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So much for the back story. I'm in this to improve my quality of life and hopefully to look a little better. I'm changing things up a little. Forget not using the scale. By ignoring it, I'm not making the kind of progress I need to make....that is , NO PROGRESS.

(I'm leaving the rest of my 'whys' / history below, in case you're suffering from insomnia, or in case it might open the door to dialogue between us.)


Back in the Spark world again, and I realize how much I have missed this supportive community. My life is still a little crazy. I work in Social Services and travel throughout the state quite a bit. Both daughters live in town and they have their own sweet families so I'm able to play with my grandbabies some - 3 so far, with another due in September. I'm in a long term relationship with a wonderful man who is my best friend and cheerleader! I have a lot to live for, but without making significant changes in my lifestyle and making better choices, my health will suffer.

After being absent for a couple of years, I have added a few pounds. This is the place I really need to be connected with to ensure my focus on health and getting rid of fat becomes a reality. This lifestyle change is really needed. Turning 60 this past October made me realize that I really don't need to play around at this any more.

My previous fitness program was intense and provided virtually no weight loss results. I have realized that counting calories may work for some, but not for me. I heard someone recently say that "weight loss is not a math equation, it is a science experiment!" There are many factors that affect weight, and I think hormones play a huge part. So, I promise to quit doing the same thing and expecting different results.

My new plan is to follow the SANE method based on "The Calorie Myth" by Jonathan Bailor. This is a Science based program that is based on the research of thousands of scientific studies. I plan to follow these 5 steps:

1 - Eat SANE foods (10 servings of non-starchy veggies per day, high quality lean proteins, whole food fats, and low-fructose fruits).
2 - Gradually, safely and sustainably exercise as many of my muscle fibers as possible for 10 - 20 mins once per week and to do interval exercises once per week.
3 - Get 8 hours of sleep per night.
4. Stay hydrated
5 - Do something to restore myself - like yoga, dance, stretching, walking, etc. each day.

Okay, that's it for now. My goal weight is 152 lbs. A sort of random number, but when I weighed that I felt good. I wanted to get back to my original weight, but 7# 6 oz. is not possible!

Member Since: 10/18/2009

Fitness Minutes: 32,521

My Goals:
6,000 steps per day through March 2016; Move to 8K per day in April; 10K in May.

Complete eccentric exercise 1 x per week.

Eat healthy, sane food every day.

Celebrate life in a thoughtful, healthy way.

My Program:
1) Remember how I felt that snowy day! Confident, capable, alive.

2) Set at least one long-term goal for myself by 3/17/16. Increasing my steps is good for the short term, but I need to make sure I have a big goal in addition to losing weight.

Personal Information:
I live in Northwest GA - a beautiful community.
The best part of my life is being a Mom to 2 beautiful daughters and Gabby to 5 beautiful grands.
SEC Football is the greatest, and there is NO team that can compare with my UGA Bulldogs - GO DAWGS!

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  • v LORI-K
    Hi Ellen! It was super great to hear from you! I'm so glad you're back on Spark! I'm still here just plugging away! I'd love to be an encouragement to you! Stop by anytime and keep in touch!
    518 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
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    M - Major breakthroughs often follow major breakdowns.
    O - Opportunity does not knock - it answers.
    V - Variety is excitement for the soul.
    E - Every step forward, no matter how small, counts.

    I - It does not matter how slow you go - just as long as you don’t stop.
    T - Try again, and again, and soon triumph will follow.

    M - Make a commitment to yourself to have at least 30 minutes of fun everyday.
    A - A good plan is one that is measurable and attainable.
    Y - You are here to enrich the world with all aspect of who you are.

    Have a marvelous, magnificent, and measurable May!
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    840 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    Just hopping on by to say Hi, and that it was so good to see you at Friday Happy Hour! Thanks so much for joining me for some Egg-ceptional Easter fun and frivolity! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
    I do hope that you and your family had a very Happy Easter with your own brand of fun and frivolity thrown in! I'm scrambling to come up with some more for tomorrow's Friday Happy Hour! Hope to see you there!
    851 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    emoticon H - Have some chocolate today.
    emoticon A -All work and no play can make you a basket case.
    emoticon P - Putting all of your eggs in one basket is never a good idea.
    emoticon P - Paws and reflect on how green your grass actually is.
    emoticon Y - You have to break out of your shell to find out who you really are.

    emoticon E - Every bunny loves somebunny some time . . .
    emoticon A - A cute little Easter bonnet can tame the wildest hare.
    emoticon S - Some (chocolate) bunny is waiting for you.
    emoticon T - There’s no such thing as too much chocolate!
    emoticon E - Everybunny needs a friend who is all ears.
    emoticon R - Remember to keep your paws off of other people’s jellybeans or chocolate.

    Thinking about you and dropping in to share some Easter Love! Hope your day was "eggstraspecial", just like you!
    855 days ago
  • v LORI-K
    Hi Ellen!! Oh my goodness, how are you doing? What have you been up to? Thank you for stopping by my page. Welcome back! emoticon
    I'm still plugging along. I haven't been running as much as I used to, as I am doing mostly strength training now. I've been logging all of my food for almost 3 months also. Just made it a habit.
    I've always loved it here on Spark. They have made some changes I am still trying to get used to, but the great tools are still at our disposal.
    Let's keep in touch! I am here to root you on!
    874 days ago
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