My Vision Collage 5/12
Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Nat'l Park July '13
Glacier Nat'l Park July '13 - Iceberg Lake
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I'm in this for me!
Being here almost a year now, I've learned so much about nutrition and fitness. Notice I will not use the word diet. It's not about deprivation, but about portion control and finding what works for each of us. My only regret is that I wasn't more serious about getting healthy years ago. I've learned that losing weight takes work and commitment, and I am doing this so that I can play more, climb stairs without being out of breath, and even have my picture taken without being totally ...
Being here almost a year now, I've learned so much about nutrition and fitness. Notice I will not use the word diet. It's not about deprivation, but about portion control and finding what works for each of us. My only regret is that I wasn't more serious about getting healthy years ago. I've learned that losing weight takes work and commitment, and I am doing this so that I can play more, climb stairs without being out of breath, and even have my picture taken without being totally self-conscious. Life is too short so I am going to grab it by the ears and have fun laughing in it's face.
From 5/12: I've been comfortably married for 23 years and my husband has stood by me literally through thin and thick. I've decided that there can't be any more excuses and that I cannot just dream the pounds away. This summer I will turn 48, and for the first time in my life I am getting real about exercise and diet. In fact, after losing 10 pounds here on SP I did not revert to my old habits, which is something new for me! After being here a few months now, there's not too much I balk at. I exercise daily, track everything I eat, and make healthy eating choices. Now that I am so close to losing my first 20 pounds I don't see the next 20 as impossible. And then I'd like to lose 20 after that. I've found that SparkPeople is a very comforting place to be.
|30 Maintenance Weeks
Member Since: 1/30/2012
Fitness Minutes: 44,527
For the 5% Spring into Summer Challenge:
*I am going to continue to workout as I do 6 days a week, with a minimum of 20 minutes. 5 Days will include cardio, and three days will include strength training.
*I do not follow any prescribed diet - but rather count my calories, eliminate as much sugar and breads as I can on a daily basis, and try to get in 5 fruits and veggies at least 6 days a week.
* I will support my team by checking in and posting on the team thread at least every other day (if not daily). I will do my best with all challenges, will weigh in and post every Saturday, and will send at least 5 goodies per week to teammates to encourage and cheer them on in meeting their goals.
Other personal goals:
* Maintain within 5 lbs of my target goal of 148.
* 2000 Monthly Fitness Minutes each month, and 7,000 steps each day.
* Incorporate strength and cardio training into every day activities.
We have a both an elliptical and Hoist weight training machine at home and I try to do 45 minutes of some kind of exercise in the morning, and 15-20 minutes again after I get home from school. In the morning I also add in a workout video from SP and use either resistance bands, or a yoga or Bosu ball.
I track each meal on SP, paying attention to getting my 5 servings of fruits/veggies and staying within my calorie range.
Drinking water comes easy to me, but I do it consciously.
I have lived in southern California my whole life. When I met my husband I was a field keeper at the Wild Animal Park and at my thinnest ever.
I have been a teacher for the past 23 years and went through a stage of stress eating and excuses that school work took me away from exercise. No more of that for me!
I love to read and listen to music. I want to be able to dance and just let loose. I am an avid photographer, as well, but have even resorted to using it as an excuse not to have my own picture taken.
DH and I also do SUP and on Christmas Day, 2012 I finally got back into my wetsuits from 1989!