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My two best friends! Sampson and Boots!

This was just back in October 2008!!!!! AND it's my goal to look like this again!


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Hello, my name is Brenda, and I'm a 48 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 after a hospital stay and doctor ordered rest for 8 weeks, I gained back all of it, plus some. I was also diagnosed as having metabolic syndrome X, meaning I am pre-diabetic. So, here I am, entering the fall of 2016 with a rekindled motivational spirit to get it done right this time around

As for me and my family, I'm single, never-married with two adorable pups: Boots (a 3 year old Boston Terror) and Sampson (a 9 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.

I reached ONEderland during the 2013 Fall 5% Challenge and am looking to plant myself firmly in the 180s again by the end of the year (2016). I have been receiving a lot of encouragement from friends and family about my weight loss accomplishments and are rooting me on to reach that 185 goal.

So, here I am on the verge of the 2016 Summer 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: 35,348

My Goals:
My goals are to lose 70 lbs that have crept up on me since my 30th birthday 17 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 2016 Fall 5% Challenge Commitment Goals

I will commit to getting in 30 minutes of cardio (elliptical or walking) 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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    Hope you are getting better! Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon
    21 days ago
    Brenda, I know this year has been a difficult year for you. I along with many other fellow Teddy Bears are sending lot of positive thoughts that your health and happiness will be much improved during this 5% Challenge and beyond. Us Teddy Bears that have been through many of the 5% Challenges care about you and want you to be healthy and happy. Sending lots of hugs your way too! emoticon emoticon
    21 days ago

    It's YOUR day and all of we Teddy Bears are sending you lots of positivity and prayers for your health and happiness! Please know that we all care about you and want you to be well. Don't ever give up on your beautiful self...we never will! emoticon emoticon
    21 days ago
    Brenda, read your blog and sure hope you're feeling better by now. Just stopping by to send good thoughts and prayers. Judy aka Judithannie
    21 days ago
    Brenda, read your blog and sure hope you're feeling better by now. Just stopping by to send good thoughts and prayers. Judy aka Judithannie
    21 days ago
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