Me and Megan celebrating Thanksgiving in Mozambique with our Peace Corps friends!
Passing of the hat at Autumn's goodbye party.
Shared Food & Fitness Trackers
I am a Peace Corps Volunteer living in Mozambique, Africa. I successfully used Spark People to lose over 30 pounds and build a healthy lifestyle in 2009-2010. My choices in the past couple of years have left me prioritizing rich foods and beers with friends and very little exercise and so I gained all the weight back. I have come to suspect that my lack of planning for life after my goal weight is in part what has led me back to this place.
Now, as I look forward to the next 9 months and prepare to head back to the States I am looking to get my health back. This time, I am focusing on creating a lifestyle that I can sustain after the weight loss and being more patient and flexible and realistic with myself.
I'm excited to be back on Spark People and looking forward to the journey, adventure and challenge.
Lose 35lbs. by August, 2013
Re-incorporate Daily Exercise into my life.
5lbs by: November 5, 2012 (DONE: 10/29/12, 169lbs)
10lbs by: December 16, 2012
15lbs by: January 31, 2013
20lbs by: March 15, 2013
25lbs by: May 1, 2013
30lbs by: June 15, 2013
Meet Goal: 35lbs by: August 15, 2013
Complete 28-Day Jumpstart Challenge by November 5, 2012
Complete 8-week C25K program by May 31, 2013
Be ready to start P90X program by return home in August 2013.
Quit Smoking [DONE. 09/25/12]
Track all of my food, whether it is a good or bad day and be nice to myself for slips.
Quit Smoking [DONE, 09/25/2012] New Program: Maintain Quit
Up exercise to 1 hr per day and incorporate flexibility and strength training.
Use Challenges and Programs to Motivate:
10/4-11/4: 5k Your Way Walking
11/1: Trick/Trot Virtual 5k [DONE, 11/01/12, 44:30)
10/7-11/7: Weight train 70 minutes per week and incorporate daily flexibility training.
5k Your Way Walk/Run
12/4: Virtual 5k
12/4-01/4: 5k Your Way Running
January 4: New Challenge
Originally from Boise, Idaho but lived in Olympia, WA for 12 years. I was an over-worked and over-stressed political analyst for the WA State Legislature but now I live in Inhambane City, Mozambique near the beautiful Indian Ocean Tofo Beach. I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working as a Community Health Promoter and get do exciting community sustainability, health and agricultural development work.
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words;
Watch your words, for they become actions;
Watch your actions, for they become habits;
Watch your habits, for they become your character;
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny."
-Margaret Thatcher (reworded from the original Ghandi quote)
| current weight: 171.0
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D - Decide on an action plan.
E - Every thing is possible if you believe and work at it.
C - Consider your choices carefully.
I - Invite others to join you on you quest to become healthy.
S - Savor the feeling of each victory, big or small.
I - Invaluable lessons sometimes hurt, but are necessary for growth.
O - Optimism over pessimism,
N - Never quit trying or you will fail.
S - Say to yourself every day, "I AM WORTH IT!" because you are.
Just stopping by to wish you a very merry Christmas, Sparkfriend! Thank you for the gift of your friendship, it means so much to me!
1279 days ago
"Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
I hope your week has been going well, Sparkfriend! I know its hard to stay on track this time of year. Just remember, if you go off track, you can always get right back on! Every day is a new start, after all. I believe in you and I'm here if you need support.
LESSONS FROM A SNOWMAN
It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy.
Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
Wearing white is always appropriate.
Winter is the best of the four seasons.
It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
There's nothing better than a foul weather friend.
The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
It's not the size of the carrot, but the placement that counts.
We're all made up of mostly water.
You know you've made it when they write a song about you.
Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
Avoid yellow snow.
Don't get too much sun.
It's embarrassing when you can't look down and see your feet.
It's fun to hang out in your front yard.
There's no stopping you once you're on a roll.
1284 days ago
"Time always moves forward whether you move forward or not. Your most effective strategy is to make use of each moment as soon as it arrives.
There's no end to what you can accomplish if you'll just go ahead and get going. Now is what you have, so make now your time to begin."
-- Ralph Marston
Just stopping by to wish you a great week, Spark friend! Keep your goals in mind, and do something every day that will move you closer to reaching them. I'm here if you need support!
Q: What do reindeer say before telling you a joke ?
A:This one will sleigh you !
Q: What's an ig?
A: An eskimo's home without a loo!
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