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January 2011 snowshoeing on Red Mountain Colorado

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From about the time I turned 18 until now I have steadily increased my weight. Losing and gaining until ultimately I have earned myself a "Type 2 Diabetes" award. I have many health problems, but there are so many things that I want to be able to do in my life that I have decided the time to change is now! I will be turning 40 in January, and want to be able to say that by the time I am 45 I will have already reached many of my personal goals!
Update January 3, 2010. I LOVE SPARK! This is by FAR the best program I have ever been on, and it is certainly not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. I am learning that I had NO CLUE about food. Everything I thought I knew, is what I wanted to BELIEVE! I got FAT because I ATE TOO MUCH, of the WRONG kind of food. I never paid attention to my food intake, fiber, cholesterol, sugar, etc. etc. I can't believe the amount of food I get to eat, if I just get a LITTLE exercise and eat the right food. I changed my workout time from 15 to 30 minutes a day, and the amount of food on the nutrition tracker is just right. Sometimes I feel the pains of hunger and then realize that it's just boredom, so I try and move some more. My body feels so clean now, internally and my mind is not clouded with sugar, corn syrup, and fat hangovers.
UPDATE 4/6/10: 50 pounds gone!!!!!!! I feel like a different person, not just physically but mentally as well. Although occassionally I may enjoy a treat I know that what I have learned through Spark and all the Sparkers I have come across is that you can teach an old dog new tricks!
UPDATE 12/18/2010: ONE YEAR with SPARK! I could not have asked for a better year than 2010. Sure, it was difficult at times but I would not go back and change a thing. 100+ pounds gone and I am feeling great. No more diabetes either! Still, this entire story is to be continued because I still have over 70 pounds to lose. Can't wait for 2011 to begin!
UPDATE10/16/2011: Have had an extremely stressful year and not the best of health. Gained back 40 pounds, so I'm starting over today. I have found that if it works, keep working it. Dropped the ball, time to start again. I feel good about it too.

Member Since: 12/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 15,448

My Goals:
Reach my goal weight by June 2013, I have 125 pounds to lose, but even more important my main goal is to change my frame of mind about eating, nutrition and exercise.
Goal #1-265 by 08/01/2012
Goal #3-240 by 12/30/2012
Goal #4-200 lbs by 6/30/2013
Goal #5-170 lbs by 12/01/2013
Ultimate goal- lifetime maintenance.

My Program:
I am following and utilizing the trackers every day and staying motivated by reading other SP stories and blogs.
Reward plan: reward myself for each goal I reach on time.
#1 haircut
#2 new tennis shoes
#3 couple new outfits
#4 trip with my hubby
#5 professional family portrait, sent to all my family!

Personal Information:
I live in Western Colorado with my wonderful husband and 3 dogs. We are Buddhist and enjoy a good political debate now and then!
My lifes dream is to visit India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Thailand and live and work among the people of those countries.

Other Information:
I enjoy reading, research, cooking, and being outdoors with my husband and dogs. We recently built a large greenhouse for year round use and are currently renovating our home. Both of these projects are being done with recycled materials and products.

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