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Hi. Thanks for checking out my Spark Page. I'm Eileen and people call me Ei or IRISH. I live in Ohio!

Isn't wonderful? I really love it and it sure is helping me in my journey. This website was recommended to me when I asked my doctor how I could lose weight. Wow! I am so glad I asked her that question!
I went to Weight Watchers for several years off and on and did lose, but then put it back on when I stopped going.
In September 2010 when I discovered Spark People and read the book, it really got me motivated to make a decision. I decided I wanted a healhier lifestyle and knew I needed to make a change. I needed to do his on my OWN.
Spark got me going and kicked in and I realized it was up to me to be STRONG and FOCUSED. Motivation is great on this site.

NOW - July 21, 2015 I began a New program on a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. I went to a dietician and wellness doctor. They encouraged me to eat whole grain and healthier meals. I track daily and this plan keeps me going and motivated. I exercise more often now that I am completely retired and that helps too. I believe this is the best plan for me. Hope i can stay STRONG and get to goal in this new journey.

Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 55,610

My Goals:
To lose the weight needed to be healthier and fit for Lifetime following a plan each day.

My Program:
Eating WHOLE Grains and following the Mediterranean plan for life and wellness.

Track all meals and portion control daily.

Exercising 5 days a week.

Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

Always remembering, to Pray and Thank God for His love and guidance in my journey every day!

Personal Information:
I live in Ohio, a suburb on the west side of Cleveland.
I have three adult children, two son- in- laws and three precious grandchildren.

My faith and my family are very important to me.

I babysit when I can to help my kids out and enjoy it.

I am active in my church, volunteering in many groups.

I belong to the YMCA and my Recreation center and 5 days a week go to classes and use the other benefits they provide.

I love to read, do the daily crossword puzzle, love music, walking outdoors and on a track.

I enjoy cooking, trying out new healthy recipes, and spending time with close friends.

I try to laugh at myself each day and not take things too seriously.
" Life isn't fair, but it is still good." Regina Brett

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"Become the best version of yourself"
Matthew Kelly

"Be, Boldy, The Real You" Jim Smith
"Happiness is a mode of travel, not a destination. Enjoy the ride." Jim Smith

"Read the Psalms. No matter what your faith, they cover every human emotion." Regina Brett

"Do something nice for someone else---and don't tell anyone about it." Richard

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  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Don’t completely eliminate foods that you actually LOVE.

    Chances are that if you completely cut out foods you absolutely love, you’ll spring back into old eating habits pretty quickly. Unless your doctor informs you of a health condition that requires food elimination, or unless you choose to eliminate a food for personal reasons, let go of the idea of “bad” foods and learn to enjoy them in moderation instead. Pasta? Rice? A piece of chocolate cake? Enjoying these once in a while won’t derail all of your hard work and they aren’t “unhealthy” in proper portions. It is all about portion control...

    Things do get a bit tricky with this “don’t” though. You have to figure out the best method of non-elimination for you. For example, if you keep your favorite food in the house and know you aren’t able to control how much you eat, then don’t keep it in the house. Instead, enjoy it only when you go out.
    1 day ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Do you need to wait to feel hungry before eating? Worst Diet Advice: 'Only Eat When Hungry'

    Why you shouldn’t let hunger drive your dietary decisions . Don't believe it? What happens when you go to the supermarket hungry? Well you shop differently, of course, coming home with items you'd have never purchased on a full stomach. And what happens when you sit down to a meal hungry? Well you're still shopping of course, only this time you're shopping from your plate, your fridge, your cupboards, your freezer, or worst of all, from a menu. emoticon

    Pssss...... I love seeing those beautiful babies! Their just so cute emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v FRAN0426
    Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog and for the comments. Yes, I will keep in mind that PT may help the shoulder. I saw a doctor about it---she thinks it is still healing in the healing process, we'll see about that.
    2 days ago
    Good Morning dear friend. Thanks for your note. Glad you had fun with your family and Peter did so well. Went to my daughter's Graduation party last night. Had lot's of fun and lot's of food. Just catching up on a little computer time this morning. Still can't get into my facebook account. BooHoo! Trying to set up a new account but computer won't let me. I'm doing better since the weather is better. I'm sticking to my meal plan and doing well. Take care of you for me. (((Hugs))),

    4 days ago
  • v JANICEB0414
    Hi Irish, Thank you for your comments on my blog, Handwritten Journal. emoticon I have been using a food journal for years. It keeps me honest with the amount of cals I am eating and the amt of exercise I am doing. Sometimes, when I don't know what to eat, I can look at what I ate last week for some ideas. Also, I write down the time I take my meds, to be sure that I took them for the day!

    4 days ago
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