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Hello! I am a wife and mother to 5 children. For quite some time I had been noticing we were all becoming heavier and heavier and in October 2010 I finally decided I had had enough and that we were all going to become healthier. I didn't do it for me to start with. I really did it for my daughter. We went to the store to buy her fall/winter clothes and she wore 1 size smaller than me at 10 years old. I about cried that day. With my birthday quickly approaching and thoughts of what I've ...
Hello! I am a wife and mother to 5 children. For quite some time I had been noticing we were all becoming heavier and heavier and in October 2010 I finally decided I had had enough and that we were all going to become healthier. I didn't do it for me to start with. I really did it for my daughter. We went to the store to buy her fall/winter clothes and she wore 1 size smaller than me at 10 years old. I about cried that day. With my birthday quickly approaching and thoughts of what I've accomplished and what my future would hold if things didn't change, I made the committment to change it all. No more bags of Dove chocolates eaten in one day. No more movie marathons, or watching tv all day long.

After a little over a year of successful changes, I went backwards a bit. I got into couponing seriously(a bit obsessively, I must admit), and ended up buying all kinds of processed crap for a couple of months. The entire family noticed the changes, some immediately, others took longer. Tiredness was the main symptom, but there were others as well, such as frequent stomach upset and headaches. So Mid-December 2011, I started making the same changes again. I am still interested in coupons and I use the ones I can find for the products we use, but I'm watching the ingredients lists very carefully on anything new. Everyone can tell the difference and I think this time around it's not going to be much trouble to convince everyone that eating healthy is in their best interest. After dealing with Sandy, our family was less than focused on healthy eating and exercising. It's so easy to slip back into old, ingrained bad habits especially in times of intense stress and that's what we did. We did maintain enough healthy habits that I didn't gain everything back. While I am happy with that, I was hoping to have built up enough good habits by this time that bumps(or craters) in the road wouldn't derail me so much. We've only been learning new habits for 3 years. I guess it will take longer to undo those 30 some odd years of bad habits :-) Just Keep Going!
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Member Since: 5/4/2011

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My Goals:
1. Overall - Become more plant strong as a family. Attainable - 1-2 servings of leafy green veg every day

2. Reach goal of 50 situps, 25 pushups

3. Get back to 175lb

4. Do 10 miles or more per week through combo of walking/Leslie Sansone a minimum of 3 weeks every month.

5. Reach final goal of 170.

6. Maintain 170-175 weight range.


My Program:
Changing over to plant strong with the goal of being nearly vegetarian. A little over 3 years in, we've managed to increase the amount of vegetables/fruits consumed overall, even when we've been under stress and inclined to stress eat. Goal is to get more plant foods in each day with a minimum of 2 servings of leafy greens.
For exercise, I increased exercise to almost every day, but due to a lot of bad attitude days, I've not been consistent for a while. My plan is to get back to my walking and strength exercises and keep it interesting with some fitness challenges like my situp and pushup challenge. These little challenges are aimed at the entire family and have helped my oldest son get his exercise together. After all, the old lady shouldn't be able to do more pushups than he can :-)

Personal Information:
I had a difficult childhood and learned to self soothe with food. As a result I am an emotional eater and binge when my emotions become too much. I've been with my husband for 18 years, and we have 5 children together, ages 6-15. I can't believe I'm a mom to two teenagers! It seems so wild when I still feel like a teenager myself alot of days.

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I've been exploring new activities and old favorites. I have some fun activities now that I like and am exploring new ones every week. I feel more alive than I have in years and it has nothing to do with my weight and everything to do with the emotional work that I realized I had to do on this journey. I feel like I've finally found some peace. While I am and most likely will always be a work in progress, I am very proud of how far I've come.

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BECKYLIVES
10/16/2013 11:36:16 AM

I cannot even buy those darn sugary cookies anymore. Now that I've seen the results of just plain sugar being that addictive I'm going to get rid of that too....

I'm gonna go eat a whole sleeve of CELERY!

Bex



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TANYAP71
9/7/2012 3:38:41 PM

I miss you! How are you doing?



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CRYPTIC_CYPHER
9/1/2012 11:50:30 AM

I saw you at Tanya's page... I hope you don't mind that I added you as a friend. I really identify with that forwards/backwards dynamic... perhpas we can help each other go forward more than back!



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TANYAP71
7/3/2012 6:35:42 PM

I use loseit.com. I trust the food data and have entered a lot of info myself. I'm not so sure about the exercise data. I prefer to use my HRM and enter it myself. You can set it for 1/2 pound loss a week, 1, or 2 (maybe 1.5 too) and it will project when you will reach your goal. It also has a fudge factor option which you can use if your budget doesn't give me the results you are after. When I was tracking closely in maintainance I found I needed to add a few hundred calories a day to my budget so the fudge factor does sometimes come into play. (I probably always needed it as I lost a lot faster than my budget predicted.)



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TANYAP71
7/3/2012 9:37:05 AM

I'm doing the NASM FNS certificate. It's hard for me to judge how hard it is because I have a very strong biology background. It uses an intro nutrition for majors college textbook. Reading is paired with online lectures. There are 13 (IIRC) units each with a short online choice quiz at the end (except for the first which is lecture only and no quiz). At the end you take an online multiple choice exam - 100 questions in 90' - and you need a 70 to pass. You have 365 days to do the course.



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