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Like many others, I have no problem managing other areas of my life-raising a family, running a household, having a career...So, why don't I expend as much time, energy and effort into managing and maintaining my own health when it comes to fitness and nutrition?
A recent health scare is my 'kick-start' on this journey that I've started many times before, but failed to 'complete' and 'maintain'...
Five years ago, with the help of Spark People, I lost 60# and maintained a healthy lifestyle for nearly three years-the longest period of concerted attention to health since college.
Now, I'm back to the site that helped me so much before, with a mindset knowledge of my previous journey and hopes of not just repeating the weight loss, but actually internalizing the necessity of a lifelong committment to my health.
With 100# to lose again, I'll be enlisting the food tracker, fitness minutes, articles and videos as well as the fine online community.
Here's to the process & journey...may it never end....

Member Since: 8/9/2013

Fitness Minutes: 3,354

My Goals:
Short Term:
lower cholesterol and BP

Drop 10% of body weight or about 30#

Increase physical activity to 60 minutes/day from 0 to 30 minutes

Be more diligent with nutrition

My Program:
1) eat more whole grains/fuits/veggies/non-processed foods
2) track weight on scale at least every other week
3) log foods/physical activities
4) get back to gym for strength training/cardio 3-4 days/week for 60 min.
5) stay on Spark!

Personal Information:
I'm a midwestern gal who's children are grown...I've got a love of dogs and have 3 that we 'share' with my daughter...I like hiking, gardening, shopping and antiquing

Other Information:
I'd like to bike more this fall
I'd like to hike more this fall
I enjoy meeting new peopel and get encouraged by many of the posters at Spark
I've had a lifetime of using food as a 'filler' to really ENJOY life!

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    emoticon Dee! Think of healthy living as a career. Make goal setting a regular part of your life. Become a permanent participant in sustaining better lifestyle choices. Focus on one goal at a time to become a healthier you. Develop an action plan for each goal and finish what you start. Each positive change will lead you to better results. You CAN and WILL turn your GOALS into the results that you are striving for!

    emoticon G = Give each goal 100% of commitment from beginning to completion!
    emoticon O = Open your mind to new ways of doing new things!
    emoticon A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and inner well-being goals!
    emoticon L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and personal growth!
    emoticon S = Strive to exceed daily with a combined mind-body-soul balance!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2644 days ago
    Dee, it is the last month of the year! With temptations of holiday foods let’s remain focused on our December goals that will lead us into the New Year with sparktacular results!

    emoticon D = Daily Reflection: Visualize your hopes and dreams until each are met!
    emoticon E = Embrace your journey with optimism, commitment and follow-through!
    emoticon C = Choose effective goals for each day that fits best for your lifestyle!
    emoticon E = Eat healthy nutrition, diversify fitness activities and mindful well-being!
    emoticon M = Measure progress without scale by the results that you see and feel!
    emoticon B = Be patient and always persevere by turning obstacles into achievements!
    emoticon E = Encourage, support and inspire others by sharing your success!
    emoticon R = Remember, You are Worthy! You CAN Do It! You are a Winner!

    May you always be fulfilled with the Blessings of Hope, the Spirit of Serenity and the Gift of Happiness. Have a beautiful and blessed holiday season. Love and hugs always.

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2681 days ago
    Thinking about you!

    2703 days ago
    emoticon Dee! Let’s make this Thanksgiving holiday a great time to focus on our health! Promote healthy nutrition, expand fitness minutes and thrive for emotional wellness to achieve optimum health! Moderation, balance and consistency are the keys to avoiding holiday pitfalls! TOGETHER, we CAN turn our NOVEMBER goals into extraordinary results! Have a happy and healthy holiday month!

    emoticon N = Nothing can replace you because you are a very special person!
    emoticon O = Overcome each obstacle by never giving up and never giving in!
    emoticon V = Visualize and trust that all goals and dreams are possible!
    emoticon E = Embrace inner well-being, healthy nutrition and fitness activity!
    emoticon M = Maintain focus on each goal, daily commitment and follow-through!
    emoticon B = Believe in yourself that you are a winner in all that you do!
    emoticon E = Encourage and inspire others by sharing your success!
    emoticon R = Remember, you are the SPARK that creates extraordinary results!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2713 days ago
  • v I_AM_WORTHY09
    I can so relate, I too lost some significant weight thru Spark about 5 years ago and long story short, here I am to lose that same amount all over again. It is water under the bridge now, only looking forward, marching on. Thanks again for the laugh today! I really needed that!!!!
    2740 days ago
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