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Starting Weight:  212
Current Weight: 192
Total Loss: -20 pounds

Twenty pounds are good! I’m totally psyched about that. I want to try to lose at least 15 more before I leave, so I’ve done very good with the eating and exercising. Yesterday I did two miles at the park in my chair, and today I think I will try to walk as far as I can on the same trail. I need to get my endurance up even more for my trip since I will not have my chair. If I could walk the whole trail, that’s over 1/3 of a mile 🙂

It’s so damn hot here in Florida that the only time to do something like that is in the morning, and I am afraid that I’ve already lost the window for today. Maybe I’ll try it later in the evening when the sun is going down. I will have to see how it goes. I would have gotten out there earlier today, but I woke up with a horrible pounding headache.


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June 15 has come and gone and it’s quite obvious I didn’t hit my goal.  I have managed to lose 18 pounds, however, and keep it off.  I also managed to once again form an exercise habit that I should have never let slip away to begin with.

My newest goal is to lose as much weight as I can between now and July 28.  I am taking a trip home to Minnesota to see family, and I want to be thinner.  Last time they all saw me I was about 208, so I am thinner, but I want to be even more thin.  Even another 15 pounds would be great, so I’m buckling down and really giving it hell.  That would put me around 180, and last time I was at that weight I was really starting to look a lot better. 

So, it’s off to the races once again, and time to focus, focus, focus.  I have big time inspiration and am positive I can do this!

July 28 here I come!

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Never Forget

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June 15 is fast approaching, and although I am obviously not going to hit the 50-pound mark, I have made significant changes in my eating habits and activity level. I am addicted to exercise once again, and I am finding myself walking a lot more. Not only do I walk more each day, but my brain is catching up to the idea of actually wanting to walk versus automatically going for the wheelchair.

In the process of trying to lose weight, I have changed my entire life.  My daily structure has been modified to center not only around weight-loss, but good health.  I have become fit.  I can’t go a day without doing a physical activity that gets my heart pumping, and I pay very close attention to everything I eat and drink.  All in all, this weight-loss journey of mine has been a success, even if the numbers on the scale didn’t exactly get down where I wanted them to be.  The whole idea to losing weight should be to get healthy anyway, otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to gain it all back after the crash diet ends.

I am once again a health-nut.  After a solid two years of working my way back out of the rabbit hole, I have reached the top and have my feet planted firmly on solid ground.  That, in and of itself, is the greatest feeling in the world.  Knowing that I have come so far – that I have come from a life filled with constant pain and pity, and turned it all around to a life filled with happiness and good health – that’s genuine success.  Afterall, on a solid foundation, anything can be built.

I can see myself thin again.  I visualize it every day.  It’s the same feeling I had when I was younger and had just had a baby.  I didn’t worry about taking the weight off, I just knew I would.  I was active, and I ate right.  I was back to my pre-baby body within weeks of my daughter’s birth, because that was who I was.    If you allow yourself to be fat, you’ll stay fat.  If you visualize yourself at a certain weight, you will stay there.  The thin me is back, and she knows the weight will come off, it’s that simple.

I’m a firm believer in will power and our ability to do anything we set our minds to.  I had a little set back with my illness, and subsequent pity hell, but I knew I wouldn’t stay there forever, and I didn’t.  I made the decision to change, and I did.  It wasn’t easy, I had plenty of demons to fight, but I fought, and fought, and here I am, healthier, happier, and full of drive and determination once again. 

Even though sometimes life can mess with us in ways we never thought possible, we must NEVER GIVE UP!

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Today’s workout:

Walked – 1,031 steps

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OK, so I have a confession to make:  I didn’t do my three miles yesterday. 

For the first time in weeks, I made the decision to skip the park and come home.  Today, I am realizing what an effect just skipping that one day can have.  I feel lethargic, run down, cranky, and restless.  My body knows what I did and isn’t happy about it. 

When I started my training I told myself that what separates the men from the boys, the fit from the not-so-fit, is that they still get out there and put the time in even when they really “don’t wanna”.  It’s what keeps me going out and doing my miles, even if I’m tired or just don’t feel like it.  Yesterday was the first day I gave in to the “I don’t wannas” and didn’t go, and I can feel the difference today.

Obviously, I am in a routine and have made a habit of getting in some kind of cardio six days a week.  That’s great news.

At least I still did some walking.  That, I can feel good about.

So, three miles today for sure.  I don’t want to feel like this again tomorrow.  Ick.

Today’s workout:

Walked 529 steps

3 miles @ park

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I have gotten off to a rather slow start today, but once I was able to get moving, I got 413 steps tucked under my belt.  Now I just need to get out and do my three miles in my chair.  I’m thinking it’s Red Bull time!

My walking is improving dramatically.  It won’t be long now before I’m walking those three miles instead of rolling them.

I found a picture of myself on my hard drive earlier today that I wanted to share with you:

I want to look like that again.  Ok, so there may be a few changes, like the fact that I’m older and have a few more wrinkles, but I want that body back and I plan to keep working for it.

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