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January 2011 was a big wake-up call for me. I wasn't diagnosed with any weight-related disease... I wasn't somehow embarrassed or ridiculed for my weight... I was just finally aware and fed up with where I had let laziness take me and my health. Oddly enough I am a very healthy obese person! I don't have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, heart problems, breathing problems (beyond heavy breathing when working out), or anything else! I'm just overweight and, sadly, less active than I want to be (and should be)!

As of July 31 I have been 425 days away from Spark and I don't think it's a shock that I can tell a difference! I went from losing 25 pounds in about two months to being up 4 pounds above my January 2011 start weight. I'm a little sad... a little disappointed... a little ashamed... and a lot motivated!

Member Since: 3/27/2011

Fitness Minutes: 261

My Goals:
My main goal is to lose weight so that I can be healthier and more active. I used to play four sports in high school and would be ecstatic to make it to half of the activity that I had then.

My Program:
I've been working for the last two months to set up a program that incorporates 10 small goals that can be reached and easily maintained.

1. Drink more water each day (8-12 glasses). DOING!
2. Drink diet soda instead of regular soda (or no soda at all). DOING!
3. Eat less "breakfast meat" (i.e. bacon, sausage) DOING!
4. Eat no more than 2 100-calorie pack snacks in a day.
5. Plan meals for at least 3 days per week.
6. Walk 5 minutes for each hour sitting/watching TV.
7. Have one day per week with 35+ minutes of aerobic steps.
8. Have 10+ minutes of aerobic steps each day.
9. Increase daily goal 5% every other week until 10,000 steps per day is reached.
10. Keep a complete list of food eaten each day and keep calories at or below 2000 per day.

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I spent four years in Jefferson City, Tennessee for college and another five years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for graduate school. I teach math at a couple of local colleges now.

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    (. ;.•.♥ thanks so much for adding me as your friend! ♥.•*¨)
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    (. ;.•.♥ I also added you to my list!♥.•*¨)
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    ´¨¨)) -:¦:-♥blessings and hugs!♥
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    ((¸¸.•´ ..•♥Love you, Linda♥-:¦:-
    -:¦:- ((¸¸.•´* Leader By The Numbers

    3383 days ago
  • v KRYS210
    Thank you for the friend add, I am honored. Have added you to my list as well.
    3383 days ago
    Delighted you are joining in with the PERSONAL STEPS CHALLENGE-April, and your goal of 214,500k is WONDERFUL - emoticon

    Golden Rule: Now that you have Posted and put all the dates in, remember to find this very same post to update it with your daily steps as you do them, by 'editing' each time. We DO NOT use the Copy & Paste option in order to keep this thread as short as possible for the convenience of ALL members. Thanks!

    I will be watching your progress and supporting you along the way, you can leave a 'one-line' sentence beside your figure if you wish.

    Happy April Stepping!

    Mandy (Leader)
    10k Steps a Day
    3383 days ago
    ......oooO............ Welcome to the 10K Steps a Day Spark Team!
    .....(....)................. Glad to have you walking with us - check out
    ......)../....Oooo...... some of the challenge walks we are sharing!
    .....(_/.....(....) ......
    ................\..)........ ... and we're walking!!
    .................\_)....... Love, Linda
    3383 days ago
  • v KRYS210
    Welcome to the 10K Steps a Day team! If I can be of any help, please let me know!

    leading with Mandy & Hillary
    3383 days ago
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