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June 1, 2011

It has been over a year since I updated my Spark Page! Continue to contend with my desire to lose weight but at least I continue to stick with it. Have joined Weight Watchers and have experienced some progress, most especially learning how to eat healthy in the real world which adds to my skills to lead a healthy lifestyle. I've had one dream come true in that I finally made the purchase of my first Registered Irish Draught horse and am loving the experience of being her Mom! My second son graduated from college and is off to pursue his master's in chemistry and my daughter has gotten engaged for an October 2011 wedding! Just the motivation I need to get the pounds off and look great for that special day. I found my dress Saturday and if I had to wear it as I am right now, I'd be okay with that, but my intention is to lose even more and get in even better shape so I look and feel even better in it than I already do! We started building our house, and hope to be in it by September of this year! So life is moving along wonderfully and I'm all the more determined to continue to be smart about how I live my life! Looking forwarding to reconnecting with friends here on SP!

April 18, 2010

Time to jump start again. I've been virtually absent from Sparkpeople for the last several months, really trying to regroup after getting totally engrossed in all that is available here. As I have done that, my 'gym' work and my 'running' work has been non-exisitent for the most part for the last 6 weeks or so, but I have been regular in my horseback riding each week. I'm satisfied that as I've gone through this time of settling, I've not gained the weight back, but for a pound or two.

So now I'm jump starting again. Getting ready to head out to do something outside to get my heart rate up and break a sweat. So excited that SP is finally available on the Droid! Going to hit this thing again, see if I can lose another 10 - 20 pounds and then take another sabbatical, if you will. That way, I can know that I'm losing in a sustainable sort of way! Here we go!

January 3, 2010

Tomorrow marks my One Year Anniversary with SparkPeople! I've joined the BOOT CAMP, and as a part of today's challenge, I'm updating my page to reflect my goals for this challenge:

First and foremost, my #1 goal is to remain consistent in my physical activity. I plan on completing the Boot Camp Videos EVERY DAY, getting in at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days per week as well as 30 minutes of strength training each day.

My second goal is to remain consistent in my nutritional consumption. I"m going to track my daily intake and remain within my calorie ranges each day, including weekends!

(1/6/2010 - As I've slowly read "The Spark", I've come up with another goal - I will lose 20 pounds by May 1, 2010)

I will check in each day to update this section to demonstrate how I've accomplished my daily goals!

Sunday Jan 3 - Cardio Yes; ST: No ; Nutrition: No
Monday Jan 4 - Cardio Yes; ST Yes; Nutrition - Happy One Year Spark Anniversary!
Tuesday Jan 5 - Cardio Yes; ST Yes; Nutrition: No
Wednesday Jan 6 - Cardio Yes; ST Yes; Nutrition
Thursday Jan 7 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Friday Jan 8 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Saturday Jan 9 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Weekly Reflection:

I've posted this to my blog but I'm going to add it here, as my weekly reflection: My challenge for this week is keeping my momentum going at the end of the week. I do great in the early part of the week, I think because my schedule is tight so I HAVE to get things in if I'm going to. The latter part of the week is a little more flexible, and my scheduled cardio for Wednesdays and Fridays don't happen until the middle part of the day, so that gets me out of my routine of getting in early in the AM and doing my exercises.

What will be my approach? I think I will continue to get up early on Wednesday and Friday to do a workout video in addition to my horseback riding lesson for my cardio. That way, my routine stays the same and I will be better at being consistent. Besides, if I get up and do it while I'm still asleep, I'll be none the wiser, and can feel good about getting it done! hehe! I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Sunday Jan 10 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Monday Jan 11 - Cardio 73; ST 10; Nutrition Yes
Tuesday Jan 12 - Cardio 45; ST 10; Nutrition Yes
Wednesday Jan 13 - Cardio 100; ST 20; Nutrition Yes (This was an especially neat day - went to the gym with my oldest son!)
Thursday Jan 14 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Friday Jan 15 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Saturday Jan 16 - Cario ; ST ; Nutrition
Weekly Reflection:

Sunday Jan 17 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Monday Jan 18 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Tuesday Jan 19 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Wednesday Jan 20 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Thursday Jan 21 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Friday Jan 22 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Saturday Jan 23 - Cario ; ST ; Nutrition
Weekly Reflection:

Sunday Jan 24 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition -HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Monday Jan 25 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Tuesday Jan 26 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Wednesday Jan 27 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Thursday Jan 28 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Friday Jan 29 - Cardio ; ST ; Nutrition
Saturday Jan 30 - Cario ; ST ; Nutrition
Weekly Reflection:


December 28, 2009 - I haven't updated this introduction text in a while pertaining to my 'journey', so I thought I'd do that today, as my one year anniversary with Spark People approaches. I'm happy with my year, although I didn't make my December 20th goal of having lost 50 pounds. That is okay, though, because I've been consistent in my focus to be healthier overall, and have managed to lose and keep off 20 pounds. I'm still going, though, and enjoying creating variety in my exercise, as well as making healthy changes to the way I eat!

I'm starting out the year by joining the Boot Camp Challenge here on Sparkpeople, participating in the Jillian Michael's 30 Day and continuing my riding lessons. I still want to do the Couch to 5K, but I want to be realistic, too! I'm going to try to incorporate some additional trips to the gym in each week, but otherwise, this is the plan.

So here's to 2010! Let's all have a great 2010!

1/4/2009 - I learned about Spark People via my cousin, (Cleo224!) and really thought it was a neat place to find like-minded people who were looking to live a healthier lifesyle in a supportive environment. Looking forward to the adventure!

2/5/2009 - Well, I will soon complete my 5th week on Spark People. I can't say enough about the resources on this site. It has been such a help to stay motivated to exercise regularly, eat right and learn more about health, fitness and nutrition. I've learned so much so far on this journey, and still love the process!

4/5/2009 - Three months on Spark People, and 25 pounds lost! What amazing progress! So much of what I have learned and practiced has become integrated into my life. Food no longer holds me captive, and there is such freedom in that! I actually prefer to make healthier choices, and do not miss the things that put the weight on me in the first place! I really haven't deprived myself of anything, I've just begun practicing moderation! I've never been any good at moderation! Abstinence I can do! Moderation is not my forte!

Here are some of the changes I've noticed over the past few months:
- I can feel the muscles in my stomach! There is still some fat there, so I'm working on getting rid of that, but I can actually FEEL the muscles!

-I have stamina to complete cardiovascular exercises for more than 5 - 10 minutes!

-I love the rowing machine!

-I can do knee and leg raises on a captian's chair!

-I no longer mind the taste of fat free, bottled ranch dressing! I used to only eat homemade, Hidden Valley, ranch dressing made with MAYO and Milk!

-I do not miss drinking coke!

-I need to get new jeans!

-I love Spark People!

Oh, my reward for my first 12 weeks on Spark People is that I am going to buy myself a new pair of gym / running shoes!

And my short term goal for myself for the Fit, Fabulous and Forty Something April Team Challenge is to stay within my calorie / fat / protein / carb range each day!

4/23/2009 - Well, I've not had any weight loss this month at all, and I've been TERRIBLE about being consistent in my exercising....Granted I've been out of town, and am going out of town again next week, but that doesn't matter! So I'm going to give myself an extra challenge of weight loss goals for each week - 1 LB per week for the month of May. Let's see if this helps! I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

5/1 - 181
5/8 - 180
5/15 - 179
5/23 - 178
5/29 - 177

Member Since: 1/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 12,963

My Goals:
My main goal is to be intentional about living a healthier lifestyle! I plan to practice making good health decisions, both in terms of the food I eat and the way I spend my time, i.e., MOVING, with the result of feeling better, looking better, having more energy and being able to participate in more ACTIVE activities!

I want to get into good enough shape where I can confidently begin horseback riding lessons without feeling like I'm making the horse work harder than it should just because I'm on his back!

I've committed to participating in my first 5K Walk/Run event on March 7, 2009, in support of our Troops!!

My Program:
I am striving to give myself credit for the little things, for example, recognizing that not drinking 4 cokes at one meal makes any meal more healthy!

I watch what I eat, trying to make the healtiest choice, and not setting myself up for failure by trying to starve myself for weightloss.

In terms of exercise, I am going to do something where I MOVE everyday! Walking the dog, doing an excercise video, going to the gym, working out on the elliptical machine, riding horses, strength training with machines and free weights. Just mixing it all up so that I am MOVING and having a good time at it!

I'm just going to try to do things a little better everyday because it is in changing the little things that we make the biggest differences in the long run!

I have run in my first 5K, but had not officially trained prior to the race. I'm now officially training with the goal to run my first 5K in its entirety by October

Personal Information:
I am originally from the central region of North Carolina.

I am married to a wonderful, supportive husband who is my best coach, teacher, supporter and encourager.

I am the proud mother of four children, three boys and one girl.

I love animals, and currently own one Australian Shepherd, Woody; Siamese, George; domestic shorthair, Dusty, and Burmese / Siamese mix, Sammy!

Other Information:
I love the Lord, and claim Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe that he is the one and only Son of God who came to this earth for the purpose of dying on the cross so that I could be reconciled, though a sinner, to a Holy, Perfect God. This is His free gift to me. All I must do is accept that he did this, confess that I am a sinner, and repent and turn away from my sins. In this, I know that I have eternal life in Him. Does that make me perfect? Far from it. But God is working in me to make me strive to be more like him, and honor and glorify Him in all I do and say! This gift is freely available to all who ask, and if you'd like to know more, I'd consider it an honor to share my experience with the Lord with you. Just drop me a note!

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    20 Facts About Pineapples

    No, It’s NOT National Pineapple Day . . . I just thought I would share with you some information on Pineapples!

    Pineapple Facts:
    * The pineapple is native to Brazil and Paraguay.
    * The first written record of the word "pineapple" in English was in 1398 and it was used to refer to a pine cone. It comes from the Spanish word for pine cone, "piña."
    * Christopher Columbus found pineapples on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe in 1493 and took them back to Spain. The Spanish used the word for pine cone ("piña") for them because they resembled pine cones.
    * After Columbus introduced them to Spain, pineapples became popular among sailors as protection against scurvy.
    * The first pineapple arrived in England in 1660.
    * In 1694, the term "pine cone" was created to refer to pine cones instead of "pineapple" in order to allow pineapples the sole use of the word.
    * The Spanish introduced the first pineapples to Hawaii. The state is now one of the top pineapple producers in the world, producing one third of the world's pineapple crop and 60 percent of the world's canned pineapple.
    * "Hala kahiki" is the Hawaiian word for pineapple. When Hawaiians first saw the pineapple, they thought it resembled the Hawaiian Hala, so they named it "hala kahiki," meaning "foreign Hala."
    * "The Pineapple King," James Dole, started his first pineapple plantation in Wahiawa, Hawaii in 1900 and opened his first cannery in 1901.
    * In 1911, Henry Ginaca invented the Ginaca machine that could peel and core 35 pineapples per minute, making canned pineapple much easier to produce. Before this, each pineapple had to be peeled and cored by hand. Because of this invention, Dole's pineapple canning business exploded and other pineapple canneries soon adopted the machine.
    * In 2005, 212,000 tones of pineapples were produced in Hawaii.
    * The Maui Pineapple Company is Hawaii's biggest pineapple producer. They began operations in Maui in 1909.
    * Del Monte began producing pineapples in Oahu in 1917.
    * In 2006, Del Monte announced that it would cease pineapple production in Oahu by the end of 2008 because they can produce it much cheaper in other parts of the world.
    * Del Monte began growing pineapple in Oahu in 1917.
    * The most popular pineapple sold in the United States is the Smooth Cayenne. The other three varieties sold in the United States are the Red Spanish, the Sugar Loaf, and the Golden Supreme.
    * Pineapples take about 18 months to grow.
    * One cup of pineapple has about 135 calories and 33% of the RDA of Vitamin C.
    * A pineapple is ripe if one of its top leaves can easily be pulled out.
    * You can't put fresh pineapple in Jell-O because the bromelain content prevents gelatin from setting. Canned pineapple, on the other hand, can be added to Jell-O because the canning process destroys the bromelain.

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