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I'm working toward becoming a better me.

I was successful in 2011 with a challenge at the school where I worked and in 2014 I was a winner in a community challenge. Not that I lost the most weight, but I was consistent in three areas: tracking food eaten, weighing in, and tracking activity. Each of those successful events were because I was REALLY, really focused on what I ate and making sure to keep moving.

Life has ways of changing our focus. Right now I am trying to focus on a leaner me and a leaner collection of "things" in our household. I left work in October, 2015 because I realized I was not happy there. I have stayed happily busy getting things done around the house, but will be looking to go back to work.

I know eating vegetables and to keep moving are the avenues for a better life. I have a huge sugar addiction which I am constantly battling, and am recovering from a knee injury which I sustained while participating in a Breast Cancer walk in the fall of 2014. That injury really de-railed my progress and I pretty much gained back all of the weight I had taken off.

My husband and I are trying the DASH diet. Phase I was very successful. Now I think we may be eating too much. I am following Heller's Action Plan at the 1600 calorie level. I am looking forward to hearing from buddies on the DASH team.

Member Since: 5/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 6,414

My Goals:
Lose 10% of my weight by mid-May.

Exercise in 10-minute increments for 10 minutes a day, three days a week.

Drink four glasses of water in addition to liquids on Heller's DASH plan.

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Keep recording food on Spark

Keep recording activity on Spark

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Have lived in mid-Michigan my entire life.

Continue to battle a sugar addiction and believe that vegetables and to keep moving are the keys for a healthier life.

I also battle getting better sleep.

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    The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
    Attitude, to me is more important than facts.
    It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do.
    It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
    It will make or break a company...a church...a home.
    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
    We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
    We cannot change the inevitable.
    The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude.
    I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
    And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.

    - Charles Swindoll
    186 days ago
    Comfort Zone
    by Anonymous

    I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
    The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
    I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
    But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

    I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
    I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
    I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
    But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

    I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
    I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
    I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
    I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

    If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
    Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
    A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
    Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

    189 days ago
    I hope you come back to DASH - I now have a co-leader to help out. Thanks for your support of our team!
    196 days ago
  • v VALYNN26
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog yesterday. I appreciate you taking the time to read/comment. Have a wonderful weekend!
    239 days ago
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. There's going to be a new entry later in the week. I've been doing my water thing for years now so that's nothing new. I have horrible acne as a kid and if I'd known then how important just drinking enough water is for healthier skin, I would have been doing it then. My cuticles aren't as dry anymore, even my oily skin is under far better control. It all matters.

    And yes, that budget is no joke. I have a pretty classic look so while it's not old and dowdy, I do LIKE my style and don't feel the need to buy a bunch of new stuff all the time. I'll add a skirt, jeans, dresses and shirts now and again but there's just no way in h*ll that I ever plan to keep purging my wardrobe for every pound.

    But also keep in mind that the safety net you talk about, of not wanting to get rid of the old larger clothes for hubby...don't hang on to that too long. Seriously. Doctor Oz talked about that, too, I think. If you're committed, BE committed and let it go. I got rid of some stunning clothes that I had from way back that were size 2 or 4 because I was in my 20s and I don't plan to go back there. However, when I lose 20 pounds, certain clothes that have no stretch and won't fit me well are gonna go bye-bye. I do not want a safety net. I wanna get up on that tightwire and fight to balance!!

    250 days ago
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