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Loving life.....September 2015!!

May 2014 at Amana Colonies in Iowa

Makeup free me !!! June 4, 2015


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Blah, Blah, BLAH. Health.

I am down over 30 pounds from my heaviest weight. It's taken me over a year and a half but I did it! I have 121 more pounds to lose and I will do it. I'm so confident now! I love my new healthy life and realize that it's not about the number on the scale. It's about how I feel (fabulous!) and how I love (fantastic!). I've made many changes inside and feel so blessed with my life!

I am making two 'SMART' goals. Instead of just saying "I want to lose 5 pounds," or "I want to run a 10K," I am making a complete statement of how I will do this, when I will measure my progress, and when it will happen. SMART goals are:

Time Specific

Goal #1 "I want to lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks. I will achieve this by adding in more cardio routines to my week and staying within my calorie range. I will weigh in every week on Sunday mornings and log immediately until Saturday, 6/19/10.

Goal #2 " I want to sleep 8 hours per night. I will achieve this by preparing earlier for bed each night and get my husband to help by DRAGGING ME TO BED. I will log my sleep in daily and note how I am feeling each day after a good night's rest.

I has been exactly 3 months since I joined SparkPeople and I think it is one of the best things I've ever done. My struggles in these months have been trying to undue 10 years of bad habits.....and I'm succeeding. The weight is coming off slowly as I peel back the layers of emotions to understand why I overeat and why I make excuses. I'm feeling the pain, happiness, anger, resentment, joy.....every emotion. Instead of eating through these emotions, I'm feeling them!! The real Rhonda is starting to come through and I just have one thing to say........welcome back friend!

Specific & Measurable Goals:
10% weight loss of 30 pounds - Ongoing
30 min exercise 6 days a week for one month - Ongoing

I reached my all-time high weight a few weeks ago.....I'm humiliated. After weeks of indecision and almost driving my husband crazy, I decided to quit my job, stay home and try to get healthy. I just finished my first week of being "self-engaged" (a term my husband coined for my time at home getting healthy) and I'm struggling to get motivated. I think the 100 + pounds I have to lose seems so overwhelming that I'm just not even sure how to begin. I know....a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So here I am!!

I discovered this site by accident and I'm pretty excited about the healthy lifestyle it promotes and the whole buddy system. I need some buddies to help me get started !! Help!!

Member Since: 1/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 30,391

My Goals:
My goals are to continue to live healthy, get more sleep and exercise to lose weight.

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My Program:
My new program as of Sunday, March 23, 2014:

** 2 days / week - Strength Training

** 5 days / week - 30 minutes walking / hiking with Marley, Foxy and Tom.

** 1 day / weekend - "fun" exercise with my husband (hiking, biking, tennis, etc.)

Personal Information:
I'm 49 years old, married with no children (after years of trying) and just relocated to Cedar Rapids Iowa in February 2014 from Arizona. Before that...rural upstate New York . Before that....St. Louis Missouri. Etc., etc., etc. I've lived all over the country and overseas. I guess I'm a traveler at heart and plan to travel for the rest of my life! I used to be an athlete and very outdoorsey...I've climbed Mount Fuji, completed alpine climbs, gone skydiving and swam with the sharks in Mexico. I want that all back in my life! My husband is wonderfully supportive and my best friend. I want to do this for him too.

Other Information:
I wrote this quote on a piece of paper when I was a teenager, now have it framed in my home and live by it:

"Each of us must confront our fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it."

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