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Going STRONG with exercise/LTGL and reporting this every weekend ! Wintah Chal on the Dawggie team


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The winter pic for my banner is the view I see when I step outside. It is a parking lot and you can see the harbor. A part of it has snow on it,,,, so some may think that's land. After the 2 fense type things boarding the parking lot,, is water after a brief hill and there's a walking path of about 18 inches wide that leads down to the water. IT IS SO PRETTY no matter what the weather, but in the winter,,,, to me it's peaceful though ICY !!! In 2014 most of the harbor DID Freeze over. It does happen though not every year. This is an active harbor year round. The lobster men are out,, some scallopers ,, other type of fisherman/woman along with an active port for oil delivery bought in by the tankers plus the local ferries which run unless the seas are very choppy or the wind is blowing towards hurricane speeds.

I live in Southern Maine. In the wintry it can get quite cold, snowy, icy. So if I'm outside for much time it's cold, I shiver often hard. Hence forth I'm a Dianesicle.

This past year has been very good as I put my knowledge together with my zeal. Now, none of us should be traveling alone on this. If you don't have much support in real life, PLEASE make friends on Sparks. Be honest with those. Holding back anything will not benefit us. Along this line is "TRACK EVERY MORSEL OF WHAT GOES INTO OUR MOUTH" No one expects perfection. We all lose, gain, lose gain.

In 2016 I did make my 5%weigh in loss during the Winter, Spring and Fall Challenges. I reach out, please do so. Blogging helps a lot. We do NOT need to sound profound. Even 2 lines is great!! All in all I lost 52 lbs in 16. I had started at 246, ending at 194. I face many challenges physically as do many traveling on the 5% teams, around 700+. If interested about this please ask me. I'm on the Spirited Under Dog team AKA Dawggies as the ML, Motivational Leader.

My goal is to from 195 down to 153!!! When you plan your weight loss out being reasonable . If you weigh 150 and wish to be 125it's not going to happen safely in 3 months. We also need to face "What caused my reaction to being comforted from food?" For myself and many others this does, has meant getting professional assistance.

Woohooo!! Shall I do enough exercise I sweat enough so I'm NOT a Dianesicle? Time will tell. My plan is to walk, do beginners yoga, heavy housework of 60-90 minutes a day doing this. I'm going to aim for an occasional 120 minutes. I had been working with a dietitian so will continue what we came up guidelines we set up. Very similar to Sparks, only my calories are between 1200-1550 with 80mgs of protein.

TY for reading this far. If you let me know in the comments section below,,, I will give you a Goodie!!

Member Since: 7/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 96,685

My Goals:
Being a part of the 5% challenge I'm aiming to lose just blah 9 lbs in 8 weeks. I have such a wicked sweet tooth of which I THOUGHT I had control, but over these past 5 weeks I now know I certainly do not. Easy, do NOT bring it into my place.

Thanks to other Sparklers I now have a variety of exercises I am adding into my routine.

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Stay in my calorie range of 1250 to 1500 daily. NOT undah it, that's again not good for us, and we do not lose the weight. If I have a day I go over the 1500 that's FINE for the next meal I at once get right back onto my normal routine. Lets not be harsh upon ourselves. This is not a race, it's not a "diet" notice the first 3 letters? "DIEt" yeah no TY !! It is a lifestyle change ,, yes life style change,, for life. There will always be those special days for all of us, we will go over our calorie range. I'll hop right back down. It can take 2 weeks for the scale to reflect this, it's FINE. It DOES !!

KEEP up my 60 to 90 mins of exercise. Most walking the hallways now that I've had my left foot big toe amputated I am OUT of casts ! PHEW !! So very, very thankful i have my life back.

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I DID start 12/11/2010 with Sparks under my "old" name, but I lost my password. So this page isn't reflecting my true date of starting with Sparks.

See that PURDY kitty to the left? That is Miss Izzy and she's such a sweet kitty gal !! Such a little lovey dovey kit katz !! When anyone comes in, I do let them know she will soon be up,,, she like all cats know though when someone isn't into her, and just ignores them. otherwise,, yup ! A true Lap cat !!

I live in Maine right on the harbor,,, yes it's very pretty.

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I am so soon to be a GREAT GRANDMA !! WOW !! I just found out a few hrs ago !! EXCITED TO THE MAX !! I am young. The GD is actually a friends child. My friend had her late in life, and she didn't (the child) have any Grammies, so we "adopted" each other through the heart when she was quite young. I am sooo fortunate in that I had a big part of helping to raise her. She's so precious to me. in turn I also became a Grandma to 3 others. Life is awesome. If you like me, didn't have children of your own, there are many children would so badly need guidance. Please look around,, if you belong to any organizations, please look into it. Also if you are over 55, there is the "foster Grandparent " program.

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    Hi Diane! I hope you're feeling much better by now! You are in my thoughts and I wish you a wonderful week. Thank you for the SparkGoodie. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4 hours ago
    Where the heck is OOB? I am sorry that Izzy was sad while you were there. Nathan was here with Shadow. They sure do choose their all time favorite person that is for sure. I got the water glass from the hospital that I am using right now that has 28oz line at the top. Thank you all for buying me a new water bowl :) I am not sure when to start up on the exercise again it is obviously when I start feeling better. This is now the 2nd relapse with this dang bug! I'm getting worse not better, I feel ok now. Maybe I won't exercise for like a month after feeling better just to be on the safe side!
    1 day ago
    This is not at all the Colorado it was when I grew up here we had at least ONE good blizzard every year in the 70's and 80's here. The 90's the Blizzard machine began to sputter. It is truly sad that my kids have no idea what a Blizzard is and they are in their 20's! I remember the city being paralyzed for a week a couple of times a couple of weeks. Nobody was going nowhere, I remember power outages and freezing my butt off for days! I am glad that my kids didn't have to experience the freezing of the butt though because of no power for days. It is getting warmer and warmer here and less and less snow every year now. I hate it, I love the big Blizzard snow storms!
    LOL, I won't have any PITY on myself if I were to get 40 inches of show I'd be out running around in it saying YES, IT IS ABOUT FLIPPING TIME!!! I remember that to with the not being able to see to get on the dang road.

    I guess if I CAN'T have my snow may as well enjoy the warm temps while they are here. Yeah we had 80 on Friday and now 75 today. We have mostly been in the 60's for a couple of weeks.
    3 days ago
    HI. Thanks for the lovely thoughts and comments about my friend's husband who they originally suspected had a mini-stroke at the age of 30. Strokes can happen at any age, including before birth, and it's sure tough when it does. I haven't talked with my friend for a week, she has much on her plate with her uncle in a major logging truck accident and her husband, but I'll check in with her mum (my bff) on Thursday. That's sure tough how you had a stroke due to meds and yes, as you said, medications can create these types of side effects. I'm glad for you that you've recovered with only some issues in your left arm, that is really great. Have a beautiful day!!
    5 days ago
    LOL with putting that before your name when first starting school! I could have done the same LOL....Oooohhhh now this sounds so awesome being KittyNapped to a land of beauty this would be nice reality indeed! I hope that you are feeling better tomorrow, I hope that I am as well.
    Coolz with more snow on the way there Weds/Thurs. I'd say that IS weird what your newscat said about that a 12 inches is a normal February. We so far have not had any snow in Denver area this month it has really been warm for a February heck Friday it was 80 here! It is funny when we get one of out big snowstorms with the Californians they are totally eyes bugging out LOL! I miss the big snows that we got a lot of here in the 80's!
    5 days ago
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