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Updated in 2021. I am now almost 50. Even more overweight. Strangely, my resolutions are unchanged from all those years ago. Perhaps I need to stick them :) Counting on my sparkfriends, calorie tracking and the scale for accountability! All the best to all of you! _____ I am in my mid 40s with two kids. No health issues. I got a wake up call two years ago, when my mother, who was fit and trim, got a pace maker. I don't want that to happen to me. My father has always been slightly overweight and fought the good fight every day, every meal to eat healthy and exercise. My mother, blessed by genetics, took it easy. Now, in their 70s, the results of those good choices are showing. I bought a fitbit the day after my mother got a pace-maker and my target 8 km (5 miles) a day. When I meet it easily and regularly, I up the target. I hate missing the target, so when I do, I reduce it back to this level. I never reduce it below 5 miles a day. I would like to lose more than 24 lbs, but am trying to do it in small installments, so I don't get too discouraged. I would like to lose the last 8lbs first. Keep them off for a month or so and slowly continue. I can not bring myself to go on a crash diet. I want something sustainable, and gradual. I also want results, and am not seeing them. Perhaps i'm being too gradual!

Member Since: 2/17/2014

Fitness Minutes: 108,926

My Goals:
2021 Goals:
1. weigh 165 by May 1, 2021
2. Weigh 150 by Sept 1, 2021
And eventually get to 140.....

2016 Goals:
1) Eat healthy and no mindless snacking for the rest of my life.

2) Weigh 150lbs by June 1,2016. This is 10lbs. Adjust downwards when I hit this target.

3) Fit into pants which fit me 6 months ago by April 30, 2016.

My Program:
1) No mindless snacking. Chose fruit and vegetables to snack on. Mindful eating and logging of food. Eat plenty but go for nutrient dense rather than convenient.

2) Walk 5 miles a day on my fitbit. Do at least 2 HIIT classes every week to step things up. Or the stair case for 10-15 mins, if it's not possible.

3) Drink plenty of water. Drink green tea or normal tea rather than snack.

4) Blog regularly to be accountable.

5) Stop thinking of food as a pleasure. Think of it as fuel, as my kids do. Eat till you're happily full and then stop. Do not finish anyone else's food. Store leftovers!

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I work full time and have 2 kids, 1 husband and 1 dog.

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