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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I started this journey as more of a way to track what I was eating compared to the amount of calories that I burned biking to work, trying to figure out why I wasn't losing any weight. What has happened instead is a new verve for life. I look forward to working out -most of the time. There are days like today where moving was just hard. A good friend of mine tells me to look at the things I've accomplished and not beat myself up for small slip ups. I am trying really hard to take her advice when thinking of how far I've come in the last 6 weeks.

I started out at 312 lbs. (I am finally able to admit that) with all of my clothes getting tighter, and my energy level decreasing. I have now finally broken that 300 lb. mark and am down 17 lbs. YIPPEE!!! I don't ever want to hit 300 again. I am striving to get down to 175, but right now I'm celebrating every pound along the way.

My progress:
I started riding my bike to work in March, and it was taking me about 50-55 minutes to go the 8.5 miles each way. I am now at 38:52 with an average speed of 13mph. Today was a hard day. It took me 42 minutes this morning, and I struggled to maintain 12mph. Instead of getting down on myself, I look at the fact that I HAVE improved... I have increased my overall average speed, I'm no longer fighting to maintain at 10mph. I have even hit a top speed of 20.1mph!

I have been incorporating other workouts into my routine; yoga, kickboxing, pilates, different dance workouts, (My husband says that he really enjoys watching me try to do the Bollywood Dance) and even getting my girls to pick out a workout DVD at the library and we'll do it together. One thing I have found, I am NOT made to do gymnastics at this stage in my life! Hopefully one day, I will be!

My Cheering Section:
I have a fabulous support system! I have a great friend that I walk with at work, and can always depend on her to be my sounding board. My husband has a hard time stomaching the "Rah-Rah! Go Team!" approach, but he still supports me in so many ways. He tries to cook healthier, even joining SparkPeople to not only support me, but to see if he needs to make changes in his own life. My in-laws are also SparkPeople. Seeing them active helps me strive to want to do more. Seeing some of the other "regular" cyclists and getting that "Hi" or nod, on the paths makes me feel like I'm part of something bigger than myself. I have a sense of belonging.

So, despite the fact that I have a bad day every now and then, I will not lose focus of what I've accomplished so far or how I feel when I see the results. I will allow myself that slice of pizza or bottle of beer every now and then and not feel guilty. I will celebrate small successes, and cheer on my supporters in their successes. It's a long journey yet to come, and I'm looking forward to the trip!
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LHUP7546 8/7/2011 6:19AM

  OMG! How totally awesome that you bike to work--I'm not that brave! You rock!!

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MFRUNNER 12/10/2010 8:28PM

    Sounds like you're taking good care of yourself! Keep it up!

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AMARIEW1 7/12/2010 7:45PM

    Keep up the great work!

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CUSH464 7/10/2010 10:08AM

  Be proud of yourself for taking the steps to get on track! That is really great that you bike every day to work - not only for weight lose but for the other benefits of exercise.

Keep up the great work!

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LADY_KATHY 6/20/2010 9:35PM

    It's great to have such a support system. Good for you. : )

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ILOVESP 6/17/2010 8:47AM

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NORDAKOTA 6/15/2010 6:27AM

    Terrific!!

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MESEATURTLE 6/15/2010 2:34AM

    Good going girl!!!

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FOX2566 6/14/2010 8:24PM

  I like the way you are incorporating activity in day to day things!
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DIANALP61 6/14/2010 2:46PM

    Way to go. Keep it up! emoticon

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KATERYN 6/14/2010 10:43AM

    Woo Hoo! You go Girl! I love the improvements in my life also.

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CINDY1TWO3 6/14/2010 10:17AM

    Wow great blog! you are doing such a good job, I will not allow my husband or children to even be in the room when I work out. They definitely do not get to exercise with me.

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IOWAGAL1957 6/14/2010 9:51AM

    woohoo!

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MAKELE 6/14/2010 5:13AM

    Great blog!

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MARYELLEN301 6/13/2010 10:53PM

    WOW! I'm impressed! Keep up the great attitude. Kudos to your husband for his support!

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KILLRBEE18 6/13/2010 2:21PM

    Great post!

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LLEEINIA 6/13/2010 8:20AM

    Love your attitude. Keep it up.

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JANIEWWJD 6/13/2010 12:56AM

    Great job. Remember, anything is possible! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/12/2010 10:36PM

    Great way to look at your progress and your continued journey to a healthier life!

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BRENDAF761 6/12/2010 4:46PM

    Best wishes for continued success at reaching your own personal goals! Losing weight is so worth all the efforts that we put into it. I can't tell you how much better I feel after losing all my weight. Keep positive that you will be SUCCESSFUL!!!! Enjoy your day-Brenda emoticon

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RGDSGAL 6/12/2010 4:19PM

    You Go Girl!

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TYCA41458 6/12/2010 3:29PM

    WOW! I'm surprised and humbled by all of the responses. I really am glad to hear all of your feedback and wish you all the best of luck! I owe a huge thank you to my friend Monica, without whom, I would never have found SparkPeople and all of you wonderful people.

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ANNTORR53 6/12/2010 3:14PM

    Wow, how awesome. I have 22 pounds to loose and struggle. You are an inspiration! I too rike my bike and I would not be able to keep up with you......no way. I did have back surgery 3 months ago but can't use that as an excuse. If I can only bike 10 minutes at a time, I should be dong it. Thank you so much for sharing. I want your positive energy.

Ann

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ANDYINBC 6/12/2010 1:01PM

    Awesome...way to go. Sounds like you have got the right ideas for success, and you are putting it all into action. What ever you're final goal, I am sure you will achieve it.

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KARRYB1 6/12/2010 11:49AM

    Your doing Great! And your on your way to a new you.
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DIVE4LIFE 6/12/2010 11:37AM

    Thanks for the blog..and congratulations on your lifestyle change. The more you do, the more you CAN do. Keep at it my friend, it only gets BETTER!

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JACKMAGIC1 6/12/2010 10:57AM

    good girl keep it going.

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WANAKA 6/12/2010 10:11AM

    You have a plan and you're working it. Congratulations. Kudos to your husband and children for supporting you. Keep it up, you'll reach your goals. You can do it!

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MISSENG 6/12/2010 10:03AM

    Wow! You're doing an awesome job and have a great support system. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Keep it up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENE10 6/12/2010 8:53AM

    You are doing a great job! Very motivating:) I might just have to dig my bike out of the attic emoticon

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HYE101 6/11/2010 11:43PM

    You are making great progress !

You have that positive attitude that will make you meet your goals. Great job with your biking that is a very good exercise.

Have a great weekend and never ever give up !

YOU CAN DO IT !

Sam

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WORKINGITIN 6/11/2010 11:33PM

    Congrats on your journey. emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 6/11/2010 10:43PM

    It's so great to see progress in ways other than just the numbers on the scale. Congratulation on your bike riding and improving fitness level, since you are able to go the same distance faster. Way to go!

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WERNERSBACH519 6/11/2010 9:47PM

    Way to go! you have a great attitude.

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BEX2K4 6/11/2010 9:33PM

    way to stay positive!! keep up the good work!

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JESUSCAN7 6/11/2010 8:56PM

    What perseverance! What an inspiration! I will certainly be reminded of your story when I start to do my incumbant bike.
Keep up the great job you are doing!

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TYCA41458 6/11/2010 8:51PM

    SMYLYSTYLE- Good for you! The traffic can be really scary, and I have found alternate bike paths to take so I'm not having to contend with cars on the road. It has added a little to my ride, but I feel safer.

To everyone else, thank you so much for your words of encouragement! You help keep me going!

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SHERRYK5 6/11/2010 8:13PM

    Why to go! SP is amazing and reading storys like your is what keep me going.

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SMYLYSTYLE 6/11/2010 5:57PM

    I am so amazed by your perseverance. I have struggled with attempting to ride my bike only 3.9 miles to work. I don't know if it is fear due to the traffic. Now that I have read your blog I am going to get back on my bike and start riding to work. Thanks!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/11/2010 5:42PM

    You have already had an amazing start! Congrats!!

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MRSRAM 6/9/2010 10:30PM

    Isn't it kinda amazing. I am glad we are part of each others journeys.

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MRSRAM 6/9/2010 10:30PM

    Isn't it kinda amazing. I am glad we are part of each others journeys.

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RIPLEIGH_MICH 6/9/2010 1:38PM

    Great job!

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