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In celebration of a Quarter Century of life, I'd like to lose 25 pounds in 2008.

A lot of the motivational articles here on SparkPeople suggest that you develop a mantra to keep yourself going when your energy starts to run low.

I mostly need something like this to push through some of the more monotonous cardio (elliptical when not in fitness classes). Any suggestions?

I was thinking, "That feeling? Yeah, that's the fat slowly burning off your ass," but that may not quite as positive as it could be. It's worked the past couple of days, though.

Member Since: 2/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,845

My Goals:
In 2008, I would like to:

1) Lose 25 pounds;
2) Eat better;
3) Learn to salsa and merengue;
4) Compete in my first 5K in 10 years.

My Program:
My current plan:

Strength training 3x a week (BodyPump);

Cardio 5x a week, 45 minutes at a time (elliptical, stationary bike, cardio kickboxing class);

Yoga or Pilates, 2x a week.

Personal Information:
I was an athlete in high school - runner, avid ice hockey player. I stayed active in college, but gained a few pounds along with everyone else.

Then came the first real job - as in inside salesperson, where we were fed free, fatty lunches 3x a week by vendors. Still feeling like a college student, I definitely didn't say no to the free food.

In no time flat, I gained 15 more pounds, putting me at 155. My weight has fluctuated between 140 and 155 ever since, and I'm a yo-yo exerciser - I'll make it to the gym for 3 months straight, then fall off the wagon for 2 months after extensive business travel, getting sick, or some other event.

Other Information:
I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
-Thomas Jefferson

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    One day at a time!! You can do it!!!
    4033 days ago
    I just checked my spark page for the first time in forever and I realized you left me a comment. So Thank you and good luck to you too! It seems like you are already well on your way to your goal weight!!
    4066 days ago

    There's a team called Victoria’s Secret Angels and a new team called SP Hotties. Thought you would be interested in joining. The purpose of both teams is to help motivate everyone to finally get fit and be healthy with challenges and daily/ weekly weigh ins as well as sharing beauty, fashion, and fitness secrets and trends.

    We are starting a new challenge called the Total Body Makeover; it’s a great motivating way to lose weight. It should help you lose between 6-10 pounds for the month of April to get you ready for the summer (Vs Team). The SP Hotties Team focuses on dieting challenges as well as fitness tips, success stories, and support throughout your weight loss journey. Here’s the links to the teams: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/VSAngelsTeam. http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Hotties.
    Hope you join both teams....

    I hope to see you on the message boards...

    4218 days ago
  • v JENNZA
    Those damn vendors. My first real job was assistant buyer and I gained a good 10-15 pounds too. You will find that Spark is a great place to lose the weight and keep it off. Every restaurant has nutritional info on their websites, I learned that if you do your homework, you'll always have a better day! :-)
    4240 days ago
  • v KIERAE
    Welcome to the Class of Feb 17-23 Team! We're looking forward to getting to know you and getting healthy with you. Congrats on taking the first steps in your new healthy lifestyle. Best of luck reaching your goals!

    4255 days ago
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