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Making a new start! Again!!!

I have not been very dedicated this year. Life got in the way but now as we go into fall DD1 is married, DD2 is a freshman in college and DH and I are officially empty nesters and retired. So on September 2, I kick off my new effort at getting down to a healthy BMI. I promise that the gym will see me regularly, and I will take control of my diet. I can do better than I have been doing.

Today is Feb 26, 2014 and I am back to regular exercise. I am consistently getting over ...
I have not been very dedicated this year. Life got in the way but now as we go into fall DD1 is married, DD2 is a freshman in college and DH and I are officially empty nesters and retired. So on September 2, I kick off my new effort at getting down to a healthy BMI. I promise that the gym will see me regularly, and I will take control of my diet. I can do better than I have been doing.

Today is Feb 26, 2014 and I am back to regular exercise. I am consistently getting over 10,000 steps each day. I still need to work on food intake. Tonight I switched back to the original not linked food and exercise trackers. The linked system does not work for me.

Today is Jan 3 2014 and I am starting over again! I have a lot of ground to make up to get back to where I was a year ago but I know I can do it. So on with the show!

Today August 1, 2013 will be a new start for my weight loss journey. I have had a rocky 2013 so far. My exercise program has been most notably not existed. If I could find an excuse I found it. On top of that I ended having my cataracts removed and knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Over the last few months I regained 30 pounds. As I edged closer and closer to that all important 200, I could not find the motivation to start being good to myself again. The time is now! I will do it. I will do a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise every day. I will watch my calorie intake and stop over eating. I did it once and I will do it again! I am setting a goal to lose those 30 pounds by December 31, 2013.

I am back after almost 3 months of non-dedication to my program. I have lost ground and will have to work on losing 18 pounds to reach where I was last fall. This is complicated by being in the middle of having my cataracts fixed. I have to be careful of over strenuous exercise. I am responsible for my decisions in the last few months and did not make wise ones. On the positive side I still fit in my new clothes and spring is a wonderful season for getting more outdoor exercise. I have set a goal of reaching 150 pounds by December 31st. I believe I can do it. So today is the 1st day of the rest of my life!

I am on the last leg of my journey. I have lost 105 pounds so far. My goal weight is 160 which I hope to reach by the end of the Fall challenge. That means losing a little less than 5% of my weight. Weight loss has really slowed down this summer. I have lost only 4 pounds since July 19th. Every pound I lose now is hard fought but I am going to strive for 1 pound a week during the fall challenge. I currently weigh less than I have ever weighed since I was in high school over 40 years ago. Wish me luck!
September 18, 2012

I lost 100 pounds as of July 19, 2012!!! WooHoo!

I have joined in the 5% summer challenge for me that is 8.8 pounds to lose in 8 weeks. That is just slightly more than my average 1 pound per week weight loss. It will put me ahead of my goal to reach 155 pounds by January 1. My exercise program will remain what it has been. I go to the gym and work out on 17 weight machines generally 3 times a week. On gym days I have been biking for 30 minutes and spending 15 minutes on the elliptical. I walk (and when my currently sore knee heals) walk/jog 5K 3 times a week. I utilize my own recipes but follow SP dietary standards with a food range of 1420-1780 daily calories. I subscribe to the philosophy that no food is forbidden and no food is bad. Some are more nutritionally dense and some are more calorie dense. The goal is to have most of the calories come from the nutritionally dense foods. Less processing means better food. I am training for a 5K in July. June 15, 2012

Today is my 11 month anniversary. I have been at my original goal weight for two weeks. Several months ago I changed my final goal to 155 pounds. I have 24 pounds to go. This last 24 pounds will be in uncharted territory. The last time I weighed what I weigh now I was in my 20's. The last time I weighed less than 170 I was in grade school. I feel I can do it. Wish me luck! May 28, 2012

10 months and I AM OVERWEIGHT!!!!! First time in nearly 3 decades. I have not made my May 1 goal. I am on the cusp of having lost 90 pounds. I feel pretty good and have a lot more energy than I used to. I signed up for another 5K race in July. Will start a training program for that in a week or 2 since I haven't walked as cardio for a while. April 29, 2012

9 months and I made it through a big holiday with no weight gain! WooHoo! I may not make my goal weight of 180 by May 1st. But I anticipate reaching an overweight BMI. After nearly 30 years of being obese that is an accomplishment. I have lost 85 pounds so far and I feel great! I participated in a 5K race and finished in less than 45 minutes. Outstanding for me. April 11, 2012

8 months and the weight is moving. I am losing about a lb a week which is the healthy, sustainable way to do it. I am approaching 80 lbs loss from my high weight. My energy level is going up, but that may be due to spring. I love spring. My routine of weekly goal setting and end of week retrospective seems to be working really well. 3/6/2012

7 months and I am back to what I weighed on December 1, 2011. I have my eating under control and am back to exercising regularly. I have a renewed motivation to succeed. Not only can I do it but I will do it! 1/31/2012

6 months and I gained 4 lbs over Christmas. I am still down a total of 70 pounds from my high. I plan to lose 20 pounds in the next 4 months. I need to get back into an exercise routine. I only exercised 5 times in December. Will do better in January. 1/1/2012

4 months and 31 pounds gone. I am down 68 pounds from my high. My goal for November is to lose 5 more pounds. That puts me in one-derland. Haven't seen that in nearly 30 years. I am confident that I can do this! 10/31/2011

3 months and 25 pounds gone. WooHoo! Thanks SP and SP friends! 9/30/2011

Nearly 2 months into the SP program and my weight loss has resumed. Feeling really happy with my progress. 8/11/2011

I have lost 40 lbs so far but have reached a plateau. I have only lost 7 lbs this calendar year. I have been walking most days on my treadmill and I do strength training twice a week. I finally joined SP this week. 6/28/2011

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MENNOLY back from the gym. Had a hard time getting up to speed today but at least I stayed with it.
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 current weight: 200.0 

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Member Since: 6/28/2011

SparkPoints: 88,760

Fitness Minutes: 61,869

My Goals:
My 2014 goal is to become as fit as I was at the end of 2012.

My Program:
Slowly build up to doing cardio 6 times a week and ST 3 times a week

Personal Information:
My 2nd journey
Jan 13, 2014 - 208 lbs
Mar 1, 2014 - 205 lbs
April 1, 2014 -200 lbs

My first journey
Path to a healthy BMI
June 26, 2011 - 235 lbs
Sept. 30, 2011 - 210 lbs
Oct. 28, 2011 -204 lbs
Nov. 29, 2011 -200 lbs
Dec 29, 2011 -202 lbs
Jan 31,2012 - 200 lbs
Feb 29,2012 -195 lbs
March 30, 2012 -187 lbs
April 20,2012 -185 lbs
I am officially overweight! Woohoo!
April 27,2012 -184 lbs
May 25, 2012 -179
June 28, 2012 -174
July 28, 2012 -171
Aug 31. 2012 -169
Sept 29, 2012 -167
Oct. 31, 2012 -167

July 2013
Fell off the wagon so I am back to 195. So I get to start over.

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Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!

"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another."John Dewey

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Member Comments:
8/31/2014 1:31:19 PM

Nice to see you back, and thanks for posting the wedding pictures. You look beautiful!
Hugs, Gail

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8/30/2014 2:31:48 PM

My "baby" is a senior this year. We too are enjoying the last weekend of the summer, as she heads back to school on Tuesday. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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8/29/2014 9:55:08 AM

Oh I'm so, so happy that you are going to the Henry VIII event - I hope you have a wonderful time. You may, whilst you've been lying low for a while, have missed the fact that, not only has my DB joined the UK Living History group of re-enactors in the American Civil War Society, but - something I TRULY hadn't expected, so have I - ! We are now the newest recruits to the 19th Indiana 'Black Hats' Regiment, the 'Hoosiers', who were an Infantry Regiment and part of the Iron Brigade. He is an enlisted man (which is weird after recently retiring from 35 years as an officer in the RAF!) whilst I am a Civilian, a wife/camp follower! Although this has been a huge surprise for me, it's less so for my husband as he is incredibly knowledgeable about the ACW and, not only have we 'done' quite a few of the battlefields in PA/VA/MD, we were actually at Gettysburg on the day of 9/11. Since going to see the ACWS when they were at a local event a few weeks ago, I've welded myself to books and magazines from his study and also the internet. I now have a real knowledge of hairstyles, how dresses were constructed, what a Farby is and what is acceptable and what is not, in terms of authenticity. I found someone selling prim check cotton by the metre and, although I could have done it I really haven't had a spare second this year, I found a seamstress who researchedACW era dressmaking and made me a truly authentic camp dress. I have my cotton stockings and a pair of brogans and am adding things as I find them - I even sent to the USA for replica tortoiseshell hair pins!

At my age, no make-up, hair scraped into a centre-parting and with a bun-type of hairstyle at the back, covered by a net threaded with a securing ribbon, plus a dress which doesn't exactly flatter the figure…. well, it's NOT a good look. I look horrific and about 15 years older than normal. It doesn't show the 40lb weight loss, either. Actually, in the photographs taken at our first 'proper' re-enacting weekend 2 weeks ago, I don't even look like me! DB, when we came home and I put my make-up on again, said I looked 15 years younger. Hey Ho.

DB studies the ACW in an intellectual and essentially unbiased way. However, whilst he sympathetically leans toward the aims of the South, he/we are more than happy to be part of the Federal re-enacting community. It's not about glorifying anything, but it would be disingenuous to suggest that it isn't great fun, especially around the camp fire in the evenings! You will know the area where we were two weeks ago - just near Worcester. It was at Spetchely Hall, a lovely grand house with perfect grounds for not only our lot to do their thing, but it was, in the annual calendar, something of an annual event for all sorts of re-enactors. I used to think of this sort of thing as being rather 'nerdy' or 'geeky', and if I'm brutally honest, some of the people do seem that way. It was extremely surreal to be queueing at the modern Portaloos with Napoleonics, Vikings, WW2 Allies and Germans, Russians from the guardposts, the English civil War Sealed Knot Roundheads and Cavaliers and, even, Hoplite Greeks! I felt weird, but kept reminding myself that DB and I NEED an opportunity to escape from the commitments which now make life here pretty heavy at times.

Life throws opportunities at us and it's up to us whether or not to take them. DB had the chance once before to join the ACWS UK, when we saw them 11 years ago 'up north', but his flying duties meant it wasn't feasible. When they came to a festival just 4 villages away in June, another opportunity had been presented to us by some truly welcoming and friendly people… and we took it. We are constrained in going away anywhere for more than a couple of nights owing to having our amputee dog, but a monthly camp between April and September will just about be manageable. DB has had special sonic ear protectors commissioned specifically for him, so his previously ruptured eardrum can cope with all the close range firing in the skirmishes. I'm putting together an album of piccies and will post it in a blog when I'm happy with it. You have been warned!

It's so wonderful to have you back in SP again. Life is good.

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8/28/2014 9:25:20 PM

Oh dear, I do hope your knee pain has eased by now. Funny you should say that about dreams and waking up with continuing effects from them. My father, nearly 93, has early-ish, but getting worse, Alzhemier-Dementia. This morning I had an early call from the carer, who put Mum on the phone. She had woken up at 4.30 to find Dad gone. She found him in the other bedroom, packing and looking for his passport, saying 'they'r coming to get us soon and take us to the airport.'. We think that he had been dreaming and had woken up and still been reacting to it. Worrying, though. I sometimes wake up in the morning and a significant dream, usually of the upsetting variety, often stays with me and affects me for several hours. Thank goodness we haven't got what Dad's got, though.

Great to have you back!


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8/25/2014 1:22:10 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I miss you, and am looking forward to hearing about the wedding. Hope your younger daughter is settling into school.
Hugs, Gail

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