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This isn't a diet, it is a healthy way of life. I had to get used to the fact that my new eating plan is forever. This adjustment involved some mental temper tantrums, I am embarrassed to tell you. Eventually, I have adjusted but it isn't always easy and it can be a real struggle.

For some reason, I thought that just losing weight would make my life the life I have always wanted. I thought all of my personal issues would just float away and life would be a fairytale. That is a pipe dream! I have to learn to love myself as I am at any weight first. Exercise will make me feel good and give me confidence but the major part of weight loss is mental. Getting into the nitty gritty emotional issues and changing my thoughts about myself is my biggest challenge.

It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I have read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all experienced slip ups and plateaus. Since all three lost 80 pounds or more, this gives me hope for being successful on my own journey and you can be successful too!

Member Since: 8/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 215,928

My Goals:
Learn to eat for nutrition instead of medicating myself with food
Log food daily

Learn to pay attention to my body's pain signals

Lose 5% of my body weight Achieved on Nov. 30,2012

Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013

Achieve the addional 10% loss Achieved April 5, 2013

Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 25,2013.

Lose a total of 35 pounds

Lose a total of 40 pounds

Lose a total of 45 pounds

Lose a total of 50 pounds

Earn 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Achieved 4/3/2012

Earn 100,000 Spark Points
Achieved 2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes Met 08/ 2013

Earn 200,000 Spark Points
Achieved 10/20/2014

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes Achieved 3/4/2016

Earn 300,000 Spark Points
Achieved 5/5/2016

Earn 300,000 Fitness Minutes

My Program:
I will use food to nourish instead of using it to medicate myself.

I will drink 8 + cups water daily.

I will eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily.

I will choose foods by their nutritional content.

I will add anti-inflammatory foods to my eating plan .

I will do some sort of cardio for 10+ minutes 7 days a week .

I will keep a food diary daily either written or online.

I will stay away from processed foods.

I will get 7+ hours of sleep per day.

I will pace my activities daily.

I will pay attention to pain levels daily.

I will rest and use pain reduction techniques instead of medicating myself with food.

I will be kind to myself if I slip up and will get right back on my program.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired teacher who still loves to learn new things.

I am an optimist and refuse to dwell on the past. It is better to learn from it and move on.

I love animals. Their love is unconditional!

Doing creative activities always lifts my mood and I'm already a happy person to begin with!

Other Information:
I enjoy:
Reading, photography, crafts, helping other people, music, creative healthy cooking, exercising in water, using my brain, being creative, acting silly/laughing, and learning new things.

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