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September 30 - Found

If it's Monday …

it must be time for the official check-in with the scale.

Previously when I've weighed myself daily I've gotten discouraged. Because previously when I've weighed myself EVER while restricting calories in order to lose weight, the scale has not exactly been my friend.

And previously when the number doesn't change, or goes up instead of down, or even stays the same for days/weeks/months on end … well, I would do what you or anyone else would do.

That would be QUIT!

If I wasn't getting results, why bother? If I could maintain a certain number by not eating pie AND I could maintain that same number eating pie? Well, you know which one I'm going to choose. The fact that the number was far too high for good health was irrelevant. My efforts to reduce that number and my waistline were futile. Thus the "why-bother" attitude.

If you've been here a while (and I know both of you have been), you know I did something completely different and waaaaaaaaay out of…

Just call me an overachiever

So somewhere along the line this year I decided walking and/or running 1000 miles by the end of 2013 would be a worthy goal. And as I racked up the miles over the long, hot summer, I realized I could, maybe, if I really made an effort, nail it by the end of September.

Cooler temperatures, lower humidity and the fact that I'm not lugging an extra 50 pounds around certainly made it easier to go the distance each day. I've missed a few – a very few – days over the past several months, but for each of those missed days I made up the difference over the next several.

And today, the day BEFORE the last day of September, my 1000 miles are DONE. Finished. In the can.

Of course, I'm not done walking or running. There are three months and one day left in 2013, and I'm sure I'll keep on movin' on down the road and up the hill and around the bend. Because if you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.

And I really …

September 29 - Gold

Thanks, my friends!

Nothing's more fun than publishing an all-about-me post and getting great feedback from wonderful readers like you.

Well. Some things are. BUT NOT MANY! Thanks to the nth degree. You made my day!

Look. Now. Over there to the right. Do you see the little orange-bordered rectangle with the number in it? Do you remember what I'd hoped to do by the end of the year?

I have just completed a thorough search of past posts and I canNOT find the one in which I said I wanted to walk or run 1000 miles by the end of 2013. Somewhere along the line I decided I was going to do just that.

And I'm so close to hitting the mark by the end of SEPTEMBER! I have to do 5.25 miles per day for the next four days.

Piece. Of. Cake. Chicken.


What I did find when I went back through last year's end-of-the-year posts was a promise to do some strength training twice a week. That has been a major fail. I have an excuse this week – I fell last Friday, hard, on a sidewalk and the heel of my left ha…

September 26 - Curve

What a difference 50 pounds and 12 months makes

Do you agree?
And, by special request, here are the tunic-and-boots and the little black dress.

Thank you, LYNNE! I had such a great time trying to look like I was comfortable doing this. I don't know if I'll ever love having my picture made, but yesterday came pretty close. You're the best!

The next update will be in 15 more pounds. I hope-hope-hope that will happen in December. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy and celebrate what I've already accomplished.

Enjoying and celebrating don't have to involve food. But it might involve MORE CLOTHES. Heh.

September 25 - H is for …

Politics has taken over my social-media life

I helped conduct a social-media workshop at the WVFDW annual meeting last weekend. There were three of us; my focus was Facebook. We didn't go into all the available social-media outlets, or we might still be there, talking to an empty room.

Much like Ted Cruz did most of the night. I couldn't watch.

So here it is, nearly 9 a.m., and I'm just now getting around to blogging. Because I've been twittering tweeting since 6:30.

Not everyone who registered for the convention attended our session. (We didn't expect that.) I hope the ones who opted out are already down with the Facebook and the Twitter, but I suspect those who chose not to stay are the ones who don't even have computers.

Yes, there still are people who aren't online.

Those who did sit in seemed engaged and asked a lot of questions. I helped a couple women set up a Facebook page for their group.

And I learned a lot about Twitter.

I've had an account for a couple years, but I rarely ever look loo…

September 24 - Space

Now for the hard part

First … thank you for your comments yesterday. I really appreciate you taking the time to do that.

Now … If I'd stuck with my Christmas-morning goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of 2013, I'd be done. And that's a pretty good feeling, lemmetellya.

Of course, I wouldn't be done. I'd be doing what I need to do to maintain a 50-pound loss for the rest of my life. That's something I've never been able to do before.

I'm guessing both of you have achieved a significant weight loss at one time or another. But that's just a guess, based on real-life friends and acquaintances and family members who also have repeatedly lost the same 10, 20, 30 or 50 pounds.

I've lost a significant amount of weight twice before: 38 pounds in the mid-70s and about 35 pounds 20 years ago. But I never figured out how to keep it off, and I fall into that vast majority of losers who regain their loss and then some.

Only a few weeks after beginning the paleo/primal/caveman pla…

September 23 - From my childhood


It's official:
I've been claiming it all weekend, so I'm glad it's true this morning. It's just easier to tell someone who hasn't seen you in a while that you've lost 50 pounds instead of 49.5 (which is what the scale said Thursday morning before I left on my trip).

So that's one goal DONE – and if I didn't have confidence that I could lose more, that would be the end of it. But I do think I can lose 15 more by Christmas, so I'm going to keep on paleo-ing. Most likely I'll keep on paleo-ing for the rest of my life. I feel SO DAMNED GOOD!

Eating at the convention this weekend went very well. The hotel's continental breakfast included eggs and fresh fruit, and the closing day's catered breakfast had bacon, as well.

Mmmmm, bacon.

I had to navigate a substantial-hors d'oeuvres reception Friday evening, but it included grilled vegetables and sausage-stuffed mushrooms, so that was fine. The remaining meals each included meat and vegeta…

September 22 - Made me smile

September 20 - In the morning

September 19 - What is this?

Here I go again

I don't need to leave for this weekend's convention today until early afternoon but, as with most things, the tasks on my to-do list take up all available time.

In other words, I'm not an especially efficient planner. (I am, however, better food-prepared this weekend than I was last.)

Right now, though, my dining room table is piled high with auction items that need to be tagged and messenger bags that need to be cleaned out and consolidated.

We get a new bag at each of these meetings. I've only been going for four years, so I can't imagine how many blue bags are cluttering the closets of some of the old-timers who've been attending West Virginia's Federation of Democratic Women conventions for decades.

Maybe the bags are a new-ish idea.

One of my jobs at this year's event will be helping people sign up for Facebook and Twitter. We're trying to move the group into the 21st century. I hope we get lots of interest in the project. Facebook is one of th…

September 18 - Vintage

Yesterday's news

Well, what a fun day we had yesterday. Natalie Tennant's announcement that she's running for U.S. Senate went smoothly at Tamarack in Beckley, and from what I've been able to see of the other two locations she attracted lots of supporters in Charleston and Morgantown as well.
My husband and I were part of the crowd on the stage behind her as she made her speech. Pretty exciting! I don't think I've ever been on television before, but I made the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. local news and my husband also said I was in a teaser shot at 10 p.m.

I, of course, was sound asleep by then. Heh.

I'd intended to wake up early and walk on the treadmill before we left for Beckley, but that didn't happen. In another lifetime I would have blown it off: too busy, not enough time, too tired, blah, blah, blah. Instead, I

attended the Tennant for Senate eventstopped to fill the tank in the cardropped a package off at the UPS storestopped at a craft store for spray glitter (wait'll you …

We're off to see …


West Virginia will most definitely be in the national spotlight for the 2014 election cycle with today's announcement by Natalie Tennant (D) that she will be challenging Shelley Moore Capito (R) for Jay Rockefeller's (D) seat in the U.S. Senate.

Rockefeller announced he would not seek re-election earlier this year, and Capito, who has represented WV's 2nd District in Congress for years, almost immediately said she would be running for the seat.

Tennant has been WV's Secretary of State since 2009.

She has a good record as SoS, she has name recognition, she is polling strongly (but not winning. Yet.) against Capito and she has the support of the DSC. She's likable, personable and easy to talk to.

And, oh my goodness, it'll be interesting. This will be the 13th race between women for a spot in the U.S. Senate. I doubt it will be a cat fight, though. My sense is that good southern manners will prevail on both sides.

But I wouldn't mind seeing the claws…

September 17 - In front of me

September 16 - Frame

Could have been worse!

I hate having to report that progress photos will be delayed yet again. But here's the report:

I only gained half a pound (for a total loss now of 49), so that's not bad. I made good choices with what was available to eat, and I didn't fall into the cheese-and-cracker tray, or indulge in some blackberry cobbler. But I didn't eat a single vegetable all day Saturday, and I overslept yesterday and missed my walk. I'm not saying that's why I gained half a pound. That could have happened no matter how careful I'd been this week.

The weekend was great – restorative and inspiring and grounding. AA conferences are like that. The woman who spoke yesterday morning had known my late sponsor, and they had both had the same sponsor for many years.

I reconnected with old friends and made new ones, watched football, talked, laughed, reminisced and heard messages of hope and recovery and miracles.

Oh, and yes, people really noticed those missing…

September 15 - Season

September 13 - Unexpected AND September 14 - Liquid

And we're (almost) outta here

Just want to wrap up the workout week before I take my walk. We're then leaving for Kentucky.

Yesterday I did Week 9, Day 1 (the last workout) of Cto5K – five-minute warm-up and cool-down, with a 30-minute run in between. If the goal is to actually run 3.1 miles (5K) in that 30-minute window, I came close:
I might try again Saturday or Sunday in Kentucky.

If the goal is to improve your pace, I've done great! Here's Week 1:
I also did the bodyweight exercises – squats, lunges, pushups and kickbacks on Tuesday and yesterday. Most likely will do them in our room at the lodge tomorrow, as well, since I won't be going to yoga. But I'll have to figure out a way to do triceps dips instead of kickbacks, because I don't want to pack dumbbells.

Don't let this Friday the 13th bring you any bad luck. Instead, let your light shine and have a great weekend. Probably won't blog, other than the daily photo. Today's word is "unexpected," and I've no id…

September 12 - Shadow

Morning is breaking

Now that day is breaking a little later, I'm waking a little later than I did all summer. Since I still go to sleep at about the same time, that means I have less awake time than I used to. Which is fine, it's not like my schedule is filled with to-dos which absolutely must get done before the day is done.

My daily walk/jog/run is THE must-do daily activity. Here we are, more than a third of the way through the ninth month of 2013 and I have already nearly accomplished my 1000 miles-in-2013 goal.

I'm gobsmacked!

I've missed a few days, and will no doubt miss a few more, but it hasn't been and won't be because I want/ed to. I've either been ill or on the road. Nothing else has stopped me. There have been days when I just haven't felt like it, but once you get going those feelings go away.

They really do.

And, of course, I've also managed to figure out a way eat that, combined with daily activity, has helped me shed some of the weight that has held me…

September 11 - I did this today

A quiet, reflective day …

followed by another one.

Today, of course, is the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, which happened 12 years ago. I had just one grandchild when that even happened. Now I have seven. It's rather amazing to me how much the world has changed since that day, and yet life does, indeed, go on.

Yesterday was the third anniversary of my dad's death. Three years of not hearing a new joke, or talking politics, or asking for gardening advice or making new memories.

I miss him still.

Today also is laundry day (which is not a designated day around here, but I'm wondering if my house would be more organized if I did do specific chores on specific days) and trash day and it promises to be a rainy day later.

Better get the walk in early.

From the looks of this graphic:
I'd say September 4 was my best running performance day. The second and third sessions in Week 8 were done in much warmer and more humid conditions than the first. That humidity really gets to me. I …

September 10 - Sweet

September 9 - On the wall

Not this week after all

Well. I've certainly learned my lesson:
Never again will I add little teasers to the end of my weekend posts in anticipation of a milestone Monday weigh-in. I lost 1.5 pounds this week, for a total of 48 pounds gone since Christmas. Progress photos will have to wait until next week. Or the week after that. I'm not quite ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille Mrs. Larsen! Oh, how I wish I were, though.

HOWEVER … a pound and a half is a pound and a half, and I'm continuing to make progress as I've never been able to make progress before. Well, not never, but never this comfortably. I've certainly never been so satisfied with the way I'm eating. And I've never had the confidence that I will, indeed, make it to a healthy weight and be able to stay there.

Trust the process, Debbi, trust the process.

I'm averaging a loss of six pounds per month for the past eight months, and about eight pounds per month since I dipped my fork into the paleo plate. So being disappo…

So how am I doing with the September goal?

Pretty good, thankyouverymuch.

For September, I challenged myself to add some strength straining to my routine. I specifically said I would do wall pushups, lunges, squats and tricep kickbacks with a dumbbell on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Because, as I said last Sunday, ya gotta start somewhere.

I've done what I said I would do, and on Thursday I even did as many girl pushups as I could manage. Which was eight.

I'm seriously not very strong, y'all!

But I'm seriously committed and seriously serious about getting stronger.

Weigh-in tomorrow morning. I'm both dreading and anticipating. I've upped the calories by 100 to 200 each day this week, with no ill effects so far. I also logged 33 miles walking and running.

All in all, a pretty good week. No matter what the scale says tomorrow morning.

September 8 - Made by me

Yes i can, yes i can, can

Re: Yesterday's Big Dilemma: Yes, it is possible to sync an Android phone with a Mac computer.

Who knew?

It's not as easy an operation as syncing an iPhone with a Mac, but there really are only a couple hoops through which to jump. I'm going to try it today. The bigger issue in choosing a new phone is battery life, and Jen's suggestion to do some research on it is well-taken.

I drove all the way into town yesterday morning for yoga, only to find the class had been cancelled. Our yogi posted it on Facebook but I didn't check her page before I left. Since I was in town anyway, I stopped at Tiny Kroger for football snacks – fruit and vegetables for me, a chunk of cheese for my husband – and headed back home.

Our game didn't begin until 7 p.m., so we had plenty of time for a walk, and I was feeling a little antsy and bored with the usual Indian Creek route. We ended up going to Talcott, WV, and walking a little more than four miles along the Greenbrier River there.…

September 7 - White

To i or not to i?

In less than a month, I can get a new phone. Which will be AWESOME, because my Motorola Electrify has been getting wonkier and wonkier as it ages. The battery dies far too quickly when I'm out and about. It occasionally freezes. Texting has started getting problematic, in that texts have to be resent.
I realize GPS apps drain the battery, but seriously? I think I should still have a little life left after a two-hour walk.

Rumor has it that my wireless carrier will be selling iPhones later this year. Actually, it's more than a rumor. U.S. Cellular announced in May that they will definitely be offering Apple products this fall. No firm date for the launch. However … fall begins here in the northern hemisphere September 22. 
But. Do I want an iPhone? I'm happy with the Android platform, but I can see advantages to having an iPhone since I also have an Apple laptop. Syncing my contacts and calendar would be nice. If that's possible to do between a Mac and a 'Droid, I …

September 6 - Getting ready

Here's what happened yesterday

My dentist thought he had a new patient. I had a hygiene appointment yesterday and of course the doctor has to come in afterward and check things out. He came through the door and had a somewhat puzzled look on his face, walked over to check the chart and then greeted me by name, asking what I'd been up to since the last time I was in (which was six months ago).  So I said I'd worked part-time and let the weeds win the garden battle and oh, I'd walked more than 800 miles.  Which is when he said he hadn't recognized me when he walked into the room.  That was kinda cool. Mr. K did a double-take.  I dropped my car off at the service station for an oil change and walked from there to the dentist and back (a little more than three miles round-trip). When I went in to pay, the owner (Mr. K) had to look twice. Not quite as tactful as Dr. M, he said, "Wow, girl, you've really lost a lot of weight!" My friend V asked me if I'd been sick. I stopped at the mark…

September 5 - Here forever

Apparently …

all I have to do to reach a goal is talk about it here.

Which doesn't mean I've lost 20 pounds this week. Wouldn't that be miraculous?!? But it does mean that yesterday's Cto5K session included TWO sub-10-minute miles.


As both of you know, I've been training on a flat road now that Cto5K is a long solid run (this week they're 28 minutes), and I go with my husband. I'm missing the hill training on my own road (never thought I'd say that!), but a nice level surface does indeed allow me to run continuously.

I start the MapMyRun app when we begin walking. After half a mile or so I start the Cto5K app, which begins with a five-minute warm-up. When it buzzes and orders me to "Start your run now," I take off, while my husband continues walking.

MMR provides feedback after every mile, while Cto5K lets me know how I'm doing at the halfway point and after each interval, which is now at the end of the session, since it's one long run. If …

September 4 - Alone

Thank goodness every day has a reset button

So I woke up yesterday, made coffee (Target's limited-edition Candy Corn flavor, mmmm) and opened up the laptop. Cruised Facebook, read e-mail, wrote yesterday's posts. Ate a couple hard-cooked eggs and had one of those little dizzy spells again.

My plan for yesterday was to run the vacuum cleaner and do some general tidying up. My husband took my blood pressure and suggested I just rest.

Run the vacuum or rest? You do the math.

We were supposed to go to a visitation last night for a neighbor who died suddenly over the weekend, and I felt well enough to go after resting all day. But it was warm and I was a tad overdressed and I ended up having to set a spell (heh, can you tell I've lived in West Virginia for a while?) while we waited to pay our respects.

Our neighbor had been our county sheriff in the 1980s, owned his own farm equipment business and was a Field Auditor for the state treasurer. He was well-liked, a true character, one of a kind and will be very much missed.…

September 3 - Lines

Cto5K progress

For each of these three workouts, my goal was to run at least one 10-minute mile. Sadly, it did not happen. My fastest mile was 10:25.

To be fair to myself, I'm old and not really in running shape [yet] and the fastest mile I've ever run was like 9:38, seven or eight years ago.

I wasn't built for speed.

It occurred to me last night that if I can't run a sub-10-minute mile, I'm not going to complete a 5K in the half-hour time slot during the final week of the training program. Which is fine, I guess. I'm making good progress and am a whole lot faster than I was the first week!

A day late and a prompt short

I've never followed the prompts for NaBloPoMo. Not even once. But this month's theme is SERVE, and if there's one thing I really, really, really believe in, it's volunteering. Yesterday's prompt was a good one. Not many of the remaining ones really speak to me, and I'll be returning to my regular narcissistic Dear-Diary-type entries after today. Heh.

Do you enjoy doing volunteer work? Is there anywhere you volunteer right now?
Do I ever. And yes, there is.
I worked full-time when I lived in Ohio, and had little time for volunteer activities. My children were grown (no school opportunities) and I was involved in a long-distance relationship. My work week was typically more than 40 hours long. I also spent a lot of time at the gym.
When I quit my job, sold my house and moved to West Virginia, my imagined freelance career never really got off the ground. My partner (now my husband) worked out of town three or four days a week, and I had a lot of time on my hands. On…

September 2 - My name begins with

Creeping downward again

Just a pound this week, but a pound gone trumps staying the same and is way better than a pound gained! Total loss stands at 46.5. Progress pix in 3.5, goal weight in 18.5.

LoseIt automatically lowers the daily calorie target when you post a loss. I'm now down to 1110 calories/day, which is pretty low. I can adjust that number, but I've never bothered to because honestly? I end up eating at about that level anyway. The food I'm eating is nutritious and as whole as possible (i.e., not processed), and I'm generally not hungry unless it's appropriate (for example, first thing in the morning).

Eating along the paleo guidelines has done something to both my physical and mental appetite, in a very good way.

You know how the women's magazines and better-health websites all recommend only eating when you're hungry? How many times have you read this advice:
Before you eat ANYTHING, ask yourself if you're really hungry. If you are, eat. If not, distract yourself. G…

September 1 - Together

Oh, oh, oh … I almost forgot!

One of my good habits that slipped by the wayside when I was sick last month is logging my food in LoseIt. I might log a meal or two, or add the daily workout, but it's been a couple weeks since I counted every calorie, in and out, every day.

So that's another September challenge. Keeping a food log really makes a positive difference in the weight-loss game.

September's goal

Hitting August's mileage goal of 150 miles felt great. I don't often challenge myself like that, because I hate to fail and one never knows what might happen. Like those three days off due to illness – I might have hit 165 had I been able to get out of bed.

So here we are at September 1. I have two weekend events coming up, both of which require travel days. I don't think it's realistic to set a big mileage goal this month. I will most likely be able to knock out 100, maybe even 125. Cooler weather makes it easier to go longer, for sure, but the real deal is I think I need to come up with something out of my comfort zone.

Walking/jogging/running is very comfortable for me. It's my favorite intentional activity. I feel great when I can be outdoors stretching my legs and filling my lungs and moving on down the road. Hitting a mileage goal is a challenge, yes, but I'm not doing anything new or different.

Not that I have to, of course. Clearly what I've been doing…