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Hiking - my favorite form of exercise! - in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

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I would like to get rid of just over 20 pounds of fat. In the past, I've tried eating, exercising, and sleeping better... and just about everything else generally recommended. I'm ready to try again, by taking many wise steps simultaneously rather than hoping something will prove to be a "magic bullet."

I've noticed small changes for the good as of late, which gives me hope. For example, today I enjoyed a nice, leafy salad - not something I typically like - and I didn't want a whole lot of dressing on it - something I typically like too much of. Maybe with a few healthy changes taken all together and a bit more dedication, I can finally reach my goals of weighing 125 pounds and running a pain-free 5k.

My favorite healthy things include group Zumba workouts, roasted vegetables, and hiking/walking/jogging/trail running.

Steps I'm taking to get where I want to be include the following: focusing on quality sleep, crafting a list of exercises I can do with the meager equipment I have at my apartment, walking for transportation when possible, following the "Run Your Butt Off" book/plan, and upping veggies while minimizing refined carbs.

Let's do this!

Member Since: 4/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 21,211

My Goals:
Get to 125lbs.

Get to a point where I'm sleeping well.

Run a 5k without pain. (This will involve working up slowly and faithfully stretching/treating, as I have some hip/knee/foot issues.)

My Program:
Find a medication or supplement that helps me sleep soundly.

Make exercise something I do for fun in my free time.

Walk for transportation when possible.

Follow "Run Your Butt Off."

Find delicious ways to incorporate lots of vegetables into my diet.

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  • v BARBIE176
    My quote for you today comes from Thomas Edison:

    ”I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

    I think this is a great quote for us to remember on our journeys to a healthier lifestyle.

    Have a Terrific Thursday! emoticon emoticon
    1486 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    Thank you for stopping by my spark page with your uplifting comments about my fitness minutes. Funny thing is I didn't think I was doing that well on getting fitness in this month because of illness. So I was pretty shocked but happy. Have a Wonderful Wednesday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1487 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    Thank you for visiting my spark page. My quote for today comes from Bill Copeland:

    “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

    So I'm wishing you a fantabulous week filled with goals so that you can score by achieving them. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1496 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    Thank you for adding me as your Spark Friend. I look forward to getting to know you! Have an awesome week! emoticon
    1497 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    Thank you for visiting my spark page. Just wanted to say you're welcome for the link and good luck on the affirmations. I think they just may work! Have an awesome day!
    1497 days ago
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