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Skiing at Breckenridge in Feb. 2014.

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I am doing a re-start. I have been slowly gaining weight and weigh more now than I have in several years--I am over 160. This is a number I did NOT want to EVER SEE AGAIN. I don't want to be here--so am going to get serious again. I am doing the 5% Challenge for the Spring--I know that the challenge helps me! It will start March 26 but I am not waiting for it.

My goal for 2016 is a theme--I want to look good and feel better (continuation of 2015) AND I want to be more mindful so will do meditation and maybe yoga. This hasn't been going well so I will also recommit to the meditation--I think it WILL help.

I know I am more toned than I was -- I am in size 10 instead of 14. I am going to get back down to 152. I will try to do no sugar/cookies/baked goods,/candy but that IS really hard for me. It is also hard to have just a little bit--so I need to try "cold turkey". I have stopped with the alcohol, less bread, etc but it has not been helping. We go on vacation Saturday and I will enjoy vacation--and will exercise but I'll have my drink if I want.

I am RE-COMMITTING to my health and well being!!

Member Since: 6/19/2009

Fitness Minutes: 107,073

My Goals:
to get back to 152--or even 145

to look and feel much younger than my years!

to motivate my husband to join me in exercising

My Program:
I am doing a class 5 days a week (2 are focusing on ST). I commit to 7K steps but will work to get 10K if I can.

I am tracking my food and learning more about what to cook and how much! My "diet" is lots of veggies, protein and complex carbs!

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I live in NJ with my hubby of 36 years. I have 3 DDs.

I ran 2 5Ks in 2014--that was my goal and I met it! I don't know if I will try a 5K this year--my knees are getting a bit unhappy when I run.

Other Information:
I skied for a week in Feb with one DD and will see the other two for Easter. I love to read, do a little sewing and will be focusing on going through things to down-size in the next year or 3.

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    HI Diane,,, I saw ur comment on the article about eating emotionally. I ALSO was struggling with emotional eating at night. I read a LOT of articles on SPARKS and other sites. I've found keeping my fingers busy helps a TON !! Also I ask myself "Am I hungry or is it because I "want something"? If I am having a craving that item and ONLY that item will do,,,, and I am NOT hungry,,,, than I KNOW I do not need to eat.

    Not sure if you have any easy mind relaxing hobbies you can do as you unwind? I have bought a few adult coloring books (you can find them in many stores for 8 or less,, I aim for 5 or less at the Five or Less store. Right now I have one that's PERFECT for being on this journey,, it's a motivational one !) and I did spurge and got some really nice coloring pencils. I also have some professional ones, but I'd rather NOT use those for this. Coloring is very peaceful. If you knit, crochet, embroidery that helps. If it's really close to bed time,,, this sounds strange but it works very well. I have bought some colored sand (Found at most craft shops) put it into a decorative box,,, and just push the sand around with my hand. Very, very relaxing. of course you can't play in sand and eat ,, they do NOT match.

    If your hungry try for a protein drink or a smoothie that's low cal. I found one that's eas which is low cal (only 100 cals) and it tastes quite good,, none of that icky gritty stuff !

    Also if you enjoy reading,, who wants to eat and MESS UP the paper or in my case my tablet. If you have any pets,,, GREAT time to cuddle up with them,,,, absent mindlessly comb them out. Its very soothing so you can unwind and sleep well.

    Hope these help Diane,,, WOOHOOO to the 5% Challenge starting SOON ! I HOPE by June 11th since the teams are filling up VERY RAPIDLY !! I am the ML on the Dawggie team. We, like all teams are a close knit group. Isn't the support AWESOME???

    When you go to emotionally eat,,,, think about us being in the 5% and how much those added calories hurt our effort. I DO NOT WANT to RUIN my chances for making it! I made the 5% goal in both the Winter and Spring challenge !! If I eat an extra 100 to 150 cals a night, times 7 is an extra 700 to 1,050 ADDED calories A WEEK !! That's a LOT when we think of it. Or why not have some flavored water? A non sugered gum? A small gumball? The list goes ON AND ON !
    17 hours ago
    The Galloway run-walk-run timer is just $19.95. May have some shipping cost, too. It works well. I have one.

    22 hours ago
    Why not try a little run-walk-run to see if you want to start running? Our Getting Started group's first "run" is 5 minute walking warm up, gradually faster. Then run for 15 seconds, followed by walk for 30 seconds, and then :15/:30 intervals for 15 minutes. Then cool down.. We have timers that beeps; some watches do intervals. Two days later you do the run-walk-run for 20 minutes. Our people who started in January are now running 6-8 miles and are training for a half marathon in November. Let me know if you are interested and I'll try to send you the whole training program. Or you may want to google on "Jeff Galloway" to see if there is a group near you!

    I never dreamed I would like it. I was a couch potato for over 50 years. But truly I started running to control my weight, but keep doing it because I love it!! Best wishes. Hope you find just the activity that keeps you going!! -Marsha
    1 day ago
    Thank you for your well wishes on my blog!
    6 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend!
    6 days ago
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