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Starting Weight: 212
Current Weight: 189
Total Loss: -23 pounds

So far so good and I’m right on track to be 180 by the time I leave on my vacation which will be 24 days from now! Yay!

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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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I am back on track once again, and after the long weekend am looking forward to getting back to work.  I did manage to still get exercise over the weekend, and I was very good about what I ate as well.

After finding more old pictures of myself when I was thin, and recently being required to dress up for a function, but had nothing to wear, I am even more determined to get this weight off of my body.  All it is doing is holding me back from having a much fuller life.

So, today I will be walking as much as I can and getting in my cardio later in the day.

Today’s workout:

Walked 325 steps

1 mile @ park

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I’m a firm believer in eating as much organic food as possible.  I’m not referring to pre-packaged “organic” food, I mean the real deal.  The foods that contain large amounts of  pesticides and artificial fertilizers; our fresh fruits and veggies.  Unfortunately, the demand is not yet great enough for these organic foods to be cost-friendly, so I can’t always afford to buy them.  In this economy, who can?  This is why I have started my own organic garden. 

Organic gardening is not as easy as one might think, and it really makes me understand why we began using pesticides and artificial fertilizers in the first place.  It is tough to keep the pests away and the nutrients high, but it can be done.  Through trial and error I have found some organic solutions to common garden problems.

Pests:  I would be very careful here when buying “natural” or “safe” pesticides.  I was recently shopping for something to get rid of the pests eating my blackberries and came across a supposed “organic” pesticide.  After reading the label I wondered how a product that is “harmful to fish” and should be “kept away from heat and flame” could be considered organic.  I decided to forgo the commercial pesticide and do some research instead. 

Depending on the plant, there are a few ways to either eliminate pests or keep them away.  A few of the methods I have used are planting herbs around and within the garden.  Different herbs repel different plant pests, so it’s good to mix it up.  I have found that basil, lemon balm, spearmint, peppermint, catnip, thyme, rosemary and sage are all great natural pest repellents.  Spearmint specifically is a wonderful ant repeller.  It’s also nice to have a garden full of fresh, organic herbs!

Garlic and onions planted around the perimeter of the garden are also wonderful at keeping out bugs and larger animals such as deer and moles.  This is yet another natural solution that comes in handy in the kitchen!

Diatomaceous Earth is another natural pesticide.  This can be found at most of your hardware stores.  It is an abrasive powder created from the fossilized remains of diatoms, a hard-shelled form of algae.  The only downside to this as a pest repellent is it can kill off the good bugs too, so use wisely and be sure to buy the organic food-grade.

A few other common household items I have used in my garden are coffee, cinnamon, and eggshells.  Coffee is supposed to be good for keeping out ants, but I have yet to see if it really works.  Cinnamon is also a good pest repellent, and the egg shells I just hate to throw in the garbage so I crush them up and toss them in the garden for nutrition value.  I am sure they do something I haven’t discovered yet.

Fertilizers:  Again I would suggest being careful here as there are a lot of so-called “organic” fertilizers on the market, so be sure to read labels.   

The one fertilizer I swear by is fish emulsion.  Be sure to check the label and make sure it’s certified organic.  Basically, it’s fish poop, so it smells, but my plants sure do love it.  Another good one is worm castings.  Again, this is just a fancy term for worm poop, but it is yet another excellent food for any organic garden.  I like to just mix it in with the soil when planting, or if your garden is already established just sprinkle it around like you would any other fertilizer, the nutrients will work their way into the soil.  I read somewhere that worm castings are one of the best because they are loaded with micro-nutrients which are much more easily absorbed by the plants.

It’s also a great idea to mix in some organic composted manure with all of your plants, but especially your garden.  There is something to be said for animal poop, plants love it!

And of course, compost.  Compost is a wonderful way to keep a large portion of your trash out of landfills, and it makes a wonderful fertilizer.  I have yet to buy myself a nice composting bin for outside, but it’s on my list!  Be careful here and make sure anything you put in your compost heap is organic to start with!

There are many other kinds of organic fertilizers out there, but these are what I’ve found and like so far.

Mulch:   Anyone who has ever had a garden, or even outdoor plants of any kind, knows how important it is to mulch.  It keeps weeds down, moisture up, and saves water.

There are plenty of organic mulches, some of which can be found in your own yard.  One great one is leaves.  I recently discovered this, and it’s a great way to put all those pesky fall leaves to good use.  You can shred them or just use them whole, but they are a wonderful barrier and also provide acid for the soil.  I just lay them down in my garden after I’ve watered it well, leaving some room around the stems of each plant for water and air.  You can also lay newspaper or cardboard down first, but be sure not to use anything with colored ink, and it’s a good idea to call your local newspaper to make sure they use soy-based black ink.  I skip this step because our paper does not, and there are chemicals in the non-soy inks that I don’t want getting into my food.

Other great organic mulches are grass clippings, hay,  and pine straw. 

I also like to take the ashes from our outdoor fire pit (if you have an indoor fireplace those will work too, provided all you’ve burned is wood) and sprinkle them around my plants.  This is a great source of nitrogen, and a great way to recycle!

I think the key to a successful organic garden is good old-fashioned hard work mixed with a little know-how and diligence.  Pay attention to everything you put in your garden because it will end up in your food.  

Happy Gardening!

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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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Starting weight:  212
Current weight: 194
Total Loss: -18 pounds

This week’s workouts:

Saturday: rest
Sunday: 2 miles @ park w/10 lbs
Monday: Walked 1,031 steps
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 2 miles @ park, Walked 270 steps
Thursday: 1.14 miles @ park, Walked 1,103 steps
Friday: 2 miles @ park, Walked 713 steps

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Today’s workout:

2 miles @ park

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