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My name is Andi, I retired after 22 years in the military (Army and National Guard), I'm a 911/police/fire dispatcher, and I'm in a long term relationship, and hopelessly in love, with my spousal equivalent, Greg (retired USCG). We have a sweet 12 year old daughter, Lexi, born on the 4th of July! We have 3 dogs, 2 old, stupid cats, 2 lovebirds and 1 orange-bellied newt! Somebody mentioned 5 % goals of losing weight (which approximates monthly goals), so I think I'll give it a try:

I can totally relate to the sparking on and off for (several) years - and gaining back MORE each time.
On Labor Day 2014, after stalking a friend's FB page about another woman who lost a whole PERSON at Jiu Jitsu and then a chance encounter with the Jiu Jitsu gym owner, I figured what I was doing (or NOT doing) wasn't working, so I decided to COMPLETELY break out of my comfort zone, and hire a trainer at this Jiu Jitsu gym. They also do personal training and cross-fit style workouts, as well as BootCamp and Zumba. So, 4 months ago today, I began my journey of getting exercise into my life - with a totally bum knee. I have NO cartilage left and my meniscus is shredded. Compounding the problem is that by compensating over the last couple of years, I have developed intermittent sciatic pain on the opposite side. 198 But, it hasn't stopped me! I started with 3 times a week, then added a 2 day per week On Ramp class (teaches cross-fit technique). But I manage to only make it once per week, just because work and family (and distance to the gym) make it hard to get there every night.
Santa brought me a FitBit for Christmas, and although I've been outta town (and mostly offline) for the past week or so, I wore it every day/night (except showers - I don't trust it to not get fried!). When I got back yesterday, everything synched up - and in fact, I had LOST 7.5 lbs since Christmas.
I was happy to see that SparkPeople and FitBit worked together, because I have always loved SP, and was not at all excited about rebuilding my food log!!
One would think I would have lost a significant amount of weight for working out for 4 months - but my diet has been less than stellar. One of the owners put up a message about not being able to outwork a poor diet - which is exactly what I had been trying to do. When I was 20 and in the Army, I could do that. Not even close to true when you're 45 and have a sedentary job!
So, I'm at the final stage of getting my health back on track - my diet. I have the exercise down, drink lots of water and I even quit smoking (after an on again/off again battle of 4 years) - all last year. I told my family we are doing this TOGETHER.
Tomorrow, I shop!!!

269 - Starting weight, Christmas Day 2014
269 – 13.5 1/31/2015
255 – 13 2/28
249 – 12 3/31
237 – 12 4/30
225 – 11 5/31
214 – 11 6/30
203 – 10 7/31
193 – 10 8/31 BELOW 200 lb GOAL
183 – 9 9/30
174 – 9 10/31
165 – 8 11/30
157 – 8 12/25 -100 lb goal met!
149 – 7
142 – 7
135 – 7

GOAL: 128
128 *HEALTHY" BMI - right in the middle of 110-145!
Ultimately, size 10 - 12 and I would be happy!

I gave myself 1 month each to reach my 5% goals and the numbers came up to 13 lbs, 12, 12, 11, 11, 10, 10, 9, 9, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7 from December 2014 - CHRISTMAS 2015. One can reasonably expect to lose 1 - 2 lbs per week, so it might not be realistic to reach the 5% goals MONTHLY, although initially, I think I will. I know my body, and that the weight does come off faster in the beginning.

Greg said a good rule of thumb is if you want to maintain a certain weight, say 200 lbs, then you eat 2,000 calories/day. If you want to lose 10 lbs (go down to 190 lbs), then you cut out 100 calories (so 1,900 calories/day), and so on. I think that sounds reasonable, and must currently be consuming about 2,400 calories a day, since I've been maintaing my current weight for awhile. I know for my ideal weight, a woman should consume like 1,500 calories/day, but I think it is too drastic to cut out nearly 1,000 calories/day right off the bat. But I don't think it would kill me to cut out say 100 calories/day for a week or so, then 100 more, etc and gradually get my body used to consuming less calories per day.

One thing that worked well for me before was MEASURING/WEIGHING my food. I don't eat out often, and try to bring leftovers as often as possible for lunch to avoid getting fast food.

Goal rewards: (NON food rewards!)

Every 5 % goal met = new earrings! (The FUN kind!)
225 lb mark = massage!
Under 200 goal = 1 hour MASSAGE!
175 lb mark = mani / pedi!
150 lb mark = New back tattoo!
GOAL = Trip to ??

Member Since: 7/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 7,293

My Goals:
I want to be actively involved in Lexi's activities as she gets older. I don't want to be the mom on the sidelines! I want to ride bikes and run 5k's with her.

I want to wear "cute" clothes and not pick out clothes based on "stretch" or "elastic".

My dad died before I got pregnant, and never got to see his only grandchild. I want to ALWAYS be there for Lexi.

I want to make sure I accomplish everything on my "bucket list" before my number is up!

My Program:
Actually TRACKING my food - what an eye opener! I really do want to evolve into a healthier LIFESTYLE.

Activities to try and keep it interesting:

* Strength Training

* Bowling

Personal Information:
I'm Andi and I live on the beautiful north Oregon coast. It rains a LOT here!

Other Information:
Dog, Rosy, is part Australian shepherd and part stupid dog. My #1 fan!

Black Border collie/labraDORK mix named Daisy. The snuggliest dog ever!

White Pappillon mix - "PipSqueak". Our most recent addition!

2 orange cats - Silly Willy and Missy, and 1 Siamese, Scooter.

2 Lovebirds - The Bird Brains!

1 orange bellied Newt: Ferb

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    Hi Andi! So nice to see a little activity in our North Coast Chat! Cool that you have a Fitbit Flex. I used a Nike Fuelband for over 2 years but after going through 3 of them (under warranty thank goodness) for one problem or another I switched it FitBit. Would love to be Fitbit friends with you. Send request to

    1101 days ago
    How do you like your new bowling shoes, Andi?
    I think if we look good, we feel good, too. And confidence seems to be a huge part of bowling. I've shown dogs for over 25 years, and the handler looking good makes the dog feel good, thus look good, too! But practice is very important. It was 10 weeks yesterday that I started bowling. I've bowled close to 100 games in the 10 weeks. I've read articles on and on the USBC site. No, I'm not great, but I AM getting comfortable and I am having so much fun bowling! My DH has had several strokes, and bowling was suggested as therapy. It has helped him immensely! His focus and ability to concentrate have really improved.
    I'm learning so much from the BFWL team! Never dreamed I'd need to redrill my bowling ball when I lose more weight! Makes sense!
    Hope you have a great week!
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    1950 days ago
    Welcome to the Bowling for weight loss team.
    I am in NW WA near Port Angeles, another Coastie town. We love our Coastie's.
    Good luck on your renewed direction. Don't let anyone get in your way!
    1953 days ago
    Welcome to the BFWL team! I'm new to bowling and having a great time!
    1953 days ago
    emoticon to the "Bowling for Weight Loss" team. I wish you much success with your weight loss. Take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and always believe in yourself you can do this, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou
    1953 days ago
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