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Embracing my inner turtle

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


In the mornings when I log on and flip through the feed I'm always in awe of the people who post out, I've lost 175 in two years, I've lost 80 pounds in 10 months. Wow. How can you not be impressed? What incredible dedication to their goals. Then there's another group. The ones that post out, I lost half a pound, I lost a pound and they creep along. Not quite the fanfare, no marching band cheering them on but week after week they plod along.

I am in that group, I am a turtle and proud to be one.

It took me over 2 years to get my routine back, to embrace the lifestyle I had created and loved and stop regaining weight. Almost daily I'd come on here, attempt to find that happy place and not quite able to get my ducks in a row.

But I kept trying.

Finally out running I was overcome with the elated feeling of both feet flying through the air and that ah ha moment engulfed me. I knew I was back.

The first week I lost .8 of a pound. Ya, I know, you are in awe of my awesomeness.

This has continued week after week. Some only .2 of a pound, sometime as much as 1.6 pounds but week after week there has been a loss and I've lost 15 of the 40 I had regained for a total of 65 pounds down

Each week I'm excited to note the loss, even the tiny ones, they all add up. While the losses add up I'm gaining moments that make me smile.

I've raced the afternoon sun around an empty lake to get a 5K run in before dark. (I won)


I've sat on top of my favourite million year old rock and over looked where I love to run. Your problems really seem small when you are sitting on a million year old rock.



I've taken the path less traveled.



And been rewarded with so much beauty all around me.



My clothes are fitting better, my skin is healthier and I feel great. Being a turtle still comes with fantastic rewards, you just have to make sure you recognize and appreciate them.


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  • CHANGINGHORSES
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Proud to turtle around too. Why be in a hurry? emoticon
    975 days ago
  • DEEGIRL50
    You are an awesome turtle! I am in awe of you. emoticon
    997 days ago
  • no profile photo CD23540951
    You've no idea how much this particular post resonates with me! I'm not only a turtle, but sometimes I think I have completely come to a standstill. The good news is that I am almost to where I was year ago, and am also slowing moving forward.

    1006 days ago
  • RUNSWITHDEER
    What beautiful country. Stay in the race turtle and enjoy the view!! emoticon
    1009 days ago
  • LABYRINTH
    JMO but Inner Turtles win the race! emoticon

    It can be easy to get burned out on this weight loss journey and it can be far too easy for all that weight to come right back with a vengeance. Going slow and steady will get you there!

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    1013 days ago
  • LDYHAZ
    Love this blog!! Just keep on keeping on :). Just love that beautiful country!
    1016 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    WOO HOO! Love this post. And I love your photos of the beautiful areas where you hike and run.

    I also am a turtle -- but I am staying in the race!! I've lost weight quickly on a fad diet, and gained it back equally quickly. That's not a success ... slow and steady lifestyle changes ARE success!
    1016 days ago
  • KATHIC2
    Beautiful!!! Beautiful pictures, attitude, and words! Congratulations. You are inspiring!
    1016 days ago
  • no profile photo CD23741364
    Not only am I in “awe of your awesomeness”, I am drooling over these beautiful pics, and feel rewarded by your sharing of them!!
    You’ve lost 15, for a total of 65lb, your clothes fit better, your skin is healthier and you feel great! Cheers to great rewards, travelling the path less travelled, and for being a turtle! ( one of my favourite creatures) emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing!
    1016 days ago
  • KITTEHAVENGER
    Slow and steady my not get much fanfare, but in some ways it is better. Adjusting is easier. I have lost 90 in a year and I still think I am fat even though I'm told I'm so tiny (155 from 245)
    1016 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Lovely! And yes, being a turtle is just fine!
    1016 days ago
  • PEYTKAM
    Slow and steady works! emoticon rule!
    1016 days ago
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