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Hi, I'm a 578 year old physical education teacher from the Canadian prairies. I've let injuries and the business of raising a family interfere with my personal health and fitness. I've been a SparkPeople member since August 2009. But I really didn't get serious until January 2010. I'm going slow and taking my time. It took me 25 years to do the damage and I'm not going to change things overnight but I am encouraged by some small successes.

It's well past time that I should update my page. My 2 year anniversary is coming up in September. So far I've lost 35 pounds for good and I've lost and gained the same 10 pounds over and over for most of the past winter. I'm working at overcoming some nagging injuries. I've quit running and I'm cycling, rollerblading
and walking to get my daily cardio. I'm also lifting weight 3 times a week. That's going pretty well. I've been eating better too. I've just begun the Summer 5% challenge. I'm hopeful that I will break that plateau and finally ditch that pesky 10 pounds by the end of the challenge. Then I'll have 35 more pounds to reach my goal. Maybe it will take another 2 years, (I hope not!) but I think I can continue to deal with a slow and steady loss just as long as it stays lost! Time will tell. In the meantime I'm going to continue to enjoy life and take care of me.

Update: January 17, 2014

I'm starting the Winter 5% Challenge tomorrow. I've done a few before, had some success and then fallen off the wagon. I'm almost back to where I was when I joined Sparkpeople. I really need to buckle down and stick with it. In addition to the challenge, two of my colleagues and I have formed a group to keep each other on track. We'll meet weekly. I am determined to lose it for good this time around. I'd say wish me luck but what I really need is fortitude and will power.

Update: January 2015

Starting yet another 5% Challenge this month. I've regained the 60 pounds I lost and I'm feeling pretty awful about myself these days. I need the added incentive of being responsible to my team to keep me on the straight and narrow. Here's to new beginnings!

Member Since: 9/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 59,615

My Goals:
I want to be fitter and thinner. I want to lose 75 pounds. I need to re-set my goals.

My Program:
I'm trying to stick to a 1310- 1660 calorie diet. I'm aiming for a minimum of 400 minutes of cardio a week and strength training 3 days per week.

Personal Information:
My name is Laurie. I have been a teacher for 35 years. I currently teach physical education at a middle school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Other Information:
I'm a voracious reader. I collect quotes. I play ringette on an over 30 ladies team. I've always loved to be active. I worked at balancing my calorie intake with my energy expenditure and I did very well for a while. And then I fell off the wagon and knocked myself unconscious. Just starting to recover my senses now.

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    Welcome to the SHOOTING STARS Summer 5% Challenge team! I am so happy to SHINE with you this summer!!
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    1847 days ago
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    emoticon N - Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.
    emoticon E - Every day is a new beginning.

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    emoticon E - Excuses change nothing, but make you feel better.

    emoticon T - Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.
    emoticon O - Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

    emoticon J - Just believe in yourself. If you don't, pretend that you do. At some point, you will.
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    emoticon M - Motivation without mobilization means only frustration
    emoticon P - Perception believed is reality achieved.

    emoticon F - Fill yourself first, and then only will you be able to give to others.
    emoticon O - Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
    emoticon R - Remember to take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

    emoticon J - Just be yourself - after all you have that down pat!
    emoticon O - Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
    emoticon Y - You are the only solution to your problems.
    1862 days ago
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    “To be successful you don’t need to do extraordinary things, you just need to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” ~ Jim Rohn
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    1879 days ago
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    emoticon L - Little by little does the trick!
    emoticon E - Every choice is important.
    emoticon T - Trust yourself.
    emoticon S - Stumbling is not falling.

    emoticon G - Great changes take time - be patient.
    emoticon E - Encourage yourself every day
    emoticon T - Today is all that is important.

    emoticon M - Momentum is difficult to establish, but what keeps you going.
    emoticon O - Obstacles are there to make you stronger.
    emoticon V - Victory will be yours
    emoticon I - If you bite it - write it!
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    emoticon G - Giant steps don’t work - baby steps do.

    emoticon M - Minute by minute - you can win it!
    emoticon A - Attitude determines your altitude.
    emoticon Y - You’re in control!

    emoticon Make May your month to get in shape!
    1889 days ago
  • v JUNEPA
    Hi Laurie
    How is the 5% challenge going for you? I am doing my third one, and I really like the way they work, especially that they got me off a 3 year plateau.

    Line dancing sounds fun, I didn't notice you did it last year, is it new this year?

    Go Winnipeg Jets. I heard that the playoff tickets sold out within 3 hours !! The Vancouver Canucks are not selling out.
    1907 days ago
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