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Heading into 5% Challenge. This will be my ?th, love the things I am learning so much good stuff through challenges. I have defined goals to help accomplish a 5% weight loss. I am focusing on more discipline and focus with my daily exercise. Staying the course. If you are reading this you really should consider doing a 5% Challenge. I have met some really amazing people to help me along the way.

I have been a "sparker" since 2008, left and now return for a re-do. I am going to make this re-do stick. Live and learn!!! I've always been very active person, until I fractured my spine (2013) and it's time to get back to the strong bodied woman I feel inside. I have a custom tattoo, it's my avatar (note pic at your left). Lord knows, I would love to look like that but it's really more about spirit. I have spent my life searching for meaning in life, note the hiker has a compass in her hand. I have lived at times somewhat recklessly (haven't we all?). My compass has taken me to a very comfortable place in life, and I do not want to be sedentary. I want to live life to the fullest until I'm very old and gray.
I am back in the fight for my health, and to live the life I want to live without the issue of weight (lose enough to not feel so much knee and back pain) and immobility to contend with!

I retired from 30 years as a RN on December 29, 2017. I have many, many little goals in retirement and now that I have started to lose a little weight, my mind has gone berserk. I'm returning to my bucket list. adding things I thought were gone from my future.

Bucket list:
Learn to scuba dive
Scuba dive in Belize or somewhere with great dives
Learn to fence (swords)
Work trip to Thailand~ DONE FEB. 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Keep moving forward...never stop!!!
Exercise lifts my mood
- Exercise reduces my back pain
- Exercise makes me feel confident
- Exercise makes me feel stronger
- I want to feel good in my clothes
- Exercise makes me feel accomplished
- Exercise helps me lose weight
- I want to take care of myself
- Exercise gives me energy
- Exercise helps me sleep better at night
- I am worth it
- I am tired of being tired
- I made a commitment to myself
- Exercise boosts my metabolism

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 76,058

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Bali October of 2021...weight goal is 165#

Short term Goals: Stay within my Calorie range including macros 6 days per week.
Dead bug exercise every day!
Knee exercises (prescribe by dr.), once a day, 6 days a week
Weight lift 2X's a week.
Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted as appropriate

My Program:
Beck Diet Solution

In a nutshell:
Increase plant based eating
Eat everything in moderation.
Be mindful when eating.

Personal Information:
I live just outside of Chicago, with my 2 grown sons. Retirement is fun and for entertainment I, gardening, ride my bike, kayak and just about anything outdoors. I exercise at home and the gym, love to cook (hence the weight issue), doing home repairs and decorating. I am always up for travel and going out to a variety of activities with friends and family .

Other Information:
I'm a Chicago Blackhawks fan. When I refer to HOSSA, it is not the actual hockey player but my German Shepherd dog...a poor substitute. LOL

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    Thanks for the warm welcome!
    4561 days ago
    Hey, thanks for your great comment. Love your tattoos By the way. I'm charging my batteries to take new, better pictures of mine to get on my page! Hope we can keep each other motivated! Amy
    4561 days ago
    thx for saying hello.... i did join the gooble, gooble challenge ~ thx for mentioning. i'm on a mission! LOL the team seems great and very supportive, not to mention full of great bodyart ~ luv it! emoticon glad to be a part of the crew... i'm all for a swift kick in the a@* haha ~ the mini challenges are fantastic. did some abs today ~ feeling a bit sore too, in more than one place... LOL have a great night/day!
    4562 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/18/2008 3:12:25 AM

    Thank you for the warm welcome and the compliments! I'm excited to be part of the team and to get myself movin' in the right direction again ^___^

    I've heard in the past that I do wear my weight well, but sometimes I think it's actually a disadvantage for me since I figure "Oh, I don't look that *fat*, I can have this massive slice of pizza/bowl of rice and green curry/ice cream bar and it won't catch up with me!" Oops! Heeh.

    Also I wanted to let you know I think your rose tattoo on your foot is awesome! I love classic looking/retro flash designs and that one is lovely.

    4563 days ago
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    You are doing just fine girl! Much appreciate it too. emoticon
    4564 days ago