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In Aruba after a rain storm, October 2008

Charged up and ready to go

At my starting point - 2005. This was on a trip we took when my husband retired.


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My Summer 2017 5% Challenge Commitment
I am Two years out from my double knee replacement (completed spring 2015 during that challenge). I am working with trainer to regain lost strength and add more muscle. The exercises I will be able to do will depend on my recovery progress. Below is what I would like to be able to do comfortably.
I am on the bike and treadmill as appropriate and doing my knee strengthening exercises. I will Record my foods in Spark People and watch the calories, carbs and portion sizes. I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. I will check in with my team daily and leave a comment on the Discussion Board. I will read and comment on blogs as I have time.

Ten reasons why you want to lose weight
1. to enjoy retirement with my husband
2. to be comfortable while cruising Hawaii for our 25th anniversary
3. to make sure I have not complications from my recent knee surgery's (I had both replaced, one in April and one in May, five weeks apart - I am still in rehab)
4. To be able to be active and enjoy visiting our grandchildren whenever we see them
5. to be at my goal weight by the end of 2016
6. to be as healthy as is possible
7. to possibly reduce the medicines that I am taking
8. to have a longer life (my husband promised me a 50th anniversary and we got a late start - our 25th is this January)
9. To enjoy travel and cruising with my husband when we take trips
10. to stay active and alert all my life

I have been stitching since I was six. It seems I have been worrying about my weight that long. This group came along at a time when I was ready to concentrate on losing.
I served a four year term on the Board of Directors of ANG and had initially planned to be at my goal before my term was over. This did not happen, but I have not gained any weight back along the way. I have adjusted my goals for the rate I am losing at this time.
It seems that I have been gaining and losing the same five pounds for several months. I have a well ingrained habit of exercise. If I do not get my time in riding the recumbent bike, I can tell.
I feel better than when I started but have not made the progress i would like to make. I seem to be stuck in a long plateau. I am not gaining but I am not losing either. I readjusted by weight ticker to show more progress, instead of my initial starting point.

Mini Goals-
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300 Starting point
270 by 5/25/07 Achieved 5/18/07
250 by 11/22/07 Achieved 11/24/07
Remainder of goals updated with new dates (and losing at 5 pounds per month).
240 by 1/15/08 Achieved 2/24/08 Achieved a second time - May 2014
225 Achieved 10/30/15
215 Achieved 1/15/15
200 Achieved 5/10/15
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Member Since: 12/11/2006

Fitness Minutes: 406,989

My Goals:
Goal to eat less than 1400 calories per day and stay close to 100 g or Carbs per day
Goal to burn 6430 calories per week (720 minutes per week)
Goal to lose 5% by the end of the challenge

My Program:
*Exercise Daily
*Strenght training three times each week
Yoga three times each week
*Stay within my calorie range
*Eat at least five servings of Fruit and/or Vegetables each day

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb

"If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.

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    Thank you for the birthday wishes. I appreciate your thoughtfulness as well as your support throughout the year.
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    What name is given to small sausages wrapped in bacon, a staple at a British Christmas dinner?
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    Answer: True
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    Hope you have a remember-forever-and-ever kind of holiday.

    Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. Joan Winmill Brown

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    Canada, The U.K., and most other Commonwealth countries officially celebrate the day after Christmas as?
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    Friends make the holiday season fun and festive A friend like you is what makes Christmas special to me.
    Enjoy the magic this holiday season by listening to Christmas music and celebrating the occasion. Dance around the room and enjoy the season .
    Happy Dec I a fresh new month to work on our goals
    happy Dec fellow Star fish
    12 days ago
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    An abundance of joy to you this holiday season. Happy Holidays

    Keep Christmas in your heart the whole year through!

    Just a note to say you are special! Have a wonder Wed and get ready to say goodbye to Nov

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