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I joined SparkPeople in October 2010 and lost 35 pounds before April 2011. I have maintained my loss since then. I need to lose another 40 pounds to reach my goal.

Lately I have been struggling and am hopeful that the 2011 Fall 5% Challenge will assist me in staying closer to my eating and exercise program. I do better when I have a challenge that requires daily reporting.

Starting September 24, when the Fall 5% Challenge begins, I commit to follow the requirements of the challenge and lose 5% of my current weight (9.5 lbs). I will accomplish this weight loss by the following:

- I will eat 1200-1550 calories daily of whole foods**
- I will post my nutrition and fitness on the trackers daily*
- I will walk, bike, or do heavy gardening 5 days a week
- I will post blogs or messages on SparkPeople daily*
- I will drink 8 glasses of water
- I will write positive affirmations and read them daily
* by daily I mean almost every day
** by whole food I mean food that has not been processed

Updated 9/17/2011

Member Since: 3/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 16,504

My Goals:
Live life to the fullest

-by keeping my body healthy through diet and exercise

-by keeping my mind healthy by studying Spanish, socializing with friends, new and old, and traveling near and far.

With my healthy body and mind, I will

- enjoy activities with my family and friends

- bicycle and walk near my home

- sail, snorkel, and explore the Sea of Cortez on our sailboat in the winter of 2012

- study books and the internet to find activities and techniques to improve my sometimes negative attitude

To ensure that my body is healthy, I will

- eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day and journal the food I eat on my Spark Nutrition tracker

- exercise most days for at least 60 minutes and log the exercise I do on the Spark Fitness tracker

- lose 40 pounds as soon as my diet and exercise goals allow

My Program:
For inspiration I will join the SparkPeople 2011 Fall 5% Challenge

For recipes, calorie levels, and more inspiration, I will read and post in SparkPeople. I will also follow the suggestions in Miles and Mea Hassell's book, Good Food Great Medicine.

In general, I am focusing on being healthy and making sure that I do everything I can to be healthy as I grow older.

I would like to be slim and trim, but I am more interested in being able to walk long distances, ride my bike, continue to sail and live aboard our sailboat. I do not want to limit my future because I do not take care of my body and mind.

Personal Information:
My name is Merry and I am from the Tri-Cities in Washington State. I am married to a wonderful supportive man and have a very unique grown-up daughter. I am close with my two brothers and sister-in-law and lots of cousins and friends. I am retired from work as an editor/writer.

Other Information:
I consider myself to be a very fortunate person. I am generally happy, healthy, interested in more things than I have time to do.

I love to read, keep in contact with folks on Facebook, organize social activities, and ride my TourEasy recumbent bicycle with my husband and friends. I like to cook and consider nutrition a hobby.

I have too many things to do to let myself be depressed about being overweight.

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