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I got my hair cut on Saturday morning, and as I was leaving the salon, the receptionist wished me a Happy Thanksgiving.  I can’t believe we’ve reached the point in the year where it is acceptable to wish people a Happy Thanksgiving.  This realization inspired me to make the most out of the dwindling opportunities for outside fall fun.  I actually tried my hand (feet?) at jogging in the Arboretum on Saturday afternoon (actually, it was more like evening as I found out once I got to the side of the Arboretum furthest from my house and it quickly got dark.  Oops.).   Honestly, I probably did as much walking as jogging (lots of hills in the Arboretum and as I wrote about last week, I’m just getting back into running) – but it was a lovely autumnal jaunt.  The air was just brisk enough (it stayed on the side of invigorating without crossing the line to chilly) and the scenery was beautiful (although past their peak, the leaves were still putting on a show).  On Sunday, I ventured out my neighborhood and went for a hike in the Blue Hills.   Hiking is probably my favorite outdoor activity.  It is easily customizable (in a place like the Blue Hills with lots of interconnecting trails, you can go for as long as you’d like and you can opt to get your heart pumping with elevation gains or you stick to flatter trails) and it doesn’t really require much (although I’m a firm believer in a good pair of hiking boots and I use trekking poles).  And you get treated to moments like this:

Now, no one loves their gym more than I do.  And I know that I get the best workouts at my gym (especially with a trainer breathing down my neck) – but I also like having my weekend workouts be more focused on an actual activity.  In the summer and spring, this is pretty easy to pull off (hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, etc.).  But it gets hard as it gets colder.  And even harder still when the snow starts.  So I’m really glad I made an effort to take advantage of the fall weather this weekend.  Hopefully there will be a few more weekends like this to enjoy before winter takes over!



Lists of things are all in vogue on the internet right now, so I thought I’d share the top ten best things that have come out of the time since I joined Healthworks last summer and participated in the RESULTS program:

10.  This week, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I managed to finish a 12 minute mile.  In fact, I did two of them.  Maybe now I can finally get an A in gym class!

9.  For the first time in our 12 year relationship, I weigh less than my husband! (Even if it’s only by 1 pound!)

8.  Speaking of my husband, my lifestyle change has encouraged him to take up jogging and food-logging as well.  He lost several pounds when I started cooking healthier as a result of the RESULTS program, and now he is actively trying to change his lifestyle as well.

7.  I get positive comments about my successes literally every day, by co-workers, family members, and even random strangers!  This is a huge motivator!  My success is also motivating them to try to change.

6.  On any given day I can tell you what has gone into my body.  I have also become very good at estimating calories so that I can eat while I’m out, or on vacation, and still manage to be healthy.  I also know other important things about my diet, such as my sodium intake is too high, but my calcium is usually too low.  Knowing is half the battle!

5.  I am no longer afraid of cameras.  I’ve even joked about retaking my wedding photos from 4 years ago!

4.  In the past 9 months I have lost nearly 65 pounds, and as a result, I have gone from a size 24 to a size 16.  It has actually become annoying that I have to buy new pants every two months!  I am able to shop in REAL clothing stores again, and I’ve still got 20 pounds to go!

3.  Medical conditions that I used to have are either cured or have been greatly reduced by my increased activity and weight loss.  Believe me, working out and eating right is the best medicine for almost everything that ails you, and my doctor is so happy with me!

2.  I have reduced my risk of developing dangerous diseases that run in my family, such as Diabetes and Heart Disease.  Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., and is tied closely to obesity.

1.  For the first time since I became an adult, I feel good about my body.  All teenage girls have body issues, but my issues led to weight gain and my self esteem never really recovered.  Now that I have faith in my will power and ability to change, it doesn’t matter that my body isn’t perfect.  I still have a long way to go, but I am confident I can maintain what RESULTS has started.