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Hey there... from Texas,

I have been with SP for a few years but really got a jump-start from swimsuit bootcamp. I hit the half-century mark age-wise this past April (08), and I want to keep my body from deteriorating. I also want my family to become more atuned to health and fitness...even if it is by osmosis.

SP has the best videos and exercises to fit in anytime. You don't have to waste time with traveling to a gym, and you can split your workouts in any way that works. What a deal!

Now that our family has been working out on the Wii Fit, our home has become an even better gym. I can't wait until they come out with something else similar to Wii Fit.

I have been discovering so much more on Spark. I have the Spark page as part of my home page which helps me build my days closer to a healthy lifetyle.

For now, adios...and best of luck with finding the treaures hidden in Spark People.


Member Since: 4/18/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,471

My Goals:
My goals are to use portion control, develop food constraint at buffet-style or potluck meaks, to maintain daily exercise even if it is not substantial, and to eat a healthy diet in spite what my family eats.

My Program:
Breakfast and lunch on my own are small portions of healthy food, when I work out I use weights and use SP videos. I am working on drinking enough water, and I constantly look for red meat substitutions.

Personal Information:
I am originally from El Paso (desert Southwest) but right now my husband, kids, and I are stuck living in a suburb of Houston. My brothers, sisters, and mom are spead from Illinois, El Paso, and California.

Other Information:
At a high school assembly, I remember seeing a 60-year-old woman walking on her hands, and I told myself I wanted to be in that shape when I was that age.

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  • v 1AVERY
    It has been 2 weeks since my last message. I hope the nice weather is here to stay and we can all get out and do more.

    Part of an article from Tom Venuto's blog:
    "Rather than worrying about the minutiae of your diet plan, like whether you should be on low carb or high carb, Mediterranean or Okinawan, vegetarian or meat eater, I propose that if you simply focus on these 8 issues, you’ll start getting more lasting results.

    How? By being able to stick with whichever plan you decided was best for you! After all, even if you have the best nutrition program in the world - on paper - it doesn’t do you much good if you can’t stick with it in practice!


    1. No focus: you didn’t set goals, you didn’t put your goals in writing, and or you didn’t stay focused on your goals daily (by reading them, affirming them, looking at a vision board, etc.)

    2. No priorities: you may have set a goal, but you didn’t put it on or near the top of your priorities list. For example, your goal is six pack abs, but drinking beer and eating fast food on the weekend is higher on your priorities list than having a flat stomach."
    I'll post some more tomorrow.

    "3. No support system: you tried to go at it alone; no buddy system, training partners, family, spouse, friends, mentors or coaches to turn to for information and emotional support when the going got tough.

    4. No Accountability: you didn’t keep score for your own accountability – with a progress chart, weight record, measurements, food journal, training journal, and you didn’t set up external accountability (ie, report to someone else or show your results to someone else)

    5. No patience: you were only thinking short term and had unrealistic expectations. You expected 10 pounds a week or 5 pounds a week or 3 pounds a week, so the first week you lost “only” 1 or 2 pounds or hit a plateau, you gave up."

    "6. No planning: you winged it. You walked into the gym without having a workout in hand, on paper, you didn’t plan your workouts into your weekly schedule; you didn’t have a menu on paper, you didn’t make time (so instead you made excuses, like “I’m too busy”)

    7. No balance: your diet or training program was too extreme. You went the all or nothing, “I want it now” route instead of the moderate, slow-and-steady wins the race route.

    8. No personalization: your nutrition or training program was the wrong one for you. It might have worked for someone else, but it didn’t suit your schedule, personality, lifestyle, disposition or body type.

    So there you have it – 8 reasons why most people fall off the wagon! Have you been making these mistakes? If so, the solutions are clear and simple: focus, prioritize, get support, be accountable, be patient, plan, balance and personalize."
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    4112 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon Hi!

    I know most people already know the stuff I share, but I like to share, it gives me something to say when I visit your page. So if you already know these things, at least be happy for me that I’m finally learning something! LOL

    That in mind; here’s my latest tidbit of info taken from a recent Health publication.

    People who dress casually average 8% more steps a day than those who wear business attire. The additional 491 steps per day were measured by pedometers; and those steps burned an additional 25 calories which would average about 1.8 pounds per year.

    I hope you are having a good weekend. Its sun shining here and as soon as it warms up, I'm going outside! Woohoo! Please keep me posted on how you are doing!

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    4112 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon Hi

    I just thought I’d pop in and wish you a great week and share a bit of information I recently gleaned that I thought was noteworthy.

    I have posted information regarding cancer (Anticancer Defense) on the team page so if you get a chance, take a moment to read it and/or feel free to refer the information to anyone you may know who is interested in or dealing with cancer.

    I hope you have a really wonderful week and I encourage you to eat healthy because sometimes, our lives really do depend on it!


    Do not use tobacco in any form.

    A varied menu of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans supplies generous amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals and less than 10 percent of its calories will be from fat.

    Have more than one vegetable at a meal.

    Minimize animal products and added vegetable oils.

    Minimize alcohol intake.

    Maintain your weight at or near your ideal weight.

    Avoid excessive sunlight and unnecessary X-rays.

    (Information gathered from reading FOOD FOR LIFE by Neal Barnard MD)

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    4123 days ago
  • v 1AVERY
    Can you believe another week has gone by so here I am again just checking to make sure all is well with you and let you know I am thinking of you. Here is my inspiration for this week. ENJOY!!!

    You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be!
    by: Donna Levine

    There is inside you
    All of the potential
    To be whatever you want to be;
    All of the energy
    To do whatever you want to do.
    Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
    Doing what you want to do,
    And each day, take one step
    Towards your dream.
    And though at times it may seem too
    difficult to continue,
    Hold on to your dream.
    One morning you will awake to find
    That you are the person you dreamed of,
    Doing what you wanted to do,
    Simply because you had the courage
    To believe in your potential
    And to hold on to your dream. Teri Healthy Natural Supplements and Food Team

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    4127 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/21/2009 11:31:47 AM
  • v HONEYBEE56
    Hi ! emoticon

    I just like to come around and leave little messages that I think are noteworthy just in case you might be interested. Today I saw this brief article on Garlic.

    “With its powerful blood-thinning effects, garlic is widely used to help prevent artery blocking blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The typical recommendation for this purpose is one clove of fresh garlic or one half to three quarters a teaspoon of garlic powder daily.

    Garlic is also known to prevent stomach and colorectal cancers, stave off the common cold and fight viruses.”

    I hope this is a good week for you! Please come by the team page and join in on the ‘check in’ or challenges threads and add your birthday to the Birthday thread. Come on…join in…it’s your team too!

    Hugs and good healthy~Dusty
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    4131 days ago
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