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Welcome to my page! I've been with Spark on and off since 2011, and am back in the Spring of 2017 renewing my commitment to a healthier me. New Spark Friends and FitBit friends are always welcome; please leave a comment or send a SparkMail if you send a request so I will know to look for you!

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

For exercise I like walking outside, or using an elliptical or gazelle inside. I keep track of my steps and miles on 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 would be.

I use the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Team in SparkPeople to keep track of my progress on the TransAmerica Trail (which runs from Yorktown, Virginia to Florence, Oregon). I started this virtual trail 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 website to track my Group walks. My group is called the Walking Warriors and if you are interested in joining us we would love to have you! We have no minimum participation requirement. After registering, use the key word "cancer" when you search Groups, then look for the pink ribbon in the search results. Or message me with your email & I will send you an email with the link to our Group. If you prefer a Solo walk, you have that option also!

Member Since: 9/23/2011

Fitness Minutes: 50,361

My Goals:
Weight loss, then maintenance, through tracking my exercise and nutrition

My Program:
Plan ahead to stay in range; measure portions.

Yogurt with fruit;
Banana or other good potassium source;
Snacks: High fiber/protein 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) :

Tossed/chopped 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.

Other Information:
Exploring new places and revisiting old favorites
Genealogy research

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    Added you as a friend. The Beautiful Amethyst Butterflies are going to rock the Winter!
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    Wishing you a great Thanksgiving filled with a day filled with love and thankfulness.

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    Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude. Nigel Hamilton

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    An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. Irv Kupcinet

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    True health comes from within. Dr. Helen Thomas
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    14 hours ago
  • v LPORTER2015
    Don't ever give up. Don't let frustration knock you down. Don't let fear stand in your way. Don't let time get in your head. Who cares how long it takes or how many times you try. Your only competition is yourself and when you finally succeed, the struggle will all be worth it.
    1 day ago
    emoticon The Biggest Loser Frosted Fitness Fun Challenge emoticon Will be starting in December. You have been assigned to the Beautiful Amethyst Butterflies! Look for your invite from Sapicl in your Sparkmail. If you do not receive the invite by Wednesday, please let me know.

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