Saturday, August 18, 2012
As I update and change my SP page, I don't want to loose where I've come from, where I've been, and what I've thought and wanted to share in the past. So, that's what you'll find in this blog post...past thoughts and goals.
(SparkPage title June 2011)
YOU GET WHAT YOU SETTLE FOR
This is it. It's time to redefine what I settle for.
I have been Sparking for 3 months. In those 3 months, I have learned that who I am is a person who wants to be healthier and happier.
To settle is to come to an agreement. I have come to an agreement with myself that I will settle for nothing less than a healthier, happier self. My nutrition and exercise have improved greatly so I'm feeling healthier which makes me happier.
(My original goal posted January 2011)
I am taking my first trip to Colorado in July. I love summer, I love the out of doors and I love the mountains. This is a trip I have wanted to take all my adult life! It is a great way to celebrate 50 years of life! My goal is to be in the best shape I can be in to enjoy the hiking, biking, and relaxing in the hot springs.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
What happens to a person in a matter of 12 months? Distractions, loose focus, celebrations, stress, good news, bad or sad news, parties, achievements met, goals in now way, shape or form achieved, more distractions, more loss of focus, another year older - boo, another year older - WooHoo, loss of family and friends, finding new friends, new babies born. A bag of mixed emotions.
I report today with mixed emotions that I moved my weight loss ticker from 161 lbs (last recorded June 2nd, 2011) to 180 lbs. I feel I have lost a battle but I am determined to win the war of obesity. At 5'5" and 180 lbs my current BMI is 30. •Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater.
My emotions are mixed...on the one hand OBESITY and on the other hand CHOOSING TO WAGE A FRESH BATTLE.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It's Biggest Loser Live Finale and the first day of my 24 week training for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure and I got off work a little late! What's a girl to do? I had 50 minutes to walk 3 miles. Do the math, I told myself. I cranked my treadmill up to 3.7 mph and took off!! A feat I could not have accomplished 16 weeks and 20 pounds ago. (insert great feeling here) Mission accomplished. First training walk for the 2011 season...done. Enjoyed BL Live Finale...awesome!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Empowering & Proactive…these words slipped from my lips the first time I attempted to explain what it was to participate in the 3 Day. That was in 2007 after I participated in my 1st walk. This will be the 5th year that my team the Tenacious Turtles walk in the 3 Day for the Cure.
I didn’t begin this journey because I felt empowered. I began this journey because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. I said “yes” to walking before I knew what I was saying “yes” to. It was during my first training walk of 3 miles that took me an hour that I started to do the math. “If I walked 3 miles per hour for 20 miles, that is going to be a 7 hour walk each day? WHAT?” I was not feeling powerful; I was feeling weak in the knees. Training, training, training, Opening Ceremony, music, walk, walk, walk, day 1 complete, meet new friends, being cheered for, walk, walk, walk, day 2 complete, meet more new friends, hearing inspiring stories of strength and courage, walk, walk, walk Closing Ceremony. I did it! I felt very powerful!! The experience gave it to me and I graciously took it. I have been empowered by the 3 Day.
I have reached that time of my life that I started thinking about legacy. What will my legacy be? What have I done with my life? What have I contributed to society? I didn’t begin this journey because I wanted to be proactive. I began this journey because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. What I realized is with every step made and every dollar I raised for Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure I was contributing to breast cancer research and awareness raising. The more money I can raise the more money I can contribute to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I personally can help rid our world of breast cancer. I would love to have my grand daughter's, daughters learn about breast cancer not from personal experience but from their history books. I will move forward in life to help my previous statement come true. I am proactive!!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I wanted to share an e-mail I received that I'm feeling very good about! The Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota paired with The Biggest Loser to sponsor a weight loss challenge from January 15 - April 15.
I have deleted questions 1-6 of the interview simply because they were name, address, contact info etc.
Congratulations! Your team ranked among the top performers within your division in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge!
The Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota would like to highlight your success by sharing your story in a writeup that will be shared with local media in your area and on the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota's website.
Thanks for your incredible participation in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge!
Winning Group Teams
Team Name: Excess Baggage Team Captain: Laurie Team: myself and my husband, Steve
7.How did your team come together? We were watching the 1st episode of Biggest Loser January 4th 2011. (BL happens to be our favorite show to watch together.) An ad came on for the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge which sent both Steve and I grabbing for our lap tops to look closer at what they were talking about. I was ready to jump on board immediately. Steve told me to go ahead and do it on my own. I wanted to do it together, so during the show I kept after him. Finally I said "what would Jillian say" That's all it took. By the end of the show we had created our team Excess Baggage. How do you know one another? We are husband and wife.
8.Why did you decide to compete in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge? Laurie: Hearing the ad during the 1st episode just flipped a switch for me. Also, a chance to go to the BL Live Finale was an opportunity I didn't want to pass by without trying. Steve: To become healthier and also my wife was in my face very much like I think Jillian would have been.
9.What motivated you to continue towards your goal? Laurie: I like how I feel. I like talking with family, friends and work mates about eating healthier. Steve keeps me motivated. I would have been at a jumping off place in April if Steve hadn't been their doing this with me. It has been fantastic going through this process with my husband!! Steve: Because I feel better.
10.Did you and your teammates do anything to help keep one another motivated? We have gone to the grocery store several times together...fun!! We have tried several new recipes, very healthy. When it comes to our workouts, we don't tell each other we "have to do it" but we just ask each other what we are doing today for exercise.
11.What was the hardest part about losing the weight (if applicable)? Laurie: Staying motivated when my weight wasn't dropping off like I wanted it to. Steve: Changing eating habits.
12.Do you have a favorite exercise? Laurie: I am learning how to run. It's not my favorite, yet but it is something I'm proud of. I want to run a 5K before the end of summer. Steve: Treadmill.
13.Do you have a favorite healthy meal or snack? Laurie: Two recipes I found. Both very healthy. Shepards Pie and Mexican Style Brown Rice Casserole. Steve: Almonds and the Mexican Style Brown Rice Casserole.
14.Are there any foods you’re tempted by? Laurie: Anything where sugar is the first word listed in the ingredients. Steve: Fast food. How do you deal with that? Laurie: Chewing gum, orange cinnamon tea, an occasional piece of hard candy. Steve: Pack a lunch.
15.How will you stay motivated to keep it up after the competition? Laurie: The key for me has been and will continue to be doing this together. Our habits have changed and are changing together. I couldn't have done as well as I have done without doing this with Steve. Steve: I feel so great. That's motivation enough.
16.What’s the best advice you can give someone who’s struggling with his or her weight? Laurie: Find a partner to share the experience with. I also discovered a free web-site, sparkpeople.com It is truly amazing. I'm recommending it to everyone who comments about my weight loss. Steve: Keep at it.
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