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Sunset on the beach behind the condo we stayed in - Seagrove Beach, FL 2012

Me and Cat at my house March 24, 2014

Phil and me in Ireland (at Giants Causeway) in November 2009.

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I am 66 and on a quest for better health! I want to maintain my weight loss and get off blood pressure meds if possible! ETA: GOAL MET!! As of April 1 I am off all BP meds!!!! Thank you Lyn-Genet Recitas and 'The Plan'!!!

My new love is hiking - in May 2011 we did a road trip out west that included Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Natl Park, Arches Natl Park, Canyonlands Natl Park, and Yellowstone. It was awesome and hiking these parks helped me make great progress ...
I am 66 and on a quest for better health! I want to maintain my weight loss and get off blood pressure meds if possible! ETA: GOAL MET!! As of April 1 I am off all BP meds!!!! Thank you Lyn-Genet Recitas and 'The Plan'!!!

My new love is hiking - in May 2011 we did a road trip out west that included Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Natl Park, Arches Natl Park, Canyonlands Natl Park, and Yellowstone. It was awesome and hiking these parks helped me make great progress in conquering my fear of heights!! I can't wait to go back!! Update - went back to some of the same parks and some new ones in May 2012 - again LOVED it!!
On October 29, 1941, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School to to hear the traditional songs he had sung there as a youth, as well as to speak to the students. When he was invited to give a speech, Churchill stood before the students and said,

"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up."

To be successful in your life and business, here is what Winston Churchill told us:

"The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem"

"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense"
Thomas Edison said this when questioned about his failure: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln
I cannot tell a lie - I shamelessly stole this site and these quotes from another Sparker, KrzyKat3. I even left in some of HER quotes that really resonated with me because I don't want to forget them!! Feel free to borrow them yourself, but please give her credit if you do! (I DID tell her I was borrowing them!):

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. - Frank Capra

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today. ~Mignon McLaughlin

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." Frederick Keonig

Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel. Banish discouragement and feelings of impossibility by working hard, doing more, and not giving in! A diamond was only made beautiful after millions of years as a lump of coal. From Donna aka Walkersss

Some People weave burlap into the fabric of our lives and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique.... Unknown

my motto is anything lost is not a gain, anything maintained is not a gain. I can live with no gain! ---- me (KrzyKat3), 01/31/10

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas (copied from another sparker)

"If I start, I finish" --- me-(KrzyKat3) motto for 2010

"if we did all the things we are capable of doing we would truly astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison

"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." -Faith Baldwin (From Marilyn - I personally think God could be substituted for Time in that one. I think He often works with our mistakes to keep our lives on His tracks.)

"Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there .... and light the bloody thing yourself." - Sara Henderson, Australian Outback Station Manager and Writer

Try again.
Try harder.
Try tomorrow.
Try thinking about what has worked in the past.
Try and ask someone who has done it.
Try and figure out what is not working.
Try it a different way.
Try it once more.
Don't stop trying!
~author unknown ~ From RainbowMF

"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!"- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses." ~ Rosalind Russell

"Character consists of what you do on the third & fourth tries." James A. Michener

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out alive." - Elbert Hubbard

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. ~Author Unknown

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin' Bingham

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." Judy Garland

"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom (from Donalie)

Today is where my book begins, the rest is still unwritten... Author Unknown

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." --Zig Ziglar

The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves. ~ Author Unknown

Its hard to beat someone who never gives up. Babe Ruth

"Love yourself, Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.
Steve Marabol

"Encourage yourself, believe in yourself and love yourself. Never doubt who you are." Stephanie Lahart
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Member Since: 1/21/2010

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My Goals:
My top goal is to get fit and healthy! In 2014 I want to increase my strength training and work on getting my house organized. I've let that slip in the past couple of years - time to add some balance back to my life!

My Program:
I am eating according to 'The Plan' guidelines. I've FINALLY been able to ween myself off Blood Pressure meds! I'm still in the process of 'testing' foods to see which agree with my body but I'm loving the knowledge I've gained from 'The Plan'.

Personal Information:
I am originally from central Texas but have been living in Georgia most of the last 30+ years. We recently moved from Suwanee, GA to LaGrange, Ga when DH retired.

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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." -- Henry Ford

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Member Comments:
7/23/2014 4:37:02 PM

Thank you for the kind comments and the goodie:) I wasn't on much during the Spring either. We moved out of our house and into an RV so it was pretty crazy for a while. I didn't lose any weight during that time but I did prove to myself that my current path can/will maintain my progress so that's something. Anyway, I'm back at it now and so excited to complete my first 5K in one month! Glad you are back around. You are a great Sparkfriend!!

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7/23/2014 4:20:04 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog and reminder to add my Weight loss 80% nutrition, 20% exercise graphic.

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7/21/2014 12:52:59 PM

Hi Marilyn, I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the summer! I know you are interested in healthy recipes so I wanted to let you know that I've added some great tasting and healthy recipes to the Remedies team page. You can find them in the letter of the week with a twist forum as well as the healthy food of the week forum and the healthy recipes forum.

I am trying to meet the needs of team members so I have not forgotten your request for healthy recipes! I hope you find one or two that you love!

Take care and keep sparking!

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7/19/2014 12:05:33 AM

Thank you for commenting on my blog!! I love your photos of all your travels. I went to Israel, Jordan & Greece. My husband would not go as he will not fly or leave our country. I spent 2 weeks in Israel. When I was 7 my pastor & his wife came back from visiting Israel. I looked up at him & told him when I get big I am going. We were a family of 8 I had no idea how I would get there. I married at 34 I told my husband my dream of going there .When he heard our church was going he said " your dream is coming true you are going" I was 40 when I went . What a most lovely 2 weeks I had I shall treasure my memories for ever. I love the history of so many places My husband has made so many dreams come true for me. God has blessed me with a most wonderful husband.
Have a blessed weekend!!

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7/17/2014 9:21:18 PM

thanks for your lovely comments!!! hope you are doing great!

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