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Me and Morpheus - Summer 2015

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I am 41, an introvert, suffer chronic depression, lost 100 pounds in 15 months with Spark (5 years ago), gained it back, trying again! I live in Maryland and hate it. I enjoy playing Rift and other video games, reading, writing, cooking, amateur nature and macro photography, my German Shepherds, my Standardbred and Tennessee Walking Horse, and woodworking. I prefer to be "active" rather than "exercise." I do barn chores, go horseback riding, and enjoy riding my bike on rail trails and towpaths.

I'm part of the Spirited Underdawgs team for the Summer 5% Challenge.

Member Since: 1/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 123,760

My Goals:
Short-Term (3 mos or less)
BMI under 40 (230) -

Long-Term (3+ mos)
* Fit my tall riding boots (16.75" calves)
* Lose 50 lbs

Highest Weight - 245
Starting Measurements - 47-44-54.5

First 10% (Reward T-Shirt) -
Second 10% (Onederland) -
50 lb Mark -
Third 10%/BMI 30 -
Fourth 10% -
Healthy BMI (145) -
Goal Weight - 135
Final Measurements -

My Program:
I don't really have a program other than curbing my alcohol and junk food intake, increasing my vegetables, and continuing to be active with my normal work/hobbies. I am taking part in the 5% Summer Challenge.

Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment - 06/25/16 Start
Garmin 12-week 5K Training Program
8-week Cycling Training Program
ST 3x/week
Yoga 1x/week

Summer 5% Challenge Diet Commitment
Follow 84 Quick & Healthy Meal Menu
Keep fresh and frozen fruit, nuts, and low-fat cheese for snacks
Find healthy dinner meals that don't require an oven
No alcohol!

Personal Information:
I'm in my 40s now and still enjoy bike riding, horseback riding, cooking, reading, writing, drawing, photography, woodworking, and chasing after my GSDs.

I have kids who are mostly grown (9. 14. 17, 19). I live in MD and absolutely hate it. I moved here from ND and would love to move back to the Midwest.

I like playing MMOs like WoW and Rift when I feel like sitting around and being a slouch.

I work at home as a medical transcriptionist for the Veterans Administration and I'm also the barn manager where I board my horses.

Other Information:
Don't make excuses. Your friends don't need them, and your enemies won't believe you anyway.

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    Congrats on your loss in the challenge! emoticon
    10 days ago
  • v DOG_MOM
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I kind of thought that too, that as more features are added to Premium the price will go up as well. But who knows. They've gone so long without charging anything.
    13 days ago
  • v DBEAU57
    Thank you for the goodie and sweet comment! I love seeing and celebrating even the smallest bit of weight loss because most of the time all I can lose is a few ounces. Every little bit counts!

    20 days ago
  • v KERIX3
    Thank you for you comments. I agree that eating right helps a lot of things. Getting healthier has given me the confidence in myself that I can keep ALL unhealthy things out of my life. The growing pains aren't fun though lol. I am so proud of you too! Isn't it nice that we can become discouraged and disheartened, but still hang in there? Even if it is just by the tips of our fingernails, as long as we don't throw in the towel, we are still in the race :).
    39 days ago

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    Thanks AllyOopCat! for the idea!
    40 days ago
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