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Heading into 5% Challenge. This will be my ?th, love the things I am learning through these challenges. I have defined goals to help accomplish a 5% weight loss. I am focusing on more discipline and focus with my daily exercise. Staying the course. If you are reading this you really should consider doing a 5% Challenge. I have met some really amazing people to help me along the way.

I have been a "sparker" since 2008, left and now return for a re-do. I am going to make this re-do stick. Live and learn!!! I've always been very active person, until I fractured my spine (2013) and it's time to get back to the strong bodied woman I feel inside. I have a custom tattoo, it's my avatar (note pic at your left). Lord knows, I would love to look like that but it's really more about spirit. I have spent my life searching for meaning in life, note the hiker has a compass in her hand. I have lived at times somewhat recklessly (haven't we all?). My compass has taken me to a very comfortable place in life, and I do not want to be sedentary. I want to live life to the fullest until I'm very old and gray.
I am back in the fight for my health, and to live the life I want to live without the issue of weight (lose enough to not feel so much knee and back pain) and immobility to contend with!

I retired from 30 years as a RN on December 29, 2017. I have many, many little goals in retirement and now that I have started to lose a little weight, my mind has gone berserk. I'm returning to my bucket list. adding things I thought were gone from my future.

Bucket list:
Learn to scuba dive
Scuba dive in Belize or somewhere with great dives
Learn to fence (swords)
Work trip to Thailand~ DONE FEB. 2019!!!
Kayak more places

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 75,013

My Goals:
Long Range GOALS:
Bali October of 2020...weight goal is 165#

Short term Goals: Stay within my Calorie range including macros 6 days per week.
Dead bug exercise every day!
Knee exercises (prescribe by dr.), once a day, 6 days a week
Weight lift 2X's a week.
Cardio 6X's a week.
increasing both length of cardio and weight lifted as appropriate

My Program:
Beck Diet Solution

In a nutshell,
Eat everything in moderation.
Be mindful when eating.

Personal Information:
I live just outside of Chicago, with my 2 grown sons. Retirement is fun and for entertainment I, gardening, ride my bike, kayak and just about anything outdoors. I exercise at home and the gym, love to cook (hence the weight issue), doing home repairs and decorating. I am always up for travel and going out to a variety of activities with friends and family .

Other Information:
I'm a Chicago Blackhawks fan. When I refer to HOSSA, it is not the actual hockey player but my German Shepherd dog...a poor substitute. LOL

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  • v CHERIE38
    Last year I canned lot of tomato juice, salsa, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauces .
    I found it a lot of fun to create different flavors.
    bummer tomato are high carbs
    17 days ago
    I am definitely a stress/emotional eater! I think what helped was I only had one meal each day the past few weeks, but that loss totally surprised me at the doctor's office.
    19 days ago
  • v LUV2DNS
    Thanks for the spark goodie and comments on my spark page. I do really believe in warm, comfortable clothing in cold weather. Our temperatures tomorrow will go as low as -9 degrees F. , which is really cold!! It is cold now, but not that cold and I will test my new and expensive mitts.
    My Sparkpage picture is on our property, which is rural and very peaceful. When we snowshoe or walk in the neighboring field, we see moose, fox and deer footprints. We rarely see the animals, because they hear us and our dog, Murphy.
    Today is cold and sunny, so off we go... emoticon
    19 days ago
  • v CHERIE38
    LOL My real name is Cherie, age is 54, evidently there are 37 others cheries before me bahaha
    Some day I plan on visiting Hawaii. I missed being born there by 2 weeks.
    20 days ago
  • v CHERIE38
    Love the tats! I joined the 5% winter challenge too. I also took on the 4 weeks to a new habit
    show me your gardens LOL
    20 days ago
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