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Easton and Emerson at his coach pitch game. His sister is a true cheerleader for him. Ah, twins!



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And the boys! What a fun time. Being a grandparent is so much fun.


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I retired from a job that was a 24 hour a day 7 day a week hassle and am now finding time for myself. I enjoy reading, walking, cruising and enjoying the grand kids. Went back to work at a school and am enjoying the work, but need to rework my program to account for the triggers that are there.

Update (October 15,2018) How time passes! It seems to go by quicker each year. I am trying a new program that helps train the way and how often I eat. It appears to be working pretty well as I have lost 10 pounds over the last 9 weeks. But I realize that this is a life change that needs to be made and I have to not slip back into the bad habits. The grandkids are growing fast and I need the strength and energy to keep up with them.. The 5% challenges are helping to keep me active and on track. I am beginning to enjoy running and so will try a few more 5K's over the challenge and we'll see how that works.

Update (October 24,2017) Well, another year has passed and I am still just holding steady. What a crazy year, and then the storm. But I WILL start to take better care of myself and get where I want to be. This process has been slowed down, but I refuse to give up on me.

Update (September 11, 2016) I am getting back on track with my weight again and have decided that this number is not as important as how I feel and what I can do. I also figured out that I need to really start taking care of myself. I need to make all those annual doctor appointments and keep them. I am going through the process now. Dermatologist (need to have basal cell removed from my nose), eye check up, medical check up and dental appointments. I have been very lax with this. But unexpected serious illnesses for some of my friends has made me more aware that just because I think I feel good and am fine is not necessarily so. So not only do I eat better and get in some exercise, I need to make and keep those appointments!

Update (June 13, 2015). Found out yesterday that we have a new grandbaby on the way! Even more of an incentive to get my routine down and get healthier!

Update (November 28,2014) So it's been almost a year and I a happy to say that I am maintaining. But that is not my goal. I need to drop at least 20% of the weight I put back on after we lost the kiddoes. My heart and head was not in it then, but I am now ready to make another push. So here is to a better 2015 and a December of staying on track.

Update (December 27, 2013) Got a little off track this last quarter of the year, but did not gain. Am setting up my program to get the last 15 pounds back off and will begin immediately. Awaiting the arrival of twin grandchildren and need to be ready to be of assistance to dd and be a better me.

Update (July 14,2013) I have completed the Spring to Summer 5% Challenge and am in the middle of BLC22. The Summer 5% Challenge begins on July 27th and I want to keep the momentum going. I am steadily losing weight and am feeling much better about myself. Eating is getting better and I am getting the strength training in also. I want to be in the midst of a solid streak when school starts up again in early August so that I don't backslide like I did last year. I am feeling much more confident about it.

Update (December 1, 2012) These last few months have not been pretty at all. I went back to work thinking that I needed to be more active on a daily basis and I love my job and the people in the office, but I have not done well with maintaining my commitment to eat well and exercise. So here and now I am recommitting to being better to myself. I put back on 15 of the 40 pounds that I lost. I will NOT make excuses for myself, but just restart the program with small steps to get everything back under control. A special thanks to my BLC and 5% Challenge teams for their attempts to keep me in line!!! Here's to a new start.

Update (June 2012) I am getting the routines back down and am using the BLC and the 5% Challenges to help me get back to maintenance. I will exercise a minimum of 60 minutes 5 days a week and track all the food I eat.

Update (April 2012) Ok so life has thrown some major curve balls over the last year. I have gained 10 pounds in the process. It stops here as I get me life back in gear, Going to get back to my goal of 125 and start the maintenance learning curve again. Thanks to all my friends for their support during the past year.

Update (September 2011) I am struggling a little with maintenance. It is hard right now to find the right balance of calories and exercise to keep everything in check. But I will keep working at it until I can figure it all out.

Update (April 2011) I have hit the 120 pound point and am happy here so I am going into maintenance mode. Now the challenge comes to see if all I have learned will stick. I will remain a sparker, because I feel the need to remain accountable and I like all my friends here.

Update (February 2011) I am now 6 pounds from my goal weight. I am not sure that I even need or want to be that low, but I want to try it and see how it works. If it doesn't stick I can be happy where I am. Everything fits well, I just need to tone up. We'll see what happens in the next 8 weeks and go from there.



Member Since: 3/5/2010

My Goals:
Lose 20 pounds and figure out maintenance.

Make the necessary changes to get back on track and then make them consistent.


My Program:
1. Cardio at least 30 minutes 7 days a week
2. Strength 3 times a week
3. Post every bite, lick, taste
4. Stay in calorie range daily
5. Post to challenge threads daily
6. Chat on team threads daily



Personal Information:
I live in Pasadena , Texas with my husband Mike. We have 3 children all living close by. We have 4 grandsons (one who passed on April 20,2011),another born on 6/22/2011 and 2 granddaughters (one who also went To the Lord on March 30th 2012). We now have Emerson and Easton who joined us on 1/6/14. Our youngest joined the clan on 1/7/16. They keep us entertained!

So life got out of control and am getting it back together.


Other Information:
I enjoy reading, dancing and listening to music. But most of all I enjoy my grandchildren. They keep me active.

I am working on changes to my lifestyle.

I am committing to getting more exercise and eating better using the 5% Challenges and the BLC Challenges.




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  • v BLESSOME
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your FIFTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    Can you believe WE ARE MORE THAN HALF-WEIGH THERE!!!

    We're 5 weeks into our journey and we made it to Cairo Egypt, logging a total of 8,236 exercise miles, 1,370 points for the 9 inch plate and 1,230 points for No random eating (NRE)! Well done!!

    In addition, we've had a another nice overall loss for the week!

    Pat yourself on the back if during week 5, you succeeded in the plan you made for your week. Congratulations!! Well done!!

    Today is another chance to evaluate what is and isn't working for you and shake it up a little to see what you can change or adapt for week 6. Try something new!

    As we head into "hunker down and settle in" season, many of us are going to be looking toward nice, warm and simple comfort foods to take the chill off. A beautiful bowl of soup or a well balanced casserole can be nutritious and delicious and they don't necessarily need to knock us off track. Check out the SparkRecipes to see what might appeal to you!! You might be very surprised by the selections you will find there!!!

    It's also a good time to move a little more since days are getting shorter, nights are falling earlier and the holidays are right around the corner. All of these things can sometimes put movement on the back burner. Look for an alternate plan like dancing or working with bands, watching an exercise video, etc., to help with the change in seasons. Find new ways to get your exercise in; be creative but be safe!

    Again... Be proud of yourself for sticking with it, pat yourself on the back for that very reason!! Great job!!

    Time to get very excited about this, the 6th leg of our journey!! We are in the air and on our way to Xi'an China, one of the oldest cities!! Right now the days are around 60 degrees F, with nights in the 30s and 40s.

    This exciting destination is 6,250 miles away and it is one of our longer, but not longest, flights.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "Kitchen Clean-Up" (I LOVE THIS ONE, too!!) and we are again logging points for the 9 inch plate from last week's LGTL.

    Remember, too, that hydrating and tracking are important tools for success with travels
    of this nature.

    So how do you count points for the Kitchen Clean-Up challenge?

    This week you will spend a MINIMUM of 10 minutes a day on Kitchen Clean-Up to declutter, clean, and organize this important workspace. You will score 10 points for each day you do Kitchen Clean-Up - this is another all or nothing challenge.

    You will also report 10 points for each day that you use a 9 inch plate for ALL your meals during that day; the only exceptions are if you're eating "bowl" foods like soup, salad or cereal. If you don't use a 9 inch plate for all your meals, you would score "0" points.

    Exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and should
    be reported after completion.

    We're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points & exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane and we are one of 10 teams trying to land first!! Also...bonus points are awarded to the teams that reach our destination in first, second and third places.

    Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 6 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, November 15th.

    Have fun and enjoy this week 6 of your journey!! For your In flight Entertainment,
    we offer a fun and ever changing category for the Alphabet game. Currently, the
    category is TV Shows!!

    Also, every Wednesday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge will be offered that
    will include a few mini challenges that focus on mind body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team forum to stay up on current affairs.

    Please also check YOUR Spark Page and look for emails from me, highlighting team
    members and special days.

    Have an incredibly wonderful week!!! Enjoy!!

    jeannie

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    Enjoy your day in the Casual Travelers' Spot light, Joanne!!

    Well done!!

    Enjoy the journey!!

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    CONGRATULATIONS on your FOURTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    Can you believe WE ARE HALF-WEIGH THERE!!!

    We're 4 weeks into our journey and we made it to Regina Canada, logging a total of 7,379 exercise miles, 1,030 points for Team Portion control and measuring as well as 1,025 points for No random eating (NRE) and once again, we've had a nice overall loss this week!

    Pat yourself on the back if during week 4, you accomplished the goals you set for yourself, whether or not the results were what you expected; 1. you set goals and 2. You stuck with them! Congratulations!! Well done!!

    If you feel you could have moved more, eaten less or done anything else differently during this week or the last 4 weeks, then shake it off and start afresh!! Have a positive conversation with yourself about this week; Make a list of what's working and what's not; find new things to take the place of those that aren't. Sometimes making a list of everything provides an "AHA!" moment and that's all we need to tweak an otherwise perfect agenda. Promise yourself you're going to be your best yet and treat yourself kindly!

    Regardless, as I said last week; You should be proud of yourself for sticking with it, and pat yourself on the back for that very reason!! Very Well done!!! Be very proud of what you have accomplished!!

    Let's get very excited about this, the 2nd half of our journey!!

    During week 5, our plane is in the air and headed toward Cairo, Egypt an exciting destination, 6,269 miles away. This is not our longest flight, but also not the shortest.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "the 9inch plate" and we are again logging No Random Eating (NRE) from last week's LGTL.

    Continue to hydrate and track even though we aren't logging points for them; these 2 things are very helpful and very important, particularly when traveling during a 5% challenge when it comes to success.

    So how do you count points for the 9 inch plate challenge?

    The 9 inch plate challenge is another all or nothing challenge. You will report 10 points for each day that you use a 9 inch plate for ALL your meals during that day. The only exceptions would be if you're eating "bowl" foods like soup, salad or cereal.

    I had never heard of this until last year's fall challenge and am very happy it was a part of it. since that time I actually DO use a 7 or 9 inch plate for every meal I eat that needs a plate. If you check out any of my food posts, you'll see it's true. Small plates work!

    This week again is No Random Eating(NRE): You decide what event, common activity, place, time, etc. where you will not eat each day. It can be a different activity, function or event each day if you like. If you successfully resist eating in the situation you chose, then count 10 points for the day; if you don't, then you would count 0 points for the day.
    This is also an all or nothing challenge.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and exercise should be reported after completion.

    As shared before, we're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points &
    exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane.

    We, the casual Travelers, are one of more than 10 teams trying to reach our destination before anyone else. Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 4 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, November 8th.

    Have fun and enjoy this leg of the journey!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing category for the Alphabet game. Currently, the category is Disney Characters!

    Every Wednesday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge will be offered that will include a few mini challenges that focus on mind body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team forum to stay up on current affairs.

    Please also check YOUR Spark Page and look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Have an incredibly wonderful week!!!

    jeannie

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