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Visualize Daily:
Imagine life...
...having energy to spare
...having the drive to get out and do things
...being able to find clothes that fit well
...being able to put lotion on my own feet
...being able to get up from the couch in one movement
...being able to "stand around" without sweating
...being able to go all weekend without NEEDING a nap
...being able to think clearly
...being able to remember recent events clearly
...being able to get through a work day without feeling EXHAUSTED.
...being able to keep the house clean
...being able to focus on making/keeping myself healthy
...being able to live without weekly injections
...being able to come off all the meds
...having my blood pressure under control without meds
...being able to wear shorts
...having the energy and interest in taking the dogs out

Initial steps to get started on this mission:
1. Making meals at home - less dependent on pre-made, processed, food. Limiting eating out to once a month.
a. menu planning.
b. grocery shopping
2. Tracking the food I eat.
3. Try one new healthy recipe each week.

Obstacles to be prepared for, and overcome:
1. PMS - raging sugar craving
a. allow one splurge day to satisfy the sweet tooth.
b. monitor w/ calendar to validate the cause of the sugar craving.
c. when craving starts, do something hands on to distract.
2. Charles
a. be strong and review vision list to remind myself why I'd rather not eat what he eats.
b. remember we're doing this to be here for him, and allow me the ability to care for him as we age.
c. remember we're setting a good example for him to follow.
3. Craving for "unhealthy food"
a. when craving starts, do something hands on to distract, go for a walk, work on a scrap book, read, clean, etc.
b. think about what's going on, what's triggering the craving an journal about it.
c. allow one cheat day per week, Saturday. If I still want it on Saturday than it shall be.

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Member Since: 3/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 31,537

My Goals:
Long Term:
To loose 150 lbs by September 1, 2018
To no longer be diabetic

Immediate Goal:
between 8/29 and 10/27 lose at least 20 lbs.

To achieve these goals:
For the next 5 weeks, 8/29- 10/1
1. Making meals at home - less dependent on pre-made, processed, food. Limiting eating out to once a month.
a. menu planning.
b. grocery shopping
2. Tracking the food I eat.
3. Try one new healthy recipe each week.

Starting 10/2 through 12/31
1. Start going to the gym adding 30 mins each week, ultimately going 1 hour/day, 6 days/week by 12/31.
2. blog at least once each week.

My Program:
I've changed my eating habits. I make sure I get my 5-9 fruits and veggie servings every day, low fat meats/proteins. Calories are kept within range, carb - whole grains and such - limited to 210grams per day.
I try to do cardio 45 mins 3x's/week and strength training 3x's /week.
My original weight was 289 back in Oct. 2007, as of 2/17 I was at 261.2 and still don't feel like I'm dieting. I don't miss anything I used to eat that I've cut out!

Personal Information:
Hanging out in Virginia Beach, VA these days.

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    Just wanted to say hi and welcome you to SP and to the NYY Fans Team! Sorry I am so slow in my welcome - but I don't seem to be getting notifications of new members anymore for some reason... Anyway, I am delighted that you found us and jumped right in posting - we look forward to getting to know you!


    Southern ME (deep in enemy territory)
    4785 days ago
  • v REBECCA25M
    Thanks for the tip. I am adventurous, and I was actually just looking yesterday at the barley box when I bought food, but wanted to check it out first before I tried it. You say it doesn't taste that different from rice? Hmm... that could cause more variety to enter my life... Recently its just been brown rice or whole wheat pasta for me!

    On the microwave thing: I know, I know. I bought a toaster oven instead. What can I say? I like pain and suffering.
    4786 days ago
  • v NEW_CR8ION
    Welcome to the VAB Team!
    4797 days ago
  • v -SHAWN-
    Welcome to SparkPeople!

    I started last June and by using Spark and some self discovery in the process, I'm down 25 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you will be discovering new and exciting things for at least two months! Good luck and enjoy this invigorating new healthy lifestyle.

    _Blue_ Team Leader of:
    "What Do You Believe?"

    * Diet is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate!
    4799 days ago
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