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A little souviner from San Fran...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Remember I mentioned climbing Taylor Street to visit Nob Hill... Well the Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness has arrived! 10,000 steps will be particularly trying tonight - but I'm worth it...


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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/24/2012 8:47AM

    Definitely lots of hills in San Fran, good job with all the walking. emoticon

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HANAVAS 4/21/2012 11:02AM

    Love, love, love San Francisco! Hubby was stationed in Lemoore while he was in the marines. We were young and quite fit then, and walking all day still kicked our butts!
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SCIFIMOM 4/21/2012 12:07AM

  Hey, Tink. The last time I visited San Francisco a number of years ago when I was at my peak of adult fitness -- walking at least 2 miles a day, cross training with weights, pilates, and yoga. And let me tell you, after spending a week walking like a San Francisco native, I have never had such sore legs! All those really steep hills and uneven roadways really can take it out of you.

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ELSCO55 4/20/2012 9:58PM

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/20/2012 7:17PM

    Oh, you got a surprise work out! Wow! I hope you feel better soon!
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BLUE42DOWN 4/20/2012 5:27PM

    Hehe, those hills in SF are definitely muscle workers! The one weekend I took the train up there and walked to the store I was visiting ... WHOO BOY. Them be some steep hills!

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SHERYLDS 4/20/2012 3:54PM

    emoticonthe agony of success emoticon

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 4/20/2012 3:13PM

    Ah, my good frenemy DOMS. A pain in the a$$ when she's here, but a reminder that we're doing something right!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/20/2012 2:54PM

    It will be less tomorrow! but you did marvelous! What a walk!

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linda

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EGALITAIRE 4/20/2012 2:52PM

    Revel in the pain - lets you know you've given your muscles a workout.

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Non-Scale Victories at 30K feet...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I flew cross country today... interesting. I normally fly up and down the east coast, but something about the time zone changes and not being on my usual carrier, made me think about how different my flying experience is now vs before I started the lifestyle change/weight loss.

First, I don't have to stress or strain to get the seatbelt on. Even in coach class. I guess they must have installed longer seat belts (???)...

Second, there appear to be "new" seats too. I had a middle seat for 2 of the 4 legs of the flights - and I was very comfortable and didn't feel I was being squished nor that I was squishing my neighbors at the window or aisle seat. Couldn't be just my weight loss?

Finally, I didn't get hungry (no food cravings) while in the air. That's a lucky thing - because the options at 30K feet are not exactly friendly to my my new lifestyle and diet. Of course I had an appropriately friendly snack in my carry-on - nuts, seeds, etc. -- but I'm now able to manage my hunger, meals, etc., and have gotten very good at finding lifestyle appropriate food in almost any situation!

Again, these are just a few Non-Scale Victories... but they are just as sweet (as a bowl of Paleo friendly berries)!

What was your latest Non-Scale Victory?

  
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DUXGRL1 4/21/2012 9:24AM

    That's exciting!

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SCIFIMOM 4/20/2012 12:32AM

  That's a long list of non-scale victories, Tink. I am so proud of you!

My victory today was being able to dive way into the back of the closet and come up with a completly "new" outfit out of old clothes I haven't been able to squeeze into for the past five years -- and they were a little loose.

Good times.

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BLUE42DOWN 4/19/2012 12:04PM

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What great Non-Scale Victories (and such a cute spin on them, too).

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SABLENESS 4/19/2012 10:24AM

    Way to go! It's amazing how many things "change" when we do! emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/19/2012 9:43AM

    CONGRATULATIONS...those victories are every bit as important, if not more, as numbers are numbers but this is actual life altering! Way to go...I, too, notice many things...not being out of breath, and for me, I have fallen in the past and could not get up without help! I now can...it was my first a-ha moment of what the weight loss really meant!
Thanks for the reminder and have a great day!
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LIVINGFREE19 4/19/2012 7:44AM

    Yes, I would definitely plan ahead on snack options too like you did with the nuts and seeds.
I haven't been fond of the food options I have seen on flights.

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MCDOWN75 4/19/2012 5:39AM

    Isn't it wonderful? I hadn't flown in four years and was amazed at how well I fit in the seats. Last time I flew I thought I might need an extender. Not this time. Congrats on your victory!

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EGALITAIRE 4/18/2012 11:39PM

    Good to hear your trip was a Paleo success Tink. Four legs - ouch. Dontcha just love cross-country with connecting flights. I am usually quite lucky when I have to change planes in that my gates are in another terminal, but fortunately at the other end, so I can get my 20,000 steps in between flights.

My first is a victory in wolf's clothing. Going to a business BBQ this evening, somewhat casual. As I was getting dressed, I discovered all my summer business casual shirts were made by Coleman (ie. you could camp in them). They are 2 sizes too big - I had to pretend the event was a costume party and I was a spinnaker sail on an America's Cup sailing vessel.

The "BBQ" was a buffet. Lots of variety, but mostly non-primal dishes. My victory is that I didn't even look at the pasta (my former nemesis) and just ate the chicken breast and salad (lots of it). No dessert either. Same soiree last year, I ate enough to fuel me for a whole week.

Stay Strong - Spark ON

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San Francisco...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Beautiful city and great weather today.

In meetings today - when we met for dinner in the hotel lobby, I had only achieved 277 steps for the day. That's not a typo!

So we climbed the street to Knob Hill - the views were incredible, and we had an opportunity to see the bay bridge, Alcataz, and the Warf. Not only were the views amazing, but I was able to get in my steps and a healthy dinner.

Hope you had a great day too! Tomorrow... Off to VA!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 4/19/2012 2:05AM

    Ooof, I'd feel almost stiff having to sit without moving much for that long. I'm lucky that it's around 100 steps just to go from my desk to the restroom - and that no one complains that I get up and walk up and down the hall once in a while.

San Francisco is definitely a great city for many possible views. I'm glad you got to get out and see some of them while you were here in (mostly) sunny California.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/18/2012 5:43PM

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SCIFIMOM 4/18/2012 6:31AM

  I was about to say, how can you NOT walk in San Francisco? It and Washington DC are the two most walking friendly cities I have ever visited, and of the two, I would prefer walking in SF. The views, the genuinely good street entertainers, the oriental gardens at the battery, Muir woods...I want to go back! - Claudia

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SUEINTHEPARK 4/18/2012 1:49AM

    Awesome way to get some exercise and take in a beautiful city!!!

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Moving from FL to NC: Is that moving North or South?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The time has come for yet another corporate relocation... probably back to Charlotte NC, but I'll look at other areas as well (let me know if you've got a recommendation for where a mid-40 single looking to spend quality time with a nice guy interested in living a healthy lifestyle might want to consider living). I've lived in Charlotte before, but was trying to continue a long-distance relationship with a New Yorker, so not sure I had the full Charlotte experience!

My regular travel route will be from Columbia SC - Raleigh NC - Richmond VA and VA Beach, Baltimore MD, and DC. But any given day could find me in DC or anywhere within the other 4 states. I've joined all the teams, so if I can, I'd like to join any Spark team events going on within my geographic travel area!

So the question to be answered: Am I moving North to live in the South? Florida is certainly geographically south of the above mentioned states, but living in a metro Florida city can hardly be considered living in the South! So back to having four season, avoiding "Sweet Tea" at every meal, and time to learn a new set of restaurants and stores to support my dietary needs.

Best News - I will not be derailed! If I've made it the past 8 months, then I know I can survive something as minor as another corporate relocation!

PS - I'll always be Tink - and TampaTink67 on Spark, but in life I will now be a Tampa-Tinker-Southern-belle


  
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EMPTYNESTER60 4/16/2012 7:57PM

    Having lived in Ohio for 12 years - then moving to South Florida for 34 years & now living in NC for the past 17 years you are definitely moving "south" when you move up here. My sister still lives in Stuart, FL & always says she is coming "down" when she is coming to visit me. There is absolutely nothing "southern" in Ft. Lauderdale, FL or Tampa either - at least not compared to the Tar Heel state emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 4/16/2012 2:30PM

    Here in the Raleigh area we refer to those who start north, head to Fla and then end up settling in NC as "Half Backs". You moved south but then came only "half back" to the North! But we are definitely "South". Sweet Tea, Shrimp and Grits, BBQ are all part of the culture. So's the humidity! But that's why they invented air conditioning! Welcome back.

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BLUE42DOWN 4/16/2012 2:13PM

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I'm no help. The furthest "South" I've been was actually East from California to Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN, then back. I've never made it to the deep South. (Though on the same note I always have to laugh when my best friend in Edmonton, AB, Canada, says I live in "the South". To him everyone in the U.S. is Southern.)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/16/2012 1:18PM

    I wish you a great move to a terrific place! I am impressed with your can do attitude and you do a great job rolling with what gets thrown at you!
Keep us posted...we are here!
Love,
Mary
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SPCRAIG 4/16/2012 10:49AM

  I grew up in Jacksonville area and moved to Charlotte at 28. I still consider this the south but growing up thought the north was anything over the FL/GA border.

Tampa is a great place to live. My brother and his family just moved there after living in Gainesville for almost 20 years.

So welcome back! A great place to exercise is close to Midtown - near the "new" Target. The New Sugar Creek trail walk is wonderful. They have done so much work on it. You can go from Freedom Park to CPCC or to Park Rd shopping center in the other direction. But it is gorgeous!

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GOLFGMA 4/16/2012 6:59AM

    Speaking as a North Carolinian I am happy living here. Have visited many states and traveled to Europe , but, wouldn't trade this place for any since this is home. I'm sure most would say the same for their home state, but, you are right about sticking to SP anywhere you go. You can do it! emoticon

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MAMAWALMART 4/16/2012 3:09AM

    Well can't say much for the other places, I've always lived in SC, upstate to be more precise, and you have to be precise in SC. Because here in the mountains and foothills, we do things differently than they do in the Lowcountry or in the Midlands. SC regions are as diverse as the US, and so are the residents. I can tell you a lot about the upstate area, but I'm doing good when I find Columbia and Charleston. I am sure you will enjoy where ever you live. We look forward to seeing you on SP, no matter where you live.
As for Sweet Tea, that was the hardest thing to give up for me. Thank you Lord for Crystal Light and Splenda, (Wal Mart brand of course).
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EXOTEC 4/16/2012 12:17AM

    NC is definitely still in the South! Authentic "Deep South", if you want a category. We're geographically south, but FL is a world of its own. We don't really "qualify" as Southerners, so far as those in the Carolinas and " 'ginny" and all are concerned! Some of us tend that way, but it's more individual than things are up there.

I love cities like Charlotte. I love Savannah, GA ... which has some similarities. I guess places like N'Orleans would feel familiar to others around the old Southern towns closer to the coast. It's a different pace and a different world. A better one, to my temperament. Some find it too slow and stifling. But it's a breath of freedom for me. I hope you'll find a wonderful place where you can put down a few veggies! I have fond memories (MANY moons ago) of a tiny little town called "Highlands". Beautiful area.

I wonder if there's a way, and what the cost would be, to "bribe" you to pick me some of those unbelievably sweet, tiny, wild alpine strawberries you can only grow around there, and that just don't transplant?!? (Believe me, I've tried) Seriously. I neeeeeeeed some! I hate these big monsters we get here! Send me an invoice! LOL

Please DO NOT disappear from us! Put me on your update list for when you change your screename! You're family now, you can't just vanish in a vapor!

~v~

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EAMONGE 4/15/2012 9:32PM

    you are moving north... kind of LOL. I am a big fan of the Raleigh area! Good luck with your move!

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EGALITAIRE 4/15/2012 9:30PM

    There are a lot of single men in Toronto and regular flights out of Buffalo to any of the cities you mentioned - just sayin?

Doesn't Toronto Tink have a certain ring to it?

I am sure you will find health and happiness where ever you land - you seem to be on the right track and committed to your plan.

All the best.

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CAROLJ35 4/15/2012 9:29PM

    Good Luck in wherever you settle. We are transplants from PA to NC and now live in FL half the year. Got the best of both worlds!!!

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SABLENESS 4/15/2012 9:18PM

    You can do it wherever you are! And yes, you're definitely moving south. North Florida is south. Our part of Fla isn't.

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KMMR87 4/15/2012 8:41PM

    Truly an OMG blog. You actually travel THAT much? I am so very impressed.

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 4/15/2012 8:38PM

    I think you are definately moving north to the south lol! I know about relocations I have been relocating with my husband every two to three years. Charlotte is def a really fun place. I am pretty partial to North Carolina it has been my favorite place to live! Enjoy it emoticon

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-80 and BLC Goals

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Yup - it's official: -80 lbs... so far!

Also, I've signed up to participate in the next round of The Spark Biggest Loser Challenge - it looks a little time intensive, but I'm gonna give it a shot! Here are my realistic, attainable goals for the 12 week program:

- Lose at least 20 lbs (since I average 10 a month, that should be attainable even if weigt loss slows.) This will have me within One-derland and officially out of the "obesity" category and into "overweight"...

- Re-engage in recording all food intake at least 6 days a week

- Maintain at least 8 glasses of water / day and fitness goal of 10,000 steps / day

- Fully participate in weekend challenges (and as many daily challenges as possible).

- Weight in weekly on assigned day.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 4/15/2012 8:14PM

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That is so very very exciting! Good luck with the challenge.

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FITKAT62 4/15/2012 11:17AM

  WOW! That's impressive.

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KANOE10 4/15/2012 9:18AM

    Wonderful news on lsoing 80 pounds. You are doing it!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/15/2012 6:08AM

    I just knew it!
You can do this!
Congrats on 80 ...and here is to the next level...
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EGALITAIRE 4/14/2012 9:23PM

    Big Hoorahs on reaching 80 - the trip must have been an on-plan success.

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DUXGRL1 4/14/2012 3:59PM

    Congratulations! That sounds great!

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WILDNTEXAS 4/14/2012 2:42PM

    emoticon goals! 20 lbs? emoticon You're already on your way to 100-ville by planning ahead and having lost pounds already. Just remember to keep the calories within range and the fitness minutes (ST and cardio, especially cardio) high!

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