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It's little ole me! (the little part to follow...tho I'm a tad bit closer now!)

Joined the 2014 Summer
5% Challenge! It starts soon and I am really excited!! I need to be consistent. I need to lose this weight (around 40 pounds total) because it saps my energy and strength trying to lug me around!! I also have found some of my old clothes that were stored that I really love and they'll never fit me till I get under 150 and some not till considerably smaller!I might find some I can already get into. I'm down to a sz 12/14 !! I'm headed for 115 pounds and if ...
Joined the 2014 Summer
5% Challenge! It starts soon and I am really excited!! I need to be consistent. I need to lose this weight (around 40 pounds total) because it saps my energy and strength trying to lug me around!! I also have found some of my old clothes that were stored that I really love and they'll never fit me till I get under 150 and some not till considerably smaller!I might find some I can already get into. I'm down to a sz 12/14 !! I'm headed for 115 pounds and if I'd really been working these past couple of years, I think I should have been there by now!!! Or a heck of alot closer than this!! So, help me if you can and kick my tushie daily!!
Gotta do this and nobody can do it for me! Gotta "make it happen"!!!!
. Gonna work my butt off to make at least 5% if not more! Gonna walk 20-30 minutes each day, and get in some workout when walking isn't possible. I will get to the gym 3X's/week for circuits & use the treadmill when I cannot get out and walk or have a walking partner. I will keep to my nutrition tracker. I have asked DH to do more cooking from "The Spark Solution) b/c I really don't like to cook and he does. Gotta be consistant and persistant to a fault!!! CLOVERLEAFs are awesome!! I want to be a good teammate and will check in with my team as often as possible and will huddle every day! I will weigh in every Saturday morning and post it, and I will track my nutrition and fitness daily, post exercise minutes and LTGL daily to my team and help bring in my wonderful CLOVERLEAF's to the top 3 each week!! ( Can you tell I'm a bit competitive??)

Scale is dusted off....(I weigh every Sat.)
Exercise clothes and gym bag are ready to go.
Water bottle ready.
Exercise plan is in place.
Diet consisting of lean meats (or some kind of good protein), lots of freggies and fiber and try harder to drink water. Will cook & eat Chef Meg's recipes as often as possible.
Will track daily and huddle with my team daily.
I want to lose this weight for the following reasons:
1) health
2) Get back to the weight I should be!
3) Being barely over 5', I should be about 40 pounds lighter for optimum health and well-being.
4) To wear nicer clothes and look better in them!
5) To save my knees and hips and back!
6) To feel normal and confident again!

I am fortunate that I really have no "trigger" foods. That is to say, if I DO eat a "no-no" food, it doesn't get me off track. I will mindfully eat said "no-no" food (a small amt.) and stay right on track beyond that. I don't throw in the towel for the day or week, etc. That's one of the best things I have reaped from SP over the last few years. ( I have lately, however, been caing to my sugar addiction, so will be working diligently on that, too. So here's the update! If I start to sound lazy or gripey, kick my tush!!!
You gals and guys are the best!!! Thanks SPARKGUY for creating this fabulous place for all the great people here!!
Here I go in the 2014 Summer 5% challenge. Am in the high 150's/low 160's (yes, I gained over the last month or so). Gonna work harder, do my best to be consistent and keep at the lower end of my calorie range! Have plans for better movement. I have a hefty goal in mind this time, so pray for my success!!! I'm getting rid of this 5% this time! At Least! Let's do this, my SParky friends!
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OLDERDANDRT is sweltering, staying in the 90's. Seems we're squeezing all of summer into this one week! Guess it had to come along @ some point! hehe Stay safe & Sparkly! ((HUGS))
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Member Since: 11/18/2008

SparkPoints: 64,182

Fitness Minutes: 46,935

My Goals:
Lose at least 5% of my weight throughout these next 2 months.
Exercise EVERY day, even if it's only my QF's.
Walking 1 - 2 miles daily (& more if the opportunity presents itself.)

My Program:
Counting calories and staying within my range, and following the Spark Solution meals & recipes. They are good and they are so much better that the "standart American diet"!!!
Getting my fruits and vegies.
Drink water and green tea (after my coffee)
Exercise every day.

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Originally Uniontown, Pa....now Hickory, NC . Love critters, gardening, walking and trying out a new recipe now and again.

Other Information:
Babysit my DGD when I have to be the one to pick her up from pre-k while her big sister is in third grade and her parents work. She is the love of my life! 4 years old!
Have a 23 year old DS living at home and a DH. Also, have my 15 year old beagle mix (Bruno) who is my shadow.
I love SP!! AND I love all my SPark friends!!

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MSLZZY
8/8/2014 10:20:47 AM

We have our motley crew of laying hens, all kinds. The show chickens are Rhode Island reds, Rosecomb, Black Tailed White Japenese, Dutch and Dark Cornish (all bantams) and for large fowl, we have Black Sumatras. Quite an assortment but a few less breeds than we had when our children showed chickens years ago.
I think we have about 30 layers, 10 roosters and 60 show birds. Thanks for asking.



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RAYLINSTEPHENS
8/8/2014 7:38:28 AM

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to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
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SCOTMAMA
8/6/2014 5:42:45 PM

In answer to your question about Italy -- it is terrible there in August, and I think that's the reason the entire country goes on "vacation" in August. They leave the country and go somewhere that isn't as humid, hot and rainy.

A surprising little tidbit I'll share with you. My GD went to visit her Mom in Italy, and I kiddingly asked Renee if anyone had asked her out on a date. Surprise! Someone had! Their landlady has an adult son, a bit older than my GD, Gia, but he asked her if she would like to go to a "grill" with him. It's the equivalent of a BBQ for us. And, as he could speak perfect English, he's 6'5" tall (my GD is 5'10") and rich, my GD said yes. In fact, she had a lot of fun, meeting all of his cousins and so forth. And they have been seeing each other about 5 times a week ever since. He even invited her to go on this "month long vacation" with him as his parents have a home on the beach where the weather is somewhat nicer. My SIL (who is Italian, but not born there) says it could be serious.

So you see, miracles happen every day. lol Renee wanted me to come and visit her this month, but as it is hot and humid over there I told her "I don't think so." I don't do well with humidity. And now that she is on vacation herself of course she is glad I didn't come. Her and my SIL have gone to a tropical island called Sardinia -- not sure if I spelled it right as I've never been to such places. Most of my travel has been to the Far East: Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Thailand. Then now with George to Mexico and Peru and Belize. I really don't even like to travel that much.



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8/6/2014 11:12:26 AM

Thank you so much for my birthday goodie! I had a wonderful day!Enjoy your Wednesday! emoticon June



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