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Being healthy and in good shape is a journey, not just a destination.

Brief weight history: My weight has slowly crept up over the years, logging in an additional 10 pounds with each major change in my life (marriage, graduate school, three jobs). And then I added an additional 20-25 pounds with my diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer. That's 70 pounds of extra weight! While I do not expect to get back to my rail-thin-college-aged self of (cough) 30+ years ago, I do want to return to a more reasonable weight of 150-160 pounds.

I am a fan of the Dr Judith Beck's Book "The Beck Diet Solution" (BDS) and have used the cognitive therapy tips therein to finally start pulling the weight back off. And I was given a FitBit a few years ago, which is my constant companion -- love counting those steps! Finally, I like to challenge myself daily, whether it is to try a new recipe, or to change up my exercise plans.

Using these various motivators (and the related SP Teams I've joined), I am successfully creating habits of a fit and shapely person. I know what I have to do: plan my meals in advance, eat slowly and mindfully, and use anti-craving techniques to stay on track. I know what I have to remember: stay out of the kitchen in the evening, hunger is not an emergency, I have NO CHOICE but to stick with the diet, and just say "oh well" when life seems unfair. I have also learned how to keep myself motivated, by reviewing my list of reasons for dieting, by reading inspirational SparkPeople blogs, by giving myself credit for staying the course, and by getting support from my diet buddies.

I can do this!

updated 10/31/2015

Member Since: 9/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 122,679

My Goals:
My current goal is to have a Happy and Healthy 2016, starting with attaining a healthy interim weight of 170 lbs by April 1st.

My Program:
I will accomplish this goal by:
1) controlling my caloric intake by:
a) planning my meals in advance and tracking the calories, keeping the NET calories under 1440,
b) staying out of the kitchen in the evening (no snacks after dinner!),
c) reducing my intake of carbs, particularly sugar,
d) eating 3 (and only 3) meals per day, making sure to have a protein with breakfast, and
e) using the mindset techniques I've learned from BDS;
2) trimming and toning my physique by:
a) getting a minimum of 15K+ steps on my FitBit each day,
b) strength training 3x per week, and
C) performing my fav core exercises daily;
3) getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night; and
4) drinking 5+ glasses of water per day.

By taking these actions, I will see my body become more firm and toned, my weight will go down, and my overall health will improve.

I can do this!
updated 1/1/2016

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Sierra foothills, northern CA
breast cancer survivor
(Mar 2009)

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