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***June 1st, 2015***
It's been almost six years since I began using this site. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 15. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I remember getting in so much ...
***June 1st, 2015***
It's been almost six years since I began using this site. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 15. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I remember getting in so much trouble for bragging about what I ate while visiting my grandparents. I was very young and didn't realize how bad off we were.
I have battled with my weight my entire adult life. I slowly started gaining when I was a senior in high school. When I saw myself in a picture wearing a bathing suit, I vowed to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained in 4 years. I found success by joining a gym with a friend, drinking plenty of water and eating Lean Cuisine frozen meals.

My grandmother was my rock and savior during my horrible childhood. In the last few years of her life, she pretty much lived on frozen meals and ended up contracting stomach cancer. I believe that it was mostly due to those Banquet Dinners that she ate because they were cheap. I cannot bring myself to eat any packaged frozen meals after watching her suffer.

Overall, I am healthy except for my weight. I have had my share of trauma from childhood through adulthood but I believe that I am stronger by learning to survive through all of the turmoils. I think my mother taught me at a very young age to turn to food for comfort. I was taught to clean my plate because you never know when you'll get a chance to eat again. My mother was extremely obese and that was the ultimate cause of her death. My biggest struggle has been to overcome this. I know that food is plentiful and wasting food on my waistline is so much worse that throwing it away.,,,it's just hard to change.

I love to exercise but find the older you get, the harder it is. I have tried to become a runner but my feet will not allow. I do as much walking as I can and try to make every effort to add strength training as I know how important that is. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and make too many bad choices. My plan is to eat healthy by trying to stick to a clean diet.

I am happily married and have two wonderful daughters. I thank God everyday for my blessings and pray for strength and guidance to make this world a better place for all.




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Member Since: 7/27/2009

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My Goals:
I really need to put more focus on myself and getting into shape. I have to feel better about myself and be able to look at myself in pictures without wanting to cry.

Goal 1 - lose 10 lbs
Take it one baby step at a time adding a goal after each is met

Ultimate Goal: feel comfortable in my own skin.

My Program:
Incorporate exercise in everyday activities as much as possible
Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Limit sweets - and eat clean
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Personal Information:
My name is April and I have been married to my loving husband for 29 years. We have two beautiful daughters. Our youngest attends a university not too far away and the oldest has graduated and is working a "big girl" job. We live in the country on a few acres of land with our dogs who love to run and explore.

Other Information:
I love exercise and feel great when I've accomplished a challenge.
My biggest challenge is eating. I'm not a binge eater but I have a hard time staying on track. It's too easy for me to eat out with friends or family and fall back into the same routine that got me into this shape. I'm trying very hard to limit portions and make healthy choices.

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SPARKED2BFIT
9/1/2015 7:14:55 PM

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8/28/2015 8:02:43 PM

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8/24/2015 8:39:28 AM

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As individuals we are faced with challenges that we can look at as guidelines instead of stop signs. Those who are able to move forward become stronger and serve as an inspiration to others who may be going through similar situations. Love who you are and believe in your abilities. Take risks, push your limits and become the success that you know you can be¨¯`💕



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8/11/2015 11:34:52 PM

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8/7/2015 7:28:55 PM

Happy Friday evening my friend! Thanks for stopping by my blog...always LOVE to hear from you! We are going into week 6 of our 8 week 5% challenge where we try to lose 5% of our weight during an 8 week timeframe. It's a great challenge and it does hold you accountable for exercise minutes and what they call Living the Good Life points whereby they give helpful guidelines to develop healthier habits. I've been a member for a good long time usually with the Teddy Bear Team but this go round with the Tiger Monarchs as their Weight Leader. So far so good...I've dropped about 8 of the 10 pounds I'm hoping to lose and still have 2 weeks left....let's hope I reach goal. It's been a terribly stressful time what with the parking lot problem at our biz and the never ending 'save our home' fight. I just try to live one day at a time...sometimes one minute at a time...ha..ha!

Hope you are doing well and that you are accomplishing your goals...I'll check to see if you have any new blogs. I subscribe to yours but for some reason Spark seems to drop a lot of my subscriptions...another quirky weird thing. emoticon
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