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Our new college graduate from UMD May 7, 2016. Home again until he gets married in October.

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Play day 1925, from the sunken garden at Como Conservatory

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May 2016

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April 2016
After reading what I wrote last August, and how that didn't work even though I tracked everything I ate. I decided to look for something else. Our niece was doing Trim Healthy Mama and I was very interested because it seemed so different and has little to no deprivation! I have been doing it for two months now and have lost 11 stubborn pounds, and about 8-10 inches. This is truly amazing for me. My husband is doing it to and he is getting close to his goal weight, he is seeing numbers on the scale that he hasn't seen since we got married 30 years ago! My loss is slower, I have hormone issues with Peripause and thyroid. But I'm very excited.

August 2015
It has been a challenge lately to just keep of the weight off that I have lost on the past. Time took get more serious. I am in a challenge with my husband to track all the things we eat. He has gained a few pounds since last year too. His mom died in April, and his job has changed. Time to reset our goals and work together. I am going to use sparks, he is using the fitbit site. I like the new a app on sparkpeople for tracking things fast!
Wish me the best, I will work hard!

February 2015
I have been away from Spark people for a long time. Last year was a year of hardship but each day is a new day and I am moving forward. I am still battling health problems, but my attitude is different. Moving on, letting go of fear, living life as if all is well and trusting in God to do the rest. Bad days are just that- one day. Happiness and joy are a choice I can make each day, find something to be joyful about and experience Happiness in the small things that are beautiful and good.

May 2014
My goal of losing a large amount of weight before the wedding is not going to happen, the pressure is off because of stress and health. I was sick most of January-March with asthma problems and upper resperator illness. February my son who is getting married had a gall bladder attack, they removed his gall bladder. Mother''s day weekend they found he had a gall stone that was left behind and was blocking the bile duct, more surgery. I have maintained through this time, but a loss is what I really wanted. Now it is finally nice out, my DH and I are walking after dinner each night, I walk in the mornings. And I am not setting a goal, I just want to do well. I have not purchased my dress for the wedding, maybe I will make one instead. Looking for healing for my lungs, breathing exercises and antibiotics again.

January 2014
My oldest son is getting married on August 15th so I would like to lose weight before that day. My goal is to lose 30 lbs before that date, I started that journey on January 18th and hope to lose 1 pound a week. So far I am on track! I am following the DASH diet, not always as tightly as I should but I am doing well.

I am going to change the title of my page. When I started this journey I was 200 lbs, not taking care of myself and had no energy. When I would take my then almost 2 yr old out with me I would be asked if she was my grandchild. That doesn''t happen anymore! Now my little girl will be turning 5 and I have been told by perfect strangers that I can''t have a son who is 25! I like that change.

September 2013
In the spring I so wanted to lose the weight and find spring clothing in smaller sizes, I didn''t. Then I had great hopes for the summer and joined a challenge, I had a very small loss and no size change. Here I am 4 months later and no real loss of weight, I have gained and lost the same 5 pounds a few times. Our summer was filled with worry for family members who had accidents, cancer, heart problems and emotional issues. I found myself eating too much and not tracking, but I at least kept on with my exercise. My dear husband has lost 35 pounds since January and he is looking great, soon he will weigh less than I do. What am I going to do now, wander through my days with no plan and no goals, or turn the corner and use the self knowledge I have gained to work on my weight problem. I like the latter solution.

May 2013
We have a new scale, an Aria from Fitbit, and it says I weigh 14 lbs more than our old scale! So my ticker should probably say I started at 204 but I am content. I have been at the same weight now for too long and I am ready to fight on to the end. I have joined the 5% challenge for Spring. I have promised myself to track my food daily, do my miles and strength training and in general keep myself motivated and upbeat. My goal is to lose 9-10 pounds in the 8 weeks. In my heart I secretly hope for more.

Jan 2013
Still trying to lose weight here, At one point I was about 230 lbs, and a size 24W, after having my 5th child.

Now as mom of 8 I am 174 size 16 ladies and working on another 50-60 pounds to lose. It''s not easy, but I am working on it for me, and my family. They need me and I want to be able to take care of them and not miss out on all the fun.

Jan 2012
Setting new goals is always a little scary, but in 2011 I had the goal to do something, anything to make myself more healthy. Sparkpeople helped me make that goal a reality. My weight went down by 20 lbs but that is only a part of the story. I found I can actually enjoy exercise and I have gained muscle and confidence. I can now call myself a runner too! My BMI when I started was 37.2, and now it is 32.9 still obese. ( I hate that word!)

My plan is to lose another 15 lbs so I can have a BMI of 29.9 and be in the overweight instead of obese range.
From that weight I would need to lose another 26 lbs to be in the healthy range.
I have had some questions about my site name, I''m not really very "wild" and the name really refers to the plant. It is a hardy plant that grows here in Minnesota and even though it looks delicate it is quite strong. I am a small person, only 4'' 11" tall and I am looking to be stronger. I guess like the wild Aster I am looking for a good growing environment and I need the gentle rains and warm sun of support and friendship to help me grow into the lady God has created me to be. Thank you to all my Spark friends for helping on my jouney!
March 2011
I am a homeschooling mother of 8, I have been married for 25 years. I come from a large family where I am the youngest of 7 children. I am interested in many things like sewing, quilting, crafting, knitting, crocheting, gardening and music. I have done the lose and gain routine for most of my life and I am ready to make the change to keep it off for good. I want to look and feel young so I can be out with my Little Bella and strangers will know I am her mom, not her grandma!

Member Since: 3/20/2011

Fitness Minutes: 71,234

My Goals:
Ride a bike in 2014

Reduce my BMI to 29.9
(153 lbs)

Reduce BMI to 24.9
(127 lbs)
Lose 10% of my body weight-18 lbs

Walk/Run 3 miles. Done 9/10/11 (50 minutes)

Wear a size 18w- done

Wear a size 16W- done

Wear a size 16- done

Wear a size 14

Wear a size 12

Wear a size 10

Wear a size 8

Get off my med for High blood pressure.

Get off my thyroid med, may not be possible but I would like it to happen.

Have the most beautiful flower garden.

My Program:
Complete the rookie to 5K training. Done 8/20/2011

Run a 5K, in public! DONE 9/24/2011

Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Track meals based on the suggested amounts of protein, carb, fat, dairy.

Nutrition Plan:
Be within my calorie range everyday (1200-1500)
Cardio Plan:
90 min a week(3, 30 minute sessions)
Strength Training: P90 3 days a week

Make a connection with someone who can exercise with me. Done, I bought a Fitbbit for my wonderful husband and now we exercise more together! And 3 of my daughters also have them, great motivation.

Personal Information:
I am a Roman Catholic and I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I am 51 and I have been married for 29 years. I want to look good! For the remainder of my life I want to be a healthy weight.

Other Information:
I love to sew, craft, quilt, make cards, cook, garden, listen to beautiful music, and read clean, Victorian and Regency books.

But those are just pastimes, my greatest joy of all is my Dear Lord and my great family.

Look how far you have come, don't give up now!

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    Wonderful to see you in the photos of MN having such a good time :)
    1889 days ago
    Good morning, Annette! Set yourself up for success using SMART strategies. Create effective goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. They will positively change your life. You will achieve results! Have a beautiful and blessed weekend.

    emoticon S = SPECIFIC - What exactly do you want to achieve?
    emoticon M = MEASURABLE - How will you know you have achieve it?
    emoticon A = ATTAINABLE - Is it something that you have control over?
    emoticon R = RELEVANT - Is it applicable to the goal and what you are working on right now?
    emoticon T = TIMELY - What is your deadline for getting this goal done?

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    1911 days ago
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    Thank you for the good wishes on our new adventure moving. I will continue with my Mn. groups as I will always consider Mn. my home.
    1913 days ago
    emoticon Annette! Schedule YOU time! Ensure the quality of downtime. Slow down. Find balance. Seek inner peace. Practice stress relief. Plan leisure activities. Enjoy life. Have a Sparktacular Sunday and wonderful week!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
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