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Day 34. NSV and busy weekend. (photos)

Monday, August 11, 2014

NSV:


Yes, those are shorts. For the first time since, I don't know - freshman year in high school? (Disclaimer - I was skinny in high school but thought I was fat, so I never wore shorts).

Busy weekend:



15 jars marinara, 13 jars pickled hot peppers, 23 jars pickled zucchini and summer squash and 10 gallons of beer. Marinara was made both days, beer Saturday and the rest Sunday. Also homemade zucchini bread and a pizza completely from scratch (not pictured). Phew! We also have 24 jars of relish, which we made last weekend, pictured below with all of our other stuff.



1. 10000+ steps per day
2. 8+ cups water per day
3. 2 freggies with each meal.
4. Regular ST M
5. Regular cardio M emoticon
6. 1 cup green tea per day
7. 1 blog per day emoticon

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 8/11/2014 11:59PM

    Wow that is impressive !

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LISACHOSECHANGE 8/11/2014 1:39PM

    you look great..That alot of jars ...lol. you are set for while

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 8/11/2014 12:53PM

    emoticon You were busy emoticon

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JCLJR4547 8/11/2014 10:26AM

  BUSY WEEKEND!

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Day 28. A lot has changed in a year.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A year ago, on August 5, I was pretty sure I was doomed to NEVER lose any weight. I had gotten my fitbit in January and had lost a whopping 3 pounds since then. I was walking every day at work, and trying to eat as many of our farm vegetables as we could before going crazy with boredom. Since then, I've learned a few things, and I've made some very positive changes!

1. I have lost 37 lbs since then.
2. Exactly a week after that day, I took my first steps out the door with a C25K training program. I can now run a mile in under 10 minutes.
3. I have added not just vegetables, but also fruits to our meals. With a minimum of 2 at each meal, we are eating more than ever.
4. I still walk every day, but I've learned that it's more for the midafternoon "re-charge" than for actual weight loss.
5. I have learned to accept ST as something that will love me back no matter how much I hate it. And if I ignore it, things only get worse.
6. While I still have about 30 pounds to go, I can do so much more now, and I need to focus on that! The scale is mean anyway!
7. I can, and will, inspire others. Fiance, his family (brother, SIL, sister, BIL, father), my family (mom), and coworkers have all started doing things to better themselves. Most of Fiance's family has started running, my mom puts more focus on smaller healthier meals when we are home, my boss has given up soda (almost - she's down to 2 a week from 14!), my coworkers share healthy recipes and tidbits amongst themselves, and we try to have bi-monthly healthy potlucks.
8. Black coffee is delicious (did this one cold turkey and have not looked back since).
9. I can do anything I set my mind to - I have completed 5 5ks, a 39.3 mile 2 day walk (Avon Walk for Breast Cancer), and am looking to compete in my first 10k this fall. I have my sights set for a half marathon in 2016.
10. SparkPeople and my family make the best support team I could ever ask for. My Fellow Foxes were with me for BLC22, 23, and 24, and then the Mochas welcomed me with open arms for BLC25. The Determined Daisies in the Spring and the SUDS in the Fall 5% challenges pushed me to do my best. Fiance is the one to drag me to the gym on a Monday, when all I want to do is sit and knit. And my fitbit friends (all RL friends and SP friends) push me to do my best so I can (almost) always be at the top!

This marks the most successful year I have ever had in weight loss. I have learned to accept support, love myself, and push as hard as I can. Here's to meeting goal in the coming year!

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/7/2014 6:45AM

    Awesome and awesome blog - I voted for it!
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DONNA0256 8/6/2014 6:31PM

    Such a great attitude and motivator!

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EDENZMOM 8/6/2014 10:56AM

    That is incredible. It's really inspiring to hear as well.
Great success and great motivation.
keep it up!!
xo

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GRANDMA1951 8/6/2014 10:36AM

    Great job. And, the fact that you're inspiring others, must give you a lot of satisfaction.

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BECCA315 8/6/2014 8:25AM

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NINETOZE 8/6/2014 8:11AM

    emoticon great to hear about others and their successes! Keep up the enthusiasm that's half the battle!
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RUNNING-TURTLE 8/6/2014 8:04AM

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DBEAU57 8/6/2014 12:47AM

    Girl, you are rockin'! I am so proud of you! You have dedication, determination, stamina, knowledge, and willpower! Just think how awesome next year will be due to all your hard work THIS year!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/6/2014 12:41AM

    That is awesome!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/5/2014 11:56PM

    HI Tonka !! I have hit the "I Liked this " button at the bottom for this is OUTSTANDING hon !!

CONGRATS on ALL changes you have made,,, I love ur goals for running !! WOW that walk for Avon,, did you get a lot of blisters? Or have you found a way to PREVENT them? I used to get them,, but thankfully now,,, cos my feet are sooo grossly mishapped,,, i now qualify for Hangers,,, where they make artificial limbs,, and also fit those who are hard to fit,, or have badly chronicle problems with their feet. I fit into the latter "at this moment" though it looks as if my big toe "might" have to go,,, I'll find out more on Fri,, OH I HOPE the will WAIT til the pain becomes UNBEARABLE,, as it about is.

GREAT to have you wth us !

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--MAY-- 8/5/2014 9:15PM

    Love it and congrats

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FUSIONFITNESS3 8/5/2014 8:04PM

    emoticon You have made fantastic life style changes. You have accomplished so much in one short year. A 10 km? emoticon emoticon

Maria

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LISACHOSECHANGE 8/5/2014 7:49PM

    I am so excited for you and so happy to have you as a friend

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KATESCAPE 8/5/2014 2:53PM

    emoticon Blog on your year long journey and the many successes you have had both on the scale and off!!! emoticon emoticon

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MADDEELOU 8/5/2014 12:57PM

    Congratulations. Your progress is amazing and the fact that you are bringing others along with you makes it even better. Way to go!

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SUE5007 8/5/2014 12:23PM

    Wow! emoticon

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LALATIDAH 8/5/2014 11:48AM

    Wow! I love your list of "changes". You seem to be very inspiring to your family, co-workers & friends. Good job!
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SUNSET09 8/5/2014 11:44AM

  365 and for the good, I see! emoticon and emoticon As it must have been "something" you did differently?!?!?! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 24. August.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Hard to believe it's already August! This summer seems to have flown by! Fiance and I are closer and closer to securing our date and location. Hopefully just a few more days!

I am also participating in this challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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Today is ON so far, but we'll see how I feel at the end of the daY!

1. 10000+ steps per day
2. 8+ cups water per day
3. 2 freggies with each meal: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
4. Regular ST W emoticon Th emoticon
5. Regular cardio W emoticon Th emoticon
6. 1 cup green tea per day
7. 1 blog per day emoticon

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/2/2014 12:59AM

    LOVE seeing this !! CONGRATTERS,,,, I have already told another Dawggie about this team (from seeing it here). THANKS !

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IRON_RESOLVE 8/1/2014 11:03PM

    AWESOME! On both counts, getting your dates settled soon, and your progress, plus freggies, plus blogs!! way to go Tonka!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/1/2014 10:25PM

    emoticon wishing you the BEST On staying with this,, all the way thru,,, that'll make it as a regular change for ya !

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Day 20. Busy, productive weekend.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fiance and I got a lot done this weekend - picked our venue (we have a meeting on Wed to book it), got a few gifts, picked out rings to be ordered later), and went on a few walks while brainstorming. It was a good weekend!

1. 10000+ steps per day
2. 8+ cups water per day
3. 2 freggies with each meal: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
4. Regular ST W emoticon Th x F emoticon S emoticon S emoticon
5. Regular cardio W emoticon Th emoticon \F emoticon S emoticon S emoticon M
6. 1 cup green tea per day
7. 1 blog per day emoticon

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 7/28/2014 11:46PM

    Wonderful.I am glad things are coming together

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144AUTUMN 7/28/2014 2:13PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Day 14. 1 Mile Run.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Did a 1-mile test as part of BLC wrap up yesterday. I have dropped my pace to 9:24! Not sure I could have gone much further, but I did it! emoticon

1. 10000+ steps per day
2. 8+ cups water per day
3. 2 freggies with each meal: emoticon emoticon
4. Regular ST W emoticon Th emoticon F emoticon S x S emoticon M emoticon
5. Regular cardio W emoticon emoticon Th emoticon emoticon F emoticon S emoticon S emoticon M emoticon emoticon emoticon
6. 1 cup green tea per day
7. 1 blog per day emoticon

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 7/22/2014 11:12PM

    Excellent

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MAINEALI 7/22/2014 11:03AM

    Wow, keep up the good work!

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