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The pink Lupine were barely blooming...
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NAVYMOM133 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
- I need to remember that I have the skills I need to return to my lean self.
- I need to remember that, over time, the skills I have learned will become automatic.
- I need to remember that rough patches are temporary.
- I need to remember that being able to wear every item in my closet brings long-lasting fulfillment, and that eating unplanned foods only bring temporary fulfillment followed by remorse.
About me, 2016:
On my way back down to healthy and fit!
I did it before, in 2011, dropping from 168 to 118 lbs through healthy eating and exercise and loving life. I had been laid off for the first time in my life and went back to college! I got a two-year health degree, graduating with flying colors. **EVERYTHING** I was doing was for me, to be my best. Life was very good.
I re-entered the workforce in March 2013 (software engineer), less than a month after my beloved dad died suddenly, and began sitting again.
I was working long hours, with more stress in my life, and sitting a lot.
I began spending every Thursday dinner and overnight with my mom.
I slowly, little-by-little, gave it ALL back. It's time to take up the reigns once again and take back my health, create new wins!
I know I can do this; I've done it before, it starts this year.
Here's to *** Getting Lean in 2016 ***
Since 2014, Crickets…. not good. Never listen to crickets, health-wise!
November 2014 - Whole30 w/ Limited Dairy
11/01/14 - 123.5
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"
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
2011 FALL SEMESTER INVESTOR CHALLENGE:
"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!!
Starting in 2008, Hello Sparkpeople!! About me:
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.
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!
- 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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| current weight: 153.0
Sorry I'm late but hopefully the happy birthday wishes will have mellowed like fine wine or cheese or something that gets better with time.
Hope you had a sweet day.
4 days ago
Happy, Happy Birthday, Mellie!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!
6 days ago
"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better." ~unknown
Have a healthy and fit rest of your day!
Champions in the Kitchen
29 days ago
Hello Melly!! I have not been a good sparker this summer! How are things going with you? We are getting closer to Patricks wedding, 3 weeks from Saturday. Not too much for me to do as the mother of the groom, although we are putting together a video of photos from Katie and Patrick growing up to show during the rehearsal dinner. I am going with Lindsey on Saturday to start looking for her wedding dress, they set their date for July 8 of next summer in Chicago. Since she is almost 32 and very much a planner, so I am not expecting to have to do as much for her wedding as I did for Anna's, although of course I will enjoy with helping in any way I can. We take Jacob to IU 3 days after Pat's wedding, and then we are empty nesters as the saying goes Actually Im not that sad, its just going to be very weird! We were only m,arried a little over a year when Lindsey was born. Just down to the 2 of us with Rosie is going to be interesting!
How are you doing with all of your goals here on SP? Im plugging away on my usual routine, but still would like to do better. Ha! The story of life I suppose I Look forward to hearing from you and how you're doing Melly!
35 days ago
Thanks for the cheer on my Spark Page. Molly sends lots of kisses -- she's a smiler so she is sending you one of those too.
36 days ago