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Day old chicks on our farm, spring/summer 2017

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(several years old) :-) But I like the picture.

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May 2017

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    Welcome to Spark. You will find everything you need here. When I was your age with 2 teen age girls, and I was very busy and travelled a bit, I made off and on efforts at diet and fitness. I found myself too busy serving my family and those around me to take regular time for myself so I could be better for them. Fast forward 30 years. Here I am finally making a real effort to get rid of this volleyball gut that has plagued me for 30 years. I suggest you fully embrace an effort to get to a goal weight and keep it for life. Now is the time for you to watch out for you.
    I once heard a fitness speaker say, "Most people know what to do, they just don't do it."
    Here is what I do.

    Here is what I have done:

    Buy a scale, a good one. Follow Spark recommendations. Set up your weight goal, "Edit goals" on the Start Page, don't set a radical weight loss. Track All your food (good and bad days, you have to be honest with yourself). Drink water. I personally did all this. I set a goal of 1 pound a week over 5 months. I dropped more at first, 2 pounds a week, but then things evened out. Nowadays I just keep my daily calorie target at the low number that Spark recommends. Sometimes I have to eat a bit when I don't really want to just to hit the minimum.

    Get a not-fancy Fitbit. You just need a steps tracker. Set a do-able steps goal. Sync it with Spark, and set up your fitness activity to use steps for calorie calculations.

    I am slowly going down. Some days the scale is up 2 pounds, that's all right. I just keep to the course. I "officially weigh" once a week. I measure my gut at biggest point and hips. I keep a personal log of my health items, I enter it daily. I weigh most days and record it. When I see a new low, I highlight it. I can go back through my log and see a slow, sometimes unsure, but steady weight drop. That view really feels good. I walk every day now, didn’t at first. I’ve increased my walk to a continuous 30 minutes. That’s it.

    1001 days ago
    emoticon and emoticon to the RV Enthusiasts team. I see you are a very busy lady! But you made a good decision to join Spark People. It has all the tools needed to reach any goals you set. And the RV Enthusiasts will be with you every step of your journey to better health. Looking forward to getting acquainted so post often.
    1019 days ago