hello! i am a 55 year old woman who is recognizing that if i do not take care of myself now and lose this weight and become healthy, i may not be around to enjoy my husband, dog,and future grandchildren. it's time to live life to the fullest and eat to fuel my body not just because i'm bored, frustrated, etc/
i would like to lose at least 30-40lbs and tone up. i'm hoping by losing the weight i will gain more energy and will be able to enjoy activities with my hubby!
i am trying to use a combination of walking and other cardio (kickboxing, step, recumbant bike, etc) with weight tapes (the firm, cathe) and pilates.
i live in macungie, pa. in the southeast of pa. we're about an hour north of philadelphia. i have a great husband who is very athletic. our two boys are 28 & 26. they too are very athletic. both play ice hockey and lacrosse. i am not athletic!! I just left my job as a medical assistant for a family practice to be able to focus on myself. I know I am very fortunate to be able to do this.
i love mystery books. reading relaxes me.
I am refinding my love of cooking. I am also learning to cook organic and vegetarian to help a friend who has an aggressive, rare form of liver cancer.
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Hello, thanks for the add. I am not working right now, I was caring for a women who passed away in April. I enjoy walking and would love to walk with you at the park some day but I do not drive so I would have to work that out.
952 days ago
To the Wonderful World of SparkPeople
You have chosen to embark on a great journey to health and fitness and you'll make some great new Spark Friends along the way!
And it's easy if you follow these guidelines...
*Eat your five servings
*Track your food and fitness
*Get in an extra 10 minutes of dancing
*Get plenty of
*Believe that you are worth it
* Keep walking
You are not alone on this journey. We do not stand in front or behind but beside each other. You can do this. Don't get down if you make a mistake but get back up and do it again and again until you get it right. It will happen. Maybe not today or even tomorrow but you will do it if you believe in yourself. Find that strength deep inside and bring it out. Don't jump into a decision to quit and then regret it. Even a small victory is a step ahead.
I'm in Montana-not even close to PA!!
977 days ago
Come One, Come All.... invite your Sparkfriends!
9/10/11 at 12 noon --- if it's nice out we can use the pool, if it's too cool, we can use the Wii Fit or find something else to do I'm sure! Healthy food choices are a MUST! If we each bring something small, we'll have plenty to pick at!
Be sure to RSVP on the "Did Someone Say Pool Party" Blog entry
Sparkmail me for address!
2022 days ago
Comment edited on: 8/14/2011 4:36:12 PM
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. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. There are teams specifically for emotional eaters so maybe one of those might help you. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the teams I like and think 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 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 including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
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.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. Right now there is a 'special offer' on Amazon to get it in electronic format for just $1.99 - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this generous offer - so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it 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.
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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
2079 days ago
Greetings- I live close to you. Perhaps we can walk together. Sending you a SparkMail .
2080 days ago