I made it!

Back at the beginning of the year, I didn’t make it an official goal, but when we booked our trip to Ireland for this fall, I made a mental goal to try to lose 20 pounds by then. That would put me comfortably into my clothes (some of which were too tight) since I had some creep happening.

Anyway, this morning I officially made that goal!  Yay!  I’m wearing my size 10s easily again, which makes me happy.  I really did it by just staying around 1500 calories a day with more on long ride days in the range of 2200 to 2500. One thing that helped was to keep my exercise on the non long ride days to an hour.  Doing more than that was counterproductve and trying to force weight loss with exercise just doesn’t work for me.  Anyway, I actually acheived a date goal, which I almost never set.

That cooler weather blew in this week with a vengeance!  Overnight the temps dropped 20+ degrees along with lower humidity. We had an overnight temperature of 47 degrees, too, which is crazy. I had to jacket up for morning riding.


It’s been nice not sweating profusely all the time, too. I was getting really tired of wiping my upper lip LOL.

It even called for warm evening drinks.


One of my favorite snacks when it is cooler.

Even though it feels like fall, it’s not and I don’t want to be seeing this in the stores.


Gah!  I took this picture when it was sweltering hot, too.  Go away.

We have a house project we are working on now.  Over the winter, we noticed a leak in one of our basement rooms that is directly below the garage. We kind of freaked out and had a couple structural engineers come in to make sure our garage was okay. They said the house was very solid, but there are a couple depressions in the garage floor where water pools under the car tires and seeped through some cracks to below.  The solution is to level the depressions and epoxy coat it. Phew!  Of course, in leveling the depressions, we removed some loose concrete skim coat and now have a bigger project.


That’s getting patched:


The sticks are there to prevent anyone walking across this. And by anyone, that would be me because I almost did!  Once all this is dry, we can do the epoxy floor coat to seal it up. That will make it look nicer, too.

Some plants are arriving as well!


These are some heuchera. There are 9 plant plugs in all here, surprisingly.  Most of these are going to go by our water feature since it is semi shady.

So there is no shortage of projects going on around here.

It’s back to the warm weather now. I sure enjoyed that coolness while it lasted!

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20 thoughts on “I made it!

  1. Kim

    WooHoo, way to go Lori. Setting a goal and actually accomplishing it is awesome. Can’t wait to read about Ireland. I need to get there. I read a hilarious blog about a girl cycling in Ireland and she had such a terrible time understanding them. Her friend kept saying, “THEY’RE SPEAKING ENGLISH”.

  2. Lisa

    Congratulations on reaching your goal! You were really diligent and it paid off. You should feel good about that. AND just in time for your trip. 🙂
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    1. Lori Post author

      I do feel good about it because I have been stuck for so, so long. It was nice to finally have some results.

  3. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    20 pounds is really significant, Lori! Congrats.

    I’m with you on the pumpkin display. Nooooooooo!!

  4. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    MAJOR KUDOS on the weight loss goal! It’ so hard to do and you should be very proud of yourself.

    If you think Fall stuff is bad, about a month ago Hobby Lobby had all their Christmas trees up for sale. I can understand the crafts because those take time to make… but the fake trees? Who buys one in late July!?
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..After the Olympics

  5. Fran

    Woohoo! Congratulations sweety, so proud of you!

    Can you believe it that we haven’t had much Summer all season till now? 89 degrees the past couple of days and not liking it at all. I can’t handle this heat very well and haven’t exercised or walked Bella the last days. For Bella long walks are too hot, not good for her paws to walk the hot streets. Heat drains my energy and can’t wait till it cools off a little, forecast says tomorrow it will be 78 degrees.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Hike #19, Friday, August 12, 2016: Groene Wissel Maarn

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