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Heading into 5% Challenge. This will be my ?th, love the things I am learning so much good stuff through challenges. I have defined goals to help accomplish a 5% weight loss. I am focusing on more discipline and focus with my daily exercise. Staying the course. If you are reading this you really should consider doing a 5% Challenge. I have met some really amazing people to help me along the way.

I have been a "sparker" since 2008, left and now return for a re-do. I am going to make this re-do stick. Live and learn!!! I've always been very active person, until I fractured my spine (2013) and it's time to get back to the strong bodied woman I feel inside. I have a custom tattoo, it's my avatar (note pic at your left). Lord knows, I would love to look like that but it's really more about spirit. I have spent my life searching for meaning in life, note the hiker has a compass in her hand. I have lived at times somewhat recklessly (haven't we all?). My compass has taken me to a very comfortable place in life, and I do not want to be sedentary. I want to live life to the fullest until I'm very old and gray.
I am back in the fight for my health, and to live the life I want to live without the issue of weight (lose enough to not feel so much knee and back pain) and immobility to contend with!

I retired from 30 years as a RN on December 29, 2017. I have many, many little goals in retirement and now that I have started to lose a little weight, my mind has gone berserk. I'm returning to my bucket list. adding things I thought were gone from my future.

Bucket list:
Learn to scuba dive
Scuba dive in Belize or somewhere with great dives
Learn to fence (swords)
Work trip to Thailand~ DONE FEB. 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Keep moving forward...never stop!!!
Exercise lifts my mood
- Exercise reduces my back pain
- Exercise makes me feel confident
- Exercise makes me feel stronger
- I want to feel good in my clothes
- Exercise makes me feel accomplished
- Exercise helps me lose weight
- I want to take care of myself
- Exercise gives me energy
- Exercise helps me sleep better at night
- I am worth it
- I am tired of being tired
- I made a commitment to myself
- Exercise boosts my metabolism

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 79,408

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Bali October of 2021...weight goal is 165#

Short term Goals: Stay within my Calorie range including macros 6 days per week.
Dead bug exercise every day!
Knee exercises (prescribe by dr.), once a day, 6 days a week
Weight lift 2X's a week.
Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted as appropriate

My Program:
Beck Diet Solution

In a nutshell:
Increase plant based eating
Eat everything in moderation.
Be mindful when eating.

Personal Information:
I live just outside of Chicago, with my 2 grown sons. Retirement is fun and for entertainment I, gardening, ride my bike, kayak and just about anything outdoors. I exercise at home and the gym, love to cook (hence the weight issue), doing home repairs and decorating. I am always up for travel and going out to a variety of activities with friends and family .

Other Information:
I'm a Chicago Blackhawks fan. When I refer to HOSSA, it is not the actual hockey player but my German Shepherd dog...a poor substitute. LOL

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    I just sent you the link, check your spark mail.
    14 days ago
    As of August 1 SparkPeople will cease to exist and will be replaced with SparkAmerica, only open to those who live in the US. I will write a blog later after I sort my thoughts and will include the link to their announcement.
    14 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment on my sparkpage. It is too bad you don't want any of our numerous biting bugs in Chicago, but I'd love your sunshine. I should not complain today with a whole hedge of fragrant lilacs blooming in my yard and numerous fruit trees blooming as well. I enjoy country living and lots of space. emoticon
    15 days ago
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