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It's been almost a year...update seems fair - LOL

Things have been overwhelming & changing quickly this year. I just don't feel like being wordy or self-anlytical now (or ever). That's sort of odd for me & I know I have to prioritize me...but just can't find the time/way. I'm not going to beat myself up for it. I'm just going to aim for some consistency on a few keys things & try to build from there. I always drink plenty of water. I always walk 1-2 miles a day. I am rather mindful of my eating. All of this is good & as a result there hasn't been much gain at all. Rather I'm just not active & energized enough. I know I need a little mental solitude & that can be gained with some yoga, meditation, &/or additional exercise of any sort.

Soooooo I say all that to say that I need to find a time (1-2X a week to start where I take make 15 minutes or 1/2 hour) for myself, for something beyond my walking. Let's see if I can start there & what can happen.



Well the summer has been a whirlwind (not exclusively good or bad as with all things)...but flew by with much change in its wake, as well as a lot of sameness. I haven't been able to dedicate to myself very much at all during this period, at least not how I wish to. I am down 12 lbs & at my pre-pregnancy weight right now. I should be very happy. What does that mean? I really don't know anymore...lol. I used to care about the damn #, but I just don't know anymore...

I guess on paper it'd be great if I lost another 15 lbs but I don't feel like I'd be comfortable...maybe another 7 to 10 would be good with me. Either way I'm not happy with my commintment to fitness right now. I eat well & within range, but I fear my weight loss of late is partly just stress related. My only real exercise is running around everywhere....busy busy busy. I need to rest better & I need to just generally nurture myself better. I feel very rundown quite honestly...so exercise on top of it feels a bit like abuse right now. HAHAHA Yeah so anyway the goals I have to develop for the next weeks or months ahead are just trying to establish better routines for time management & get some help to alleviate my load where I can...so that somewhere in there I can take some better care of me.

I will be taking a break from the 5% weight loss challenge...it's been great to me (love those determined daisies) & it's benefited me very much, however right now I need to change things up. I need a break from it & I think I'm not contributing to it well even IF I personally didn't feel a need for the break...

Right now is about some change...some rest...and hopefully with those I can find some revitalization.


5% Summer Challenge with the Determined Daisies again...let's see what we can do...

UPDATE: I actually lost all but a lb of what I aimed to during the challenge this time. That hasn't happened in a LONG while. Still the last 2 weeks were burning weight more frmo stress than anything. August has been a verrry hectic month. I have been unable to be fully committed to the challenge or myself as of late. You know how it goes. Life amps ups &


Busy busy....a lot going on (schedule wise with my oldest recreationally & academically, work busy as always, relocating my Mom from a LT nursing facility out of state to ultimately be closer to me, and keeping close with the dh & a somewhat organized home). It felt daunting when I looked from May 1st onward. That was at least my perception of what it would be, however I think I'm balancing & compartamentalizing it all pretty well & we're just midway through the month! I'm pretty pleased.. Not all of it has been happy/easy stuff (namely the stuff with my Mom), but I think considering her current capacity & quality of life, we are making good changes for her. That feeling has made it easier. For my own personal physical wellness (exercise, nutrition & what have you...) I have been doing very well. I think it has been my sanity while juggling all the other. A regimen with consistency, good nutrition, & exercise seems to really have been a huge asset to me. I have MUCH more energy then I've had in a long time, and I notice my sad/down feelings aren't keeping hold of me as long as they could/would at other times...say perhaps when I wasn't as consistently healthful. I have lost 6 lbs in a little less then 4 weeks. The number itself has meant little to me because I honestly feel very good & am starting to notice a differnece in my shape/frame that I haven't seen in a very long while. It's exciting.

April 2014

New season/new challenge...trying to pep up for Spring but not feeling that full burst of energy yet that usually accompanies the season. For now I'll pull myself along & fake til I make it real.


I think we're getting there everyone. Spring is about to break out...siiiigh...it's been a rough one, but we're making it. Happy to get outside soon with the kids & dog. It's 20 today, but we're gonna hit a heatwave of 40 or so by weekend. LOL That will be good enough for me, for now at least...


I really haven't much to say...not much has changed since October (my last update)...is that good or bad? It all depends on what we're talking about I suppose. Lots of growth & happiness in the past year (personally & within our immediate family unit). The girls are growing bigger, smarter, & more beautiful everyday. Eddie & I are healthful & well...I of course would like to be making greater fitness progress, but still adjusting to having a "new baby". She isn't so new anymore at already a year old, but this old dog is still adjusting to life changes (after being a set family of 3 for so many years). Add to this the added juggle of my mom being 200 miles away & in a compromised state (mentally & physically), I am just not at my most balanced right now. I'm trying to establish something though & I will KEEP trying!


Making progress...weight loss at this point is slow but still inching forward (or downward). So this is a happy & pleasurable pace for me lately. A lot going on personally with my family (the health of my mother in particular). My thoughts & purpose is a bit cloudy some days lately but the programming for me at this point is much more second nature (the programming I've established to make good choices healthwise for myself). This at least is a comfort & stability that I can fall back on for good energy. Another 5% loss challenge with Determined Daisies is starting...can't wait for that & the camaraderie to hopefully perk me up a bit more. Happy & healthy Fall to you all!


Summer 5% challenge with Determined Daisies. Hope to really improve my accountabilty to myself and my team. I feel like life is normalizing & my routine is developing again...hope it proves to be true. I'd like to burn off another 10-15 lbs & then I'll feel fine with where I'm at weight wise, however that isn't my main concern. I just want to be active & energetic for many years to come. Don't want to waste my "youth" (LOL).


Time is flying...Spring into Summer with Team Determined Daisies is starting soon. Working on 5%. Gotta keep my nutrition & hydration up (not only because it's good for me but because I don't want my milk supply to drop - still breastfeeding baby). I want to lose this weight but I don't want to lose my supply prematurely.


Winter 5% Challenge...I'm a Firecracker! Working to lose 7 (7.25 to be exact) lbs by 04/20/2013 *LOST 4...not bad...

Walk @ least 2 miles a day & 3-5 more days a week of cardio & st (about 40 minutes a session).


Pressed reset & feeling fresh...fired up & ready to go.
Weighing 145...wanna get to 118.


Getting some small streaks going...but really need to get it going for real in the coming month. I have about 20lbs to go (to lose baby weight : / )& am glad to have SP here to support me. It's not as much about the weight...most importatnly I just want to feel as healthy & energized as I did before my pregnancy. Hope you all welcome the year in your own personal ways & with a bang! I'm going to try to do so myself :)


Back after a hiatus...had been away preparing for & growing new baby...she's here now :) & i'm glad to be getting back to life/normalcy...even though it's really completely uncharted waters...


I have surpassed my goals for the year & really embraced this new lifestyle of healthier eating & exercise. I'm just going to keep trying to carry the energy from the start of this journey into the next year. Can't to see where the next year will take me! 12/2/11


Started my Spark journey end of Dec 2010 @ 176lbs.

When I embarked on this new lifestyle to reclaim time/energy for me...I just never imagined it would make me so happy & stick. Well it has stuck and taken root. The commitment to myself is growing continuosly. I've become such a happier & healthier person in such a short time.

My original goal was to get to my target weight of 135 as December 2011. I've passed that now which is such a stunner for me. My new goal is to be a "normal" BMI of 22 by this time next year. If it comes sooner even better, but I'm not pushing it. I am enjoying the journey. *DID IT! 8/2011*


NEW GOAL as of 10/2011 is to lose 5% more in the next 8 weeks. I'm on the Shooting Stars Team for Fall 5%. Love this challenge. I am also finishing up the walk/run 5K your way program & scheduled for a virtual run in early October. Last & certainly not least I'm partaking in the Pimp My (P)Ride challenge. LOVING it! I'm stronger then I thought I was & am enjoying developing that...

My goal weight is 124.5 lbs by mid November. ..but to be honest I don't care how long it takes me to lose another 6-8 lbs. I am so happy. 9/21/11

My goal weight remains the same (124 range). Going to keep enjoying the journey...

Member Since: 12/30/2010

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To live a long, happy, full life.

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Celebrate the large & small goals...

Be proactive & be accountable...but do not beat self up for slip ups...

Laugh & play...try new things (in regards to exercise, food, and other junk that might be out of my comfort zone)

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i'm a fulltime working mom of a great almost 14 yr old person & a newly 3 year old...i'm the partner to their father for 19 yrs now & still think he's pretty awesome too...

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