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In Aruba after a rain storm, October 2008

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Charged up and ready to go

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At my starting point - 2005. This was on a trip we took when my husband retired.


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My Summer 2021 5% Challenge Commitment
I am Seven years out from my double knee replacement (completed spring 2014 during that challenge). The stay at home rules have interrupted by working out with a trainer. In July 2017, I fell and badly broke my left arm. It is recovering, but the nerve problems could take another seven months to fully heal. Unfortunately, it broke again in January 2018 and I had to have a second surgery. This slowed my recovery progress. In 2020, I found out the I was dealing with non-union and had to have another surgery. I had a third surgery in May 2020. . In addition to replacing the hardware, they did a bone graft.
Below is what I would like to be able to do comfortably.
I am on the bike and treadmill as appropriate and doing my knee strengthening exercises. I will Record my foods in Spark People and watch the calories, carbs and portion sizes. I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. I will check in with my team daily and leave a comment on the Discussion Board. I will read and comment on blogs as I have time.

Ten reasons why you want to lose weight
1. to enjoy retirement with my husband
2. to be comfortable while cruising Hawaii for our 25th anniversary Completer
3. to make sure I have not complications from my recent knee surgery's (I had both replaced, one in April and one in May, five weeks apart - I am still in rehab) Completed
4. To be able to be active and enjoy visiting our grandchildren whenever we see them
5. to be at my goal weight by the end of 2020
6. to be as healthy as is possible
7. to possibly reduce the medicines that I am taking
8. to have a longer life (my husband promised me a 50th anniversary and we got a late start - our 28th is this January)
9. To enjoy travel and cruising with my husband when we take trips
10. to stay active and alert all my life

I have been stitching since I was six. It seems I have been worrying about my weight that long. This group came along at a time when I was ready to concentrate on losing.
I served a four year term on the Board of Directors of ANG and had initially planned to be at my goal before my term was over. This did not happen, but I have not gained any weight back along the way. I have adjusted my goals for the rate I am losing at this time.
It seems that I have been gaining and losing the same five pounds for several months. I have a well ingrained habit of exercise. If I do not get my time in riding the recumbent bike, I can tell.
I feel better than when I started but have not made the progress i would like to make. I seem to be stuck in a long plateau. I am not gaining but I am not losing either. I readjusted by weight ticker to show more progress, instead of my initial starting point.

Mini Goals-
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300 Starting point
270 by 5/25/07 Achieved 5/18/07
250 by 11/22/07 Achieved 11/24/07
Remainder of goals updated with new dates (and losing at 5 pounds per month).
240 by 1/15/08 Achieved 2/24/08 Achieved a second time - May 2014
225 Achieved 10/30/15
215 Achieved 1/15/15
200 Achieved 5/10/15
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Some of my favorite quotes:
When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe than you will be successful - Eric Thomas

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb

"If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.

If we want to set ourselves up for success, we need to remember to let go of the pressure of thinking we’re not doing it right or falling into the trap of comparison, because the journey we’re on is uniquely our own.

Member Since: 12/11/2006

Fitness Minutes: 565,969

My Goals:
Goal to eat less than 1400 calories per day and stay close to 100 g or Carbs per day
Goal to burn 6430 calories per week (720 minutes per week)
Goal to lose 5% by the end of the challenge

My Program:
*Exercise Daily
*Strenght training three times each week
Yoga three times each week
*Stay within my calorie range
*Eat at least five servings of Fruit and/or Vegetables each day

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb

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Jo Ann, Plano TX

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    Thank you for the comment on my page. This round I was borderline iron deficient. I will have to skip my July donation, but plan to continue in late August.
    87 days ago
  • v ELISEP5
    Thank you for the warm welcome some time back. I'm sorry it took me so long to learn how to reply. I've been so focused on the nutrition tracker, and other parts of the program, it took me a while to start getting familiar with the other parts of this program. But I still wanted to let you know how very much it meant to me to get your message. Have a blessed week. emoticon
    100 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Happy Earth Day Racey and I spent time in the now its time to come and have lunch and then take the neighbor her coffee get my house duties done .

    The Earth is a really space-ial place to be.
    May the forest be with you.
    I love the Earth. It’s so well-rounded.
    “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.”

    He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”
    —Thomas Fuller
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    104 days ago
  • v ROSALIE28
    Thank you for the Anniversary wishes!
    104 days ago
  • v ROSALIE28
    Thank you for the birthday wishes!
    105 days ago
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