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This is a Seattle vacation photo from a few years ago ... looking at still helps me relax!

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

Sunset on the Great Lake!


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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: 84,855

My Goals:
I have lost 30 pounds since using SparkPeople and although my initial weight goal was 155 lbs,I have been maintaining just above that for quiet some time. I am more concerned that I keep my weight loss and maintain my healthy habits for life, rather than committing to a short term intense plan that drops weight quickly but in a way I can't maintain. I have been feeling fit and healthy at 160ish and happy to see that I can maintain through busy and stressful times, through habits that have become my way of life. But I still have that "spare tire" round my belly and am still overweight. When I got an invite to the 2017 5% challenge I decided it is time to go for another drop. I have lost my weight mostly in small "chunks" of 10 lb increments that I maintained for a bit each time before going for more. I am not going for thin ... I am going for healthy and fit. I am ready to make a few "tweaks" and drop to the next level! I turn 50 in February 2017, and I feel more fit, healthy and strong

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 then switched up to 30. It wasn't easy because I get up at 4:30 am to do it before work, but then nothing gets in the way. I am a total believer that small, daily commitments are what makes for successful weight loss--the kind that will be maintained. Since doing the couch to 5k I have become a runner, now doing distance runs and races (not for speed, but for comraderie). I also have also included some swimming, biking and yoga. So I now do "intense" workouts 2 or 3 times per week, but I still believe that health and weight loss is anchored in the smaller, daily commitments.

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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:
- Log 150 minutes of fitness minutes weekly, in any combination of walk/run interval running, dog walking with hubby, or other activity
- Daily yoga challenge: hold 3 minute plank (started at 20 sec and added 20 sec per week until 3 minutes!), do at least 6 sun salutations
- Create menus and shopping list on Thursday for following week. 3 meals of 400-500 cals each, and one or two snacks of 100-200 calories. On long run weeks, pay extra attention to protein and water.
- One house chore per evening so I don't spend my weekend catching up
- Practice French 2 lessons per day (not a fitness goal, but a daily healthy brain goal :-)
- Drink 64 oz of water per day, tracking on my Garmin watch ap
- Log into SparkPeople daily to log food and fitness and give/receive support to Spark Friends.
- Log weight once per week, and tweak the plan above accordingly.
- Write out my plan for all of the above (menu, exercise, house chores) each Thursday on the SparkPeop

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  • v HRK_MD
    emoticon Stopping by to let you know that you are WRJ&G's Member in the Spotlight for today! emoticon emoticon Enjoy your time in the spotlight. emoticon Have a great day! emoticon
    97 days ago
  • v SWEDE_SU
    thanks for stopping by the blog - yes, i only buy my running shoes at an excellent store in seattle where you try on about 9 pairs (or however many they can come up with) and try them out outside the store on a short run (and return them if they don't work out). the shoes i have are from there but i bought them quite a while ago (though they don't have that many miles on them because we haven't been running that much over the past year). i am thinking that next time we are in seattle i will try for a new pair after telling them of the knee problem. meanwhile, the arch supports seem to be helping...
    106 days ago
  • v SWEDE_SU
    i know exactly what you mean about morning walks and headlights - back in the day when the kids were in school, my neighbor and i would head out in the wee hours to get our walk in before everyone got up. though it is getting light out nowadays!
    112 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Yes, that trail around that lake is awesome! Lovely views from most of it! And it is getting hot, but not humid yet. 82 today and when we were walking in the sun a bit today, it got sweaty. I told my hubby, I don't even want to think of what it will be like 10 more hot degrees from now and it won't be long, maybe a month! emoticon
    149 days ago
    Thanks for the perspective; I think mindless eating is a bastard. I'm still going strong. :) Actually, I'm grading and grading. Got 18 more essays to go. So close!
    157 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2017 4:10:51 PM
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