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Being healthy and in good shape is a journey, not just a destination.

Brief weight history: My weight has slowly crept up over the years, logging in an additional 10 pounds with each major change in my life (marriage, graduate school, three jobs). And then I added an additional 20-25 pounds with my diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer. That's 70 pounds of extra weight! While I do not expect to get back to my rail-thin-college-aged self of (cough) 30+ years ago, I do want to return to a more reasonable weight of 150-160 pounds.

I am a fan of the Dr Judith Beck's Book "The Beck Diet Solution" (BDS) and have used the cognitive therapy tips therein to finally start pulling the weight back off. And I was given a FitBit a few years ago, which is my constant companion -- love counting those steps! Finally, I like to challenge myself daily, whether it is to try a new recipe, or to change up my exercise plans.

Using these various motivators (and the related SP Teams I've joined), I am successfully creating habits of a fit and shapely person. I know what I have to do: plan my meals in advance, eat slowly and mindfully, and use anti-craving techniques to stay on track. I know what I have to remember: stay out of the kitchen in the evening, hunger is not an emergency, I have NO CHOICE but to stick with the diet, and just say "oh well" when life seems unfair. I have also learned how to keep myself motivated, by reviewing my list of reasons for dieting, by reading inspirational SparkPeople blogs, by giving myself credit for staying the course, and by getting support from my diet buddies.

I can do this!

updated 10/31/2015

Member Since: 9/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 158,475

My Goals:
My current goal is to have a Happy and Healthy 2017, starting with attaining a healthy interim weight of 175 pounds by the middle of the year.

My Program:
My Gameplan for achieving this goal is, in brief:
1) cut way back on the carbs (by planning ahead and tracking in MFP)
2) limit my coffee intake to three cups daily (two with breakfast, and one after lunch)
3) eat slowly and mindfully, while seated at a table
4) no snacks -- none -- between meals
5) no calories after 8pm
6) drink more water (5+ glasses per day)
7) read my Advantage Response card(s) daily
8) complete a visualization exercise every evening before bed
9) and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

I can do this!
updated 1/1/2017

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Sierra foothills, northern CA
breast cancer survivor (Mar 2009)

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    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.


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    Ok hows it going??
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    Thanks for the cheering. We are in a winter storm watch now. I am torn with wanting to get this race over with and dreading the bad weather. How are you??
    39 days ago
    Yes! making time mid-afternoons to focus on WL, SP, Beck... (running late today, of course! Best laid plans...)
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