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In January of 2014 I started working to change my eating habits to healthier ones. To do this I had to learn how to cook. This has proven challenging as I am cooking for one.
I started with a site that taught me to meal plan. I had already used the American Heart Association diet plan, so I incorporated it into the meal plan they offered for Heart Health.
I lost 12 pounds without really trying except to watch my calories. In July I went on a two week binge and gained 4 pounds back.
That is when I decided enough was enough. I went online looking for a support group and discovered I joined on 7/29 and found the site and people amazing.
Update 12/18/15.
I have lost 55 pounds while on SparkPeople and a total of 62.2 since starting my journey to lose weight. I have also gone down four dress sizes.

Member Since: 7/29/2014

Fitness Minutes: 45,975

My Goals:
Eat healthier.
Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol.
Reach a healthy weight.
Become more mobile.
I want to eventually reach 150 pounds.

My Program:
Meal planning and keeping track of daily foods.
More active exercises.

My Fall 2016 5% Challenge Exercise Goal:
1. Recumbent bike 15 minutes daily.
2. 20 minutes chair cardio exercises daily.
3. 20 minutes chair strength exercises Mon, Wed and Fri.
4. Walking daily at least 10 minutes.

My Fall 2016 5% challenge Nutrition Goals:
1. Daily Meal Planning.
2. Eat more fruits/veg.
3. Drink more water.
4. Tracking Nutrition, staying within calorie and sodium goals.

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    Wishing you and the Daisies great success in the Fall Challenge!! (from a Teddy Bear)
    4 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/24/2016 11:22:42 AM
    I am on the Determined Daisies Team for the 2016 Fall 5% Challenge and I just wanted to say hi and wish you all the best on the challenge.
    8 days ago
  • v PUGLOVER1999
    Thank you for your nice note! I think reading THE SPARK again is a good idea! I think I will do that, too! I need to be reminded of such simple things ... like changing a SMALL thing and persisting .... Thanks for the reminder.

    Something that has helped me (SOME days ... I hope their number will increase! I am just getting started again.) is to spend 10 minutes in the morning thinking positively about what I am doing for my body and my health. I say things such as, "God gave me the power of choice. CHOICE IS POWER. I have the power to choose healthy foods / to exercise / to say NO to 2nd helpings, etc." When I am on the treadmill, I say such things as, "I am lowering my blood pressure and reducing my bp medicine; I am lowering my cholesterol and getting off my statin; I am increasing the strength of my cardiovascular system; I am gaining energy, etc., etc.!" I have told myself wrong things for 76 years, and it is hard to change my thinking, but I believe the key to everything starts in my mind!

    Yes! I hope I can encourage you as you encourage me!

    I am going to get my Kindle and start reading THE SPARK again! :)

    90 days ago
  • v PUGLOVER1999
    Hi! I'm just stopping by to thank you for all the LIKES you have given my feed! I'm sure you LIKE all of your SP friends' feeds, but still you have encouraged me. I have been away from SP for several months ... almost a year ... and am just coming back. I think it is probably too late to join the Daisies in the 5% challenge, but I may do it next time. Are you still on the team?

    I read a few of your blogs. You have achieved amazing things! That is exciting and encouraging! I'm sorry for your loneliness and challenges to maintain your new lifestyle. I do not have your excuses (reasons!) but I do have the same weaknesses! I get so frustrated with myself and am still wondering why I sabotage my efforts! I ate enough the past two days for three people each day! Today I have done great, but I live in fear of losing control!

    I frankly wonder if I am afraid to reach my goal because maintaining it will mean not ever eating again! (It seems that to lose weight I have to eat practically nothing!) I have also learned that sleep deprivation is my ENEMY! When I am tired I am a bottomless pit!

    Have you come to any insights that you can share with me? I'm open to them!

    I hope you have made some friends by now. Just one really good friend is one of life's greatest blessings!

    I hope to see that you have gotten back on track and are losing again. You blogs sound very mature and self-disciplined!

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    91 days ago
    Happiest Daisy day! You are an inspiration!
    147 days ago
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