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SHIRE33
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That is not how I want to age
Friday, September 16, 2016      3 comments

Last July I was sitting in my dad's hospital room, helping him recover from carotid surgery after a series of small strokes. I had recently been walking with my mom and seeing her (and hearing her) get winded after a short walk. They're both 76.... Read more
Progress is better than goals!
Sunday, September 04, 2016      4 comments

You know, I don't know what my "goal" is anymore - that elusive goal that I used to set, the one that meant every day I didn't get there was "fail." I have a weight listed on my tracker, but really, I don't know what I'm going to weigh whe... Read more
Exercise helps my busy days
Wednesday, August 31, 2016      5 comments

What a day. Ran this morning. Took Dad to breakfast. The girls couldn't come to work today (one has a sick child and she drives the other one). But I got all the harvesting done myself for the CSA. Also put a pork roast in sauerkraut in the Inst... Read more
Putting ME on the agenda
Wednesday, August 24, 2016      6 comments

Four years ago my weight loss program fell apart. Almost to the day. On August 25, my 50th birthday, I weighed 152, down from 245. Then at work, my university went from quarters to semesters, our enrollment dropped 40%, our jobs were in jeopardy... Read more
I'm a runner again!
Saturday, August 13, 2016      8 comments

Just a note of encouragement to myself - I have run two full weeks of my Easy5K reboot! I moved in week 2 from a 30-second run/45-second walk ratio to a 60/60 ratio and that worked well. Surprised me. I really wanted to move to 45/45, but there ... Read more
Run Day One - I did it
Monday, August 01, 2016      7 comments

I've been wanting to do this all summer and today I finally just did it. Went to the bike trail and got my first run in. /happy dance/ I'm using Jeff Galloway's Easy 5K app. I love it because he coaches you along and it's a run/walk program... Read more
Enjoy the journey - milestones matter
Sunday, July 31, 2016      10 comments

Today I hit 209, which is a nice number because it means I have less than 10 pounds to go to be back in Onderland. I dropped 1.8 pounds this week, which is remarkable, since I've been averaging 1/2 to 1 lb per week since May and lately I've been... Read more
I am not a miserable failure!
Monday, July 18, 2016      11 comments

Starve and lose fast or eat and lose slow - those are my choices. I've chosen to eat and lose slow, but there are days when this is a tough decision. The last time I was on Spark and lost 93 pounds, I lost it pretty fast - 245 to 153 in abo... Read more
The unexpected mirror
Monday, July 11, 2016      5 comments

So I got to looking at my measurements records and I see that it's good news. Just Saturday I was feeing down about my weight. I had done a bad thing - I caught a glance of myself in a full mirror in Costco BY ACCIDENT. I don't avoid mirro... Read more
Always Hungry? The book that taught me I didn't fail - now I know why
Sunday, June 26, 2016      2 comments

That's me, third from left, with my farm girls. I'm pretty happy now, though still on my journey. In January I was pretty glum. Having lost 93 pound... Read more
Surgery, but I'm better.
Sunday, September 28, 2014      6 comments

Went to the ER with gall bladder attack Tuesday night about midnight. Well, Wednesday early, I guess. It was bad. Surgery Thursday afternoon and home Friday after lunch. I had been having these spells for at least two years. Finally early t... Read more
Selfie - yes, enjoy the way down, too.
Thursday, August 07, 2014      7 comments

So today I took a selfie of me in my new on-sale jean skirt. I'm at 204, which is a long way yet from my goal of 150, but it's ALSO a long way from my starting point of 245. Last time I don't think I appreciated myself enough on the way down fro... Read more
So, when did your gall bladder problems kick in?
Wednesday, August 06, 2014      3 comments

Well, I know everyone doesn't have gall bladder issues. But I've read that people who lose a decent amount of weight will often have them. I guess that's what I have. I'm still in the process of figuring it out. Ultrasound yesterday for ga... Read more
More kinds of win - a hilly, up-and-down path is NOT success/fail
Monday, August 04, 2014      3 comments

I've been surfing around on blogs, finding some kindred spirits in the stop-and-start-style journey to a healthy weight. There are a lot of us, and that's empowering. I don't think any of us need to feel bad about it, either. For one ... Read more
What if your ideal weight number isn't your ideal weight?
Wednesday, July 30, 2014      8 comments

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I set my "ideal weight" at 140. The decision was based on a number of criteria - my height (5'6"), my build (medium-large), and a lot of charts. I felt good at that weight in the past, and it was highe... Read more

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