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update jan. 2, 2020 - there it is the first time i wrote the new year. and the first time i'm admitting that i need to return to the community that helped me lose and keep off the weight for 7 years. i thought i could just go on living on my own, but it turns out not to be so successful - weight is inching back to what it was when i started in 2014, and far beyond "scream weight". so... i'm back...

just reread my goals - and i would say they are the same that i wrote back then. had to adjust who are border collie is - pelle has been gone for 3 years now, and claire has wormed her way into our hearts.

update may 6, 2018: still maintaining. pushing the upper scream weight, so back again after a hiatus of a few months of background streaks - maintaining login, maintaining exercise. but weight creep... gotta stop it now. maintained in the 104-5 range all winter. the was good. will get it back.

otherwise - my goals remain the same. that's why they call it maintaining!

update jan 1, 2016: it is one year later. yesterday, i weighed in at 100.4 again; the worst of the year was 106, which was well below the goal weight when i started on SP. in summer and fall, a group of sparkers jointly did a Beck refresher, which was perfect for getting back on track. where a year ago i was pleased to be planning meals one day ahead, i am now working on planning by the week. last year i developed the habit of small doses of ST; now i have the habit of 30 minute videos, and while i prefer those that involve walking, i'm following a program that incorporates ST. hunger is not an emergency has become a mantra; i can walk through supermarkets (or look at menus) and observe; NotMyFood. the day has three meals; the snacks have been attached to those meals, so there is no such thing as in-between.

for the coming year - a new beck refresher awaits. i am participating in the 5% challenge - not to lose 5%, obviously, but to have the accountability. also for accountability - the ultimate sparkpeople life challenge - i have been blogging daily, and hope to continue to do so.

once again the theme for 2016: refusing to regain through the positive habits and lifestyle and community here at SP.

update jan 2, 2015: have just completed the Beck diet solution and it has been a game-changer. i have learned that hunger is not an emergency. i am finally planning meals. and i have finally developed a habit of ST in small doses daily. the result - weight bottomed out at 100.4, and for the first time i can say that i do not want to go lower. the question is, can i maintain it? and that is the next part of this journey.

before Beck, i read "refuse to regain: 12 tough rules to maintain the body you've earned." and that is my theme for 2015 - i refuse to regain, and will use the rules from berkeley and the tools from beck to make it happen.

as part of the journey, when the fall challenge was over, i first completed a four-week squat challenge, followed by a one-month core challenge. i'm now following spark's skinny jeans countdown while waiting for the winter challenge to begin. i'm continuing with daily ST of some form, short and sweet. i'm pleased to say that it has finally become a habit.

this spring will be a test of all that i've learned. i am NOT going to regain!

update oct. 1, 2014: weight hanging around 108, but still well within maintenance. i joined the 5% challenge to "shake things up" and "stay on track" and realized i haven't updated my plan since the last 5% challenge two years ago. current goals are to keep the fitbit at 15,000 steps per day or better, with a monthly goal of 500,000 steps, but trying to increase active minutes to an hour a day. trying to keep up with the dreaded ST. tracking and measuring food.

update august 15, 2014: and the two-year mark has arrived, and just as last year the scale says 107-ish. considering that just 3 months ago it was closer to 120, i'm darned happy to be here. but i realize that i have to keep working, again would love to slip down to the 105 range. still working...

update may 2, 2014: well, it happened. back on the yoyo, sadly. spent the winter in hawaii, and when i first arrived, managed to get right back to my minimum weight, felt great about it. and got careless. stopped checking in with spark, stopped thinking about what i ate - and the busy season of work set in, and didn't get out for as many miles as i needed for the amount i was eating - and the wine. and so, many pistachio nuts later, i find myself up 10 lbs. so, after finally getting back on the scale, i'm getting back on the wagon.

update august 14, 2013: and it's one year later. holding steady around 107, which really is not bad - i'd like to slip down to the lower weight, just to have the room, but as long as i hold in this range it is still definitely "maintaining". the trick has been miles and miles and miles - and the fitbit to keep me motivated. we're going to try a couple of days of "clean eating" each week (no wine, no cookies, no goodies, lots of veg of course), which may knock off the extra lbs, or may just keep us healthier. but all in all we (the "royal we" of DH and myself) are staying at a good weight, staying active, and eating well - a good formula, indeed.

update august 14, 2012: and i did it. touched that 103 lb mark for the first time in close to 30 years. and that marks the bottom line for maintaining. i am starting to read everything i can about maintaining so that i can join the ranks of the 5% who lose weight and keep it off. i know how to lose, but over the past 14 years of yoyo-ing (with a max weight of 162!), i have never kept it off. this time is going to be different!

update june 9, 2012: so close to the next goal, which i thought was a total impossibility. what amazes me is how this formula really works - when you track things, you think twice - do i really want these calories? in the past three months i have cleaned up my diet - almost no processed foods left except a few carefully selected - no mad munching except for carrots, celery, etc - and wine back under control. and the miles just seem to add on when you are tracking for a goal.

i joined the 5% challenge for summer to get that extra push, to go all the way. and i know i'm going to do it: signing up for a half marathon in october (and a 10k in september) means i can't quit now, running every day and walking the others. i will commit to ST 3-5x week. and i'm looking forward to meeting my teammates and supporting them and receiving their support. i will continue on my delicious plant-based food journey. and i will report in as the challenge requires. ready to go!

march 25, 2012: my journey has been up and down and up and... well, you get the picture. for the past 6 months, the same five lbs have been coming on and off the entire time. i want to get rid of those 5 lbs and then another 5 so the clothes i bought the last time i hit that low will fit again.

update may 14, 2012: today is the day - the first time i saw 111 lbs (111.6, to be precise) since jan 2011. am i pleased? you bet! am i done? nope - i found a pair of size 4 jeans that i bought in sept 2010, i can *just* zip them now, but i'd like to have a little leeway. so the next goal is set, just a little one, but a great reward!

Member Since: 5/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 320,275

My Goals:
keep the fitbit at 15,000 steps per day or better, walking or running, with a monthly goal of 500,000 steps, but trying to increase active minutes to an hour a day. continue my ST streak. tracking and measuring food.

to find balance. and leave the computer behind�

to continue my vegan journey of plant-based food. to improve at meal planning. to track and pay attention to portion size.

to find my maintainable weight and NOT exceed it by more than 3 lbs, weighing daily

drop below 120: done, 4/3/2012 119.6

halfway point 116: met! 4/18/2012

hit 115: the elusive 115... DONE! 4/24/2012 - 114.8 after a run, but still. also, 2 inches gone from my waist...

goal: 111 lbs: 5/14/12 hit 111.6

goal: 108 lbs: 6/11/12 hit 107.6!!

dec. 2014: 100.4 lbs attainable, but is it maintainable?

dec. 2015: hit 100.4 again after fluctuating up to 106

My Program:
30 miles per week

average of 15,000 steps/day; 10,000 steps on busy work/travel days

60 "active" fitbit minutes daily.

video 6 days/week.

diet: track nutrition and stay within calorie range, plant-based whole foods diet (E2L). pay attention to portion size!

my border collie is my personal trainer, along with my dh. we are out with claire every morning and evening, trying to add up to 7 miles a day. it is so easy to go to the end of the block and back. have to keep on keeping on....

Personal Information:
i love living in beautiful places, and going out walking and running - whether at home in winthrop WA, or boken�s, sweden, or molokai, hawaii - my nyc roots are well hidden.

Other Information:
my time zone: Pacific Time Zone!

we've been on a vegan journey for 4 years, and i love to cook - each day, the search for a "winner" meal is a challenge. and i love showing omnivores just how delicious a vegan diet can be:-)

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  • v EM4488
    I love your unprocessed diet! Just awesome. I think I'm going to have to pick your brain! (And definitely look at your tracker)

    And thank you for the peppers! YUM! I looooove bell peppers. I just planted SO many in my garden, I hope they take this year. I haven't had luck my last two attempts (I started gardening in 2010, and I'm learning tricks of the trade each year- first year mine were spaced WAY to far apart. Second year, I actually don't think it was my fault. Hot summer caused a lot of 'garden chaos)!

    So today I made chili: local ground beef, a bunch of beans, store bought salsa and chili sauce.
    How would you alter this? Just homemade salsa and then it'd be pretty good?
    OHhhhhhhhhhh, homemade salsa!!!!!!!! THAT is what I'll can this year! That sounds so awesome. (I'm literally giddy right now!)

    And my snacks for the day are: apple, banana, and chocolate covered raisins. (Remember, I have a chocolate addiction, but at least their "kind of" okay.....--- don't tell me the truth! I love them!)

    (Heading to go look at your nutrition tracker now -- expect a second comment :))
    3037 days ago
  • v STRIVER57
    as you know, we have a rosettacon every time you come to Paris, so ...
    3037 days ago
  • v STRIVER57
    you missed a lovely rosettacon, and we missed you. Fenn & Sonia are both thinking of joining Sparkpeople one of these days ... and Liz & I encouraged them a lot, of course. delicious unprocessed meal (a splurge meal with a little more wine than i should've had, and the first real dessert since new york: homemade warm strawberry shortcake. delicious and worth it (on rare occasions).
    hugs from paris.
    3037 days ago
  • v EM4488
    Hello! Sorry it too so long for me to respond. I wanted to thank you for your great encouragment on my blog "Relying on the push."
    Your challenge for me is quite hard! One meal with NO processed foods? Okay. I can do this!
    Actually, I did it today! Or pretty close. I had whiting fish w/ vegetables. (Both were frozen from the store -- I can't wait until vegetable season!) But, thats it.
    I boiled the veggies for awhile, added lemon juice. Then put the fish on top (in a skillet) and cooked til done. Sprinkled w/ lemon pepper seasoning (does that count as no processed?)
    It was deeeelicious!

    And my break tonight is an apple :) So, I at least know THAT isn't processed!

    Do you follow this challenge daily? And if so, what all do you make?

    3038 days ago
    Your dressing sounds delicious! I love tahini. emoticon
    3038 days ago