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: 79,189

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.



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:
- 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 SWEDE_SU
    i'm the same way about beaches - you'll never find me sunbathing, always hiking/walking/taking photos. and i grew up on the east coast, but my main home is pacific northwest now, adopted the hiking lifestyle well up in years!
    102 days ago
  • v MARIAJESTRADA
    Hey Beautiful Lady, Things are much better one week in. The water has actually been the nut cracker, for some reason, but I think I'm hitting 8 glasses a day. It doesn't feel like such a burden. Anyway, people think I've lost weight because my stomach is way down, and I think maybe something I have been eating was not so good for me. Come to think of it, I should probably tell my doctor about it. Enough blah blah blah, I hope you are dong great! Hugs. -Jesu
    104 days ago
  • v STEPH-KNEE
    Thanks so much! The answer was there all along.... it never stopped working, I just stopped doing it LOL! ;) Then when I would want to get started again I always felt like I needed to do something different... but I needed to just go back to what works. Funny how that works LOL!! Thanks for the kind words!! :D
    105 days ago
  • v SWEDE_SU
    thanks for stopping by the blog! i've used a pressure cooker for years, but i like the instant pot even better because you can leave it to take care of itself. it works like a slow cooker too - you can evidently schedule it to cook at a certain time, though i have not tried that yet. everything i make in it (or the pressure cooker) tastes better because it seems like it has cooked for hours.
    110 days ago
  • v CINDILP
    LOL No my scale doesn't go that many decimal points. I guess the one pound grew when Spark recorded it. I stay away from any decimal points myself. Now to find where the problem is. Spark keeps messing with my weight. lol
    111 days ago
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