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The Journey

June 2000. Cutie Pie was three years old.

Each month I set out to accomplish goals in health, career, and personal. One goal is finding new interests. It could be related to the monthly goals but usually it’s about finding new hobbies or new things to learn about. There is for sure a lot of things out there to be interested in. For example, it’s interesting to know (and do something about) why the world experienced economic downturns and why we’re experiencing them now. If the causes are the same (or similar) then we can learn from history and do something about the world economy now, couldn’t we?

Another interest I’ve had was to lose the fat and to learn how to create and maintain a blog. It wasn’t hard to start a blog and there are many features I can use, some I might not use (ever) and some I will use but I learn about them as I go. Besides blogging to motivate me through the fat loss, I enjoy expressing my thoughts and sharing it with others.

Anyway, this blog is about my personal journey to becoming lean. Hopefully, it is the last time I need to shed a lot of fat. I do feel like Jabba the Hut with all that fat around my body. As of September 17, 2012 I have to lose 12 more pounds and I hope to shed the last by November 12, 2012, the D-Day.

I admit that it took me about 4 months to feel motivated to exercise. These days I’m keeping an eye on getting those 10 METs h/w and burning 4,000 each week. Sometimes it’s a challenge and I don’t understand why I burn off fewer calories (same speed, etc) on the treadmill than when I’m brisk walking outdoors. This week, we’ve had a lot of rain and Hurricane Sandy did some damage to places I visit from time to time. Sometimes being a couch potato is just the thing when there are hurricanes. I would kick my ass out of the places where the hurricane would hit. Wow! New York has had it really bad this week. Don’t have any friends there yet, but I still feel something for these people. If it’s not terrorist attack (2001) then natural disasters. It seems like a lot only because how long it takes for the victims to recover to 100%.

In a previous entry (this one is obviously an edit to it), I stated that my journey was, for now, about losing 50 pounds of fat and later something else. Now, my journey is about eating from 3 food groups in each meal. Usually I’d take 1 or 2. The other part of my journey is to not rely on food and sweets whenever I’m emotionally stressed out.

I’m 42 years old now and in a few years I will have post-menopause. Mom didn’t suffer through it, but then she’s a silent sufferer. I just know that I need to not eat foods that are higher than the Daily Recommended. I’ll be eating the smoothie bars forever. Thank goodness PC same up with the Blue Menu!

I can’t do anything about genetics, but I hope I can say that some day I can control that part of my brain that has cravings, that needs food for comfort, that reaches for something even though he knows he shouldn’t. I’m a woman but as most people when they’re complaining about a “thing” they seem to usually use the gender opposite of them.

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  1. Hi my friend, been thinking about you and hope you are doing wonderful! Happy 2013! 🙂

  2. You should do a post on the new you with your new clothes, would love to see it! Have a great weekend!!

  3. I just sent you an email. 🙂

    • Hi! I wasn’t sure if it was really you. Have to be careful with online fraud. I’ll send the info to you this Wednesday. I hope that’s not too late?

      • Take your time, but yes, it was me.

        • Hi! About the “After photo” (not the face photo one), I don’t have a pic for December 17/2012–that is when I reached my goal weight of 150 pounds. It is instead a video. Not sure how to capture the part where I’m standing laterally to the computer. What do you think? Is there room for a vid instead?

        • Hi again! I figured it out. Pretty much I captured one second of the video. I just Googled and the word “captured” got me thinking about it. I think it will do for what you’re looking for. Talk to you soon!

  4. The journey to weight loss is never really over because there were situations recently since January 31, 2013 that caused either a 14 pound loss and a year later 10 pounds (or so) gained. The loss occurred when I was forced out of my birth-family’s home (forced as in unvoluntarily left because of sibling. Then I gained weight because I started a new romantic relationship. I always gain weight in this situation. Probably because the relationship always goes too fast – and that has been always true.

    Anyway, the inspiration of my new blog is based on the Hell/WarZone of the birth family and my life now without any contact with them. I only had contact with one relative a few times but since I’ve learned she’s in regular contact with sibling, I have stopped all communications with her for that reason – but also another reason.


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