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It has been a year since I joined Spark People and I was looking at my introduction and thought I should update it. I am 42 years old, married and have three GREAT kids of which the youngest is 18 and will be graduating this June. When I started a year ago I had intentions of being close to my goal by my daughter's graduation. But life being it's unpredictable old self threw some challenges at me that knocked the wind out of my sails. The hardest was losing my dad on July 21st. I will be honest, I just gave up and didn't care about getting healthy. But as my family has been healing, so have I and I have a renewed Spark. I won't reach my goal weight by June 2nd, but that's ok I WILL get there. So how about if I set my 10 percent goal for that day? I feel like I can accomplish that.

I have wasted so much time with the mindset that I can start losing the weight tommorow or next week and now it's time for me to stop making excuses and just start doing it. I'm finally realizing that I am not going to find some magic pill or potion on an infomertial that is going to magically make me drop this weight in a month; I am going to have to work for it and it's not going to happen overnight. But that's good because I want this to be a lifestyle, not a quick fix!

I am ready, so here goes! :)

Member Since: 5/16/2011

Fitness Minutes: 28,775

My Goals:
1. To lose 108 pounds.
2. To be healthy and feel good when I wake up in the morning.
3. To be in control of my life.

My first goal is going to fe 5%. Then I am aiming for 10% weight loss goals(1-2 pounds per week). Breaking it up seems much easier to grasp than looking at 108 pounds.

5%: 13 pounds=250
1st 10% goal: -26=237 lbs
2nd 10% goal: -23=214 lbs
3rd 10% goal: -21=193 lbs
4th 10% goal: -19=174 lbs
5th 10% goal: -17=157 lbs

"We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time." ~Henry Woodsworth Longfellow~

My Program:
2012 Spring 5% Challenge

I am following the Spark nutrtion plan (staying within my daily calorie range), getting in my 8 glasses of water a day and entering all of my nutrition info everyday in my tracker.

I will get in at least 10 minutes of fitness every day and aim for 30 minutes on at least three days of the week. Walking, using dvds for strength training and yoga.
I will record my exercise and any other team points daily on my team's thread. I will weigh in every Saturday.

I will check in with my team streams and blogs daily and leaving comments as often as I can.

Personal Information:
My name is Sarah and I am from northern Minnesota. I am married and have 3 great children. Two sons and a daughter. All blessings in my life!

Other Information:
"I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. . . . It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitude is right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me."
~ Charles Swindoll

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    Thank you so much for the flowers. What a thoughtful thing to do. Who do you know that told you I could use a lift?

    2289 days ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Just stopped by to see how you were doing. Have a fantastic week.
    2807 days ago
  • v SLE155
    Thanks for the support! I am doing really well this summer and it is starting to show. It was a hard winter and I did not pay attention to my goals. I started a new job and it was overnights so it took me a long while to adjust to some strange sleep patterns... But this summer I finally moved to days and then everything started clicking again. Plus I joined the gym right next to the clinic that I work at and had the personal trainer help me out for a month. So I am getting back on the spark for the extra motivation and support! emoticon
    2857 days ago
  • v BLUEROSE73
    Happy Sunday. Hope you're summer is going great. Are you still on track to do all you can today to reach your goals tomorrow? If so, great! If not, what can you change today that will help you feel accomplished? One little thing. Drink more water? Cut out soda? Go for a walk? Small changes add up.
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    2877 days ago
    How are you Sarah, are you still sparking??
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    2882 days ago
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