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Sunday, June 17, 2012

And It Continues

I've now lost a total of 68 pounds.  A year ago, I did not think that this amount of weight loss would've been possible.  However, I've persevered and am now 2.4 pounds away from my weight loss goal.  I do plan to lose more after I reach this goal, but for right now, 2.4 pounds.  I've lost the weight of a typical 6th grader.  Wow.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I Did It!

I completed running in my very first road race.  All I wanted to do was finish the race WITHOUT walking.  And I did it!!!!! 

It was raining cats and dogs and the temperature was chilly (in the 50s).  Luckily, there was no wind.  The race began with the firing of Minute Man muskets (it's a thing they like to do in Massachusetts).  We ran through mud and puddles, and ended up in a neighborhood that had very little traffic, but lots of rolling hills.  As you came down one hill, you began to climb another.  I had my music playing and I kept a pace that works for me. 

So, after losing 66.2 pounds, I've now run in my very first 5K road race.  Next on my fitness agenda....The Color Run at the end of July.  This is a run where at every kilometer, the runners are sprayed with a different color.  So, after running 5K, you've got tie-dyed clothing.....well sorta.  You're also tie-dyed too!!  Can't wait for that one.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Yes, that's right.  I'm running my first 5K.  I've been running for about 5 months now.  Mostly on the treadmill.  However, on Saturday, I've registered to run in a 5K.  I'm nervous.  What I'm nervous about is what if I can't keep up.  But, I plan to put in my headphones, turn on my music, and keep on keeping on.  Next race.....the color run.  I can't wait for this one.  This  race is going to be fun.  After every kilometer you run, you get sprayed with color paint.  Everyone wears white so by the end of the race, you've got tie-dyed clothes!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Continued Weight Loss Success

As of today, I've lost 65.6 pounds.  I am so close to my goal weight.  I've also picked up more running events.  I will be doing a triathlon in September.  This one is being sponsored by Title Nine and is women only.  It is really a sprint triathlon....1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride, 5K run.  I decided to invest in my legs and feet and went to a store that specializes in running.  I was informed that good running shoes keep you from getting unnecessary injuries.

Before going to the running store, I had a retail therapy session.  That's right, I went to The Loft and invested in some clothing.  Right now, most of my clothing is a bit too big.  So, I got needed summer tops and a skirt.  I'm pleased to say that at first I got a size 8 to try on.  That proved too big and ended up buying the size 6 skirt.  Now before you start congratulating me, I've heard that the clothes at The Loft run large.  So, who knows what size I really am.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

More on Weight Loss

As of today, I've lost 63 pounds.  I am also training to run my first 5K in June.  Then, in July, I will run a 5K that looks like it will be a lot of fun.  Called the Color Run, runners wear a white shirt and shorts.  Every kilometer, runners are sprayed with bright colors.  After 5 kilometers, your shirt is bright colored....and you're brightly colored too.  And in August, my daughter and I are planning to do a team triathlon.  She is going to swim the swimming leg of the triathlon.  I'm going to do the bicycle and running portion of the triathlon. 

Finally, my new exercise passion is spinning.  It kicks my butt, but I LOVE IT!! 
 This picture of a person after spinning gives you an idea how you feel after the class.  I'm usually soaking wet and usually consume at least 2 bottles of water.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kitty Cat Hat

Here is a hat I've made for baby AOI.
Now to knit the booties. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weight Loss

As you may or may not know, I've been on a weight loss journey.  I've lost 59.6 pounds since January 9, 2011.  It has been a learning experience.  What makes it a learning experience is that I've had to look at WHY I eat the way I eat.  I've also learned what foods are better to eat.  And I've learned how to make wise food decisions.  Finally, I'm learning to have a healthier relationship with food.

The program I am using to lose weight is Weight Watchers.  The reason why I like this program over others (and believe me I've tried the others) is that I eat regular food, not their food.  I deal with going out to eat, feeding a family, etc. while eating the same foods that everyone else eats.  I could go on and on about the good qualities of Weight Watchers, but I'll do that on

I'm getting closer to my goal.  I need to lose 8.8 pounds to be at the upper weight of my goal range.  I need to lose 9.8 to have a healthy BMI.  I'm getting oh, so close.  And yet, on January 9, 2011, I felt that the amount I had to lose was too great and overwhelming.  But with the help of my leader and the members of my meeting group, I've been able to stay with it.