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5% Winter Challenge: This will be my fourth 5% challenge, and I haven't lost an ounce yet. It's not for lack of trying though. Those are the same words I started the last challenge with, and they'll stay until I figure this out. Still not backing down.

This journey is about becoming a better, healthier version of myself (my name is Joy). By adding healthy habits, I have become more energized and engaged in life, and I am finding a greater version of myself. At the same time, I will be en"joy"ing my life in a way I havent in many years. I want to find great joy in the everyday, not get bogged down, but take pleasure in the hectic life I'm privileged to live.

My 5% plan - Nutrition: moving to more vegetarian meals while trying to get enough protien. Balancing my plate better and avoiding refined carbs/sugar as much as possible. More whole foods and less processed. Exercise: I've recently add weight training, so I am trying to mix cardio and resistance in a circuit style of exercise since straight cardio just wasn't cutting it for me.

Member Since: 11/5/2012

Fitness Minutes: 8,816

My Goals:
Look and feel healthy.

Incorporate exercise with the goal of finding a plan I like and will stick with.

Eat healthfully and enjoy it but not obsess over it. Whole foods over processed.

Progress Goals
162 - still working at it.

My Program:
-limit refined sugar and refined carbs
-add more whole foods and fruits
- add more vegetarian meals to my repertoire
- mix of cardio and weight training in a circuit training style workout.

Personal Information:
I'm a mom, a vice-principal, a wife, a sister, a friend and a daughter. All of those are important to me and define me, but not necessarily in any order.

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    Hi there! Sorry for the delay getting back to you on your question about cutting down on's been a busy week!

    I cut down all my carbs, striving to keep them below 50 grams/day. It's easiest to do so by cutting down all sugars & refined flour goods. The first week was the toughest, the second week not so bad, and by the 3d week, I was acclimated.

    Good luck!
    2980 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my blog about being the "Dragon Lady!" That's one of the things that gets me through--knowing that other moms out there are going through the same thing! Have a great week! emoticon
    2988 days ago
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