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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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    Thanks for the comment on my page - I added you as a friend. You can see my exercise plan in the 100+ club topic "28 Day Very Easy Walking Program".. I'm on block 1 still and I'm doing well. Like you, I want to be a morning exerciser, but I'm really bad about waking up early.

    Looking forward to getting to know you better! email me at
    5410 days ago
    Hello there. Welcome to my Steelers Group; I'm happy you decided to join. So how long have you been a fan? Well I hope to chat with you on the board sometime or read your posts...Take Care

    5428 days ago
    Hey there welcome to SP and also welcome to my group 100 plus club glad you can join and wishing you the best of luck on your weight lost journey. COngrats on your weight lost so far WTG.:)

    Lesa Leader of 100 plus club
    5428 days ago
    Hi, there babe how are you doing? I just wanted to welcome you to the 100 club. I wish you the best of luck on your goal and everything. If you ever need anyone to talk to I am here. Misty

    "Just put your mind to it and you can accomplish anything you want too."

    5428 days ago
    Welcome to sparkpeople. Go to my sparkpage and click onto the '30 something sparkers' and give us a chance~Bruiser.
    5430 days ago
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