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Re... calculating

Monday, August 25, 2014

Does the voice on your GPS say that (with a rather disgruntled pause after the "re") when you don't follow her instructions to the letter?

Spark People is sort of like that. I've been sparking for 3 1/2 years and have lost and kept off 27 lbs. so far. My goal is to lose another 15. My doctor is pleased that my cholesterol numbers are better and I no longer use my puffers. I shop, cook and eat differently, and at age 70 I've become an exerciser. I'm doing a virtual walk the length of Britain and have walked more than 750 miles so far this year. When the community pool opens in September, i am adding twice-weekly swimming to my cardio exercises.

But my point is that, on this 3 1/2 year journey, I've recalculated and switched things around many times. I change my exercises every couple of months, adding new exercises and even different pieces of equipment to my home gym. The most recent is a 5 lb. kettle bell. A stability ball comes next. Using recipes from the Spark cookbook, I've tried new fruits and vegetables, new whole grain pastas and new seasonings.

I've been re-reading Spark motivation articles over the past few days, and am re-charged and excited for the next part of my journey. As always, I will be looking for the support, encouragement, and yes, the challenges when I get off track, of my wonderful Spark friends, old and new. Without you, I would never have made it this far.

Hugs and thanks for reading,
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  • v HICKOK-HALEY
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    672 days ago
  • v PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Gail.........

    You have just put in writing why you are my "Go-To-Girl" when I get discouraged. I just look at what you have accomplished and what you are doing in all areas, and it motivates me to want to be "Just Like YOU!!!"
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    672 days ago
  • v BABYSOX
    I love the idea of re-calculating. When I come back from my holidays, I will need to change it up too! Good luck!
    673 days ago
  • v OVERACTIVEELBOW
    I am so very "PROUD" of YOU !!
    What great achievements you have made. I am so very very lucky to have you as a "Spark Friend". Thankfully we are able to "Re-Calculate" our journeys. Since life is a never ending work in progress, we will always need to be making 'new' adjustments to our life-style.
    Thanks for being YOU !
    Love and Hugs,
    Audra
    673 days ago
  • v ALIHIKES
    What a great blog Gail! It is really great that you have had so much success, and that you keep things fresh and exciting. I am really enjoying re-reading many articles and trying new exercises (I admit most of my new exercises have been added by the physiotherapist, but it is making a difference!)
    Alison

    p.s. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I laughed when I read "Tomato Falls". We have MANY placed named Tumalo, which apparently means "place with big rocks" in the local Native American language. That also makes me laugh a bit, because "place with big rocks" could describe literally hundreds of locations here.
    673 days ago
  • v LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    You remain an inspiration to me. Your support has been invaluable. You have helped me so many times along this journey. Thanks for being here. I continue as you do, making adjustments, changing goals and plans along the way. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    673 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Gail, progress and more progress and seeing results in improved health.
    No negatives here!!! emoticon emoticon
    673 days ago
  • v MENNOLY
    Well Done! You are making great progress. We know what works so all we have to do is do it. I hope to be able to adopt your motivation as I ease back into being a member of the SP team. emoticon emoticon
    673 days ago
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