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Three months in. I've lost 1/4 of the weight I want to lose, this time around... but I'm feeling stuck. It's winter here in the Twin Cities (Minnesota, USA), and inspiration to move is at a low point--and will only get lower in the coming (dark) months.

On the other hand--I have a lot of tools in place to help me. The next three months could well be good ones! I have to keep my "eye on the prize"--my mid-range spring '16 goal of joining my local boat club and rowing in a crew again. Really, nothing is stopping me--it just would be nice to join as a fit, calm, happy person, and not a roller-coasting unconfident... mess, who is more worried about how I look than having fun.

Clearly, I have hit the wall of mid-life. Rattled over the past two years by a series of minor health issues and unbalanced by the competing demands of work and family, it's time to recalibrate and focus on my own physical and mental health.

"Perfectionism doesn't believe in practice shots" (Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance)

Goals Achieved:
[10/31] log 1,500 minutes of exercise in the month of October
[10/28] recover from my (double) tennis elbow situation. I am going to cautiously pronounce this goal met. None of the exercise I am doing is exacerbating my elbows. I'm still being careful-but I think I have done all the specifics I can do with this issue for the moment
[10/28] log 1000 minutes of exercise in the month of October (not ambitious enough--mid-month I had to bump this goal up!)
[10/15] lose the 1st 5 pounds of the 30 pounds I need to lose
[9/30] log 1000 minutes of exercise in the month of September

Need to lose, percentages:
2%- 171
5%- 166.25
8%- 161
10%- 157.5
12%- 154
15%- 148.75
16%- 147

Member Since: 9/11/2015

Fitness Minutes: 3,664

My Goals:
1. To lose the 2nd 5 pounds of the 30 pounds I need to lose

2. (updated, mid month) To log 1500 exercise minutes for the month of December

3. To join my local boat club in the spring of 2016

I'm sticking to physical health goals for the moment. I don't want to dissipate my focus!

My Program:
Meeting with a personal trainer 2x/week, building up my activity level outside of these meetings as I regain my physical confidence.

Additionally, I am also working through Julia Cameron's book *The Artist's Way* as I'm getting my groove back.

Personal Information:
Upper Midwest, USA

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"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." - Samuel Johnson

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  • v KAYMARIE44
    Thank you for the ticker instructions :-)
    2052 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for the note! I'm glad it made a difference. It did me too...I'm ready to stick to it! This weeks MC (already posted) is to cut 100 from each meal. :D can do it!
    2060 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie! I think maybe I need some hot tub time tonight! :D
    I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks and I only can HOPE it's not higher than my ticker. Gonna give myself until Monday and brace myself for another scale encounter!
    Thanks for all your support!
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    2064 days ago
    Hi Pam: I just sent an email out to the MC Team that will hopefully answer your questions.

    After 6 years of running the Team, I ended up gaining all my weight back and have felt burned out and an inadequate Team leader.

    I posted a Challenge today and will begin posting again as I need help to begin again.

    Thank you for your post.

    2066 days ago
    Thanks for your supportive comment. I may have a little tantrum or vent some. Or even rant. But I'm sticking with it.
    2084 days ago
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