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In July 2009, I had a close call with my health, found out I had high blood pressure and was almost pre-diabetic. I knew I wasn't in very good shape, didn't exercise as much as I should and ate too many of the wrong kinds of food (like soda) which had made me fat, but I didn't realize how bad it was (or didn't want to, denial is a big thing for me, hadn't been to a doctor in decades partly because I think I was afraid of finding out what was wrong with me.) The bad part is at the time I had sort of a "body breakdown" and couldn't really do much because I was so weak, dizzy and short of breath that even walking was almost impossible. Fortunately, about a year later I'm feeling better and have more strength but due to almost a year of inactivity I've gained even MORE weight and I kept going back to my old bad habits because I was depressed and out of work (had to quit job last year due to health problems and now I can't find anyone to hire me.) Anyway, I was headed in a downward spiral and on my birthday in June I decided OK that's it, gotta do something. I started looking around for inspiration on the internet, looked into joining diet sites like eDiets and Jillian Michaels, both of which I'd tried before, but hadn't stuck to, and decided against them since money is tight right now. While reading a review of the JM site though, someone posted something about this site, and here I am. I hope it works out, it's free, it looks great, and I am motivated to get off my fat ass and get healthy. Wish me luck. ;)

Weight Loss Rewards:
180 - new walking shoes
170 - new hoodie
160 - new workout wear (old stuff too big!)
150 - roller skates!
140 - overnight weekend hiking trip
130 - 1 yr health club membership
120 - GOAL - A healthy life!

Doing Exercise Every Day Rewards:
Daily: computer game time (no workout, no playtime!)
Weekly: healthy cooking item (new spice, gadget, etc)
Monthly: fitness/cooking book or DVD
Every 6 months of sticking to SP: new walking/running shoes

Last updated January 1, 2017

Member Since: 6/23/2010

Fitness Minutes: 20,527

My Goals:
To lose weight and get more active, to get cholesterol level below 175, to get sodium intake to less than 2000 mg/day, to get off ALL BP meds and to stop drinking SODA forever.

Long term goals: Walk/Run a 5k, go on a day hike, go camping, go on a weekend hiking trip, trek to Mt Everest (hey I gotta dream, right?)

My Program:
Cutting out the junk from my diet little by little, walking every day, trying to eat more fresh produce and organics (especially dairy and meats) and generally revising my lifestyle from lazy and unhealthy to active and healthy.

So far I've worked at cutting out soda and fast food, gotten rid of eating frozen dinners (the only ones I'll touch now are Healthy Choice and even those are at most once or twice a month) and trying to eliminate trans fats, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and chemical additives from my food. I'm cutting WAY down on sodium (which means no more living on cheese) taking supplements every day (multivitamin, C, omega 3, potassium (on doctor's suggestion) and calcium if I don't get enough from what I eat that day.)

Also working on the WHY I'm fat and trying to change my "inner tapes" like wanting to reward myself with food, and trying to get over my aversion to exercise, which so far has been the hardest. But awareness is the first step to making changes.

Personal Information:
Artist, writer, lint collector. I am a computer geek at heart, love small furry animals (especially cats) and love nature and creative pursuits.

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  • v HHOLT6
    As I write I my 11 year old tabby cat sleeps in front of me, my 4 month old black and white kitten named Rincon tackles my feet. I also have a furry family. My husband's cat RIP Kirby, loved the water. I'm not sure if you are a surfer of waves... but we are and I really like your name. Best of luck on your journey emoticon
    2975 days ago
  • v SPEEDY143
    emoticon on your emoticon emoticon I hope your healthy journey is on track emoticon emoticon

    emoticon Linda

    3010 days ago
    Wanted to stop in and say hello to all of my amazing Spark Friends.... Thank you for your support and Encouragement as I try to get back on track!!!! You are amazing... We can do this!!!!

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  • v SPEEDY143
    emoticon for commenting on my MARCHing On... 100 days blog emoticon

    I'm glad you are sparking again and enjoying the spring weather as much as I am emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    3105 days ago
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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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