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I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely ...
I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely for me for once.

I am a married graduate student in the process of trying to reclaim my health. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me get closer to where I want to be.
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Member Since: 4/17/2009

SparkPoints: 87,748

Fitness Minutes: 104,388

My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthier. I want to have more energy, less stress, less pain, and to be able to live the active life I used to have.

Sub goals:
1) Preferably, lose 30-50 lbs
2) Gain back muscle mass and improve cardio fitness
3) Eliminate hip pain
4) Eliminate headaches
5) Eliminate carpal tunnel and tendinitis problems
6) Better manage allergies and asthma

My Program:
1) Eat a relatively healthy diet without obsessing about food. I refuse to stress about whether or not I eat another slice of meat or treat myself to a bit of chocolate. I aim for moderation when it comes to food.

2) Try to work out 5 times a week, both strengthening and aerobic exercises, preferably for at least 30 minutes a work out session. These work out sessions include exercises and stretches specifically assigned by my doctor for reducing hip and hand/forearm pain.

3) Drink plenty of water, take the prescribed medications, and try to live responsibly in regards to my allergies.

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I am from Michigan.

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SEAJESS
8/29/2015 3:36:28 PM

emoticon You are absolutely correct about being able to learn and progress from failure. Sure beats using it as an excuse to stay were I am!

emoticon I seem to be filling up your SparkPage!



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SEAJESS
8/27/2015 2:49:05 PM

emoticon Rewrote my Beck blog to include the eight characteristics of overweight thinking. That might make it more useful to someone who isn't familiar with Beck. Thanks for your comment!



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8/26/2015 4:53:20 PM

emoticon Thanks for your comment on my Beck blog. Let's have a running dialogue on those reasons for overeating. I think you are correct, that flushing them out into the light and really looking at them is a way to overcome them. So often (more so in the past but still more than I'd like) I'm aware only of a feeling, then I act. I know there's a thought but it goes by in a nanosecond.

emoticon One part I love about this Beck reboot is the opportunity to see myself in others' experience. It's a learning turbocharge, I think.



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SEAJESS
8/14/2015 6:12:50 PM

emoticon emoticon emoticon for your positive comments about strength training from One Who Knows. The idea about keeping a log is wonderful, especially if, as you say, weight training is one of the fastest ways to get results.

emoticon Now my Instant Gratification Demon is doing the happy dance all around my head. Is there a form of record you recommend? The first gym I ever joined, long, long ago, gave members a form for recording the exercises, sets, reps and weights. Of course I don't remember enough about it for it to be useful.

emoticon Maybe you could ease back in, just two or four moves to start. (I'm not working my legs now. I rationalize that by running three days a week with a long run on Sundays.)



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JAIZWAYS
8/11/2015 11:37:46 AM

Zanna
emoticon so much for commenting on my blog. Your support is really appreciated.



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