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5/6/12 6:50 P

4/21/2012 Week 60
Woo Hoo! I lost 30 pounds! ONEderland is in my sights!

3/31/2012 Week 57
I'm losing again, albeit slowly. 1/2 pound per week since the beginning of January. I'm back to my pre-holiday weight! After 19 weeks of purgatory, I'm ready to make this train move a little faster!

2/25/2012 Week 52
What I've found in my first year of Sparking: a pervasive healthy attitude.

2/12/2012 Week 50
"To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on. "

~Chaucer, A Knight's Tale

12/31/11 Week 44
Good grief! What a set back the holidays have been. Oh well, this is life! I'm still taking credit for the 20 pounds I kept off. If I do that five years in a row, I'll be at my optimum weight :)

11/19/11 Week 38
Still figuring things out and maintaining a 25 pound loss. Whew! The gym was a bust. It's just not my thing right now, maybe not ever. I lost 10 pounds during the 16 week Inspire Challenge. I'm not dropping weight like mad, but I'm trending in the right direction.

11/8/11 - Week 36
I'm still rockin' the Zumba..trying some new things at LA Fitness. I'm down 29 pounds from February.

10/1/11 - Week�32
I discovered Zumba in September. I go twice a week and am already noticing an increase in my stamina and flexibility!

8/26/11 - Week 26
Oh my gosh! I achieved my 20 pounds lost goal PLUS I made my August goal one week early!

8/14/11 - Week 25
I'm amazing myself! I've lost 2 pounds in two consecutive weeks. One more pound and I claim the 20 Pounds Lost Trophy. Woot!

7/29/11 - Week 22
Getting it DONE! I'm down 15 pounds. I hope to have a big breakthrough in August. I'm back to 45-60 minutes of cardio every day and being more disciplined with the food tracking.

7/4/11 - Week 19
I've kept off 13 pounds, a little under a pound a week. by biking at least 30 minutes, participating in a fitness challenge at work through the end of July, and half-heartedly tracking food. Still figuring out a fix for evenings.

6/2/11 - Week 14 Update
I recalculated when I started this odyssey and figure I've lost 15 pounds so far, a little over a pound a week.

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2/22/12 1:57 P

It's been a year since I joined SP. The last time I wrote here was in October, before the holidays. I tried not to be a statistic, but alas, I did put some weight back on and have struggled to get back into the 220's. But here I am, at it again. I'm still rockin' the Zumba. It hasn't gotten old. Going to class twice a week really makes me feel good and keeps me energized.

This month, I'm participating in Leslie Sansone's 21 Day Walk Challenge. It started on February 18. So far, each day I've either walked 4 miles or attended my Zumba class. My plan is to maintain the 21 day streak and keep right on going!

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10/18/11 4:35 P

It's nearing the end of October and I am firmly in the 220s. Whoo hoo!

I've been going to a Zumba class twice a week since September. I really love that solid hour of cardio!

I'm getting better with each day planning and sticking to my food plan.

I no longer have plantar fascitis and I still sometimes sleep with the CPAP machine, though I think that is improving as well. I'm going to the doctor in early November to get my bloodwork. I'm expecting good results and looking forward to sharing my progress with the family physician.

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7/22/11 4:10 P

02/24: 254 (starting) Done!
03/24: 247 (-7 lbs) Done!
04/24: 244 (-3 lbs) Done!
05/26: 239 (-5 lbs) Done!
06/24: 239 (-- lbs) Done!
07/29: 239 (-- lbs) Done!
08/31: 231 (-8 lbs) Done!
09/30: 231 (-- lbs) Done!
10/31: 227 (-4 lbs) Done!
11/30: 230 (+3) Oops!
12/31: 234 (+4) Argh!

01/31: 232 (-2)
02/28: 230
03/31: 228
04/30: 221
05/31: 225
06/30: 215
07/31: 207
08/31: 201
9/30: 195
10/31: 189
11/30: 183
12/31: 177

Edited by: SAPHRAEL at: 5/28/2012 (10:28)
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7/4/11 11:45 A

I treaded a bit of water in June due to my plantar fasciitis. I couldn't get out and walk as much as I wanted. I got a night splint though and I'm back on the bike. Still maintaining. I hope to have a good July, even though I'll be on vacation. My goal is 10k steps per month. I've been riding my bike every morning to meet my goal.

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5/23/11 11:19 P

No looking back, or going back! emoticon on completing a 5k! and emoticon on losing 12lbs! When I started exercising regularly it completely changed my quality of life! I never want to go back! Good luck on achieving your goals, and reaching for your dreams!

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5/23/11 8:27 P

I completed the 5K yesterday. My time was a little under 54 minutes. I walked the entire race. My three daughters were there to support me. It's been an awesome month. I'm down 12 pounds and I'm achieving my monthly goal of 60 minutes of activity per day. I'm thinking about the next goal for June. I think it might be increasing my mileage on the bike. I currently average 14 mph. So, I'd like to spin my tail off and try to increase that. I think I'll continue with the 60 minutes per day. I can do it. Why go back?

JIBBIE49 Posts: 73,117
5/9/11 5:10 P

Don't quit.

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5/8/11 6:08 P

I rocked my personal fitness challenge in April. I completed a half hour of cardio each day. This month, I'm boosting that to an hour and adding strength training.

I also registered for a 5K this month. I can't wait to get an official time to benchmark. My daughters are joining me, so I suspect I'll do a little jogging to get across the finish line. They're good motivators.

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Edited by: SAPHRAEL at: 5/8/2011 (18:13)
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