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Here we go again! I first joined SparkPeople 10 years ago in 2006. I last a while and then get stressed out with work or life or money or all of the above and I derail.

I've read more about nutrition than anyone I know and know it all "up here" (points to brain)... just haven't been able to connect the dots from my brain to my feet on a consistent basis.

Last week, I decided again that this time it's going to stick!

Here are my main goals now!

NUTRITION: "Don't eat stupid foods"... I know what I'm supposed to avoid or eat/drink in moderation or not at all. I know that processed foods and pop and ice cream are bad for me. I know that ancient grains and whole foods and clean eating is feeding my body necessary vitamins and minerals and nutrients and micro-nutrients. I know that I need to eat the rainbow and balance not only protein/carbs/fat but also eat more of a plant-based diet. So, do it.

EXERCISE: I've always been all-or-nothing with exercise. Looking back, I've been the most fit when I've been regularly involved with sports. Growing up, I started Little League slow-pitch softball in grade school and played up until high school. Actually played one year in HS, and realized that although I was a consistent player, I wasn't good enough compared to the rest of the team. Pitcher, 1st base, and every hit would go right over the 2nd basewoman's head and drop before it got to the outfield. I wasn't a fast runner and don't think I ever made it to 2nd base on a hit. I tried to play basketball in 9th grade and was a dismal failure, just ask my team. I also started gymnastics in 9th grade, balance beam & vault. I was okay, but couldn't do the flips that everyone else could. I was on swim team in 10th grade and was okay, never first, never last. Probably the best shape of my life. I played volleyball in 9th and 10th grade. My overhand serve was pretty deadly (back when I could actually serve overhand), and my underhand serve was consistently just barely over the net, clearing it but not touching it. After 11th grade, when it got super competitive, I quit all sports. It was about winning, and I couldn't help any of my teams get there.

When I was about 30, I played rec league coed softball with friends for two years. It all came back to me. Then one day in the playoffs, I tweaked my neck and from then on, every time I tried to pitch, a pain would shoot down my neck and through my arm and the ball would just go straight up in the air. I was embarrased and in pain and never played again.

A couple of years after that, we got together a coed volleyball team and played for probably 10 years all summer long. Until I moved to Chicago. I joined a few teams there, even on the beach of Lake Michigan and a season indoors, but it wasn't the same. By the time I moved back to Lincoln 5 years later, my friends had added others to the team that I helped start and they still play. Just without me. I'm so out of shape now that I couldn't move around in the sand anyway.

After high school, my friends and I would go to miniature golf every week, sometimes several times a week. Nothing else for minors to do in Lincoln, Nebraska! LOL. Around the age of 19, my boyfriend (at the time) decided to take me to the Jr Golf Course here. I borrowed his clubs, birdied my first hole, and then slowly went downhill by the end. The last hole was a shot over a what I would call a ravine. I swear I hit it into the ravine probably half a dozen times with him standing on the other side. Some older folks caught up behind us and were trying to encourage me to try again and I finally got so upset with him over there laughing at me and my failures that I winged my club right at him and he had to jump out of the way to avoid being clobbered. That's the first and last time I golfed.

Until last year... fast forward 30 years... last Fall, my new husband signs us up for a TOURNAMENT. Coed 4-person Scramble. The week before we play. He's played golf regularly for 25+ years and I "just have to be the girl on the team'" he said. He wasn't aware of my previous attempt at golf, obviously. LOL. So we had a practice round once and went to the driving range once. Using his old clubs. I was passable, had maybe 3 shots that we used as a team, so that was good. We haven't played since! Now it's time for the tourney again and I told him that I would love to do it, on one condition. I need to be properly outfitted. So we went out last week and bought me new golf shoes and my very own set of clubs that are my size! Dane and the guy at the golf store were pretty impressed with my 150+ yard drives on their little machine there. Good omen!

So, on Saturday, we went to an executive course in my mom's tiny hometown and played 9 holes. I out-drove him twice! Hit some long putts, even! I was getting used to my clubs, so sometimes I had to hit it 2-3x before I got a good solid hit, but the target was right on. So this is looking good! Enjoyable, even! We were out there for 3 hours (there was no-one behind us) and I was sore for a good 4 days. We're getting ready to hit the links again this morning (as soon as I'm done writing, actually!)

What last week's golf outing taught me was this: Consistency is everything! If I can consistently hit a straight shot down the fairway, it'll get me in the right direction and closer and closer to the goal. The hole.

Why haven't I figured this out in my life? So I joined the gym again. (for the.... 6th time in my life?) and my goal is to go to the gym every day after work. 5x a week. I have to put in at least 20 minutes each time. and DON'T STOP GOING. I'm using Spark Streaks for this now and my week looks stellar! Golf on Saturdays. Rest on Sundays.

The more I can get my weight under control, the better I'll be able to hold the club without my big upper arms getting in the way. The less mid-section fat I have, the better my rotation will be. The stronger my arms and core and legs and chest get, the further my ball will go. The more connected I am with my body, the more control I'll have and that will increase my CONSISTENCY.

Consistency is all that matters right now. Do something every day and don't stop.

Member Since: 11/14/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,127

My Goals:
Weekly Goal:
Lose 1 lb (I just want to see progress)
Walk Max daily
Eat whole foods
Cut out the crap

Wear shorts comfortably this summer!

Reset my internal equilibrium! I've been the same weight and measurements every time I restart SparkPeople!

My Program:
Don't eat stupid foods.

Do some kind of exercise every day.

Personal Information:
I was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska! Married & Divorced here as well. Moved to Chicago for 5 years. Moved back home in May 2008! Met the love of my life in June 2012, got engaged January 12 2014, and was married June 2nd, 2015!

Living with my fiance Dane and dog Max.

4 nieces. 3 nephews, and a grand-niece!

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The Rock Boat changed my life!
2003, 2005, & 2007!

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