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Aug 18 2016 I finally have a stable job, a place to live and I'm back on track. I've s worked it out that I can whirl from 7-4 and then walk at the nature preserve bergen my office and gone from 4-5. Or I also found a super cute river walk trail just around the corner from work. I could mix it up if I wanted to. I'm very excited to be back on a schedule and routine. July 4, 2016 - I just returned to the States from teaching a year in China. I lost 75-80 lbs walking there. Only 80 more pounds to go! I am a Hot Mocha Maniac and am really excited to restart my life in the US. Here we go life. Only more confident and weighing a whole lot less. I learned that I can do hard things and my students have inspired me to dream. 12/2015 - I moved to Qingdao, Shandong, China in September of 2015 and it's now December and I've losts 48 lbs. It's the food, walking, sweating at the beginning (it's COLD now) and my goal is to lose another 50 lbs at least while here. I am joining the BLC30 that starts in Jan 2016. I have some of the same goals - eating home cooked meals (steamed veggies comes to mind) and walking a lot - even though I can walk a lot more now, I need cardio to lose more weight. I purchased an exercise band and could get another one if I need it. I have an exercise ball and little 5# hand weights. But I've been doing my own little version of weights since arriving here. I'm way stronger than I look - this I know now. Moving here has increased my confidence by leaps and bounds. We are made to do HARD things and we can do this. I'm focused...I loved being a Hot Mocha Maniac and I lost something like 15 #'s. I anticipate losing at least 24 # this round. I'm stronger and can do things I couldn't before. Bring on the squat challenge! Pushups anyone? Cardio burns fat. 4/27/14 - I'm a Hot Mocha Maniac for BLC25 and cannot believe my luck of landing on this team! I'm so excited to really hunker down for the next 12 weeks and achieve and help my MMs reach their goals too. And for the first time today I saw that I had earned a 1000 fitness minute award. The power of tracking, and being focused can produce results. Go me and my fellow MMs. 3/9/2014 - I've moved twice since last logging on. I try and use the mobile app, clearly its not working. How many times does someone need to think they have hit rock bottom before they change? I think I'm the ultimate slow learner. But learn, I will. I plan on joining a gym this week/month and will work up to 1 hr of cardio 5-6 days per week and learn how to use weights to help me reach my goals. I have a goal to do my weekly meal planning on Sunday afternoons. I need you Fellow Sparkers. I will join the next BLC-25 or 26 I think it is. I will do everything I can to succeed at that challenge. Here we go. I expect to lose weight. I don't expect to be a skinny minny. I expect to increase my stamina. I don't expect to run a marathon. I expect to wear a smaller size, it will still be in the plus sizes. All by the end of 2014. 2/22/13--Update They just opened a gym 5 miles from my rural hone. It ain't ever getting closer than that so I prepaid a year and that got me 15 months for the price of 12. They have a recumbant eliptical and for now, that and swimming will have to do until I drop 40 or 50 lbs. I do believe I am committed. Go me! I saw the film Forks over Knives and have just not been the same since. I began two weeks ago eating a plant based diet-but then I realized cottage cheese, although not milk, was a cheese product! So i'd say the transition has been more gradual than sudden. I'm committed to learning how to eat what looks gorgeous and I cannot wait. I am excited. It's LEAP YEAR 2012 and I'm leaping into Fitness this month. It's been a long time but I have been working on health despite not blogging. I still do Zumba twice a week. I've also sort of began working out during lunch (this is so hit and miss because of my schedule) but it is the goal. I will post my measurements here. I took my measurements 4 years ago today and am sort of interested in the comparison. Probably not much has changed but we'll see. I'm still working a pizza delivery job (thank you Dave Ramsey) until I become debt free. I get a free Pizza 3 days a week. I try to pull my salad together before they close down the salad bar but bc I'm out and about, sometimes I miss it. I am still responsible for my choices. I will make it my goal to post weekly. I am definitely one of the SLOWESET LOSERS! But I haven't felt healthier in eons and I'm very happy with my progress and fitness level. Hanging tough!~ Sharon Today is Oct 6, 2011. I am down 28 lbs. I have slowed down, but not given up by any means. I am back to watching what I eat and eating more slowly and stopping when full. I still LOVE Zumba. :) Today is August 8, 2011. I have lost 24 #'s and I feel great. Only another 125 to go!!!! Zumba is my friend...no, my love. I found a Groupon in May 2011 and I have only missed when medically necessary since then. I LOVE it. It's held in an old grange hall in a very rural area (15 min drive from me). They black out the windows and light it with LED string lights. It is totally a party! I love it. It motivated me to get a 2nd job to get out of debt. Combined with more working and more moving, I'm accelerating my weight loss. August 6 I walked my first 5k with two of my best buds. We plan on beginning the C25K program this month for a 5K in October. I also learned I love to golf...except for the walking, carrying your clubs part, lol. It may just be time to bust out that kayak I won two years ago now...:) Life is good. I can and will do this. I am stronger than I thought. Today is sometime in March 2011: Another year older, lol. I have been reading the spark book (uh, I have a desire to read the Spark Book) and I am going to start some streaks. There have been too many goals and I haven't been able to do them all just yet so I've decided that creating three new habits or continuing and growing 1 a week is the way to go. Goals: Walk 30 minutes every day Read the nutritional info on every bite before it goes in my mouth Eat 3 home cooked meals 3 x week Pack a lunch every day Eat at least 2 fruits and 1 cup of salad a day or equivalent veggies Eat appropriate portions of food Walk 30 min 5 days a week and add weight routine from SP The plan is to do it in sequential order here...so when I eat at a level 4 for 7 days, then I add the additional goal of taking 25 minutes to eat. I will not ask myself to do this all at once. But rather, create new habits that change me over time. I can do this. By June 30, 2011, have lost 40+ lbs. My motivation includes hiking, biking and kyaking and playing!! (Oh, did I mention looking freakin' fantabulous?) Progress: Jan BLC Starting Weight: 347 FINALE WI:334.8 Apr BLC Starting Weight: 334.0

Member Since: 8/21/2009

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SMART GOALS:

Intentional Cardio (probably walking) for 30 minutes 5 days a week for 15 weeks.

Resistance Training 4 days a week for 15 weeks.

3 L of water




My Program:
Tracking food daily
Setting small, achievable goals and begin healthy streaks
Have a specific plan and goal to strive for
Increase veggies and fruits
Learn to eat appropriate portions
Continue to increase exercise

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I'm funny and love people. I like talking and joking around.


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I love historical fiction and novels. I like playing online games like that dumb typing one on FB and spades or hearts.




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