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Failure lies not in falling down, but in not getting back up. -- Chinese proverb
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5/24/10 - Yes, I'm starting over. It's been 9 months since I've been on SparkPeople last, and almost 18 months since my previous start. I've gained back 25 of the 50 pounds I lost last year.

So what am I doing differently? Well, for one, I'm not doing this to lose weight. This is my life, and I'm taking it back. I want my life.

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Failure lies not in falling down, but in not getting back up. -- Chinese proverb
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5/24/10 - Yes, I'm starting over. It's been 9 months since I've been on SparkPeople last, and almost 18 months since my previous start. I've gained back 25 of the 50 pounds I lost last year.

So what am I doing differently? Well, for one, I'm not doing this to lose weight. This is my life, and I'm taking it back. I want my life.

I'm taking advantage of what worked last time. I learned that I am quite happy on a high-fiber, high-protein diet. I learned that I love fresh foods and that I am not afraid of new foods. I learned that it's OK to want dessert, and it's OK to not always get everything you want. I learned that there are other ways to get chocolate in your diet besides chocolate bars and brownies :)

What didn't work last time was my exercise. I wasn't consistent. I wasn't goal-oriented. I didn't have a plan, and apparently, I don't function well without one.

This time, I'm taking on weight loss as part of my training. I'm doing a 3-day, 60-mile walk for breast cancer in Philadelphia in October. The Susan G. Komen Foundation sponsors the walk and provides all sorts of support programs, including a couple of structured training plans. I'm three weeks into the 24-week training plan, and it's daunting. I know that I can do it, but I also know that in order to be successful, I really have to FOLLOW the plan. What that gives me is twofold: I have a plan that I don't really have to think about, and I have a goal to work toward. Walking 60 miles in 3 days isn't something that can be achieved overnight, but it IS a challenge I can work toward.

I spent too much time seeing this as work. That's changed. I'm going to take it slow, and make real lifestyle changes.

I will still be writing. I don't think I know how NOT to write. But I probably won't share every day. I can't expect to be profound all of the time, right?

Also, the page title is from "Uprising" by Muse.




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Member Since: 1/4/2009

SparkPoints: 0

Fitness Minutes: 12,338

My Goals:
May 24 2010 SW: 323
Final GW: 198
July 31 2010 GW: 310
November 24 2010 GW: 293

Complete Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk, October 15-17, 2010.
Incorporate regular strength training into my routine.

My Program:
Diet:
High fiber
High protein
5-9x/day fruits and veggies
12c/day water

Exercise:
Follow 3-day training program
Cross-training: Yoga, Wii Fit games, Gardening

Personal Information:
I grew up in South Jersey, and now I live in Central Jersey with my husband and my cat. I am a Senior Scientist for a leading international biotech company, where I focus on product transfers and documentation. I am co-developing and leading an alumnae-student mentorship program for the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College. I read, I crochet, I do puzzles. I love music. I'm a huge fan of the TV series True Blood.

 
 



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MRE1956
7/6/2010 2:57:49 PM

emoticon with those fitness minutes! Hope you're finally feeling better!



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MRE1956
6/25/2010 8:28:15 AM

emoticon on those 5 lbs. gone!

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MRE1956
6/11/2010 9:01:37 AM

emoticon on the loss!

I may or may not see you walking tomorrow - depends on how I decide regarding replacing my home computer....it died big time and I've decided it's not worth another go-round with repair (just got back from virus disinfection a month ago).....so I may be shopping tomorrow.....sigh...



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GRANOLAMOM79
6/10/2010 4:53:10 PM

Hello my former Firefly leader! Looks like we are both coming back at around the same time. I too stopped logging my food and as much as I'd like to say I don't need to log my food, its not true it holds me accountable. Anyhow just wanted to say "hi" and let you know that you are not alone on this journey!



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CTHULHULOVESME
5/28/2010 7:05:32 PM

Glad to see you getting back on the horse!



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