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10-17-2014 - October Update

Friday, October 17, 2014

Well I kinda blew it, I had wanted to get in at least once a week and write something, but just noticed I missed last week.

So ok I am just going to start again. October, has been a busy month. Had a Bday and Anniversary, I am now 61 and married to the greatest person for 6 years!!!! I had really wanted to be at my goal weight by now, but didnt happen. Bummed a little but not enough to stop me from continuing to work and find a way to get there as soon as my body will let me.

Have had a couple great trips with DH one last month drove down to an from Las Vegas stopped and enjoyed adventures on the way to and fro. Last Friday went up to Apple Hill for the day. The weather was great, got to see lots of different crafts and bought some fun Christmas gifts for family and friends. Also got to have some yummy apple treats, but didnt go crazy. We ended the day with a walk in Placerville and had dinner at a great Mexican place we really like there. So got in lots of steps with the walking. Brought home some apples for canning, DH makes the best spiced apples, we can them and then give them as Christmas presents along with cookies we bake. This year we are adding zucchini bread, made from our home grown squash.

I have lost all by one pound to get back to the pre Las Vegas trip weight, this includes the pounds I gained on the Apple Hill day trip. I am watching my eating for the rest of the week, really low cal but healthy too. I have played around with some ideas about exercise to keep it varied and that has been working for me. This week it is riding recumbent bike with added tension and keeping up to 15+ for 15 minutes. Next week it is interval walking for 40 minutes.
Think this varied exercise schedule is helping, since I have a pretty full schedule 90+ daily, but I think the variety will help me never get into a rut. Each 4 weeks I rotate the order, but since this is the first month I am trying this we will see in a couple months.

Right now things are going well. I have not lost any new weight but am losing anyway. The real success will be when I start losing new weight. Yeah I know lost is lost, but I really want to get into a stick into the 160's and I am so very close after all the tripping.

So onward to the last part of October and having more positive feeling and successes. OH Halloween the candy day is coming and as I have done for a couple years...NO candy before during or after and if I can do that I will get a facial in November as my reward. I can do this, I am stronger than I realize and most of all I am worth the effort.

We are all strong than we realize and we are all worth the effort to get healthier and live fuller lives. I BELIEVE IN YOU AND ME......YOU believe in you too!!!!

Hugs and smiles and so glad you are this journey with me, together we are just stronger.


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/18/2014 11:08PM

    You're doing just fine my friend. Keep on Sparking along. I'm so glad that you on this journey with me. Love ya

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LISALOSING52 10/18/2014 6:43AM

    Way to go Deb! Love the rotating the exercise to beat the boredom and to keep the body going into new territory. I believe that is a winning idea. Can't wait to hear the outcome.
You are definitely a strong woman and Worth It! I believe in you too.
Together we will do this. I ordered a spark tracker today and hope it will help me.
Have a great weekend!
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Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Glad you've found such happiness.
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9-30-2014 - Vacation time and Oct plans

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Had a great vacation this last week. Did try to eat healthier, the biggest problem is the serving size when eating out. YIKES!!! Most could easily feed 2 people. Great to be home and back to sane portions!
Right now did gain from trip about 6 lbs, today back on shake diet for a couple days and then low calorie for the rest of the week. Next week have bday/anniversay day, not sure what we are going to do, but once that is over back to shake and then low cal till weight loss.
I am making a change in exercise for the next couple months.
Each week will have a minimum to do.......bike 30 min or 7/8 mi daily, walk 30 min daily/ strength or Curves 5 times a week. Then week two add 15-20 min on bike upping resistance 3-5 times a week. Week three do 40 interval walking 5-7 times week. Week four add 10 min + strength. I will rotate 2-4 mixing the order each month. I am hoping with the variety I will continue to see some loss. It is a trial and we will see.
Once I am back down to pre vacation weight I will work to find a healthy lower calorie diet to stay on, I am still working on that for the next couple weeks. Will blog once I get that planned out.

I love the fall and it is beginning, this is my favorite time of the year, the changes in temp and the colors although here in Northern Ca, Sacramento area we dont get those colors as much. But we do if we go up the hill a bit so looking forward to that trek in a couple weeks, although this year there have been fires in that area. We will see how things are up there in the Placerville area.

I am rested and ready to make the changes, I have thought out and get on for the rest of this year and see what can be done.

Thanks for stopping by. Its friends like you that keep me going and knowing I am not alone and what great company I have on my journey.

Hugs and smiles

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/4/2014 10:59PM

    Catching up from being away- I love fall too...though it always reminds me winter is coming! You'll get those vacation pounds off- glad you had a good vacation!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/1/2014 8:21AM

    Fall is my favorite time, as well.

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FLASHJUSTFLASH 10/1/2014 12:15AM

    Enough remaining smoke in south Tahoe area to cut short a hike, but fine for just hanging out, and for level walks. All calm along 50. How far up are you headed?

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/1/2014 12:12AM

    Glad that you had a good vacation. You'll chase off those extra pounds ASAP. Bright blessings to you my friend.

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9-15-2014 - Time to Make Some Additions

Monday, September 15, 2014

Here we are another new week. I had planned to keep this going until our trip next week and know its best to keep making little changes.
So for this week I am adding a little to last

Adding 5 more laps daily to 30
Adding 1 more mile to Bike riding 5 days this week up to 8 and on T and Th I am going to do 7 mi
Adding another 10 min up to 50 min daily.

I am leaving my diet alone for right now. I have a weigh in Wed and will see how that goes and make changes if needed. I am hoping to just keep this going until the trip.

The trip will be a challenge too but more about that next week.

Wishing all a great week ahead and hope you all have great success in your own challenges. You can accomplish your goals its just a matter of determination and patience.

Hugs and smiles

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    Seems like you're back on track keep up the good work!!!

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MAVERICK59 9/15/2014 3:51PM

    Good for you! Little changes add up to BIG differences!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/15/2014 3:33PM

    Changes are good. Rearranging to meet our own
specific needs is a good thing.

I'm here for you!


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144AUTUMN 9/15/2014 1:42PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/15/2014 1:41PM


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9-9-14 - Keeping up variety

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I am committed to write a blog weekly so thought for this one I would update some additions to my plan for Sept

For this week I am adding 5 more laps making it up to 25 daily
Adding 10 minutes Strength M-W-F, adding this to my Curves 5 x a week.
Adding 10 minutes to my walking bringing it up to 40 min daily

those daily's mean that my plan is to do those daily but it weather on the pool get s to cold, I will have to rethink that.

I have my weekly weight in with Curves tomorrow and will know if I need to adjust my eating, but for now sticking with the plan.

I am also starting the Fall Challenge with my Sapphire Sisters tomorrow and I am very glad it begins again. I love having challenges to do they keep it fun and interesting.

Will keep you updated on my progress.

Hugs and smiles

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/11/2014 7:35AM

    Good luck with the challenge!

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MICKEYMAX 9/10/2014 9:18PM

    Great blog, Deb! You can do it!

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    Good luck with the new challenge my friend. Glad that you are staying on task. GO YOU!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/9/2014 10:57PM

    I am in this with you & the rest of our SPARK FRIENDS!

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    Well I'l be doing those challenges too..with the Lovely Limes...good luck for the Fall round!

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UMBILICAL 9/9/2014 7:09PM

  Weekly weight

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9- 4-2014 - August done and September is rolling along

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ok August was a month with lots of soul searching and thought and that is all good, since there are times that is what is needed, but not to often. I learned a couple things about myself and figured out some about my relationship with my family. All of this is good for me, its what I needed to do. The month of August was not so good for weight loss, yet maintaining is a part of a life I will be leading down the road and is something we all have to learn. Since the beginning of the year I really have lost and gained the same lbs for too long.
So to September DH started what he is calling his 30 day Senior Bootcamp and have really been sticking to it. Basically told me if I followed it I too would lose weight, so I am trying his routine, it is really simple lowfat, light diet, for me that will mean about 1200. Its not really bad I am just eating what he is, but adding a few things I like but still not eating more. We are exercising similarly too, Walking, bike riding (stationary), laps and while he is doing weights, I am going to Curves, it totals about 100-120 minutes daily. We have a mini vacation coming up the end of the month, our goal is to stick to this plan till the trip. As for the trip I dont plan to go eating crazy, but since we will be eating out mostly, I will plan to stick to salad and grilled chicken or something similar. If I do well in this month I sure dont want to blow it on this trip, but this trip with be our first since March and looking forward to getting away and just having some fun together.
September I also plan to blog at least once a week and get back to being more involved in my teams, I do need that it sure helps to just feel a part of the community and being with people who are just like me, trying to be healthy. My water drink and veggie eating are right were they should be, its now just how I do it a part of my life.
My oldest is doing well in the Navy, by his account and I its his time to do be himself and mine to accept the baby bird has flown and give him the room he deserves. I do miss that boy though and dont think that will change. His plan was to come home for visit around the holidays, when he could get some time off, we will see. I am already planning some surprises for him at Christmas time to let him at least feel the love from home. Youngest got got the news that he passed the test and is now on waiting list for the apprenticeship program, not sure what will be next but the interview was a big hurdle for him and he did very well. I am so proud of him he does deserve to have this positiveness in his life. Trying to find work here is not easy so some reason especially for someone without job experience. But he did it and that is what really matters at this moment, he worked and studied and tried his best.
So onward to September taking it day by day, glad to be here and really appreciating the journey so far and where it has brought me.

Hugs and smiles to all my dear friends who stop by you are the ones that inspire me to keep going and trying. You are my rock!!!!


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TEDYBEAR2838 9/8/2014 9:37PM

    Great blog, makes me stop to think about what more I can do
to make my goals a reality? Come to think of it, I need to
set goals. I'm terrible at it.

You are doing great.
Love having you along on this Journey

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    Great blog. Glad that you got to do some self-observing. Now... glad that you & DH are doing the Senior BootCamp (love the idea) together. Enjoy your mini-vacation when it comes. SO glad that your boys are doing well. I remember our talks and it's wonderful to know that things are moving onward & upward for them. You've done a good job with them my friend. Keep on Sparking along. We're here for you & appreciate YOU being here for us. emoticon

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JCLJR4547 9/4/2014 7:35PM

  glad things are going well.

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GEORGE815 9/4/2014 6:55PM

    Maintaining is a big part of life. Seems at times I try very hard and only maintain. Then I think, what would have happened if I feel into bad habits.

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