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Updating my Spark Page

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

So I thought it time for me to update my spark page and get back down to business! I have moved all my updates to this blog and in the future all my updates will be blogs. I will use my page for my fitness and nutrition and over all inspirations. It is kinda neat to read through where I have been and where I am going. When I look at the list at the end I still have some work to do. Like I said it is time to get serious again.

May 14, 2008
Hi my name is Toni. I recently quit smoking (Yeah for Me!) but gained 40 pounds in doing so. I was 20 pounds over weight as it was, so this did not help. Now that I am over the major hurdles of quiting smoking, I am ready to concentrate on my weight and have a new totaly healthy life!


July 3, 2008
That was then...
While I am still darn proud of my accomplishment of quitting smoking, After being on SP for the last 6 weeks, my thoughts toward being healthy have increased so much. When I started this journey it was to lose the weight. It still is, don't get me wrong, but along the way I have learned the importance of permenant life changes. I have made some really good friends on SP and have a tremendous support system. Thank You All of You!
I am going to list my goals. Make them reachable. and celebrate my accomplishments one at a time. One day at at time! Though I have worked really hard not to have any bad days.. it is inevitable. Just got to rememeber to brush it off and keep going. Don't give into the old feelining of well I blew it... might as well wait until I can do this right for good.

September 28, 2008 -
WOW - over 30 pounds gone forever. I am half way to my original goal of 60 pounds. As I go on this journey, I now feel that when I reach that goal, I will go farther.
With the winter months coming up fast, I hope that I am able to stay active enough to keep it going. I have re-evaluated my exercise program for the winter and feel that I will be able to control it. I have the treadmill, so even if outdoor conditions do now allow me to take me walks, I can on the treadmill. So there will be no excuses on not doing it. In fact I am hoping to beable to increase my speed and time over the winter. Get more running in and build up my time there as well. So there we have it, my winter goal is to remain active and increase my activity levels. Now that it is down for all to see, I know I will stick to it. Again Thank you all for your support and encouragement. We are all in this together.

November 22, 2008
Wow... 6 months! Alot has happened in 6 months. The most important is my health. I have had some minor set backs these past few weeks, but determined to get back at it. I know the holidays are upon us... not the best time of year for remashing the button, but yet the best time of year. I have to stay in control. I will succeed. Though I have had my set backs, I will not let it stop me. In the past I would have given up, not now. That is one of the most important lessons I have learned these past 6 months. Every day is a new day! We don't give up, we just get up and keep going! Thank you Spark People for teaching me that. Thank you to all my wonderful friends here on SP that help me daily with your inspiration and commintment. We are all in this together. We are all Worth it!

January 1, 2009 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A start of a brand new year.... after last years accomplishments it leaves me to wonder where do I go from here. I do know I will continue on my journey and continue to lose the weight and stay healthy. That is a given. I am on this journey for life!
One of my main goals for 2009 is to be able to run in a 5K race/run. Everyday I am improving my time and distance and can push myself even harder. I have had some of the usual set backs that many of us encounter... Illness (cold and flu season), Planter Facitis (slowed me down but did not stop me!), Teeth... but through it all I have stayed active and accountable and that my friends is due in part to you! Your constant encouragement and support has seen me through it all!
So here are the numbers that start out 2009...
Weight - 181.8
Waist - 33"
Hips- 41.5"
Chest - 42"
Legs - Thigh 21" / Knee 18" / Calf 16"
Upper Arms - 12.5"
Neck- 13.5"

I dropped 3 pant sized in 2008! and 2 shirt sizes! That is alot of inches lost. I wish I would have kept better track of the inches from the beginning...
Lets see where I can go from here!

List 2008 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1) Quit Smoking
2) Started my new healthy journey- Eating right, exercising, and have lost 43 pounds.
3) Got my back yard done this year- been trying to do somehting with it for years. Finally did it this year.
4) Got some of my to do list done. Even though it keep growing.

List 2009 GOALS
1) Get more organized
2) Get a new roof on the house- Done!
3) Increase my exercise program
4) Continue to make good choices food wise
5) Get hubby moving more.

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NANNA1BTJW 3/17/2009 1:33PM

    Hey Toni it is a great way to keep up the motivation. I am having a lot of problems with not being able to lose. The doctor said it was the insulin, but I don't like it. I am still exercising on the WII Dance burning 1000 calories a day and I still don't lose. Maybe it will happen someday. Well good luck and I pray for all of us to give us strength through all this, and to make us all healthy.
Nanna

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ALICERIEGER 3/17/2009 9:56AM

    You have done so well Toni. You have accomplished a lot and will accomplish more with the skills you have learned.

God Bless.

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ASPENJULES 3/17/2009 9:54AM

    Toni - you know, what a great idea to list the accomplishments for the year! They all just sort of blur together for me from one year to the next, so I really like the idea of having a list both of what I want to accomplish in the current year, as well as what I HAVE accomplished in each past year. I may have to think on that.

Anyway, great job, and I'm so glad that I've gotten to know you! Sorry things have been crazy for me the last little while - I'm continuing with the exercising but it sure has been harder for me to stay 'connected' with my Spark Friends. Doesn't mean I'm not thinking about you though! LOL

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ITSMYLIFE2 3/17/2009 8:21AM

    Wow I love this idea Toni. I might have to copy you :) I plan on this being my year as I started in 2008 but didn't really follow through like I needed too. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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