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 two years 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 two years 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.
|43 Maintenance Weeks
Member Since: 1/30/2012
Fitness Minutes: 53,718
Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
Strength Training at home Saturday/Tuesday/Thursday 20 minutes
Cardio (elliptical) Mon-Saturday 30 minutes
Cardio (walking at school and Sundays with DH) Tuesday (25 minutes) and Sunday (80+ minutes)
Overall, I want to get in at least 10K steps 5 days a week.
*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 10,000 st
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 24 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!