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November 24th 2018 I have been a regular at the gym for a while now. My self rehab is going well. When I started I could manage 15 minutes on the exercise bike but now I can do a full hour workout on the treadmill with decent speed and elevation without soreness or pain following. Need to bring the ST back into the picture. I have a plan just need to implement! lol My famous last words. At the beginning of November I did two 9 day smoothie challenges. (Green Smoothie Girl). Level 2. I had great success. It kick started my weight loss and helped reduce and almost eliminate my craving for sweets and "bad" carbs. I drank two smoothies a day. Since I already drink one most days I started drinking two. They are meant to replace meals. I do the first for breakfast but substitute the 2nd for my snacks and munching when I get home after work. Have been adding new to my smoothie ingredients and want to reduce the amount of fruit eventually. I usually have a veggie loaded salad with protein for lunch. Then a small dinner late evening. My diet, aka food, is mostly whole foods. This has been easier with the additional smoothie instead of "snacks". I have a garden where I try to grow some of our food. We eat eggs from our chickens and I do lots of fresh produce protein, veggies, herbs, nuts & seeds and the like mixed in. I am joining BLC’s Winter Break Challenge to warm up and get back into the BLC in January. Time to step up the healthy habits and get back to a healthier weight (& me)! _________________________________________
____________ Update July 23rd 2018 - Slipped off into the Abyss! Gained way too much. You would think it would have helped me float back to the top but not so much! lol Last time I weighed I was 170+. It's been 25+ years since I've been this high. Will be a slow road as the hindrances of age have locked in tight on my abilities to lose weight but I will not let it deter me. Went back to the gym. Been a few weeks. At least I'm still staying active. Gardening and tennis mostly. Tho it's too hot at the present to be playing tennis. Need to sideline my sweet tooth and (unhealthy) carbs addictions and get more veggies and proteins and healthy fats back into my diet. No promises on how I'll do this as I've outlined in the past - just making one good decision at a time and passing on the undesirables one at a time. Been busy busy busy - as always! Life is going well just. Andy is doing great (needs to lose a few too - I slip - he slips! lol) Garden is doing great and so are the chickens and doggies. Reach out if you want to get in touch or chat or catch up. _________________________________________
_________ My word of the year is Flourish. I will find success and flourish in all my efforts this year. My Motto to lead me in to 2018. (Adapted from a magazine ad! - lol) Cook Well Eat Well Move Well Be Well I have a new Trendsetter Happy Planner and have made a few custom pages to help me stay on track. I'm starting my year participating in the Fed & Fit Project (Path B that is 90 days) and starts on the 8th of January. On the 18th I'll start a 6 week program with 100 Days of Real Food. I've also signed up for Diane Sanfilippo's 21 Day Sugar Detox. It starts on the 8th and runs for 28 days. I need this. I ate way too much sugar over the last couple months! lol Here's a quick update on me for those that are interested.... Coming out of Maintenance mode to lose about 5 pounds. Probably more after the holidays! I have been having trouble with my knees and it's put a damper on enjoying my physical activity and overall comfort even when sitting, sleeping and getting up out of a chair! But... I grimace and keep going. -- UPDATE: My self therapy is working and I'm having a lot less trouble with my knees. Still find it uncomfortable going up and down stairs but all else has improved immensely. My food choices haven't changed much (that's a good thing) and I'm happy for that. Smoothie for breakfast M-F and lots of veggies and proteins and healthy fats throughout the day. I could forgot the sweets but that's always been a battle so I maintain the "all things in moderation" so I don't over do it. And I'm good with drinking lots of water. I have renewed my membership at Planet Fitness and go there most days before work. Tennis as usual on Tuesdays and Thursdays will all help me with my fitness. When it's warm enough) Not to mention all the work I do in the yard... Still gardening, in fact, I've been building, filling and planting a new garden. I'll share more soon. (Looking forward to spring planting). I have a new job (started in June 2017) working for the management company/owners of 27 Johnny Carinos locations. Accounts Payable Specialist at the Restaurant Support Center. Loving it for many reasons. I have 14 chickens. One is a rooster but is more timid than most of the others! lol Nellie has gone to a better place leaving Bosco but we couldn't leave him lonely so we got a new dog. They are best buddies! Dexter is his name. He's a mix but you can tell part is German Shepard. Looking forward to meeting new Ninjas and rekindling friendships! Let's have a great BLC 36 and a fabulous 2018!

Member Since: 10/18/2010

My Goals:
To continue improving me!

Keep up on my variety of fitness and non fitness activities.

Making Healthy Food Choices more often.

Build muscle and release my excess fat stores!

My Program:
Going to Planet Fitness most work days before I go to work. Mostly Treadmill doing rehab for bad knees. Playing tennis usually once a week but I think I can go back to twice a week. We go hiking when we can and plan it into our vacations. I spend a lot of time in the yard. I count strenuous yard work as fitness minutes! I can easily burn a weeks worth of intentional calories out on the weekend!

I will make healthy choices in my food (a majority of the time) & I will log my food and fitness from time to time to get back on track if the weight creeps up!

Just be happy and enjoy all the things I can accomplish.

Personal Information:
I'm the mom to two sweet dogs who drive me crazy! (Bosco and Dexter) I talk about them alot. Also a Chicken Farmer. My flock is currently 18 layers and 4 roosters! They are a blast!l I built a huge raised bed square foot garden. I put together my old greenhouse and will start lots of seeds in there for the spring garden.

I am an accountant for a national restaurant chain and love working very close to home!

I am an outdoors type and would rather be outside than inside.

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