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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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best and Worst

On Saturday I had one of my worst 5K times ever. I blamed it on a combination of breaking in new shoes, and losing headway over vacation.
On Monday I had my best 5K ever! Under 34 minutes for the first time. It is definitely key for me to eat as little as possible before going to the track.
Tonight I had an OK run, but more importantly, I am getting back in the groove of exercise.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Was relieved to weigh in today the same as Friday. My goal is to indulge a little on weekends, but keep it to Saturday lunch, to minimize weight gain. This Saturday, I had a half portion of chicken pasta (creamy sauce) and a pint of scottish ale at a local brew pub. The rest of the weekend I stuck to plan.

Goal for this Friday is 173, which is very achievable. Wonderful weather in western PA tonight, so I will be getting out to the track for sure.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Weigh in

I weighed in yesterday, just did not get a chance to post.
Weigh in is 174, I was hoping for a little less, but it is still good. Post-vaca weight on Sunday was 178, so that is 4 lbs.

At 1 lb per week average, I can make 165 by October 31st. It won't be easy, because I have less room for slip ups at this weight than I did at the start.

I had a good eating week, but slacked on exercise, due to a combination of weird ailments and travelling. I will rectify that today.

If you are in hurricane path, take care!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


It is time to get back to setting goals.
I started off the week at 178, and am now 174. If only all weight was as easy to lose as those extra vacation pounds! I think I should be about 173 by Friday. Friday as weigh in day worked well for me in the past, so I plan to stick to that. My short term goal is 165 by Halloween.

Monday, August 22, 2011


I weighed in at 175.5 today. Yes, it is a bit dismal that that is 6 lbs up from my lowest weight in the spring, but I can only start from now. I can't start from the past. Had 2 good eating days in a row, and got to the track tonight to break in my new Asics.

My biggest weakness calorie-wise is booze. I am back to no wine on weekdays. I had really started getting lax with a glass of wine almost every night. When vacation ended it was a good point to eliminate that habit. Although wine can be healthy in moderation, I don't think it will ever be a good idea for me to indulge in it daily, even if I reach my ultimate goal weight.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Just returned from a really fun vacation to Williamsburg/Delaware beaches. I gained about a pound ... I am guessing the bigger meals were offset by no snacks and LOTS of walking and swimming.

Over the past few months, I have lost a little ground, and have updated myfitness pal to reflect it. From a low of 169, I am now up to 178. I know getting back to the routine of the school year will help me get back on track. Yes, I know technically I should be able to lose weight no matter what, but I allowed the hectic schedule of the summer, combined with lots of houseguests, to have an impact.
I love summer, but I love fall as well, and I am looking forward to more progress on the weight loss front.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am posting a beach pic of myself. Not the worst ever, but I am planning for better in 2012.