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A personal project to allow me to appreciate my muscles & my fitness July '07

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With 2 of my sisters 12/07

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SONJA.RIVERGIRL is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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I am outgoing and athletic. I started working out regularly 5 years ago, after the birth of my second son. It's all about a healthy lifestyle, feeling great, feeling confident and setting a good example for others around me.

I originally got started using the Body for Life program. The book is a great reference that really simplifies things so that it is easy to follow, helps you set goals for sticking with it and create healthy habits.

I have never been, nor will I be, on a diet. Diets are temporary and negative. Making healthy choices is lifelong and something positive you can be proud of.

Spark People has been a great resource for me. I did not have a lot of weight to lose. However, I have always been a bit mystified at how much I should be eating. I am 5' 10.5" and many of the "average woman" recommendations aren't quite right for me. Now, I really feel like I have the information and resources I need to stay on target. It is incredibly empowering.

Member Since: 2/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 35,642

My Goals:
I started working out 5 years ago & set and achieved several goals. My current goals are similar, but are now more about maintenance. My current goals are as follows:

*Maintain my level of fitness, or improve it by increasing cardio fitness levels & continuing to improve muscle definition
*Continue to lead a healthy lifestyle

An original goal that remains:
*Set a great example for my kids: They already value being healthy, exercising & good food choices
What keeps me going: I've had friends & family work out, lose weight & look great...then they stop. They gain weight and are/were miserable. I don't ever, ever want to do that...I won't stop, for even a week!

My Program:
Cardio 2x/wk...35-40 minutes running intervals

Weight lifting 2x/wk

Plus any other opportunities to have fun and get some exercise.

Favorite site for great ab exercises:

Personal Information:
Age: Over 40 :)

Body Fat: 20.5% (as of 7/9)

Live in greater St. Paul/Minneapolis area

Two children

Other Information:
FAVORITE MUSIC WHEN I WORK OUT: Reggaeton (latin dance/club music).
FAVORITE FOOD that FILLS ME UP & is a HEALTHY CHOICE: spaghetti squash w/lowfat spaghetti sauce & parmesan
FAVORITE SWEET TREAT: Small York peppermint patty

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  • v JANNIE1
    Hi Sonja and welcome to Getting Buffed! You look FABULOUS! Congrats for reaching your goals and making healthy lifestyle changes. I agree, never diet! Be sure to stop in and check out the New Member sticky topic thread for team info and hop right into the Chit Chat thread. That's where we get and give advice and share our day to days and accomplishments. Great to have you with us! Jan
    5031 days ago
    Hi friend...!! I told you I WANTED your abs...!!! I'm up to 100 laying flat crunches and 300 short tight crunches EVERYDAY!! You motivated me.... LOL I'm at your back chasing you....!! LOL Look at you at GOAL....!!!! We are going to have the BEST summer...!!! Hard work, sweat and swear words... Oh yeah -- pay us me now..!
    5032 days ago
  • v no profile image BUFFEDSTUFF
    Well, look at you....great job.... keep making yourself proud ;)
    5035 days ago
    I want to look as good as you when I'm 40!
    5042 days ago
  • v SKALEA
    WOW - you look incredible - and are a great inspriation!

    5046 days ago
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