HI, I'm a mother of 4 children who are quickly growing up and out of our house (too fast). I am 80 pounds obese. I decided following some heath issues and a broken foot that it was time for me to change things. Its been a great year of growing. I am now able swim(at my own pace, mind you) for one hour. I am at the fitness center taking classes in pilates or yoga 3-6 times a week. My diet is much more healthy and I jump back on the band wagon faster when I fail. I am still working on losing the weight. I plan to have my fitness checked next week. I'm sure my muscle/fat ratio has greatly improved. I need to use the nutrition tracker more consistantly so I can loose the weight I need to loose. Wish me luck.
My goals are to drink water, bring my lunch to work everyday, exercise one hour 4-6 times a week, and walk my dog on days I cannot make it to the fitness center. I also need to track my diet and stay gluten free.
I fill my water bottle daily and bring it to work with me. I bring my lunch with me daily (salad, fruit, grains/legumes, and Olive oil dressing). I eat a gluten free breakfast with fruit as the main stage. Still working on supper and compromising with family members, but it is getting better. Planning, Planning, PLanning. I have the Sparkpeople app on my phone. No excuses really.
I have lived in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Texas, and Missouri. Mother of four young adults. My husband and I love to hike. My oldest is getting married soon and my youngest is practicing driving a car.
My blood pressure has been 120/80 for three months, consistantly. Woo Hoo
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Well, I've just returned from the Doctor. My blood pressure is normal, sugar is normal. Cholesterol and triglycerides are still high. I have lost 2 inches at my waist but not much weight. I swim 30 minutes a day, attend yoga classes and do some at home too. I think the yoga made a big difference in my blood pressure. When I took my yearly fitness test, I was able to perform 19 push ups and walk 20 minutes per mile maintaining a good BP and HR. Three years ago, I limped around the track and couldn't even do one push up. I have definitely improved but just need to keep on going. Now, umm? More oatmeal and no more restaurants? We'll see.
1020 days ago
Thanks Lynda, I'm still trying to figure out how to use many of the options. I have figured out how to join a team, track nutrition and fitness, and get spark points. I added a new recipe today. However, I'm not sure how to blog or talk to people on my team. I'm sure it will take time. I am walking about a mile at a time and will walk the walk for Muscular Sclerosis in April which is only 2 miles, but its a start and a help for those who have it. My dog is getting more exercise than I am, but I will keep trying.
2037 days ago
Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.
I love labs - they are a lot of fun as puppies and tend to 'stay a puppy' for many years. You will definitely have a good 'workout buddy' once the puppy gets old enough to run and play vigorously!!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
2045 days ago
Keep on trucking (or running).
2046 days ago