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Out in the field (again)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


My yoga mat slung over my shoulder as I biked the 16 miles round trip to class


I spend five hours a week here, three for yoga, then taiji and qigong

I lost TWO OUNCES last week. Okay, so I didn't gain anything...that's a good thing. I am determined to maintain this weekly weigh-in and "blog-in" no matter how long it takes, because losing the 20-25 more pounds is about improving my health and well-being. I need to find a way to make this program palatable (excuse the pun), with successes energizing me and giving me the fortitude to continue, because right now the need to drop the additional 20-25 pounds seems insurmountable, even though I know my health will benefit and it will also be easier on my joints, not to mention making it easier to move and making my clothes fit better.

As I sit at my desk at this moment, peering out at the lovely sunny day with a bike ride planned, I don't feel anywhere close to "giving up the ghost," but the bare facts are that my body is decling, some health issues are requiring a rethinking of choices, I am on a pharmaceutical med -- a new reality for me, and I feel an energetic slow-down. AND all things considered, it's clear that I am definitely not enthusiastic about portion control and counting calories (lol).


Cruising campus on this bright, sunny day


On campus -- beauty above, beauty below, beauty all around

I need to stop right now though and recall the Teachings that enliven my life -- to *BE PRESENT*, to *BE HERE NOW*. My *present-now* reality is that I am relatively healthy and happy. And I must remember that for me "food IS medicine," and the way I eat profoundly affects my health, the way I feel, and the way I move. So, somehow I need to figure out a way to GET OVER MYSELF, continuing to find ways to have as much joy as possible as I continue with this program...I'm reflecting on all of this in the "field" of no blame, "beyond ideas of wrongdoing."



130 lbs. (+/-) GOAL WEIGHT
155.2 lbs. Apr 17, Week 22
155.4 lbs. Apr 10, Week 21
154.0 lbs. Apr 03, Week 20
(see Apr 10 blog for remaining data)
166.6 lbs Nov 26, Week 1
168.2 lbs. STARTING WEIGHT
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  • SUSIELYNN50
    You bike miles to go and do yoga!!! Not every day can be as great as we want.
    Just have to say You are an such an inspiration to me! I look forward to your blogs and posts because you are positive, energetic, and darn exciting!! I wish I could keep up to you!
    54 days ago
  • DMEYER4
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    56 days ago
  • ME_HERE_NOW
    you, as always, continue to amaze me - you might not feel super motivated on all spark fronts at all times, but you are motivating others for sure! all these .2s add up, all the yoga & biking keeps your physical self loose, all the love & fellowship keep your heart and mind open, the whole foods you eat nourish your whole being. maybe it doesn't feel like you're doing much b/c you've been doing it for so long, but you are in fact doing the spark, and doing it well - every dang day!
    59 days ago
  • SLASALLE
    You're doing a WONDERFUL job of taking care of yourself, all the way around. Try not to think about the 20-25 pounds you have yet to lose. Of course that makes it feel insurmountable. Try to focus on the next 5 pounds, if you can. I know, much easier said than done, my friend.

    You are so right about the profound effect food has on our health, movement, mood and life in general. For me, the challenge is not tracking at all ... it's sugar. Always has been my problem. I'm exposed to SO much of it at work that unless my willpower is up and running, well ... you know how that works!

    So here's a question for you to ponder. What is it about tracking your food that you dislike so much? The measuring? The time it takes to actually log? I'm wondering if you're using favorites, recents, groupings and some of the other ways to cut down on time. Trying to brainstorm some ideas that might help.

    Just food for thought (pun intended)!!

    With love to that inspirational friend of mine,
    Stephanie


    61 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Knowing you, my warrior friend, you will indeed 'get over yourself' and find what energizes you.
    emoticon for allowing us to participate in your journey.
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    62 days ago
  • ABURRIS2
    emoticon I can surely relate to the frustration but, from where we stand, you are shining! Chasing the joy is where it's at emoticon
    63 days ago
  • KIMJ01
    Fully understand. But di concentrate on the many goid things you are doing, including that amazing 16 mile bike ride. Awesome!
    63 days ago
  • CHAYOR73
    You have accomplished a lot!! emoticon
    63 days ago
  • SHEP231
    So much of your blog resonates - and inspires! Thank you!

    63 days ago
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  • PYNETREE
    SPARK On - Strong & Steady! You are definitely an inspiration to me. Wish you could bottle that motivation, & send me a couple cases! I am about to turn 70..but sadly, not in your healthy shape.
    63 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I read somewhere that after age 50 many people say to heck with living healthy and losing weight. They throw in the towel and have fun but that didn't happen to you. It didn't happen to people that I know who made it into their 90s and 100s either. Yes, they had issues crop up but found ways around them and I plan on doing that too. I want to live and live well and you want to also. So keep your eye on the prize. emoticon
    63 days ago
  • HMBROWN1
    WTG biking all that way! I just got my bike all tuned up for the season and then we had a major ice storm! I can't wait for the ice to all melt so I can go riding!
    63 days ago
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