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January 27, 2018:
Really... where has the time gone?
I pop in every so often. So much has changed! I went from being a tad addicted to Spark, my sparkfriends, blogs etc... to dropping off like many others.

I need to track, and Spark continues to be the best place for it.

I have been on a long slow return to my goal weight. Down nearly 30 lbs from Summer 2016 and I would really like to lose another 20lbs by summer 2018.

July 4, 2015 ~ I won't say it was easier 5 years ago... but somehow I was able to prioritize. Somehow I DID prioritze.

Can I do this again? I want to say I know I can. However all I can say tonight is, I'm not going to give up!

November 6, 2013: My FRESH START date, I was in complete overwhelm, doing things I knew, but I was all over the map!

Small steps I've accomplished since then:
1. I've started drinking my water again!!!
2. I've cut back on coffee (not intentionally, but substitued with water or hot lemon/honey)
3. I've connected with a fabulous support group
4. I've consistantly been eating breakfast
5. I am walking and RUNNING again ~ I've caught the bug, even going out in blowing snow!
6. I have curbed sweet tooth
7. I have stopped eating after dinner
8. I am cooking FRESH, trying new things
9. I am mindful of my negative thinking and being intentional with FRESH thoughts and God's promises.

Whatever else I do , whether jobs or hobbies the most important thing I have to do is be mom to my 3 children, a wife to my best friend and daughter to the King on High ~ and in order to be up to the task I have to first look after myself.

My goal isn't perfection however I do have a goal to reach and making excuses is not going to get me there!

A phase I remind myself of when I want to beat myself up for even being where I am today is simply... "that was then". I have a FRESH start everyday, I can't change what's behind me, but I can make good positive changes moving forward and no one else is going to do it for me!!!

"He has shown you, O man (O Patti), what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God". Micah 6:8

"The most exhilarating runs are often on the stressed out days when we don't want to run" ~ Jeff Galloway

Hi; I started with sparkpeople in Feb 2008. My goal was and is to lose 55 lbs.

Here are few snipets of my journey so far...

I rarely blogged or wrote anything for the first year. :(

I look forward to 2009 and continuing on this journey!

January 2009
This year I hope to become more involved in the site. To track my food & exercise more regularily and possibly to join some challenges!
August 30 '09
Well, I have certainly become more involved on the sparkpeople web site... I have not done well tracking my food ~ I have been tracking and logging my exercise. I have joined a couple of challenges. I started a challenge to read a chapter of Proverbs a day... I find that has helped me in many areas of life.

I have started interval running... I was up to 3 minutes running walking 1 minute... but I couldn't keep it up for the whole 3 miles, I would end up walking the last half, so I have backed it down to 1 min run and 1 min walk and can do that for the whole 5km (3 miles). I may move it to 2:1 but I'm not in any hurry.

For now my goal is to get 5km in under 40 minutes ~ 08/29/09 my time was 42:15 (outside I have heard it is different than TM)

My total weight loss since Feb 2008 is 42.4lbs. That makes 12.6lbs to go (then I will re evaluate). That will put me just barely in the healthy BMI ~ so we'll see when I get there.

I am not an athelete, but I do like to consider myself atheletic! I don't want to think about it all the time, schedule my day around it ~ I want it to enhance the rest of my life, not be my life... BALANCE the on going challenge!

September 1 2009
My favourite time to make goals!
This morning I was at my dd's new house and she does not have a scale... smart girl!!!
Anyways, I don't have a very accurate start weight for the month so I will leave it the same as last week...

My goals for September have nothing to do with weight anyways... I hope to run/walk 50 miles for the month (update Oct 1 ~ I was doing too much and elimated my every other day walk so... I ran/walked 35 miles in Sept)

and to get my 5 km (3.1 miles to under 40 minutes)... Aug.31 was 42:15

September 4, 2009
5km this morning was 41:12 ~ WOW a whole minute... I am thinking I can do this!!!

Tonight I bought Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred ~ I will probably try it some day next week, but my real reason was to be ready for when it gets snowy and icy!

Reading a chapter of Proverbs a day has become an important part of my new healthy lifestyle.

September 9/09
Last night I bought two Leslie Sansone Walk off the Pounds DVD's off ebay!!! I am so excited... Ok, I'd rather keep running outside, but at least I have a plan!

September 28/09
I started 30 Day Shred DVD ~ I will be doing it Mon - Fri, and still run every other day. (I get really dizzy when I do this.. up and down is not good for me)

October 9/09
Used my gymboss for the first time - it times my intervals and beeps and vibrates when it is time to switch from run to walk... i love it!!! It kept me on pace and I did my 5k in 41:10 WHOO HOOO

Wow, I am writing alot these days, but it really keeps me motivated....

November 28/09 ~ 151lbs ~ 45 lbs lost since Feb 2008
2.6 lbs in the last month and 10 pounds to go until GOAL

At this rate I will be at goal before the wedding... although before dress shopping for the Mother of the Bride dress would be nice, but that will probably be January... oh I know I could get there, if I really put my mind to it... but I seem to be on the slow train!!!

I ran my Personal best in November ~ Run/Walk intervals of 1:1 fastest time was 38:25

Health wise... weight loss is not giving me the benefits I had hoped for. I am so thrilled with the weight loss, but pretty much feel the same.

I went off the pill ~ it helped with regulating my periods and they weren't so heavy... but I kept forgetting to take them, and there were some other emotional side effects that I couldn't handle.

I had a few more pity parties in November than I am proud to admit.

I need to be more positive and productive!

December 2/09
I am going to get through this month and burn through these last 10 lbs!!!

I got this verse from crittermama912's sparkpage... I think it will be my life verse for 2010
"He has shown you, O man (Patti), what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God". Micah 6:8

2010 ~ THE YEAR OF....
~ Getting to Goal! Whoo Hooo!
~ Loving and accepting me, my journey ~ including the challenges, and the weaknesses!
~ Remembering that I have been created on purpose for a purpose.
~ Decluttering!!!
~ Joining a Learn to Run Clinic

Sigh, so humbling!

January 6/10 I started a Learn to Run Clinic!!

February 25/10
I hit 146 in February... it was quick, because the same week I was 144.4lbs!!! So over 50 lbs lost. I had kinda dared myself to post that in my facebook status when I got to it... I received a lot of congratulations and encouragement

Char and I are going dress shopping in March when she is on March Break... I will be Soooo close to goal!

I hope to run my first 5km in March! ~ update: We had a funeral that day so we couldn't go. We did our first run in April.

3.6 lbs to go so...

July 2010 ~ Goal weight!!! of 141 lbs

December 2010 ~ What a journey, it has almost been 3 years! Sparkpeople has helped so much!

I am looking forward to a great 2011 ~ My desire and God knows my heart is to move, keep doing my business, grow my jewelry designing business, for Dh to get a job (OK that will probably need to happen before we move)! I would also like to set a new weight loss goal and reach 136lbs this year.

January 1, 2011
Reflecting on 2010 ~ I had an emotionally hard fall, and I let myself gain back 9 lbs of the 10 lbs that I lost... so here I am again!!! In many ways I am happy with my current weight ~ however, I know I can benefit health wise and I really do need to lose the 9lbs again to be back into my healthy BMI range.

January 29, 2011 I wasnt sure where to park this information ~ this was my tracking of losing my last ten pounds to get to goal in January 2010... I have started over again in 2011, but wanted to keep this to compare my progress

11/28/09 ~ 151 lbs
12/05/09 ~ 150.4 lbs (-.6)
1/03/10 ~ 150.4 lbs
1/16/10 ~ 152.4 lbs (up 2)
1/21/10 ~ 150 lbs
2/12/10 ~ 147.8 lbs
2/20/10 ~ 146.6 lbs
2/25/10 ~ 144.4 lbs
3/19/10 ~ 148.2 lbs TEMPORARY!!!
3/26/10 ~ 146.6 lbs
4/16/10 ~ ditto!! (have lost inches)
4/23/10 ~ 144.0 lbs Wow that took 2 months!!!
05/14/10 ~ 141.8 lbs
06/07/10 ~ 141.4 lbs
06/11/10 ~ GOAL!! ~ 140.8 lbs

Here's to a happy, healthy 2011!
The journey continues...

Seriously ~ I missed a year in my feed???

Yes the journey continues ~ and I weigh gulp ~ 40 lbs more than I did 2 years ago.

I am guilty of saying... It won't happen to me. I worked too hard. It felt tooo good to be at goal (Reached in 2010)

But I'm not beating myself up, lots has happened, including a move, financial stress, health issues ~ however it is called life and this is not meant to be a RAH RAH, this is actually a SMARTEN UP Patti you know better!

January 2013 The year I
1. Get back to my goal weight
2. Get back to running
4. Celebrate 30 years of marriage
5. Start a new job (I don't know what it is for sure, just thought I'd throw that in!

March 7, 2013

I don't even remember writing those last 5 things about 2013 ~ I guess that's why it is good to write things down, and then review what you write!

Still not sure what I was thinking when I wrote start a new job... I did start a new business endeavor... a network for Christian Business and Professionals.

The baby is due in May!!!

We are planning a trip south to celebrate 30 years (anniversary is June, but we want to go when it is colder here, so probably November).

Member Since: 2/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 20,831

My Goals:
# 1 goal is to eat healthy, and exercise as a lifestyle not a diet.

#2 I hope that I can be an encouragement to those on the journey as many have been to me.

My Program:
Starting weight February 2008 - 196 lbs
06/11/10 - 140.8 lbs (Goal)
Took me 2 years 4 months

09/15/10 - 141 lbs (maintained all summer)
01/10/11 - 151 lbs (gained 10 lbs in 4 months) - :(
01/14/11 - 150.4 lbs
01/21/11 - 152.2 lbs
01/28/11 - 150.2 lbs
02/04/11 - 149.2 lbs
02/11/11 - 149.6 lbs (Body Fat 33%)
02/18/11 - 148 lbs
03/03/11 - 146.6 lbs

03/07/13 ~ I wish!

141 may have been too low for me... new goal 145lbs ~ I do not plan to take 2 years this time!!!

Personal Information:
I am 51 years young, June 18, 2013 my dh and I celebrated 30 years! I have 3 fabulous children. 27, 24 and 20. 1 son in law, and a delightful grandaughter!

Update! Jan 2018: Almost 56, June 18 will be 35 years! 3 children... 31, 28, 24, 1 son in law, 1 daughter in law, a beautiful grand daughter 4, and a wonderful grandson 3.

Other Information:
Running info... January 2009, I started interval running... at 47 years young. I am taking it slow!!! I have worked up to 3 minutes of running, 1 minute of walking and this week (June 15, 2009) am up to 8 times. My goal was 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking... I may just stay there. I love the extra boost of calorie burn!

OK that plan has changed!!! I am running 1:1
- August 31 '09 my 5k time was 42:15
- October 1 '09 - 5k in 41:10 my goal is to get it in under 40 minutes.
- October 8 '09 - 5k in 41:00
-October 10 '09 - 5k in 40:00!!!!
-October 20 '09 - 5k (3.1 miles) in 39:00!
November 14, it was a beautiful 16 Degrees C ~ 5km in 39:43 (TOM)
- November 18 - I pushed today... PR 5km in 38:25
- March 8, 2010 ~ 1/1 PR 5km in 37:55
March 24, 2010 ~ 2/1 PR 5km in 36:34
APRIL 17, 2010 ~ My first official 5km run time 37:36 WHOOT!

January 1, 2011 ~ still enjoying inteval running. I haven't timed myself for a long time.

January 27, 2018 ~ When the weather g

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    Hi! Great to see you again! May I have your garlic cauliflower recipe, my friend? emoticon
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    Unfortunately, I got inflammation of the intestinal lymph nodes and virus which caused nausea and throwing up. Messed up T3 & T5 levels since I couldn't keep thyroid meds down, Well long story of it, steroids and 10 lbs gain. I am starting over with the thyroid diet next Monday when I finish up these meds the doc prescribed. I went to the vitamin store and picked up a thyroid booster it helps a lot along with the diet. Best of wishes, will be rooting for you. IT DOES WORK.
    2496 days ago
    No problem - love your new name!!!

    BTW, it works for pears too! They get soft but they still look great! White flesh inside!!

    I don't know if I told you, we have a few chickens and I have even frozen the extra eggs for use later. It works!

    Have an awesome day!

    2496 days ago
    Ok, our fresh peaches are done now and I had to go to the freezer:

    It worked great!!

    Ok, so the skin didn't come off - but my peaches weren't really "ripe" when I froze them, just turning. But it worked! And, they weren't black!!

    Can you tell how excited I am?!

    Thank you thank you thank you!! Do you think this would work with pears??

    2545 days ago
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