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5% Winter Challenge
1. Exercise Commitment - I haven't been exercising consistently AT ALL. My goal is to become consistent (even if a medical condition make consistency in anything hard - it's TIME to figure this out!!). I know that I'll start slow but my plan is to build up. I should be able to start with 15 minutes at least 5 times per week and build from there; I'd also like to add ST. I haven't started back with that in a couple of years since having my hip replaced (what have I been thinking?:-). I'll do ST 2-3 times per week. Again, I'll start out slow and build.
2. Nutrition Plan - As hard as it is for me to exercise consistently, eating healthy is even harder! I just changed my goal in SP to show me how many calories to have daily in order to lose 5% of my weight in 8 weeks, and it was definitely lower than what I had planned to start off with. I normally start higher and slowly taper down. I don't know yet when the challenge will start, but I'd better begin tracking and tapering now:-) I think that between this lower number (which I think will be a good jumpstart for me) and dealing with the medical condition, I really do need to do better at planning, so that I don't have so much to think about. Sigh. My plan is to taper down to my "goal" calorie amount and work on plans to stick to that amount for 8 weeks. I will track what I eat, even if it's on paper instead of in SP.
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My Weight-Loss Journey
2009/09/01 274 (my scale was 258 had to adjust per new scale)
2010/01/31 266 (250 adjusted per new scale)
2010/02/28 261 (on new scale!) -5.0 pounds
2010/03/31 257.8 -3.2 pounds
2010/04/30 252.8 -5.0 pounds - good considering a week of vacation where I did bad!:-)
2010/05/31 252.0 -0.8 pound
2010/06/30 248.4 -3.6 pounds
2010/08/31 249.6 Time to get serious!
2010/09/30 242.2 -7.4 best month on SP!
2010/10/31 238.6 -3.6
2010/11/30 236.4 -2.2
2010/12/31 231.4 -5.0
2011/04/19 239.2 Yikes! So I begin again...
2011/07/28 Total hip replacement surgery - new life!
2011/08/15 243.4
2012/03/09 262.0 I have to face it to change it!
2012/06/30 268.4
2012/07/30 267.5

2013/01/14 274.0
2013/05/15 271.4 I will NOT give up!
2013/12/01 262.0

2014/01/01 265.0

Member Since: 3/9/2009

My Goals:
I didn't do very well in 2013 - I had a pretty major medical condition come up that affects me daily. I'm adjusting to how it affects me; now I am determined to work within the framework it puts me into and figure out how to be healthy / lose weight instead of just trying to survive.

My overall goal for 2014 is to lose 10 pounds per quarter, or 40 pounds this year.

My Program:
Baby steps - they DO work!

I am joining the 5% Challenge Team to help me get engaged within SparkPeople again and to jumpstart healthy habits.

Personal Information:
I love to quilt, target shoot, and do genealogy research. I also love to hike - but can't do so much with this extra weight. Motivation to work hard to get it off!:-) And I have no excuse now since I had my hip replaced!

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Roll, Tide, Roll!

"In Him I live and move and have my being."

"I am strong"

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    Thank you for your comment on my Spark page. I like to hike. I use to hike in the blue hills. I do not hike in the winter. It is only 19 degrees today. It is not fun to be outside but I take the dogs out three times a day for short walks emoticon emoticon emoticon . Linda from bean town
    902 days ago
    Wishing you a wonderful day!
    903 days ago
    Biking and the treadmill sound like a lot for one day. I hope you got it all in. I did get up first thing and did a 2 mile WATP workout before going off to volunteer at the school. I did ok until the church supper tonight. Ate chocolate chip cookies and the mashed potatoes were covered in wonderful melted cheese! A little over in calories, hopefully ok since I was under yesterday. Must keep up the exercise and tracking. We can do this, we want it, we'll work for it!
    905 days ago
    Glad you are doing well on the sodium. I've been ok so far. I did not end up doing well on the weight in. Maybe it is because I too hibernated during our cold spell. I'm working harder to lose this week!
    906 days ago
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    Thanks for the applause goodie. Always encouraging to see that scale move downwards, even if it's often slower than I'd like. Working on this week now. Hope your exercising is going well. Often hard to be consistent, but that's what pays off in the long run. emoticon emoticon
    907 days ago
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