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Welcome to my page! I've been with Spark on and off since 2011, and am back (Spring 2017), renewing my commitment to a healthier me. New Spark Friends are always welcome; stop by anytime, and please leave a comment!

Two things I have found especially helpful:
1. Virtual Walks to encourage and keep track of physical activity
2. The 5% Challenges for support and motivation

Member Since: 9/23/2011

Fitness Minutes: 46,476

My Goals:
Weight loss, then maintenance, through regular exercise and food journaling

My Program:
Track EVERYTHING (calories/nutrients/fiber)
Plan ahead daily to stay in range
Measure portions.

Yogurt with fruit;
Banana or other good potassium source;
Snacks: High fiber energy bar and/or herbal tea (favorites: lemon ginger or cinnamon)
8+ glasses of water
Benefiber in water and herbal tea as needed to supplement daily fiber

MOST DAYS (any or all to make up balance of calories/nutrients for the day) :

Large tossed salad with protein (tuna, salmon, low-fat cheese, or tvp granules,etc.)

Sandwich (with added veggies: cucumbers, tomato, peppers, lettuce, etc,) on whole grain

Non-starchy vegetables

Entrée (e.g. vegetarian lasagna; vegetarian omelet; eggplant parmesan; bean/cheese burrito with salsa; shrimp fajita; lentil vegetable soup; dolmadas; etc,)

Personal Information:
I struggle with emotional eating and yo-yo syndrome.
Breast cancer survivor since 1992.
Exploring new places and revisiting old favorites
Genealogy research

Other Information:
Walking, elliptical, gazelle (15,000+ steps)

I keep track of my steps and miles with various virtual walks. I love watching my progress in both the solo walks and in the group walks, and I like to use Google maps and images to check out where I am:

The TransAmerica trail runs from Yorktown, Virginia to Florence, Oregon; I started several years ago but only got part way through Kentucky then stopped tracking. I started over at the beginning in 2017 and this time I don't want to stop until I make it to the West Coast. Since this trail is 4063 miles long, it will probably take me over two years! I love making it to the next state's border. I use the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Team in SparkPeople.

I use the website for Group walks. My group is the Walking Warriors. Look for the Pink Ribbon Logo and join us, or message me with your email & I will send the link

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    Just stopping by your Spark Page to show some emoticon and to offer positive support. While on your weight loss journey, never give up. Believe in yourself and choose to shine despite how you may feel at that very moment. You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you was yesterday! Have a blessed and productive weekend!

    Always remember, success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. -Conrad Hilton
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