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See this image largerThis is me, a proud member of Forward! Marching Band.(1 comments)See this image largerI like that I'm starting to look forward to exercising. Thank you, books on tape!See this image largeris trying out the yoga CD and realizing how out of shape she is. Time to change that!See this image largerI am so grateful for my treadmill; because, I tell you what, I am NOT going outside. Brrrrrr!See this image largerToday's goal: find more sources of lean protein. When I look at that little pie chart nutrition info thing, I keep seeing that I'm getting more fat than protein. Off to SparkRecipes I go!(1 comments)See this image largerSprang for a Fitbit. Learned that my El Cheapo Walgreens Fitness tracker was basically not tracking most of my steps. Hooray!(1 comments)See this image largerI fought the buffet and did not lose!See this image largerday 30 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 1/17/2017See this image largerI made it over 12,000 steps yesterday. I find that hugely satisfying, and I'm not even sure why. Regardless, I'm going to try and do it again today.See this image largerTook part in the Women's March yesterday here in Madison, Wisconsin. 20,000 steps with 75,000+ people. It was beautiful.(1 comments)See this image largerToday is my fifth day in a row of over 10,000 steps. When I started on December 19th, I couldn't imagine taking that many steps. Progress!See this image largerday 5 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 10 minutes per day" earned 1/28/2017See this image largerI am proud that Slip Up Sunday begat Motivation Monday which, in turn, begat Take No Prisoners Tuesday. Fall seven times, get up eight!(1 comments)See this image largerI just realized something neat. There's a big party at our house tomorrow. I can prepare for it by making myself a plate of food in advance, all measured out. No measuring anxiety!See this image largerDespite the ferocious, reoccurring urge to get some fast food today, I did not. Not eating it tasted great. ??See this image largeris fighting the good fight. Every time I just want to fall face first into bad food and too much drink, I hitch my loose pants up, grin at my unbloated face in the mirror, and do something else.See this image largerSometimes I wake up and wonder if I can win the day or if the day is going to win me. Then I get out of bed and realize I already won the first round.See this image largerBack in beautiful Vieques, Puerto Rico for our annual trip today. Traveled better than I have in the past, and I'll take that as a win. Next up: raising that low bar. ????????(1 comments)See this image largerI am back from 10 great days in PR. I am so glad to report I did NOT gain any weight there. Of course, I didn't LOSE any either, but I kept up on my step goal. Back on the wagon I go. Feels good.(1 comments)See this image largerYesterday, I hit a bump in the road. Today I went back and stomped on it! :-)See this image largerDown 30 pounds since I started in mid-December. The thing I feel best about is that I did it in a healthy way with exercise and eating right. Not magic, but it sure feels like it. Go Badgers!See this image largerJust like the Badgers, I survived the first day of the NCAA without doing damage to my eating plan. Yay!See this image largerMy new, smaller body makes a nice container for my happy heart.See this image largerSaw this sign outside a gym today. Words to live by.See this image largerI started at 215 on December 19. As of today, I am at 180. 15 more pounds to go to my goal weight. I am so appreciative of SparkPeople, the wealth and diversity of resources it provides, and the amazing people I get to share this journey with in all its ups and downs. Viva la Spark!See this image largerOh my gosh, these things are so tasty! They are a quick way to have a healthy, filling lunch or dinner, especially when paired with a salad or veggies. As an added bonus they are relatively low-fat (4g) and high-protein (14g). I want them up and brown them in a pan using just a little cooking spray. Bon appétit!See this image largerI was feeling a little low earlier today, as I didn't have the best weekend from a dietary standpoint. I I needed something from the coop, about a mile and a half away, and walked there and back. It was on my return trip that it struck me like a bolt of lightning: unhealthy me would never, never, never have blithely walked that distance, at a brisk clip no less. Now I feel proud and happy.See this image largerWearing jeans for the first time in about 5 years. I feel happy and proud, and really really grateful to SparkPeople.(1 comments)See this image largerWe rock! All of us!See this image largerIt's not that I don't mess up. It's that now I know how to fix it and get back on track.See this image largerIt's not that I don't mess up or have bad days anymore. It's that now I know how to get back on track when that happens. Turns out, that's a really big deal.See this image largerFrom a caloric standpoint, it has not been the very best weekend. However, I've had a wonderful time. Back in the saddle!See this image largerWe are "building" strong bodies! 😄See this image largerNot proud of how I ate, but proud that I tracked it. 💪See this image largerFour pounds away from my goal weight. 45 pounds gone. Just cracked the "normal" line for BMI. All glory to God!See this image largerIt has been a week since I made my goal weight. I am using this comparison picture as inspiration going forward.See this image largerWalking, performing, and dancing my ass off in Somerville, MA at Honk! So. Much. Fun.See this image largerToday I will try!See this image largerWe can!See this image largerWe can!See this image largerWe know this. It's easy to forget.See this image largerIt's true.See this image largerOn this day when you were go, I decided to do something about being overweight. SparkPeople has been and continues to be an integral part of my journey. I am so grateful! Happy holidays, everyone! And best wishes for a wonderful 2018.See this image largerWorth remembering!See this image largerI love this.See this image largerYes we were!See this image largerWorth remembering!See this image largerDay Two back on track after falling slowly apart for the last two years. First up: 28 days of tracking.See this image largerThis makes one week since I started tracking every day after a long time away from doing so. I already feel SO MUCH BETTER. On to Week Two!See this image largerSee this image largerI recently figured out but that fat is causing me to have acid reflux, so I'm looking for healthy alternatives, and made this one up this morning. 1/2 cup Egg Beaters 1 cup cooked mushrooms Pam olive oil cooking spray 1 stick light string cheese shredded Pea shoots Salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste (I used Mrs. Dash) It was surprisingly tasty and satisfying. Yay!See this image larger"It may seem surprising, but motivation is the result of taking action, not the cause of it." Just read this in a Spark article. Still wrapping my head around it, but it rang a bell in my heart.See this image largerRead this quote in one of today's articles, an just loved it! Going to try to live by this one. "When Beth does have an occasional setback, she goes by the mantra: 'If you got a flat tire, you wouldn’t run around the car in a frenzy popping the other three. You would fix the one and get back on the road.' "

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