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While I was away.....

Friday, October 05, 2012

Well, the past year has been a total disaster. I gained 40 pounds, lost all ambition to succeed and really gave up on myself. I fell into a state of depression, knew it and just didn't care. A few months ago that all changed.

In July of this year I tried out for The Biggest Loser in Philadelphia. I didn't make the show, but found a wonderful group of women who I now call my friends. We all keep in touch online and are planning a reunion next July back in Philly. I had a really busy summer and didn't get the chance to start a new healthy eating plan, I was in Iowa with family and at their mercy for food......but I did the best that I could and after being there for five weeks I didn't lose any weight, but I didn't gain any either.

Now, back to the rest of my story. Just a few weeks ago I started a blog and you can visit if you like. I began a journey that will take me over 2200 miles in the next year. I'm going to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, which is just under 2200 miles but I will be training for the next 9 months in which I will log hundreds of miles. You can watch my progress here in my fitness journal.

Along with the fitness I need to improve my nutrition too. I need to lose about 150 pounds all together, but hope to be down to at least 180 pounds by next June 1. I can leave Mt. Katahdin in Maine on June 1...if the weather cooperates. If not it could be later, but according to what I've read, no sooner. The mountain is closed from October 1 to June 1 due to the weather.

Now, I know that I can lose 100 pounds in 9 months, that's only 11 pounds a month. It's not excessive, the average is 10 pounds or 2.5 pounds a week. It does mean a tremendous amount of commitment. And I can't quit this time. Last year I was working my butt off and not losing weight and I still don't know why. This time if I seem to be struggling I will figure out what is going on and make it work. Nobody said this would be easy.

I will make my BL reunion. Philly isn't too far from the trail and I should be close enough for someone to come pick me up for our first reunion. I should be pretty fit by then, if I leave Maine on June 1, I will have been hiking for about 6 weeks before the reunion. I'm guessing I should be in half way decent shape by then....and a few more pounds lighter.

I know this sounds like a lofty goal, but I have to achieve see, there are others who are planning on hiking with me. I instigated this trip so therefore, I have to be able to make it. It's not just about me, it's about other people too who have set this as a goal for themselves too. So I'm hoping to get support from all of you here too. I know that SP is a great place for support and I know that with all the support from all of my friends and family I can do this.

I'll keep you posted on my progress, and you can follow my blog, which I post on Mondays. Until next time have a wonderful and blessed day.
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words and thoughts. emoticon
    2694 days ago
  • JOYCE12356
    Debbie - Congratulations on setting such an awesome goal. If there is anything I can do to help you here locally...need a push, want someone to hike with on a local trail, just need someone to talk (or vent) to...please let me know! I'm so happy for you. It's wonderful that you made a lot of friends at the BL tryout and that you keep in touch. Have an awesome time on Mt. Katahdin. We were there last June and hiked trails in both the North and South ends of the park. It is absolutely beautiful up there. Just remember to take bug spray! The black flies in June are miserable.

    You can do this...and what an inspiration for all of us!
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    2695 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2012 7:01:49 PM
    What an awesome goal. I can't imagine walking 2200 miles, but I'm sure you will be able to do it. Good luck to you, and God bless your endeavors!
    2696 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    You can do this, I know you can!
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    2697 days ago
  • ABBEH23
    Debbie!! I was so happy to see a post from you! It's been a long time!

    This weight loss thing is absolutely a struggle. I had a tough summer as well and gained back close to 20 pounds of my 65 lost as well and was extremely disappointed in myself. I'm slowly, but surely getting back on track and working out and making good food choices and tracking everything.

    We can do this!! I know we can. Because we're worth it...and we've got a lot of living to do. I know that you can reach your goals. So can I. Let's PROMISE to not give up and to keep moving forward every day.

    I'm here for you if you need to talk or need anything. I've made some AWESOME friends on here that give me so much support, I couldn't do it without if you need anything, I'll be there.

    WE CAN REACH OUR GOALS! I believe in you! :)
    2697 days ago
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