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VACATION - The Difference Two Years Made

Monday, July 11, 2011

We just got home from a vacation in the beautiful (and cool-wear-a-jacket weather) of the northwestern states of Washington and Oregon! The weather was amazingly different from the over 100 degrees of here at home!! I also couldn't help but compare this trip to our trip to the same area of the country two years ago....right before I got serious about changing my lifestyle and losing 121 pounds!

The first was remembering how I almost pulled a shoulder muscle, fastening my seat belt two years ago, with it stretched all the way out....this time, I had a "tail" almost a foot long!

Here are two pictures of me doing some biking in Portland and some hiking in Washington....something I would have never done two years ago....no energy and avoiding "all things exercise" !

How about this one....me after walking up 163 steps to the top of this tower in Astoria, Oregon!! Two years ago, I wouldn't have even tried...no way!

This one amazes me...would you believe sea kayaking for three hours?? Two years ago the energy level would have never handled it and there probably would have been no way I would have fit with that extra 121 lbs!!

I don't have pictures of me at the indoor swimming pool...but even though I know I won't win the Bathing Suit Competition, I actually OWN one now and will be seen in public, drapey skin and all!!

To top all this off, I gained NO weight this week!! Thinking over what I ate, I was proud of my choices...I didn't eat rabbit food and be the long-suffering dieter, but I did make good choices...had pizza one night - only TWO pieces of veggie (my personal fav) and even Mexican....no chips, half of a chicken and black bean burrito.....used my head for snacks and other meals....

Now, don't get the wrong idea...I was tempted, just like everyone else...I think we need to pat ourselves on the back sometimes but not get big headed! It all returns to what I have said many times, "If I can do this, YOU can!" Small steps and a determination to NOT GIVE UP!!

.....what a difference two years can make!
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    I am enjoying just watching your new found freedoms. Don't we miss a lot when we have all the weight I have on me! Wow, what a a great blog! emoticon
    3444 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss adnbeing MOD!!

    Your vacation sounded like much fun...I live in the Pacific Northwest.....suburban Portland, OR as a matter of fact!! I love it here.

    Karen emoticon
    3638 days ago
  • TMW54812
    Your regaining the zest for life is the best reward possible for all your hard work. Thanks for sharing and reminding me why I am working for the same goal. emoticon
    3639 days ago
    Wonderful blog! I just got back from vacation too! What fun to be an active participant and not just watch others have a good time on the water! You look great!!
    3672 days ago
    Congratulations on the progress you've made! Yes, quite a change in 2 years! Wish I could say I'd done as well on MY vacation - but I didn't and now I am paying for it by having to go into "LOSE" mode instead of "MAINTAIN". But... SP has taught me how to do it - and I WILL! Keep it up and keep it off!
    3674 days ago
    Isn't it nice to see that losing weight doesn't just equate to having to say no to this food or that food, but that it equates to FREEDOM! Freedom to do things you never were able to do before...and freedom to say no...and more importanly, freedom to say YES - as in, "Yes, I'll have pizza for dinner tonight" and making it work within your life.

    YAY YOU!! :)

    - Michelle
    3674 days ago
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    Great blog. You always inspire me. I just hope that I can keep to the same weight while I'm on holiday in France in just over a month's time.
    3675 days ago
    HOW FANTASTIC! I am so proud of and happy for you! I love that you are able to enjoy a whole other kind of vacation... getting in and mixing with the land and the elements. WOW!

    My daughter lives in Portland, OR and our visits there always leave me with an amazement at the beauty. She is also a vendor at The Saturday Market in Portland. Were you able to visit it? Welcome home and congratulations!
    3675 days ago
    What an inspiration you are!!!!

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    3675 days ago
    emoticon emoticon It has been a wonderful 2 Years!!!
    emoticon Your Vacation looks AWESOME!! And all that activity is probably why there was no gain!!
    Just being able to be active is a reward in itself.
    3675 days ago
    And, having got there... don't you LOVE the freedom to *do* things? This blog shouts the joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    You did it and you're living your life in freedom and sticking around to Spark others! emoticon
    3675 days ago
    3675 days ago
    Very inspiring, but more importantly... YOU DID IT! I am so happy for you and all the fun things you are now able to do.
    3675 days ago
    Isn't it terrific to be able to do all these things? Really gives you great motivation to keep making those healthy choices, doesn't it!
    3675 days ago
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    You've come a long way Janet and your new found confidence shines through. emoticon
    I love that you feel comfortable in a swimsuit. emoticon
    3675 days ago
    Thank you for sharing! It is definitively motivation saying you also were tempted! :) I am still on my weight loss journey but I can not help of thinking that one day I will not have anymore a "forbidden" list .. and I am afraid I will not be able to retain myself in eating all those great meals I enjoy.
    3675 days ago
  • JILL313
    How awesome this blog and you are!! I want success for myself and only wish I had more determination to always make those necessary healthy choices. You sure have changed--all for the better--Congratulations!! I know you enjoyed this vacation much more than 2 years ago!


    3675 days ago
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