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Year 1 Week 6 Summary 

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Hi guys! 

Last week I didn’t set any goals, I just later low for a while.  I’m feeling more like myself and I’m ready to get things moving again! 

Week 7 Goals:

  • Stay hydrated
  • 10,000 steps per day
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day
  • Meditate 4 times per week
  • Post on my blog and get those 10k posts up on Facebook
  • Reflect on my goals daily
  • One hiking and/or adventure this week.
  • Lose one pound per week.


Okay, I’m sucking it up and getting back out there. It’s going to be a a fast and furious week with the Chawny 2016 wedding happening this weekend.  I’m so excited! Okay, see you all next week! 

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Year 1 Week 5 Summary 

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Hi everyone, 

I’m sorry to report that most of this week has been horrible.  We have been wrapped up in the care of our oldest pup, Shelby.  I’m sad to say that we had to say good-bye to our girl last Thursday.  It’s been a very stressful and sad week without focus.  

I just wanted to check in with you all today to thank all of you for all your love and support this last week.  I’m so grateful that you’re part of my life. Love you guys! 

I’m hoping that this week gets better and I will have some good news to report.  Take care, see you next week! 

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Year 1 Week 4 Summary

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Hi guys!

It feels like it has been extremely busy this week.  I’m sitting here looking back at this week and I just can’t seem to figure out why.  I guess work has been a little busy and I am learning some new things.  Getting ready for a big wedding at the end of this month in which I am officiating!  That is exciting.  My sister in law has been building a dress for me for the event and we have been working on that at night.  I am also crocheting a little mini jacket to go with it.  Our oldest dog, Shelby hasn’t been doing well and that has kept us up a few nights.  I guess it has been a little hectic and distracting this week!  Well lets take a look and see how I did.

Year 1 Week 4 Goals Check:

  • Stay hydrated – A I have been chugging all the water, feels good
  • 10,000 steps per day – – I hit 1 day of 10,000 steps.
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit – – Awesome week of food logging.
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day – B – I can do a little better here.
  • Meditate 4 times per week – B – I only got 2 days of mediation in there this week.
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back – A – Still doing these, it really helps.  My back is still getting stiff and sore at the end of the day, but I can live with that for now.
  • Post on my blog and get those 10k posts up on Facebook – D – I need more 10k post up there!
  • Reflect on my goals daily – – I can do better, was not into it this week.
  • One hiking and/or adventure this week. – – No adventures this week.
  • Lose one pound per week. -F- No loss, but no gain either, I will take it!

Year 1 Week 5 Goals:

  • Stay hydrated
  • 10,000 steps per day
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day
  • Meditate 4 times per week
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back
  • Post on my blog and get those 10k posts up on Facebook
  • Reflect on my goals daily
  • One hiking and/or adventure this week.
  • Lose one pound per week.

Not a stellar week, but it turns out I do have a lot of things in the hopper right now that have been a little distracting.  I am going to suck it up this week and get my focus back.  I’m going to stick with my core goal and I am going kick ass this week.  I appreciate you all being there for me and keeping me honest during this endeavor.  I couldn’t do this without you.  See you all next week!

Y1W4

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Year 1 Week 3 Summary

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Hello my friends!

Welcome back to my long journey story.  In this week’s installment, I am happy to report that I had a much better week!  I have been out and about moving more.  My back is only sore and stiff now at the very end of the day, bonus.  I think it’s time to start working my way back on track!  Lets see how I did this week:

Year 1 Week 3 Goals Check

  • Stay hydrated – I still want to research and quantify this a bit more.  -A- I haven’t done a ton of research on this yet, but I am drinking tons of cool refreshing water.
  • 7,000 steps per day, until I am healed up – C+- I managed to get in 4 days of 7k+ steps, yesterday I even reached 10k!
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit -B- I did track all my food, but there was a couple of Oregon Brewer’s Fest days that blew my calories out of the water.  It was for a good cause, good beer!
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day -B- I got out of my chair alot more this week, but I know I could have done even better.
  • Meditate 4 times per week -A- Deep cleansing breaths!  Feels so good!
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back -A- This has been so helpful!
  • Reflect on my goals daily -C- I felt like I kind of half assed it in this department this week.

Year 1 Week 4 Goals:

  • Stay hydrated – I still need to figure out how much water is really enough or too much.
  • 10,000 steps per day, time to get back on the wagon!
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day
  • Meditate 4 times per week
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back
  • Post on my blog and get those 10k posts up on Facebook
  • Reflect on my goals daily
  • One hiking and/or adventure this week.
  • Lose one pound per week.

Woo!  Okay, I got this!  I am definitely feeling better and stronger.  Last week I got in a couple of adventure days, 2 days at the Oregon Brewers Fest were it was insanely hot and tons of walking around.  I also got a trip in to the beach this last weekend with a nice walk on the beach with my hubs.  I am also hooked on that damn Pokémon Go game, that has kept me moving.  I’m level 21! On the not so good side of things, because I haven’t been worried about my weight for the last couple of weeks and my blow out days at the brew fest, I gained 6.7 pounds… YIKES!  I own it, now that I am feeling better, it’s time to get my house in order again.  I predict I am going to have a fabulous week and I hope you all check in with me next week to see.  Until the, ta ta for now!

Y1W3

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Year 1 Week 2 Summary

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Hi everyone!

I don’t have much to report this week  I’m sill on the injured reserve list.  My back,is feeling a little better, but moving my upper body still causes me pain.  I hope this gets better soon, this is a real drag.  Well let’s see how I did on my goals this week.

Year 1 Week 2 Summary:

  • Stay hydrated – I still want to research and quantify this a bit more. I have been drinking tons of water.
  • 7,000 steps per day, until I am healed up F I didn’t hit 7k this week and that’s okay, been trying to get better. I have been getting around 5k.
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit A I had no problems with this one.
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day Not as much as I would have liked, I have been just staying low.
  • Meditate 4 times per week This has helped me get my mind off the pain and relaxes my body.
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back I have been doin this, without fail every day. I’m still trying to avoid having to go to Physical Therapy.
  • Reflect on my goals daily C I was t really fully focused this week. Just feeling kind of blah.

Year 1 Week 3 Goals;

  • Stay hydrated – I still want to research and quantify this a bit more.
  • 7,000 steps per day, until I am healed up
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day
  • Meditate 4 times per week
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back
  • Reflect on my goals daily

I’m going to stick with last week’s goal and continue to focus on healing up. I’m a little disappointed that my 2nd year has started so crappy, but there really isn’t much I can do about it, it’s just so frustrating!  That’s all for now. I will see you all next week, hopefully with some better news!

Y1W2

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Year 1 Week 1 Summary

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OMG you guys, I didn’t post on my blog Wednesday!

My apologies for this being so late, I have never missed this before!  Basically, this week went to shit.  I blew out my upper back and shoulders and haven’t been able to hardly move.  I have basically been in a drug induced coma all week trying to heal up.  Today will be the first entire day of not being on pain medication and the fog finally lifting from my mind.

The only thing I really did this week was drink tons of water and logged the food I ate, so I won’t go into the normal goals check, but I will set some goals for this week!

Year 1 Week 2 Goals:

  • Stay hydrated – I still want to research and quantify this a bit more.
  • 7,000 steps per day, until I am healed up
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day
  • Meditate 4 times per week
  • Do the exercises my doctor gave me daily to help my back
  • Reflect on my goals daily

Okay, so this week will focus on continuing to heal up.  I will get some walking in there, but not go totally crazy.  I may have to go to physical therapy if the at home exercise my doctor gave me don’t completely work, but I think I may be able to dodge that.  I am feeling a lot better than I was, but still hurting a little.  Cross your fingers for me, I hope to be back to my normal self next week!

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Year One!

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Well, I did it!  My long journey has taken me through an entire year.  AMAZING!

I spent some time this week reflecting on how and why I started this journey.  It was a year ago that I got back from my camping trip where I had a complete melt down and decided I need to make some real life changes and create some heathy, sustainable life changing habits.  I was fed up with how I felt as a person.  I had so much guilt and anxiety.   I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin or with my self image.  I just was not happy with me.

So much has changed over the last year.  I did not lose as much weight this year as I had hoped, but I think some more important things happened, I created some really good habits.  Here are the big ones for me:

1 – I started walking.  To me, the Fitbit is one of the greatest inventions on the planet.  I slapped that thing on my wrist and I was instantly connected to other friends and family with Fitbits that have helped support me in my endeavors this year and have helped me stay accountable.  It’s truly amazing how much simply walking is not only good exercise, but it did so much to increase my self confidence.  I love my Fitbit and my Fitbit family and would be truly lost without it.

2 – This blog.  I stuck with it and I feel really good about that.  When I started blogging about my long journey, I figured that it would be something to just help me keep on track and help keep myself accountable.  At the time, I had no idea it would become so huge.  I have had many people come up to me and tell me how much they look forward to reading it each week.  WOW!  That is really fucking cool, thank you!

3 – I hate to say this, but water has been a game changer for me.  For those of you that are close to me, you may recall a time were I bitched non-stop about how much I hated the taste and the feeling of drinking water.  I’m not kidding you, a year ago I was lucky to have had 1 glass of water a week. Seriously, it was either coffee, tea or diet sodas, lots and lots of diet sodas.  It took some time, but I am pleased to announce that I LOVE drinking water now.  It has done so much for my body.  My skin is nice and soft, it helps with hunger, my energy and stamina, it’s pretty amazing stuff.  I am off caffeine and diet sodas.  I occasionally enjoy a regular soda.  No more artificial sweetener bullshit.

4 – Not being afraid to try new things.  Looking back on my posts over the last year, I have tried so many different things to keep moving and get myself in better shape.  At first I was disappointed when I didn’t stick with it, but then I realized that I wasn’t sticking with it because some of these things just weren’t for me and THAT IS OKAY!  I’m still moving and I am still trying, some things are sticking.  The last thing I have been trying is returning to the gym.  Back in the day, I hated the gym.  I didn’t feel like I had a right to be there amongst all the beautiful fit people.  FUCK THAT.  Those people didn’t start that way (well not all of them anyway).  We all have to start somewhere.  I actually look forward to my gym time now.  The point is, trying different things has gotten me to where I am today.  I have more confidence and I’m willing to keep trying new things!

So now what?  What does this next year hold for me?  I will continue to blog, that is for sure.  I will continue setting goals each week.

What will I change?

I log all my food intake, but I don’t necessarily make the healthiest food choices.  I need to improve in that area.  I will be giving that some extra thought and attention on how I will make that change.

Exercise!  I will keep up with the walking, that works for me.  Right now the gym is working for me, but I think once I get more comfortable in that environment, I’m going to start looking for a personal trainer and see what I can do to up my game in a way that is productive, get results, but most importantly, be fun.

I’m sure there will be more things I will change as I continue to give this further thought and map out my short term and long term goals for this year.  In the meant time, how about I set some goals for this week.

Year 1 Week 1 Goals:

  • Drink a bunch of water.  I feel I need to quantify this more.  This week, I will be conducting some research to determine how much water is really enough.
  • 10,000 Steps per Day
  • Track all my food intake and maintain a minimum of a 500 calorie per day deficit focusing on healthier food choices (and determine what that is exactly)
  • Keep moving throughout the day – Get out of my chair at work for a walk a minimum of three times per day
  • Meditate 4 times per week
  • Workout at the gym 3 days per week
  • Reflect on my goals daily
  • Post on Facebook daily and this blog once per week
  • Go on one hike or adventure day this week
  • Lose one pound per week

Here we are, starting a new year of the long journey together!  Thank you everyone so much for strength and support.  Thus far, this has been an amazing journey and I am so lucky to have you all in my life.  I am very grateful.  I can’t wait to see what we all accomplish together this year! Stay tuned!

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Week 51 Summary

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Hey homies!

Welcome to week 51!  I’m almost there, a whole year, wow!  I had an okay week.  My work life and personal life were beyond crazy this week, I think everything caught up with me a little bit and nuked some of my energy.  Lets see how I did.

Week 50 Goals Check:

  • Stay Hydrated -A- Done!
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit -B- Took a trip to the Rheinlander with some friends for non stop fondue and sausage… that will catch up with you =)
  • 10,000 steps a day -C- I got in 4 days this week, that is improvement from last week.
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day -C- Not too good at this one last week.  Basically been getting to work and sitting in front of the computer and before you know it, it’s time to go home.  Almost completely ignoring my Fitbit alarm.
  • Meditate four times per week -A- Deep, cleansing breaths, this is keeping me sane.
  • Go to the gym at least three times this week. -D- I only made it one day this week.  Blah!
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated -C- Wasn’t very focused on this this week.
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday -B- I got in some post this week, just not as many as I wanted.
  • One hiking/adventure day per week -F- Not jack shit in this department.
  • Lose 1 pound per week -F- No loss, no gain… Damn you fondue!

Week 52 Goals:

  • Stay Hydrated
  • 10,000 steps a day
  • Meditate four times per week
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

Okay, so no quite the week I wanted to have, but I will own it.  It isn’t total horrible, but still.  I have been working on some huge projects at work that have been keeping our team jumping non-stop.  Those are going to be wrapping up in the next week, so hopefully moving that stress out of my life will free up some of my energy.  On the personal side with the holidays, prepping for a camping trip and just normal every day things, it’s also been a little busy on that side.

If you noticed, I tweaked my goals a little bit for this week.  As of tomorrow afternoon, I am on vacation!  Packing my shit and headed out camping with a group of my best buds.  I won’t have access to a gym and regular cell service to be posting regularly, but I will be moving around, getting some steps in, drinking lots of water and my focus will be on relaxing, having a good time and recharging my batteries.

Thats all for now everyone, thank you so much for stopping by.  Next week will be my one year anniversary update, I can’t wait!  See you then!

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Week 50 Summary

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to my week 50 summary of my long journey.  Holy crap, week 50!  Almost an entire year, wow.  I had a very good week.  I am super proud of what I have accomplished, I have been working hard!  Here is the break down

Week 49 Goals Check:

  • Stay Hydrated -A- I consumed all the water
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit -B- I missed one day, but still logged it all.
  • 10,000 steps a day -C- I jumped up from 1 day to three days this week!
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day -B- I can still do a little better on this one, I need to set more alarms on the Fitbit, maybe that will help me out.
  • Meditate four times per week -A- Nailed it!
  • Go to the gym at least three times this week. -A- It was hard, but I did it!
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated -A- Done!
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday -A- I got in lots of posts this week
  • One hiking/adventure day per week -F- No hikes this week, but I did got to a bachelorette party, can I count that as an adventure day?
  • Lose 1 pound per week -D- I only lost .2 pounds… I’m working hard, come on!

Week 49 Goals:

  • Stay Hydrated
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • 10,000 steps a day
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day
  • Meditate four times per week
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times this week
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

This was a very challenging week for me, but I made it.  Work has been insanely busy, and I’m getting pulled in many directions, but I’m actually liking it.  The down side of this is that it sucks up my energy and focus and when it’s time to get to they gym or start moving it was really hard.  So I am super proud of myself for plowing through it.  I also go in three 10k days in there this week, up from last week so that is getting better.  I’m hoping if I can just keep this up that I will get the hang of it.  I’m not sure what to think of only losing .2 pounds this week.  I feel like I’m working so hard.  It’s so hard to stay patient and focus, but I keep telling myself that this is the LONG journey.  I have to believe in the good habits I’m creating that will stay with me for the long haul.  Well thats it for now.  It’s going to be another fast and furious week both in my work life and personal life, so many things going on right now.  I am going to get through this, I can do this because I have all of your love and support.  Thank you!

Here is a good one for you, this is my “I’m so fucking done with this workout” gym face.

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Week 49 Summary

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Hello everyone, welcome back!  We are at week 49 of the long journey.  It’s been a fantastic week.  I’m feeling pretty good about what I have done this week.  Here is the breakdown.

Week 48 Goals Check:

  • Stay Hydrated -A- I drank tons of water
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit -A- Nailed it!
  • 10,000 steps a day -D- I got in three days.  I only got one day in there
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day -B- I need to better here.  I have been very focused and busy at work, but not so much that I can’t afford to get up and walk around.
  • Meditate four times per week -A- Done!
  • Go to the gym at least three times this week. -A- Fuck yes, I did!
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated -A- Daily!
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday -A- Only one 10k steps post, but lots of other posts!
  • One hiking/adventure day per week -A- Hiked up to Upper Horse Tail Falls with a group of friends.  It was only a .8 mile hike, but it was all up hill!
  • Lose 1 pound per week -F- No loss, no gain…. WTF?!?!

Week 49 Goals:

  • Stay Hydrated
  • Maintain a 500-calorie per day deficit
  • 10,000 steps a day
  • Get out of my chair for a spin around the block three time a day
  • Meditate four times per week
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times this week
  • Reflect on my goals every day and keep my vision board updated
  • Keep posting on my blog and Facebook, posting my Fitbit Dashboard everyday
  • One hiking/adventure day per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week

There you have it.  I didn’t get my 10k steps per day, but I haven’t been being lazy about it either, I’m still getting lots of walks in, I’m just still trying to get my stamina up with it since I have been hitting the gym.  I am very happy and excited about hitting my gym goal for the second week in a row, that one is super tough for me, but I’m doing it.  I have my workouts dialed in and I’m starting to get in a groove.  Just need to keep this up to make it a habit that I look forward to doing, not there yet.

The hike this weekend was beautiful, but pretty challenging for me.  It was a total 0f .8 miles, .4 of that straight up 400 feet.  It took everything I had to truck up the side of that mountain, but I did it!  It was totally worth it, so gorgeous.

This week I’m going to keep striving to get my 10k a day back and continue to goto the gym.  I’m focusing on the gym more because I think it will do me more good in the long run, but I don’t want to ditch the walking, that is good for me too!

I’m not sure what to think about not losing any weight this week.  I feel like I have been working my ass off.  I know this is the long journey, not the you lose all the weight in a week journey, but come on, give me something!  Oh well, I will keep working hard and fighting the fight!  Well,  that is all for now folks, tune in next week for a new installment of the long journey.  Love you guys!

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