ODAT1117   73,154
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June 29, 2013: LOVING being active and hiking at Niagara!

My daughter's wedding fun October 4, 2014

2007, Thin, but unhealthy me. I am working back towards this weight but in a healthy way!

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Slowly but surely..........

Update: February 15, 2014:
SO overdue for an update. :-) I am finding SUCCESS with my OMAT plan!! OMAT = One Month At a Time. Each month I pick my own challenge and as I accomplish each challenge, I am forming awesome new habits. I am SO happy to have finally found my recipe for success. I am so grateful for my SP friends who have been there over the years and keep nudging me along. It might take a while, but you CAN find what works for you and you CAN find true success. NEVER give up! ...
Update: February 15, 2014:
SO overdue for an update. :-) I am finding SUCCESS with my OMAT plan!! OMAT = One Month At a Time. Each month I pick my own challenge and as I accomplish each challenge, I am forming awesome new habits. I am SO happy to have finally found my recipe for success. I am so grateful for my SP friends who have been there over the years and keep nudging me along. It might take a while, but you CAN find what works for you and you CAN find true success. NEVER give up!

Update: December 6, 2012:
I'm using Spark Coach and I LOVE IT!!! It is really working for me and helping me stay on track. I know, now, that I will get there. I'm doing it the right way....slowly, but surely. :-)

Update: August 28, 2012:
WOOOHOOOOOOO!!! I'm budging the scale! I recently signed up for Spark Coach and am making progress. I really love the structure and feel like I have a tool that will really help me keep moving forward.
Also, as of June 1, 2012, I am gluten free and doing GREAT!! Turns out that I am gluten intolerant (non-Celiac). Well, that sure explains a LOT and so very many of my chronic health problems are GONE including the neuro problems, brain crashes, stomach problems, super sensitive muscles and fascia, fatigue, severe mood swings, and aches and pains. Yup. I feel good and I'm moving forward, inching ever closer to my goals. :-D

Update: December 16, 2011:
MAN, can't believe it's been SO long since I updated things. I haven't made much weight loss progress but I have made some progress in changing my habits. I eat less at each sitting now and I eat much healthier. It's been five months since I broke my foot in four places and tore all the ligaments I could find. It's been a long haul. I gained two pounds during that time. THAT is awesome that I did not gain more!!! YAY ME!!! :-) Now, I'm starting to be able to work out again and I'm SO happy about it. I still have pain, I'm still going to PT 3x a week, I still limp, and I'm still healing, BUT......I'm TRYING! I am making changes but not seeing results like I wish. I'm tired of being overweight and I am looking forward to continuing to make changes and slowly, but surely, LOSE WEIGHT!

Update: January 15, 2011:
Well, I'm learning - A LOT!! Most importantly, I'm learning that fabulous Spark People is here and stays with me even when I'm not present with Spark People. I am so grateful for that.

I am back on track after a very busy fall semester. I have learned that I need to reserve brain space for my goals. When I am low on brain space, my goals slip away from me. I need to make those reservations for brain space and then keep first things first. My eating and exercise habits directly and immediately affect my health, attitude and wellness. I must keep my healthy priorities first and stick with it. I must be vigilant and NOT give up so easily!!

I'm back..........and trying to stay on Spark track. :-)

Original intro....July, 2010
I now know that I have FINALLY found a site that will keep me motivated. I finally realized that the reason I have not been able to stick to any calorie counting program or weight loss program is because it's just not FUN. So, I dug around AGAIN and found SparkPeople. I hope I hope I hope that I have finally found the right place!!

I am 45 years old, married to an awesome guy, have 2 girls of my own plus three step-kids; I work full-time and am working on my masters degree. Life can get a little busy sometimes....

I'm sick and tired of being overweight and ready to work a program that works. So, HERE WE GO!!!
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Member Since: 7/6/2010

SparkPoints: 73,154

Fitness Minutes: 37,968

My Goals:
Keep using Spark Coach every day!

1. To NOT jiggle!!!
update: 2-24-14
Well, other than my healing right hip and leg, I am doing GREAT on this!!! YAY ME!
update: 12-6-12
HUGE progress on this!! I am really get fit and much less jiggling!

2. To start: lose 15 pounds, will get new reminder bracelet then
update: 2-24-14 DOWN 12.5 pounds!! Getting close!
update: 12-6-12
My real goal is to lose an average of 1/2 to 1 pound per week until I reach my goal.

3. Keep losing by eating less and moving more.
update: 2-24-14
update: 12-6-12
I am definitely eating less and moving MUCH more. AND I am slowly losing!!

My Program:
I figured out an OMAT approach that is working SO great for me!! Check out my blog on it from February of 2014. :-)

Personal Information:
I live on the corner of two dirt roads in rural Michigan and I LOVE IT!!!

Other Information:
Motivation and staying on track seem to be my biggest problem, especially when things get extra busy or extra stressed. I'm doing way better with this, though, now that I figured out my OMAT approach!!

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Member Comments:
12/18/2014 10:36:44 AM


This Holiday Season, give yourself the gift of self-motivation:

1. Review your reasons for wanting to be healthier.

2. Think about how you felt when you began your new healthy lifestyle. You remember . . . tired, low energy, lots of aches and pains, miserable, embarrassed, etc. and pay close attention to the smallest changes in your body. Think about how far you’ve come so far.

3. Challenge yourself . . . the try some new, healthy food options; a new form of exercise; walk farther; run faster; whatever. Just make sure the challenge you set is realistic for you.

4. Set up reminders to keep yourself on track – they can be sticky notes taped to your computer monitor, automatic text messages/emails you send yourself, or anything else that will keep your goals front and center in your mind.

5. Surround yourself with others who are positive and motivated.

6. Read success stories or watch them on video.

7. Learn as much as you can about healthy lifestyles. In this case, education CAN be free! There is a ton of good info on this site or in your local library. Knowledge is POWER!

8. Just Get Moving! Once you start, you’ll want to keep going.

9. Keep a record of your progress. Seeing concrete evidence of your improvement will motivate you to do even more/better.

10. Help others when you can.

Keep going!



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12/14/2014 9:14:14 PM

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Just peekin' in on you...to see how you are doing. Keep up the great work!

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12/14/2014 4:18:17 PM


You have it in you

When you feel like quitting, that’s an opportunity to keep going. When you feel like giving up, you have it in you to step forward with renewed energy and to give more.

Giving up doesn’t accomplish anything, and it doesn’t make you feel any better. It just leaves you with disappointment and regret.

There’s a way to keep going, and you know it. There’s a way to keep going, and just imagine how great you will feel for choosing persistence.

If you’re weary, stop for a short while to rest, but don’t give up. Remind yourself of all the good reasons why you’ve chosen to move forward, and then get yourself going again.

If you wish to be free of the effort, then do what it takes to finish the effort. Make all your work count for something by bringing it to a successful conclusion.

The next step is right in front of you, and you have it in you to take that step. Keep going, fulfill your best possibilities, and you’ll always be thankful for your choice to do so.

— Ralph Marston


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What is a Workout?
By George Allen, former Washington Redskins Coach

A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started.

A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner - the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his, or her, destiny.

A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life's challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don't simply feel better, YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF.


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