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It's been a long time but I'm back to work on me again. For far too long I've taken care of other things and other people and put myself last. No more.

I took a long hard look at myself and what challenges I now have to face: high blood pressure, obesity, and type II diabetes. While I don't have to take insulin, if I keep going the way I am I will have to and maybe have to be on stronger medication for my blood pressure.

I have a lot on my plate at the moment. We relocated to the Seattle, Washington after my husband retired from the Coast Guard in September 2014. I'm now the Seattle Regional Relief Veterinarian for the group of hospitals I've been with for the last 22 years. I'm not a multi-published, best-selling poet and author of erotic romance. I write under four pen names and run my own publishing house.


In all of that, I've lost track of myself and my health. Now is my time and I'm determined to make it work again and keep it off. I owe it to myself and my husband to be around to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I want to be able to retire from veterinary medicine, write full time and be able to travel.

"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
---Heidi Johnson

Member Since: 1/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 47,457

My Goals:
1. Stick with the basics! Water water water, 5 fruit/veggies per day in any combination, log my food either on SP or in my paper notebook.

2. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day any and all varieties. Twice weekly will be an additional 30 minutes of strength training/bootcamp type of workouts

3. Short term weight loss goal for April 15th: 5 pounds

4. Medium range goal: 25 pounds down by my anniversary May 27, 2015

5. Long range goal: be 140 pounds by my birthday December 16, 2016.

6. continue to work on me and my mental well-being so that I can be a better wife, daughter, sister, friend and veterinarian.

My Program:
I'm restarting again from the beginning so I have to start out slow.

Short term program:
1. Start with 15 min. of cardio daily.
2. strength training 15 min 3x per week
3. Log my food, exercise and water daily to track my progress and watch for trends
4. Work up to 30 min cardio daily over the next month.

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"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers

Promise Yourself:

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind;

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet;

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them;

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true;

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best

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