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My health is much better than it was when I started SP about 8 years ago. My GI problems are well under control now through the help of diet, vitamins, and one medication. My cholesterol is way down due to exercise, improved diet, and taking daily fish oil pills. My blood pressure continues to be good, and I continue to watch my sodium intake to keep it that way. I am still overweight, but I have lost 30 lbs. in the last 3+ years and I am continuing to lose very slowly through the help of Spark People and TOPS.

Member Since: 12/31/2012

Fitness Minutes: 39,062

My Goals:
Trying to get my weight down from obese to overweight and maybe into the normal range, though this has always been difficult for me to maintain. I do cardio about 5-6 times a week right now, mostly walking, but also rebounding, which is new for me. My current goal is to add in strength training 2-3 times per week. My diet is much improved with the pandemic. I find it difficult to eat out because of the logistics of getting takeout food, so I have tended to cook almost exclusively at home the last 6 months. I am trying many new recipes off of Eating Well.com and other healthy eating websites.

My Program:
- I follow the "No S" Diet. No snacks, sweets, or second helpings except on days that start with S (Saturdays, Sundays, sick days, and specials days like holidays or birthdays). It's that easy and it's really helped me lose weight over the last 4 months.
- Use Spark People to track my food and nutrition daily. Also, track my sodium levels and keep them within range using the nutrition tracker. I find I am very susceptible to gaining water weight if I have too much sodium.
- Exercise 5-6 days per week (cardio) and 2-3 times per week (ST).
- Go to TOPS weekly (Tues. nights) and weigh in and stay for the program.
- Do the BL/BLC Challenges on SP regularly to maintain accountability. (I was doing the 5% Challenges as well but found that doing all three was too difficult, so I gave that one up.)
- My gym is currently closed because of pandemic, but when it reopens, I would like to go 2-3 times per week to do weight machines, swim, bike machine, treadmill, etc. Just things to mix up

Personal Information:
Diana Mildred from Riverside, CA. I work as a junior accountant for a very small firm in Orange County, CA. I commute to work two days per week and work from home in my home office the other three days. While I really enjoy working from home and having the flexibility of doing that, I also am enjoying going into the office twice a week and seeing my boss and coworker (there's only three of us there when I'm there) and interacting with them. I get a lot of training on those days and my coworker and I help each other out on projects and bounce ideas off of each other.

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My faith is very important to me and is helping to see me through my weight lose journey. I feel that God wants to see us to be healthy and not to use our bodies improperly. I am an Orthodox Christian and while I am doing church at home during the pandemic, I await the day that it is more safe for me to return to my parish church and my friends. I miss them all very much.

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  • v SPARROW125
    Thanks for the friend add. I love our cool fall. Winter not as much. I know a lot of people who would be very happy for a 90s day today. See you are in a walking team. I don't walk as much but I turn my fitness minutes to miles just for fun. Have a blessed day. emoticon
    6 minutes ago
    Thank you for the friend add I added you as well.
    19 hours ago
  • v no profile image KATTHOMAS2
    What a wonderful story about your grandma and step-grandpa. I am sure they enjoyed it just as much as you did! And what great memories.....I hope my grandchildren have these memories too. I wanted to tell you that I was able to barter with a neighbour who wanted fresh produce. I got her mini trampoline and she has potatoes, onions, rhubarb and tomatoes. It was a win win! It doesn't have a bar for stability but I am hoping for the best. Stay tuned! Hugs, Kat
    1 day ago
    Thank you for your encouragement, Diana.

    My struggle seems mainly to be needing something crisp or sweet after a meal. They're not unhealthy things per sae, just that they fall outside the No S habit. I seem to like 'components' to a meal, rather than 'one plate' if you know what I mean. And maybe that's OK for me - or maybe it's something I need to change. Time will tell.

    1 day ago
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