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Try the 5% Challenge.....Summer sign up is open!

Sunday, May 25, 2014      7 comments

The 5% challenges are a fun way to meet new friends, learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle, and lose weight. Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challe... Read more

Beginning of BLC 25 - Fitness Test

Sunday, May 04, 2014      8 comments

This weekend for the beginning of BLC 25, we were supposed to do a fitness test (push ups, crunches, 1 mile walk / run, and 3 minute step test). The point is to measure our fitness to compare against later on to have some way to measure progres... Read more

Sign up for the Spring 5% Challenge is open!

Sunday, March 16, 2014      8 comments

The 5% challenges are a fun way to meet new friends, learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle, and lose weight. Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team chall... Read more

Redemption Hike / Climb

Sunday, February 02, 2014      23 comments

On our New Mexico trip last week, we went for a hike / climb at a place called Tent Rocks. This was a redemption hike for me. Two years ago we were there also in winter and went to Tent Rocks with the family to hike the canyon and climb to the... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Before and After Pics! One couple’s year of transformation….

Friday, January 10, 2014      74 comments

During December 2013, I reached final goal weight after a year of religious tracking, staying in range, and exercising. It all paid off! I posted a blog a couple of weeks ago summarizing my journey in 2013: www.sparkpeople.com/mypaRead more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A Journey from Obesity to Lean and Healthy - (2013 in Review)

Sunday, December 29, 2013      417 comments

This month marks the one year anniversary of my return to Spark People and a commitment to do it right this time. I reached final goal this month and have transitioned to maintenance, so I wanted to recap the year’s progress. Anyone can do thi... Read more

I’m a Pear !! Halfway point Goal Check for Fall 5% Challenge

Saturday, November 09, 2013      9 comments

Today is the halfway point of the 8 week Fall 5% Challenge and for me it’s measurement day, and time for a goal check. Here’s how the first 4 weeks have gone for me by the numbers: Weight: (8.3 lbs) (6.1%) Chest: (2.5 in) Waist: ... Read more

Somebody missed me! (Three of them actually)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013      8 comments

Home again from vacation. Today was our first day back (and at work). After work, went for a run (it's MUCH hotter here than in the mountains), then grabbed a shower and after dinner sat down to relax with a bit of TV. Here I am relaxin... Read more

A longer hike than planned….and more pics!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013      15 comments

Yesterday we planned a full day….a hike at Linville Falls (a long time favorite of ours), some fishing, and a run. We started out to the Parkway and the falls with a low cloud cover and fog….but you never know as a few miles (or minutes) later,... Read more

A waterfall can be a NSV!

Monday, October 14, 2013      5 comments

Yesterday was another NSV that I want to share....we decided to take a hike to a waterfall from the Blue Ridge Parkway that we had attempted before and not been able to do. We were at the same place two years ago in fall and wanted to see the w... Read more

A Day up on the Roan (Mountain) with pics!

Friday, October 11, 2013      16 comments

Yesterday we wanted to do a longer hike, so went up on the Roan to hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT). We started at Carver’s Gap at the North Carolina / Tennessee line (5,512' elevation) and headed north toward the Balds. (On this mountain, t... Read more

Flight Plan for Fall 5% challenge

Tuesday, October 08, 2013      4 comments

Here’s my plan for meeting my 5% goal in the Fall challenge: Tracking food & drink – track absolutely EVERYTHING I put in my mouth. This has worked well for me so far this year as I’ve lost 60 pounds and is definitely the foundation for ev... Read more

There's still time to sign up for Fall 5% Challenge!

Friday, September 27, 2013      3 comments

The Fall 5% Challenge starts in a couple of weeks, so there is still time to sign up. What is a 5% challenge you ask? Well, it's 8 weeks where we compete as teams, and travel virtually to exotic destinations around the world. We earn miles fo... Read more

Summer 5% Challenge Wrap up – Progress & Goal Check

Saturday, September 21, 2013      7 comments

Today is the final day of the Summer 5% Challenge, so I wanted to record some statistics of my personal progress during these last eight weeks: Weight - Down 10 pounds (7%) to 132 Read more

The Key to Success

Saturday, August 03, 2013      12 comments

For Week 2 of the Summer 5% Challenge, the healthy habit we are scoring points for is tracking our nutrition. When the announcement was made about the week 2 LTGL habit, my first thought was “Great! I do this already and it’ll be easy!” Then ... Read more


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