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September 2014: Kicking off 9/11/14, the Biggest Loser Fall Fitness Frenzy is the first of my 3 fall challenges; I'll compete as a Fearless Fuchsia. I'm looking forward to the many mini challenges and the team supportiveness to keep me on my game. I expect my weekly loss to average 1 1/2 pounds; after all, I am 6 pounds from a healthy weight. Perhaps my biggest achievement won't be measured until January, when I get to see blood labs based on 7 months of consistent exercise and healthy ...
September 2014: Kicking off 9/11/14, the Biggest Loser Fall Fitness Frenzy is the first of my 3 fall challenges; I'll compete as a Fearless Fuchsia. I'm looking forward to the many mini challenges and the team supportiveness to keep me on my game. I expect my weekly loss to average 1 1/2 pounds; after all, I am 6 pounds from a healthy weight. Perhaps my biggest achievement won't be measured until January, when I get to see blood labs based on 7 months of consistent exercise and healthy nutrition. I imagine I will resemble a (Fuchsia) Italian race car, with sexy curves and a body that purrs from healthy fuel.

My 2nd Fall challenge is BLC 26, which kicks off 9/17, and I am proudly on the Azure Destinations team, which promises to kick my butt but be mindful of my body's limitations. My cabana boy is Niv Zender, and you can see why I chose him on these YouTube clips: http://intothegloss.com/2014/07/ab-workout
-routine/. I shall be curious to see how well I can perform those exercises as I approach my ideal weight. I won't be sad to see my belly disappear; I shall be so proud to reclaim my hourglass figure!

My 3rd Fall Challenge is the Fall 5% Challenge, beginning 9/20/14, and I am continuing on the Walkers, Runners and Joggers team. Of the 3 teams, this 5% target is closest to my personal goal for Fall 2014. As before, I don't expect to be the biggest loser, but I might be the most consistent loser. I don't want to waste my effort by losing, regaining, re-losing; I just want to see the scale move steadily downward while eating a healthy diet (as in "what I eat"). If you couldn't tell, I'm determined and psyched to meet my goals!

Thanks to the Summer 5% Challenge, I am 10% lighter than when I returned in June. There are 2 wonderful aspects to that:
1) My July labs were awe-inspiring; they kept me off Lipitor and high blood pressure medication until February 2015 at least. At my last doctor's appointment on 8/25, my blood pressure was 120/65.
2) At the end of the Summer 5% Challenge, I was 7.5 pounds from a healthy weight, and my body is looking fairly trim -- my abs are even starting to show some definition!

My current goal is to lose 1 pound a week before the September challenges begin, then 1.5 pounds a week during the challenges.

This gal is looking forward to getting her labs drawn in January! I am enjoying these changes very much! Please read about my progress in my blogs.

June 2014: I've reached the age where extra weight is indeed dangerous. When work and stress diverted my attention, I gradually put on many of the pounds I had worked so hard to lose. But there is no getting around it, I can't afford to stay "overweight". My DH begged for us to get a treadmill with our tax refund. With the (valid) excuse of sensitive joints and a back back, we purchased a Landice L7 with orthopedic belt. I'm giddy! The treadmill reminds me of how I lost my weight so successfully before -- it's like an old friend. So after the installers left, I started up the machine and walked a 12-minute hill program with max incline of 3 degrees and max speed of 2.8. It's not much to those of you training for marathons, but I knew it was the smart way for me to acquaint myself with this new treadmill. I wasn't winded, but I could feel the incline in my legs. So week 1 will be gentle conditioning. At most I will do a session in the morning and one in the evening. I'm looking forward to 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening - and true progress on the scale!

Just think: getting that treadmill made me think how I would track my progress. Silly me, I already belonged to this wonderful site! So as imperfect as my beginning may be, I am beginning and tracking, for I know that my competitive nature will remind me of my old winning ways.

It's great to be back!

I guess it's time for a new photo of me as I am as I begin the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge.
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Member Since: 7/1/2009

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My Goals:
To reach a healthy weight of 140 or below by 10/15/14.

To attain healthy cholesterol levels by 1/01/15.

To eat 25 grams or more of fiber a day.

My Program:
I walk on the treadmill at least 30 minutes a day, and do strength training program 3 days a week for 50-75 minutes. And now that I have retired, it's time for me to try out the Tai Chi DVDs on my shelf if I can't find a local class.

I praise myself every time I change to a new BMI, every 5 lbs lost or 5% lost from my original WW start weight of 190.8 on 3.03.09 or my SP SW or challenge SW, and when I have to switch wardrobe. There's usually some milestone to celebrate!

I weigh in daily on Wii Fit Plus. I love the mornings it says I am 20 years old!

FALL 2014 5% CHALLENGE
Exercise Commitment:
at least 30 min/day, cardio intensity to vary per Polar Training Plan, with ST on 3 days

Diet Commitment:
Stay within SP 1250-1750 calories per Precision Nutrition guideline
Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Eat 5 fruits/veggies daily
Eat only when hungry
Eat slowly
Eat until 80% full

Personal Information:
I live in Joppa, Maryland. Mariner Point Park is a hop and a skip away for a pleasant walk.



Other Information:
"Life is full of adventures. We just don't get to pick all of them."

“Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.”

2014 "If Only" goal: Run a 5K without exceeding Maximum Heart Rate

2014 "Take That" goal: Develop "Michelle Obama Arms and Shoulders"

Summer 2014 5% Challenge - WRJ&G team
Starting Weight: 164.9 pounds
Target Weight: 156.7 pounds (5%)
By When: August 16, 2014
Ending Weight: 147.5 pounds (10.55%)

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MOMTO6CUTIES
9/23/2014 12:14:20 PM

I hope you have a great week.
From a Fellow Fuchsias!

"Tomorrow is a brand new day fresh with no mistakes in it."



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9/23/2014 9:11:08 AM

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Here are some special emoticon to get you through the day. Always remember you are not alone. This journey can be long and slow, if we are going to do it successfully and healthy! It is a lifestyle change and not a diet. And it's OK to lose the UMPH to get MOVIN' again and be on the right track.

But, WE ARE SO WORTH IT, so continue the struggle. And, know with confidence that with each step you take---you are moving closer to your ultimate goal!!! Keep challenging yourself! emoticon

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9/23/2014 8:34:46 AM

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE
9/22/2014 10:52:41 PM

Hi Katie,
cottage cheese is actually full of sodium! 800-900 mgs in one cup, unless you get low-sodium.

Thanks, I have read the articles on restaurants. I only go to restaurants that publish their nutrition if possible.

I know, I'm so much fun. But I have three bins of it sitting in my refrigerator. That was what I blogged about last week!

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Hope is that thing with feathers
...that perches in the soul and
......sings the tune without words
..........and never stops...at all!
~~~~~* Emily Dickinson *~~~~~

Dum Spiro, Spero (Latin)
"While I breathe, I hope!

Let's have a great week by staying on our Spark plan!!!

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