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CREATE YOUR OWN CULTURE OF HEALTH
I am looking to untie "sedentary knots" and promote a "culture of activity and exercise" within our mature household. You can create your very own culture around all that is healthy. Talk it, eat it, read it, watch it on television, gift it and do it!

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!
By immersing ourselves as much as possible in healthy activities and being with those who have similar lifestyles and goals, it will make ...
CREATE YOUR OWN CULTURE OF HEALTH
I am looking to untie "sedentary knots" and promote a "culture of activity and exercise" within our mature household. You can create your very own culture around all that is healthy. Talk it, eat it, read it, watch it on television, gift it and do it!

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!
By immersing ourselves as much as possible in healthy activities and being with those who have similar lifestyles and goals, it will make things much easier for us.

Achieving weight loss is completely foreign to me because I was thin all during the first part of my life. We can share our best practices and cheer one another on in our new lifestyles for a more healthy, active and vibrant online community. This is social media at its best!

Go Teams: Yoga Lovers, Dog Lovers, Charleston Sparkers, Fun-Loving People Over 60 and those who have joined the Official Better Sleep Challenge!!!

ACCOUNTABILITY
It is hard for me to hold myself accountable. I feel sorry for myself because of a hard day and will indulge in food that comforts or take a nap instead of exercising. Snacking in the evening is my downfall!

COURAGE
Yesterday, I resumed my yoga practice and walked into a class full of strangers by myself. It's been at least 7 or 8 years since I have taken a yoga class. Yes, I was breathing in when they were breathing out, up when they were down and nearly teetered over a couple of times. But, I did it! It will come but it is going to take some work to get my yoga practice back. Laugh at yourself and congratulate yourself when you do something adventurous like this!

I WAS THE WORLD'S WORST WHEN IT CAME TO EXERCISE!! THERE WAS NO DESIRE WHATSOEVER!

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE!
Family health problems and serious personal health issues isolated me at times. Depression made it worse. The stress was tremendous. Just getting through a bad day was exhausting and debilitating. I finally took the first step and I have to take it every day towards living well.

BABY STEPS AND RYTHM
Don't be overwhelmed by the whole picture. Do what you can every single day and build upon it SLOWLY. There will be days when exercise is hard, unenjoyable and goals seem too far away to even matter. That's normal. Do what you can on these days. Don't make excuses. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and security plus it won't be difficult to return to your workout program the next day. Keep the rhythm going!

GET CHECKED OUT & CHECK IT OUT
Before beginning any program make sure to get your doctor's blessing and/or a prescription for PT if you need it for that nagging back pain you have had for years. Some PT offices are located in athletic clubs. This is a plus because they can actually train you safely on the equipment for the next step up.

DON'T SUFFER FROM DE AGONY OF DE FEET!
Invest your money in a really, really good pair of athletic shoes. Go to a competent sports store where they videotape your walk on a treadmill and fit you accordingly.

If your feet pronate, turn in or out, you will need some comfy orthotics in your shoes. Otherwise, you might have a repetitive motion injury to the foot, ankle, leg or hip and suffer a setback. There are also special ways to lace them for a custom fit depending upon your foot; your salesperson can show you.

Buy a pair of good athletic socks, too, while you are at it. Note the content and check out some of the discount stores for similar, cheaper socks. You don't want blisters or Athlete's Foot from cotton socks. The socks should fit smoothly like a second skin with no wrinkles or bunching up.

HAVE A CREED
I believe that I can do some type of exercise every single day. I am living this way NOW!

My motto is to dressout for activity, be counted as present and do it with joy!

WE ARE WORTH IT AND DESERVE TO LIVE
A HAPPY, HEALTHY LIFE!

8 pounds are gone.
I have made new friends.
My back doesn't hurt as much from the belly weight.

Now, it's your turn to inspire others including me!

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Member Since: 4/12/2011

SparkPoints: 743

Fitness Minutes: 35

My Goals:
I want to live.
To live longer, better, stronger through a healthy lifestyle.

The weight loss and slim body will happen as a result of this.

My Program:
Cardio 5 x week
Yoga 1 x week
PT 3 x week (back/leg)

Near Future:
Circuit Training
Abs, Core & More



Personal Information:
My husband, mother and I live in The City of Charleston, SC and love it! The weather is mild and it is a "happening place."

Our children are grown and we await the birth of our 10th grandchild.

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For many are those who love beauty. But beauty is not in externals; true beauty consists in the splendour of wisdom. St. Bonaventure, OFM

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Member Comments:
PINKHOPE
4/25/2011 1:27:08 PM

Hope the week ahead finds you making wise nutrition choices and getting lots of great fitness minutes! Plan for success! Enjoy Spring!

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JUSFOLK
4/25/2011 1:07:42 PM

Hope this is a start of a great week of making healthy decisions!
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CLIMBERS_ROCK
4/21/2011 10:47:17 PM

You are welcome. I wish you the best. Here is a link for more information on back pain. It has been helping me. I don't know if it will help you, but if you are anything like me, you will try anything before surgery. http://jessecannone.com/websites.php The supplement heal 'n soothe gave me more pain relief than anything I tried in five years except yoga. I you can get a month free trial to see if it works for you.



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
4/20/2011 5:10:34 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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FITFABJENN
4/16/2011 10:59:23 AM

Welcome to Spark People! This is such a rich, supportive community. I'm glad you're here!



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