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It's time to get healthier: Eat better, exercise consistently, get outside, turn off the tv, and lose a little weight.

I've had it with feeling unhealthy and tired all the time. I need to make a real lifestyle change and stick with it even when it gets hard. I don't need to be perfect, I just need to stick with it. If I make a mistake, I'm not going to throw in the towel. There's no deadine for this - I'm going to take it one day at a time.

Over the past couple years, I've been slowly but steadily gaining weight. A few pounds here, a couple there. As holidays come and go, I'll add a pound or two, but not take them off. Stressful times at work, you name it. The pounds crept on, and each new pound was like a new "standard", my new normal. I don't want to see where this pattern will have me in a couple years! I don't want to be OK with feeling tired and unhealthy. But, I have been for the last couple years. Making a change stick has been harder than I expected. Right now, it's hard to believe that I once ran a marathon. While my weight is in the normal range, I don't feel good, at all.

I'm focusing on healthy living, lots of activity, and less tv. Sparkpeople is fantastic. It's great to be able to visit the sparkpages of people who have similar struggles and watch them work towards a healthy lifestyle. The inspiration is invaluable!

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

"Take twice as long to eat half as much" ~from another Sparker's page

Things I am learning from Sparkpeople:

Track the good, the bad, and the ugly. No selective tracking or "dropping out" during a bad dinner or day. It doesn't help me learn to eat better, more consistently, if I ignore a binge and stop tracking. It's just as important to see the food disasters in my log as it is to see the "perfect" days. So, at the end of the week, at my weigh-in, I'll actually understand why the scale went up, down, or stayed the same instead of thinking, "I just can't lose the weight."


Member Since: 6/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 435

My Goals:
Eat healthier foods - more vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Cook more whole foods. Exercise at least 4 days a week. Walk more. Basically, your run-of-the-mill lifestyle change.

Plan ahead.


My Program:
Purposeful exercise for at least 30 minutes, 6 times a week. I'm going to spend that time running a minimum of 3 times a week.

BMR x 1.2 + calories burned - calories consumed = daily deficit

1800 + calories burned - calories consumed = daily deficit

Goal = ~300 calories a day deficit



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