My 5-year-old puppy. She was and is an angel; she passed away from cancer in late 2010.
"My Virtual Model" (mvm.com) is an interesting site. So THAT'S where everyone is getting these from.
2010 - Our blonde puppy is a rescue dog. She adored her 'twin' sister; they were very close.
I want to stay healthy!
I am a rather private person, and I didn't even want to create a SparkPage. I'm not even sure why I'm finally creating one now.
I found Sparkpeople via a free phone app, and I joined this site to track whether I was getting proper nutrients in my diet. I then used it to track fitness and drop some "stress weight" I had recently gained. I find the articles, blogs etc. on this site to be wonderful and informative.
I don't tend to make use of the built-in SP "support group" system, but I can see how very beneficial it is for so many wonderful people here. I am also awed and inspired by some of the people on this site, like the lovely and brave ~INDYGIRL (do a member search!). What fortitude!
My goals here are really quite modest.
I actually have a fairly small / light bone structure (my wrist is under 6" in diameter). I feel more comfortable, balanced and energized in the lower side of my "healthy weight" BMI range. With the help of SparkPeople, I reached a better understanding of my intake and expenditure, and got back to my comfort level. Now I'd just like to maintain it and stay fit and healthy!
I love my family, bicycling instead of driving, martial arts, walking my dogs, playing Taiko drums, and plenty of other things.
As for food, I'm a low-meat-consumption omnivore who loves vegetables and fruits, especially fresh berries. I deny myself nothing that I like, but I exercise portion control. Example: I still eat ~1-2 oz. of Brie and I like to have a Starbucks nonfat Chai Latte almost every day.
I rarely eat any "dessert"; a healthy meal is already so satisfying and filling.
I shun soda and rarely use sweeteners (NEVER artifical ones.)
I snack all day; small, healthy stuff. Part of not overeating is never getting hungry enough to do so. :)
Stress eating (mostly due to the horrible economy and ongoing family emergencies) put on what was, at least for me, a lot of weight in the past couple of years. Thank you, SparkPeople, for helping it come off again, and helping me better understand how to keep it that way!
I am married, I have 2 children, and I particularly love puppies, of which we currently have 2. (Kitties are sweet too, but allergies are a problem. :/)
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Thank you so very much for your response regarding resistance bands ... Besides myself, this could be so helpful to one of my daughter's friends, too!
1508 days ago
Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry you've been depressed! Thanks for the comment on my photo, and I'm glad you're still out there and hope things get better for you! I'm always here if you need encouragement or just some venting.
2022 days ago
Thanks for your comment on my page, and the encouragment!
yes it is not easy esp. being a truck driver...even though im local i usually work like 14 hrs a day, and go go go, get paid per load so not much down time that i can stop and eat a decent meal. plus im diabetic type 2 and sometimes not easy trying to keep my blood sugar on even keel... it usually goes up then down too far... so i have to keep fruit and sweets with me all the time, for when it does.
so...not easy to lose the weight like it used to be along time ago.
2119 days ago
Howdy & Welcome to the Dog Lovers Team!
Glad you joined in on the
Jump in and get your feet/paws wet
The water's fine
Have a SPlendid Journey
Dog Lovers Team
Love your Corgi
I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers too!
Enjoy your time with her and cherish those memories!
2125 days ago
Hey, I love that you decided to catch up on my blogging in one fell swoop! :) I never expect anyone to even look at my Spark activity, so no apologies needed in any way, shape or form! Thanks for all your kind, supportive messages, and hope your kids and dog are doing okay!
2132 days ago