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50 / 50 Fifty pounds before I turn 50

I am turning 50 this year, and want to give myself the gift of better health. My goal is to lose 50 pounds before my 50th birthday!
I am turning 50 this year, and want to give myself the gift of better health. My goal is to lose 50 pounds before my 50th birthday!



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My Goals:
I have always skipped meals, so my first goal is to eat 3 meals and try and get 2-3 snacks a day. I need to create a health makeover. I don't want to diet, I want to eat healthier, add more slow complex carbs to my diet. Drink more water. And exercise MORE!

My Program:
Balanced meals with 4 ounces of protein, 1 cup of slow carbs and optional 1 cup of fast carbs. 3 Snacks a day around 100 calories.

Personal Information:
I'm an Oma (Grandma) in Surprise, AZ. I love my maltipoos, Bogie and Bacall. My husband is skinny as a rail, so I struggle with meals that can please us both.

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I love to cook, but I especially love to bake!

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Member Comments:
8/31/2013 1:41:02 PM

Love the name of your town...Surprise, AZ! That's fun! I'm a grandma, too. I have two tabby cats, Ozzie and Harriet, rather than dogs. I don't cook OR bake very much anymore because I'm alone. I just cook quick meals for myself.

Anyway, I added you as a friend. We can urge each other on in our fitness goals.

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8/31/2013 11:49:54 AM

Hello there - sorry I haven't gotten back to you yet.
Been very busy last few days.
Will email you very soon.
Have a great Labor Day wkd!

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8/26/2013 3:17:53 PM

Welcome to the Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line team. We are happy to have you with our team. Please feel free to introduce yourself to the team, if you have not already done so. Be sure to read the thread "Click Here: To help find a partner and learn what to do next." It will help you find someone who has similar goals who can support you and you can support them on your way in reaching both yours and their goals. If you need help finding someone, please let me know, since I am here for you anytime. I hope to get to know you better. Have a great day!!

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8/26/2013 2:10:57 AM

Welcome to Partnership Accountability. My name is Donna, if you have any questions or concerns about the group. You can contact myself or any of the other leaders, and we will try to answer your questions or help in anyway we can. Good luck on your journey.

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8/25/2013 10:14:08 AM

Welcome! You have a great stat, but maintaining focus is difficult for some. Try this:

Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

MEASURE YOU SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. DO it immediately after you eat if not before.
MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several week I trie the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.

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