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J is for January. Where I live, January can be bleak, cold, and even a little depressing. When my daughters were small, we would designate one of the coldest days as January "J" Day. This was a day for us to play and to celebrate everything that began with the letter J. Joy, jacket, jam, jelly, jar, jumping jacks, etc. We had fun and forgot about the weather outside.
My journey to a healthier lifestyle is similar to the month of January. Sometimes it's been bleak and depressing, but it also has many things to celebrate. I've developed a love for walking and don't avoid exercise as much as I did a decade ago. I eat better (usually) and try to be joyful in all that I do. So, here's to jump starting January 2019.

Summer 2018: It's the start of a new season- summer! Winter and spring were tough for me to get through. I got careless with both my nutrition and exercise and gained weight. Looking forward to getting back to the 5% challenge and accountability.

January 2018 The above text is on my water bottle. It reminds me of my commitment to living healthy.

Summer 2017 Big improvements on my yearly check-up. Total cholesterol decreased from 257 to 223. I also surprised her with my flexibility. Strength training really pays off! Weight was only 1/2 pound less than last year; time to break out of this plateau and lose these remaining pounds!

January 2017 It's winter and it's cold in the upper midwest! I remind myself every morning as I get out of a warm bed and my feet hit the cold floor that I am the one responsible for making my day great.

Fall 2016 Feeling good about all my small successes and determined to continue on to goals!

Summer 2016 A combination of stress and lack of motivation has resulted in a 15 pound regain. My progress today is determined by my choices yesterday. Don' give up!

Spring 2016 Struggling with motivation recently. My best inspiration comes from following the activities and successes of my teammates. Looking forward to the start of spring and the opportunity to be outside more!

Winter 2016 Another year and another 5% challenge begins!

Fall 2015 Walking shoes are on and water bottle is filled. I'm ready to go!

Winter 2015 I'm motivated to continue my quest for good health (especially cholesterol numbers) by exercising daily and making healthy food choices. Looking forward to reaching my goal weight!

Fall 2014 Approaching my 4th sparkanniversary and also my goal weight! Loving every minute of my new lifestyle!

Summer 2014 Hello to summer. It's time to move more, go for long walks, and enjoy the sunshine!

Spring 2014 Fresh spring air never felt so good! I'm out to enjoy it!

Winter 2014 Nothing is impossible. I M Possible!

Fall 2013 The beautiful fall weather reflects the way I feel!

May 1, 2013 Still sparking and enjoying life! Lots of healthier habits have been achieved and still learning more!

July 3, 2012 One and one half years of sparking and I'm getting fit. One of my goals has been to hike to the top of the mountain you see here on my page. Last time I was at the top was in 1998. I'm headed to Norway next week and to the top. Photos posted later!

October 2011 I'm not the person that I used to be!

November 2010- I have intended to lose weight for several years. Well, the pounds kept increasing... from 10 to 20 to 30 to 40.... NO MORE! The wake-up call has come and the journey has begun!

Member Since: 11/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 185,327

My Goals:
To exercise at least 60 minutes daily.
To track everything I eat daily paying attention to the amount of protein, fat, fiber, and total calories.
To stay motivated by participating on Spark Teams.

Reached 160 on 5-25-13!
Reached 150 on 1-15-13!

My Program:
-Follow Spark program for healthy heart and high cholesterol
-Eat between 1,400 to 1,850 calories per day
-My daily calorie range adjusts based on how much I exercise
-Meaure portions and track nutrition daily
-Use Spark Recipes

Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
-Daily walk of 2 to 4 miles
-Strength training two times per week

Personal Information:
Hi! I'm Kristi and I'm in my early 60's. I'm married and have two daughters. The older daughter is married and lives in the mid-west. The younger daughter is currently in east Africa working as a Bible translator. I work part-time about 30 hours per week I like to take long walks when the weather permits and I like to garden.

Other Information:
Reasons to keep sparking: to live longer and healthier, to feel better, to look better, to have more energy, to lower my cholesterol, to have clothes fit better, to gain more confidence, to learn to enjoy exercise, to be stronger, to have the satisfaction of achieving my goals.

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  • v CSEGUIN2
    Thank you for the goodie. I am looking forward to seeing all our great progress at the end of the challenge.
    16 days ago
  • v PINKGIRL23
    Thank you for posting on my blog.
    I see you have been on the Teddy Bears a lot.
    Are you doing the challenge this year?
    This is my first race. I am on the Teddy Bear team.
    Hope that you are doing well.
    Have a good day. Holly emoticon
    17 days ago
  • v LPORTER2015
    Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.
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    21 days ago

    ~~~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Weekend, Kristi - Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~~~

    Wisdom is understanding the long term consequences of our actions.-Naval Ravikant

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    New day, new choices. Progress starts outside the comfort zone and we're more than
    worth it. Stay encouraged. Much love and lots of hugs.

    44 days ago
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    Congrats on finishing the Spring 5% Challenge. It’s been a difficult challenge because of all the changes and uncertainties we have been living through. I have always thought I measure success by “Doing the best I can with what I have”. Sometimes it is not perfection, but it’s the best I can do considering all that is going on my life. I hope you have been successful and able to reach your goals during the Challenge. If not, hang in there and join the In-Between Challenge and then the Summer 5% Challenge. Hope you join! We are the Rowdy Rebels & we rock!
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    44 days ago
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