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Myself, my daughter and granddaughter - April 2015 in AZ

Had a great run on 7-4-16.. Set a new PR by just a few seconds!

DH and I on Alaska Cruise - June 2015


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I have struggled my entire life with weight issues. It started early and just got progressively worse over the years. I lost the weight on several occasions only to eventually gain it all back and more. I call it the "Oprah Syndrome" so I guess I'm in good company! Anyway, here I am all these years later. I am determined however to keep this issue under control for once and for all.

I started Weight Watchers in November 2007. At that time, I told myself I would attend for at least two years no matter what..., gain or lose. The weight loss was ssssssslow averaging only 3 or so pounds a month but it eventually added up to 80+ pounds off. Along the way I found Spark People and I am so happy I did. It has taken my fitness in particular to a whole new level and provides a dose of daily motivation that I need. I'm exercising more and paying much more attention to my nutrition. The articles are so positive and the community is fabulous. I feel like I finally have tools in hand to be successful for the long term.

Thanks for visiting my page and feel free to stop by anytime. Let's ROCK ~ Spark on! ~

Member Since: 12/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 198,914

My Goals:
Joined Weight Watchers in Nov 2007. It's all about the accountability for me. Reached initial BMI goal in June 2009 and now a lifetime member. Still would like to lose a few more pounds; but I'm happy to at least be off the roller coaster!

My Program:
Weight Watchers Program. On this plan nothing is really off limits. I try to avoid foods that are "triggers" and a problem for me. Everyone has certain foods that they just can't handle sensibly. AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE as they will make you feel like a failure when you lose control. I have found the Beck Diet Solution (Pink Book) to be very helpful for maintenance. It has really helped me to think more like a "thin" person.

Work-out Regime

At the gym for 45-60 minutes 5 days a week taking indoor cycling, cardio kickboxing and strength training classes. I use the FitBit to track my everyday movements and working in food service makes a big impact. Also try to run 5k+ three times a week and love to participate in running events. I have done one marathon, several half marathons and have more on the schedule.

Personal Information:
My name is Rhonda. Very blessed to live on the beautiful Oregon Coast. My DH and I also have a 2nd home in Green Valley, AZ as well as a Forest River Wildcat 5th wheel RV which we have named "Whitney". Love to spend time there with family and friends.

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Enjoy running, golf, reading, biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with family. In 2011 I did my first Sprint level Triathlon, in 2012 my first half marathon, and completed a full marathon in 2013. I am blessed to have a great supportive husband of more than 25+ years ~ a beautiful daughter and son-in-law ~ and an adorable granddaughter who is growing up much too fast!.... oh, and I can't forget Scamp. She is just a great cat.

Feel free to stop by and chat anytime.

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    Missing your blogs Rhonda!

    And thanks for leaving all those strong armed smiles on my blog. I can feel the powerful encouragement. Thanks! Rock on!
    15 hours ago
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    One of the most extra-ordinary experiences in life is the offering and accepting of forgiveness. . . (which is) a restorative process of reclaiming our innocence. John Chupka
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    1 day ago
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    The trick to growing through adversity is not becoming a victim by looking for reasons “why”, but looking for the benefits in the situation. David Boufford.
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    2 days ago
    Hi, Rhonda,
    I hope you really enjoy your GO St Louis Halloween Run!
    I do miss your blogs. Hope you're doing terrific!
    3 days ago
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    . . . there is no right/wrong, good/bad, perfection or imperfection… all is simply experience. Simran Singh
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    3 days ago
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