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That is not how I want to age
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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?
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