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Ok, it's a verifiable truth, I am a human yo-yo and proof that the concept of "21 days" or "60 days" a habit makes is, at least in my experience, total hooey. It may take 21 days before I stop noticing that 90% of my diet resembles that of a small foraging rodent, but it only takes one meal for me to reawaken my appetite for food that dares to occupy the top tiers of the food pyramid.

So, with that in mind......umm....chirp....chirp.... Well, you tell me. What's the solution? At this point, the only two I can come up with are: give up and die an early diabetic, coronary diseased death; or, continue trying my best, then getting too busy and reprioritizing only to forget altogether until my jeans feel like a tourniquet at which time I once again declare my commitment to a healthy body and begin inputting weight and measurement data that makes my graphs look like nauseating amusement park rides. I guess the latter is the more sensible albeit maddening choice. I'll just keep working on the "trying my best" part.

In short: just keep swimming... and don't tell my high school teacher that I still have trouble with run-on sentences and punctuation marks.

-September, 2017

Starting Over...
Here we go again... this time my weight is at an all time high of 195! That's only 2 pounds less than my highest pregnancy weight. I was here on spark back in 2008 and had some success. Then I was incredibly blessed by being hired as a full time teacher. As this was my first year teaching my own class, I worked from 6:30am to 7 or 8 at night, as well as on the weekend.

So, of course no time to worry about what I was eating, no time for exercise. All my spare time went to my husband and two young daughters. It's all such a balancing act! So, now I'm back trying to throw a new fitness goal into the mix. A little bit depressed, a bit more motivated and a whole lot pissed, all mixed together just might do it this time!

The Sequel...
That was back in 2010. Now I'm back yet again, but that's good, right? So, it's April of 2012, what's different this time, I can't really say. Maybe the fact that I turned 40 this year might be enough to scare some perseverance into me.

And Again...
My how time flies when you're (insert excuse here)! It's March of 2015, and over the past several months I've gone from being horrifyingly close to 200 lbs, yet maintaining the scale's number as well as my optimism; to landing on the eye-popping 200 lb mark and either throwing a small fit or assuming I was of course, retaining something benign like water; to muttering 'eh' in an unalarmed way, only partly acknowledging how much it sounded like acceptance.

Then spring arrived like a younger sister, shaming me with its ambition and promises of beauty and good health. So, once again it's apparent that I've been hiding out in winter's cave enjoying its indulgence and comfort. But I haven't been doing nothing. I've been busy with all the other, equally important, wonderful things in my life. I'm a mom to two fantastic kids; a teacher to a bunch of goofy and eager to learn kindergarteners; a wife to an exceedingly tolerant and wonderful husband. (The cat and the dog however, are terribly neglected as are my favorite past times of reading, crafting and being outdoors.)

However, as I creep closer to 45, I'm worrying more about my health and staying alive to further enjoy all these things that have been keeping me from becoming healthy. So, all those wonderful things are going to have to share the front burner with my increasing age and subsequent need to become fit.

Member Since: 9/16/2007

Fitness Minutes: 16,302

My Goals:
By living healthfully and becoming fit I will improve my strength, energy level, physical comfort and confidence.

I have set up a lot of little goals that serve as motivators. Here they are...

Show me the numbers...
First 10%...lose 20lbs=180lbs.
Reached: 5-30-15

Second 10%...lose 18lbs=162lbs.

Third 10%...lose 16lbs=146

Ten Pound Shoes:
For every 10lbs I loose, I reward myself with a new pair of shoes!

10 lb shoes #1: 6/19/08
174lbs. (relapse :( Back at 190lbs in 2012, but according to the rules of the game I have to pick up where I left off before I gained the weight back so it'll be 25lbs before I earn the second pair. Those are some heavy shoes!
10 lb shoes #2: 5/18/16
10 lb shoes #3:

BMI category:
Starting BMI: 34.33
Go from 'Obese' BMI to
'Overweight' BMI: 1/31/16
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My Program:
*control portion size and calories by measuring foods, reading nutrition labels and using Sparks nutrition tracker...

*At least five times per week I will do one of the following:
swim (30 min. session) row (30 min. session) walk (60 min. session)
*Use Spark's fitness tracker.
*Join Spark's member challenges.

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    Hi! I am the new leader of Leaving 180-ville! Just wanted to say hi!
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    To the Nor-Cal Sparkers. We are only a small team but small can be mighty. I am the new team leader and welcome suggestions for a team challenge.

    Again emoticon to the team.

    2969 days ago
    Welcome to the Indoor Rowers Team. I agree with Junepa that rowing is the best exercise because it is a combination of strength and aerobic training and is interactive in that your effort sets the difficulty of the exercise making it perfect for interval training as well as for long slow distance. I suggest that you start logging on to keep an ongoing record of your progress and for the ability to monitor your progress over time. I find this very motivational too. I joined my college team's virtual rowing team and enjoy the competition.
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