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Being the Model

I'm being a healthy role model, even when no one is looking!

Like leaves in a stream, I'm releasing the weight and the unhealthy habits. I'm letting them all go.

I'm struggling to break 220 for good. I've been hovering between 218 and 220 for some weeks now. Eating a sensible number of calories in the evening remains my greatest challenge. I did the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge and it worked! I don't know how, but something clicked and I no longer ...
I'm being a healthy role model, even when no one is looking!

Like leaves in a stream, I'm releasing the weight and the unhealthy habits. I'm letting them all go.

I'm struggling to break 220 for good. I've been hovering between 218 and 220 for some weeks now. Eating a sensible number of calories in the evening remains my greatest challenge. I did the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge and it worked! I don't know how, but something clicked and I no longer add natural or artificial sweeteners to my food or drinks. I need to find/create a challenge that fixes my evening eating.

I'm still learning, are you? I learned that I'm a green smoothie Rawkstar! I've been doing a 10 day smoothie cleanse and it's amazing. I also recently started DDP Yoga. I can't wait to take some after shots of my contortionist skills! Look out!

I discovered that I always lose weight when I travel. Why is that? Because I make healthy choices, even when no one is looking. So, that's my new motivation and motto: Be the model!

Another month comes to a close. Where am I? I maintained my weight this month, but I made progress on many fronts, including working out every day and adding strength back into my routine. Night time eating continues to be the monkey on my back.

Operation Lean Body, Kind Heart: Lose weight and retain/build lean mass while losing weight. Be a better spouse and friend.
Time for an update! Still maintaining in the 230s, working hard to move the needle. Another Boeing on the Move Challenge starts next month. It's nice because my Fitbit is already synced with the website they use to track our fitness. I added a new elliptical and rowing machine to my home gym. And that, my friends, is the last I need to spend on fitness. My focus now is to use the tools I've got and pay attention to the foods I eat. We know how this works. Time to put it all together!

I managed to maintain my weight this year. Thanks to planking, I also improved my ability to do real push ups. I got my PMP this year and my daughter got engaged.

9/2/13 Operation Bifurcate Brenda - it's on! Mission: Distinguish between the old and the new. Lift up the new Brenda with the great attitude and passion to excel. Put passive, couch potato Brenda in her rightful place in the backseat. Life is no longer a spectator sport!

I'm back in the 220s and determined not to retread this path again. What's changed? It's hard to explain. I know I can do it, so I'm doing it. I'm on a trajectory of about 1.5 pounds lost per week since May. My Facebook group started a weekly weigh in challenge and it's motivated me to lose. We also have a fitness challenge that kicked off at work last week. It's the perfect storm to lose, lose, lose!

3/3/13 Week 105
I turned the page on a decade last week. I'm starting Year 40 off right. I lost 4 pounds the first week. I'm doing my best to eat fresh and move often.

1/5/13 Week 97
I sort of checked out after Addee graduated from bootcamp. I regained half of what I had lost. But I have a plan and I'm working the plan *wink and a nod to Irish*

10/15/2012 Week 85
I'm still here! Still maintaining the 30. I took up a push up challenge today. I completed 72...working my way up to 100 consecutive push ups.

8/21/2012 Week 77
After being buried by an overwhelming workload, I've dug my way out and am doing fairly well! Despite being MIA for most of June, I managed to maintain my 30 pound loss. I should get something for that, right? That's a pretty big deal considering all the stress and lack of fitness. *generous back patting here* Awesome job maintaining! Now it's time to focus on that next 30..or the next 5, if breaking it down is more manageable.

4/21/2012 Week 60
Woo Hoo! I lost 30 pounds! ONEderland is in my sights!

3/31/2012 Week 57
I'm losing again, albeit slowly. 1/2 pound per week since the beginning of January. I'm back to my pre-holiday weight! After 19 weeks of purgatory, I'm ready to make this train move a little faster!

2/25/2012 Week 52
What I've found in my first year of Sparking: a pervasive healthy attitude.

2/12/2012 Week 50
"To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on. "

~Chaucer, A Knight's Tale

12/31/11 Week 44
Good grief! What a set back the holidays have been. Oh well, this is life! I'm still taking credit for the 20 pounds I kept off. If I do that five years in a row, I'll be at my optimum weight :)

11/19/11 Week 38
Still figuring things out and maintaining a 25 pound loss. Whew! The gym was a bust. It's just not my thing right now, maybe not ever. I lost 10 pounds during the 16 week Inspire Challenge. I'm not dropping weight like mad, but I'm trending in the right direction.

11/8/11 - Week 36
I'm still rockin' the Zumba..trying some new things at LA Fitness. I'm down 29 pounds from February.

10/1/11 - Week 32
I discovered Zumba in September. I go twice a week and am already noticing an increase in my stamina and flexibility!

8/26/11 - Week 26
Oh my gosh! I achieved my 20 pounds lost goal PLUS I made my August goal one week early!

8/14/11 - Week 25
I'm amazing myself! I've lost 2 pounds in two consecutive weeks. One more pound and I claim the 20 Pounds Lost Trophy. Woot!

7/29/11 - Week 22
Getting it DONE! I'm down 15 pounds. I hope to have a big breakthrough in August. I'm back to 45-60 minutes of cardio every day and being more disciplined with the food tracking.

7/4/11 - Week 19
I've kept off 13 pounds, a little under a pound a week. by biking at least 30 minutes, participating in a fitness challenge at work through the end of July, and half-heartedly tracking food. Still figuring out a fix for evenings.

6/2/11 - Week 14 Update
I recalculated when I started this odyssey and figure I've lost 15 pounds so far, a little over a pound a week.
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 current weight: 221.0 

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Member Since: 2/25/2011

SparkPoints: 56,589

Fitness Minutes: 49,865

My Goals:
Weight Goals in 2014
220s: 7/30/14
210s: 8/27/14

1. Be present. Always.

30 - 60 minutes of fitness daily
(DDP Yoga, elliptical, walking, 30 Day Shred, Shred it with Weights…)

REAL food, no sweeteners, limited processed foods.

1. 30-60 minutes of fitness 5-6 days/week.

My Program:
Green smoothies, whole, simple foods, DDP Yoga, elliptical, rowing, walking

Personal Information:
I'm 5' 5", 41 and live in Seattle, WA with my loving husband. We have three grown daughters, a cat, and a hermit crab.

I have an MBA and a PMP and work in finance for the greatest aerospace company in the world.

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10/16/2014 4:39:21 PM

Thanks for reading my short 'S-blog' about the Candy Corn. I don't need to throw them away because my desire for them is over. Funny how that works! It's Candy Corn obsession in the fall and Peeps at Easter. Hmm. I'm seeing a pattern here. First step to healing... is acknowleging that I have a problem.

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10/15/2014 10:16:22 AM

Nope, Mike is the most unhealthy cook! He is part of the reason I've skyrocketed from 139 to 268. I finally refuse to eat like him. I'm really worried about him lately. He's gotten much worse with his eating. He needs to turn things around or he's going to have a heart attack. But I can't convince him.

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10/14/2014 11:12:46 PM

Yes I have issues making all my food. I can't seem to keep the portions in control. I get bored eating the left overs. So having the frozen food gives me variety., and keeps me on track portion wise. Hubby makes his own food. We've never eaten 'family style' dinners. We may need to stop doing that, but it's hard to get him to stop making his own foods. He loves to cook, but I don't like his cooking. We'll see how this goes for a while. I guess 3 pounds for the month of September wasn't so bad. But the last 3 pounds I keep losing & gaining over & over. It's discouraging.

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10/14/2014 3:25:07 PM

I have pairs of kettlebells. emoticon 2 each of 15, 20,25, 35,45 pounders. Yup 10 total kettlebells, and can't wait to be able to press both 45 pounders!! I have won 2 kettlebell programs by a Master instructor for Strong First Girya, a world wide leader for kettlebell instructor certification. Unfortunately from my tendonitis over the past two years, I have lost a lot of time training them and I am back to square one. I was making serious progress with those before I came to Sparkpeople. I am working on it though, no matter how slow. emoticon

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