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Onward and DOWNward...Preparing for the Holidays!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I was a bit nervous anticipating my weekly weigh-in today as we had been out of town this weekend with a few dining out "indulgences"...but YES! Another pound down! Been buckling right down and holding my calories down to an average daily total around 1800.

I enjoyed using a terrific recumbent bicycle while at the hotel:

A HIGHLY customizeable bike which allowed me to recline and stretch my legs out. I felt a strange combo of being relaxed while buzzing along on the pedals...if I had a pillow I think I could have snoozed while sweating it! And it could be all YOURS for the low, low price of $2,000...yeesh! :-)

So my BMI now places me at 27.3, smack in the middle of the "overweight" category. Don't know if I'll get "quite" as low as a BMI below overweight...that would mean 194 pounds for me to hit a BMI of 24. Crossing into 190's may just be "enough"...we'll have to see...however, it WOULD be awfully nice to officially no longer be "overweight!" :-)

Now for a few musical recommendations...! After Halloween marks for me the beginning of my holiday music season! Yes, a wee-bit early, but I don't exactly jump right into! I enjoy a wide range of new age / world music which is instrumental and captures "moods" more than spelling out specific holiday wishes. One of my all-time favorite album which can be enjoyed year round, but is especially apropos for this time of year is Paul Winter's "Wintersong" in which one of my favorite soprano sax players gathers "a collection of international tributes to the season, with traditional songs and circle dances from England, Scandinavia, Italy, France and the Appalachian Mountains." Most of these are NOT exactly workout tunes...with the exception of Bach's Ode to Joy...which Winter & Co. transform into a fun, celebratory Brasilian romp!

Winter joins forces again with Brasilian guitarist extraordinaire Oscar Castro-Neves on their duo album "Brasilian Days:"

This is a WONDERFUL album, although non-holiday-oriented, guaranteed to warm your hearts and soothe away your stress...highly, HIGHLY recommended!

For more soothing holiday music of a New Age, mostly of an instrumental, acoustic nature I highly recommend Windham Hill's "Winter Solstice" series of albums:

Everyone have a super warm-up to the holiday season this month...!

I'll continue to ramp up my efforts toward ONEderland by the New Year.


PS, Oh! Also looking forward to a group walk at one of our state parks with fellow SparkPeople members this upcoming Sunday...woo hoo! :-) Check out details here:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JCORYCMA 11/6/2009 10:33PM

    Thanks for the song inspirations and congrats on another pound down!!

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ZELLAZM 11/5/2009 7:45AM

    Got unplugged from your blog somehow - and now I come back and find you one pound lighter! Woohoo!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/4/2009 6:50PM

    Way to go on the weight loss!

In another week I should FINALLY go from the 'obese' catagory, to 'over-weight'.

I'm sure it feels really nice to be in the middle of the over-weight catagory; so much closer to 'normal' weight! Rooting for 'ya!


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ZIRCADIA 11/4/2009 2:24PM

    Congrats on the loss!!! :) I feel confident you will no longer be "overweight" if that is what you choose to do. But seriously, if you're close, and fit and muscular, who cares?

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S318830 11/4/2009 1:37PM

    Congrats on losing another lb, especially with travel and indulgences. I'm looking forward to "normal" myself. I'm soooo darned close right now! 155 is the weight associated with the "normal" barrier for me. Keep going. I have every faith in you!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/4/2009 12:15PM

    Woo hoo, good job!

I suppose I'm almost to the halfway point of "overweight" too; I never looked at it that way, before, but I love incremental milestones, so why not?! hehehe

My BMI is currently 27.6; "normal" is 16.7 lbs from now for me. Gosh, it's getting so close, I can almost TASTE it...

If I keep going at this rate (approximately 5% net removed every 27 days) I'll get to "normal" around New Year's...

As for the upcoming holidays, I'm nervous about heading into Food Season. I did fine over Halloween (not a SINGLE piece of candy other than sugarless gum, thankyouverymuch) but I've still got to face down:

a family reunion weekend after next
New Year's
Valentine's Day
and Easter.

It doesn't help that we've now changed the clocks and it's dark before I even get out of work.

I'm just going to focus on my goal of getting as close to goal weight as I can by spring melt (for WW kayaking season) and continuing to go to exercise classes, and eating right. I hope it's enough.

I'm actually terrified of getting lost this winter. But I'm going to keep my nose to the grindstone and put one foot in front of the other and hope that gets me through.

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FRECKS96 11/4/2009 12:08PM

    WTG on losing a pound with an away weekend! I love your music suggestions and can't wait to check them out.

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