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[2/21/2013] 2 1/2 years! Wow! I am not the same person as when I began at nearly 250 pounds. I got to goal, bounced around a little, and am slowly trying to take that "bounce" back off! I have so much more energy and I feel so much better. Yesterday, a former colleague who hadn't seen me throughout my weight-loss journey, but has seen me a couple of times since January 1, 2013, came over to me and told me that she couldn't believe the change in me. That reaction doesn't happen so often ...
[2/21/2013] 2 1/2 years! Wow! I am not the same person as when I began at nearly 250 pounds. I got to goal, bounced around a little, and am slowly trying to take that "bounce" back off! I have so much more energy and I feel so much better. Yesterday, a former colleague who hadn't seen me throughout my weight-loss journey, but has seen me a couple of times since January 1, 2013, came over to me and told me that she couldn't believe the change in me. That reaction doesn't happen so often any more because most of my friends HAVE seen me, but it was nice.

I STILL prefer to walk; I still don't really like strength training, but have begun to start it anyway.

I enjoy my Spark friends immensely!

2 years! I have passed the two year mark in August 2012 and am happy with my fitness journey. I have reached my original goal and am slightly below, which makes both my PCP as well as me happy. I am so very happy that I found Sparkpeople and am blessed with all of my Sparkfriends who have encouraged me along this journey.


I feel better! After 16 months, I am within 10 pounds of my goal weight. Walking is no longer a chore for me. I make good nutrition choices most of the time and stay within calorie range most days. Sparkpeople and my
Sparkfriends' help have changed my life!


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"I am going to feel better!"

I wrote the above words in August 2010, and ten months later, I DO feel better, both physically and mentally.

Tracking has ALWAYS worked for me, even 30 years ago as a Weight Watchers member. IF I had continued tracking, I would never have ended up at almost 250 pounds and barely able to move or breathe. I am now almost to the 160s and closer to the weight that my primary care physician wants me to be - 145.

I have actually begun to enjoy exercising as I continue this fitness journey. I could barely walk to the end of my street when I started and those ten minute intervals were hard. Now I try to walk at least 45 minutes at a time and have to remind myself to take breaks.

I enjoy my sparkteams and sparkfriends so much. Thank you for helping me and encouraging me on this journey! I have learned so much from each of you.
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Member Since: 8/14/2010

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My Goals:
[2/21/2013] My goal is to stay around 150#. I was way too lax in my tracking/exercising habits in November and December this past year, so I am re-losing some of it. That's okay! It is a life-long journey.

My preliminary overall goal was to lose 92 pounds. After discussion with my PCP, I am making my goal weight 145. That will be about 40 pounds from what I weigh right now.

I have become more active physically and have more energy since beginning on my Sparkjourney in August 2010.

My Program:
I am using the nutrition tracker. It seems to help me to be more accountable. If I really want something, I eat it in a small amount.

My preferred exercise at this time is walking. I do try to maintain at least 30 minutes each day.

I have added resistance bands; I really like the way I feel after using them.

Personal Information:
I live in a small town in SW Missouri.

I am retired from teaching, but continue to work part time at a local community college. I love it - both the retired life and the part time work!

I play piano and began lessons again at age 51!

I love to crochet, but tendonitis keeps me from doing it as much as I would like.

My husband and I love to travel and purchased a motorhome just last month. We began by tent camping 15 years ago and have gradually added more of life's comforts to the experience.




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My favorite Bible verse: They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...

My favorite authors: Debbie Macomber, Karen Kingsbury, Susan Wiggs

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TLWARE9
9/22/2014 11:24:47 PM

Hi Tammy,
Glad to be on the Ivory Falcons team with you again.
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NORASPAT
9/12/2014 11:24:42 PM

We love ENDEAVOUR, MORSE, LINLEY, and of course we are waiting for Downton Abbey, not a mystery but an amazing series for us because we know the places they go to.
We also watch CALL THE MIDWIFE. DH loved it I just ignored it but now we have Direct TV we can pick and choose. We do not like TV but we find enough on PBS o keep us going. We also have NETFLIX.

Are you going to Branson soon. e have not been out in our RV at all this summer. Thanks Tammy for being such a good Spark Friend. (((HUGS)))



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NORASPAT
9/7/2014 8:54:39 PM

Hi Tammy, so sorry about your brother. You have been one great sister to him especially right now. Just trying to navigate the Medicaid Medicare business is very complicated. I have been writing Blogs for a long time but this year we have two of our sons families with financial problems. We have our Nevada son, DIL and our granddaughter. They live in our basement.
Friday was the first day our RV moved its wheels. I love the vehicle and told DH that I do not want it sold. He has ARMD so at some point I will be the driver but I want him to drive as long as he can, it is a tough time right now.
Obviously we are both in extended family situations not the same but we are both giving lots of support.
Please keep in touch. I assumed you were super busy but I saw you on my page and thought about you. I did not see any blog subscriptions but I love to see you on my page. Pat in Maine.
I only had time to grow 2 tomato plants. NO SQUASH.
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BETZYGIRL
9/6/2014 2:19:55 PM

emoticon HI, I live near Nevada. Moundville has around 127 (I say counting the dogs, cats & chickens:) My late father & step-mom lived in Nixa at one time!



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LINZEE118
9/5/2014 7:39:56 PM

emoticon for the nice comment on my SP.



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