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August 2013 On our Great River Road vacation.

August 2013 The Great Mississippi River

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I am not new to the world of diet or Spark. My first Spark Trophies date back to 2009. I have had weight issues for as long as I can remember and I have tried many different diet plans that didn't last. My yo-yo dieting has left me discouraged, frustrated, and feeling hopeless at times.

I went through approx. a 10 year period where my overall attitude was one of apathy and stubbornness. I wanted to eat and drink what I wanted and when I wanted it and be skinny too! No I do not using hallucinogenics - LOL.

This time will be different. I know that the journey may get tough at times, but I also know that I must embrace a healthy lifestyle. I am now retired with a very supportive husband so I am hoping for success this time around.

4/17/16 I wrote those words back in April of 2013. A lot has happened since then and my efforts at getting healthy have been slow and a struggle. On the positive side, by Dec. 2013, even though I was not at goal. I had managed to lose more weight. But that date also brought a host of hospitalizations for 2 hip replacements and a bowel resection. Another positive is that my attitude has remained determined. I want to be healthy, live healthy, and think healthy instead of just thinking of this journey as a diet and this is something I truly believe. The year of 2015 was a sabbatical of sorts. I didn't pay much attention to that healthy thinking and I spent the year celebrating not having any health issues which resulted in a regain of 10#. So 2016 brought a renewal of determination! I lost those 10#s and finally had landed on a fitness routine that worked perfect for me. I was doing very well until February when I injured my right knee somehow at a Zumba class. So I have been facing another period of discouragement and disappointment since then. I feel like I have given up, but in my heart I know I have not.! Some time ago I came upon a SP quote and I still like it -

6/15/14 From SP: If you're thinking that there's something fundamentally wrong with you, tell yourself the problem is in the situation, not in you, and look for ways to change the situation., The Beck Diet Solution, my Spark Friends blogs, and most recently 100 Day Weight Loss have proven to be invaluable to me and have set me back on the weigh loss track!

Member Since: 4/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 29,858

My Goals:
My goal is to reach my ideal weight as determined by a formula which takes into account not only my height, but also my age.

1. I will follow no special diet, but make my food choices from healthy options. No foods are off limits, but food without nutrition should be kept to a minimum.

2. I will eat mindfully.

3. I will be diligent about limiting my consumption of alcohol with no more than 0-2 drinks at a time.

4. Using the Beck Solution and 100 DWL I will learn to think like a thin person.

1. I will do some kind of exercise x 30 minutes 6 times per week.

2. I will develop a fitness routine/schedule. Done

3. I will increase my Daily Steps to an average of 7000 .

I will reach my goal weight by December 31, 2016.

My Program:
Exercise Schedule:
Day 1 Yoga
Day 2 Walk
Day 3 ST
Day 4 Rest
Day 5 ST
Day 6 Cardio Jam
Day 7 Walk

Eat within SP calorie range.

Personal Information:
I am 64 yrs. old. 5'9" and about 20# over weight. I have a DH that has spoiled me for 40 yrs. We have 1 DD who is married to a great guy and they have given us 2 grandkids that we adore. My DH and I are retired and we are making the most of these years while we are able.

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Sometimes I think I can make fun out of a rock ! That is how I picked my handle "funloven". I love to have fun :) My hobbies include my Motorcycle, Reading, Gardening, Cooking, Scrapbooking, and Socializing. I frequently tell people I retired from work because it interfered with my social life. LIVE LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST is my motto.

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  • v ANGGEL40
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    157 days ago
    Thanks so much for adding me as a Sparkfriend.

    I have two knee replacements, and need ANOTHER one....your story could almost have been mine.

    I also found so much in the Beck book, and have actually re-read it.

    I look forward to watching your awesome progress!!

    Spark on.

    164 days ago
  • v TORTISE110
    I so appreciate your reading and commenting on my blog, Sparking, Ordeal or Adventure? You helped make it popular too. Honored! Thanks much, Toni
    168 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie and the friend add. I've just added you back. The link to the calendar of tips is at the bottom of my post on Spark Guy's blog. I've included it here as well.

    Just copy and paste the link into your browser.

    177 days ago
    Hi Sue, nice to meet you. The 100 Days team page is quite busy at the moment - there is a group of people who are on Day 90 - which was our 'official' group which started on 1st August in order to bring us up to the 'holiday season'!

    Another group of people have been clamouring to start - so they're beginning today with Day 1 (minimal support from me).

    The next 'official' start will be 1st January - and you're welcome to 'lurk' until then!

    I haven't read Beck myself, but I have read a lot of people's blogs about it - and it obviously works very well with Linda Spangle's material.

    See you around! emoticon
    208 days ago
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