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  1. The End of the Trail?

    Oct 3, 2009

    Is there some kind of penance that is standard issue for bloggers who ignore their readership for far too long? It was the kind of words of vegan blogger Laloofah of Mehitable Days that made me realize I need to get off my ass and start giving something back to those who have supported me through my journey.

    It's pretty fair to say that my weight-loss journey is over. I've essentially reached my goal. Since the last post I've been somewhat inactive having fallen off a bicycle at a fairly high rate of speed and needed to head to the emergency room. I required 12 stitches to my knee, and yes, it was the same knee I injured over the Summer training for my half. I managed my calories effectively though and ended up having lost over eight pounds since the last time I checked in. This is probably the first time since my early teens that I've weighed less than 200 pounds. It's a sobering realization. To look back and face that I was that unhealthy as an adolescent. I've turned my life around though and want to help others to the same. This is likely the last time you'll see an update pertaining to weight loss, so here it is:

    Starting Weight : 315 lbs. Last post : 205 lbs. This week : 196.8 lbs. Since previous weigh in : -8.2 lbs. Total weight loss : 118.2 lbs

    While weight loss is no longer an issue, I of course realize that maintaining positive health is key. I have plans to train for a marathon in 2010. I also have the lofty hope of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2012. I hope that amounts to more than a pipe dream. It would be an amazing personal accomplishment but I realize I have a long way to go before I could ever make such a dream a reality.

    Going forward I intend to continue to post on my commitment to the path I've chosen as a vegan. I'll talk about it's role as part of a healthful, peace-promoting lifestyle. How it can be a rich life lived outdoors as an active and conscientious individual. Let's continue to hike, bike, run, cache, discuss, encourage, and attain together. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as always. I look forward to continuing with SlimCache in whatever form it should take next. Let me know what you think. Thank you.

  2. 4 comments:

    1. Laloofah said...

      Hey, Jereme!

      Wow, thanks for the shout-out, kind words and comment! Made me smile! But please, when it comes to slacking, you're a slacker! You only went two and a half months between posts, a gap which doesn't even require penance. I, on the other hand, went a year and a half! So bow to the Master Slacker, my child. ;-)

      I'm glad you felt inspired to post again, nothing like a little publicity and peer pressure to get our game on! Gentle mutual nudges are a good idea. Count me in. :-)

      Sorry to hear about your latest knee trauma! (Feel better!) But excited to hear about your Applachian Trail hike plans! Have you read Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods?" He's a curmudgeon, but witty too, and this book is one of my favorites of his.

      Anyway, I look forward to your future posts! Enjoy a beautiful New England Autumn for me... I get lonesome for NE this time of year!

    2. kacky said...

      Jereme, I so admire you for all of the work and sacrifice you have done, and the way you have embraced your new lifestyle. I hope you will keep blogging as a healthy vegan. You're an inspiration to those of us still struggling.

    3. Hi Jereme! A million congrats for your incredible accomplishments!! I'm looking forward to following the rest of your inspiring journey!

    4. Laloofah said...

      Hi again, Jereme!

      I've had some time since my last comment to explore some of your archived posts and see how many challenges, setbacks, progress and triumphs you've experienced since you began this journey, and am so impressed and proud of you, and of your family for their unflagging support. I love reading or hearing about personal awakenings and transformations like yours. No matter how different our goals and obstacles may be, stories like yours can inspire everyone. So I'm glad you plan to continue sharing your ongoing adventure!
      I've also been learning about geocaching, thanks to you, which I'd never heard of before. I asked my DH if he knew what it was and nope, he didn't either. At first we guessed it had to do with finding geodes. (Hey, don't laugh, that wasn't a bad guess! Just a wrong one!) :-) So we looked it up and were excited about learning something new! It reminded us a lot of the Letterboxing our friends in England like to do. They even sent us a book about Letterboxing on Dartmoor! If only I had a GPS device (or even a sense of direction!), I live in a perfect place for caching stuff!
      Hope you're doing well! Now get busy posting! ;-)~