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My name is Sara. I am a married to an amazing man, a mom to a intellectual teen with spina bifida and an energetic pre-schooler, a special education teacher, a music therapist, a daughter of a cop with diabetes and heart disease and retired nurse with mutliple sclerosis, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, a friend and I want to be around to see the ones I love and take adventures all over- near and far with my family and friends.

My goal is to learn how to eat better, make consistently smart activity choices, and lose 105 pounds in the next 2 years so I am healthier. I know how to take care of everyone else, but I don't know how to take care of me and still balance home, family, and work.

Ultimately, my goal is to establish habits that minimize the implications of obesity, POHS, hypothyroidism, and my family genetics (diabetes, heart attack, stroke, dementia); and to model those behaviors for my children.

I am following Prevention's 10 slim-down strategies and walking fit food plan and You the Owner's Manual diet and activity plans, mainly, with supplements from other information I have, including the Beck Diet Solution and diabetes meal planning guide.

Each week, I am focusing on changing one or two things/ starting new habits so that I can be healthier and lose weight. My goal is to lose 105+ pounds by January 26, 2014.

The quote that motivates me:
"It's not that obesity, diabetes, and heart disease runs in your family; it's that no one runs in your family."

Second set of goals:
One hundreds!!!- 199
10K walk
10K walk/ run
10K run*
Halfway!! 52.5 pounds released- 197.5

Before & after 1st kid- 175
Half marathon- walk
Half marathon- walk/ run*

Weight in 7th grade- 155
Marathon- walk/ run*
Goal- 145
Final Goal- maintain 145

Member Since: 10/10/2011

Fitness Minutes: 120

My Goals:
First set of goals:
Lose 2.5 pounds- 247.5
Lose 5 pounds- 245
197.5- halfway!!

Lose 5% of 250- 238.5
My health is improving!!
5K walk
5K walk/ run
5K run

Lose 10% of 250 and
B4 & after 2nd kid- 225
My health getting even better!!
Blood fats/ sugar normal-

My Program:
Wk 1- weigh myself every day, chart it weekly. Walk/ bike for 30 min. and stretch every day.
Wk 2- watch less than 2 hrs of TV/ Internet a day, up to 9 hours/ wk. Continue to walk/ bike & stretch
Wk 3- contact family/ friends 3x/ wk to get support on making changes. Add core strengthening 3x/ wk.
Wk 4- get 4+ g. of fiber at each snack & meal with fruits, veggies, & grains. Cont. core strengthing.
Wk 5- add 5,000 steps/ or 2.5 miles of walking day. Add upper body strengthening 3x/ wk.
Wk 6- log what I eat/ drink & exercise 6 days/ wk. Continue upper body strength training.
Wk 7- get 7(.5) hrs of sleep/ night (in bed by 10:30- 11:30 pm). Eat balanced breakfast. Add 20+ min. of cardio 3x/ wk.
Wk 8- drink 8 c. of water/ day. (2 c. milk, 1-3 c. green tea, 1/2 c. wine/ juice.) Eat lunch w/ diabetic plate. Do 30+ min of cardio 4x/ wk.
Wk 9- work no more than 9 hrs. Eat 1-2 snacks/ day w/ 10-15 ideally, up to 30 g. CHO. Do 30+ min of cardio 5x/ wk.

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Other Information:
Wk 10- Lower glycemic load by 10 pts; reduce sugars, processed foods, & trans fats. Eat supper w/ diabetic plate. Do 150- 240 min. total of cardio a wk.

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