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5% Winter Challenge
1. Exercise Commitment - I haven't been exercising consistently AT ALL. My goal is to become consistent (even if a medical condition make consistency in anything hard - it's TIME to figure this out!!). I know that I'll start slow but my plan is to build up. I should be able to start with 15 minutes at least 5 times per week and build from there; I'd also like to add ST. I haven't started back with that in a couple of years since having my hip replaced (what have I been thinking?:-). I'll do ST 2-3 times per week. Again, I'll start out slow and build.
2. Nutrition Plan - As hard as it is for me to exercise consistently, eating healthy is even harder! I just changed my goal in SP to show me how many calories to have daily in order to lose 5% of my weight in 8 weeks, and it was definitely lower than what I had planned to start off with. I normally start higher and slowly taper down. I don't know yet when the challenge will start, but I'd better begin tracking and tapering now:-) I think that between this lower number (which I think will be a good jumpstart for me) and dealing with the medical condition, I really do need to do better at planning, so that I don't have so much to think about. Sigh. My plan is to taper down to my "goal" calorie amount and work on plans to stick to that amount for 8 weeks. I will track what I eat, even if it's on paper instead of in SP.
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5. Win Tomorrow checklist.
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My Weight-Loss Journey
2009/09/01 274 (my scale was 258 had to adjust per new scale)
2010/01/31 266 (250 adjusted per new scale)
2010/02/28 261 (on new scale!) -5.0 pounds
2010/03/31 257.8 -3.2 pounds
2010/04/30 252.8 -5.0 pounds - good considering a week of vacation where I did bad!:-)
2010/05/31 252.0 -0.8 pound
2010/06/30 248.4 -3.6 pounds
2010/08/31 249.6 Time to get serious!
2010/09/30 242.2 -7.4 best month on SP!
2010/10/31 238.6 -3.6
2010/11/30 236.4 -2.2
2010/12/31 231.4 -5.0
2011/04/19 239.2 Yikes! So I begin again...
2011/07/28 Total hip replacement surgery - new life!
2011/08/15 243.4
2012/03/09 262.0 I have to face it to change it!
2012/06/30 268.4
2012/07/30 267.5

2013/01/14 274.0
2013/05/15 271.4 I will NOT give up!
2013/12/01 262.0

2014/01/01 265.0

Member Since: 3/9/2009

My Goals:
I didn't do very well in 2013 - I had a pretty major medical condition come up that affects me daily. I'm adjusting to how it affects me; now I am determined to work within the framework it puts me into and figure out how to be healthy / lose weight instead of just trying to survive.

My overall goal for 2014 is to lose 10 pounds per quarter, or 40 pounds this year.

My Program:
Baby steps - they DO work!

I am joining the 5% Challenge Team to help me get engaged within SparkPeople again and to jumpstart healthy habits.

Personal Information:
I love to quilt, target shoot, and do genealogy research. I also love to hike - but can't do so much with this extra weight. Motivation to work hard to get it off!:-) And I have no excuse now since I had my hip replaced!

Other Information:
Roll, Tide, Roll!

"In Him I live and move and have my being."

"I am strong"

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    Happy Easter ...too hard not to get excited about such a great day. emoticon

    Wishing you only the greatest of everything. Hope this spring is the time to reach those goals, get closer or to start again. emoticon

    Watch out because I am back and ready to run, walk, cycle and do whatever it takes to meet my goals. What about you?

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    475 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Hope everything is ok. emoticon ~Maria
    873 days ago
    Well we are not being very consistent at this buddy thing are we. I guess it would have helped to have been on the same team, we would see each other's names come up more.
    I hope you have been doing well. I did great on the sleep, but I have a C Pap machine. I also did great on the happiness, but then I'm retired. I never miss breakfast so I'll do fine next week on that. It's the exercise and proper recording of what I eat I don't do consistently. I have done better with both recently. Pre weighed this morning ( I always try to remember Friday morning just in case I forget Saturday morning) and the scales had not moved. Very disappointing. I will keep working at it. Hope your are having more success than me.
    883 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2014 2:38:42 PM
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on the weight loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    895 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/9/2014 8:27:55 AM
    Lost one of the two pounds I had gained. I'll take it, but I wanted both gained pounds off plus some lost. Maybe next week. Hope you did well. I am doing better with the exercise, if I can just continue and be consistant. I did WATP 3 mile walk today.
    896 days ago
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