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2012 is my year to get healthy and stay healthy! One choice at a time!
I joined the 5% Winter Challenge and commit to at least 380 minutes of cardio exercise weekly, along with additional strength training. I will stay within 1370-1700 calories daily and will be eating a Mediterranean style diet. I will support the Awesome A Team by logging my fitness minutes and LTGL points daily, weigh-in on Saturday’s, and check in with my teammates daily through group posts and their blogs, offering encouragement where I can. I look forward to a successful 8 week ...
I joined the 5% Winter Challenge and commit to at least 380 minutes of cardio exercise weekly, along with additional strength training. I will stay within 1370-1700 calories daily and will be eating a Mediterranean style diet. I will support the Awesome A Team by logging my fitness minutes and LTGL points daily, weigh-in on Saturday’s, and check in with my teammates daily through group posts and their blogs, offering encouragement where I can. I look forward to a successful 8 week challenge!!!
I don't always make positive choices for my well being when it comes to food and exercise, but I have come so far since I joined SparkPeople. I am still challenged daily to get in the right amount of nutrients, and not go over my max in calorie range. Exercise is still a four letter word...work, but I am more consistent than I thought I would be when I first joined SparkPeople. I haven't moved to Stage 4 yet, because I don't feel like eating choices and exercise are as instinctual as they need to be to make this a forever lifestyle change.
I hit my original goal weight in early 2011, and then revised it to the middle of my normal BMI. I was within 9 pounds of the revised goal, had started HIIT training for a 12k, when I tore the meniscus in my knee. I have been stumbling along with a half-hearted commitment to get to my revised goal weight since then. After I damaged my knee in July, I slowly sank into a pity party of one. I continued to track my food (most items) daily, but never lowered my calorie range to compensate for the lowered activity level. Needless to say, I have seen a weight gain in the past 6 months. I have seen a pound here, a pound there, my pants are tighter, and I feel sluggish.
I spent the first two weeks of December in denial. Finally, I went back and looked at my food tracker...yikes. I had managed to replace old unhealthy habits with new unhealthy habits. So now I am going back to basics. I started last week, by planning out my meals, and shopping accordingly. This week, I am concentrating on drinking 10 glasses of water. I have decided that I need to make this about one choice at a time. I will choose one glass of water instead of a diet soda, one lean protein instead of a handful of chocolate. Every choice equals one step towards a healthy BMI!
After my realization in December, I convinced a friend to start walking with me three days per week. As much as I dislike mornings, we are walking at 6:30 AM two mornings a week, and one afternoon. So far, we have kept the walks to 5k each. I need to work up my speed after the knee injury before we add any mileage. I am still going to Curves 3 days per week. I am not where I was before the injury, but I feel stronger after every workout. I hardly had to ice my knee in the last two weeks! So my new mantra is "One choice at a time." I can do this!!!
| Pounds lost: 54.4
Member Since: 3/18/2010
Fitness Minutes: 65,958
5% Challenege: 9 pound loss by 12/02/2012
Healthy BMI 3/2013
Goal weight 5/2013
Minimum 380 minutes of cardio exercise weekly
Strength training 2x per week
Use the Nutrition Tracker to input all foods eaten
Drink a minumum of 10 glasses of water daily, building intake to 12
5 Cardio sessions per week (currently Curves 3 days and walking 3 days)
Follow the SP Strength Training plans 2 x per week
My name is Margie ( hard g) I was born and raised in Montana. My husband was in the military so I have lived in several states throughout the years, and have been in southern California since 1991.
Married with two adult children and two granddaughters.
Reading (anything historical, political, or thrillers such as Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum)
Counted Cross Stitch
Pretty much everything goes here. Classical, country, hip-hop, rock. I have music on all day rather than TV