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Being here four 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.

Member Since: 1/30/2012

Fitness Minutes: 113,024

My Goals:
Strength Training at home 3 days per week/40 minutes per session. This includes Jillian Michaels workouts.

Cardio (elliptical) Mon-Saturday 30 minutes

Cardio (walking at school and Sundays with DH) Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (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 weigh in every Friday.

Other personal goals:
* Maintain within 5 lbs of my target goal of 148.

* 3000 Monthly Fitness Minutes each month.

My Program:
We have a both an elliptical and Hoist weight training machine at home and I try to do 30 minutes of some kind of exercise in the morning, and 30-60 minutes again throughout the day, whether it is walking, hiking, paddling, or on the Bosu ball.

I mentally track each meal, 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.

Personal Information:
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 25 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!

Other Information:
I love to read and listen to music. I love to dance and just let loose. Recently I inherited some congos and find them quite therapeutic. 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!

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