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We are a family of 7. Our children are older - 11-20, mostly boys. Our journey started in 2010 and we made significant progress in 2011-2012, slipping up quite a bit as we learned to integrate healthy habits into our lives. In 2012 we hit a rough patch, having several unfortunate events occur within months of each other that we had trouble recovering from. Some of the habits that we had been cultivating managed to stick and when times got a little better we were able to build upon them. I broke my ankle in 2014 and was laid up for 6 weeks. It's been really tough to get back into a fitness routine. Sparkpeople has been a great motivator for me. Whenever I am really serious about my health goals and meeting them, I always find myself here.

Member Since: 5/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 14,064

My Goals:
1. Overall - Become more healthy as a family. Attainable - 4-6 servings of leafy green veg every week

2. Reach goal of 50 situps, 25 pushups

3. Get back to 175lb

4. Do 10 miles or more per week through combo of walking/Leslie Sansone a minimum of 3 weeks every month.

5. Reach final goal of 170.

6. Maintain 170-175 weight range.

My Program:
A little over 5 years in, we've managed to increase the amount of vegetables/fruits consumed overall, even when we've been under stress and inclined to stress eat. Goal is to get more plant foods in each day with a minimum of 4 servings of leafy greens each week.
For exercise, I increased exercise to almost every day, but due to injury I've not consistently exercised in over a year. My plan is to get back to my walking and strength exercises and keep it interesting with some fitness challenges like my situp and pushup challenge. These little challenges are aimed at the entire family and have helped my oldest son get his exercise together. After all, the old lady shouldn't be able to do more pushups than he can :-)

Personal Information:
I had a difficult childhood and learned to self soothe with food. As a result I have been an emotional eater and binge when my emotions become too much. I've been with my husband for 19 years, and we have 5 children together, ages 8-17. I can't believe I'm a mom to three teenagers! It seems so wild when I still feel like a teenager myself a lot of days.

Other Information:
I've been exploring new activities and old favorites. I have some fun activities now that I like and am exploring new ones every week. I feel more alive than I have in years and it has nothing to do with my weight and everything to do with the emotional work that I realized I had to do on this journey. I feel like I've finally found some peace. While I am and most likely will always be a work in progress, I am very proud of how far I've come.

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    I cannot even buy those darn sugary cookies anymore. Now that I've seen the results of just plain sugar being that addictive I'm going to get rid of that too....

    I'm gonna go eat a whole sleeve of CELERY!

    2842 days ago
  • v TANYAP71
    I miss you! How are you doing?
    3245 days ago
  • v TANYAP71
    I use loseit.com. I trust the food data and have entered a lot of info myself. I'm not so sure about the exercise data. I prefer to use my HRM and enter it myself. You can set it for 1/2 pound loss a week, 1, or 2 (maybe 1.5 too) and it will project when you will reach your goal. It also has a fudge factor option which you can use if your budget doesn't give me the results you are after. When I was tracking closely in maintainance I found I needed to add a few hundred calories a day to my budget so the fudge factor does sometimes come into play. (I probably always needed it as I lost a lot faster than my budget predicted.)
    3311 days ago
  • v TANYAP71
    I'm doing the NASM FNS certificate. It's hard for me to judge how hard it is because I have a very strong biology background. It uses an intro nutrition for majors college textbook. Reading is paired with online lectures. There are 13 (IIRC) units each with a short online choice quiz at the end (except for the first which is lecture only and no quiz). At the end you take an online multiple choice exam - 100 questions in 90' - and you need a 70 to pass. You have 365 days to do the course.
    3312 days ago
  • v TANYAP71
    Are you done with your move yet? Thinking of you!
    3462 days ago
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