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Motivate Week 1

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

For the main challenge this week, think about what motivates you. What brought you to motivate, to spark? Why are you ready to take on your weight loss goals now? And if you have been struggling, what is getting in your way? Think about your journey here and post a blog or to your team page with a response for 30 points.

My main motivation: Good health. I want to be like my snowshoeing buddy Ė 74 and hoofing it up mountainsides, enjoying the view and the company. I want hubby and I to be these people:

And the only way to do that is to take care of my health NOW.

ďOld age takes away what we have inherited and gives what we have earned.Ē Gerald Brenan.

I came to spark 1.5 years ago. Forty years old, sitting on the couch, aches and pains in all of my joints. The days one endless blur of unhappiness. And I realized I couldnít stand the thought of living another 30 years in that body. It had become less painful to change than to stay the same.
Motivate is my third challenge with the Sunny Gals. The weekly challenges give me a little variety on this long journey. Most times now I find Iím already doing the challenge activity, but sometimes the challenges push me in new directions and I learn from that. The next four weeks are going to be a good time for me to focus my energy on my weight loss goals since hubby is working away & Iíll have a lot of alone time to fill.

Iíve struggled a bit recently with the scale Ė other health issues have been taking precedence. Through altering my nutrition and taking the naturopathís advice on supplements, Iím doing much better. Iím feeling very motivated to move forward with the weight loss, but Iím not willing to sacrifice my overall health. Sometimes itís best for our health to push forward and sometimes itís best to rest up. Figuring out which time is now is the tricky part.

To achieve my weight loss goals, Iím going to:

Stay within calorie range of 1500-1850 cal per day.
Burn 3500 cal/week with exercise
Focus on curbing evening snacking.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JEMPOWER 11/24/2011 6:38PM

    You are a real motivator. I loved your blog.


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IUHRYTR 11/24/2011 4:53AM

    Wishing you continued success. it has been an inspired journey so far, hasn't it? -- Lou

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AMBER281 11/23/2011 5:48PM

    Those are great goals!!!
You can do it!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/23/2011 11:33AM

    emoticon So proud of you! Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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PCOH051610 11/23/2011 8:35AM

    Your journey is OUR journey as you are taking us along for the ride and I am loving every bit of it! You are my inspiration!

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ENLIGHTEN74 11/23/2011 8:05AM

    You are awesome - you have come so far ...!

Wishing you a pleasant rest of the journey ... emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/23/2011 12:08AM

    I have loved watching your journey, Deanna! You have done such an amazing job! Whenever I want to think of a SparkFriend that inspires me, I usually think of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 11/22/2011 11:11PM

    Yaya good for you. and someday I am going to buy a pr of snowshoes and learn to snowshoe! that and x country sking are two things I have wanted to try... lol maybe after I get my knee brace lol

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/22/2011 10:55PM

    emoticon so proud of you!!!!

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UNICORN212 11/22/2011 9:54PM

    We are all here to help you stay busy and entertained during those 4 weeks! I hope it passes quickly and you make a lot of progress during that time!

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TAZIAH 11/22/2011 9:03PM

    emoticon You're so intelligent and you really understand what you need to do/what your body needs in order to reach your goals! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/22/2011 8:10PM

    you've got this!!!

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MICHSTATE 11/22/2011 7:51PM

    You have a great plan!!!! Spark on!!!!!:-)

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