LARKSONGRUTH

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I teach English as a Second Language at Southern Utah University. I also enjoy gardening, music, reading, writing, and walking my dog. I am amazed at what a difference exercise has made for me. It has really helped me trim up, and kept me from getting depressed. My favorite exercises are walking/running and Callenetics. I like Callentics because it is almost like relaxing into fitness, and it is very gentle. As I have been seriously working on my cardio-exercise and sleeping better, my energy and mood levels have been rising. My dog, Shadow, is a great walking partner, and is really into this walk run thing, which is a great motivator for me. I have really been enjoying using the SparkPeople website.

*Lose five pounds at a time until I am to my goal of 145
* Work on keeping connected with my two daughters who are in two different cities
* Have more fun and work on cultivating some of my friendships
* Go to the temple every month
* Get my house in better order and work on maintaining it well


Member Since: 8/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 15,770

My Goals:
Lose 5 pounds by December 9; then go onto the next five and work on maintaining what I've lost. (Ultimately want to get to 145)

Succeed at the Better Sleep Challenge. Keep a streak going for at least one month beginning September 9, 2012

Work on keeping my Spirits up by taking the Stress busting challenge and regular exercise.

My motives to loose that weight:

Feel Better
Less Tired
More Energy
Keep my knees from hurting
Safe BMI and beyond
Fit into size 12
Surprise my daughters

I want to work towards being able to do 10 pushes from my toes and do at least one pull up.


My Program:
I'm working on Spark Coach

Better Sleep Challenge

Stress Busting Challenge

Participating in the Halloween Trot



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Cedar City, Utah


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  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Three of the most powerful words in the English language are 'I AM RESPONSIBLE.' It's tough to do, but when the day comes that you can say those words, believe them, and mean them, it will be the most liberating moment of your life. Taking responsibility for all of your results, for better or for worse, is taking back your power to create results in your life."
    -Tom Venuto
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    Its up to you to make your goals and dreams a reality, Sparkfriend! Take responsibility, and do your best each day to make progress. You are totally worth the effort, you know!
    I hope your week has been great so far!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    2893 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Just because we are knocked down does not mean that we are out.
    We still have breath in our lungs and tears flowing down - all signs that we are alive!
    Take a deep breath and be reminded that often our biggest struggles are stepping stones to our greatest victories."
    -Rae Smith
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    Just stopping by to wish you a healthy, happy week, Spark friend! Keep your goals in mind and keep pushing yourself every day to get closer. It isn't easy, but never forget that you are worth the effort!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

    2908 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”
    -John C. Maxwell
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    Get ready for a healthy week, Sparkfriend! You know what you want, and you know what you need to do in order to make it happen...so just do it! Push yourself, even if you don't feel like it...because you really are worth the effort!
    Hugs,
    Pixie


    2923 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true....action precedes motivation. You have to "prime the pump" and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day."
    -Robert McKain
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    Just stopping by to wish you a fun and healthy weekend! Keep your goals in mind, and keep doing your best to make progress towards reaching them. Never forget that you are always worth your very best effort!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    2932 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Making changes in your life is never an easy task. The key, however, is not to get caught up in the distance you have to go to get to where you want to be. Nor should you despair over the amount of control you have over your circumstances. Progress is made in the small, intentional steps, and chances are, you have more power than you think. By focusing on little steps you can take every day, the progress you make will motivate you to continue your journey, and eventually, you can go wherever you want to go. The important thing is simply to begin."
    -Stephen Cherniske
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    Have a great week, Sparkfriend! Take those intentional steps towards your goals! Every small step is progress, and you are so worth it!
    Hugs,
    Pixie

    2950 days ago
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