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At home with the SHOES! Nov 2011 (167 pounds)

The dress. On the day (9/10/11). Enjoyed some Sun!

Sept 2009: I love being outside and getting dirty.


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Hello old and new Sparkers alike. And welcome to my page. I used Spark alot in 2010 and 2011. But I took a break starting at the beginning of 2012. By August 2012 I was in trouble. The pounds crept back and I was in denial about it. Such a bad combination. Because than the pounds piled on between August and October. So now I find myself back at what I like to call my "top out" weight....I always end up right around 206-208lbs if I''m not exercising or watching my diet. The first time i reached this weight was in 2004, as I finished up my undergrad degree. I remember telling my mom how unhappy I was with the way my body felt and it was time to change. I did really well for about a year. I took up running and Bando in grad school. Entering the desk jockey work force really changed the whole game. I yo-yoed between 178 and 195 two or three times. And hung out around 185 the most. I started at Spark weighing 196 pounds in early 2010. I remember telling people "this job is killing me". My lowest weight ever was 165 in Oct 2011. At which point I burned out. Moving into the future I really need to decide what I can manage on a lifelong scale. I have two major problems with long term change. One, I lose interest if I don''t keep things fresh and keep learning. Two, I burn out because I have the habit of setting overly aggressive goals. I''ll reach the goal, and then have nothing left to take care of myself afterwards. This goes for exercise, food choices, and personal projects (like quilting). I''m currently doing Crossfit and focusing on cooking at home. For my future I need to focus on a balance, not a scale. I need to find the right mix to make my life both happy and healthy. This is a journey of a lifetime. That takes a lifetime. Just take it one day at a time and learn as much as you can each day. Don''t give up!!! I have faith that all of you Sparkers can do it too. Keep trying to find what is right for you. Love yourself. So much of this is an emotional journey so be true to it. Hugs!!! Mandy Seestars

Member Since: 6/22/2010

My Goals:
-#1 and only goal: find the right balance for a happy healthy me.

My Program:
-Listen carefully to my body to regulate my food.
-Attempt to get in some exercise. Elliptical is my favorite. I love the results of ST but struggle to keep up with it.
-Do something for me every day. Even if it is just a few minutes to read or a piece of REALLY GOOD chocolate.
-Develp life habits that make life happier and more effortless. Working up to getting good at all of these will take a while. 1. Regular walking days/times with my dogs
2. set and stick to a bed time
3. pack a lunch for work daily
4. keep in touch with friends and visit weekly
5. keep and check off items from a project list

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I love cake!

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Don't worry, be happy. That's my motto.

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    The house closing has been postponed but it is still supposed to get done. I sure hope so.

    A happy thanksgiving to you and yours too!!!
    1923 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your sensible and smart perspective on my water consumption on my blog the other day. It made a difference, and I'm not beating myself up about it anymore.

    Hope you are having a great day. emoticon
    1923 days ago
    There are two braces I have found really wonderful (and I have gone through about a dozen). The Mueller Green braces have support on the bottom and top, but are low profile and sporty enough to wear all day long. At night, I wear a Futuro sleep brace with the little beads in the palm. It is so comfy!
    1926 days ago
    I've only had the fitbit since saturday afternoon... so far, I really like the step and floor counter (i have the fitbit ultra) I like that i can see how many calories I'm burning based on my movement. Obviously, the calorie burned count won't be super accurate if i'm doing something like ZUMBA, where i'm moving my entire body and really getting my blood flowing. Ditto biking or something of the like or anything that's upper body (rowing etc) but I can use the fitness tracker for those activities. Basically, when syncing the fitbit info... it logs all extra activity as fitness minutes. Any time I'm moving around and going beyond sedentary... so I think that it can be a bit misleading with the fitness minutes on here. I mean, I'm climbing stairs and walking to the train... which is normal daily activity to me, not working out. But it's okay. I like how i can compare stats from day to day and see how things change. I find myself working to beat yesterday's steps/floors climbed etc.
    1927 days ago
    Thanks for the comment! Lets get back on it!!!! emoticon
    1927 days ago
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