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Hi everyone!

Thank you for stopping by. It is always nice when Sparkfriends come to visit!! You just made my day!l

Member Since: 8/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 124,710

My Goals:
To do better this Winter 5% Challenge. I would like to lose 8 pounds this challenge and so far it looks like it might be a challenge.

My Program:
Tracking is the key! Also working on more strength training this time around. I am averaging 6-7000 steps, any more and my old hips revolt!
I also found a program online that one of my team mates suggest. Pahla B Fitness. So I am doing that and now mixing in some Leslie Sansone walks. It is amazing what having internet can do for finding things you didn't know existed.

Personal Information:
I have been on SparkPeople since 2006 and will always be a Firecracker although I am a Phoenix too. I am originally from Baltimore, MD and now back again after spending about 15 years in WV. My 2 children are grown, My daughter lives about 30 minutes away now and my son is in Texas. Have not been able to be with family because of the virus, just waiting for this to pass as all things do.

It has been about 16 month since my husband died from a stroke. He ate healthy, exercised and was very active around our rural home plus he was 7 years younger than me. I've adjusted well I guess but sure do miss him.

Other Information:
I use Lose It to track my food but I also have saved a lot of recipes here. I have had a Fitbit since 2010. I love Walk It Out on my Wii, still enjoy looking for the rainbow! Use to enjoy camping and fishing with my husband but have not had the time lately since he passed away. I am sure he is reeling in those trout in Heaven. Sold the Rpod, but kept the fishing rods!

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    Hi, so you are Emily : ) I have seen comments posted on the Walking/Leslie Sansone team addressed to Emily but wasn't quite sure who was Emily. I love the name by the way. I want to THANK YOU for taking the time and caring enough to comment on my blog. I really needed to hear that. I'm sorry about your loss of your beloved dog. I love the deer pictures. It must be nice where you live.
    4807 days ago
    Hello and Welcome to Calorie Cycling. I hope your journey here will be a blessed one.

    4810 days ago
    Welcome to the Calorie Cycling team!

    The best place to start, in learning more about calorie cycling, is by reading through the GREAT Tips, Links & Info thread. There is a post with a link to the freedieting website,, with a calorie calculator, to help calculate your 7-day calorie cycling numbers. Just don't forget to coincide your higher intensity workouts with your high calorie days and the lowest calorie days are usually your rest days. There is also a post that shows how you can use your sparks calorie range if you don't feel comfortable with the high numbers from the freedieting website. If you still have questions after reading through the threads please don't hesitate to ask. If you have any questions there is an "I NEED HELP" thread. General chit chat is usually in the "By the Campfire" thread OR you could always sparkmail me!

    Take care,
    4810 days ago
    Hi Emily! I was looking at your page and mine the other night and realized we were not "friends" - I mean, of course I consider us to be, but we weren't listed...I had to remedy that quickly! You know, the speed of weight loss is not the issue - it's making those lifestyle changes that really matters! I am so impressed and proud of you for setting up your exercise room - that is so AWESOME! I'm sure that having a special place to "do your thing" will really help you to stay motivated! {{{sweaty hugs}}} Judi
    4829 days ago
    Hi Emily! Thanks for your comment on my spark page and for adding me as your friend...I added you too! I'm so glad to be on your team. It is a really nice group. Bonnie
    4831 days ago