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My boys and dog romping in Lake Erie on a camp out. Ideal summer fun!

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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: 53,798

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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    Thanks for stopping by my page. I've been doing Tai Chi since 2008 and dancing forever.
    146 days ago
  • v DESIREE671
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. I do hope you can find work in a preschool again.
    Have a great week!
    147 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    That snakes have gotten under the house before, we will find their holes and kept filling them in. Until we got the snake repellent it kept happening. I decided to make him less scary, I gave him a name. Spot! emoticon
    150 days ago
    Yeah. The post-workout days are hard. Today, I am not dragging like I usually do, but I definitely need to take some Tylenol.
    153 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    He went to the same place I did. Back in December I had to wait a month for my results...and it is maddening! Then when I found out it was cancer/melanoma, they did the surgery, then had to wait another month for those results. I know what he is going through now...the waiting is not fun! These type of labs take much longer, they run it through all kinds of tests to make sure it is or isn't skin cancer. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for all the times you have been on the friend feed. Always good to hear from you. emoticon
    171 days ago
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