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Day 105 Check In.../It Feels Good to be Strong!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Day 105 Check In...

Weight - 181

Calories -1091

Fiber - 32

Freggies - 4

Water - 8 and still counting


Another wonderful day in the mountains! It was actually cold today, not that I'm complaining! High in the low 70's. Home was in the 100's again today!

We started the day with an beginner 1.5 mile hike along a little trail that follows the river by the side of the mountain. I could not believe how easy it was for me this year! Huge difference from last year. This year, I did not even get winded! As I was climbing, I could feel the strength in my legs, which made the climb easy! I have never experienced this before! Even when I was younger and a healthy weight, I was not athletic, so I have never really exercised before. So while I was thin, I did not have any muscle tone. This is so new to me and I love the feeling of having strength in my arms and legs. I even noticed it when I went to the store to pick up ice and had no difficulty at all carrying 2 large bags of ice to the car!

There is a moderate hike on Saturday that I want to attempt. It is 4 miles roundtrip with a 600 ft. climb in elevation. After the hike today, I think I am ready for it!

I am still getting used to this new body and what it is capable of. I only wish I had started this journey sooner. I could have felt this good for years!

The rest of the day was pretty restful. I bought a card for DH and developed the pictures from yesterday to send to him, so he wouldn't forget me while I'm gone!

Tonight, we are playing games and just enjoying being together!

I am not sure why my weight is up, but I think it might have something to do with the new strength training program I started last week. In the introduction to the video, he said that weight gain was common during the first few weeks of the program because your muscles retain water as they are building. Hopefully, that is all that it is. I am not worried about it, though, because I know that I am eating and exercising and doing my part! The weight loss is sure to follow.

I found another "before" picture from my dad's 80th birthday party! This was at my heaviest of 245. I just realized that I have not cut my hair since I started this journey, so I have decided I will continue on with this trend. My husband likes my hair long anyway, and now I have this Samson thing going on. We'll see how long my hair gets before I lose all the weight! (I'll just do trims to keep the hair healthy)

This is me with my immediate family at my dad's 80th birthday. It is very rare that we are all together at the same time! (mom, dad, 3 brothers, and me)

Below is me now...

I never want to go back to that first picture. Although I was smiling, I was not happy and was on a path to destruction with my health. My wonderful family loved me through all of it, but it makes me feel so good to see them so proud of me now and not worrying about my health anymore!

As you can tell, we are really enjoying our vacation and the time to get away from it all! My only regret is that I don't have as much time to spark with y'all as I would like! I am really behind on reading all of your blogs, and I don't like that! I don't want to miss anything that is going on with you! I will do my best to catch up with everyone as soon as possible, but it may take me a few days!

I can't tell you enough how much you all mean to me! I absolutely believe that I could not do this without you! You are the secret to my success!!!

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NEWCHINELO 7/2/2013 3:12PM

    Enjoy, Sis!

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    you look great:) so glad you are enjoying yourself.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/2/2013 2:39PM

    You look so good in the picture you put up in your blog today!

You are doing really well!

Big (((HUGS)))

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STAY39 7/2/2013 12:45PM

    What an awesome NSV- feeling and knowing that your body is strong! That is so great! That is really quite a big deal! I don't think a lot of people realize the importance of that. Good for you! You will rock that hike on Saturday!
Such a nice family photo! And that picture of you is so pretty! Your family must be so proud! Glad you are having a wonderful time. Keep the updates coming! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 7/2/2013 11:54AM

    Just caught up on your last few blogs. It is so cool to see how happy you are to discover who God wants you to become. Your enthusiasm is wonderful! I love to hike and I'm giddy with excitement that you are able to enjoy it now. Can't wait to hear about your hike on Saturday!

Congrats on all your successes so far and enjoy your vacation!

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KIWIANN 7/2/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon Beware of Delilah - don't let anyone trick you into loosing this amazing gift you have been given, and worked to embrace!!
Hearing about your wonderful vacation makes me smile!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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AUTUMNHOPE 7/2/2013 7:45AM

    What a GREAT blog ! So emoticon that you are feeling strong & capable.

I love that you didn't get down about the pound & are listening to your body. While I was reading it I thought , she's gaining muscle. Like you said , just stick to your plan & keep moving !

I KNOW emoticon Go into that 4 mile strong, because that's what you are now !!

Don't worry your husband won't forget that pretty blond in the after picture emoticon
Yes, we are all blessed to have each other. It's amazing what women can do for each other . It's so nice to see us support each other for our individual success rather than try to out do the other to make ourselves feel better like in the real world.

The transformations amazing emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 7/2/2013 6:32AM

    Way to go Samson . . . ette! emoticon So glad you're having a nice time. emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/2/2013 4:07AM

    Have a marvelous vacation!

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    I loved loved loved the part about realizing how strong and fit you are and getting used to your new body. That is so wonderful, and what this is all about. I'm so happy for you. And, by the way, you look absolutely beautiful! You go girl!

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    Love reading your reports from your vacation. You sound happy and content. Keep up the good work. It's so much more fun when you are in shape.
Take care.

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SKATER787 7/2/2013 12:35AM

    Don't worry about not keeping up with the Sparker's. Just concentrate on becoming as strong as a mountain goat. emoticon

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NHES220 7/2/2013 12:35AM

    Don't look back, only look forward. You look great and it will only get better! You will do awesome on that hike!

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TAMWIL2 7/1/2013 10:51PM

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time and keeping up with the new lifestyle. I think the hike will be easier than you imagine so enjoy it. emoticon

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MSHEL7 7/1/2013 10:47PM

    Wow, you really do look great in that picture. I am glad you included it again today. The hike today sounds nice, I am so glad that you did it and that you are so strong now. I think you will make the one on the weekend just fine. You are ready. Have a great time while doing it and make memories you can keep in your heart of how great it was.

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