2010 4:13PM

    I'm so happy for you Susie! emoticon

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RIMAJO 9/11/2010 3:46PM

    What a great AHA moment, we can never have too many of them! You're doing an amazing job with the changes you've made Susie. I truly admire your accomplishments & hope to follow in your footsteps.. or to create a few new ones of my own.

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HALEY_DA 9/11/2010 2:18PM

    Congrats! Those are some of the best moments when you recognize that you've moved past trying to change and into changed.

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On VACA again!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday Morning Becky Tom and I left on our driving trip to PA. My oldest sister lives there. We thought we would visit her while we are still able. Can you believe that? We sound like old people! Well Karen is going to be 71. Now that sounds old but I like to think of it as the new middle age! LOL I just turned 60 my last Birthday! Oh Well!

So I may not get to check in with anyone until I get back however I will try to log my food and exercise every day. If I don't get the opportunity I will do it eventually like a good sparker. LOL Progress not perfection.

See you when I get back!

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SHOAPIE 7/21/2010 9:48PM

    Have a great trip. Love the new profile picture. emoticon emoticon

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    Have a nice visit and have a great time!

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RIMAJO 7/19/2010 11:59AM

    Have a wonderful time, all of you!

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.DUSTY. 7/19/2010 9:53AM

    LOL! @ 71 being "the new middle age!" I like that!

Have fun time!

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NETTER61 7/19/2010 7:59AM

    enjoy your time!!

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GLOWORM1963 7/19/2010 7:02AM

    Hope you have a wondereful time, enjoy your visit!!!

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10 Lbs. Away!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I had a good weigh-in this week. I have officially lost 151 lbs!!! Yea Me!! 174 lbs.. I haven't been that weight since 1984 or so!! Woo Hoo!!
I haven't been perfect this last 5 days but I have had fun and tried to make allowences in my food plans to ensure I don't gain any weight this coming week. I have been making sure I get my exercise. Well actually my sister Becky (Thoms1) makes sure I get up and walk over to the gym to get my exercise. She comes along of course.

I remember when we first started our journey. Beck said we really needed to start exercising. I was adament about not exercising. I realized at the time that I didn't want to exercise because I knew I wouldn't be any good at it. I could barely walk from one end of the house to the other without huffing and puffing. The next day I snuck out of the house to see if I could walk half a block. When I got to the corner I was wishing I had my phone to call Becky to come and get me! I managed to get home but just barely. I admitted to Becky that I had attempted my first walk. She was sort of miffed at me because I didn't take her along. She was worse off than I was. Becky has COPD. The next day we went for a "walk". We went to the corner turned around and came back home. Before Beck went to work in the afternoon we would try it again. We would push a little further. Sometimes I would do the pushing and she would get so mad at me. I knew it was the same thing I experienced in the very beginning. She was mad at herself because she didn't think she could do it. Or she was so out of breath she thought she would need a ride home. (She admitted to me that she thought she was going to die!) Let me know if this sounds like anyone you know. I know we can't be the only ones that felt we were to fat to exercise! LOL I will talk to you later. Maybe Becky can give her side of the story. BTW when we first started this journey we could have been called the "Bickerson's"!

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TRACIEO3 7/16/2010 9:42PM

    What a wonderful story and congratulations on your success! emoticon

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    Woo Hoo...go Susie! Way to go!

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THOMS1 7/16/2010 5:08PM

    emoticonon only 10 more pounds till your goal. I am so proud of you! Did you ever think we would get beyond the mail box on our walks? Now on a long walk we can go 5 miles! AMAZING!

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RIMAJO 7/16/2010 12:25PM

    This is a great blog Susie, and its one I want to share with a special friend whom I have no doubt, would be able to relate to this story.

I'm so proud of you! And of Becky too.. and am glad you've had each other to go through this journey with. You've both come a long way & now its paying off. I think it's great! Keep at it., you're in the home stretch now.. the finish line is yours for the taking!

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NETTER61 7/16/2010 9:09AM

    Oh Susie - trust me! You guys weren't the only ones thinking you were too fat to exercise!! I've been conditioned that way for a very long time! but, I'm coming to realize that I can do it - even if it does feel like I'm going to die in the process!! Great job to both you and Becky! Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAPETERSON 7/16/2010 12:04AM

    You have such persistence and good humor. Thanks for sharing. Cheering you on for the last 10 pounds!

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Simply Pleasurable!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My sister said to me this morning " Gee, I've only lost 33 lbs in the last 6 months." I did a double take and said "Gee, I've only lost 48 lbs in the last 12 months!" Duh! I have lost 150 lbs. in the last 2 years. So has Becky. Just think that is 2 good sized women!
We went to the lake last Saturday and wore swim suits for the first time in I don't know how many "DECADES"! I suppose there aren't that many people that can say that! We went out to the lake again today and we each wore different swimsuits. I mean can you imagine going from never wearing one to having "THREE" suits each. There must be some serious insanity going on around here. LOL
Just think this Sunday we are planning on going out there again. This time I take my socks and walking shoes along so I can get some walking in! It feels really good to be able to do these things. Thank you SparkPeople and especially my sparkfriends. Without you I would be a fat old lady not being able to do much of anything! MMMwwwahhh! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/10/2010 1:01PM

    It does feel so good to be able to do things that I couldn't do before. I have noticed how much better I am handling the heat and humidity this summer than I have in past summers - just one of the bonuses.

150 pounds in two years - wow. I am hoping to lose 150 give or take over three years time. My hat's off to you!!!


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INKYINPA 7/10/2010 10:13AM

    You guys are inspirational!!! Keep on keeping on! HONK! HONK!!

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GEOCACHEAZ 7/10/2010 12:40AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! What a wonderful feeling it must be! The bathing suit thing is very important! Its very frustrating trying to find one much less wear one! I got lucky this week- I needed a new bathing suit ( a functional one) that I could wear to scuba diving lessons. My husband thought I needed a one piece- I looked like a whale! I thought about when I look my best- and that is in workout clothes. I found a cute tankini and a matching pair of shorts. My husband remarked it was the best I looked in a bathing suit yet! emoticon Enjoy your time at the lake.

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I am back from VACA and going strong!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I did gain 2.4 lbs. That is okay, it is not the end of the world, because I know, I just know that I will lose it. I am back on track and going to the gym M-F. Getting both aerobic and strength training. A walk to and from the gym has been unpleasant due to high humidity but we have been doing it. We look like drowned rats when we get to the gym but surely all that moisture must be good for my skin right? LOL!

Right now I am 13.4 lbs away from my first "BIG goal". Then if I lose anything more that is nice but I would like to maintaIn it for awhile to see if I can fit in my skin so to speak. haha One day soon it will happen!! Yippee!! emoticon emoticon

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    Wow, I have not been getting my walking in this week due to the heat. I have been waiting until evening to walk when it starts to cool down, but last evening, we were at the funeral home all evening for a neighbor who passed away at 52 years of age. Stood in line for 2 1/2 hours. That should count for something, right? My hat's off to you for walking in this. Make sure you keep hydrated.

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RIMAJO 7/9/2010 1:17PM

    You took a vacation & only gained 2.4 pounds? WOW... that's not bad at all Susie! I almost dread vacations now because it typically means a 5+ gain. You must have been doing a pretty good job watching what you were eating, or it might of been worse. Kudos on walking in all this humidity.. I can't do it, can't breathe - you must have strong lungs. Wondering if they hang drown rats out to dry at your gym, before letting you play on their toys. LOL... what a visual, thanks for the chuckles!

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    Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed your vacation.

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GRAMTOTWO 7/9/2010 6:00AM

    emoticon You and Becky are true inspirations. I hope I can do as well on my vacation.

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