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I enjoy healthy eating and lots of exercise. Love to be outdoors and moving. But with work, family, stress it easily gets overlooked if I don't focus on it. Committing to make it a priority so I CAN live up to the demands of work, family, stress.

Member Since: 8/12/2011

Fitness Minutes: 56,433

My Goals:
I have lost almost 30 pounds since starting SparkPeople, and although I am more focused on feeling good and maintaining healthy habits than losing weight, that "almost" is starting to get on my nerves. I want get past that milestone this summer, while the weather is gorgeous and calling me to exercise and eat healthy, fresh foods.

My Program:
I used to go to the gym 3-4 times most weeks and/or jog 5 miles, but it got me nowhere. Sometimes when life got busy i would have a few weeks when i didn't have time to exercise at all. When I started SparkPeople I gave up the gym and started doing 10 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning. A year and 20 pounds later I upped it to 20, and I recently switched up to 30. It isn't easy because I get up at 4:30 am to do it before work, but then nothing gets in the way. I do more later in the day and on weekends move it back to later, but at least 30 minutes happens every day.

Personal Information:
I love exercising outdoors. Can't get enough sunshine and nature! But I have periods where home and work get so busy that I run out of time in the day. So I want to do enough in the early morning so that if life gets crazy and that's all I can do, I'm still staying fit, feeling good and relieving stress. I need it to find the energy and motivation for everything ELSE I do!

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My current goals:
- 30 minute brisk walk in the early morning and a 30 minute walk before bed with dogs.
- Strength training twice a week
- walk/jog/run intervals for 45 to 60 minutes three times per week.
- One house chore per evening so I don't spend my weekend catching up
- Log into SparkPeople daily to log food and fitness and give/receive support to Spark Friends.

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    You are so close to your goal!
    18 days ago
    Thank you for the welcome back! Congrats on your success :)

    I agree, there are lots of ways to eat healthy and be healthy.
    91 days ago
    Thanks so much for your support and encouragement with your comment on my blog! I really appreciate it!
    109 days ago
    Oh, I can so relate to eating junk. Doritos are becoming my new enemy. Today was a so-so eating day. Sometimes I would rather eat than be hangry at work. Anyway, I just made a yummy turkey, veggie stew. It is all natural with no processed yuck.
    131 days ago
    LOL! I lost 27 pounds, but you really can't tell. However, I fit into a large shirt recently that I couldn't put on and is snug anyway, so I guess it's coming off somewhere. Get this, my son is making us walk more. He made me walk home after 1.5 hours of soccer, an awesome game of tag, and then he walked. He says, "Mommy, let's walk home, just me and you!" How could I say no? We walked for 20 plus minutes. Then, he says, "Mommy, I think we should walk to school in the mornings." We just may do that.
    150 days ago
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