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I have been trying for several years to get healthier and more active. I have been working out with workout videos and DVDs, generally 3-5 times a week. I do step, aerobics, stability ball, yoga, and weight-lifting. I particularly enjoy Sharon Mann's The Works workouts. is a great site for getting information on workout DVDs and videos.

I am studying karate, and I love it! I have a double black stripe belt, and I'm now in hard training for my black belt, which I hope to earn sometime this year. Both of my daughters have black belts. My oldest has a black belt second degree and she is now teaching karate at our dojo, and my youngest has her black belt, first degree, although she's not in active training now.

I wore a pedometer daily for a long time, and I used it to participate in the Eowyn Challenge, since I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan. I made it all the way to Mount Doom and back, recording a total of over 4,000 miles. Read about the Eowyn Challenge here:
e/index.html Now I wear a Gruve device, which tells me how many calories I burn a day.

One thing I also did recently is to buy a Laptop Lunches lunch box. See the website here: I first learned about them when I ran across the Vegan Lunchbox site here: which has a lot of very cool and interesting ideas for packing your own lunch. My Flickr pictures of some of the lunches I have packed are here:
tags/lunchbox/ If you are interested in lunchbox/bento box lunches, you may enjoy the Flickr group Bentoboxes:

I want to drop perhaps ten more pounds. I think tracking everything I eat will help.

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Member Since: 8/9/2006

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I want to work toward leading a consistently healthy lifestyle and lose a few pounds. And enjoy doing it.

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I am using workout DVDs and videos, doing step, aerobics, weightlifting, stability ball, and yoga. I also do elliptical at my office gym. I have studied karate in the past and hope to get back to it again soon. I wear a pedometer every day and I've started bicycling to work.

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    Thank you for educating me. I suppose I should be more understanding but it's confusing to me to see people who have trouble saying no to sweets (I just don't think about it. 'do you want some of this--' 'No.' lol) when it was relatively easy for me to go from eating everything in sight to restricting myself.
    2328 days ago
    That is so cool that you're getting your black belt along with your daughters! Have you read Black Belt Mama's blog? She did the same thing. So inspiring.
    2633 days ago
    Hi! It's great to see you. So far SparkPeople has gotten to stop and *think* about what I eat, so I'd say it's already changed me for the better.

    Best of luck on your continued health-improvement efforts!
    2723 days ago
    I saw your blog, thought I'd stop by & introduce myself. My name is Debra, I am a co-leader of the Spark Minneapolis St Paul team. It is great to have you on the team. Another motivated team member will benefit us all! I look forward to sharing this journey to DESTINATION HEALTHY with you. Please stop by my page if you have questions, comments, or would like to chat. It will be great to see you posting! Debra

    2976 days ago
    Welcome to DwD
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