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2016 Fall 5% Challenge
"Champions in the Kitchen" team member
Weight loss goal: 11+ lbs
Exercise Commitment:
1 - Daily walk; 7500 minimum daily Fitbit steps; start wearing heart rate monitor to check intensity
2 - Minimum 15 minutes strength training 3 times per week.
Nutrition Commitment:
1 - Eat mostly healthy nutritious whole foods, plenty of fiber, all colors of fruits and veggies -organic when practical. Limit restaurant meals and takeout to make this more feasible.
2 - Be vigilant about portion sizes for higher calorie or less healthy items such as fats, meats, starches or sweets. Make unhealthy foods, like sweets, occasional small splurges rather than routine.
3 - Plan and prep ahead to make sure healthy foods are always available.
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Once again I'm here trying to get back on a "health track". I grew up thin but after decades of eating and lifestyle habits that grew steadily worse, I got very overweight and out of shape. I've had several previous successful attempts at using SparkPeople to help with getting healthier and losing weight. But eventually "life would happen" (injury, crazy long work hours, ETC) and I would drop my health focus and lose the progress I had made.

I seem to have had only an on/off switch when it comes to a healthy lifestyle - either awfully perfect or perfectly awful. I've been either "off" - self indulgent, totally sedentary, eating mostly restaurant food and lots of desserts - or "on" - exercising, being active and eating only very healthy home cooked meals tracked to the gram. In the past, once I've started going downhill, everything goes - diet, exercise, activity level, sleep habits, you name it. Of course, once you get "off track", it's very hard to get back on.

Well like all of you, I've done that very hard first part - I'm back "on the wagon" and trying again. This time I'm going to try for "good enough" instead of perfect and hope it's more sustainable. I'm trying not to be as exacting and rigid about it so that when "life happens" and getting fit can't be a major focus and monopolizer of my time and energy, I won't drop all the good things I'm doing and regain the weight and the bad habits.

Also this time I'm focused on the process more than the weight loss results, trying to build healthy habits little by little. Starting with small commitments but making sure I do them consistently; then increasing as I feel ready to take on more. So far I've managed to improve my habits for sleep, nutrition, being active and drinking water enough that I'm feeling better, have more energy and am losing weight.

Here's hoping every one of us succeeds in reaching our goals and enjoys better health and fitness long term. Let's do it!


Member Since: 1/11/2007

Fitness Minutes: 26,503

My Goals:
To be healthier, feel better, have more energy and an overall better quality of life.
To lose weight, look better, have more clothing options and avoid the "fat stigma".
To minimize illness and pain and remain mobile and self sufficient as I age.
Long term weight goal: 150
1st 10% weight loss milestone: 228 (achieved 8/24/16)
2nd 10% weight loss milestone: 205
3rd 10% weight loss milestone: 184
4th 10% weight loss milestone: 166
5th 10% weight loss milestone: 150


My Program:
1 - Eat mostly healthy nutritious whole foods, plenty of fiber, all colors of fruits and veggies -organic when practical. Limit restaurant meals and takeout to make this more feasible.
2 - Be vigilant about portion sizes for higher calorie or less healthy items such as fats, meats, starches or sweets. Make unhealthy foods, like sweets, occasional small splurges rather than routine.
3 - Plan and prep ahead to make sure healthy foods are always available. Have a list of "fall-back" options for times when life just interferes and the plan isn't practical. Having healthy options readily available is KEY in keeping me from settling for convenient but unhealthy alternatives.
4 - Only occasionally have soft drinks. Drink 8 or more glasses of water daily.
5 - Walk daily - 30 minutes minimum. Current Fitbit minimum 7500 steps daily. Start wearing heart rate monitor to check intensity.
6 - Strength training started - 15 minutes 3 times per week.
7 - Get 7-8 hrs sleep daily. (Thi



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I'm a Southern woman who has made a career in technology management but who also has a creative side. I like travel, reading, humor, food (ha!), music, decorative arts, playing around with Photoshop, scenic drives, walks, reading and writing poetry, bridge, techie stuff and other things depending on my interest of the moment. I like learning new things and love having the internet available to get info on anything anytime.


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