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I'm Learning:
To eat wisely
The word "enough"
To enjoy exercise.

I've attempted to learn this many times before, and SparkPeople feels like it could be the place where I will get this lesson learned, at last! One key difference is that SP has shifted my focus from weight loss (deprivation) to healthy living (an inviting goal).

Member Since: 4/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 11,017

My Goals:
I started this journey at 269.2 pounds on November 19, 2009, before I discovered SP. When I first joined SP I was down to 255. I found some real success here for a while, then fell off the wagon, went MIA and regained what I had lost. But I'm back, and committed to stay the course. I want to break through the 200 barrier into the 100's ("Onederland"); then I'll set a new goal, probably around 145.

My Mantra: One small choice at a time.

REMINDERS to myself:
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!"

If hunger is not the reason, then eating is not the solution.

"The journey IS the destination. " -MEZZOANGEL

Listen to the food VOICE, not the food Noise. - Bethenny Frankel

1 pound body fat = 3500 calories... It ALL adds up (one way or another)!

When motivation is lacking, DO IT ANYWAY and the motivation will find me!

My Program:
~ Monitor daily food intake. Stay in my min/max range (calories, carbs, fat, protein) and pay attention to where the calories are coming from.

~ Include cardio (in small "bites") in my daily routine, using variety to keep it fresh and fun.

~ Do a little cardio EVERY day, EARLY in the day to jump start my metabolism.

~ Strength training 3 days per week.

This is just an interim goal (final goal may be around 145), and I’ll determine what feels right as I approach that point. That goal is still far away, but I want to make sure I have a plan in place to ensure that goal sticks once I reach it, so…
My Maintenance Plan:
Continue tracking nutrition and fitness daily for the rest of my life. Continue daily cardio plus strength training 3 days per week. Weigh daily, and if my weight drifts up to 3 pounds over my goal weight for a week, then do a Fast Break to bring it back down to stable goal weight again.

Personal Information:
I'm Laura, a 60 year old single mom in Arizona. I have two adult children, and want to make sure I stay around to see their lives come into full blossom. And I want to know their children (my grandchildren) whenever they come along, and to be healthy enough to run around and play with them.

I feel like I've finally discovered the tools and community here to help me make this a permanent lifestyle change. Thank you SparkPeople!

Other Information:
Favorite book title: "The Answer to 'How?' is YES!"
-- Peter Block
That's my personal operating system.

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    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for stopping by and writing on my wall. Yes, I claim Ireland! I will get there someday. There, that felt good. Now I need to get on with more serious work. Another SP friend stopped by to challenge me to grow something for my garden. I did actually plant 24 plants this week. So lets see how that goes. I really would love to eat fresh from the garden and to feed our little norwegian dwarf bunny some home grown organic greens. Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I have a worried feeling about it, but hope to be surprised. If not that is OK too. I am on the right road, it may be slow and bumpy at times, but with great new friends, it will always be a fun road. Thanks for being a buddy!

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    3834 days ago
    Laura, I LOVE your goals, I am just working on some of my own. Woohoo, I wish you luck especially on the travel goals. That is awesome. Something no matter how much weight I lose would never be able to afford. But I do have a dream of going to Ireland one day. Probably never will, but I have that dream. I also like the "pick one" ideas. I am trying to come up with ideas. Keep up the good work and have fun with the rewards.

    3840 days ago
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    Hi Laura,
    I am glad to hear about the new knees and getting rid of the pounds. I was thankful that my Dr. is very frank about what needed to be done. The last time I saw her I could hardly get around. She told me that I needed to get a cane and LOSE the weight. I guess the stubborn streak in me has helped along the way. I work odd hours and varied shifts so eating right is a challenge. My husband is a picky eater so I make recipes from SP and take them with me to work and share. Most of everyone there has been supportive, I do get times when they offer goodies that I will just refuse. On my birthday they bought me a cake and were not real understanding as to why I took only and inch by inch piece. I have found so much support on this site that I am sure I will meet my goal in the end.

    3843 days ago
    Hi Lauralite! Welcome to SP and thank you for adding me as a friend. I love making new friewnds, it makes this journey more positive for me. I hope you have a great start and reach your goals!

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    3845 days ago
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