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READY SET SPRING is actually our first full Biggest Loser Challenge of 2021. I think the name is particularly fitting for springtime 2021 because it has been one year since we began dealing with Covid-19.
The Covid Era is still with us, but now we have vaccines, people have learned to wear masks and social distance. The elderly, and I am part of that group, now take extra precautions because they recognize their vulnerability. We have done really well so it is time to head into spring in "reset" mode....Ready Set Spring!! Let's go for it! Yes, we still need to take precautions but some of us (me included became couch potatoes or maybe isolate ourselves too much. We have each learned a lot about our strengths and weaknesses. I plan to grow the strengths so that the weaknesses will not prevail.

I have read more books than in any other year of my life and I always read a lot of books. I have spent too much time on the couch but I have used some of that couch time to stay in touch on Spark, on facebook, and texting family members and friends. I've cooked many more meals, cleaned out drawers and closets, and read more books, and read more books....

I think you get the picture - I am tired of all of it! It is going to take some major positive self-talk to keep me going but I know I will be ready to take on the new challenge....because I have survived 3 teenagers who are now all productive healthy funny adults; and I have survived over 26 years as a military wife; and I have survived and am still fighting Myasthenia Gravis; and I have survived to this ripe old age of 74....and as a "warrior" there may be more major life changes to survive and goals to achieve.

I never seem to know how these challenges will go. Will I stay motivated? Will I stay resolute (my "word" for 2020)? Will I feel deflated 1/2 way through? That has happened before. If I have a loss can I hang on to it through the last couple weeks? I've completely blown a productive challenge in the last weeks. The challenge to me, as usual, is to be consistent.

COVID 19 poses an extra challenge to us all this year. We do want to stay safe, stay positive, stay healthy, stay informed, stay in touch, and stay the course. That is a lot and I find myself losing my enthusiasm, losing my usual optimism, and falling our of my usual routines. I have to do better!

My program includes at least some intentional exercise every day, drinking 8 glasses of water daily and staying within my SparkPeople calorie range. I also want to get back to walking, no more hobbling along, my goal by the time this challenge ends is to walk at least 8000 daily and I want to keep it up throughout the challenge.

Still double-teaming against the pounds! Can't forget my wonderful 100 days of Weight Loss with Linda Spangle team. This book and the team have changed my life. Awesome lessons in this book!

I continue to live IN each day! It is way too easy for me to allow a day to slide by with little accomplished and without taking any time to savor life. Well....some days recently have seemed to slide by me.

I've lost weight with TOPS, SparkPeople, my SparkFriends,the Foxes and now will continue to move forward I want to get back to goal weight. Right now I am14 lbs above goal weight. I love the support that I get from all my Sparkfriends and teams, but I have to say that to have a 20+ member team that is consistently supportive of each member and have the participation, caring and sharing that we have on the Rockin Red Foxes is a rare and beautiful thing. I met my weight goal awhile ago, held tightly to it for about 8 months and then began gaining. I haven't been able to get back there. I will though. My goal weight of 145 is realistic and I need to remind myself of that.

My doctor's views about exercise and Myasthenia seem to be evolving. They now say that I can exercise more as long as I listen to my body. I have to very carefully plan never to exercise to the point of fatigue. I'm feeling better though and in the past few weeks I have really begun to hope that I'm going into remission. We'll see....

Basically I'm just not quitting! I'm still trying to live mindfully and to be as healthy as possible.

Member Since: 1/7/2009

My Goals:
Long Term Goal: To be a very healthy, very old woman, surrounded by great-grandchildren and still living independently and enjoying my life. I want to be as healthy as I can be at age "almost seventy". I want to maintain my weight loss and even lose another 5 lbs.

My Program:
Eat Wisely! Live fully in each day! Show Love and Kindness! Trust! Pray!
Stay within my spark calorie range and drink 8 glasses of water daily.
Intentional exercise at least 10 minutes daily!

Personal Information:
I grew up in North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota for one year. Returned to college when I was 44 and graduated - now that felt good. I live in Ohio now. My husband was stationed here for his last Air Force assignment and we stayed in the area when he retired from the Air Force. I've retired as of January 1, 2011!!. I've met the goal of getting back to quilting finally. Two small projects completed recently. It keeps my hands too busy for food. I also love reading, spending time with friends, and traveling occasionally.

Other Information:
My Mantra - Believe in Miracles. Forgive everyone. Life is not fair, but it is good. My Other Mantra: What doesn't kill you just doesn't kill you...the rest is up to you!

And we all should know this: "If every morning, You can find a reason to say, Yes, it's going to be a beautiful day. And every day, you find a reason to say, Yes, it is a beautiful day. And every night, you find a reason to say, Yes, it was a beautiful day. Then one day, You'll look back and easily say, was a beautiful life."~ ~ Doe Zantamata ~ ~

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  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    emoticon to the ROCKIN RED FOXES "DROP IT WHILE IT'S HOT" BLC Team!

    Let's rock this 10 week challenge.

    Together, emoticon

    Let's emoticon

    57 days ago
  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    I'm back, working on my goals. Feels Good.

    Have a great day!
    58 days ago
    Hello fellow Ohioan. So your from .Beavercreek, I am from Zanesville.
    100 days ago
    Oh, thanks for your kind words and also the update on our old Spark Team. Your teams sound very interesting, so may check in with them! I was on the NoS diet team for awhile but kind of lost touch when the special man in my life got sick. He passed away last July, so I was feeling pretty down in the dumps having lost my hubby 5 years ago and then loosing Ben. I know I have lots to be thankful for, and no regrets!

    Well, it is great hearing from you again, and don't be surprised if I pop up on one or both of your teams!

    Best wishes!!
    142 days ago
    Hi Wanda,

    It was so nice to see your comment on my Spark page a few days ago. Always good to see old friends. I have not been on Spark very regularly for quite awhile, but think I should start logging in more! Still fighting the weight control issues!

    I got my first Covid shot also and scheduled for the 2nd one on March 26th. I will be so glad when all this is behind us. I think we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now, so I'm so thankful for that.

    Take care and really good seeing you on here again. What Spark teams are you on now? I think the old Tops Pals one has gone by the wayside if I'm not mistaken. Kind of sad as we used to have fun on there! :)

    143 days ago
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