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My name is Ute, I live in Upstate New York with my husband, my two dogs and a cockatiel. Our twin girls are finishing up their college diplomas, one in NYC, the other lives in the area. I have been a Spark Member since 2006 and always enjoy the support from my fellow Sparkers. My main focus is to use the tools here to help me lose the excess weight that might lead to health problems down the road, and take pressure off my knees. After successfully completing several 5 % Challenges, and making wonderful new friends, I am returning to the Shooting Star team for the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge. This will be my first time as a Motivational Leader (ML).

2016 Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Strength Training:
Body Weight Exercises, light dumbells, rubber bands
Minimum 10 minutes, 3 days per week.
Sources: Deck of Cards Workout, 1 Minute Crunch Sessions

Minimum 30 minutes 5 days a week
Deck of Cards Workout, 1 Minute Crunch Sessions, Walking outdoors, Youtube: Step Aerobics Videos, Zumba Workout DVD's, Chair Workout Videos on days my knees are acting up.

What will I eat?
Simple.... I love to eat, and I have been my most successful by just tracking everything I eat daily, sometimes before, sometimes after. I incorporate everything I love into my meals and snacks, since I will be changing my habits for the rest of my life, not just for a few weeks. It has to be attainable and realistic.

Member Since: 10/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 15,468

My Goals:
Top Goal is to not develop any of the modern world illnesses that are looming on the horizon, as far as they can be prevented by making good choices.

Aging gracefully and still be able to touch my fingers to the floor when I am 75.

My Program:
2016 Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Strength Training:
Minimum 10 minutes, 3 days per week.
Sources: Spark Bodyweight Exercises, Spark Videos, Youtube: Sarah Beth Yoga

Minimum 30 minutes 5 days a week
Walking outdoors, Step Aerobics, Deck of Card Workouts, Youtube: Step Aerobics Videos

Personal Information:
I am German, living in Upstate NY. My family consists of hubby (found in bar in 1991), twin girls (found in hospital in 1992), labrador (found at backyard breeder in 2001), oodle (found at friends house in 2002), cockatiel (found in parking lot in 2008).

Other Information:
I love life, Jesus, dogs, lavender and spreading the cheer wherever I go. My favorite bible passage is Psalm 91.

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    Thanks Ute! Signed up and ready!
    23 hours ago
    How do we sign up for the fall challenge, Ute?
    1 day ago

    I could swear I already joined but I double checked and didn't see my there. Not wanting to be left out, I signed up. Maybe it was because I joined the "master' team and thought I was on the Shooting Stars. I don't know, but it's good to know I'm there now.

    I have to lose 2.5 pounds this week in order to meat my goal this month. Practice makes perfect.

    Looking forward to the chase! Have a great one.
    1 day ago
  • v AUTIEJ
    Thank you for your comments on my blog. I always have to smile when someone mentions me writing a book. I've been a freelance writer for many years, since I was a teenager. I have a few short things published here and there on a variety of topics (such as in a CHICKEN SOUP book and other places). Before I started blogging on Spark, I was already compiling notes for a book about my weight loss journey, and the blogs themselves are really a mishmash of some of those notes. I am/will be writing a diet book next on my list of writing projects, and I appreciate the encouragement from my Spark friends
    1 day ago
  • v DJC2021
    You say the nicest things. I love this team. It's a lot of fun
    2 days ago
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