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Update May 26, 2018

Hi! Welcome to my page. I am updating my Sparkpage, since I haven't done so in almost four years. It is May of 2018 and I am a success. I have reached my goal weight, thanks to the 5% Challenges I have participated in the past year and a half. I started the Challenges, because I had ballooned to 160- up from when I began my journey with the Sparkpeople - from 120 pounds. I have lost 40 pounds to date and have kept it off only because of my participation in the 5% Challenge Cycles. I have maintained my weight for over a year and a half. I began the 5% Challenge experience - because it is an experience - in the 2016 Fall 5% Challenge. I lost over 20 pounds during that Challenge cycle alone. The following 5% Challenge cycle during the 2017 Winter 5% Challenge I lost another 22 pounds. I had made it back to my goal weight, with what seemed like no real effort at all. It is because I have committed myself to the 5% Challenge and lifestile experience, I have been able to keep my emotional eating and other problematic weight challenges under control. I've had fun doing it all and met so many wonderful people along the way. I feel privileged to be a part of something so terrific and fulfilling. I am a Sparkperson for life. I am 5% Challenger for as long as I can move. I've have so much to be grateful for and I have been blessed with the 5% Challenges to help me maintain my hopes for the future me. I have gone to the mountain and conquered it. Now I stay for the motivation and unimaginable encouragement, that I receive to keep me on track and moving. The Challenges have changed my life. I am content with my efforts, choices and results. ROWDY REBELS RULE !! DON'T SETTLE, BE A REBEL. You can do it too.




Update: September 28, 2017

I have been maintaining my weight since the Fall 5% Challenge in 2016 and find that the 5% Challenges help me to maintain and continue with my healthy lifestyle changes. I have had no major life events this past year. Everything has been mostly normal. I have spent a lot of time with my grand kids and enjoy that immensely. I take care of my 6 year old, autistic grand son every day for his single, working parent mother. He is high on the spectrum, so he is not much trouble. I have a happy life with my kids and grand kids. I have had a hospitalization this summer, but I should be up and running by the time this year's Fall 5% Challenge begins on October 7, 2017. These challenges are made for those seeking to lose 5% of their weight in eight weeks. They are tons of fun and are very effective as teams compete in friendly competition for exercise and life style minutes. If you've never experienced a 5% Challenge you should check it out. They are fun, a positive experience and very motivational.


Update: September 18,2016

During the summer of 2015 I regained the 20 pounds that I lost and gained another 25 more. Thanks to medication changes I have had a really rough time. I have that all straightened out now and have regrouped losing 20 pounds this summer. That leaves 25 pounds to lose to get to my goal of 118 -120. I am starting this new push at 145 pounds. I have joined the 5% Challenge to try to help lose that 25 pounds. If I am successful, then I will be that much closer to my goal weight. I should say that I was at goal weight twice on this journey. This time the weight is coming off and I will keep it off. Adjusting my diet and exercise has helped me lose the 20 pounds that I have. I am ready to lose this pesky 25 pounds and maintain my weight at my goal weight before the end of 2016 if I can. Wish me luck. The third time is the charm. Thanks for stopping by my page. Take care and God bless, Deb


Member Since: 4/13/2011

Fitness Minutes: 129,066

My Goals:
My goals are very simple. I want to lose 25 pounds to reach my goal weight. I want to exercise to become healthier and to be a good example for the rest of my family.


My Program:
I am in the process of reconnecting with my gym. It is only ten dollars a month, so it is very affordable. I had to take a sabbatical from the gym the summer of 2016. Micah was out of school, so that left me exercising at home with my Sparkpeople - Coach Nicole - DVD's. I have three, which have helped me dump 20 pounds during the summer. I am walking on the treadmill and working out on the elliptical. I am cutting out all sweets and have increased my fruit/veggie consumption. I will be tracking all my meals and exercise. I will be using my DVD's, as well as getting to the gym a minimum of three days a week. My goal is to do 120 minutes of exercise a week.



Personal Information:
My name is Deb Teveldahl, originally from Cascade Locks, Oregon I have moved to the southeast Portland area. I have two children. Sam is 36 and Jeni is 34. I have three grandsons now. Blaine 10, Hayden 4 years, Micah 7. I watch all my grand children when the need arises, but I live with my daughter. I help take care of Micah full time when he is out of school.


Other Information:
I enjoy reading, quilting, embroidery, and knitting. I am an avid reader. I've read the Spark. My favorite fiction authors are James Patterson and Tami Hoag. I enjoy camping, hiking and biking so I live in the right area.




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  • v ERIECANALGAL
    Hi Deb,
    emoticon for the Spark Goodie. It was so sweet of you.
    Hugs,
    Dottee
    3621 days ago
  • v JAKEANDNELLIE
    emoticon Welcome to Spark!
    I've been here since Nov. 9, 2009 and have really learned a lot about myself, food, and exercising. I truly feel joining Spark was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I've managed to lose over 100 pounds in that time.
    One of the best tools is the nutrition tracker. You will be shocked when you enter a typical day's food! Try to track everything you eat and stay within your limits. Don’t panic if you slip - we all do! Just put it behind you, you can’t change it, and move on. One of the main concepts at Spark is to take two steps forward for each step back!
    The fitness tracker is also a great tool. You can track your steps, mileage, cardio exercise, and strength exercises. It will tell you how many calories you have burned.
    Take time to make lots of Friends and tell them when you reach a goal or are having a hard time. They are here with praise and support all the time! Don't be afraid to ask any question, no matter how silly you think it is.
    Take time to explore Spark. Read and respond to message boards, blogs, and other members' pages. Join challenges on teams. The help, support, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and friendship you will receive is awesome!
    The site can be confusing at times but just keep looking around. There is really a lot of valuable information here!
    emoticon Feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way. Drop by my page to say hi.
    Stay focused, determined, and positive - you will be successful!
    Sheila

    3622 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Hi Deb and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy. Start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time. Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
    Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
    Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
    Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break…Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
    Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
    To put quotes under your posts on threads: Start on your personal spark page. Click on edit your spark page, then go down to the bottom right side where you will see personal information, other information and personal signature. Under the personal signature you can type in anything you want to show up on the threads when you post. If you have any problems, let me know.
    If I can be of any other help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
    God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
    Hugs,
    Helen
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    3622 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/16/2011 2:28:34 PM
  • v CINDILP
    Welcome to Funny I Don't Feel 50 or 60, Its All Good.
    Cindi
    Team Leader
    3625 days ago
  • v 2PONDS
    Deb, Blaine is such a cutie, I pray nothing serious is wrong. Please keep us informed how things are going with him (and you) KEEP THE FAITH emoticon
    Dee
    3626 days ago
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