DEB9021
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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: 64,952

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 MARIAJESTRADA
    Sorry for the uber late reply. We had to pack and move after Thanksgiving and then went on a road trip to the West Coast. We are still in AZ. Anyway, I am doing a yoga class with a friend who has an awesome gym membership. It does kick my butt because it's advanced, but I will most likely not be able to do that now that it is so cold, and we live further from the north side of Chicago. I think the gym will have to be the house, and I still haven't figured that one out. Cleaning every day is great, but not enough. However, there is a lot of unpacking to be done, and I am balancing out my eating, so we will see.
    19 days ago
  • v KALISWALKER
    I moved to the coast 5 years ago and love exploring.
    19 days ago
  • v QUEENOTHEFOREST
    Thanks for the blog support today. I will indeed keep sharing. I get so much inspiration and guidance from Spark/Beck buddies and in order to keep that coming I have to put my challenges out there. As some one said reading the Beck book and doing the exercises is work. It is not for everyone. As you implied you never know when someone may get something from our experiences.
    20 days ago
  • v PIXIE-LICIOUS
    “Your dream is a reality that is waiting for you to materialize. Today is a new day!
    Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Learn from your past so that it can empower your present and propel you to greatness”
    -Steve Mariboli
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    Thank you for commenting on my blog, "Fresh Start." Wishing you a healthy 2017!
    20 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon Have a good weekend! emoticon emoticon
    51 days ago
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