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I have a renewed sense of determination to persistently pursue my goals this year. I want to be able to say at the end of 2016, WOW, you really stayed focused and met the challenge.

For every 7 pounds I lose I will give myself a non food related reward.

1. new hairstyle
2. new makeup
3. new outfit
4. new workout shoes
5. new workout clothes
6. trip to visit some old friends
7. new bathing suit
8. new pretty underwear
9. join a gym with Silver Sneakers program (I know I shouldn't wait for this to be a reward, but I want to get a few pounds off and strengthen my muscles first so I can participate without feeling discouraged)
10. buy a whole new wardrobe and throw out the old clothes

I am not sure what order these rewards will be given, I think it depends on what is most needed at the time.

Member Since: 10/11/2007

Fitness Minutes: 83,252

My Goals:
Jan 2016 Goals for this year.

1. Get more active.

2. Spend 1/2 hour per day outdoors.

3. Lose 1 pound a week. - This will put me at my goal by next New Years Eve.

4. Write 1 blog per week.

5. Call or visit 2 family members or friends per week.

6. Work out 5 times per week.

My Program:
1. Stay within 1300-1550 calories per day

2. Exercise 5 days a week, - 3 days of jogging or walking and 3 days of strength training

3. Keep posting in my food journal - daily

4. Encourage other people on Spark as much as possible

5. Eat 8 freggies per day

6. Continue drinking 8 glasses of water per day

7. Concentrate on conquering emotional eating by:
a) blogging about it
b) reading other peoples blogs to motivate me
c) not disappearing from Spark when times get rough
d) Stop after any 1 time of binging and think about why it has happened and what I can do to prevent it the next time it might happen, then write about this

8. Run/Walk 50K steps per week.

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Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. That time will pass anyway.
-Earl Nightengale

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    “The magic that turns dreams into reality is YOU!
    When you are inspired by a dream, create a good plan; that turns it into a goal.
    Then, live your life in a way that will bring that dream, that goal, to life. The magic is you.”
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    Thanks for commenting on my blog, "Two NSV's!" Have a healthy day!
    362 days ago
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    In keeping with the theme of this week’s Friday Happy Hour blog:

    Finally, the woman saw someone, who was loaded with packages, heading for a car. She patiently followed him, put on her blinker and waited patiently until he pulled out. Just as he pulled out a young man in a sleek black Porsche zipped in to the space ahead of her. She was dumbfounded and outraged.

    Then the women jumped out of her car shouting, "How could you do that? Didn't you see me waiting there with my signal on?"
    He replied, "That's what happens when you're young and fast."

    As the young man was about to enter the store he heard the hideous crunch of metal striking metal. He ran back, horrified, to see that the woman had gunned her Mercedes and smashed it right into his beautiful black Porsche.

    He ran back and cried, Oh my God! How could you do that?"
    She smiled and said, "That's what happens when you're old and rich!"

    Moral of the story: Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.

    Haven't paid you a visit in a very long time. Hope you are doing well. Enjoy your weekend!
    368 days ago
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    You may not always get what you think you want, but when you grow older and look back on your life, you will see that you got what you needed. Jennifer Sparks
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon However you celebrate, wishing you a holly jolly sparktacular holiday season this year full of happy memory making joy! Cheers~n~hugs :)
    416 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog and leaving me some encouragement. Great poster you have on your page. You know, the one about not giving up. Perfect!
    511 days ago
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