MKBWNSUGAR
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1st and last 5k that I jogged 2014 (tore meniscus 2 months after this) I'm on the far right.


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Hi, I'm 67 years young, live in southern Maryland, grew up in New Bern, NC. I'm the oldest of 5 children, all my siblings are alive. My mom and dad both died from complications of diabetes. I have 2 children, 10 grand kids and 4 great grand kids who I love dearly. I am striving to get more healthy so I can be around to spend more time with them.

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SELF-LOVE
(borrowed from a fellow sparker!!)

1. Accept yourself for who you are at this very moment. Appreciate the BEAUTY that makes you YOU:)

2. Be thankful for your blessings. You may not have everything you want but, you have ALL you need.

3. Make sure your worst enemy isn't dwelling in your own skin. Remember that you're always listening even if no one else can hear you!

4. Vow to take care of your body & work out daily! After all, it's the only place you have to live! Make it a happier, healthier place to reside in. YOU are your best investment.

5. Stay true to who you are & you will ALWAYS be happy! Gather all your crazy dreams, far fetched ambitions & big goals & build a life you love & are proud of!

6. Stop comparing yourself to who you're not! Girls compete with one another. Women EMPOWER each other.

7. Forgive yourself for every mistake, every heartbreak & every time you've fallen short. Self-forgiveness is a necessary & vital step to finding your inner peace.

8. Remember that you can't fix yourself by BREAKING someone else. ALWAYS choose kindness.

9. Focus your thoughts on what is good, what is admirable & what is positive. Never let your mind become consumed by negativity & hate. Never let your heart turn cold.

10. Say YES to adventure. Say YES to bliss. Say YES to the impossible. You never know when your heart will stop beating. Take the jump & free fall on the way down if you have to. Live with no regrets.


Member Since: 9/12/2008

Fitness Minutes: 160,786

My Goals:
My goal is to get more healthy each day, for the rest of my life.

Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Strength Training: 3 days a week at least 10 mins a day

Cardio: At least 30 mins a day, 5 days a week

Nutrition: Spark Diabetes Nutrition Plan
Stay within my calorie range
Weigh & measure food
Read labels


My Program:
To meet my goal of getting more healthy, I will track my food daily, stay within my calorie range, weigh & measure food, drink at least 8 glasses of water, strength train at least 3 times a week and exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.



Personal Information:
Most of my personal information is in my introduction. I originally joined spark people in 2008 but never really used it. I just committed to using spark people in Oct of 2013 and it was one of the best decisions I've made to improve my health. Since then, I've lost 32 pounds, gotten off of cholesterol medicine, reduced my A1C and improved my blood pressure to normal ranges.


Other Information:
I retired from the Federal gov't after 31 years in 2007 and I made a conscious decision to improve my health. All of my siblings are on blood pressure, cholesterol and/or diabetes medicine. I was never consistent in sticking to a food plan or exercising until I joined SP.
After retiring, I started my own travel business, YouNique Vacations, and a few years later started doing taxes seasonally. My life got busy again and getting healthy took a back burner.
In 2013 when I had to get on cholesterol medicine, I decided I needed to get serious about getting healthy, so in Oct 2013 I recommitted to SP.
In Dec 2015 I decided to simplify my life and I closed my travel business. Since then, I've I've started losing weigh again and I am going to focus on getting healthy.




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  • v IMLOCOLINDA
    I hope you have a great week and reach all your goals. And you may as well have a little inspiration for the start of your week....have a wonderful week and a Sparktacular Sunday!!

    emoticon S -- Say something nice to someone!
    emoticon U -- Undo a wrong you might have done to someone!
    emoticon N -- Notice and give thanks for all the things in life we take for granted everyday!
    emoticon D -- Don't give up when things go badly!
    emoticon A -- Ask others for help if you need it!
    emoticon Y -- You can accomplish anything!!!!
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    (And Special thanks to BARBIEE52 for the basis of this lovely comment today!! She's my comment mentor and I appreciate all her help and being able to steal her great ideas and craft them into my own!)
    2038 days ago
  • v MKBWNSUGAR

    Just a little humor. Enjoy. emoticon

    ***************
    SEVEN DAYS TO GO

    That piece of cake I saved is near, one big slice;
    I have no fear,
    besides no pounds will even show,
    ‘cause I’ve got 7 days to go

    A day of shopping, to the mall we go,
    for a burger special, it’s cheaper you know.
    I’ll walk it off, I have no fear,
    6 days to go, no weigh-in near.

    I think I’ll skip my lunch,
    a devil dog is what I’ll munch,
    tuna’s getting expensive you know,
    Besides I’ve got 5 days to go.

    For breakfast, one egg, toast and juice,
    kids left their pancakes, of what’s the use,
    with inflation, to waste is a sin.
    besides its 4 days till I weigh-in.

    For breakfast, I’ll just have coffee today,
    maybe I’ll lose more that way.
    For supper a little extra I’ll eat.
    3 days before those scales I meet.

    Boy this weekend is really rough,
    restaurant menus are really tough.
    I’ll work this fried shrimp off, have no fear,
    In just 2 days it’ll be clear.

    Now my nerves are really a wreck,
    I might as well eat, oh what the heck.
    I’ll take two Exlax late tonight
    1 day to go, it’ll be alright.

    0 day to go
    I can’t afford to eat, no way.
    Six trips to the john might save my day.
    I gained two pounds, wouldn’t you know
    I guess I didn’t have Seven Days to Go.

    2040 days ago
  • v IMLOCOLINDA
    emoticon Smiling is infectious: you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. emoticon I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin When he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him. emoticon I thought about that smile and then I realized it's worth! emoticon A single smile, just like mine, could travel the 'round the earth. So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it unprojected. Let's start and epidemic quick, and get the world infected! emoticon
    Have a great week. Keep tracking, drinking your water and getting in some fitness minutes! emoticon

    Let me know how you did in your 5K!!
    2045 days ago
  • v MKBWNSUGAR
    LOSE is not a bad 4-letter word

    L -- live one day at a time

    O -- open up to new ideas

    S -- satisfy your desire to do this for you

    E -- eat a sensible, balanced diet every day of your life

    2051 days ago
  • v MKBWNSUGAR
    Thank you but girl I didn't run I walked but proud of myself emoticon
    2063 days ago
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