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I'm a single mom who is feeling a little defeated at times. I want to lose weight and keep it off. It's been such an elusive goal for me, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. Despite the setbacks, I have continued to make changes on living a healthier lifestyle so I can be a good role model for my daughter and ensure that I can do all the things I want to do with her.

Obesity runs on my dad's side of the family so I don't want her to struggle later in life like I have. More importantly, I do not want her to develop eating disorders like I did when I was in my teen years for fear of becoming heavy which slowed down my metabolism and makes it harder for me to become a healthy weight now.

I'm proud to have such an active, vibrant daughter, but would like to work harder to be able to keep up with her and have more fun in our lives which comes with more energy. Hoping to get it right this time. I also now have a new incentive. I have pre-diabetes so I'm trying to keep it from developing into Type 2 diabetes which took my paternal Grandma and my dad now has. He's been doing a good job getting his blood sugar down so that has motivated me to do more.

Member Since: 11/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 24,765

My Goals:
In the past my goals were around my weight, not anymore. I'm working towards meeting small goals that add up to big changes. All goals listed are what I want to get to ultimately:
1. Get 7 - 9 hours of sleep every night. (For the most part, I'm meeting this goal.
2. Drink at least 8 cups of water every day. (I'm starting small by drinking less and working my way up to this goal.)
3. Get at least 25 Spark Points every day and spin the bonus wheel.
4. Eat 2-3 servings of fruit every day.
5. Eat 3-5 servings of veggies every day.
6. Eat 2-3 servings of dairy every day.
7. Eat 2 servings of protein every day.
8. Meet Fiber recommendations.
9. Reduce sodium intake.
10. Make sure I'm meeting vital nutrients that keep my body running in proper order.
11. Exercise 60 minutes a day/6 days a week.
12. Stretch 15 minutes a day/7 days a week.
13. Strength train for 20 minutes/3 days a week.

My Program:
Small steps building to big ones.
* Found out I eat too fast so I'm trying to stretch my meals to 15 minutes initially and work towards 30 minute meals.
* Get 7-9 hrs of sleep every night.
* Start exercising 10 minutes a day with an off day where all I do is stretching. Work towards 60 minutes 6 days a week with 15 minutes of stretching on my off day.
* Work towards drinking 8 to 10 c water every day.
* At least 25 Spark points every day.
* Eat 2 - 3 serv fruit daily.
* Eat 3 - 5 serv veggies daily.
* Eat 2 - 3 serv dairy daily.
* Eat 2 serv meat daily.
* Work towards 25 Grams or more of fiber daily.
* Reduce sodium to the recommended daily maximum and then see if I can go below it.
* Make sure I'm meeting my nutrient requirements.

Personal Information:
I live in the Midwest and I love the seasons, but admit when it gets cold outside, I lose motivation for a bit so working on that. I think the great thing about having seasons though is it makes it easy to mix things up. I love taking my daughter sledding and would love to do more snowmobiling or try other winter activities in the winter. Spring, I love to enjoy nature and seeing the flowers bloom and that's when I work on my flower garden. Summer is swimming and more fun. Fall is watching the leaves change and get my garden ready for winter. There is always something to do!

Other Information:
* I can do anything I set my mind to.
* I got to get up and try.
* Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
* Everything in moderation.

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    89 days ago
    Family reunion is a GREAT idea. And make sure you set it to be a regular event. Annual or bi-annual. And yes, cherish your time with her. My baby sister got diagnosed at age 66. A couple weeks after her birthday. Those last few months with her were special.
    91 days ago
    So sorry about your Aunt. These losses do not get easier. After my mom passed last summer, her kid sister is the only one left out of 9. Then the second of my four siblings passed two weeks ago. Thank goodness your daughter has a great mom who will help her through one of life's hardest passages. And you have each other to give and receive comfort.
    92 days ago
    You are so right. Even when she is "in a mood" your daughter is a blessing. The fact that she can be "in a mood" shows how secure she feels in her environment. You are doing a great job.
    96 days ago
    Thank you for your empathy. My son did more in his 30 years than many people do in 80. He became a successful businessman, raced a car on weekends, had many friends, both in the car club and through the business, and loved his beautiful wife. I was blessed to have been his mother for that time. Not bad for a "latch key kid" who started life on welfare. He learned to be self reliant and that got him far.

    97 days ago
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