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Creating healthy plans for food and fitness this year, let's go ...

Q3 2021:
Participating in my last SparkPeople 5% Challenge - SUMMER
End of an era, experienced my most successful times on this site. Let's go, we can do this!!

Q1 Q2 / 2021:
Participating with the Teddy Bears once again, joined the Winter and Spring 5% Challenge!!

December 2020:
Hanging onto the healthy habits, getting me through the holiday season without a huge gain this year!!!! I can do it!!!

November 2020:
We're half-way through the Fall 5% Challenge.
Working hard! ~~ Current weight 152.5 lbs ~~

October 2020:
Participating in the Fall 5% Challenge.
I'm a Teddy Bear. Let's GO!!!!

September 2020:
Continuing the streak!! Pressing on through the Fall!!
Progress being made!! ~~ Current weight 160.5 lbs ~~

June 2020:
Recommitting to whole foods diet, three meals, no processed/sweets, kitchen closed after dinner! Working on consistent fitness. ~~ Starting weight 186.5 lbs ~~

January 2020:
Trying to clean up my nutrition - but the Pandemic stole my focus and drive for a while .....

April 2019:
On my way back down to healthy and fit! I've cleaned up my diet, have removed the sugar/flour/processed foods again and am eating three whole-food meals. Lots of vegetables!

March 2018, Bright Line Eating/Clean Eating principles !!
Also, participated in Spring 2018 5% Challenge Firecrackers !!

03/17/18 - 160.0
03/24/18 - 156.0
03/31/18 - 153.5
04/08/18 - 151.5
04/14/18 - 151.0
04/21/18 - 149.5
04/28/18 - 149.5
05/05/18 - 146.0
05/12/18 - 145.0

I did it before, in 2011, dropping from 168 to 118 lbs through healthy eating and exercise and loving life. I had been laid off for the first time in my life and went back to college! I got a two-year health degree, graduating with flying colors. **EVERYTHING** I was doing was for me, to be my best. Life was very good.

I re-entered the workforce in March 2013 (software engineer), less than a month after my beloved dad died suddenly, and began sitting again.
I was working long hours, with more stress in my life, and sitting a lot.
I began spending every Thursday dinner and overnight with my mom.
I slowly, little-by-little, gave it ALL back. It's time to take up the reigns once again and take back my health, create new wins!

November 2014 - Whole30 w/ Limited Dairy
11/01/14 - 123.5
11/08/14 - *crickets* uh-oh
11/15/14 -
11/22/14 -
11/29/14 -

October 2014 ** Life after Whole30 **
I've decided to stay grain and sugar-free for the month of October. I will enjoy very limited dairy in the form of no more than 1/3 c. skim during the work week and one greek non-fat, plain yogurt per week.
I will keep my weigh-ins to once a week, on Saturday morning:

October 4 - 128 lbs (lost 1 pound!)
October 11 - 126
October 18 - 124.5
October 25 - 123.5

September 2014 ** Whole30 - WOO-HOO!! **

September 1st - Starting weight = 144 (after major binge weekend)
September 8th - End of Week #1 - 134
September 15th - End of Week #2 - 132
September 22nd - End of Week #3 - 131
September 29th - End of Week #4 - 129
Whole30 wrap-up 9/30. 100% complaint!!!! PROUD!!!

2012 "Columbus Day Maintainers' 10-week challenge"
At Goal and Maintaining team - weigh-ins on Monday
Cannot deviate +-3% of starting weight!
July 30 = 119.5
Aug 6 = 120.5
Aug 13 = 120.0
Aug 20 = 120.0
Aug 27 = 121.0
Sep 3 = 119.0
Sep 10 = 121.5 (average from week)
Sep 17 = 121.0
Sep 24 = 122.5

2012 "Countdown to ONE YEAR Maintaining" challenge:
Doing this challenge with my Sparkfriends KATHYD62 and MUSTANGAMORE!!
Start July 9 - End July 26 (One year maintenance anniversary!)
July 9 - Weight ticker update, tracking, ST/recumbent, less snacking
(Update = accountability rocks. Fitness sessions, tracking food! Need to STOP the evening snacking!)
July 16 - Continue reintroducing consistent fitness habits, STOP snacking and get the scale to move! Am within +3% but not working it. Still allowing snacks... UGH! Pretzels are not an in-moderation option for me. Face it!
July 23 - Awesome strength session and a healthy food day. I dumped the rest of the bag of pretzels. Just cannot eat a single serving! COUNTDOWN!
July 24 - Lived through no evening snacking and here to post the proof! Maintenance ROCKS! Biking & healthy eating on tap today. Below 7/26/11 weight. Looking for 118 lbs. COUNTDOWN!
July 25 - On track to Stand Tall & Proud tomorrow!! Weight workout today, plenty of vegetables and lean protein. No evening eating last night, again. It's a choice. It's always a choice!!! COUNTDOWN!!
July 26 - ONE YEAR MAINTAINING!!! And, down one lb this am! Yes! Three nights in a row of no evening eating - hard work pays!! Here's to the second year!
July 27 - Th day is here. This is the day I stood at a very important family event and looked and felt my very best! I was SO PROUD! One year later, I am pressing on. Fixing things when I break them, aligning all the parts of this healthy lifestyle - it's for KEEPS! Thank you, my friends!!

2012 SPRINGIEST MAINTAINER 10-week Challenge
Starts January 30th - Finishes April 2nd!!
The person who deviates the smallest from entry weight will win the honored title of : "The Springiest Maintainer"
PERSONAL GOAL - Do not deviate past the 3% this time!!!
Signed up weight = 118
Week # Weight
1. 02/01/12 - 119.5
2. 02/08/12 - 124 (Ahhhh!)
3. 02/15/12 - 120.5
4. 02/22/12 - 118.5
5. 02/29/12 - 119
6. 03/07/12 - 121
7. 03/14/12 - 118
8. 03/21/12 - 118
9. 03/28/12 - 119.5
10. 04/04/12 - 118

2011 MERRIEST MAINTAINER 8-week Holiday Challenge
Starts 11/7/11 - Finishes 1/2/12 !!
The person who deviates the smallest from entry weight will win the honored title of : "The Merriest Maintainer"
Week# Weight
1. 11/07/11 - 117.5
2. 11/14/11 - 122.5 (officially OUT for a title win, over 3% gain. Can stay in...)
3. 11/21/11 - 117
4. 11/28/11 - 117.5
5. 12/05/11 - 119.5
6. 12/12/11 - 117 (back down, phew...)
7. 12/19/11 - 117.5
8. 12/26/11 - 119
9. 01/02/12 - 121.5

"Invest in ME and my Sparky Plan - Operation Stabilization"
September 6, 2011 - December 20, 2011
**** This is a challenge to help me navigate the waters of maintenance, stay in my 118-123 target range, adding to the healthy food repertoire and nailing an exercise routine for GOOD! ****
11/10/11 - Update - weigh-in this week at 117.5.
12/20/11 - I made it in style! Living the maintenance dream with vigilance and happiness!! All with a little help from my Sparkfriends!

2011 KICKOFF CHALLENGE: It was successfull!!!!!
"Six Month and 16 Days - Lose Weight and Get Fit Challenge"
January 10, 2011 - July 28, 2011

* STARTING WEIGHT 1/10/11= 161 lbs

** WEIGHT GOAL MET - 138 lbs - April 6, 2011 Clean Eating!
***AND THEN SOME! - 129 lbs - June 8, 2011 Clean Eating!
***AND THEN SOME MORE! - 125.5 - July 5, 2011 Yippity-do-DAH!
**** AT GOAL WEIGHT!!! 118 - July 26, 2011 Maintenance Begins...

Successful challenge! I went out to graduation looking and feeling my best, under 125lbs and ready for anything! I DID IT * I DID IT * YES!!

Starting in 2008, Hello Sparkpeople!! About me:

I have been overweight most of my life, except for several forays into fad diet land. Exercise was never part of the equation, nor was the notion of a truly healthy "lifestyle" until I joined Sparkpeople in 2008. I came to know and love the food tracker and really started to understand what makes up a good, balanced diet. I also joined in with regular exercise, though the food part seems to come a little easier for me when I am on a roll.

Then I hurt my knee and tests showed an unrelated but scary bone disease that had my orthopedist saying it's time for non-impact exercising only. Great, just when I was getting my groove on!

I got myself down from 173-171 to within 5 pounds of 133, my original goal that first year here, and let the diagnosis and other things totally derail me for far too long!!! With some retooling I am figuring out the magic Sparky formula to conquer the weight and fitness for GOOD!! I'm back to Sparky basics. Accountability is the order of the day - EVERY day! Open trackers that are getting populated with healthy choices and good, consistent exrcise. I am feeling SPARKY! WOO-HOO!! Who's with me? Here's to my Sparky accountability buddies and SparkPeople!

It's time to stay serious about my fitness and clean eating habits. Consistency, no matter what!

We're all in this together, we're all in this together.

Member Since: 1/30/2008

My Goals:
Follow the Plan, Follow the Plan, Follow the Plan!!

My Program:
- Drink 10 glasses of water a day!
- Eat mostly clean, whole foods - TRY NEW VEGGIES!!
- Avoid sugar/flour/processed foods. Lean protein, healthy Fats, loads of Vegetables!
- Exercise at least 15 minutes a day no matter what!
- Lift weights every other day!

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    Thanks for the flowers! It's exactly what I need on this cold snowy day! Sounds like you've been through a lot with uterine cancer and hysterectomy. Glad you are on the mend - and move! Thanks for all your support and encouragement.
    4920 days ago
    I would like to welcome you to Sparks and to
    SP Class of January 27 to February 2, 2008

    I would like to encourage you to come to the group and introduce yourself,
    and then participate as often as possible.

    As one of the two leaders of this group I would like you to know that we are
    here for you to help you in any way we can - especially in getting around
    this great website.

    Looking forward to getting to know you
    4929 days ago
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