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I can't believe it's been over 2 years since I've updated my goals and sparkpage. I have been off on my own, but while that's been somewhat successful, I still have a long way to go. So, I'm back to sparkpeople and am going to give this a real 100% commitment this time. I've been back kind of quietly for around a month with the nutrition tracker. But I think I need to do the blogging and the keeping up with friends and all the other stuff too.

My biggest accomplishment since I've been gone is that I really have made exercise a big part of my life. I just need to get the eating and exercising working together. I am going to be hiking part of the Grand Canyon in October and I aim to have at least 50 pounds less on my knees for that trip. I spent the last week (Apr. 7 through 13 up in Flagstaff hiking with a friend who's going on the GC trip with me and we hiked every single day. As I write this today, I'm on a 6 day streak of exercising and eating normal portions of food. I am going to keep this going.

I guess the first step is to be honest with everything. I haven't wanted to update my weight here on SP because it makes me so sad that I'm back up to 268.4 from my low of 249. But I have ripped off that band-aid now! Ha ha! So, while I'm being honest and working the whole accountability thing, here are my goals for the next 6 months (Apr. 14 to Oct. 14):

1. I will lose 50 pounds. My knees will be so grateful with every step I take down the Grand Canyon. I can do this and I will. My mind is completely made up.

2. I will continue streaking! My current stats (as of 4/13) are: exercise (6 days), no fast food (64 days), and no binging (7 days).

3. I will track my food. All of it. I will pre-plan as much as possible and will not allow my coworkers to talk me out of my plans more than twice a month.

4. I will eat a healthy mix of carbs, protein, and fat. I will not deprive myself of anything, but will pay attention to my body's needs and will not go nuts anymore over holidays, social occasions and other things. I will be REASONABLE and ACCOUNTABLE. In short, I will be a grown up. :)

5. Get back to strength training. I haven't done much of this and I know it is key. I have free weights, an exercise ball, stretchy bands, a BOSU, and tons of videos and other things. I will plan my workout and DO IT. Three times a week.

Member Since: 9/11/2006

My Goals:
4/14 Starting weight: 268.4
5/14 258.4
6/14 248.4
7/14 238.4
8/14 228.4
9/14 218.4
10/14 208.4
11/14 198.4
12/14 188.4

My Program:
1. Tracking calories and eating mostly fresh whole foods and home-cooked meals..

2. Walk 10000 steps a day.

3. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day.

4. Strength train 3 times a week.

5. Blog every day.

Personal Information:
Michele, 38, single, redhead, hiker, avid reader, tv watcher and movie lover.

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