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Vivian 2011

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My commitment for the Spring 5% Challenge 2012:
To exercise at least 20 minutes 5x/week.
No specific diet, but keep to lower processed carbs, and eat at least 5 fruits & vegetables every day.
To check in with SparkPeople at least 1x/day.
To weigh myself 1x/week.
Yay me!

I'm a 50-year-old wife and mother of three (17, 19 & 22), I have lived in 10 cities in the past 20 years, some overseas. I moved in August 2009 to The Hague (The Netherlands), and am taking advantage of not working (yay!) to work on myself!

I'm a shorty at 5 feet 0 inches tall, which makes it hard to hide any extra weight. And to think I thought I was heavy when I was 18 and 120 pounds...

So am recommitting to the path of less emotional eating, more healthy eating, and regular exercise. And participating more consistently in the Sparkpeople community - it would be a shame not to make the most of this great resource!

Sometimes we all need some inspiration!

Member Since: 12/29/2006

Fitness Minutes: 25,527

My Goals:
To lose at least 70 pounds (to get to 120), but given my petite stature and small bones, I might need to go lower.

To stop the emotional eating and eat healthy foods in a mindful way.

To exercise at least 5-6 times per week, including cardio (swimming, bicycling, walking) and weight training.

My Program:
No specific diet program, but just making better choices: more fruits and veggies, more protein, less refined carbs and white stuff.

Cardio: 20-40 minutes, 3 times/week.

Weight training: 30 - 60 minutes, 3 times/week.

For motivation, I'm always reading at least 5 weight loss/motivational books at any given moment.

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Currently living in The Hague, originally from New York, but have moved domestically and internationally many times in the past 20 years.

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    Thanks for the comment on my page. My mil is home and i think after everything wears off will be better. I do wish they kept her overnight but out they push you. emoticon
    2268 days ago
    Hi Vivian! Thanks for the add. Always happy to give people safari advise. Don't hesitate to ask.
    2285 days ago

    Dang... I just read your last blog... wow!!! So much. I hope your husband and you are healing both physically and mentally as the mental part of the loss of functionality can be crushing.

    As for me, I am doing just fine. So much has happened, but I'm still standing. My daughter is about to leave for Rwanda for about a month (egads) but she is working hard and doing so well in school. I have adjusted to be single and have learned to do so much more on my own.

    Happy New Years Vivian; may we achieve our goals this year.


    2301 days ago
    Thanks again! emoticon
    2317 days ago
    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I did finally muster up the courage to blog because I did want to hear what others had to say. And I totally agree that I may be in a mid-life crisis. I think that for being away for those two weeks, I realized how stressful life is at home being a stepmom. After 3 and a half years of marriage, I am no closer to my stepkids, and I do not see this happening in the near future. I think that the reason is due to the fact that Greg parents much differently than I parented my kids. He he less strict, for lack of a better word, and I find that his children are able to "get away with" so much more than mine did. They are good kids, I just do not know how to relate to them as kids with entitlement issues and almost no rules. Perhaps I am too rigid, but it is hard to change my values when it comes to parenting. So what happened over the years is that I ended up pulling away from the way Greg parents. It has made me feel like I am not apart of that major part of his life. So, while I was in Peru, and did not have to think about having children in my home who I struggle to be around, it may it easy to think that I could be away a lot more. It is not really my husband who I want to be away from; it is his kids. Of course because they are younger, he needs to be here. That is why I suggested that I travel without him.
    Yes, there are other things too. And I do have a bit of that, "why to I have to choose and sacrifice" attitude, but I am trying to gain a better perspective. I honestly do believe that everything happens for a reason and that all things work out in the long run, so I am just sitting with these feelings of frustration for awhile. I do have a wonderful husband who is a wonderful friend. I think that what this trip did for me, though, was to throw me in an environment with a group who had a common mission and purpose. It felt good to be a part of that. And because of what my husband does for a living, he could never be part of this type of group.
    I am just blabbing, but trying to sort through thoughts and feelings. Thanks again for commenting. I appreciate you sharing your own personal wishes and desires. I DO know that that grass is not always greener on the other side. I know that in my head. I guess it will just take a little while for my heart to believe that as well. We'll see what the new year brings.
    It could also be that it's Christmas time and one of my kids is no longer home, and my 18 year old isn't into Christmas so much. So basically it will be Christmas for kids that I barely know and don't get along with very well.
    Okay, I will stop now. LOL. Thanks for listening.
    2317 days ago
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