REDHEADMOM2U's SparkPeople Blog REDHEADMOM2U's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 20 months later yeah....I'm back. <BR> <BR> Where I started. <BR> <BR> Worse shape than before <BR> <BR> Less confidence than ever. <BR> <BR> BUT I'm here, today. So there's that! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:06:53 EST Just for today <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I've been on track since Monday! woohoo to me indeed! <BR> <BR> I haven't been perfect by any long shot. I'm still not doing everything I was doing at the height of my year long weight loss. I am starting to have those "sheez, why did I let it get away from me" nagging thoughts. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I'm drinking lots of water every day <BR> FAR fewer diet cokes <BR> Walked most days, walked 255 minutes this week! <BR> Eating has been reasonable overall (... Sun, 6 May 2012 12:31:30 EST Jinxing it! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, after my last post, I didn't last long. By Sunday, I was out of control. Ugh. <BR> <BR> But Monday. <BR> <BR> Monday. <BR> <BR> Monday has been the start of <BR> <BR> 1. Drinking clear water <BR> 2. Less diet coke <BR> 3. Walking again (double walk today!) <BR> 4. More mindful eating <BR> <BR> WOO HOO <BR> <BR> It's been four days and I almost feel confident that I'm back. <BR> <BR> To stay! <BR> <BR> How are you ??? Thu, 3 May 2012 22:52:51 EST What to say? <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> I've wanted to write this blog a half dozen...a dozen times over the last month or so. Most days I wake up and think about it. <BR> <BR> You know the post: I've fallen but I'm back! <BR> <BR> Except <BR> <BR> I keep falling. <BR> <BR> Most of the bad habits that caused me to overeat are back. I've stopped doing the things (they feel impossible...walk?...not eat everything I healthy?? etc) that helped me lose over 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:56:47 EST Enough! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, I have a new computer, and couldn't figure out why I couldn't post, but now I found the "blocked pop up" button, so we are good! <BR> <BR> But I'm not good. <BR> <BR> I'm up over 20 pounds. i'm too scared to look at my charts and see the true details, but I know I maintained or gained/lost for a few months. The last few weeks I've gone off the deep end. Two dinners? Eating because it is there? Stress eating? Eating to punish myself? yep, done it all lately. In... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:15:09 EST Tons of movement beneath the surface <BR> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> Here are my total weight loss numbers over the past 10-12 weeks. I'm on track to post a two or three pound loss on Monday...which means November will show as a "maintain"...but it was anything but. <BR> <BR> -115 <BR> -119 <BR> -118 <BR> -122 <BR> -122 <BR> -122 <BR> -115 <BR> -112 <BR> -118 <BR> -122 <BR> -120 <BR> -111 <BR> -115 <BR> <BR> <BR> I think the hardest part about this LONG journey is not stopping and not giving in to fears that I won't be able ... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 19:56:11 EST Four Thanksgivings <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 2008 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2009 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2010 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2011 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How was your Thanksgiving? Thu, 24 Nov 2011 18:41:33 EST 15 years <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Realized yesterday that I'm not winded going up the stairs to work anymore. <BR> <BR> That is a huge non scale victory...both as a NSV and that in the midst of feeling hopeless in this living better battle, I realized it out of the blue <BR> ...yes, virginia, there is a santa claus, and he brought me a glimmer of hope early this season! <BR> <BR> Our family is celebrating my sons' big day today and I'm cooking both their favorites for dinner: tuna noodle casserole ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 07:07:14 EST New fun foods <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> The stars aligned today and I was alone for a few hours in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> Pure sweet joy! <BR> <BR> I walked to the gym, lifted...and stopped by the grocery store before I walked back. <BR> <BR> I wanted some "fun happy" foods to go along with the sweet potato I needed to buy since I had a hankering for that too. <BR> <BR> Soo... <BR> <BR> I bought a sweet potato, banana, grapes to freeze, and strawberries. Afternoon snack and dinner (along with a b... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 21:06:17 EST Binge Update <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> So. <BR> <BR> Hmm. <BR> <BR> Yeah..about that.... <BR> <BR> So, I posted about my binge and got lots of great replies. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Recap: four day binge--first three days binge was at night, fourth day was all out , all day. Freaked me out. Posted and got replies and help. <BR> <BR> Fifth day: Overate at end with a small Blizzard, but eating was under control all day. Only over by a couple hundred calories. <BR> <BR> Really felt that day like I was comi... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 23:34:29 EST PLEASE reply...need a virtual intervention <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Plain fact: I've fallen. I've binged four days straight. The first three days I held it together until evening time. Today, I had breakfast, then THREE carnitas, then sherbert, then out to lunch (burrito and chips/salsa) then dinner of potato soup and pizza. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> I don't know why. the usual suspects are there: stress, malaise, out of routine, pms perhaps. Those suspects aren't new, so I don't know why they are affecting me now. <BR> <BR> Per... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 20:43:55 EST Donation = Liberation <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had "planned" to donate my clothes when I got to onederland, but I couldn't wait. <BR> <BR> 15 months of losing, sizes 32 to 22, 122 intentional pounds lost so far, 6 bags of clothes = 117 pounds of clothes going to Goodwill. <BR> <BR> all of those clothes had been stuffed in my l... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 16:54:27 EST I am a human Emoticon <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I guess a picture is worth over 10... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 23:55:30 EST What's my secret? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I may post a one or two pound loss when I weigh in next Monday. My waist has stayed the same size. BUT, this week, two outfits that were great last month...are way too baggy now. I wore each and then "retired" them to the pile/s I will purge when I get to 200. <BR> <BR> Weird , weird. <BR> <BR> Today, two colleagues wanted to know my "secret." Neither seemed disappointed when I said to move more, track all, and log in to sp. But I know that gleam in their eye...c... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:46:10 EST You are worth it <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> I don't have any deep thoughts today, but I did get in a workout tonight (finally) after "taking off" Monday and Tuesday...boy was I stressed and cranky today. I think my body NEEDS to work's a false economy to not find the time to move! <BR> <BR> Excited to buy the sparkpeople patch I saw on the blog today...I'll probably buy several! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm worth it. This. Trying. Struggling, imperfect, moments of grins and giggles, successes, failures, an... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:10:07 EST Falling down is not staying down <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've been so excited about this week. So excited. There is this picture I want to take and blog about...just proud of what I have done in a year. <BR> <BR> And here I am. <BR> <BR> And I'm super busy and stressed. And I have a bit of a change of season cold coming on. and? maybe? I'm perimenopausal? But who knows, it's never safe to rely on dr google! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I BINGED last night: several (six or ??) mini ice cream sandwiches. Three flautas. And there wa... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:53:51 EST 52 weeks of non scale victories <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> In honor of logging in to sp for 52 straight weeks, I am going to blog daily this week. Yesterday, I posted my 52 weigh ins (downs, maintains, and ups) <BR> <BR> Today I am going to post my non scale victories from each week. Background: each week, I keep a chart where I list: week number, weight lost that week, weight lost overall, bmi, waist in inches/neck in inches, and that weeks NSV (non scale victory). It REALLY REALLY helps to "prove" that I have lost weight... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:18:15 EST I'm going to reach goal <em>306</em> <BR> Tomorrow, I weigh in for my 52nd straight sparkpeople weigh in (I signed up several months earlier but wasn't ready to start). I've logged in every day. Hopefully, tomorrow I'm down a pound bringing my total lost to 120---or 105 in 52 weeks of tracking every bite. (I lost the first 15 pounds between opening my sp account and REALLY starting sp). <BR> <BR> It hasn't been all bells and whistles. To honor my sparkanniversary, I am going to do a blog every day this week. <B... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:58:17 EST "On Your Right" <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> I was determined to exercise early today as I work usually and don't get the luxary of "getting it in" in the morning. <BR> <BR> I didn't set my alarm, but I was up at 5. Feet on floor, I planned to walk 60 minutes, stop at gym for circuit training, and walk home. <BR> <BR> Not oppressively hot, in fact, not hot...warm and windy. SO NICE...maybe the AZ heat has broken? Anyway, I walked, and walked, and walked...and watched the sun come up....shadows dappled amon... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 19:57:33 EST Random musings <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The good...I'm truly down another size and I'm starting to dress correctly and it shows....comments daily. So fun to buy clothes off the rack...and so close to being out of the womens department. <BR> <BR> Was stressed yesterday and the two options in my mind were margaritas or retail therapy. Jcpenneys 80 percent off sale won! While I wish I didn't need an emotional diversion when was cool when I realized eating hadn't occurred to me! <BR> <BR> The... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:41:07 EST Four years of pictures <em>236</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> November 2008...I had just flown across the country to Mt. Vernon for a conference <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> June 2009 We flew to Chicago for a family reunion. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> May 2010 Big Birthday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:25:16 EST I've got a plan! (CUE LAUGHTER) <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, I'm a planner. And most of the time, my planning is beneficial and helpful and sanity saving. Sometimes though...sometimes the plans go awry and ... its kinda helpful to think that God is doing better plans for me instead. <BR> <BR> Anyway. <BR> <BR> I've lost quite a chunk of weight. And I'm enjoying weighing less. I'm still really big. BUT. I'm amazed at how strength training is reshaping my muscles and increasing my endurance with cardio is SO COOL. And I'm... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:45:56 EST We got a puppy! <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We almost rescued a dog from the pound last week. A friend on fb, from high school, had messaged me that the dog was there where she volunteered. Hubby raced over to the was a three year old Golden Retriever. The people right in front of him saved her; so hubby was glad for that but it gave him dog fever. <BR> <BR> Tonight, he came home with a puppy! The kids are super excited, and I've surprised myself by fighting for cuddle time with the little g... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:39:20 EST Running on caffeine <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So, my kids are back in school. I'm back, hubby is back. Getting back into the routine is tiring....look at my weeks...tell me if I'm crazy for being tired... <BR> <BR> Work Monday to Friday at desk at 6 am and home between 3 to 4 ish <BR> Three sets of strength training/week <BR> Four or more cardio ....trying for 500 minutes week including everything <BR> One kid in band two nights a week...soon Fridays and some Saturdays as well <BR> One kid in cross country <BR> ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:44:24 EST Lost my blogging mojo <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Three or four times a week, sometimes twice a day, I think of something I want to blog about. <BR> <BR> Lately, I haven't blogged at all and even before that, I was self-censoring. <BR> <BR> Who knows why? I don't. Sometimes I don't think what I have to say is important, sometimes I don't know how to say it, sometimes ... the moment just slips away. <BR> <BR> Slip sliding away... <BR> <BR> Anyway, the best way to fix this is to just "start where I stand" and "... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:15:13 EST Stress Dissection <em>198</em> <BR> Forgive me some navel gazing: <BR> <BR> Yesterday, well, all week, I've been on track to post a loss! Yippee. Then, casserole type dinner. Neighbor calls to pick me up on a store run, so I eat half then and half when I return. <BR> <BR> Except I eat a second helping. Not that I'm hungry. I'm not. Not that its so great. It's okay. Not that I'm irritated at my kids for not eating much of it. I just ate it. <BR> <BR> then I "evened out" the top of icecream. Then I had a ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:14:55 EST Contemplating Maintenance <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> First, I am NO WHERE CLOSE to needing to worry about maintenance. I still have 100 poundsish to go, at best a full year of losing to obsess over. <BR> <BR> So, naturally, I'm freaking out about what I'll do when I get there. <BR> <BR> I've been close before: seven years ago, I rocketed down to a size medium, stayed there for...about a week...and started regaining. <BR> <BR> I've even given myself "permission" to not freak out about he-who-does-not-have-any-succ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:41:31 EST food issues <em>480</em> vs <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Bear with me, I'm not really sure where I am going with this: <BR> <BR> I like food. I like volumes of food. I like chewing and swallowing and having it. <BR> <BR> I'm not a foodie and in fact my tastes are really boring and freezer isle boxed stuff mainly. <BR> <BR> As I lose, I learn to love better foods. Current faves are peppers, beans, quinoa even. <BR> <BR> I even love salad. Good salad...veggies only. <BR> <BR> I find I don't bing... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:34:49 EST My husband's closet My husband has too many clothes. It drives me crazy because he wears the same items over and over, and that would actually be okay, but they are shoved in a full closet, so they never look great, ykwim? <BR> <BR> Anyway, while he's been gone, it's all I can do to not go through his closet and, ahem, "help" him. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, at moments my hypocrisy catches up with me. I went through my closet again and again this week, continuing to add clothes to the "too big" pile. <BR> <... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 00:28:38 EST New Year's Resolution Hmmm, it's the middle of the year: six months until 2012. <BR> <BR> My goal/resolution/ is to definitely be in onederland by 12/31/11. In my heart of hearts, I'd love to say I'll be down 60 pounds, but I think onederland, for me, at another forty pounds to goal, is an obtainable short term goal. If I work hard, I can make this goal without being scale obsessed... <BR> <BR> To get there I am definitely going to: <BR> 1. Continue tracking my food daily...if I bite it, I write it. <BR> 2. Con... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:13:06 EST How I released 100 pounds and got my groove back! How I got rid of the first 100 pounds: <BR> <BR> July 1: Signed up for Sparkpeople! I had read an article in the Post /Lean and Fit/ about SP and was intrigued; I waited a few weeks though before I signed up. After I signed up, I did nothing. <BR> <BR> August: Did nothing. Back at work, I sent my aide to make copies or pick up things from my mailbox as I have stairs at work… <BR> <BR> September: Started tracking on September 20th; I count that as week one according to my weight chart. Be... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:56:20 EST Fake it till I make it! So, I'm back at that place where I don't believe I can lose more weight...where I feel like I'm stalled and it is's not that I'm extra hungry or tired of tracking...I'm eating fine and I love earning spark points. It's not that I've stopped exercising...I still am and still like it! <BR> <BR> I'm just checking in, I'm fine, I just wish I didn't have these lapses in faith! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:32:10 EST I maintained! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've been on vacation just under three weeks, traveled to New York City, traveled through Virginia (twice), and hung out on the beaches of North Carolina. <BR> <BR> I ate pizza and apple crisp, cookies and cannolis, pasta and much food. <BR> <BR> But, really, most of the time it was just good food and the right portions. That, and taking stairs lots, walking and biking when I could, and just ... living... seemed to keep me in balance. <BR> <BR> Home... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:46:10 EST Small successes Yesterday, I had half a bagel for bfast. And I was fine. Would I have liked to chew and swallow more? Sure, but it was 250 calories as is and I was okay with being done. <BR> <BR> Same with lunch...didn't fill up on free bread...didn't have any..and .::just::. Two pieces of cheese pizza for lunch. Success. Actually, I was full at 1.5 pieces I think...will have to work on that. <BR> <BR> No food at movies and guess what? Still enjoyedvthe show! <BR> <BR> Home and weigh in tomorrow...I'm ver... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:27:53 EST Body issues and proof Still on vacation, still having fun, still figuring out how to deal with my food issues...especially when I have so much less control over my food 24/7. <BR> <BR> I've been having lots of body issues lately...feeling huge...which, I still am morbidly obese. Still. My current weight is still more than most starting weights. <BR> <BR> BUT...I no longer worry about not fitting in chairs, I'm down several sizes, I can walk, I can do more, I laugh more. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm really proud of ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:48:20 EST Book Review: (2006) Incredible Shrinking Critic The Incredible Shrinking Critic by Jami Bernand, 2006 <BR> <BR> I've had this book "recommended" to me by Amazon/B and N and some other blogs, so when I saw it at a garage sale, I snatched it up. <BR> <BR> Less than half way through the book, I knew I wanted to write a review...imagine my joy when she "includes a cheat sheet" of the books wisdom at the end. <BR> <BR> First, I will say I have flashes of annoyance at myself that I am STILL fatter than the authors fattest moment. Oh well! <... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:05:34 EST Vacation Check In: <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Vacation going well. Out of New York and away from pizza for awhile! <BR> <BR> Victory Number One: <BR> <BR> NO EXTENDER NEEDED ON PLANE TODAY. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Victory Number Two: <BR> <BR> I "think" I've maintained. On the hotel cheapo scale (so bad I had to put in on a treadmill to weigh...on the carpet it was 30 pounds light)....on that scale I have maintained. So, not too shabby for a trip where I've had some cool food. <BR> <BR> Need to work on:... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:15:48 EST Vacation eating...ugh Totally overate at dinner tonight ( day 4.... So I am doing okay overall. Ate so much I felt like would throw up after. I estimate under 2500 calories for the meal...prolly under 2000; this means I am getting used to smaller meals, right? <BR> <BR> Dinner... <BR> <BR> Chips and salsa. When I have chips lately I limit myself to twelve and don't and salt. Probably had 18 chips and they were okay, not warm and great. <BR> <BR> Downfall was the margarita...I usually allow myself either chips ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:57:41 EST Vacation eating is rough I'm lucky to be on vacation. I know that. But I don't want to gain weight while seeing the sights. <BR> <BR> It's worse that my foot still hurts and I'm severly slowed down (sorry family!) <BR> <BR> everywhere...even the hotel had cookies. Dinner was pizza...foldable cheese pizza...had calories for one....each slice was probably two slices worth...ate a whole one (good...and just from a local, not known place....very good) and then about a third of the second huge piece. <B... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 08:38:39 EST Erased I took down my last blog...felt too exposed. <BR> <BR> BUT ... I DID lose today...and I'm at exactly halfway to goal!!!! <BR> <BR> Nervous about vacation, but I have to live life. My plan is to log in daily, log food, enjoy great meals, but for other meals be normal. <BR> <BR> Scared about my foot, but what can I do? Hoping the adrenaline of NYC keeps my mind off the pain. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:11:47 EST "Just" five pounds <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Just logged my last official weighin for May. <BR> <BR> I'm down five pounds for the month. <BR> <BR> I'm happy. <BR> <BR> but not. <BR> <BR> Mostly happy, and I truly believe this is a lifestyle and yada yada. Slow and steady wins the race. If I'd gained, I'd give anything for "just" a five pound loss. Five pounds of potatoes is a LOT. If someone said I could lose 60 pounds (essentially five pounds a month over a year) for $1000, I'd totally pay it. <BR> <... Mon, 30 May 2011 10:46:20 EST That and That <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It's hard to write when I don't feel profound; I don't put a lot of weight in my daily thoughts I guess. I love reading others though, and so I continue to try and write something worth writing--and reading. <BR> <BR> **My foot still hurts. Four weeks ago, I developed plantar fasciatis (sp) and haven't walked or ellipticalled since. I bike more and do strength training but my total minutes is way down...and I feel it! Also, I'm bummed it hurts to walk. I'm going o... Sun, 29 May 2011 13:55:18 EST High Maintenance Birthday Bliss <em>20</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm NOT high maintenance. <BR> <BR> Really. <BR> <BR> But I WAS yesterday: my birthday rocked! <BR> <BR> Recap: <BR> <BR> Garage Sale with friend for two hours: found four like new pieces of clothing from Avenue/Catherines in MY NEW SIZE (can I hear a woot woot) for a buck each. found a nice office chair for my son for just $5 and a roll up piano for another son for just $3. Fun times! <BR> <BR> Home and caffeine. Yum! <BR> <BR> Off with hubby ... Sun, 22 May 2011 20:03:26 EST Pre Birthday Nirvana <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my birthday. I turned 40 last year, and that was emotional. But this year, as in most years, I like my birthday. Getting older is fine with me overall. Beats the alternative. <BR> <BR> Plus, presents! <BR> <BR> Now, I know the rapture is scheduled for tomorrow and all. But. Yeah. I have a date with my hubby planned. <BR> <BR> An all day, fifteen hour extraganza of just us, going from one fun thing to the next fun thing. <BR> <BR> So, sorry rapture, ... Fri, 20 May 2011 17:46:26 EST Too much thinking, too little doing? I saw a podiatrist Monday. That's big for me as I don't have traditional insurance, I have a Health Savings Acct...and I HATE using it. Basically, I act like I don't have insurance and never go to the doctor. <BR> <BR> Anyway. <BR> <BR> Podiatrist diagnoses me in EIGHT SECONDS with reading my history and placing two fingers on my foot. (PS: google gave me the same diagnosis...for free...) No broken bones, no need for xrays/cast, etc-->I was in so much pain, that was why I had gone in. I'm... Sun, 15 May 2011 12:20:04 EST I hurt my foot <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So, Friday night I'm hobbling around before bed...sometimes that happens ... My feet just ache at the end of the day. Got up yesterday for a walk. Really was going briskly for me...about three minutes faster per mile! Two miles in, my right foot is in pain....I limp home over a mile. Go out with a friend for a bit. Took a nap. <BR> <BR> When I woke up, I basically couldn't put weight on my rt foot! <BR> <BR> No bruising, very slight swelling. Hurts near the ... Sun, 1 May 2011 10:39:24 EST Very low Lows, okay highs, and a goal I don't like blogging about my lows. Makes them seem more...real? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, lows seem more hurtful than highs seem rejuvenating. That sucks! <BR> <BR> Low 1: New phone, takes pictures; playing around on it is fun! Backstory: right after I joined SP, my sister told me MOST PEOPLE practice taking good pictures. I'm not very photogenic to begin with (not a mean statement, just a fact) and I'd never "practiced." turns out that pointing chi... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:15:22 EST Just don't stop Today I walked for 6 miles. It took 2 hours, so that is a 20 minute mile. It wasn't strenuous, not even moderate heart rate...but it was sustained and it felt great! <BR> <BR> I can walk six miles without hurting! When I started, I had pains in my sides from going down the block. Just one day at a time everyone! Just keep swimming!... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:14:56 EST What does an 80-85 pound loss LOOK like? <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Last week, I got to 81 pounds lost. Exciting! That same DAY I saw a picture of a soldier going on a 15 km hike with an 80 pound pack strapped on. do you see where I am going with this? I have lost a pack!!!! No wonder I feel so much more energetic. See for yourself: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I posted a four pound loss. Which brings me to 85 pounds gone...or.... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:24:00 EST Wedding Ring and Role Models <em>336</em> <BR> <BR> I can wear my wedding ring again. It fit back around Valentines Day...but it made my finger bluish if I ate any salty items, so off it went again then. Now, I think it's back on for good. I feel like a bride again--glancing down to see my sparkly ring. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My school's PE dept had a jog a thon today, so I took some of my kids and did our version of a "walk a thon". It was fun, weath... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:09:10 EST