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With my son just before we hit the race track Aug 2010...212 pounds





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I've been here before...trying again. This time I really feel like I'm going to succeed because I am finally learning to like me. No more excuses. No more goals that aren't realistic. No more beating myself up when I don't meet my own expectations. Just living a healthy, active life and learning to mend from some very tough trials. I'm choosing to be grateful! I'm choosing LIFE!
I've been here before...trying again. This time I really feel like I'm going to succeed because I am finally learning to like me. No more excuses. No more goals that aren't realistic. No more beating myself up when I don't meet my own expectations. Just living a healthy, active life and learning to mend from some very tough trials. I'm choosing to be grateful! I'm choosing LIFE!




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Member Since: 6/28/2008

SparkPoints: 17,332

Fitness Minutes: 28,562

My Goals:
Tracking progress:

Jan 01, 13: 240 +
May 15, 13: 227.8
Jun 05, 13: 226.8


My Program:
Pray for help every day, every meal

Be grateful for the fact that I have a chance to change

Be consistent in my effort

Eat fruits, veggie and beans and a small amount of whole grains

Exercise every day doing something that challenges me and change up the routine

Do some type of strength training every day

Be accountable to myself, to my Sparkies, and to God

Weigh myself often so that I can see how certain foods or activities affect my body

Sleep regularly

Get outside often to move in the beauty of nature

Stay positive and focused and try, try to be patient because this take so very, very long


Personal Information:
I'm a person who wants to LIVE! To appreciate life and the people in it that I love so much. I'm a single mom with a houseful of kids all ages. I love adventure and have lost my SPARK for life. I'd like to get it back by getting healthy.

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I've latched onto several ideas and information and am now following a program I made up called Wisdom's Way of Life...you'll have to watch to see if it works or not

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LADYJ6942
6/17/2013 2:57:47 PM

Good luck, love the blog post!



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HEATHERSCOTTTN
6/11/2013 9:52:38 AM

Just checked out your page and Blog! I'm restarting AGAIN and today is Day 2 so...Here I go! I've got to get motivated to do the hard work (exercise) too... even if it's not so hard (like a brisk walk)... anything at this point in time! I hope you are feeling strong and focused.... small steps will get you to your goal. Let's DO THIS!!!



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KEEPGOINGEMILY
6/1/2013 11:19:02 AM

Hi, thanks for the add, I added you too! Hope you're having a great weekend so far!



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ILIKETOZUMBA
5/24/2013 10:10:47 PM

Hi! Thanks for adding me!

To answer your questions, it took me about 2 1/2 years (I know lots of people lose faster, but I was a slow one....still, it was worth it, of course!) I plateaued for a long time while I was attempting to follow a low GI diet, but that changed and I started losing fairly steadily once I started tracking my calories instead. I didn't find it very useful or practical in the long term to cut out large parts of certain food groups; calorie counting, much as I dreaded it starting out with, worked reliably for me. I mean, some weeks I didn't lose much if anything, but I never had a really long plateau again. And I kept upping my exercise intensity and/or duration. I actually took it too far and developed an exercise compulsion eventually and dropped to dangerously low body fat levels and screwed up my hormones and everything, but that was my only major road block. I took walks before work and on breaks, I went jogging, I did Zumba once or twice a week, I lifted weights, I did crunches, I tried to do a variety of exercises. I had the usual periods where my body was retaining fluid and it made me feel bad to see the number on the scale go up, but I tried to remember that it wasn't real gain. I would gain a little bit around holidays and that sucked, but it would come right off when I got back into my normal habits. And when I got tired and lost motivation, my absolute favorite way to lift my spirits a bit was to look at progress photos. I'm telling you, nothing makes you feel better about less progress than you were hoping for than looking at where you started and how far you've come. And I went from not being able to run more than 10 steps to running miles and miles, so appreciating my improving physical abilities was helpful too. Plus, I kept being able to decrease my blood pressure medicine dose and my doctors were so happy for me, especially when I FINALLY was able to get off my medicine entirely! So that was another good boost to the motivation - remembering how poor my health was before and how much I'd improved it, by my own hard work. :)

So anyways, I hope you find something in there to be helpful!! Thanks for the nice comment you left me, and best of luck to you!! I look forward to seeing your own progress photos! :)



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CRSHANSON
5/23/2013 3:26:09 PM

Hey I saw that you are part of the UT county spark group and I wanted to say hello.



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