Sunday, December 30, 2012


In the past 2 months, I've had 4 significant falls. One just today. First time I fell off of a step ladder. I thought I had all four legs on the driveway...instead I had only 3 legs on firm ground and with that I fell off of the top step, onto the concrete, landing on my elbow and ribs.

Next fall...I was walking down the stairs at work. I just let go of the handrail and I fell from the third stair from the bottom. I fell on my right knee, onto concrete again!

Next fall....Again I was on the top step of a step ladder (you'd think I would be more careful) and I just took a step back and fell right to the ground. This time, not on concrete, but I took a hard enough spill.

Then today, I was innocently on my way to put some bird food out and I took a step toward the stairs on my deck and I did not realize how icy it was and I fell down 3 stairs, landing with my back crashing into the stairs.

I tell you all of these falls hurt....a lot!!!! But you know what? I did not get hurt. No broken bones or permanent damage. Just a little aches and pains!!

I also know that if I were not in good shape and as heavy as I am here....

I do know that I would have had some serious injuries!!!

SO if nothing else.....getting fit and thinner helps in more ways than just what shows on that scale.

Keep up the great work my Friends. We've got this!!

Stay focused!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A glance back to 2012

It's hard for me to measure success....well, it's hard, because I've put so much emphasis on the scale that it's hard for me to really see the good things that happened this year.

I did not lose the 50 pounds that I wanted, but I did come in 5 pounds less than last year. For a lot of the year I was down around the 200 mark and did not break though to 199. Unfortunately during the fall time, I lost my way a little and had gained about 11 pounds back. I did come to my senses about mid November and I've gotten 6 of those pounds off. Yes even during the holidays!

Just a couple of pictures to show my progress. Sometimes I even forget how far I've come!

Other 2012 highlights!

First off my son is OK. He ended up...because of his POOR DIET of fast food, with an enlarged gall bladder. It actually caused him to faint! He went through a bunch of doctors visits, tests, scary moments and about $5000 to find out that fast food is not good for him. Ouch!! I think he's learned his lesson and is changing his life. Too bad it takes most of us an major event to happen before we will change our lifestyle.

I got active in 2012! I started running about mid February. OK it's a military shuffle, but at least it's faster than my normal walk. I started training for my first 1/2 Marathon that was to be in May. That was my only goal. Well I did do that event, plus three more 1/2 Marathons, one 8k and four 5k's for a total of nine running events from May to December! My pace time, when I first started, was an 18 minute mile and I ended up with a 13 minute mile. Not too bad for a newbie!

I got my toe wet a little with rowing. I took my first Sweep Row class this summer. I did pretty well and found that I'm a competent rower. I loved it and will be taking the next class this next summer.

Another fun thing was I finally got up on water skis!!! I was so excited to finally be able to do that!! I was also able to surf like a wild woman!! Such a fun thing to do!!

Last winter I completed a fitness challenge at my gym. I did not win, but I got a lot of time in at the gym and on the treadmill. I definitely moved a lot this year!

I think that's it for the year!

Really looking forward to 2013.

Time to Re~Boot my life!

Stay focused!