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Making changes that stick, through all life's hurdles...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our West Coast 'New life' has been going on for about seven months now. But during the transition, achieving consistency has been a challenge. Since our move, I have done most of my work outs in a system new to me called GTS Gravity. It is great...similar to a Total Gym but more advanced and done in a group context. I needed a trainer since I have some physical issues that make group alittle complicated when trying to keep up. I added elliptical to that and strengthened my body as I navigated pretty easily around my handicaps (right ankle and shoulder).

New life for us started last June. We moved across country to begin our ownership of what is now Shasta Athletic Club. Since I have done this move the other direction, from Cali. to NC, twenty-seven years ago...and since I am older, I think it didn't throw me for a loop so much this time around.

What did throw me for a loop and halt my progress altogether was the last few months I have super sick. Something about the arid climate and the early spring No. Cali. brought horrid sinus infections. Finally I am better and it is time to start over. I have about 10 to twelve pounds to lose, but it is the whole fitness routine and consistency that I want to put in my schedule again. I have been walking and doing some elliptical, but my body aches for the old routine.

I have been tracking my food on our club's Interactive site so that my trainer can preview the tracking. But I miss my interactions something fierce. While trying to get on board with a new program for fitness, I need the support that my friends on Spark exude.
So, to receive spark support, give spark support. Right?

Tonight we meet at the club for the second step of a weight loss journey called "Step By Step". Several women have banded together, promising to give support and encouragement for the next 25 weeks. The focus for our interaction is to learn to change our habits and attitudes one step at a time. I was trained in this program called "Lifestyles" several years ago and now I am leading the group, assisting them to stay on track with their goals.

What I have learned from interacting with you guys is priceless though. I find that the sparkpeople program is about people helping people and that truly makes all the difference in the world. So for all those who have helped me walk this walk of health and well-being...a great big thank you. My teams here are something special to me...your blogs, that I sometime don't comment on, are refreshing reminders that life goes on and in the face of some pretty large obstacles, you have taught me to shine as I take the next step. That is what I have seen in all of your lives...pressing through with humor and grace!

I look forward to passing on the spark to these ladies. They are energetic, passionate and focused. They know where my roots are...deeply set in spark attitude. The Sparkpeople attitude comes out every step of the way...give support, get support; walk the goal out, one step at a time.

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