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Me at Jingle Bell Run 5K. Dec 1, 2012. At this point I am at 1/4 of the way to my goal weight.

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My girls at the Jingle Bell Run 5K - 2012 : Courtney (age 6), Megan (age 10) and Cyndi (age 12)

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Hi my name is Melissa. I am 44 yrs old and a proud life-long Nebraskan. I currently live in North Platte (and NP native), but I have lived in Kearney and Omaha. I am a busy mother of three young daughters, ages 15, 13 and 10. I work as an Administrative Assistant, so I spend a lot of time sitting in a chair, but I do really like my job. Finding time to take care of myself is a challenge. I am working toward changing old habits one day at a time. It is time to move more, eat less and make healthier food choices.

Member Since: 7/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 41,643

My Goals:
-I will lose 20 pounds by the new year (2013) to achieve better health and prove to my self that I have the inner strength to achieve this and other goals in my life.
*not quite achieved - I lost 16 lbs by New Year 2013, but staying positive

-I want to be a good role model for my children.

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For the first time since I first used SP years ago, I am using the nutrition guide and recording my food intake. It is a lot more fun and convenient now that I can use the app on my phone to record my food throughout the day. I am also trying to walk as much as I can.

Also want to squeeze in more weights and toning exercises, but I really need to work harder on these. They are my least favorite forms of exercise, but I think that it would be beneficial to my weight loss if I strengthened my muscles.(especially upper body) It is a habit that I am wanting to form.

Now I also need to adjust some bad habits. Like eating better and organizing my time and home.

The more I exercise, the better I eat because I do not want to sabatage my own efforts.

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  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Making changes in your life is never an easy task. The key, however, is not to get caught up in the distance you have to go to get to where you want to be. Nor should you despair over the amount of control you have over your circumstances. Progress is made in the small, intentional steps, and chances are, you have more power than you think. By focusing on little steps you can take every day, the progress you make will motivate you to continue your journey, and eventually, you can go wherever you want to go. The important thing is simply to begin."
    -Stephen Cherniske
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    Have a great week, Sparkfriend! Take those intentional steps towards your goals! Every small step is progress, and you are so worth it!

    3059 days ago
  • v MONAST
    Hi!! I am still in Ogallala, what are you up to in North Platte that is quite a change from Omaha...I just started back with Sparkpeople I'm hoping to make this a long term commitment, by starting a little at a time. Thanks for saying Hello and hope to talk to you soon.
    3064 days ago
  • v HOBBESIS49
    Carpe diem-(carpos) -fruit of tree, of effort, etc. Diem refers to "day" "seize the day"!
    3068 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    Just stopping by to say hello and to encourage you to keep moving towards your goals, Sparkfriend! Even baby steps add up if you take enough of them...and of course, you know you're worth the effort, right? I'm rooting for you!
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    "The first step to living the life you want is leaving the life you don't want.
    Taking the first step forward is always the hardest.
    But then each step forward gets easier and easier.
    Each step forward gets you closer and closer until eventually, what had once been invisible starts to be visible.
    And what had once felt impossible starts to feel possible."
    -Karen Salmansohn

    3071 days ago
  • v HOBBESIS49
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    emoticon Cheers (it's water!)

    Jane emoticon
    3076 days ago
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