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30 Pounds down - Paraguay June 2011 with my husband and boys

Way Before-when I returned from Peace Corps in 1990. I don't want the years back, just the pounds.


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I need to make my outside match my inside! I like eating healthy food, my interests are active, how could this have happened?

I was a thin child and came home from Peace Corps in 1990 as a thin 26 year old, yet somehow over the next 11 years gained 140 pounds which I have intermittently tried to lose over the last 10.

How did it happen? 70+ hour work week as a teacher (not making time for consistent exercise), added to 2 children to love and care for, meant no regular exercise. Healthy shopping and healthy meals have been consistent but the unplanned “don’t count” foods: tastes, small bits, helping kids finish, unplanned snacks, and food brought to work by other people have taken their toll.

That has changed! A year and a half ago doing “Lose it for Life” I made some progress, but after it ended and with busyness and stress I starting to gain it back. Then I found Spark People in April 2011 and with the food tracking putting an end to “don’t count foods,” a commitment to exercise, and the inspiration provided by the site I am again making progress. Better health and the ability to do the things I want to do, at a healthy BMI and healthy weight are my goal.

The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. 2 Samuel 22:33-34

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself ...
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Is. 43:18-19

April 2011-off to a good start-that initial big loss of water weight always at least feels inspiring
May 2011-loving it and inspired---and loosing
June 2011-Offline in rural Paraguay-difficult to eat healthily but persevered and did not backslide.
August 2011-school started 70-80 hour weeks and still getting up at 4:00am to walk but some morning finish school work instead
Sept 2011-sidelined with terrible pain and muscle spasms from a pinched nerve/bone spur plus a torn tendon. No exercise too much work and starting to gain.
November 2011-MRI and cleared to exercise again. A promise to myself to limit my school work to no more than 5 hours/day outside the school day.
December 2011-Such sad news-Duke has lymphoma and probably has 1-3 months of remission. How will I walk without him? Two days of total saddness and I discovered I am an emotional eater if I am distressed enough (rats). Back on track and enjoying every moment I have to walk with him.

Member Since: 4/13/2011

Fitness Minutes: 10,592

My Goals:
Longer Term:
--I want my outside to match my inside
--Healthy long life with my family
--Do more of the activities I like
--More attractive/better first impression
--Reach ideal weight (140-167)

Short Term:
I have many short term measureable “S.M.A.R.T.” goals that I can check off and reward myself for often! The have to do with activities I can do, clothes, pounds, gallons, and more. I’m enjoying checking some of them off.

My Program:
Nordic Walking at least 60 minute every day, lots of healthy fun physical activity with my boys and husband. I need to add in more strength training.

Careful eating! I eat vegetarian, use little processed food, white sugar or white flour. I am tracking everything so the unplanned unhealthy food or unrecorded quantities don’t sabotage my progress. Cheese is my biggest weakness and challenge so I weigh every bit-I do love cheese.

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