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Hi there! I joined Spark in July 2012 shortly after my 40th birthday. I had just read the book “Change Anything”, which highlights the importance of making use of multiple sources of influence to make any kind of change in your life, including weight loss. This involves things like engaging in challenges or competitions to keep motivated, tapping into social support, etc. So, it looked like SparkPeople would be a good tool to use, and I can say that has definitely been the case. The team ...
Hi there! I joined Spark in July 2012 shortly after my 40th birthday. I had just read the book “Change Anything”, which highlights the importance of making use of multiple sources of influence to make any kind of change in your life, including weight loss. This involves things like engaging in challenges or competitions to keep motivated, tapping into social support, etc. So, it looked like SparkPeople would be a good tool to use, and I can say that has definitely been the case. The team support and challenges have helped me make good progress. While this has not been a linear journey, for the first time I believe I can permanently get off the yo-yo diet and exercise roller coaster I had been on for too many years, and will be able to not only reach but actually maintain my health and fitness goals.

When I’m not working (I love my job but it involves way too many hours sitting in front of a computer), or spending time with my husband and our dogs, I am an officer in the volunteer fire service, and so increasing strength, stamina, and energy while avoiding injury are all very important to me. I am looking for new workout ides to keep me motivated. I prefer video routines using free weights.

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2013 Accomplishments:
- Finish “Falling for Fitness” Challenge (target 168; actual 168) DONE Feb 2013
- Finish "Spring into Action" Challenge (target 155) DONE June 2013, missed target
- Finish "Season of the Beast" Challenge (target 155) DONE Oct 2013, missed target
- Run at least two 5K races. Work towards time of 25:29. (Current PB is 28:38)
~ Race 1: DONE 27Apr 29:04
~ Race 2: DONE 01Sept 29:47
~ Race 3: DONE 16NOV 28:41
- Good health statistics and stress test results at annual FD physical - DONE Mar 2013
- Do well at live burns and other FD training
~ District Burn DONE May 2013
~ Department Burn DONE Oct 2013
- Do a stair climb event DONE July 2013 (NFFF 110 flights) (in street clothes)

2012 Accomplishments:
- 34 pounds lost (2/3 of the way towards my goal)
- Run a 5K - DONE Sept 2nd (34:41)
- Finish “Rock It” 3Q12 challenge (target 188) - DONE - target weight met Sept
- Do well at live burns & other FD training:
~ Sept 29th (bail out training) DONE - 2nd floor jumps (on belay) - 9 times - 6 on air and 3 of those blindfolded. Yay!!
~ Oct 5th (work fire brigade burn) DONE !
~ Oct 20th DONE (district live burn)
- Run SP virtual 5K - DONE Oct (30:18)
- Run local Turkey Trot 5K - DONE Nov (30:29)
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Member Since: 7/3/2012

SparkPoints: 22,000

Fitness Minutes: 16,075

My Goals:
Overall weight goals and rewards (Start 7/2012 208):
- Lose 10 lbs (198): (DONE – Aug 2012)
- Lose 10% from start weight (187): (DONE - Sept 2012)
- Lose 30 lbs (178): (DONE - Nov 2012; July 2014)
- Lose 10% from 187 (168) - Healthy BMI (DONE - Feb 2013)
***UGH - backslide 4Q13*** back up to 190 Jan 2014
- Reach high end of maintenance range (159)
- Reach target (155)

2014 Goals:
- Stay on track when traveling for work
- Reach goal weight
- Run at least two 5K races. Work towards time of 25:29.
- Good health statistics and stress test results at annual FD physical (DONE 3/2014)
- Do well at live burns and other FD training (3/2014 DONE; 5/2015 DONE)
- Do a stair climb event in turnout gear (DONE July 2014)

My Program:
I need to keep in mind: Diet trumps exercise. You can't out-exercise a bad diet. Measure and track food!!!

My routine
- Jogging at least twice a week
- Run / walk interval training at least once a week
- Strength / Circuit training (like TacFit Firefighter, Jari Love, Jillian Michael’s, P90X3, or Supreme90 DVDs) 3-4 times a week
- Stairs training at least twice a week
- Yoga once a week
- Would like to be able to do pull ups...

Ongoing goals:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Track food and fitness consistently
- Drink 8 cups of water daily
- Avoid caffeine
- Consistently get a good nights sleep
- Practice gratitude
- Observe Mindful eating
- Reject all or nothing thinking
- Be in the "now" with whatever I'm doing
- Make Sparkpeople connections

Other Information:
I am 5'9 1/2". I am a data geek. My Myers-Briggs profile is ISTJ. I love the challenge of being a volunteer firefighter. I enjoy baking, reading, and doing Charles Wysocki jigsaw puzzles. I especially love riding AATVs (love my MAX II). If you are not familiar with these see the video link on my Community Journal challenge tracker below - I'm in the video in a couple of spots...

Thanks to Spark, I am a proud Sunny Gal !!!

"Chance favors only the prepared mind".
- Louis Pasteur

"If you can not measure it, you can not improve it".
- Lord Kelvin

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TURTLE69
7/13/2014 6:02:21 PM

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LINDAKAY228
7/6/2014 2:23:40 PM

I missed a couple of days on the team and totally missed your birthday! So I'm wishing you one now! I came to just check and see how you were doing when I saw the message on your page about the birthday! Hope you're doing okay in all ways!



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CORKYTHEMOM1
7/5/2014 8:23:32 PM

Lorrie, I'm so proud of you for making daily healthy choices and permanent lifestyle changes, resulting in fulfilling positive results! I'm giving you a STANDING OVATION for the goals you have achieved and the progress you continue to make! You are:


emoticon * S * P * A * R * K * T * A * C * U * L * A * R * emoticon


S = Set goals! Develop plans! Take action! Make progress! See results!
P = Promote regular medical checkups to achieve optimum health!
A = Approach each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
R = Reduce stress! Eat healthy! Drink water! Exercise regularly! Sleep better! Have fun!
K = Keep track of nutrition intakes, fitness minutes, weigh-ins and body measurements!
T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions in all that you do!
A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and personal well-being goals!
C = Create a non-food reward system for working hard to achieve healthy results!
U = Utilize behavior modification to break bad habits and challenge yourself to change!
L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and individual growth!
A = Assemble a support system to help one another stay on track!
R = Record emotions, setbacks, adjustments, progress and achievements in a journal!


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7/4/2014 9:10:12 PM

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7/2/2014 3:09:56 AM

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