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June 11, 2019
Still proud to say I am in maintenance and getting ready for the 2019 Summer 5% Challenge. My goals for this challenge are to stay within my weight band, to continue to exercise at least 60 minutes each day and to strength train 3 times a week.

March 17, 2019
2019 Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment: 30 minute early morning walk followed by 10 minutes of stretching 6 days a week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday strength training session 30-45 minutes. Most days get out and walk to the beach (3 miles round trip)

December 30, 2018
Almost the New Year and getting close to the 1/5/19 start of the 5% Winter Challenge. By SP deinition (defining a working maintenance range as +/- 3% of a designated body weight), my range is 136-144. Well it has been a stressful few months and with the holidays I am up to 143.4. Still in maintenance, but dangerously close to leaving that place. So my goal for the Winter Challenge is to get back closer to 140, and to maintain my healthy habits.

September 12, 2018
Gearing up for the 2018 5% Fall Challenge
Still at my goal weight and still working to stay healthy.

June 15, 2018
2018 5% Summer Challenge Exercise Commitment
I will continue to walk 2x a day and go to strength class 3 mornings a week. Include strectching after each walk and end of strength class. I am determined that I will also start yoga.

May 29, 2018
In the last week of the Spring 5% Challenge.

March 27, 2018
2018 5% Spring Challenge Exercise Commitment
30 minute treadmill on rising 6 days a week
Walk with husband 45-60 minutes 6 days a week
Strength training with SP video 30 minutes 3 times a week
Stretching 15 minutes a day 7 days a week

January 6, 2018
I reached my goal weight.

January 4, 2018
Gearing up for the Winter 5% Challenge:

2018 Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
Cardio Walk 6 days a week-3 miles (outside when weather
permits, on treadmill other days)
Strength Training at gym Mon/Wed/Fri 30 minutes
Take any opportunity for moving
2018 Winter 5% Challenge Healthy Eating & Nutrition Plan
I plan to stick with the Spark nutrition tracker
2018 Winter 5% Challenge Winning Day Check List
Wake up, drink a glass of water, put on coffee, walk kitchen
10 laps
Check in with SP and personal email, set timer to do 10 laps
every 25 minutes
Eat breakfast
Walk or do an SP video, or attend strength class (MWF)
Morning snack
Household chores
Visit and help Mom and Dad
Walk or do some activity
TV, reading, or computer with timer for laps
2018 Winter 5% Challenge Win Tomorrow Check List
Have healthy snacks ready
Have workout clothes and sneakers ready
2018 Winter 5% Challenge Motivatio
I want to be healthy so I can enjoy life and my family
2018 Winter 5% Challenge: Triggers and Strategies
Trigger foods: Tortilla chips, wine
Trigger situations: stressful situations
Strategies: Measure out tortilla chips into small bowl
Measure allowed wine and switch to seltzer water
Under stress, take time to recenter
2018 Winter 5% Challenge Past failures and Stragegies
1. Travel- Continue to bring allowed snacks, make good
choices at restaurants. Know that I won't be able to
follow my program perfectly.
2. Exercie interupted by weather- Make plans for alternate
exercise like videos or treadmill.
3. Attitude that I have arrived and don't need to follow
program anymore-Learn how to get to maintenance
and stay in maintenance. Realize that this is a life
change, not temporary. Don't give up. Finish what you

April 22, 2017

I have my medicare now, it's good I suppose......

I am a retired teacher and live on Cape Cod with my husband. We have 5 children and 7 grandchildren who we love dearly! We enjoy walking on most days through the cottage area and down to the beach. In the summer, I have a garden and my husband has a small boat that he uses for fishing. The rest of the year we plan trips and travel. We just went to Alaska in June and Hawaii in October. We spend January in Florida.

I just fininshed the 2017 Fall 5% Challenge. I didn't quite make it to goal only have 2 pounds to go, so looking ahead my goal is to maintain. I love it! It has motivated me to get back to tracking and watching my calories. I have been back and forth to SparkPeople over many years. It is a terrific online support.

Member Since: 1/3/2009

Fitness Minutes: 154,331

My Goals:
My goals 3/1/2018
Lose 10 pounds with a new goal of 135.
Get in my 10,000 steps each day
Do strength training 3 times a week.
Keep practicing gratitude.

My goals right now, 1/3/2018: Lose the last 2 pounds.
Learn how to maintain my loss.
Continue walking and doing strength class.
Keep practicing gratitude.
My exercise committment for the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge is to continue to walk 4-5 miles each day and to continue to do stength training 3 times a week. I would also like to try more of the SP videos.

My healthy eating and nutrition plan for the 2018 Winterl 5% Challenge I will continue to follow the SP tracker and stay within 1200-1500 calories a day. I will be sure to get the right amount of carbs, fats, protein, fiber and sodium.

My long term goal is to finish what I started back in 2009.

My Program:

I use the Spark People tracker to stay with calorie allowance and check that my nutrtion figures are where they should be.
I am going to strength class 3 days a week. I just got a fitbit and I'm trying to do 10,000+ steps each day.

Personal Information:
My husband and I are semi-retired, (we keep busy and work flexible part time jobs). We love the Patriots and traveling. We enjoy being on the beach, or hiking in the mountains. We have 4 children (having lost a son in October, 2018) and 7 grandchildren. We feel blessed to have such a good life and such a wonderful family.

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