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Hi there! I joined Spark in July 2012 shortly after my 40th birthday. I had just read the book “Change Anything”, which highlights the importance of making use of multiple sources of influence to make any kind of change in your life, including weight loss. This involves things like engaging in challenges or competitions to keep motivated, tapping into social support, etc. So, it looked like SparkPeople would be a good tool to use, and I can say that has definitely been the case. The team ...
Hi there! I joined Spark in July 2012 shortly after my 40th birthday. I had just read the book “Change Anything”, which highlights the importance of making use of multiple sources of influence to make any kind of change in your life, including weight loss. This involves things like engaging in challenges or competitions to keep motivated, tapping into social support, etc. So, it looked like SparkPeople would be a good tool to use, and I can say that has definitely been the case. The team support and challenges have helped me make good progress. While this has not been a linear journey, for the first time I believe I can permanently get off the yo-yo diet and exercise roller coaster I had been on for too many years, and will be able to not only reach but actually maintain my health and fitness goals.

When I’m not working (I love my job but it involves way too many hours sitting in front of a computer), or spending time with my husband and our dogs, I am an officer in the volunteer fire service, and so increasing strength, stamina, and energy while avoiding injury are all very important to me. I am looking for new workout ides to keep me motivated. I prefer video routines using free weights.

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2013 Accomplishments:
- Finish “Falling for Fitness” Challenge (target 168; actual 168) DONE Feb 2013
- Finish "Spring into Action" Challenge (target 155) DONE June 2013, missed target
- Finish "Season of the Beast" Challenge (target 155) DONE Oct 2013, missed target
- Run at least two 5K races. Work towards time of 25:29. (Current PB is 28:38)
~ Race 1: DONE 27Apr 29:04
~ Race 2: DONE 01Sept 29:47
~ Race 3: DONE 16NOV 28:41
- Good health statistics and stress test results at annual FD physical - DONE Mar 2013
- Do well at live burns and other FD training
~ District Burn DONE May 2013
~ Department Burn DONE Oct 2013
- Do a stair climb event DONE July 2013 (NFFF 110 flights) (in street clothes)

2012 Accomplishments:
- 34 pounds lost (2/3 of the way towards my goal)
- Run a 5K - DONE Sept 2nd (34:41)
- Finish “Rock It” 3Q12 challenge (target 188) - DONE - target weight met Sept
- Do well at live burns & other FD training:
~ Sept 29th (bail out training) DONE - 2nd floor jumps (on belay) - 9 times - 6 on air and 3 of those blindfolded. Yay!!
~ Oct 5th (work fire brigade burn) DONE !
~ Oct 20th DONE (district live burn)
- Run SP virtual 5K - DONE Oct (30:18)
- Run local Turkey Trot 5K - DONE Nov (30:29)
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Member Since: 7/3/2012

SparkPoints: 20,909

Fitness Minutes: 14,335

My Goals:
Overall weight goals and rewards (Start 7/2012 208):
- Lose 10 lbs (198): (DONE – Aug 2012)
- Lose 10% from start weight (187): (DONE - Sept 2012)
- Lose 30 lbs (178): (DONE - Nov 2012)
- Lose 10% from 187 (168) - Healthy BMI (DONE - Feb 2013)
***UGH - backslide 4Q13*** back up to 190 Jan 2014
- Reach high end of maintenance range (159)
- Reach target (155)

2014 Goals:
- Stay on track when traveling for work
- Reach goal weight
- Run at least two 5K races. Work towards time of 25:29.
- Good health statistics and stress test results at annual FD physical
- Do well at live burns and other FD training
- Do a stair climb event in turnout gear

My Program:
I need to keep in mind: Diet trumps exercise. You can't out-exercise a bad diet. Measure and track food!!!

My routine
- Jogging at least twice a week
- Run / walk interval training at least once a week
- Strength / Circuit training (like TacFit Firefighter, Jari Love, Jillian Michael’s, or Supreme90 DVDs) 3-4 times a week
- Stairs training at least twice a week
- Yoga once a week
- Would like to be able to do pull ups...

Ongoing goals:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Track food and fitness consistently
- Drink 8 cups of water daily
- Avoid caffeine
- Consistently get a good nights sleep
- Practice gratitude
- Observe Mindful eating
- Reject all or nothing thinking
- Be in the "now" with whatever I'm doing
- Make Sparkpeople connections

Other Information:
I am 5'9 1/2". I am a data geek. My Myers-Briggs profile is ISTJ. I love the challenge of being a volunteer firefighter. I enjoy baking, reading, and doing Charles Wysocki jigsaw puzzles. I especially love riding AATVs (love my MAX II). If you are not familiar with these see the video link on my Community Journal challenge tracker below - I'm in the video in a couple of spots...

Thanks to Spark, I am a proud Sunny Gal !!!

"Chance favors only the prepared mind".
- Louis Pasteur

"If you can not measure it, you can not improve it".
- Lord Kelvin

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CORKYTHEMOM1
4/7/2014 9:21:34 AM

emoticon Lorrie!! Life is about choices! We become the choices we make. Every choice impacts our progress. We CAN take daily action based on the choices that's consistent with better lifestyle changes! The results of our choices WILL fulfill our lives in a positive way! Let’s commi to making daily healthy CHOICES!!

emoticon C = Create a new normal that will get you to your desired results!
emoticon H = Have a sense of constant belief in yourself and abilities!
emoticon O = Open to new ideas and experiences by taking charge of your life!
emoticon I = Implement an action plan for each goal from start to finish!
emoticon C = Change self-defeating habits into never-ending self-improvements!
emoticon E = Embrace goals by utilizing positive thoughts, decisions and actions!
emoticon S = Set yourself up for success and inspire those around you to do the same!


~ Monika ~ emoticon



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-DAVE-
4/7/2014 8:07:33 AM

Lorrie,

Thanks for the relaxtion music. It will come in handy. And yes we're all doing better. My back has some things to be worked out, but all in all, I'm OK. Thanks!



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CORKYTHEMOM1
3/9/2014 7:42:51 PM

emoticon Lorrie! Our JOURNEY is about self-improvements! Let’s welcome each day to make it meaningful! Get motivated! Set daily goals! Develop plans! Take effective action! Break old habits! Compete against self! Make progress! See results! Let’s get so healthy that when others look at us, they want to be healthy, too! Have fun! Be happy! Live life! TOGETHER, let’s JOURNEY and fulfill the benefits of healthy living!


emoticon J = Journey from turning each goal into extraordinary results!
emoticon O = Open to new ideas by replacing bad habits with healthy choices!
emoticon U = Utilize positive thoughts, decisions and actions in all that you do!
emoticon R = Reduce stress, eat healthy, drink water, exercise regularly and improve health!
emoticon N = Never give up on yourself towards a healthier and happier you!
emoticon E = Enjoy your journey of self-discovery and personal growth!
emoticon Y = You will achieve a sustainable, long-term and effective lifestyle!


~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon



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3/2/2014 5:07:06 PM

Thanks for the comment on the blog. You sound like you may know more about this than I. I do believe though that there is indeed a linear relationship. For example, if good behavior and habits are followed, I doubt that the line will change directions. I just had fun doing a few examples to prove the formula somewhat. emoticon

Have a great day!



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LINDAKAY228
3/1/2014 9:19:24 AM

congratulations at the level 13 spatker! And thanks so much for the birthday goodie yesterday! I appreciated it so much.



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