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I joined Sparkpeople in about June 2012. I had got my weight down and staying down from 76 kilo to 65 (sometimes to 60), but was not succeeding in reaching my goal, which is 60 and under. Given my eating habits when I travel and can't control what food is put before me, and don't control the portions I eat, I need to have a normal weight of 57, to keep at 60 and under. (DONE March 2013!)
I am learning to enjoy Sparkpeople's encouragement about exercise, and much appreciate their information about nutrition, fitness etc.
I live in Albania, which is challenging, both for finding healthy food, particularly low fat, and for exercising (savage dogs roam loose or get out. I got badly bitten by the neighbour's Alsatian and the doctor didn't have enough sutures to give me more than 3 stitches). Also snow and ice, or thick mud afterwards are not conducive to walking - I strained my knee last winter...
This winter has been mild and I can easily get out with the dogs most days.

Member Since: 6/5/2012

Fitness Minutes: 45,297

My Goals:
1. Maintain my weight, possibly reconsider.
2. Increase speed of jogging (to 9 km.p.h.) and walking (to 3 m p.h.).
3. AIm at some sort of cardio 5 times a week, video if I don't get outside.
4. Do proper pushups. 1 set of 10 for next stage

My Program:
1. Pray and read Bible BEFORE opening SP!
2. at the moment Jumpstart strength videos, plus walking and jogging programmes, alternating, and pushups the day the strength video is arms and upper body.

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Living in a small Albanian village for nearly 20 years. Share my house with one cat, and my balcony and yard with 2 large and bouncy Albanian sheepdogs!

Other Information:
1. Burn more calories than I eat! NO LONGER SO NECESSARY, as I'm slightly under my goal weight.
2. Complete JUmpstart Bootcamp. DONE!
3. Reach 57 kilos at home, going up to not more than 60 when travelling! DONE!
4. Get rid of the flab around my middle! GOING DOWN GRADUALLY

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    595 days ago
    "The first step to living the life you want is leaving the life you don't want.
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    Wishing you a healthy weekend, Sparkfriend! Do your best to keep moving towards your goals....don't let the weekend turn into a WEAK end! I'm rooting for you!
    Be sure to update your thread on the 100 Points Challenge!
    600 days ago
    "You've been given the innate power to shape your life...but you cannot just speak change, you have to LIVE change.
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    Just stopping by from the 100 Points Challenge to wish you a successful week and an October full of progress!
    Don't forget to edit your post each day!

    PS: Hi Nicky! I see you've updated your thread and you've had a good day! Way to go!
    602 days ago
    Thanks for joining me on the Weekly Focus challenge on the Refresh and Refocus team! Don't forget to come by the challenge thread each day to update your progress. Hope you're having a great week...see you on the team!
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    "I think if you exercise, your state of mind - my state of mind - is usually more at ease, ready for more mental challenges.
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