See this image larger
My DH and I

go to goodies page
Happy Birthday
go to goodies page
go to goodies page
Happy Birthday

Interact with DANA_LEE
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

I'm tired of starting over!!! Anybody else feel the same way!!!??? I really want this to be the last time that I lose the same 20 pounds......losing is not the hard part, it's having the discipline to eat well, exercise regularly and write down what I eat. I'm very grateful for Sparkpeople. The accountability here is wonderful! Thank you to all my Spark friends- especially those of you that checked in on me on my regular e-mail when I went missing for a few months!

Now for my current goals. Instead of going crazy and having 20 things that I'm going to do every day, I'm going to start out slow. Two things: Ok- I was just going to do one, but realized I need to do two....

1) I will finish eating at dinner time and stop the late night snacking. If I'm still hungry I will have a hot mug of water with apple cider vinegar and honey.

2) I will exercise 20 minutes in some form or fashion every day. I can and I will do this!!!

I'm leaving some of my old goals below as a reminder and will gradually add them once I've accomplished the first two.


I'm also being serious about spending time on a daily basis with GOD. I went through The Lord's Table once, and decided at the very end that I really needed to go back through the class. Now I'm back to doing my daily bible study, finding some type of daily exercise- even if it's just walking around the inside of my house for 10-20 minutes and writing down everything I put in my mouth. It's amazing how little tastes and bites of this and that add up!

I've also recently come across a scripture that is really resonating with me. 1Cor 10:31 "Therefore, whether you eat or drink or what ever you do, do all for the glory of God". Instead of being focused about what I look like, or fitting into a certain outfit, I'm changing the way I think about weight loss. It's time for me to eat when I'm hungry, not eat when I'm "emotionally hungry". And it's also time for me to stop obsessing about how I look. Yes- I want to look thin, and feel great and healthy. And I am going to be there again....I'm just taking a little smarter road this time.

For many years I never had a weight problem and then once I hit a certain age I started to gain weight. I started getting busier at work and my exercise seemed to fall off, plus for a few years I was traveling quite a bit. Then my excuse became three small children, a busy hectic job, foundation work and life....no more excuses, I'm pumped and I'm spending time with my first love, God, then my family and then my friends.

I'm also planning my meals and cooking up some great food for the freezer so that I have no excuses. Without the food in the freezer, it's real easy to get lazy and decide to grab some fast food. Now I'm making a plan. There's an old adage, "He/she who fails to plan, plans to fail". And no longer do I plan to fail at getting my body in shape and healthy. And I'm also learning WHEN I'm hungry as opposed to just craving some food. I'm also learning that I can eat anything in moderation, I just need to plan for it, and stay focused on my goal. My goal is to be healthy and get back in solid shape.

Current goals:

4-5 Veggie/fruits a day

Exercise 30 minutes daily minimum of 6 days a week (I've found that if I put my timer on in my kitchen for 30 minutes and then walk around the kitchen and living room I'm finding time to get an easy 30 minute walk in.)

9 glasses of water per day

No snacking after 7:00!!!! (this is probably the hardest- I have to make sure I eat enough at dinner- usually I'm running back and forth and taking care of everyone and end up thinking I'll just eat the rest of my food later. No, DONE ...I will eat at the table and stop snacking throughout the night!!!) I've started having cups of tea at night, and this definitely helps me stay away from food after dinner.

***Update Sept. 8, 2011***

I've recently joined TOPS thanks to a SPARK friend and the accountability has been amazing. I've lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks and have a new lease on losing weight. I've also just joined the Biggest Loser Fall Challenge and I'm a member of the Rockin Red Team.

The competition is already helping me- I'm tired and would rather go to bed- but I haven't lifted my weights today- so I'm off to lift my weights! Who hoooo!

Member Since: 5/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,249

My Goals:
Finish Eating at dinner time- no more snacking!!!!

Clean my office- once and for all!!!

30 minutes of cardio 5-6 times a week.

20 minutes of weight training 3-4 times per week.

8-9 glasses of water.

And most important daily time with God to help prioritize my goals!!!

My Program:
Realizing that I can eat anything I want to I just need to plan for it, and make sure that I'm exercising.

I need to focus on one goal a week- master the new goal before I go onto the next goal. My goal for the last 4 weeks has been to get in the exercise habit again and I've found that I really LOVE Tae Bo. I'm doing 5-6 days of cardio for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. This months goal is to add on drinking a minimum of 8-9 glasses of water daily, and stop snacking by 8:00.

Personal Information:
"When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" ~Erma Bombeck

Other Information:

"I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is
to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win. If you don't you won't."

-Bruce Jenner-

Read More About DANA_LEE - Profile Information moved here. (Updated September 8)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 Pounds lost: 10.5 
Login to Leave Comment
    emoticon emoticon to Tips For Writing & A Healthier Us!
    Looking forward to the journey with you!
    940 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL emoticon

    The Aquarian child is some how an isolated only child when growing up and therefore gets lots of attention from adults. She becomes a "free thinker" and is very smart. She really isn't made to be a "stay-at-home-mom" as she has so much to give to the world. She makes a good teacher, scientist, or designer as she has new ideas. She loves people and can move from place to place with ease and make new "best friends forever." She gets along with Sagittarius, Libra, Aries, Leo and Gemini. She wouldn't do well with controlling Scorpio as she MUST have her freedom. Her weak areas are the ankles. She isn't cut out to be obese as she needs to move about freely. Denise Austin is a wonderful example of an Aquarian woman. She is turning 56 and still very "young". She's 5'4" and 112# but very strong.

    In Aquarius the Sun is eccentric and original. You're apt to be a superb thinker, and your ideas are frequently advanced, no matter what field of profession you select. Often, your unique approaches to problem solving are viewed as too radical and unworkable, but you prefer to think of them as advanced and progressive instead. Unconventional and outspoken, you see your role as the rebel and the person who rejects worn out traditions and old ways of operating. You like to be with those ushering in the new order and fostering advanced thinking.
    Paradoxically, you're a good team player, but one who must have personal freedom. You don't like to feel fenced in. While you're headstrong and inflexible in your ways, you can work very effectively within a large group. You have complete respect for the sound ideas put forward by others. You are aloof and detached, and your concerns are directed toward society rather than to the problems of any one person. You are somewhat impersonal most of the time. You're more emotionally involved with your work than you are with people. You can be highly critical and demanding in a position of authority. Nonetheless, you are a strong leader and organizer. You have a deep understanding of human nature, but often you lack sensitivity to the emotional content of many situations.
    You thrive on change and managing the unexpected. Always ahead of your time, you are viewed by everyone as being different and unusual, labels you don't mind accepting. You pride yourself on your ability to find a better way of doing the job. Sometimes you lack follow through, and you always dislike routine. You like to take chances and keep everything stirred up. Occasionally, you enjoy antagonizing people in positions of authority, and stimulating a good argument now and then. You don't mind that you are seen as a bit unusual, in fact, you may encourage this image.
    Equality, freedom and fairness are all important issues for you. You strongly subscribe to the doctrine that all people are created equal and should have the same rights and opportunities. In this regard, you are likely to be classified as a progressive and often associated with humanitarian issues and causes. Though you are very involved with such matters, your approach is always somewhat in the abstract, with ideological concepts, the sort that don't usually stem from true emotions. Your approach is often very impersonal and detached.
    Friendly and sociable, you may have a wide circle of acquaintances. Friends are very important to you. Intellectually oriented, you are happiest with friends that share common ideas and interests. Strangely, you find it more difficult to cultivate a truly satisfying intimate relationship. This aloofness exists because feelings are rarely expressed outwardly, and you usually seem distant. You resist anything or anyone threatening your independence.
    3079 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday DONE girl!! Hope your day was exciting!!! emoticon emoticon Sorry I'm late!!!
    3080 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Happy Belated Birthday! May this year be the year that all of your wildest dreams come true!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3080 days ago
    emoticon Happy "Belated" Birthday!!! emoticon
    3080 days ago
Member Comments (284):  123Next >Last >>