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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. ...
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.
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ANGELN325 Has experienced a lot of loss this week: job, uncle, and mobility, but is happy for the stuff to look forward to: new job and mobility is coming back!
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Member Since: 11/18/2008

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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:
1. Track how long it takes me to eat is number one short-term goal at this time.

My Program:
Small steps building to big ones.
* Time how long it takes me to eat. Work towards 30 minute meals.
* 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 - 4 serv veggies daily.
* Eat 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.
* 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 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. 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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GOINGTODOTHIS2
2/11/2014 9:09:01 PM

I'm doing ok. Trying to fight for that 1 lbs to hit my first 10 lbs. I am so sorry to hear about your job. Any prospects yet? Hang in there!!! emoticon emoticon



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2/9/2014 8:37:05 PM

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February is another one of those months when stores create magical candy-filled displays. Inside those foil-covered heart-shaped boxes festooned with lace, ribbons and fake flowers are chocolates that have been rattling around in their cardboard container since October--and they taste like it.

Treat yourself to something sweet and delicious that tastes like real food--crisp apples, juicy grapes, fresh pineapple, or a perfectly ripened pear. Just say no to cardboard.
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GOINGTODOTHIS2
1/16/2014 6:03:24 PM

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PIXIE-LICIOUS
1/13/2014 9:04:39 AM

"What do you think will be more effective when it comes to succeeding, believing you can, or KNOWING you will?
Let today be the last day you took timid steps of belief and start taking confident steps of purpose-driven knowing!
-Steve Maraboli
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KOFFEENUT
1/6/2014 9:15:57 PM

Funny you should ask about the moose! In fact, the very next morning my DH went out to walk the dog and 1/2 block from our house a moose was standing in the middle of the road while another moose snacked on the aspen trees in our neighbors yard. DH said the moose in the road lowered its head, and he quickly told our dog to sit so he wouldn't look threatening. After sizing each other up a few moments, DH and dog decided to start backing up the way they came. Fortunately that was the extent of their adventure! We actually had a local realtor who was hospitalized after a moose stomped her when it felt threatened by the dogs she was walking. THAT kind of adventure we don't need!
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