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Fitness and well being are the effects of habits. I should know. I have lots of habits. Many of them are not particularly skillful. This takes time and patience and practice. I have plenty of time. Not too bad on patience. And the leisure to practice. Besides...this is fun.

Member Since: 3/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 105,516

My Goals:
Lose 5 pounds.
And then lose 5 pounds. And then lose 2 pounds. And then celebrate!

My Program:
1. Eat in the Mediterranean style
2. Plan all meals and snacks and say No Choice to anything unplanned
3. Schedule shopping and meal prep. Be prepared. Make it a priority.
5. Eat sitting at the table.
6. Log fitness and track nutrients in Spark trackers
7. Use distractions to manage cravings.
8. Weigh every day
9. Read my list of reasons why I want to lose weight every day
10. Exercise every day

Personal Information:
I lost 30 pounds using Spark tools and kept most of it off though I never reached my desired goal. Recently I started to creep back up. So I looked up Cognitive Behavior and weight loss and up popped the "Beck Diet Solution". It is a perfect fit with the Spark tools and the Mediterranean plan. And I am having fun. Fun is very important to me. I live on Outer Cape Cod and part time in the hills of Western Massachusetts. I love being surrounded by natural beauty. I left a successful career protecting land and helping people appreciate and enjoy nature. Now my time is my own to pay attention to wellbeing and fitness when and how I wish. Luxury!

Other Information:
I love companion animals especially my current dog Lilly. My husband is plenty cool too and is supportive of my losing weight. I love the beach and my favorite exercise is swimming outdoors or walking on beautiful beaches with my pooch.

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  • v JOHAL52
    Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday. What you said about surroundings being important--that's something I am not entirely sure of although I agree that having access to good, healthy food and a place to exercise IS important to me. Dh suggested we rent an upstairs apartment when we get back and I immediately thought "I won't be able to do my Leslie Sansone tapes because the people downstairs will complain." I would like to go back to the 55+ community we lived in because there are exercise classes there that I loved going to and a pool where I can do Aquacise nine months of the year....

    I will really miss the green of Ireland though. The gently rolling hills and the old architecture. But as long as I can have the exercise, the healthy eating and books, I will be okay.
    6 days ago
  • v PHOENIX1949
    Appreciated the checking-on-me comment. Recent dental work has worked me over but trust I'm still moving forward with the help of Beck and SP Friends who speak the language.
    7 days ago
  • v JOHAL52
    Added you as a friend :) Re my dog, it was easy but expensive. The pet shipper sent me two pages of things I had to do, she coordinated with our vet and Mitzi flew from Phoenix to Newark, had a rest there and then flew Newark to Dublin.
    9 days ago
  • v KRISZTA11
    Oh, I'm so glad my Beck post helped!
    Especially because yours helped me too, gave me the push I needed to proceed with this escape plan.
    13 days ago
    Thank you, friend. You had a stressful year last year. No one is exempt from life.
    16 days ago
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