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In Aruba after a rain storm, October 2008

Charged up and ready to go

At my starting point - 2005. This was on a trip we took when my husband retired.



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My Winter 2018 5% Challenge Commitment
I am Three years out from my double knee replacement (completed spring 2015 during that challenge). I am working with trainer to regain lost strength and add more muscle. Last year I fell and badly broke my left arm. It is recovering, but the nerve problems could take another seven months to fully heal. The exercises I will be able to do will depend on my recovery progress. Below is what I would like to be able to do comfortably.
I am on the bike and treadmill as appropriate and doing my knee strengthening exercises. I will Record my foods in Spark People and watch the calories, carbs and portion sizes. I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. I will check in with my team daily and leave a comment on the Discussion Board. I will read and comment on blogs as I have time.

Ten reasons why you want to lose weight
1. to enjoy retirement with my husband
2. to be comfortable while cruising Hawaii for our 25th anniversary
3. to make sure I have not complications from my recent knee surgery's (I had both replaced, one in April and one in May, five weeks apart - I am still in rehab)
4. To be able to be active and enjoy visiting our grandchildren whenever we see them
5. to be at my goal weight by the end of 2016
6. to be as healthy as is possible
7. to possibly reduce the medicines that I am taking
8. to have a longer life (my husband promised me a 50th anniversary and we got a late start - our 25th is this January)
9. To enjoy travel and cruising with my husband when we take trips
10. to stay active and alert all my life

I have been stitching since I was six. It seems I have been worrying about my weight that long. This group came along at a time when I was ready to concentrate on losing.
I served a four year term on the Board of Directors of ANG and had initially planned to be at my goal before my term was over. This did not happen, but I have not gained any weight back along the way. I have adjusted my goals for the rate I am losing at this time.
It seems that I have been gaining and losing the same five pounds for several months. I have a well ingrained habit of exercise. If I do not get my time in riding the recumbent bike, I can tell.
I feel better than when I started but have not made the progress i would like to make. I seem to be stuck in a long plateau. I am not gaining but I am not losing either. I readjusted by weight ticker to show more progress, instead of my initial starting point.

Mini Goals-
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300 Starting point
270 by 5/25/07 Achieved 5/18/07
250 by 11/22/07 Achieved 11/24/07
Remainder of goals updated with new dates (and losing at 5 pounds per month).
240 by 1/15/08 Achieved 2/24/08 Achieved a second time - May 2014
225 Achieved 10/30/15
215 Achieved 1/15/15
200 Achieved 5/10/15
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Member Since: 12/11/2006

Fitness Minutes: 410,949

My Goals:
Goal to eat less than 1400 calories per day and stay close to 100 g or Carbs per day
Goal to burn 6430 calories per week (720 minutes per week)
Goal to lose 5% by the end of the challenge

My Program:
*Exercise Daily
*Strenght training three times each week
Yoga three times each week
*Stay within my calorie range
*Eat at least five servings of Fruit and/or Vegetables each day

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb

"If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.

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  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Keep the goal in front of you,
    Follow your plan and the pounds will follow!
    Progress not Perfection!
    If you're not moving backwards you're making progress! -

    - Clear your mind of "can’t." –
    "Every day in every way I am getting better and better" Neville Goddard

    Hope you enjoyed the last day of Christmas Racey and enjoyed a fun dinner by the tree and the last of our Christmas treats .

    for me the fun continues as the cousins and I are getting together next week end and I will be leaving my things up so we can enjoy the evening and keep that Christmas feeling as you know I am a kid that forgot to grow up
    9 days ago
  • v MONAKIN314
    emoticon to the emoticon 2018 5% Challenge emoticon Team!!
    13 days ago
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    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and All the best in the new year to come.
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    29 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. Carl Reiner

    "When snow falls, nature listens." Antoinette van Kleef

    "The snow is sparkling like a million little suns." Author Unknown

    "A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!"
    "Snowflakes are kisses from heaven." Unknown

    "Kindness is like snow—It beautifies everything it covers." Kahlil Gibran

    "Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem." William Hamilton Gibson

    "When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels." Unknown
    since we got a lot of snow and I was not happy so searched for snow quotes
    31 days ago
    Thank you for the birthday wishes. I appreciate your thoughtfulness as well as your support throughout the year.
    40 days ago
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