NAVYMOM133   49,309
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Thanksgiving morning 2014 ...

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"Many things are simply not going to happen with just one, or three, or even a dozen attempts. Yet anything becomes possible with enough persistence.
Keep going, and allow your efforts to build upon one another. Keep going, and transform the disappointments into achievements.
You have what it takes to keep going, because all it ever takes is just one more step forward.
Keep going, and work your way steadily to the richest rewards you can imagine."
-- Ralph Marston ...
"Many things are simply not going to happen with just one, or three, or even a dozen attempts. Yet anything becomes possible with enough persistence.
Keep going, and allow your efforts to build upon one another. Keep going, and transform the disappointments into achievements.
You have what it takes to keep going, because all it ever takes is just one more step forward.
Keep going, and work your way steadily to the richest rewards you can imagine."
-- Ralph Marston

November 2014 - Whole30 w/ Limited Dairy
11/01/14 - 123.5
11/08/14 -
11/15/14 -
11/22/14 -
11/29/14 -

October 2014 ** Life after Whole30 **
I've decided to stay grain and sugar-free for the month of October. I will enjoy very limited dairy in the form of no more than 1/3 c. skim during the work week and one greek non-fat, plain yogurt per week.
I will keep my weigh-ins to once a week, on Saturday morning:

October 4 - 128 lbs (lost 1 pound!)
October 11 - 126
October 18 - 124.5
October 25 - 123.5

September 2014 ** Whole30 - WOO-HOO!! **

September 1st - Starting weight = 144 (after major binge weekend)
September 8th - End of Week #1 - 134
September 15th - End of Week #2 - 132
September 22nd - End of Week #3 - 131
September 29th - End of Week #4 - 129
Whole30 wrap-up 9/30. 100% complaint!!!! PROUD!!!

2012 "Columbus Day Maintainers' 10-week challenge"
At Goal and Maintaining team - weigh-ins on Monday
Cannot deviate +-3% of starting weight!
July 30 = 119.5
Aug 6 = 120.5
Aug 13 = 120.0
Aug 20 = 120.0
Aug 27 = 121.0
Sep 3 = 119.0
Sep 10 = 121.5 (average from week)
Sep 17 = 121.0
Sep 24 = 122.5

2012 "Countdown to ONE YEAR Maintaining" challenge:
Doing this challenge with my Sparkfriends KATHYD62 and MUSTANGAMORE!!
Start July 9 - End July 26 (One year maintenance anniversary!)
July 9 - Weight ticker update, tracking, ST/recumbent, less snacking
(Update = accountability rocks. Fitness sessions, tracking food! Need to STOP the evening snacking!)
July 16 - Continue reintroducing consistent fitness habits, STOP snacking and get the scale to move! Am within +3% but not working it. Still allowing snacks... UGH! Pretzels are not an in-moderation option for me. Face it!
July 23 - Awesome strength session and a healthy food day. I dumped the rest of the bag of pretzels. Just cannot eat a single serving! COUNTDOWN!
July 24 - Lived through no evening snacking and here to post the proof! Maintenance ROCKS! Biking & healthy eating on tap today. Below 7/26/11 weight. Looking for 118 lbs. COUNTDOWN!
July 25 - On track to Stand Tall & Proud tomorrow!! Weight workout today, plenty of vegetables and lean protein. No evening eating last night, again. It's a choice. It's always a choice!!! COUNTDOWN!!
July 26 - ONE YEAR MAINTAINING!!! And, down one lb this am! Yes! Three nights in a row of no evening eating - hard work pays!! Here's to the second year!
July 27 - Th day is here. This is the day I stood at a very important family event and looked and felt my very best! I was SO PROUD! One year later, I am pressing on. Fixing things when I break them, aligning all the parts of this healthy lifestyle - it's for KEEPS! Thank you, my friends!!

2012 SPRINGIEST MAINTAINER 10-week Challenge
Starts January 30th - Finishes April 2nd!!
The person who deviates the smallest from entry weight will win the honored title of : "The Springiest Maintainer"
PERSONAL GOAL - Do not deviate past the 3% this time!!!
Signed up weight = 118
Week # Weight
1. 02/01/12 - 119.5
2. 02/08/12 - 124 (Ahhhh!)
3. 02/15/12 - 120.5
4. 02/22/12 - 118.5
5. 02/29/12 - 119
6. 03/07/12 - 121
7. 03/14/12 - 118
8. 03/21/12 - 118
9. 03/28/12 - 119.5
10. 04/04/12 - 118

2011 MERRIEST MAINTAINER 8-week Holiday Challenge
Starts 11/7/11 - Finishes 1/2/12 !!
The person who deviates the smallest from entry weight will win the honored title of : "The Merriest Maintainer"
Week# Weight
1. 11/07/11 - 117.5
2. 11/14/11 - 122.5 (officially OUT for a title win, over 3% gain. Can stay in...)
3. 11/21/11 - 117
4. 11/28/11 - 117.5
5. 12/05/11 - 119.5
6. 12/12/11 - 117 (back down, phew...)
7. 12/19/11 - 117.5
8. 12/26/11 - 119
9. 01/02/12 - 121.5

"Invest in ME and my Sparky Plan - Operation Stabilization"
September 6, 2011 - December 20, 2011
**** This is a challenge to help me navigate the waters of maintenance, stay in my 118-123 target range, adding to the healthy food repertoire and nailing an exercise routine for GOOD! ****
11/10/11 - Update - weigh-in this week at 117.5.
12/20/11 - I made it in style! Living the maintenance dream with vigilance and happiness!! All with a little help from my Sparkfriends!

2011 KICKOFF CHALLENGE: It was successfull!!!!!
"Six Month and 16 Days - Lose Weight and Get Fit Challenge"
January 10, 2011 - July 28, 2011

* STARTING WEIGHT 1/10/11= 161 lbs

** WEIGHT GOAL MET - 138 lbs - April 6, 2011 Clean Eating!
***AND THEN SOME! - 129 lbs - June 8, 2011 Clean Eating!
***AND THEN SOME MORE! - 125.5 - July 5, 2011 Yippity-do-DAH!
**** AT GOAL WEIGHT!!! 118 - July 26, 2011 Maintenance Begins...

Successful challenge! I went out to graduation looking and feeling my best, under 125lbs and ready for anything! I DID IT * I DID IT * YES!!

I have been overweight most of my life, except for several forays into fad diet land. Exercise was never part of the equation, nor was the notion of a truly healthy "lifestyle" until I joined Sparkpeople in 2008. I came to know and love the food tracker and really started to understand what makes up a good, balanced diet. I also joined in with regular exercise, though the food part seems to come a little easier for me when I am on a roll.

Then I hurt my knee and tests showed an unrelated but scary bone disease that had my orthopedist saying it's time for non-impact exercising only. Great, just when I was getting my groove on!

I got myself down from 173-171 to within 5 pounds of 133, my original goal that first year here, and let the diagnosis and other things totally derail me for far too long!!! With some retooling I am figuring out the magic Sparky formula to conquer the weight and fitness for GOOD!! I'm back to Sparky basics. Accountability is the order of the day - EVERY day! Open trackers that are getting populated with healthy choices and good, consistent exrcise. I am feeling SPARKY! WOO-HOO!! Who's with me? Here's to my Sparky accountability buddies and SparkPeople!

It's time to stay serious about my fitness and clean eating habits. Consistency, no matter what!

We're all in this together, we're all in this together.
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My Goals:
I want to learn how to navigate maintenance. I need to stay focused on my short-term goals (am I drinking my water? have I exercised today? have I entered in my food each meal?), while keeping the long-term behavior- changing goals in sight.
I also want to be able to help others stay motivated and excited by participating on the message boards and making new SparkFriends!

My Program:
- Drink 10 glasses of water a day!
- Eat mostly clean, whole foods - TRY NEW VEGGIES!!
- Whole30/Eat to Live combo when it comes to my food intake!!! Lean protein, healthy Fats, loads of Vegetables!
- Exercise at least 15 minutes a day no matter what!
- Lift weights every other day!

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3/26/2015 12:53:57 PM

Stopping by to say hello emoticon and see how you are doing these days Melly?? emoticon

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3/13/2015 9:58:41 AM

Hello Melly!! How has your week been? How wonderful was your visit with your son?? emoticon I loved your picture of facebook with the snow coming out of the first I thought it was a dog curled up in it somehow, then I realized it was snow! Our snow is slowly melting, and after this weekend I think it will all be gone. emoticon I am anxious to be out in the yard again, have the windows open, etc. I am leaving Sunday to go visit my Dad for 4 days and I am looking forward to it.
Ok, off to exercise then to work!! Lots of babies I was told when I called to see what was going on there today emoticon emoticon Hope you have a great weekend Melly! emoticon

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3/9/2015 7:52:57 PM

Happy 30th Birthday to Nick!! Thats a big one. Lindsey turned 30 last November, and it was crazy because I felt like I was 30 not THAT long ago emoticon I'm glad you get to see him next week! Yes, I will be in Florida about noon on Sunday. I am looking forward to spending the time there with my Dad. This is a very rare occasion to spend 4 days together without either his wife or me with Bob, I'm going to help him with settling in to their new condo (they just moved in this past weekend) My step Mom is actually still working in Minneapolis, they have a "commuter" type she's there now and I will arrive a few days after her. Anyway, busy around here. We have a friend of Jacobs staying with us for a week while his parents are in Hawaii, and trying to keep up between work and helping my mother in law etc. We got weather in the 50's today...starting to melt the snow! emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you are tracking, I always think that helps me too. I have been fighting old bad habits, but keep starting over as well. Now to get on my elliptical! Have a great week Melly! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/26/2015 9:31:16 AM

Yay Melly! Day 4 charge!!!

I am feelong so much better about my body. I would never have believed 5 pounds could really make a difference! Every little bit does help. I just know that none of the crap I ate or drank to regain 20 pounds was worth it! Repeat this to myself maybe it will stick next time! We have Alex's birthday on Monday so there is sure to be cake and celebratory meals :) I will try to keep it together!

You going to your Mom's tonight? If so please give her an extra big hug for me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/25/2015 5:37:47 PM

Hi Melly! My foot has been sore off and on for a while... From the elliptical I'm sure. Trying to baby it a little but I can't stop exercising, I think I'll be ok. Going to see my Dad for a few days in mid March. Yay for Day 3! How's it going?

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