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Faith, Willingness, Action; this is what I think I need to achieve my goals. Gratitude, Vision, Open to receive... Gratitude for the many blessings in my life; vision of myself being healthy, strong, lean, and limber - and believing that I can succeed. Willing to do what is necessary to create the changes I need to make. Open to succeed. That, at least for now, is what I think...

Update - It has been over a year since I joined Spark People and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I am calmer about this whole weight loss journey, and rather than going on the roller coaster of intense dieting followed by desperation and bingeing, I am building healthy habits. I hurt my knee and am going to have surgery later this summer. It has taken me a while to figure out how to exercise around it, and my calorie burning part of the fat loss equation has tapered off, as has my fat loss. But I know it is a temporary pause as I get my health back. I started a new career as a personal trainer and love it. My injury reminds me that it is important to learn how to work around injuries and not let it stop me from being active. Also, I need to take it a bit easier so as not to injure myself.

I have an affirmation that makes me smile when I think about it. Here it is:

I LIVE a vibrant, healthy, active, loving, creative, abundant, joyful life, surrounded by beauty, and people who love me, and support me, in being my best, and giving my gifts.

Since I have been more or less chanting that affirmation as I walk the beach, or hike, it seems like it is a reality.

Here it is August 2015. I joined spark people in March 2007. Loved it then and love it now. This time I am feeling different about the journey. This time I am focusing on creating a lifestyle and habits that will support me for the long haul. I am ok being where I am right now, and I am getting better everyday.

Member Since: 3/31/2007

Fitness Minutes: 94,184

My Goals:
June 4, 2015 Goals
124 lbs and 20% Body Fat by December 3, 2015

Intermediate Weight and Body fat goals -
July 2 - 147 lbs, 29% body fat
August 6 - 142 lbs, 26.5% BF
September 3 - 138.5 lbs, 24.5% BF
October 1 - 134 lbs, 22.5% BF
November 5 - 129 lbs, 20% BF (WOO HOO if this can be real!)
December 3 - 125 lbs, 18% BF (I suspect that I will lose some lean mass as well as fat, which is why these don't exactly match up...

My Program:
August 27, 2015

Cardio - 250 minutes per week in the target heart rate range.
I plan to walk or hike everyday whenever the spirit, or my dog, moves me, using bursts from time to time to increase heart rate.

In addition, I plan to do strength training 3 times a week, split routine.

Yoga for a break from routine when my body needs it.

December 2008
I am following the steps on Spark People to build healthy habits, and aiming for 30% protein, 40% carb, 30% fat, eating like a hunter gatherer and avoiding processed foods. I am focusing on eating the most nourishing foods I can... "eating clean." I aim for a minimum of 8 servings of produce a day.

Calorie Cycling;
6 vegis and 3 fruits/day;
Cardio - 6 days/week;

Max-OT weight training 3 days/week.

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I love nature, art, and connecting with people. You can see more of my sculpture, paintings, drawings, at my website:

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Affirmation - I am vibrant, healthy, strong, lean and limber.

Affirmation - I live a vibrant, active, healthy, loving, creative, abundant life, surrounded by beauty, and people, who love me and support me in being my best and giving my gifts.

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    emoticon That is so cute. Does look like a Santa.
    emoticon Jill, hope your holidays are very happy too. emoticon
    Happy December emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    6 days ago
    No Jill. Not just you. I have other friends stuff that does not show up on my feed. I see it days later. May be my computer or something I am not sure. Just wish I could figure it out. Other people seem to see it just fine.
    So you see you have done nothing wrong at all. emoticon
    Hope you are having a great day and have a super wonderful weekend. emoticon Jackie
    20 days ago
    Thank you for asking Jill. Those garden are where I love to hike and where I posted my last blog from. I sure hope they do the wildflowers again and I hope to be a part of it.
    Just got a call to help there, think I will go in this afternoon, already had a nice morning walk, so now I need to relax a bit. Were you working in your own garden? I don't have much to do at this house, but I still have roses and various flowers still blooming.
    Thanks for being a nice spark friend and have a super weekend. emoticon
    34 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2016 12:53:47 PM
    Have a great weekend Jill, nothing better than being in the garden. Well maybe a nice Hike. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep moving. Oh, I have been doing more strength too. emoticon
    34 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by Jill. Not on as much either. I always check on my friends. I'd say since you are active and walking, well that's a plus. You are burning those calories.
    Can't have these celebrations back again, should enjoy them when we can.
    Still having computer issues, which keeps me off the computer too, but not off the trails. I still eat right too. Think I am doing pretty good.
    See ya soon. emoticon
    56 days ago
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