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2019 ~ Thankful for SP and friends, for ongoing inspiration from leaders and team mates of 100 DWL and Beck studies, 5% Challenges, for good health and so many other blessings!

2018 ~ Continuing to move forward, balancing a healthy and fit lifestyle with staying present, thankful, positive with growing awareness that "knowledge is power. What we think and believe is more powerful than we realize".


2017~ Is all about Choices...My choices. I know I must continue Sparking and making those daily choices that I set in place in 2016 that help me to be as fit and healthy as possible to maintain my goal weight.

2016 ~ My goals this year are:
To slow down, be mindful when eating my food ~ focusing on plant based, whole foods, avoiding sugar and processed foods. . Add more steps to my day.

Keep challenging myself by taking classes in yoga teacher training, add more fun exercise with bike.riding,swimming...

I will try my best everyday to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. NO more beating myself up and NO more quitting...ever.

"Fall down 7 times, get up 8" Japanese proverb

Member Since: 8/11/2010

Fitness Minutes: 185,055

My Goals:
"It's not the mountain we conquer,
But ourselves." unknown

Maintain between 147 to 152

May 14, 2013 I completed part 1 of a 3 part yoga teacher training program
2015~ Completed 2nd part of yoga teacher training
Earned CYI credential~ Certified yoga instructor
2016~Taking part 3 of yoga teacher training
2017~Continue teaching yoga and water aerobics

Reach out to others to encourage and be encouraged for success.

To get light enough, fit enough and strong enough to play tennis again!

My Program:
Most critical for maintenance is little to no sugar, white flour or processed foods. I do eat some but I start to crave them and to gain if I eat very much. I have free range eggs almost everyday. I get most of my fat from avocados, (lucky to have my own much of the year) olive or coconut oil. I eat as many veggies as possible and a lot of seasonal fruits.

I track steps and have a goal of 8-10K daily which I meet much of the time but no beating myself up when I do not.

I continue to give my body a rest from food 10 to 14 hours each night

Visit SP daily

Mostly plant based diet

Cultivate healthy life style habits like drinking enough water, less snacking and intuitive eating. Food Tracking when necessary for challenges or weight creep.

Exercise~Water aerobics, yoga, strength training, walking

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    2 days ago
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your FOURTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    Can you believe WE ARE HALF-WEIGH THERE!!!

    We're 4 weeks into our journey and we made it to Phuket Thailand, logging a total of 7,994 exercise miles, 1,780 points for Team Get to Bed as well as 1,520 points for Team Monitor Calcium. This week with almost everyone having posted in the weekly weigh in, we saw 24 weigh ins at either the same or a lower weight than than they were at last week.

    Pat yourself on the back if during week 4, you accomplished the goals you set for yourself, whether or not the results were what you expected; 1. you set goals and 2. You stuck with them! Congratulations!! Well done!!

    If you feel you could have moved more, eaten less or done anything else differently during this week or the last 4 weeks, then shake it off and start afresh!! Have a positive conversation with yourself about this week; Make a list of what's working and what's not; find new things to take the place of those that aren't. Sometimes making a list of everything provides an "AHA!" moment and that's all we need to tweak an otherwise perfect agenda. Promise yourself you're going to be your best yet and treat yourself kindly!

    Regardless, as I said last week; You should be proud of yourself for sticking with it, and pat yourself on the back for that very reason!! Very Well done!!! Be very proud of what you have accomplished!!

    So... Let's get very excited about this, the 2nd half of our journey!!

    During week 5, our plane is in the air and headed toward Cook Islands which is a self-governing South Pacific Ocean island country, an exciting destination, 7,179 miles away. This is our second longest flight, I believe.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes" and we are again logging "Get to Bed On Time" from last week's LGTL.

    Continue to drink your water and track even though we aren't logging points for these any longer; they're extremely helpful and very important, particularly when traveling during a 5% challenge when it comes to success.

    So how do you count points for the "Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes" challenge?

    The Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes challenge is another all or nothing challenge. You will report 10 points for each day that you do something creative for your own happiness for at least 10 minutes. Sing a song, play with your kids or grandkids, your pets. Do something to make you smile or laugh or just feel good. If you do nothing or less than 10 minutes, then the reported points would be 0.

    This week again is Get to Bed On Time: To score points set a reasonable bedtime and get into bed by YOUR pre-determined bedtime. If you are in bed by YOUR bedtime score 10 points. If you dawdle and distract yourself and do not get to bed on time, score zero points.
    This is also an all or nothing challenge.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and exercise should be reported after completion.

    As shared before, we're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. This means posting your daily activities and weight by the required deadlines.

    Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points & exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane.

    We, the casual Travelers, are one of more than 10 teams trying to reach our destination before anyone else. Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 4 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, February 14th. Also please remember your Weekly weigh in must be posted by 11:59PM Saturday, February 15th.

    Have fun and enjoy this leg of the journey!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing category for the interactive games and every Saturday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge will be offered that will focus on mind, body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team forum to stay up on current affairs.

    Please also check YOUR Spark Page and look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Have an incredibly wonderful week!!!


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    4 days ago
    Enjoy your day in the spotlight :)
    10 days ago
    I hope you had a great day in the spotlight! emoticon
    10 days ago
    Maria, Enjoy your day in the spotlight! You are an inspiration! emoticon
    11 days ago
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