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Winter 5% challenge before pic - my sister-in-law and me Weight about 160 Jan 2015


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Edited 08/31/16 - Stay on track and don't backslide, glad the 5% challenge is over for me and even though I didn't reach my goal I know I will eventually as long as I don't go back to my old habits and they sure do creep back in fast!

Edited 7/19/16
My commitment to the Summer 5% challenge:
This summer I plan on getting healthier and stronger.
I commit to staying in the challenge, being active on the forum and logging my food and activity
My exercise/activity plan is to continue what I have been doing 6 days a week and work up to an additional 30 min 3 days a week.

On my daily calendar I have scheduled in my workouts ahead of time. The phone is ignored during this time.

Strength training
Circuit training
Stationary bike
10 glasses of water a day
limiting my calories to no more than 1500 a day
I have started to eliminate all white flour, sugar, and chip. This is not easy and do not expect to be perfect and I'm good with that.

This is my 4th year Sparking! This site gives me inspiration, encouragement from staff and SP friends, challenges and tools to be successful in whatever I do!

After a life changing event this summer I quit tracking, quit working out, ate bad bad food.
There is no loss greater than a loss of a child. Grief was taking over my life, not to mention all the very hard work I had done for the past 5 yrs. If Spark People wasn't here, I am not so sure I could have gotten back on track as fast as I did.

***********Edited on 11-20-15**********

In 2009 my doctor told me I would have to take cholesterol meds to lower my cholesterol and then when the Long Term Health Care application was rejected because I was 20 lbs over their limit, I knew it was time again to try to get to a healthier weight. Besides, I hated how I looked in a pic!

Staying motivated isn't very easy for me, I need a support system, and constant reminders. The weight creeps back in to my life when I don't keep my goals in check.

The SP Fitness Tracker is awesome, I love mapping the different routs we take. After logging my food I use the daily analysis, it is great to see that my eating and exercise was in sync or not!

Member Since: 12/24/2011

My Goals:
1. Workout in a.m.
2. Eat within my calorie zone
3. Eat more whole food
4. Stay focused
5. Track my meals and fitness
6. Log into SP when i can
7. Support others and engage in a support system
8. Make bedtime a priority
9. Stay focused on my goals.
10. Maintain a healthy weight the rest of my life

My Program:
Meditation & Prayer
Positive Self-talk
Taking the time I need to Grieve
Eating 80% more whole foods
Working out 6 times a week: walk, tone & stretch strength training

Personal Information:
Walking, biking, aerobics, and strength training, are my favorite way to be active.
Books that have helped me:
Healing after Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Maximum Metabolism by Robert Robert M. Giller M.D. & Kathy Mathews
Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell by Debra Waterhouse, M.P.H. R.D.
The Sugar Solution by Sari Harrar and Prevention
The Hormone Reset Diet by Sara Gottfried, M.D.
The Spark Solution by Becky Hand, Stepfanie Romine, experts and SP members.
Woman's Bodies, Woman's Wisdom
Chirstiane Northrup,M.D.

Other Information:
Married 31 years
I am a self-taught knitter and crocheter, and make handmade greeting cards.
conversion chart: http://www.metric-conversions.org/weight/g

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