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I live in Cumbria (in the north-west of England). I love running in the hills and am an active member of the local church.

I was really pleased to discover SparkPeople because it will help me to not only lose excess weight, but also do it in a healthy and, I hope, lasting manner. It's certainly a challenge, but then I like challenges!

I've just signed up to the Fall 5% Challenge. I'm still really struggling with keeping my calorie intake within my ...
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I live in Cumbria (in the north-west of England). I love running in the hills and am an active member of the local church.

I was really pleased to discover SparkPeople because it will help me to not only lose excess weight, but also do it in a healthy and, I hope, lasting manner. It's certainly a challenge, but then I like challenges!

I've just signed up to the Fall 5% Challenge. I'm still really struggling with keeping my calorie intake within my allotted range. My diet is generally very healthy but I eat too much of it! It is hard not to become disheartened, but I'm NOT giving up!

I will swim three times a week, strength train twice a week and run at least three times a week. I also do a weekly Pilates class and will make sure I stretch for at least five minutes every day.

My goals for the Fall 5% Challenge are:
1. stay within my daily calorie range
2. stay within my daily carb, fat, protein and fibre ranges
3. do at least an hour's exercise every day.
6. Log my LTGL points and 'air miles' each week, if not every day.
7. Post my weekly weigh-in result.
8. NOT read blogs, articles, play trivia, take part in forum thread discussions or games or any other Spark Point-obsessive activities unless I can Really spare the time!
9. Time freed by observing Point 8 to be put towards ensuring that I get at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night.
10. Focus on being positive about myself and my body (not an easy goal to achieve but a helpful one).

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Member Since: 8/9/2011

SparkPoints: 113,630

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My Goals:
I want to be slim, fit into my 'slim' clothes comfortably, feel good about my body, not embarrassed by it and to be able to run faster. And I want to do all this in a healthy way that I can maintain. I also want to feel good about myself as a person, which I often don't at the moment.

I need to be kinder to myself and give myself the rest, sleep and healthy food my body requires instead of punishing myself all the time.

My Program:
I'm going to track all my food, stick within my calorie goals, and exercise and do strength training at least twice a week. I'm also making sure I stretch for 5 minutes a day.

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STEPH-KNEE
12/19/2014 6:28:13 AM

Oh my gosh, you don't have to ever worry about sharing too much... trust me. When you are excited about something, and something works for you, you want to let others know because it helped you. A fellow Spark Friend had let me know about that diet before... and I am so glad it is working for you! I never tried that one specifically, but I did do the 24 hour fast once a week for like 3 weeks (like fasting from breakfast to breakfast or whatever)... but I ended up going back to normal after a couple weeks. It is so funny you said that, because despite saying I was going to stop looking for plans, I was reading on the intermittent fasting again, I find it all fascinating. I was thinking of trying to do the 16:8 hour fast, but the more I read about it and then people arguing that it's not good for women and that there were negative affects. But there isn't much research done on it, and I think with ANYTHING there are going to be people that it works for, people it doesn't, people with good experiences and people with bad. But they were saying that a 14:10 fasting period might be better for women. Again, that is just someone's opinion. I think that is what happens, I get sucked so far down the rabbit hole and find too much information then I feel lost again.

I am so so glad that you found your groove and what works for you! I know at the end of the day calorie counting works for me and I will always do some form of that. But I am not typically a breakfast person and feel hungrier sooner if I eat breakfast vs. if I skip it, so I will probably do some form of daily fasting, whether it's 16 or 10 hours I'm not too sure, but I think I'm going to go back to that. I also enjoy being able to have a larger/higher calorie dinner. It also helps if you have to go out to eat also.

I look forward to cheering you on while you rock 2015! WOOHOO! :D



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12/18/2014 9:24:50 AM

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FIRSTLADYJ1
12/15/2014 9:59:47 PM

Thanks so much for your tip, posted on my blog. "Why is CHANGE so Hard? " I will Google it.

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12/14/2014 2:29:55 PM

I'm good. Had a several months of inactivity while caring for my dad but back in regular routing for about 3 months now. I notice that of the over 12,000 people who joined our team that week, less and 50 are still on Spark and less than are "somewhat" active." I almost started to leave the team but figured I'd try to reach out to some of our team mates. Thanks for responding. emoticon



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12/14/2014 3:05:29 AM

Hello team mate: SP Class of August 7-13, 2011



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