VTORIA3   101,573
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Molly gets me out walking. Good Girl!

Looking forward to enjoying pansies again this Spring!

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A Day that SPARKles, is a day well done

Just do it!

Committed to doing the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge!

Just do it!

Committed to doing the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge!

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Member Since: 9/23/2009

SparkPoints: 101,573

Fitness Minutes: 74,345

My Goals:
Live a healthy fit life, NEVER quit.

I love the 5% Challenges:
2014 Summer 5%
2014 Inbetween
2014 Fall 5%
2015 Winter5%
2015 Inbetween (in progress)
2015 Spring (starts 4/3)

2014 Summer 5% Challenge Results:
(my best Challenge)

Weight: Lost 11#
Hips: Lost 2"
BMI 25.5 just short of goal to achieve healthy range of 25
WHR .72
Size: 12 (from sz 14)

My Program:
100 Days of Accountability, Ongoing Chapters

Plan intentions before the start of every day.

Find positives in every day.

Doing 2015 Spring 5% Challenge Program:

Exercise 5-6 Days every week.

Eat a healthy balanced 1200 - 1555 calories daily. Holidays, family events, vacation option: max daily calories=weight x 15 calories .
No evening snacking as much as possible

Personal Information:
Happily married with 3 terrific grown boys, 3 lovely grandkids, and a dog. Took an early retirement in 2009, which presented many new lifestyle changes. Have a part-time bookkeeping business going; watch 3 yr old granddaughter 2 days weekly.

Other Information:
Enjoy time with family and friends, reading, gardening (novice), cooking & mini vacations.

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Member Comments:
4/25/2015 11:36:18 PM

Sharing another little tid-bit I read (in Womans World Magazine):

Drinking tomato juice is an easy, convenient, inexpensive way to get lycopene, selenium, and Vitamins A & C into your diet. Tomatoes contain many powerful compounds, and the bottled or canned juice, which is made from cooked tomatoes, makes these compounds more readibly absorbed in our bodies. Plus the thickness of the juice is very satisfying & makes you feel full.

Hint: Champions, if you are doing the Wk #4 Challenge - EAT A RAINBOW, think RED . . . check! emoticon emoticon

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4/22/2015 1:03:12 PM

Little mini-challenge for you: Gain energy from eating some vitamin C-rich foods.

Over the next few days, concentrate on adding foods rich in vitamin C to your meals or snacks. There are plenty of options, including red or green bell pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and papaya. Or get a liquid dose with a glass of orange, grapefruit, or vegetable juice. A chewable vitamin C is also a viable option (I find this easiest, actually).

A deficiency in vitamin C may deplete your levels of carnitine (a substance that helps your body burn fat for energy) by as much as 50%. As you'd expect, that can make you feel a lot less energetic! Many of us don't get the C we need, so adding one vitamin C-rich food can help you bring those levels up and keep you going strong throughout the day. emoticon emoticon

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4/21/2015 1:00:27 PM

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You've been tagged!

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4/18/2015 7:52:53 PM

Hi Vicki, great to hear from you. I think watercolor is much harder than oil painting because you can't change your mind and redo things. Sometimes I work for a half hour, then take a rag and wipe it off because it wasn't right. And a lot of editing after things dry. I think watercolor painters are very brave!

I'm still enjoying the job - for someone who's almost a recluse, it's weird how much I enjoy meeting people as a reporter. It's definitely getting me out and about in the community. Only bump in the road, the editor, while a very nice guy, is extremely disorganized, and because he does everything himself that means he ends up throwing the paper together at the last minute. Sometimes he forgets to run my stories, or messes them up with my name on them. It's very frustrating, but I'm trying to give it time and be patient. Maybe he'll get some more staff and things will iron out.

I can totally relate to eating junk while doing your tax work. I used to really depend on those carbs some days just to plow through.

I'm still not tracking so not on here, but I'm getting my six-month bloodwork and doctor visit in a few weeks, so if that's not good you may be seeing a lot more of me!

Enjoy the beautiful spring, I know I am!

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4/18/2015 12:10:48 AM

Hello my good buddy, nice to hear from you. Riley would just love you, he is the friendliest little guy, we had to take him to the vet today, he got so excited when we got there, wagging his tail and went visiting everybody, giving kisses. Can you imagine loving the vet? LOL!!
I am glad you hubby brought you pansies, he is such a good guy, flowers always cheer me up too. The roses I found are all blooming here, my green thumb is doing it's work here.
When you are not so swamped you will get back in the game, I just know it. You got what it takes. I know this cuz I know you. You are the great Sparker Vicki!! Biggest of hugs, have the best weekend, go get em tiger. emoticon (tiger :)) emoticon
Riley sends kisses to you and Molly

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