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Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

Hello, my name is Brenda, and I'm a 49 year old computer geek who has just let herself go for way too long. I used to be fit and healthy, but time, school, work, and life just seemed to get into my way. I successfully lost 50 lbs in 2015, but I have gained that 50 + much more back since then thanks to this thing called life.

2016 and 2017 were two of the worst years in my life. I lost both of my grandparents (my grandpa at 87 years old in May 2016 and my grandmother at 95 in November 2017). I lost my job, my health, and my faith in life itself. I've been trying to claw my way out of a mess, but feel like I've been failing miserably.

I'm looking toward 2018 as a year of many changes to come. I've begun the job search once again, with many new leads coming my way. I've also started getting out more and reaching out to friends and family, to help keep me from just sitting at home and wallowing in my grief and self-pity. I want to make changes, but I need to start with my health. If I'm not healthy, I can't make other needed changes for myself either.

As for me and my family, I'm single, never-married with two adorable pups: Boots (a 7 year old Boston Terror) and Sampson (a 12 year old Springer/Dachshund mix). I live in the greater Indianapolis / Carmel area and have lots of trails around to hike and walk. I just need the motivation to do just that! I even (finally) fixed my mountain bike! No excuses!

I've been overweight for 9 years now and I'm about over it. I miss the gal I used to be and I'm praying that I can be that person once again.

So, here I am on the verge of the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge and have a renewed determination and spirit to get back on track. I have all of the tools. I have all of the knowledge. It is just matter of putting these things in action. Which I plan on doing...TODAY!

Member Since: 9/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 37,276

My Goals:
My goals are to lose 100 lbs that have crept up on me since my 30th birthday 19 years ago. I want to feel healthy, be healthy, and regain confidence in how I look and feel.

My Pampering Goals: we go!

1. $1 for every pound lost
2. $1 for every inch lost
3. $.50 for every day I stay in my calorie range
4. $.50 for every day of 30 minutes or more cardio
5. $.50 for every day of strength training

My Program:
My 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Commitment Goals

I will commit to getting in 30 minutes of cardio (walking in the pool or aqua fit) a day for the 8 weeks (56 days) of the challenge.

I will commit to getting in 30 minutes of strength training three a week for the 8 weeks of the challenge.

I will commit to following a low carb/high protein diet directed and monitored by my physician and by The Onion Factory.

I will log my daily calories and post my exercise minutes

I will log my weight each week on Saturday

I will log my Living the Good Life points

I will check in with my team daily by commenting on the message board

I will be supportive of my teammates and read and comment on blogs and pages

Personal Information:
I'm in Carmel/Westfield, Indiana, and pretty much from the Indiana area. I have two dogs, Sampson, who I lovingly call wondermutt, and Bootsie, who I call the Boston Terror. I am not married, and have no children.

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Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

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