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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

It's been a couple of weeks since I've written anything. I'm doing well on my 28 day Bootcamp Challenge. I've been consistent and am now on my third week. Yeah! I'm really starting to feel the effects of a healthier lifestyle. I feel more energized, younger, stronger and healthier.

My one struggle would be diet. I just don't always make the healthiest choices.

I'll continue to take small steps one day at time!

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CBLENS 4/3/2013 5:14PM

    any progress is good, keep up the positive energy.

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SASSYONE4U2C 4/3/2013 12:10PM


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BERGBA7 4/3/2013 12:07PM

    Great on the 28 day boot camp!
For me nutrition is tough too. I try to prepare as much myself as I can and found out that I need to prepare my snacks too! So hang in there. You will make progress!
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GRACEBELL 4/3/2013 12:05PM

    Good for you, progress is great. I hit a plateau and wonder when that will happen for me.

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Diet Improvements

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I watched a video today on ways to improve your eating habits. Some of the points I'm already doing such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I've also been making sure to eat more lean protein in my meals and snacks. Snacks are no longer junk. There is something nutritional such as calcium or protein.

There are two points that I do plan to work on. The first was eating more meals at home. We do pretty good at this; however, I do eat a lot of lunches out.

The second point was to each less processed foods. Again, I'm not terrible at this. But again, when I do eat in, I tend to eat frozen dinners. Time to prepare salads and healthy lunches the night before.

Small changes = big results over time!

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FCARMICH 3/5/2013 3:37PM

  always -- be good to you!

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28 day challenge

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I started the 28 day challenge on Tuesday. So far, I'm loving it! The action plan given for the first week includes adding a "before" photo to your Spark page and setting goals of what I hope to get out of the challenge.

I posted a "before" picture. Not an easy thing to do. I really don't like pictures! But it will be fun to see my changes. I have to stay positive about it.

I've also set goals for the next month. Ultimately I want to get down to a healthy weight. But for the next month, I am working towards fitness. I've been doing cardio with my hubby for the the past couple of months. Loving it! I'm hoping to add strength and endurance training to my week.

So let's see where I am in a month. Looking forward to being healthier and a bit more fit!


Before I take a bite

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Every time I put a fork in my mouth, I need to pause and ask myself if I'm really hungry. If so, enjoy what I'm eating."

I heard this today on Spark Radio. What a great thing for me to I really hungry...or am I just bored. I've struggled with this for a long time and usually end up eating everything I shouldn't. It's a big reason for my weight gain.

I can honestly say since starting SparkPeople, I've been conscious of what I'm eating and of all the calories I'm taking in. But even with this positive step, I'm not sure if I am really pausing to make sure how hungry I really am before I eat. Often, I"m just bored or nervous.

This is going to be one of my goals this stop and gauge how hungry I really am before I take a bite!

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JOYCECAIN 2/22/2013 2:10PM

    A very wise step to consider. Good luck on this. It should help you immensely. emoticon

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STEPHANIE302013 2/20/2013 3:25PM

    such a great idea! I have such a hard time telling the difference between boredom & actual hunger!

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The Journey Begins

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Just after Christmas, my husband and I began walking. We both knew we needed to add exercise into our routine...both for health and weight. I saw Sparkpeople on-line and clicked our of curiosity. I am amazed at what I've found. I actually joined January 16th. Since that time, I've tracked our walks, read blogs and articles and participated in the surveys and quizzes. I've also lost 5 pounds! It may not seem like a lot...but to me it's awesome! I've a long way to go. My goal is 40 pounds. Wow! Seems like a lot. But, I'll keep focusing on having more energy and slowly watching the pounds come off! Here's my journey!

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WIXNWAX 2/14/2013 2:26PM

    Congratulations! You are starting off on the right path! It takes consistency, perseverance and discipline! The most important thing is to be living a healthy, happy life! Doing it together makes it easier and more fun too! Keep up the good work!

Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ~

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CBLENS 2/13/2013 7:25PM

    Fantastic. You are well on your way to your goals. Slow and steady wins the race. emoticon

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POSEY440 2/13/2013 6:43PM

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KA_JUN 2/13/2013 5:18PM

    Good luck! Those changes you both will make together will serve you well! emoticon

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EWL978 2/13/2013 3:28PM

    Five pounds is WONDERFUL!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I would say that you "must" be doing something right, but obviously you are!!

Keep on keeping on.... Five pounds is amazing when you just to lose 40... It took me ages to lose any when I got started!!

Keep on keeping on!!!!


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