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Beautiful day outside today; got some steps in at the playground! It's raining pine pollen here today.

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week 5 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 2/10/2018

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My first complete swimmer's mile!!! It took an hour, but it was an hour well-spent.

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I've been wanting to get under 200 lbs. After Christmas 2009, I weighed more than I've weighed in a LONG time. I am 6 feet tall, so my extra pounds have plenty of places to hide, but it's time for them to GO. I fell off the wagon, so to speak, in 2011 & 2012, and I also struggled with foot pain. In 2013 I had a renewed desire to bring my weight down and live healthier; I took a swim class and increased my physical activity. Also in 2013, my husband and I adopted our infant son, and life got busy as we adjusted to life as parents and also took care of my husband's elderly parents. 2014-17 brought joy and sadness as our son grew & thrived, but hubby's parents' physical and mental health declined; Dad passed away in October 2014 at age 94, then Mom passed in March 2017 at age 84. Now, it’s 2020. I am 42 years old, striving anew to improve my health so I can be active with my busy 6-year-old. In addition to parenting, I also teach piano lessons and play the piano for church, school, and community events. I have helped coach my son’s soccer team, and my preferred exercises are water aerobics, lap swimming, and yoga class at the YMCA. I'm still looking to reach the goal of under-200-ness.

Member Since: 1/5/2010

Fitness Minutes: 15,185

My Goals:
Weigh less than 200 lbs.

Exercise a little every day.

Drink an appropriate amount of water.

My Program:
Track nutrition/eating, at least some of the time. Be aware of my fat & protein intake by reading food labels.

Drink WATER and cut back on sweet tea and coca cola.

Be sure to exercise somehow EVERY day by walking, going to pilates class, or using my Wii.

Personal Information:
I am 6 feet tall, not petite AT ALL, so getting under 200 will be difficult for me, but it should be a healthy weight once I get there.

I am originally from Gainesville, FL and graduated from Univ of Florida. GO GATORS!!

I am an independent piano teacher and a musician, so I do a lot of sitting when I work. I must be purposeful in my exercise.

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  • v DEB9021
    Looks like your ticker is moving on over! Way to go! It can be a long process, but that's OK if you just focus on a step at a time. 6 feet!? I am only 5'2" and was scary close to hitting 200 lbs before I decided enough was enough and it was time to lose those extra pounds that had been creeping on. Thanks for adding me as a SparkFriend! Good to "meet" you.
    1784 days ago
    Good Morning my new sparked friend
    1792 days ago
  • v HIMELISSA2007
    yeah. I'm giving away the big clothes. They are out of my closet for good. Now I have a goal to get into the next size down. I put them in a section in my closet where I lose about 10 pounds I can wear them. woohoo!!! emoticon
    1793 days ago
  • v HIMELISSA2007
    I thought I'd make a special visit to your page. You have been very supportive and I appreciate that. Your advice has been very helpful and very important to me. May your day go well. I know how it feels to be a caregiver to my family. We can make time for exercise and eating right. You deserve so much for all you do for your family and friends. Hope this touches your heart and helps you have a wonderful day. Go SP!!! emoticon
    1804 days ago
    I add people because people added me. I guess it snowballed. Have a great week yourself!
    1828 days ago
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