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September 2016: It's amazing how long it takes feet to heal! My bunions and hammertoes are improving after buying even wider shoes, and regularly deep massaging my feet. Now it's time to 1) lose 2.4 pounds to be in a healthy weight range again, and 2) gradually reintroduce strength training.

January 2015: I decided to let my body tell me when it had reached Maintenance! I've been very happy with my weight since I hit 137, but my body is continuing to shape up, and weight is still releasing rather easily. I want to improve my waist:hip ratio -- how will I know if I can unless I try?

November 2014: Heading for the Maintenance team, I'm still shedding weight, which is okay because I would like the pesky fat girdling my waist to release itself. I'm continuing cardio because I love it, but I am excited about my progress in ST, following the Precision Nutrition coaching program through June 2015.

September 2014: I participated in 3 fall challenges: the Biggest Loser Fall Frenzy (Fearless Fuchsia), Fall 5% Challenge (WRJ&G), and BLC26 (Azure Destinations). The first 2 have ended, and I shed over 10% in each of them. Before the BLC26 ends, I expect to reach my nominal "ideal" weight of 125. But I will never give up my cabana boy, Niv Zender, and you can see why I chose him on these YouTube clips: http://intothegloss.com/2014/07/ab-workout
-routine/. (Eventually I want to be able to do those routines!)

Perhaps my biggest achievement won't be measured until January, when I get to see blood labs based on 7 months of consistent exercise and healthy nutrition. I imagine I will resemble an Italian race car, with sexy curves and a body that purrs from healthy fuel.

Thanks to the Summer 5% Challenge, I am 10% lighter than when I returned in June. There are 2 wonderful aspects to that:
1) My July labs were awe-inspiring; they kept me off Lipitor and high blood pressure medication until February 2015 at least. At my last doctor's appointment on 8/25, my blood pressure was 120/65.
2) At the end of the Summer 5% Challenge, I was 7.5 pounds from a healthy weight, and my body was looking fairly trim -- my abs even started to show some definition!

June 2014: I've reached the age where extra weight is indeed dangerous. When work and stress diverted my attention, I gradually put on many of the pounds I had worked so hard to lose. But there is no getting around it, I can't afford to stay "overweight". My DH begged for us to get a treadmill with our tax refund. With the (valid) excuse of sensitive joints and a back back, we purchased a Landice L7 with orthopedic belt. I'm giddy! The treadmill reminds me of how I lost my weight so successfully before -- it's like an old friend. So after the installers left, I started up the machine and walked a 12-minute hill program with max incline of 3 degrees and max speed of 2.8. It's not much to those of you training for marathons, but I knew it was the smart way for me to acquaint myself with this new treadmill. I wasn't winded, but I could feel the incline in my legs. So week 1 will be gentle conditioning. At most I will do a session in the morning and one in the evening. I'm looking forward to 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening - and true progress on the scale!

Just think: getting that treadmill made me think how I would track my progress. Silly me, I already belonged to this wonderful site! So as imperfect as my beginning may be, I am beginning and tracking, for I know that my competitive nature will remind me of my old winning ways.

It's great to be back!

Member Since: 7/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 100,991

My Goals:
To reach a healthy weight of 140 or below by 10/15/14. MET 10/01.

To reach an "ideal" weight of 125 by 12/10/14. MET 12/10.

To attain healthy cholesterol levels by 1/01/15. MET 1/15.

To eat 25 grams or more of fiber a day.

My Program:
When not walking to the park with my dog, I walk on the treadmill at least 30 minutes a day, and do strength training program 3 days a week for 30-75 minutes.

I praised myself with every mini milestone from my original WW start weight of 190.8 on 3.03.09.

I weigh in daily on Wii Fit Plus. I love the mornings it says I am 20 years old!

Exercise Commitment:
at least 30 min/day, cardio intensity to vary per Polar Training Plan (& my ailing foot), with ST on 3 days

Diet Commitment:
Stay within SP 1250-1750 calories per Precision Nutrition guideline
Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Eat 5 fruits/veggies daily
Eat only when hungry
Eat slowly
Eat until 80% full

BLC 30 Azure Destinations
Your Superhero Name is The Invisible Zombie
Your Superpower is Seduction
Your Weakness is Spiders
Your Weapon is Your Caustic Stinger
Your Mode of Transportation is Water Skis 

Personal Information:
I live in Joppa, Maryland. Mariner Point Park is a hop and a skip away for a pleasant walk.

Other Information:
"Life is full of adventures. We just don't get to pick all of them."

"Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well."

2016 "If Only" goal: Run a 5K without exceeding Maximum Heart Rate

2016 "Take That" goal: Develop "Michelle Obama Arms and Shoulders"

Summer 2014 5% Challenge - WRJ&G team
164.9 to 147.5 lbs. (-10.55%)

Fall 2014 5%-WRJ&G
142.6 to 128.1 (-10.17%)

Fall 2014 Fall Frenzy-Fearless Fuchsias
144 to 127.2 (-11.67%)

Fall 2014 BLC26 - Azure Destinations
142.8 to 123.4 (-13.59%)

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    FIVE POUNDS DOWN in the first TWO WEEKS OF CHALLENGE?!?!?! That's amazing! Congrats!
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    CONGRATULATIONS emoticon on meeting your 8th year Sparkaversary. I just noticed that you had your 8th on the day the Challenge was supposed to begin, before they changed the start date !! What an absolutely amazing feat. emoticon I have five years in and I am not planning on going anywhere either. The Sparkpeople has and is an amazing experience for me. I never stop learning and it helps me maintain my weight. I hope that you did something special for your day !! A reward of some kind is in order !! I give you a Blue Ribbon emoticon and a trophy emoticon for all your time spent with the Sparkpeople. I am in awe of you and that accomplishment. You simply ROCK and I am so glad that you have joined the team. You are an AWESOME team mate. CONGRATULATIONS again. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon
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    THANK YOU for being you and for helping this TEAM go viral and stay at the TOP of our game !! emoticon We can be totally AWESOME this week on our bid to make it to the TAJ MAHAL . emoticon It is all possible with completely UNSTOPPABLE YOU !! emoticon Thank you so much for your SUPPORT, EFFORTS and REALLY HARD WORK !! You ROCK THE HOUSE !! GO REBELS GO !! Deb emoticon
    5 days ago
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    Tomorrow is Weigh-In day! Post your weight no later than 11:59pm.

    Tomorrow is also the beginning of the Journey to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a lovely mausoleum commissioned in 1632 - the perfect place to dump the bodies of those lousy Teddy Bears! Let's do it, ROWDY REBELS!
    5 days ago
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    Despite what is going on in your life right now, always remember to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and YOUR GOALS. You make the choice to start over again, to push yourself just a little farther and to shine in the midst of the darkness.

    6 days ago
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