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Mistakes, I've made a few! I think almost anyone who has fought "the battle of the bulge" can tell you that it is almost NEVER a "success-only" journey. We lose, we gain, we lose again, we gain again, lather, rinse, repeat!

I have been there, done that, bought the t-shirts in sizes ranging from M - XXL!

Thankfully I have not regained all the weight I lost, and thankfully I feel ready to start again. Not necessarily "gung-ho, ready to kick butt and take names" ready, but ready enough that yesterday I got myself to the grocery store and stocked up on all the good things I know my body needs.

In the words of Matthew West:
It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

Member Since: 10/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 42,067

My Goals:
Immediate (between now and July 1, 2017): get back in the habit of eating right and moving my body before the 5% summer challenge starts on 7/1/17.
Short Term (July 1, 2017 - August 26, 2017): Participate in 5% Summer Challenge and lose at least 5% of my body weight during that 8 week time frame.
Continuing (August 26, 2017 and forward): Focus on "the next 10 pounds" or if participating in a 5% challenge "the next 5%" repeatedly until my long term goal is reached.
Long Term (By July 1, 2018): Reach a goal weight of 145 pounds.

My Program:
My Nutrition Commitment for the Summer 5% Challenge: Use the nutrition tracker at least 6 days per week and stay in my calorie range at least 5 days per week. This sounds a bit lax, but I know myself well enough to know if I'm too strict I end up beating myself up. The goal is PROGRESS, not PERFECTION! I will also aim for any other goals the challenge includes in the LTGL weekly challenges.
Exercise - start with a goal of at least 15 minutes per day 5 days per week and work up from there with plans up this to a minimum of 1 hour per day at least 5 days per week. For the Summer 5% Challenge my fitness goal will be a minimum of 30 minutes per day at least 4 days per week.

Personal Information:
Not sure what "personal information" I should reveal

Other Information:
I like cake. LOL

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  • v AUTIEJ
    Thanks for that photo tip! I also log before...not last week though. 😒 I made the graphic in Word and update it there then save in paint as a .jpeg each week. Kind of a pain but worth it. Email me at if you want the Word one.
    15 days ago
  • v MNABOY
    The Healthier Arkansas and Little Rock Sparkers Teams have several members that are active but it seems as Christmas approached several of us didn't have computer time available and I haven't caught up with missed sleep and energy expended and haven't spent as much time on SP as I use to prior to Christmas. An active team is a key resource in accountability and motivation for me. NEAR SparkTeam helped me lose 150 pounds, but it is now not active at all, the team leaders and movers don't seem to be on SP any more. You could become a leader on these teams and make other people comfortable to post and converse and we all get healthier sooner and with more fun. I hope to get back to losing weight soon and will post and have fun getting healthier.
    24 days ago
    Sadly, I know what it's like to lose and regain. For years, I "tried" to lose... or at least that's what I told myself. Then I remembered when I lost about 90 pounds as a teenager, so I knew I could do it. Giving it another go, I lost just short of 100 pounds over 2-1/2 years. Kept most of it off for about 5 years. But in the past 3 years, I gained back about half. So I'm trying again. I KNOW that I CAN DO IT because, hey, I've done it before. And when I do it again, I need to stay with it. I managed that for 5 years, so I showed myself that I can keep it off, too. I just need to NOT let it get away.

    So I am no stranger to the idea that I CAN do it again. It's getting around to it that's difficult. It's also frustrating to know that I let it get away.

    Good luck on your journey.
    28 days ago
  • v NOMI_822
    I'm glad you found them, feel free to just shout if you need anything else or just to chat. I added you on my friend's list. emoticon emoticon
    32 days ago
  • v GMADONNA70
    You are doing great! Most of us, I think, have been here before. There is really no shame in falling off the wagon as long as we eventually get back up on it. I know I have gained and lost so many times you would think those pounds and inches would find somewhere else to go.
    We have to keep trying, so if I can help you keep stacking those good days, one on top of the other, I am happy to do it.
    Have a great weekend and take a little time for some fun and relaxation! emoticon
    36 days ago
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