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Once again I'm here trying to get back on a "health track". I grew up thin but after decades of eating and lifestyle habits that grew steadily worse, I got very overweight and out of shape. I've had several previous successful attempts at using SparkPeople to help with getting healthier and losing weight. But eventually "life would happen" (injury, surgery, super long work hours, ETC) and I would drop my health focus and lose the progress I had made.

I seem to have only an on/off switch when it comes to a healthy lifestyle - either awfully perfect or perfectly awful. I'm either "off" - a self indulgent totally sedentary couch potato eating mostly desserts and restaurant food - or I'm "on" - exercising, being active and eating only very healthy home cooked meals. Once I start going downhill, everything goes - diet, exercise, activity level, sleep habits, you name it. Once I get "off track", it's very hard to get back on - always procrastinating till "tomorrow", "Monday" or any time other than "now".

Well like all of you, I've done that very hard first part - I'm back trying again. Here's hoping we all succeed.

Member Since: 1/11/2007

Fitness Minutes: 10,784

My Goals:
Feel good.
Lose weight & look better.
Be fit and healthy.
Control type 2 diabetes with lifestyle, not meds.

My Program:
Daily goals (that I measure against):

Eating healthy foods and staying within calorie range.

Daily walking or cardio - 30-60 minutes daily. (Have just worked up to about 35 so far.)

At least 10k steps per day on Fitbit. (Again, working my way up; currently at 7k target.)

Strength training 2-3 times a week. (This is my target - currently a big zippo, nada, nothing.)

7-8 hrs quality sleep.

Meditation or some form of mind/body routine daily. (Another non starter so far, but it's a target)

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I'm a Southern woman who has made a career in technology management but who also has a creative side. I like travel, reading, humor, food (ha!), music, decorative arts, playing around with Photoshop, scenic drives, walks, reading and writing poetry, bridge, techie stuff and other things depending on my interest of the moment. I like learning new things and love having the internet available to get info on anything anytime.

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  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your words a lot. Many loved that "butt" picture but i ahd two complains from "church ladies" bwahahahaha! They called it disgusting.
    Hoping you are doin well.
    554 days ago
  • v JCRAFT6
    Thanks for the encouragement. I get so worked up about meeting my goals. I guess I'm like you. I have failed so many times that I feel if i'm not fanatical about it then it wont work. You keep up the baby steps and find success
    1326 days ago
    Dropping in to check on you. I hope you are doing okay. I love your sparkpage.
    1365 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading your story (above). I could relate to so many of the things that you talked about in your journey. Congratulations on such good, steady progress. I also love your iris background. Iris are my mother's favorite flower. She collects them in her garden, and that appreciation for iris has spread to me. One of the best vacations of my life was also spent in Victoria. Spending months there would be wonderful.
    1660 days ago
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    Thanks! Your support and good wishes mean so much to me.
    bless your heart
    1661 days ago
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