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My Bike riding buddies and me at Lake Mead, ready for our ride. (2/23/09)

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I was a stay home mom of two who has now graduated, since both my children, a girl and a boy, spend the majority of the year away now. It's MY time at life now, and before I start working I want to take my body back, so hubby and I can enjoy things like traveling, hiking and camping, riding rollercoasters, and hopefully going to visit grandchildren in the not-too-distant future.

I started off with 150 lbs to lose. I worked with a wonderful personal trainer for 2 years, and started coming here for additional ideas, information and motivation.

I want to be able to travel and enjoy it, and be healthy and functional. My current motivating goal is to be able to hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

November 4, 2009 Update:

I am now working on my fitness on my own. Last March my trainer moved out of state. I tried to work with his replacement trainer, and did for a while, but ultimately it didn't work out. So now, with the help of SparkPeople, the wonderful friends I've met here, my training partner Kelly, and some great class instructors at my gym, I am attempting to continue and complete the weightloss part of my journey. Along the way, I've had some injuries and setbacks, but still I am having a blast discovering who I am and what I'm capable of.

Consistency counts. In this whole process. You don't have to be perfect. I've been far from perfect. But an overall pattern of consistently good nutrition and hard exercising has been the key to my weightloss and can be the key to yours as well.

It's an amazing journey I'm taking. My life is changing in ways I never dreamed possible. Yours can too. Just make the choice. Don't wait for "motivation" to come knocking. Just decide, and then do it. You'll NEVER regret it.

Member Since: 6/1/2007

Fitness Minutes: 19,110

My Goals:
Get down to 135.

Hike Half Dome in Yosemite Nat'l Park.

Get to where I can obtain my first ever passport and not cringe when people look at my picture (at least because of my size!).

Totally WOW my wonderful hubby!!

My Program:
Weight Training two to three times a week.

Cardio 5-6 days a week, 45+ minutes at a time, running, cycling, elliptical or other.

Various Cardio classes like Boot Camp, Pilates, Treadmill or Spin to keep things interesting.

Eat healthy, focusing on lean protein, veggies, and quality carbs in the right amounts, and JOURNAL IT!

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I love Lord of the Rings, both the books and the movies, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, and L. M. Montgomery, as well as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Piers Anthony and Tom Clancy.

Someday I'd love to travel to England, Ireland, New Zealand, and wherever else the Spirit takes me.

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  • v MONICA_W
    Sorry lovely, you're too late to join the challenge. Apparently there was a max number of people that could join and they filled up quite a few days ago, and after that, they set the team to private. But keep an eye open for another, there are always new challenges starting up! And we can still cheer each other on from alternate teams.
    3186 days ago
    No pressure or anything...but I joined in with Monica's new 5% challenge. *wink wink, nudge nudge* :D
    3190 days ago
  • v MONICA_W
    Hey lovely! I'm joining a 5% challenge that starts March 17 and thought I'd invite you to join me. How many years has it been since I attempted (or led!) one of these?! You interested? I figure if I can drag a few of my wonderful friends into it with me, it's a good deal for all involved! (LOL particularly us if we actually commit!) Yes?? emoticon

    Check out the 5% Spring Challenge team on my SparkPage and join the team, then post on the A-team's thread to request to be placed on that team. Hope you're interested! I could sure use a good kick in the... motivation! emoticon
    3191 days ago
  • v BOBBYD31
    no jules we have not had a vacation in 10 yrs....... self employed, at least one kid sometimes 2 at a time in collge from 99 to 2011 so never any money. we do take little weekend trips a couple times per yr
    3193 days ago
  • v MUFFIY831
    Thanks for the blog comment. I probably will replace my Foreman grill -- and make sure the cord is tidy and intact before using it!! :)
    3195 days ago
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