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Amsterdam! My new favorite city.





Heading up to the top of the Great Wall of China outside Beijing, China. Yes we made it!





3 miles down from the top of Pikes Peak, and even worse, 3 miles back up!



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2013 was a great year:

I hit my goal weight (for a hot minute).
We hiked in Shenandoah National Park and on the Appalachian Trail.
We hiked in Colorado.
We hiked the Inca Trail in Peru to Macchu Picchu.
We took a river cruise down the Rhine River through The Netherlands, Germany, and France.

And that was great, but 2014 is going to be EPIC!!

I am going to set a goal of 124 pounds, for a total loss of 60 pounds.

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2013 was a great year:

I hit my goal weight (for a hot minute).
We hiked in Shenandoah National Park and on the Appalachian Trail.
We hiked in Colorado.
We hiked the Inca Trail in Peru to Macchu Picchu.
We took a river cruise down the Rhine River through The Netherlands, Germany, and France.

And that was great, but 2014 is going to be EPIC!!

I am going to set a goal of 124 pounds, for a total loss of 60 pounds.

I am going to stay active in team challenges.

I am going to set a goal of six fitness classes per week, and three half marathons in 2014.

We are going to travel west and do a lot more hiking in the Dakotas, Utah, and Colorado.

We are going to plan another Fall hiking trip -- perhaps Bhutan, or Nepal...?

Life is exciting! Every day is a gift!
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Member Since: 8/7/2009

SparkPoints: 74,058

Fitness Minutes: 115,297

My Goals:
My goal is to live my life joyfully while at a healthy weight.

My goal is to end the weight struggle once and for all.





My Program:
I count calories and use my Fitbit to help me stay active. I also try to log into Sparkpeople daily: I always find new information, inspiration, and ideas to keep me working toward my goals! I enjoyed SparkCoach.

Personal Information:
My husband and I have traveled to Asia twice and to Russia in 2011. In September 2012 it was China, and in 2013 it was Peru and Europe. WE LOVE TO TRAVEL and hope to live at least a year overseas, perhaps in 2015.

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BROOKLYN_BORN
8/15/2014 6:57:19 AM

The cost of organic is something I struggle with too. I've always been a very frugal cost conscious person. Hey, I shop at Goodwill!
The difference in the chicken was $4.79 vs $2.79 per pound. Not as great as yours but still significant. I actually bought a package of each to compare. I did notice a big difference in the amount of waste. The regular stuff had globs of fat hidden underneath the nice looking breasts. I didn't weight it, but the organic had absolutely none of that.

I also wonder how junk food can be so cheap. DH's "Little Debbie" is always on sale. It's probably because they sell so much.



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TINAJANE76
8/14/2014 8:15:36 PM

Thanks for your great comments on my blog and for the friend add. I've added you back, of course!

I'm all too familiar with the "disappearing act" I described in my blog, so I know how very important it is to stay connected to our support systems when we're really struggling. After all, that's what they're there for!

Please let me know if you ever need anything. If I can't help you personally from my own experiences, I can at least try to point you in the right direction.

Have a great weekend!



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MUSTANGAMORE
8/14/2014 8:44:58 AM

I am a terrible blogger! I get most of my food ideas from Pinterest- are you on there? There are so many creative people! For us it helps if I cook in batches so there are left overs. I can put almost any combination of veggies in my husband's egg in the morning and her will be happy. I add avocado or those little packs of guacamole to breakfast or lunch sometimes. We are going through a lot of eggs!
I need to try that avocado ranch dressing. I get in a bit of a rut. I have the Well Fed cookbooks- I am going to challenge myself to try a few new things per week.
Last night we had pork chops on the grill, baked apples- baked with a little Kerrygold and no sweetener, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and baked, and roasted green beans.

I am thinking of chicken spiced for tacos/fajitas and onions/peppers tonight.

I will tell my daughter about looking into the tickets for Anne Frank's house. Thanks so much!
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WATERMELLEN
8/13/2014 6:05:09 PM

Losing 40 pounds and maintaining that loss is a huge accomplishment! That "sustainable" and "enjoyable" thing is pretty important . . . and you sure are enjoying your travel a whole lot more with your sustained weight loss!!



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JPANNELL0
8/12/2014 5:16:27 PM

Happy to hear from you on my blog! That article really hit it spot on for what needs to happen to create permanent change. Keep up the good work!

GO TRAVELGRRL!!!!

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