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I'm a single mom who is feeling a little defeated at times. I want to lose weight and keep it off. It's been such an elusive goal for me, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. Despite the setbacks, I have continued to make changes on living a healthier lifestyle so I can be a good role model for my daughter and ensure that I can do all the things I want to do with her.

Obesity runs on my dad's side of the family so I don't want her to struggle later in life like I have. ...
I'm a single mom who is feeling a little defeated at times. I want to lose weight and keep it off. It's been such an elusive goal for me, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. Despite the setbacks, I have continued to make changes on living a healthier lifestyle so I can be a good role model for my daughter and ensure that I can do all the things I want to do with her.

Obesity runs on my dad's side of the family so I don't want her to struggle later in life like I have. More importantly, I do not want her to develop eating disorders like I did when I was in my teen years for fear of becoming heavy which slowed down my metabolism and makes it harder for me to become a healthy weight now.

I'm proud to have such an active, vibrant daughter, but would like to work harder to be able to keep up with her and have more fun in our lives which comes with more energy. Hoping to get it right this time. I also now have a new incentive. I have pre-diabetes so I'm trying to keep it from developing into Type 2 diabetes which took my paternal Grandma and my dad now has. He's been doing a good job getting his blood sugar down so that has motivated me to do more.
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Member Since: 11/18/2008

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My Goals:
In the past my goals were around my weight, not anymore. I'm working towards meeting small goals that add up to big changes. All goals listed are what I want to get to ultimately:
1. Get 7 - 9 hours of sleep every night. (For the most part, I'm meeting this goal.
2. Drink at least 8 cups of water every day. (I'm starting small by drinking less and working my way up to this goal.)
3. Get at least 25 Spark Points every day and spin the bonus wheel.
4. Eat 2-3 servings of fruit every day.
5. Eat 3-5 servings of veggies every day.
6. Eat 2-3 servings of dairy every day.
7. Eat 2 servings of protein every day.
8. Meet Fiber recommendations.
9. Reduce sodium intake.
10. Make sure I'm meeting vital nutrients that keep my body running in proper order.
11. Exercise 60 minutes a day/6 days a week.
12. Stretch 15 minutes a day/7 days a week.
13. Strength train for 20 minutes/3 days a week.

My Program:
Small steps building to big ones.
* Found out I eat too fast so I'm trying to stretch my meals to 15 minutes initially and work towards 30 minute meals.
* Get 7-9 hrs of sleep every night.
* Start exercising 10 minutes a day with an off day where all I do is stretching. Work towards 60 minutes 6 days a week with 15 minutes of stretching on my off day.
* Work towards drinking 8 to 10 c water every day.
* At least 25 Spark points every day.
* Eat 2 - 3 serv fruit daily.
* Eat 3 - 5 serv veggies daily.
* Eat 2 - 3 serv dairy daily.
* Eat 2 serv meat daily.
* Work towards 25 Grams or more of fiber daily.
* Reduce sodium to the recommended daily maximum and then see if I can go below it.
* Make sure I'm meeting my nutrient requirements.

Personal Information:
I live in the Midwest and I love the seasons, but admit when it gets cold outside, I lose motivation for a bit so working on that. I think the great thing about having seasons though is it makes it easy to mix things up. I love taking my daughter sledding and would love to do more snowmobiling or try other winter activities in the winter. Spring, I love to enjoy nature and seeing the flowers bloom and that's when I work on my flower garden. Summer is swimming and more fun. Fall is watching the leaves change and get my garden ready for winter. There is always something to do!

Other Information:
* I can do anything I set my mind to.
* I got to get up and try.
* Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
* Everything in moderation.

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FMBURSON
12/21/2014 2:01:23 PM

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12/21/2014 9:58:02 AM

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Recipe for a Merry Christmas

To a cup of tradition, time-honored and dear,
Add a generous portion of holiday cheer,
Combine with the memories of Christmases past,
Then sprinkle the mixture with joy unsurpassed.
Add a dash of good spirits, stir fondly until
You set it to rise in the warmth of good will.
Pour love over all in generous measure,
And garnish with laughter and heartwarming pleasure.

~ Barbara Burrow ~

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KALANTHA
12/18/2014 10:43:19 AM

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This Holiday Season, give yourself the gift of self-motivation:

1. Review your reasons for wanting to be healthier.

2. Think about how you felt when you began your new healthy lifestyle. You remember . . . tired, low energy, lots of aches and pains, miserable, embarrassed, etc. and pay close attention to the smallest changes in your body. Think about how far you’ve come so far.

3. Challenge yourself . . . the try some new, healthy food options; a new form of exercise; walk farther; run faster; whatever. Just make sure the challenge you set is realistic for you.

4. Set up reminders to keep yourself on track – they can be sticky notes taped to your computer monitor, automatic text messages/emails you send yourself, or anything else that will keep your goals front and center in your mind.

5. Surround yourself with others who are positive and motivated.

6. Read success stories or watch them on video.

7. Learn as much as you can about healthy lifestyles. In this case, education CAN be free! There is a ton of good info on this site or in your local library. Knowledge is POWER!

8. Just Get Moving! Once you start, you’ll want to keep going.

9. Keep a record of your progress. Seeing concrete evidence of your improvement will motivate you to do even more/better.

10. Help others when you can.

Keep going!

You are SPARKTACULAR!

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KALANTHA
12/14/2014 4:23:04 PM

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You have it in you

When you feel like quitting, that’s an opportunity to keep going. When you feel like giving up, you have it in you to step forward with renewed energy and to give more.

Giving up doesn’t accomplish anything, and it doesn’t make you feel any better. It just leaves you with disappointment and regret.

There’s a way to keep going, and you know it. There’s a way to keep going, and just imagine how great you will feel for choosing persistence.

If you’re weary, stop for a short while to rest, but don’t give up. Remind yourself of all the good reasons why you’ve chosen to move forward, and then get yourself going again.

If you wish to be free of the effort, then do what it takes to finish the effort. Make all your work count for something by bringing it to a successful conclusion.

The next step is right in front of you, and you have it in you to take that step. Keep going, fulfill your best possibilities, and you’ll always be thankful for your choice to do so.

— Ralph Marston


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CHERYL_ANNE
12/12/2014 8:43:37 PM

I appreciate your comments on my post "I Can And I Will." Thanks!



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