My doc is already talking to me about maintenance. He is thrilled with my progress. What I'm finding interesting is my new internal voices.
What are going to be your next goals?
What is my body image now?
Gee, I feel like a normal human being! ... Read more
I have 20 more lbs to lose to reach goal. That may not be until next year, given the slow rate at which the lbs drop now. But, that doesn't prevent me from getting myself in shape for hiking up and down the trails among the hilltop towns in Tu... Read more
After two weeks of calories between 1300 and 1400, I have gone down to 174 lbs! This is a major break through. I'm continuing at this level, to let my body get used to it. Now that the 10K race is over, I need to continue my walking and exerc... Read more
Well, I averaged 1250 calories a day for two weeks with 2-3 hours of activity a day. I weighed 178.2 at the end of the two weeks. Virtually no change.
So I am upping the calories to 1350 average. This Sunday is my big 10K walk/run. I've been tr... Read more
Well, the great experiment was interrupted by a trip to Maine to visit my 92 yo mother. She is doing well. While I had a great time, my calories bounced from 1100 to 1750. Since I was walking 3-5 miles a day, I didn't gain weight. But I can'... Read more
It has been almost a year since I had my metabolism measured. Since my weight loss rate has slowed way down, I went in today to check what my resting energy expenditure level is. Now it's at 1426, which for me is about 7.9 calories per lb of b... Read more
One thing our society loves to do is celebrate with food! Birthdays are happy events, and immediately are associated with food like birthday cake, going out for a meal, a celebratory drink, etc. Having just passed my annual milestone, I starte... Read more
I recently had gum surgery with bone implants on both sides of my upper chompers. While the tissues heal, I have been ordered to not chew using the affected areas. Chewing with one's front teeth is not real effective! So I have become fairly ... Read more
I just finished watching Diana Nyad's Ted Talk, www.sparkpeople.com/blog /blog.asp?post=the_12_most _inspiring_quotes_from_diana_nyad . The clip cuts off with her asking, "Do I have it?" Do I have it within myself to see... Read more
Well, who would have guessed that my determination to walk further and faster would lead to my desire to take a walking vacation in the Tuscany region of Italy! I paid the deposit on two trips, back to back, next September. That gives me 10 mo... Read more
For the first time in at least 10 years, we are not doing Thanksgiving at our house this year. We have hosted for my sister's children and their kids, and really enjoyed watching the grand kids grow up, and the millenials find their way in life... Read more
Steve and I have just returned from an amazing 3-week trip to Central Asia. We visited the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. The food there was surprisingly good. While the natives are not really i... Read more
My husband and I are going to tour the Silk Road, starting Sept 29th. We'll be gone for 3 weeks. My challenge will be to eat healthy and get exercise while on this extended trip. My research tells me that vegetables and fruit will be availabl... Read more
I've been walking since I received my Spark gizmo. I added a walking class this summer. I'm now up to 3+ miles of walking almost daily. It has made a huge difference in the speed at which I'm losing weight. I will certainly cross the 200 lb ... Read more
As promised, I am following up on my comments of 4/25. I took a Metabolic Rate test at Kaiser today (Ree/Vue Indirect Calorimeter). My metabolism is FINE! I learned that my resting energy expenditure is 1613 calories per day. For me, maintai... Read more