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How many times have I tried to lose weight? Goodness only knows. And I've lost plenty. But I haven't kept it off...until now. This time will be different. This time I'll not only lose the weight but I'll keep it off, too. This is it!


$10 into a savings account for every week that I stay on program; this will go toward my new wardrobe;
Teapot with infuser and tea at -5 lbs...Done! March 8; chose to put equivalent funds into savings for new clothes ($30)
Mani/Pedi at -10 lbs
Yarn for a new spring scarf at -15 lbs
New Wii workout game at -20 lbs.
Hair cut and color at -30 lbs
Yarn for a knit tank at -40 lbs
New wardrobe at -50 lbs

Member Since: 8/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,702

My Goals:
Taken from my Spring into Spring 12-Week Challenge post from the Vegetarian/Vegan Team board:

1. I will drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

2. I will track my food each day and will maintain a calorie intake at the lower end of my calorie range a minumum of five days per week, and will stay below the high end of my range seven days per week.

3. I will exercise daily, walking when weather permits. I will also use my Wii Fit Plus and workout DVDs on a daily basis; because I'm currently doing my own exercise challenge - using a different exercise DVD each day and then blogging about it here on SP - this is not an unreasonable goal. Piggybacking on this, I will look for opportunities to increase my activity level each day by: parking further away from entrances; walking around the inside perimeter of my building when I get up to use the restroom; and so on.

4. I will take time with my appearance each day, as this boosts my confidence and helps

My Program:
No program, just healthy, reasonable eating. SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker makes that incredibly easy!

Personal Information:
My name is Shannon. I live in Ohio with my daughter, Lizzie, my dog, Bear, and my cat, CJ. I'm a knitter, gardener, and librarian. I love to cook and bake and try out new recipes, and wish there were maybe 48 more hours in each day so I could do all that I want.

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  • v ASHESS85
    Welcome back! Best of luck with your goals!
    3218 days ago
  • v KCLAYTON333
    Hey, How have you been? I really miss hearing from you. Hope things are getting better for you and that you are having a nice summer.
    3708 days ago
  • v KCLAYTON333
    Hey, We miss you. Hope you are doing o.k. Have a great summer. emoticon
    3748 days ago
    Finally I'm finding a minute to give you the recipe you wanted! I think next time I will add a tsp. of almond extract as well and maybe increase the cranberries and almonds to 1/2 cup and the applesauce, too. Enjoy!

    Grab and Go Breakfast Bars

    1 1/2 cups flour; 1 tsp. salt; 1/4 tsp. baking soda; 1/2 tsp. nutmeg; 1 tsp. cinnamon; 1/4 cup margarine; 1/4 cup applesauce; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 1 egg; 3 med. bananas, mashed; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 1 2/ cups raw quick-cooking oats; 1/3 cup slivered almonds; 1/3 cup dried cranberries.

    Preheat oven to 425. Grease a 9 x 13" pan. In medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Set aside.

    In large bowl, beat margarine, applesauce, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. Add bananas and vanilla; beat until smooth.

    Gradually stir in flour mixture and oats until well combined. Stir in almonds and cranberries.

    Place mixture in prepared pan and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Let bars cool, cut into 18 servings, wrap individually, and freeze, if desired.

    Calories-150; Fat-4.5g; Carb-25g; Fiber-2g; Protein-3g; Sodium-190mg.
    3790 days ago
    hi there! just wanted to say that I am so glad you had an invigorating weekend and I hope you have a "sparked" week as well!
    3801 days ago
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