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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: 13,378

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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    We are doing fabulous! Thank you for asking. He is sitting here in my lap eating grapes. As to my day I could not ask for anything better to happen than it already has. First I weighed and was down two more pounds which puts me weighing less than I did when I got married 17 years ago.I also went to my pulmonologist appointment this morning and my doctor was amazed. He said he had never seen a turn around in someone's health like this in 4 months. My lungs are clear, my breathing he said has improved 400%. God is so good!
    God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!

    1 minute ago
    Hi Ute,

    Feeling happy and motivated. My kids return from their father's house today. Shed some of the bloat and sluggishness from vacation. I missed my morning walk but will walk tonight.
    Hope things are doing well on your side of town.

    hugs my friend!

    3 hours ago
  • v WENWIN
    Hey there personal cheerleader! I am so lucky to have you emoticon
    My mom has entered the hospital and may have had a mini stroke. Tests are still taking place. I am several hours away and monitoring things from a distance as my siblings are closer as is her best friend who is a total angel!

    Feeling pretty good right now and getting some moves in.

    Hope you are doing well along with your family!!
    4 hours ago
    Thanks for your kind post to my blog. Yes, a good night's sleep always makes my knees and back feel better. And Sunday is my rest day, so I had time to rest.
    1 day ago
  • v SMASON6
    Thanks i am good. But if i need someone to talk to i will defiantly come running.
    1 day ago
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