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I moved to Maui two years ago after 20 years of saying I was going to move to Maui one day :)

So this challenge to get back to my "fighting weight" should be a piece of cake, right?

I tried by myself to lose weight for several months with just tracking calories on Spark, adding in some exercise. At my age (56!!!) I needed more than that. So on July 2, 2017, I started intermittent fasting. First I did 5/2 (eating only 500 calories on the 2 days, Mondays and Thursdays) and within my target the other days. That helped some, the weight started coming off, but slowly. A month later, (Aug 2017) I switched to 4/3s, only taking vitamins and supplements (a good multivitamin, C, calcium, Maca, and Ashwaganda) on my fasting days, staying within my target calories on my "feasting" days, and am doing rebounding (minitrampoline) 20-40 min/day. For variety during the week, I also do some arm weights, a bit of yoga, and walking videos. Plus stand-up paddleboard. And I make a point to move every hour when I'm working M-F: either squats, HIIT for 5 min, walking for 2 songs, lunges, pushups, etc. This new program has made all the difference. I'm consistently losing nearly 2 pounds every week. It's not "easy" but it is simple. And I'm VERY close to my initial goal. Once I get there (in 8.6 pounds!!!) I'm going to see if I want to lose an additional 7. I found a photo of a gal in a bikini who's my body type in and height (5'5") who weighs 118, and she looks great and healthy. I may make that my new goal, but for now I'm very proud of where I am, how far I've come, my determination and all of my hard work. Mostly, I'm proud of keeping a promise to myself, honoring myself enough to do that.

Rock on, Sparkers!

Member Since: 9/16/2016

Fitness Minutes: 1,996

My Goals:
Step on the sale and see something that begins with a 1 followed by a 2. By October 1, 2017. Piece of cake. Er ... rice cake.

My Program:
I'm currently doing the JUDD diet. One day reasonable eating, the next day a 500-600 calorie day, healthy choices. The idea is to ramp up your metabolism. Apparently, it's also great for disease prevention, anti-aging, longevity. Yep. I'll take it.

Personal Information:
I have two teenage sons. One is in college in Oregon, and the other lives with me on Maui.

Other Information:
I write for a living.

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    How are you doing??
    This has been fantastic for me -- just hit my weight goal yesterday, even with all the craziness right now. Now it's on to maintenance!
    405 days ago
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Fall? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early September. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Summer Fitness Tune up, Hopscotch and Bowling. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Fall challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
    982 days ago
    You look fantastic. Just reached my goal of losing 18 lbs last week since starting in early May. Have lost an extra 2 lbs as of this morning. Experimenting with maintenance. Can't afford to lose more weight. I want to be fit and healthy.
    1345 days ago
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    Hi are you still on Maui? I'm from there but live in Iowa now. Go figure lol My family still lives there and I visit every so often. When I lived in Seattle it was like every other year. Now it's more like every few to several years :( Who knows, maybe some day I'll come back to live...

    How are you doing on your journey? I STILL haven't reached my goal, but I'm working on it.
    1384 days ago
    :) MAHALO!
    1692 days ago
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