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Hi there! I joined Spark in July 2012 shortly after my 40th birthday, after reading the book "Change Anything". The principles of using multiple sources of influence to make any kind of change in your life, including weight loss are a big part of Spark, including challenges to keep motivated, social support, etc.

I made solid progress my first year on Spark, losing 40+ pounds and getting within 10 pounds of my goal. Since that time I have gained about half of that weight back, ...
Hi there! I joined Spark in July 2012 shortly after my 40th birthday, after reading the book "Change Anything". The principles of using multiple sources of influence to make any kind of change in your life, including weight loss are a big part of Spark, including challenges to keep motivated, social support, etc.

I made solid progress my first year on Spark, losing 40+ pounds and getting within 10 pounds of my goal. Since that time I have gained about half of that weight back, but have maintained a lot of the positive habits and increased fitness levels. While I haven't quite conquered the yo-yo thing, what is different this time is that I have not come close to yo-yoing beyond where I started - to be in a worse place than when I started. I am able to rebound more quickly and keep moving overall in the right direction.

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.

While this has not been a linear journey, I still ultimately 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.
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2014 Accomplishments:
- Run at least two 5K races. Work towards time of 25:29.
~ Race 1: DONE 26Apr 31:00
~ Race 2: DONE 03MAY 31:09
- 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 - NFFF 110 flights)

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: 23,903

Fitness Minutes: 18,495

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 - still in 185 range Dec 2014.
- Reach high end of maintenance range (159)
- Reach target (155)

2015 Goals:
- Stay on track when traveling for work
- Reach goal weight
- Run at least 1 5K race per quarter. Work towards time of 25:29.
- Good health statistics and stress test results at annual FD physical
- Do well at live burns and other FD training
- Do a stair climb event in turnout gear (stretch goal - with pack)

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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TDMLUVZSNOOPY
9/1/2015 4:03:32 PM

emoticon Lorrie! I am so happy for you. You are doing great. I have been on the yo-yo all summer. I lose weight, hit up a family event or a birthday party gain it back. Summer cookouts, fried chicken and potato salad have been my downfall. I have been enjoying the summer. Lots of time on the water and my girls are in Scouts, so I am in there with them. Lots of fun. Glad to see you back on here and keep up the good work! emoticon



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BUGTRAIN
8/29/2015 9:08:00 PM

emoticon on your loss this week! emoticon job!



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STRANGEPORK
8/29/2015 4:43:18 PM

thank you so much for your great reply, I can't tell you how much that helps to have you share your perspective and similar experience.

found a great article on managing stress, and in there is an even better link to an article on time management

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=1687

it all hits really close to home. I know I spend way too much time reading emails and responding/reacting immediately vs prioritizing the work I need to accomplish and keeping focus on important tasks. Without a doubt that is my biggest stressor and something I can work on to bring that in check.

Thanks, I really appreciate the time and thought you put into that, it means a lot!

emoticon (they don't have a nail on the head emoticon or I'd use that)

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STRANGEPORK
8/25/2015 6:28:21 PM

thank you so much! that really made my day emoticon



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MARYANNSQUEST
8/22/2015 6:53:51 PM

Hi! emoticon

Welcome to The In between Challenge! Looking forward in journeying with you as we walk to a healthier lifestyle.

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Maryann



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