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I created this page when I joined Sparkpeople in March 2008 (it's now December 2009!), but took it offline and have done nothing with it since. But at the prompting of my friend, I'm going online! I got serious about my weight loss goal in April 2009 when I was at 172 pounds. I've lost 20 pounds so far, and my goal is 145 (maybe 140, depending on how I feel when I reach 145). My progress has slowed in the last couple of months (hard to stay in my calorie range this time of year!), but I'm doing pretty well with exercise! I just ran my first 5K this past weekend, and want to do another in March, then a 10K in April. Sparkpeople has been a great help for me, mainly in tracking my food and exercise, finding helpful articles (just printed "Spark Your Way to a 10K"!) and recipes, and my very inspiring friend, Debbie! (S318830)

Member Since: 3/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 9,636

My Goals:
- To lose 25-30 pounds
(goal weight 140-145)

- To maintain a healthy BMI

- To EXERCISE regularly to stay fit, strong, and healthy

- To get back to running regularly (after years of not running), including 5Ks and 10Ks

- To eat a healthy, balanced diet for nutrition (not for carbs, my sweet tooth, or fatigue)

- To make time to keep myself healthy, so that I can be better in all other parts of my life

My Program:
My basic program--such as it is--is to try to burn more calories than I take in on most days. My nutrition target is 1,500-1,600 calories/day, but honestly, most days I go over that by about 200. So I exercise most days--walking on the treadmill with an incline, running 2-3 miles, or stationary bicycle and swimming laps at the gym. My progress has been VERY gradual, but hopefully maintainable.

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"I was sure I could do it."
- Capt. Sullenberger of Flight 1549, 60 Minutes interview

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  • v S318830
    Howdy! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I just posted a new one, but the Clif's Notes version is that I've got an offer from my reserve unit to take a full-time position with them. I'm extremely tempted, but I'm going to see if I can find a training position first. So a lot of pressure is off. The $$ won't be so hot, but less stress is big!
    3238 days ago
    How are you doing? I haven't heard from you for awhile.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    3490 days ago
  • v S318830
    No, I haven't gotten any further in the nanny search. I updated the job description, but I haven't posted it yet. What's stopping me is that I feel like I need to clean my house before inviting someone to come in and live in it.
    3584 days ago
  • v S318830
    Hey, I know you'll understand this one...

    I got the Meritorious Service Medal I need for my promotion board! I found out I got it 2 days ago. It was touch and go for a while about whether the group and wing would approve it since it was non-standard crossing units like that.

    Here's the blog where I whined about it...
    3702 days ago
  • v S318830
    You MUST post a full trip report on the cruise. I LOVE cruising. And I'd love all the sea time of one to Hawaii (or did you just fly there and cruise around the islands? I know there are two different types)

    I posted a blog tonight that does a pretty good job of summing up David and Beth and how they're doing. Beth is doing awesome in school - with the exception of a stubbornness problem. We're having to come down on her to listen to her teachers and do what she's told. Her independence streak is a little too strong sometimes.

    David is doing sooo great on his new meds. He's getting green cards every day. Nights can be a challenge, but nothing like they were. He's also doing so much better in school as a result.

    Steve's still in St Louis (he was home sick when the tornado went through the terminal. We didn't even know about it for a couple days.) We keep hoping he'll get LA one of these days, but it's been so long that I haven't been counting on it. One of these days it'll be a stunning shock.
    3702 days ago
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