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How I Changed My Behavior 2009-14':
This is my journey on how I changed my life by eating better and exercising more. It is my dedication on how I look and feel. This is more than just losing weight or looking a certain way. This is about my health and that of my family. I am asthmatic and have hypertension. My family also has a history of diabetes. These extra pounds and belly fat have to go. With the loss of weight and toning up the flab I may be able to stop the medicine for my hypertension and hopefully avoid the diabetes when I am 60.

I have lost 40 pounds in 2008. My goal now is to continue with the weight loss and healthy lifestyle. I have learned that I am the only one who can make me happy and healthy. I have also learned that exercise is something I can do anywhere at anytime.
Problem and hassle-free Life NEVER makes a person strong;
Be Strong enough to accept the challenges of Life.

*Don't ask Life 'Why Me?
Instead say 'try Me!'

Member Since: 8/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 39,766

My Goals:
My goal is to lose weight and get tone by creating a healthier lifestyle. I am 5' 2" and want to be at my ideal or at least healthy BMI.

I started Sparks back in 2006 and did OK. Now I am starting again and more determined.

Original start:
August 2006, lost 17.7 pounds started at 169.8 pounds and got down to 152.1 pounds.

My restart date and weigh-in on January 11, 2008 at 186.6 pounds. Total lost 40.6 pounds. January 27, 2009 weigh-in at 147 lbs. Got down to 127 in June and July of 2009. Total loss of 60 pounds. Woohoo! Yay!

Regained 37.5 pounds in 2 years.

Starting over on December 24, 2014
My weight loss progress for 2014-15:
Totals= 47 lbs.
Monthly Goals:

1. Read 30 minutes a day.

2. Finish my projects.

3. Lose at least 5 pounds.

My Program:
My daily diet is healthier food choices of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have switched from simple carbohydrates to more complex carbohydrates as well as proteins and healthy fats. I use the SP menu meals as a guide to get my required daily recommendations in though it is not reclusive. This tool is awesome and I really appreciate that it is available.
My cardio exercise program is to walk daily for at least 30 minutes however; during the week on Monday -Saturday aim for a 60 minute workout. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be Strength Training.
My rest time is to go to bed at a reasonable time to obtain at least 8 hours of sleep per night. When I feel a little sluggish during the day I will take a rest for about 15-30 minutes.

Personal Information:
My nick name is Bernie. I have two children my daughter Aiasha is 18 years old and my son Faisal is 11.
I was born and raised in New York State; however I have lived in many different states and countries during my life. In 1999, I moved to Kuwait and that has been home for 10 years. Lived in NYC since June of 2007. On Memorial day weekend of 2010, I moved my family to Up-State New York. In June of 2012, I relocated us to Vermont and have started over with my kids. We have been through a lot these past 8 years. In these years I have transformed my lifestyle many times over. It is amazing how much changes in a short amount of time. I am very happy with my life and proud of what I have accomplished. Life is good!

Other Information:
Some of my hobbies/interests are crocheting, reading,
walking, traveling with family and friends and surfing the web.

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    Did you get HOT this week? I am guessing you did, since you are in the top five for fitness minutes.
    "Thought of the day: If heat makes things expand…I don’t have a weight problem…I’m just HOT" emoticon
    Continue to get HOT through exercise and watch yourself "deflate" emoticon
    I am rooting for you and your success!
    Ruthie emoticon

    2222 days ago
    Believe you can and you're halfway there.
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Do you believe you CAN do it? DO you know your goal is possible to reach?
    You are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week and I encourage you to
    1) Keep up the fabulous workouts! and
    2) Believe in yourself! You are awesome!

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    2229 days ago
    I checked out the team fitness minutes today and guess what? You are in the top five this week!!!!

    A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
    Colin Powell

    I like the way you are making your dreams into reality - one step at a time!

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    2236 days ago
    No goal is ever met without a little sweat! emoticon
    I can see you were meeting goals this week through sweating - you are in the top five for team fitness minutes. Keep on sweating you way to success! YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Ruthie emoticon
    2243 days ago
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    Hi Bernadette,

    3235 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/17/2013 6:56:29 PM
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