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Fall 5% challenge commitment beginning September 24, 2016

I will support my fellow team mates

I will be drinking my water 6-8+ glasses of water per day

I will be making better choices in food. Eating smaller portions and reducing my intake of soda to 4x's a week until I get back to 0 sodas indefinitely.

I will be continuing walking in the park 3x's a week for approximately 15 minutes due to back problems. We do this on varying days due to hubby's work schedule.

I am going to be trying out getting down on the floor and see how that goes with my new knees to do plus size yoga for 20 minutes 2 x's a week Wednesday and Sundays

I will also be doing chair exercises videos on the internet such as Paul Eugene He is upbeat and fun Look him up on YouTube you will find here there. Also Chair Salsa is a lot of fun. this will take place on Mondays morning as my weekly warm up to being more motivated and have energy for the rest of the week.

I will be working on some of my old physical therapy goals for stretching and sit to stands to help build up my legs and core 3x's a week for about 15 minutes Tues, Thurs, Sat

And I love to dance around to the radio this is going to happen everyday for 10 minutes a day. It is my feel good time, provides me energy and it will break up the other exercise into more small amounts that are doable for me.

I will be exercising with my hubby as we work on our live well plan together. :) We try to go for a walk around our local park every morning as life permits and have started to take our miniature toy poodle that is actually my disabled son's dog. But we are working on his barking. So far he has been super good.

I'm a 53 year old stay at home mom of 3 ... my son is 31 and my daughter is 30 and a 15 yr old son. I've been married for 36 yrs . Found out 10 years ago that I have degenerative disc disease and several bulging discs . in 2015 found out that my spinal areas? are narrowing causing many pinch nerves. That is causing some permanent damage that I want to prevent from getting any worse. I have 2 of my bulging discs that both are pushing on the S1 area of my spine causing a lot of pain when standing in one place. I guess this is one way to keep my moving. :) And due to the fact that I'm so overweight it has caused more complications for me . I'm hoping that sparks people is where I need to be . Have been through all the diets and even gastric by-pass surgery as well. I had success with the by-pass surgery until I was put on psych medication for bi-polar disorder 3 years after my gastric by-pass, then unfortunately I regained a lot of the weight. With Spark People and the 5% challenges I have lost about 50 pounds successfully. :)

Member Since: 1/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,688

My Goals:
To improve my health, eat more healthy and get more physically fit so that I can do more things with the hubby and even my kids. The kids and hubby are very patient. The kids don't mind me tagging a long to all the neat places we have in down town Salt Lake and they love it. I do too but I feel like it slows them down as I have to take breaks and sit on my walker and they NEVER complain. My hubby and I walk the park do the treadmill and just set new goals we accomplish the old ones. We don't get much a lone time as we would like it just is hard with the life we have but when we do we keep moving on. I want to get back down to the 330 that I was prior to the Winter 5% challenge right before me my knee surgery. Having both of them done at the same time slowed me down so much that between the inactivity and all the fluid they fill you will I had ballooned up to 391 I an now just under 365 and this took place 2 years ago. Took me a while to get back on the band wagon with Sparks again. l

My Program:
1. Drink more water to be feel more hydrated and ultimately feel better.

2. Reduce sugary drinks.

3. Watch my portions and eat off a 9" plate.

4. Walk in the park 3-5 times a week with Duane and Blackjack.. ( the miniature poodle )

5. Plan meals in advance.

6. Get better sleep to decrease pain and have more stamina.

7. Keep all my exercise commitments.

Personal Information:
I am 53 years old. I am working on losing weight to become more healthy and also live long enough to spent some time with my husband.. I love to do stitchery, sewing and many other crafts. I used to volunteer for Utah's annual Belly Dance Festival for about 16 years I had to give it up due to my back and knees becoming so horrible. Now I try to do random acts of kindness mainly for friends to make their day special for them.

Other Information:
You can ask me anything any time~

I will be honest with you all the time~

You get what you put into it~ always contribute to the result you want~

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