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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I am experiencing a setback. I am up 3 lbs from my low weight, but it is not really a matter of numbers, it is a matter of mindset. I have lost focus, and it shows in my lack of progress. To reflect this I updated my myfitnesspal weight, not because 172 is so different from 169, but to move forward I have to be honest with myself.

My first big goal was to reach 165. I know I can achieve this this summer if I don't cut corners on my eating plan. I have been working out, and have achieved some personal bests with running, so I am satisfied there.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Motivational Closet

I spent the weekend getting rid of clothes the kids had outgrown/stained beyond repair. I also put away my winter clothes, and bagged up those that are now too big for me, including all 16's and some 14's. I am now a comfortable size 12 but I also have 14's that are not too baggy so I am holding on to those.
No matter how monotonous weight loss is (and it is!), this clean up job was a great reminder that I NEVER want to go back to that size.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


I spent some time cleaning old running shoes out of the closet. A couple of years ago, I was working on building up my running. I got to the point where I could run a full mile (may not sound like much, but for me it was), and then my calves and ankles started to hurt horribly. It was so bad that I could barely walk, let alone run. Thinking it was a shoe problem, I bought one pair after another.

Guess what? It wasn't the shoes. Being over 200 pounds, however, may have been a root cause. I also made the mistake of running every day, which I think was not a good idea. Rest days are essential, especially if you are overweight, and non-fit. Now, no matter what shoes I walk/run in, my legs never hurt. I still am not running full laps, I alternate running a little over 1/2 lap with walking the rest, but I am fairly confident I will get to running full laps soon. Strength training has also had a positive impact keeping my legs in working order.

For $1.99, I purchased Nike+ app for my iPhone. I love this app! Now I can track my mileage and pace easily without distraction, and the Powersong feature is sweet.

Monday, May 2, 2011


10 days ago I reached a new low and broke into the 160's. Today, I am 6 lbs up!
I gained a bit of weight over the Easter holiday, which was not unexpected. Last week however, I fell into a funk. I honestly didn't have the impression that I was eating like crazy, but I hardly exercised, was suffering from allergies, and was generally in a melancholy mood (for a few reasons I won't go into here).

This past weekend I got back on track with exercise and yesterday began tracking all my food again on myfitness pal.

Truthfully, I am not feeling as negative about this as you might expect. It is a reminder to me that I can never go back to my old ways, no matter how "normal" they seemed, and probably always will seem. The extra pounds should fall off fairly easily with proper diet and exercise, and then I am still reaching for a goal of 165 by May 31.