As you can see, both hubby and I like flowers, especially roses. Wonder why? Taken 1-16-13.
Me and the flowers from hubby on my 60th b'day, which I spent rehearsing with my chorus, 1-16-12.
This is a pic of me on my 20-year wedding anniversary in Sept. 2012. Still have a few pounds to go.
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Hello ... SparkPeople has helped me immensely for nearly four years now. I lost 50 pounds and now have gained about 5 back, but I consider at least 3 of those normal for such endeavors. So, now, I would like to lose about 4 of those pounds again - and maybe a couple more, just so I can stay down in that particular 10-pound range.
To help with this, I am changing my walking/exercise habits. Instead of the current 130 minutes per week, I'm upping it to 150. I've been walking steadily for about four years now. Here's the history of that time frame:
In August 2011 I completed a 52-week walking streak. After that, I set another fitness goal: 6 months of walking at least 120 minutes/week. But, on 1/29/12, after only 5+ weeks of walking 120+ minutes/week, I upped my goal to 130. I have kept that streak alive since then. Now, as noted, I've upped it to 150.
I am also adding strength training to my streaks that I am charting. Wish me luck. I need it concerning the ST! (OK, now, several months later, I STILL need to really get on the stick about strength training; I typically just let it slide - except for some biceps curls a lot of days. Gotta find a way to con myself into doing it. I know its value ....)
But, overall, this go-round concerning weight loss, I feel as if I have really changed my lifestyle ... for good. It's a very doable thing ... and I'm doing it ..... And thanks to my friends for helping me!
BTW, click on "Photos" to see a pic of me at my heaviest. For some reason it didn't show up on my home page. I thought it might be interesting to see where I've come from - and where I NEVER want to go back again! You can do it, too!!!! :-D
My goal is to lose 51 pounds. I won't be skinny at that point, but I won't be fat either. And I think that's the level that I can hold. One short-term goal is to keep my 90-minute-per-week walking streak going for a year - oh, yeah ... I accomplished that on 8/24/11! Hurray!!! Now I have set a goal to walk at least 120 minutes/week for six months .... OK, accomplished that goal, too, and am now walking at least 130 minutes a week .... And now on 4-21-12 am upping the walking/exercising to 150 minutes a week.
Basically, I have changed my lifestyle. I am not on a diet but am conscious of what I eat and am trying to eat less, but more healthy foods. I eat snacks at least a couple of times a day to keep my energy up and blood-sugar levels stable. I also try to walk a few minutes every day, with a NEW minimum goal of 150 minutes a week. I hope now to add strength training as well, which I have only dabbled in so far.
I live in Ruston, Louisiana, and am a retired associate professor of journalism from Louisiana Tech University. Taught there 34 years, along with serving as assistant director of the News Bureau. I am a member of Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, the Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International women's philanthropic group and Northside Church of Christ.
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| Pounds lost: 50.0
Thank you for the spark goodie - that was sweet of you! Best wishes to you!
811 days ago
You looked great on the front of the Ruston Leader. Thank you for all that you do to help others.
1265 days ago
Thank you for the encouragement on my blog. Best wishes to you!
1271 days ago
Your alias is exactly what I would have expected when I saw you beautiful smile. Thanks for commenting on my blog.
I have added you as a friend.
1278 days ago
Thank you for you sweet words, and awesome support. I miss having time to just sit and visit. Maybe one day soon, things will slow down a bit.
1373 days ago