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Hello Sparksters! Thank you for letting me join you, and thanks to my friend Moe for turning me on to After 13 years of not so healthy living - who am I kidding, I've gotten less and less healthy as the last 13 years have gone by - my 50th birthday was a big wakeup call. In addition to not feeling strong, healthy, or agile, I also realized that my mother had her heart attack at age 55. Yikes! I'm not far from that age now, and I want to get strong and healthy again. So here I am, Ready, Set, and Going for it!

Member Since: 11/22/2012

Fitness Minutes: 6,015

My Goals:
My long-term weight goal is to lose 40 pounds between June 2016 and March 2017, which is when I get my annual physical. That equates to about one pound per week for the next 10 months.

My nutrition goal is to overcome my binge eating and fast food runs. That means cooking more healthy and TASTY meals at home so I am not tempted to binge on unhealthy food or hit the drive through.

My physical activity goal is to exercise five days per week with a mix of strength, walking, and yoga. Plus stretching every evening which is my favorite exercise and very relaxing.

These lifestyle changes will help me outsmart my family's trend of high cholesterol, high BP, and heart disease. What more could I ask?

My Program:
PLANNING AHEAD is key for me to living healthy. Here's my exercise plan for the summer months:
Stretch every evening
10 minutes of strength training 4 times per week
Yoga 1 time per week
Walk 2 times per week
Gardening nearly every day fills in the rest of my time!

Here is my nutrition plan:
South Beach Diet Phase 1 whenever I need to overcome sugar/carbs binging.
South Beach Diet Phase 2 to reach my goal weight; this means lots of veggies, fruits, and whole grains, and beans for me as a mostly-vegetarian bean lover.

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The soul is the seed of eternity we bear in ourselves, irreducible to the merely material, having its origin only in God. [CCC 33]

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  • v OOLALA53
    Please don't think you have to be binge free to chat on the thread. Most people don't get much of a streak going until after several tries. You are still filling the vault of experience any day you eat reasonably. Some days, it might be eating reasonably (which often means waiting to eat) for just a few hours straight! Or 15 minutes. Or just stopping the permasnacking.

    No matter what you're thinking or feeling, you can hold on and NOT binge. We help you believe it and live it enough to greatly reduce bingeing, if not stop it completely and that's usually enough to get a toe hold on sane eating.

    It's always a good day to start being binge free; the fact that it's Monday is just a coincidence!

    Also. try not to mix up simple overeating with bingeing. It is actually much harder (and unusual) to learn and practice consistently eating "enough" than it is not to binge. Ninety-nine percent of people overeat sometimes, even the ones who usually naturally don't. If we tangle the two, we risk never feeling like we are actually making progress when we actually are. I lost about 40 lbs. over the course of two years and have mostly kept them off (and lost more) for another five years and I have never gone a whole week without overeating. Maybe that makes me a crummy example, but I believe I've beat the odds in a way that most never do, and try not to "let perfect be the enemy of the good." Long term maintainers report that even more important than never slipping is getting right back to a foundational routine. It takes time to develop a routine and in our society with so many food influences can actually be changing as we go through life stages.

    Gosh, I've gone on and on. I just want you to believe you can be in a much better place in a year! And we'll be there, too. emoticon

    1478 days ago
    Thanks so much for stopping by my page and offering your support and encouragement. I appreciate you!! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    Just stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, as one of Country Living's Team Leaders I love to leave a little cheer or comment on your blog as a thanks for sharing. Hope 2014 is a great year for you.

    Kind regards
    2638 days ago
    It's my privilege today to drop you a note to say thanks for your blogs in November, this time of year is a great time to be thankful for all we have, for the people who share our journeys, for SP and having a place where people understand what this new lifestyle is all about.

    Thanks for your part in this Country Living team and in SP, may December be a great month for you in weightloss and goal reaching and coming to understand yourself better.
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