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Happy hiking trails from this past weekend!

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All three kiddos, my favorite picture from 2017.

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Married with 3 kids, one in grad school, one just starting college, and one starting 10th grade in a new high school. Began weight loss journey at 219 lbs. last August (8/21/19). Just got fed up one day with being overweight and not participating in LIFE. Began with slow walking and added in some hiking midway. Now running some intervals and tackling some mountain hikes.

Have been floundering around in the 152-158 range for several months and decided to truly give this site a chance (joined in Janurary, but never really started). Trying to get to approximately 128 lbs. which would put me pretty much in the middle of the healthy range.

Working full time at a job that is not exactly my fave, while struggling to educate myself a bit more into another career path.

Most looking forward to taking an awesome hiking trip with my family next summer to celebrate turning 50 years old! And also getting to know some of the fine folks here at Sparkpeople. :-)

Member Since: 1/11/2020

Fitness Minutes: 6,073

My Goals:
BLC 44 Training Plan


1. Lose 10 lbs. over the course of the challenge by staying within my calorie range and tracking my foods at least 6 days a week. Also, I will exercise at least 5 days per week and track that as well. I will use SP and the challenge faithfully to keep myself motivated and accountable.

2. Train for and run a 5K before the end of the BLC. I will do this by using the 5K training app Runkeeper 3-4 times per week and doing the recommended workouts. I will register for and run the 5K, either on site or virtually, before the end of this challenge.

3. Incorporate strength, flexibility and core training into my exercise routine. I will do this by adding each of these groups 1-2x per week during the first month of the challenge, 2-3x per week during the second month, and 3x per week minimum during the last month. I have found apps that will generate routines for each of these categories. I will start out with a few minutes and gradually inc

My Program:
Fall 2020 5% Challenge Diet Commitment
I will follow the Volumetrics diet for the most part, with some treats thrown in now and then for sanity. I will eat a lot of raw foods, think fruits, veggies, nuts. And foods that require minimal or no cooking, such as oatmeal, yogurt, sandwiches, etc. If I commit to cooking, that usually leads to failure, as I do not enjoy cooking AT ALL. So, keeping cooking at a minimum combined with tracking at least 6 days a week should do the trick!

Fall 2020 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
At least 30 minutes cardio 6x per week
At least 15 minutes strength training 2x per week
At least 5 minutes stretching 3x per week

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