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October 2013 - formal night on cruise





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Never Quit Pledge

*Today, I promise I will not quit.
*I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
*I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
*I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
*I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
*I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Summer 5% exercise commitment:
1. 2 weight training sessions a week, total 2 hours.
2. 2 yoga sessions and 3 water aerobics classes a week, total 5 hours.
3. Additional 100-200 minutes minimum doing aerobic exercise to include walking, spinning, stationary bike, swimming, or videos.

Nutrition Plan:
I am working at mindful eating, meaning I can eat anything I want but when I do eat I pay attention to what I am eating (taste, texture, smell, etc) and stop eating when I am satisfied. I try to keep only healthy food in the house. I have 3-4 meals and no snacks. I tried not to track, but found I feel more comfortable when I track most days. I prefer to eat low carb/ high fiber (net carbs less than 100 grams), low sodium (1500-1800 mg), and 1200-1600 calories. I make at least one new recipe each week to keep things varied and interesting.

Improving my health is most important to me. I have a few serious issues I am dealing with, and I'm finding that SparkPeople is the right tool for me to deal with these issues in a healthy way.

In the past, I've been so hard on myself that I don't maintain a program and give up. For over 6 years now, I have been recognizing that I am making progress. When I'm not perfect, I get back in line. I have also found that having fun is what keeps me trying. I learned that I love taking classes at my gym and meeting new friends. I love participating in teams and challenges on SP.

Since starting with SP in July 2012, I've brought my blood sugar and blood pressure down dramatically, with both numbers being in the healthy range now. I am exercising 6 times a week, for 45-120 minutes at a time. I am eating well for the most part, but really need to get better control of snacking. I am finally sleeping well. I am feeling better and more hopeful than I have in a long time.

Member Since: 7/28/2012

Fitness Minutes: 94,105

My Goals:
Control my blood sugar
Healthy blood pressure readings
More energy
Happier outlook for future
Achieve a healthy weight

My Program:
Tracking daily meal plans
Exercising at least 5 times a week
Daily blood sugar and blood pressure readings
Read articles, especially about motivation

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    Thanks for your well wishes on my speedy recovery! I'm doing great! Still a little surprised by all this myself. emoticon
    1 hour ago
  • v NAVYMOM133
    emoticon I loved hearing about your blackberry bounty!! The pie(s) and fun times with your friends and DH sounded lovely. Enjoy your cup of berries, berries on oatmeal, berries galore. Awesome low-sugar, high fiber fruit!! (Not to be confused with Grapes! but was the closest emoticon!)
    We have blueberry bushes but the netting got opened in the back (probably by the dog), unbeknownst to us and the birds had a field day.
    Our local farm stand has row after row of blueberries and I'm headed there after work!
    3 days ago
  • v SPARKSUE198
    Thanks for the welcome back goodie! It was a lovely holiday but it's nice to catch up now and see what everyone's been doing whilst I was away. Hope you're having a great week.
    4 days ago
  • v NAVYMOM133
    I am jumping on board the "Consume Less News" wagon this week too. I have a local news channel configured to send alerts to my phone when news breaks. It's all Bad News! One day, I just wanted to put my head on my desk.
    I've reconfigured my Notifications and will just watch the evening news and that will be it.
    Have a great day! emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v JOJO2348
    emoticon for your support emoticon Jojo
    5 days ago
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