HILLSLUG98239   30,683
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HIking in the Blue Mountains, near Godman Ridge

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Kim vs. The Couch

I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 30 of that, and I'm working to lose 20 more.
I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 30 of that, and I'm working to lose 20 more.

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HILLSLUG98239 did yoga today for the first time in a dozen years and it did not suck as bad as she remembered.
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Member Since: 11/14/2012

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My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

My Program:
Eat real food.

Move! Work! And never underestimate the value of a rest day.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

Other Information:
I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

I've found that following Matt Fitzgerald's point of view about diet quality has improved my diet and made it easier to stay within daily calorie ranges.

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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9/21/2014 12:57:11 AM

I am debating now if I should have taken my bibs down from my office cubie! When I see you say you have yours up on the wall ... it makes me thing I should have not taken mine down.

You are soooooo awesome ... you have to know that right?

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9/19/2014 12:24:15 PM

Thanks for visiting my triathlon blog! Good luck on your Olympic triathlon! I love my new mindset: just do it and finish it. Takes the competitive pressure off, and I enjoy the races so much more. I only race against myself.

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9/17/2014 1:00:07 PM

Thank you for the comment on my blog! I will have to look into those books... I really appreciate the recommendations!

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9/12/2014 7:26:59 AM

Thanks for the info about a pressure canner. I have never heard of one. I've heard of pressure cookers and have one, but never a pressure canner. I'll have to check that out. It would open up all kinds of possibilities. I also like to control what ingredients go into my mouth. You have me intrigued.

Thanks again for sharing about it!

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9/10/2014 3:05:01 PM

I've been to Leavenworth ... but mostly on a day trip to see the Christmas shops...never for camping in the area. The one time I did plan to go for an extended stay there was a fire going on and had to turn back.

I would not even know what to pack for a camp trip by the way. in my head it would be a tent, sleeping bags, and a cooler full of foodstuffs. But I know there must be a lot more to it ... so when you say its a stressful time packing I believe you. Its amazing how out of practice one gets at stuffs when you haven't done it in a while, even something as 'mundane' as packing for a trip.

At any rate, looks like you'll be staying at a hotel too ... so hopefully you can make use of the hotel amenities.

And training? Running? I have started my "training" already, since I know my running sucks big time. But then, so does my swimming ... and I am putting that off until ...who knows when. BIG mistake on my part I am sure.

By the way, APONIKB will be doing another Tri next year too ... on the cycle team I think its we 3? I say we post what Tri we are doing (i.e., the month) and keep one another accountable for training once we all start. You'll have the harder pull though, as I believe you mentioned you are now going to train for an Oly distance? (My plan to date is ... and this may very well change mind you ... is to do 3 Sprint Tri's ... then perhaps finish the 2015 season up with an Oly Tri in August.)

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