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I lost a lot of weight about 5 years ago. I did it on my own then and learned a lot. I find this structure has helped me better understand what I am doing. My inital goal was 50 more pounds by March 1 of 2013. I reached that goal on Nov 13, 2012. My new goal is 90lbs by March 1, 2013. That is a bit aggressive, but I need a tough goal. I have a wild dream to hit the 100lb goal, but I want to be realistic and let my body tell me if I should lose the extra 10 after I hit 90.

Member Since: 7/24/2012

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My Goals:
I want to be healthy and active. I know to do that I need to lose weight and work out regularly.

I set my initial goal at 225. A 60 pound loss. That is about where I got last time after a 75 pound loss. (Reached on 11/13).

What is scary about that is that according to the BMI calculator I will still be at the high end of the overweight category.

This time I plan to fight past that and then maintain. My new goal is 195. That would still make me over weight according to the BMI, but I want to see if my body will take more of a loss at that poiint.

For the Fall 5% Challenge:
Exercise: I will walk each day with my dogs at least 10 minutes. I will do strength training 3-4 times a week. Primarily using Kettlebells. I will also bike 2-3 times a week. I hit the 5% weight loss in 5 weeks and I am going to try to hist 10% before the 8 weeks is up.

Diet: I will continue to simply eat healthy and say within the recommended guidelings for

My Program:
I enjoy good food. I have a 22 year old son who lives with who is a young chef. We talk food all of the time. He is working 2 jobs and rarely cooks. I am going to cook healthily and yet make flavorful food that he will enjoy. Extreme programs do not work for me. I cannot give up wheat or carbs. I cannot fast.

I am working on a list of low calorie favorites that I can go to easily that we both enjoy. I am working hard on portion control. I want to eat 4 moderate meals a day and drink a lot of water.

I am attending 4 kettlebells classes a week. On most days I ride my bike 12 miles round trip for the class. I also referee ice hockey 6-12 times a week. On top of that I walk my dogs daily 20-40 minutes at a fairly fast pace.

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Kalamazoo Michigan. After graduate school I took my first job in Chicago and moved to the ares in 1979. I have been a systems analyst/developer for my entire career. My two passions are books and ice hockey. I currently do not play, officiate regularly. I am hoping that my conditioning will allow me to return to the ice as a player.

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  • v KKC-318
    I saw your question on SABRINASARAH's blog and I couldn't help but come and agree with her. I am only 26 but extremely out of shape after two kids and started Insanity almost two weeks ago. I take extra breaks when needed and never do any exercises that are going to hurt me. I feel that I will still get results, maybe just not as "Insane" as I would like. I would say maybe look up pieces of the videos on youtube so you can see exactly what you are getting yourself into. The fit test was hard that first day, but so far I am still coming back for more! Best of luck to you!
    2523 days ago
    Hey there! I think Insanity can be done by anyone - as long as you don't do exactly what the people on the DVD are doing. You can modify any exercise until you can do what they're doing. You can keep everything low impact and never reach what they're doing, but still get a great workout. You should go at your own speed - slow and controlled is something I repeated to myself when I first started (as I was out of shape). I'm able now to keep up (I am 50 and hadn't exercised in 3 years). However, this is my second time around with it. Yes, even with modifying and doing it slowly you can get sore (because you may be using muscles you haven't used n a while). But, muscle soreness goes away in a couple of days if you continue with the program. It never was really bad with me, but I know it has been worse with others who push themselves beyond their limits. Also, as you get stronger, you can do more, so it kinda grows with you. But, a lot of people give up after the first day because the Fit Test is so hard. I looked at it like I can't get any worse and have improved steadily. Again, modify and just do what you can - oh, and wear a heart monitor. If it gets beyond your cardio zone, take a break!

    As for the diet, it's very similar to SparkPeople. They suggest several small meals a day. The recipes are pretty good, but I keep my calories lower than they suggest - more inline with Sparkpeople. (It tends to think I'd be burning more calories than I am, but remember I'm going slower than the actual people on the video.) All in all, I think it's an excellent program. I also do drink the Shakeology because I like a quick protein shake before I workout. However, that's not mandatory for the program.

    Anyway, I hope this helped. Let me know if you have any questions. Best of luck to you!
    2523 days ago
    Thanks for dropping by my blog, and congrats on your progress so far! You're doing great!
    2525 days ago
  • v BARCLE
    Hi and welcome to the Spark Bookworms team emoticon Have a super day emoticon

    Just following on from the comments on the previous post about the Kathy Reich books - I, too, enjoyed the books but have found that I still do not enjoy the tv series. I just can't get into the character (guess it's the actress I'm not so keen on or perhaps it's the interplay between the characters - the romancing etc)
    2526 days ago
    I loved the Kathy Reich books and it took me quite awhile to enjoy the TV series because the two Brennans are completely different. I read every P Cornwall as they came out and every Jonathan Kellerman. I soon found out his wife Faye has her own series of books and i like those even more. I read all the Tony Hillerman and Dick Francis books. I just finished one of CJ Box 's - Joe Pickett is the character.
    As you can tell, I focus on mysteries/detectives. I am not good with remembering all the names. Sometimes it is easier to remember the characters. Dave Robiceaux is one of the characters- down in one of the New Orleans parishes. It turns out the character and author both have an adopted daughter with the same name. The daughter has published several of her own mystery books. Sue Grafton has a good series and Marcia Mueller has a good serious located in San Fran. - both characters are female PIs
    Once I stop taking the Stephanie Plums so seriously, I enjoyed them.
    2527 days ago
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