CHARLENEMICHELE
8,500-9,999 SparkPoints 8,604
SparkPoints
 
Photos

May 2016




Hard to believe the 2009 picture is me.


SparkGoodies

Flowers
From:
POLARBEARSCAT

Happy Face
From:
SOLSTICECHILD

Fitness Magazine
From:
CHARLENEMICHELE
Awards

 
Interact with CHARLENEMICHELE
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts


So my year has been FULL to say the least!

My baby got married! I became a mother-in-law! My first-born gave birth to my first grandchild. I became a GranMomma!

My job situation changed drastically. A year ago I was a credit analyst with benefits like a grown-up. I gave my 2-week notice on New Year's Eve. On the last day of my 2-week notice, I got the call for a Math Coach position at the community college. I have continued to tutor private students which I have been doing for the past 5 years. Then I acquired two more part-time jobs - ACT Prep and teaching one day a week for a homeschool co-op.

The changes have been wonderful and stressful! I have had some other personal stressors this past fall, too. As a result, I have gained a bit of my weight back. In part, I have given myself permission to do so, and I am not beating myself up about it.

I know what I am capable of and that I can reach my goals. My goal this year is to re-lose anything I have gained this past fall and surpass my last recorded weight loss.

My other goal this year is to lose enough that, even if I don't look perfect (menopause causes skin elasticity to change drastically), I am going to sit by a pool in a swimsuit. I bought swim suit separates probably 3 or 4 years ago, but I have yet to wear them. This is the year!! I am excited about the prospect!

I am looking back over my "program" entry from OVER A YEAR AGO:

I try to take a couple of what I call "scenic walking bathroom breaks" during the work day. I walk for 15 min straight during mid-morning break and a mid-afternoon break. I also do passive tummy and butt squeezes when I am waiting on the computer window to pop up. (That's how I have lost an inch on my waist during the last 3 months!) Lots of stretching with tension bands (for neck & back issues and for toning). Also use 1 dumbbell for behind the head reps to help the tricep area (aka arm flab). These are my secret weapon exercises that I can do even if I can't fit in a "real workout".

THAT WAS 2015.

THIS IS 2017.

I have to reinvent my "program" as I have not been at that job for a year now.

There are some good pieces of the 2015 "program" I need to bring into my new job situation. I drive to 2 or 3 different campuses during the school year job, so I am on the road a lot which interferes with taking those regular break time walks.

The good thing is that I do walk from the parking lot to the buildings which is something. The tummy and butt squeezes need to be resurrected to when I am sitting at red lights.

I am starting my day with 10 minutes on my Twist Stepper in combination with 5 lb. dumbbells for my arms. I want to start doing my floor exercises, the walking treadmill and my "dumbbell dancing" again really soon.

A Facebook friend has included me in an 8-week weight loss challenge that began this past Tuesday. That is one of the reasons I am back on Sparkpeople. When I have been moving in the right direction with my weight, Sparkpeople has been a big part of my success. Tracking my food is uber important for me. I had always used Sparkpeople on a desktop or laptop previously, but with my on-the-go job situation, I can't always do that. I finally learned how to add my food and exercise to the mobile site! Yay for me!

Well, I think I am at the end for now.

Sending good wishes to myself and to all of the Sparkpeople!


Member Since: 1/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,221

My Goals:
To reinvent myself for the remaining 45 years of my life (yes, I am up to 98 as a goal age)
Go back to school and finish degree(Bachelor's completed in 2012)- CHECK.
Lost 65 pounds -CHECK.
Lose another 26 pounds - IN PROGRESS.


My Program:
I try to take a couple of what I call "scenic walking bathroom breaks" during the work day. I walk for 15 min straight during mid-morning break and a mid-afternoon break. I also do passive tummy and butt squeezes when I am waiting on the computer window to pop up. (That's how I have lost an inch on my waist during the last 3 months!) Lots of stretching with tension bands (for neck & back issues and for toning). Also use 1 dumbbell for behind the head reps to help the tricep area (aka arm flab). These are my secret weapon exercises that I can do even if I can't fit in a "real workout".



Personal Information:


Other Information:




Read More About CHARLENEMICHELE - Profile Information moved here. (Updated January 7)




Shown if member clicks "Read More"
My Goals:


My Program:


Personal Information:


Other Information:


Personal Signature: (Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 Pounds lost: 72.6 
 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
Login to Leave Comment
Comments
Member Comments (13):  123Next >