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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: 21,908

Fitness Minutes: 15,645

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)
- 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 (Registered for July)

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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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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7/1/2014 7:25:02 PM

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This is the best time of the year for you to begin anew as your Sun sign gives you strength to make a fresh start. Cancer is a wonderful sign for a woman to be as it is the sign of the mother, who is in control of her family. You have tenacity to stay with and finish any task you start. You can be a nag and you want everything don't yesterday and done your way. Often you are the "Little Red Hen" who ends up doing it all. Learn to direct others so they take part in the work. Cancer can certainly have a weight problem as she loves to cook and to eat. But, she also has tenacity and can exercise and keep herself fit if she wants as this is her way to setting an example to those around her. She gets along with Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus, Pisces and Scorpio. She is a saver and most often has her secret cash account.
She can have health issues with her breasts.
In Cancer the Sun is receptive and moody. You are a very sensitive person who is easily influenced by your environment. You are likely to be exceedingly protective of your feelings, as well as the feelings of those to whom you are close. Emotions are strong in your nature. You approach life with many feelings and a strong nurturing tendency. Your moods are varied and changeable. They are synchronized to the Moon, flowing in and out like the tide. You are acutely aware of the atmosphere of feelings surrounding you. You're skeptical and distrustful of people. It's not what they say, but simply the way they say it and the way you interpret their meaning.
You need to tell your deepest thoughts. When those around you are not receptive, you can become quite difficult to reach. The "crabby" part of Cancer shows up once in awhile, as well. When these moods are in control of your behavior, you can snap someone's head off for no reason at all. People you live around have to learn that you are not really angry with them. This is just the way Moon children are sometimes. By nature you are quiet and somewhat reserved, frequently retreating or putting up a protective barrier when you feel in any way threatened.
You are attuned to the past. You tend to cling to reminders and memorabilia of your family and of earlier times. Many Cancers are attracted to collecting antiques. You may be one of those people who collects just about everything. It's hard for you to part with something when there may be a chance need some rainy day, no matter how remote that chance may be. Cancers are the original "pack-rats."
You place much importance on the home and family. Your family or your "family of friends" is the center of your life. They provide you your sense of security and belonging. Your role in this environment is the source of your self-esteem and often overshadow your sense of individuality. It's hard to break away from your early upbringing and depart from the family traditions you have experienced. Cancer is the sign of motherhood. In both sexes, it produces a parenting instinct that is caring, protective, and indulging. Even unmarried Cancers adopt friends, co-workers, and neighbors in an extended family situation.
Hardworking and dedicated, you make an excellent employee. You are loyal and respect authority. This makes you supportive and protective of the boss and rarely questioning company policy. You do find it very difficult to handle change and disruption. If you are the boss, you like your employees to be dedicated as you are. Unfortunately, sometimes you may surround yourself with "yes men" who simply reinforce your decisions. You don't take chances or risk sweeping change.
Money is very important to you. Not for what it will buy or for the freedom it provides, but for the sense of security it provides. No matter what else is to be said of Cancer, security and having the protective shell in place, is overriding. -



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