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My name is Ute, I live in Upstate New York with my husband, my two dogs and a cockatiel. Our twin girls were born in 1992. Sarah is finishing up her Graphic Design Diploma, and lives in the area. Julia finished her MPA Diploma in Spring 2016 and moved to Germany for a year or two.
I have been a Spark Member since 2006 and always enjoy the support from my fellow Sparkers. My main focus is to use the tools here to help me lose the excess weight that might lead to health problems down the road, and take pressure off my knees. My favorite pastime on Spark are the 5% Challenges, and helping to lead the Shooting Stars as their Motivational Leader (ML).

2016 Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Strength Training:
Body Weight Exercises, light dumbells, rubber bands
Minimum 15 minutes, 3 days per week.
Sources: Deck of Cards Workout, 1 Minute Crunch Sessions

Minimum 45 minutes 5 days a week
Deck of Cards Workout, 1 Minute Crunch Sessions, Walking outdoors, Youtube: Step Aerobics Videos, Zumba Workout DVD's, Chair Workout Videos on days my knees are acting up.

What will I eat?
Simple.... I love to eat, and I have been my most successful by just tracking everything I eat daily, sometimes before, sometimes after. I incorporate everything I love into my meals and snacks, since I will be changing my habits for the rest of my life, not just for a few weeks. It has to be attainable and realistic.

Member Since: 10/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 18,380

My Goals:
Top Goal is to not develop any of the modern world illnesses that are looming on the horizon, as far as they can be prevented by making good choices.

Aging gracefully and still be able to touch my fingers to the floor when I am 75.

My Program:
2017 Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Strength Training:
Minimum 10 minutes, 7 days per week.
Sources: Spark Bodyweight Exercises, Spark Videos, Youtube: Sarah Beth Yoga

Minimum 20 minutes 7 days a week
Walking outdoors, Step Aerobics, Deck of Card Workouts, Youtube: Step Aerobics Videos

Yoga/Stretching: 10 min 7 days a week
Sources: YouTube Videos, Spark Videos

Personal Information:
I am German, living in Upstate NY. My family consists of hubby (found in bar in 1991), twin girls (found in hospital in 1992), labrador (found at backyard breeder in 2001), oodle (found at friends house in 2002), cockatiel (found in parking lot in 2008).

Other Information:
I love life, Jesus, dogs, lavender and spreading the cheer wherever I go. My favorite bible passage is Psalm 91.

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  • v BARBIE176
    “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” – Buddha
    8 hours ago
  • v SHARON10002
    Hi Ute! Just dropping in to check on you, and see how you are doing. . . I hope that you had a good weekend! It's a new week with lots of potential for you! emoticon emoticon
    8 hours ago
    . . . . the greatest obstacle (to making a dream come true) is the skepticism of people around you who can’t see your vision and laugh at your dream. Helice Bridges
    15 hours ago
    Thanks for the bike goodie. I wish it had been a spare tire. I pop my back tire 13 minutes into my ride yesterday. I had to walk back two and a half miles. Oh well, I guess it's all cardio.
    1 day ago
    Thank you for your support on losing 2 lbs and my overall progress. Exercising routinely is quite an accomplishment for me and the weight loss is the icing on the cake. Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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    3 days ago
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