It's coming off! Spain, March 2010





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It's time for me to stop choosing:
convenience over health
family before myself
laziness over activity

I'm really excited for the next stage of changing my diet! I've been doing a Very Low Calorie Diet consisting of shakes and bars for 12 weeks (yes, even through the holidays). Wednesday, I start my transition back to real food and changing how I have been eating my entire life. I already have my first meal planned out... Savory Chicken Saute and Cabbage Soup (both from Spark Recipes).

While I am so excited about the next steps, the VLCD plan I've been doing has had me eating between 700 and 850 calories each day, I am also very nervous. I know the calories are low, but don't worry, it's been monitored by doctors the entire time.

Managing 1200-1500 calories a day and exchanges of food groups is a little outside of my areas of knowledge. I'm relearning A LOT about food. All I know right now is that my mindset is in the right place to make the right changes. I'm a little scared to get up to 1200 calories and even more scared that I'll go over. But I am excited to have Sparkpeople behind me to keep me on the right track.

Member Since: 12/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,668

My Goals:
~Be healthy
~Be fit
~Stay on track
~Focus on myself

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I am transitioning back to regular food from a Very Low Calorie Diet program through my health provider. A challenging 12 weeks of shakes and bars. I've already lost 40 pounds!

My current program:
~4oz of lean protein and 1 cup of cooked veggies and a piece of fruit each day. Sometimes I overdo it on the veggies... but I'm pretty sure no one screwed up their weightloss plan by overeating veggies!
~Cardio for 35 minutes 3x/week
~Weights (arms, legs and core) 3x/week
~8 glasses of water/day

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    Thank you for the very thoughtful comments on my blog - I never expected such a huge response from people and it has touched me deeply. Have fun planning for your upcoming trip to Spain. I am sure that you are going to have a fantastic time!
    3006 days ago
    Welcome to the SPARKMADISON Team Pickle! Please stop by soon and join in the discussions and weekly challenges!

    We look forward to getting to know you!


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    3047 days ago
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    What a great decision you have made to join Spark People. It is an amazing site! The really cool thing is that it is FREE!! There is tons of information to absorb here and there is always someone around to help if you find yourself having a bit of trouble.

    Want to make another great decision? Come check out my page. I am a co-leader of a team called QuickFire. It is the best team around by far! Yes, I am bias, but what do you have to lose? If you like what you see about the team, feel free to join! We would love to have you on board with us.

    WARINING!! It is proven that QuickFiring can lead to a HOT BODY! I dare you to come play the QuickFire way!!!

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    3056 days ago