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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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    Just dropped by to say "Hi" and emoticon to “Team ~INDYGIRL”!! Please feel free to jump in on the message boards. It has been proven that people who contribute regularly to message boards and blog regularly, lose more weight, more easily than those who don’t, so please join in.

    This is a GREAT group to be in! You will find lots of new friends, all with ideas to help and support you at different stages on your journey, so please don’t ever be afraid to ask questions or for help/support. Even if it seems like a small thing, but it is important enough to you to think about or wonder about, put it out there on the boards, someone will have the answer, or will have been there and can help you. That's what we are here help each other! emoticon

    Enjoy the journey,
    2757 days ago
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    "Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be."
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    Thank you for commenting on my "What works for me" blog! I hope your week has been a good one! Have a healthy, successful week!
    2757 days ago
    Welcome to the Catholic Critters Team!

    On this Third Sunday of Advent, I pray that God will guide you on your healthy journey, and help you to make good choices on the way to reaching your goals.

    cj, Cheryl - Catholic Critters Team co-leader
    2764 days ago
    emoticon for the friend add ~ I added you too. Welcome to SP!! You've come to the right place for SURE!! Glad to have you here and know you'll love it. Hope you had a fantastic Wednesday!! emoticon
    2776 days ago
    emoticon to Spark People and the Country Living team. Take you take to look around the site, it is a huge place loaded with all sorts of tools and information. Introduce yourself to the team and you can just pop into any of the threads at any time. Great to have you on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

    2776 days ago
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