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Right now, this moment...
Are you doing what you need to do
To be the person that you want to be?

Accept what is; let go of what was; have faith in what will be.

Improving my health and losing weight. It's so mental.

I know what happens when I stop trying.
I'm gonna see what happens when I don't.

Be silly, be kind, be weird, be yourself. Take chances, show up, be bold, have fun.

I do solemnly pledge:
that I will do my best to eat healthy and within my calorie range,
that I will exercise to the best of my ability,
that I will watch my portions and avoid mindless eating,
that I will avoid or limit unhealthy foods,
that I will try to get enough sleep,
that I will stretch myself out of my comfort zone,
that I will always try to make healthy choices even when stressed,
that if I slip, I will get back on track with the very next opportunity,
that I will keep a CAN DO attitude, or ask for Help,
and that I will support my fellow pack mates
Because I am an UnderDawg
And every UnderDawg has the heart of a hero.
So Help me Spark People.

Daily Positive Thought:
4/03 - I CAN turn my health around with diet and exercise.
4/04 - Happy Birthday to my mum
4/05 - Court day is OVER!
4/06 - Daughter's Senior Prom Night
4/07 - Happy Birthday to my son
4/08 - Day of Relaxation
4/09 - Sunshine
4/10 - Got stuff done today.
4/11 - slow day at work
4/12 - Surgery went well
4/13 - Got lots of sleep
4/14 - Finished reading End of Watch
4/15 - Neck and body pains are less
4/16 - Cool sunshiny day
4/17 -

10 Reasons I Want to Lose Weight...
1. To improve my overall health, mentally and physically.
2. To look great in clothes I love and to actually "dress" every day in the style I love, not just throw on jeans and a big top to hide everything in.
3. To gain energy for future grand-kids, gardening, theme parks, beaches, vacations, hiking trips, surfing lessons, :) etc. :)
4. To improve my confidence and self-esteem including feeling great to be me on a crowded beach in a swim suit.
5. To improve a few obesity related ailments I've acquired = get off bp meds, go up flights of stairs without getting winded, eliminate this weight on my painful knee.
6. To avoid any new obesity related illness and ailments in the future.
7. To be just as fine in front of a camera as I am behind it... no more hiding from being in photos.
8. To make myself proud as well as certain people in my life.
9. To improve my social anxiety that stems from feeling like/being the fattest and ugliest woman in the place all the time.
10. To be my own kind of healthy, confident, beautiful me.

Member Since: 3/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 20,126

My Goals:
To improve my health.
I just want to be healthy and feel good about myself inside and out.

Specific goals along the way....
199.5 -it's been too long since I've been under 200 at all.
191 - I go from obese to overweight BMI
158 - I go from overweight to normal BMI
152 - because I think that sounds like a good weight for me.

My Program:
-eating smart
-reducing carbs
-eliminating crap
-drinking more water
-more activity
-participating in the 5% Challenges

Day 1 of the Spring 5% Challenge will be Saturday, April 7th.
2018 Spring 5% Challenge Diet & Exercise Commitment:
I will eat according to my low carb program, focusing on meats, veggies, cheese, nuts, and low carb fruits.
I will stop eating sugar and other crappy, empty calorie "foods."
I will drink a minimum of 64 oz of water every single day.
I will do my best to plan meals for every day, and I'll even try to include breakfast!
I will get up a little earlier on weekdays to walk for at least 10 minutes on my treadmill.
I will do another 10 minutes minimum of any type of activity when I get home after work.
I will do these exercises 5 days per week.
And I will track all of this either in SP, MFP, my planner, or journals.

Personal Information:
I love Jesus, my bible, my family, rain, horror movies, the ocean and beaches, books, writing, daydreaming, coffee, red wine, Halloween, Christmas, giving, fountain pens, journals, planners, the moon, the sun, nature, cats, rock music, art, things that are hippy-ish, bohemian, things that are strange, unusual, dark, and a bit odd.

Mom of 4, Wife of 1, no grands yet, live in Arkansas, work full time.

Proud to be Ravenclaw!
Patronus: Fox
Wand: Redwood with a Phoenix feather core 10 ¾" and Quite Bendy flexibility

Other Information:
7/11/16 - 272.5
1/27/18 - 224.8
4/07/18 - 230.8

I didn't come this far to only come this far.

Be silly, be kind, be weird, be yourself. Take chances, show up, be bold, have fun.

Tips I posted for myself in the "Triggers & Red Light Foods" exercise in the Winter 2018 Challenge:
Triggers: boredom, emotions, stress, situations where food is available.
Plan: Find something else to do, journal about it, keep healthy foods handy, remember that I want to feel better and look better more than I want to eat too much or the wrong things.
Remember these words: "No thank you, I don't want that right now." (NOT I can't have that.)

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