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Preparing for 100 Days Phase 3

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Phase 3 Start: Sept 6, 2020 | Target End: December 15, 2020

It has been a busy few weeks for me, between work, helping my sister, and also doing major cleanout – think early Fall cleaning – in my house. I was astounded at the amount of “stuff” I’ve collected through the years, especially books, housewares and knic-knacs. I’ve managed to clean out and sell a lot of books to used book places, give some to charity, and am planning to sell other things at some garage sales as well as flea markets, and donate to charities too. Most of my things are in great condition so I don’t want to waste them by throwing them away. I just don’t need all this stuff, and I’ve also got a lot of duplicates. Not sure how that happened. emoticon

Anyway I have been doing well, eating healthy – in fact, I’m getting better at portion control – and building on my fitness. I’m now on a routine of strength training 3 x a week, good cardio most every day, and I am seeing a difference in the mirror and in the fit of my clothes. I daily keep an eye on my calorie intake, exercise minutes and calories burned. I don't mind - it's working for me.

emoticon In fact I was able to wear a skinnier pair of jeans this week that I could not squeeze into a year ago!

This has been an exciting year for me, having completed 2 100-Day journeys and blogged about them.

Recap – the first 200 days

Phase 1 - The first 100 days were really about me finding my footing again in fitness, and building up my motivation and determination to lose weight and get my health going in the right direction. In many ways, I had to re-learn some things I knew before and also learn new things about how my body responds at this age, at this time and what to do for it.

Phase 2 – The second round was continuing the journey and building on the healthy habits I was cultivating.

Based on my last report of August 17, after my doctor visit, I succeeded in losing more weight than my doctor believed I could (or would) and also brought down my blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (See previous blog for my numbers.) So I achieved one of my top goals which was to avoid going on medication! Yay!!

Phase 3 GOALS
Now that I’ve gotten some big things under control, I plan on starting my next 100 days journey on September 6.

This next phase of 100 days will be to continue building on my healthy habits AND rebuilding and strengthening my body. I want to increase my strength and fitness, continue to improve my BP and cholesterol, and I still have another 30+ lbs to lose. BUT I have lost 31 pounds in total, down from my original 200 lbs!

I have broken my weight loss goals into 10% increments as such:

1st 10% - 180 lbs. - emoticon

2nd 10% - 162 lbs. – getting close to this now!

3rd 10% - 145 lbs. - TBD

4th 10% - 130 lbs. - TBD

I am starting off from the fitness numbers I posted in my previous blog. I am excited about this journey and I hope you will join me.

For anyone struggling on their own journey, please be kind to yourself. Losing weight and getting in shape is HARD. Sometimes it takes time to find your motivation to press through toward your goals. Just keep at it. Even if you’re struggling right now, eventually things will “click” if you don’t give up. Every day, do something, even if it’s not perfect. Just do something in the direction of your goals. Eventually you will get there.


Here are some recent photos from the last few weeks from walks and hikes I took. I hope you enjoy!

and last but not least, here's pics of a young buck who's been hanging around on my property with his doe and their baby fawn, and one of his mate, the doe. I haven't gotten a good picture of the mother and baby together yet - mama is very skittish. But the buck is very calm, doesn't mind me at all. I've almost been able to walk up to him.

I am particularly pleased with my progress as it is my birthday next week on the 10th, and one of my goals was to lose more weight and lower my BP and cholesterol by my birthday! So very happy about that success too! I will have a lot to celebrate this week! emoticon
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    Beautiful scenery glad to hear you’re doing so well with your weight loss goals you got this keep up the good work
    31 days ago
    I came back and copied some of the pictures for my collection . Racey and I are so Happy you are doing a emoticon job on your journey and inspiring us to keep moving on the Spark trail too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    39 days ago
    Karen, awesome blog and photo’s are beautiful. You have done very well on your journey. While you have really continued so many healthy habits, your exercise with weights has really produced great results. Congrats and best wishes!
    43 days ago
    LOVE your blog, Karen!


    You are SO committed to your goals and I have no doubt that you will lose the next 30!

    Great job with the decluttering, I bet you feel so much better! I need to get my parents to do that, lol.

    Nice photos!

    Happy Early Birthday!!!

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    44 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/5/2020 2:12:25 PM
    Gosh - I can't believe I missed this blog - but it sure is a great recap of your year so far. How much fun this must be to feel you can choose how your body will look and feel. And I really think it was your gentle approach that made the difference.

    Well girlfriend - keep it up.
    44 days ago
    Boy even with the virus you have done emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You inspire me to try and make the last 4 months great.
    Love your pictures they make me smile. I hope you and your sister have something special planned for your Birthday . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon we still enjoy going back and looking at the Racey cloud. and smile that he came to visit you emoticon
    45 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2020 10:06:24 PM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Excellent blog, Kudos! Stay focused on your fitness and weight management journey and you will have continued success! emoticon Wonderful photos! emoticon
    45 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2020 9:41:20 PM
    I can't wait to see where this next 100 days takes you! Keep up the good work!
    45 days ago
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    Love all your pictures, especially the ones of the deer! emoticon
    45 days ago
    Way to go!!!! Congratulations! emoticon
    45 days ago
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    45 days ago
    Lovely pictures!! What a birthday gift you have given yourself: nothing better. And I particularly like the advice you've given others: to be kind to ourselves. Yes, that kindness is fundamental to all health and well being.
    45 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Beautiful pics. I am so happy for you. emoticon
    45 days ago
  • LORI-K
    I love the pics and your recap and report, Karen! You’ve done so well, and I know you will continue doing so. You’re organized and determined.
    Congratulations on the whittling down of your belongings. I am going through this now and it is no easy task. Be super proud of all you are accomplishing.
    Good luck with your next 100 days. Keep up the great work.
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    45 days ago
    I'm happy that you are doing so well and have had good reports from your doctor visits. That's a great way to start off your birthday month!
    Your pictures are full of interest, and those clouds are amazing.
    I look forward to following you and reading about your progress during your next 100 Days, Phase 3.
    Best wishes for day upon day of success in reaching your goals!
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    45 days ago
    You are doing great! I love how you break down your goals. Lovely pics, thanks for sharing!
    45 days ago
    What a fantastic gift to give yourself for your birthday!

    LOVE the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    45 days ago
    You have done an amazing job and I will be joining you on the next 100 days. During all this lock down I've kind of lost my desire to lose this weight. I met with my personal trainer on Monday after she's been out for a month and I told her I realized I just didn't care. Well, after a good pep talk from her I signed up for a Pilates Fusion class - which is a blend of Mat Pilates combined with some much needed stretching. I loved it and will be going back each week. I've also signed up for yoga on Saturdays. I need to get my mind off the Pandemic and what I no longer have and start focusing on the great things I do have!

    So while I won't be posting as regularly as you post, I will be with you on your next 100 day journey.

    I loved all the photos but that buck is simply awesome! Can't wait to see the doe and her little one.
    45 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    45 days ago
    Hi Karen, sounds like you are doing great, staying with your health plan and keeping very busy. Nice to declutter. I am doing some Fall cleaning too. emoticon on fitting in a smaller pair of jeans. Yay for your Doctors visit, so happy for you and super weight loss. emoticon Beautiful pictures, the sky so blue and everything so green. Will be happy to see the Fall colors, but I know how Winter goes. Need to enjoy now as you are doing. Love your deer. Thanks for posting Karen. Have a great and safe weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday soon, fun to celebrate all month long.
    45 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2020 8:14:03 AM
    Congrats, GOOD JOB!!! Happy early birthday!
    46 days ago
    You are doing so well, that’s fantastic! I shocked my nurse and dr too avoiding medication. It seems we can do it if we want to...
    46 days ago
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