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June 21, 2014 Nephew Matt and me.

12/31/2013 Ready for a NYE dance!

Maine 10-2010 (looking back at the month I started Spark)

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"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again."

6-1-14 "Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet, and use them as stepping stones!"
~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger

3/3/14 Spark People says, "You don't have to go fast. You just have to GO."

January, 2014
Commit and carry through... still my personal mantra, still difficult for me to actually put into practice. I've slipped into bad habits and unhealthy ...
6-1-14 "Don't carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet, and use them as stepping stones!"
~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger

3/3/14 Spark People says, "You don't have to go fast. You just have to GO."

January, 2014
Commit and carry through... still my personal mantra, still difficult for me to actually put into practice. I've slipped into bad habits and unhealthy food choices since a long recovery from a foot surgery I had Nov. 30, 2012. I let that affect me in such a negative way and have used that as an excuse for WAY too long! Truth be told, it was a set back to working out and cooking healthy meals consistently, but really, it messed with my mindset more than anything. I'm slowly working through all that now and am 100% ready to commit ~ with your help and my hard work, I will also 'carry through'!

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." Golda Meier

"Tomorrow is promised to no one, so use your today wisely."

6-30-12; recommitting on 7-19-12 I CAN DO THIS!
Done Being the Fat Girl! Just joined that team and am recommitting to working on getting my excess weight off! I've learned over the last 6 months that I can maintain my weight, but before that is the lifestyle I choose to live, I must get to a healthy weight first! Here I go!!!

Here's a nice thought to start off the New Year:
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Starting year 2 with Spark today. I had a successful first year; losing 53 pounds and actually enjoying exercise! I'm continually learning about myself. I am still learning to make healthy food choices, but I realize acceptance of my shortcomings has played a huge part in my success! I've learned not to be so hard on myself when I have a set-back, just start again, again, and again if I need to, and that's okay. I have learned to believe in myself and my ability to live a healthy lifestyle. And, IT FEELS GOOD! My new mantra for the next year is: POWERING FORWARD! Here I go!

"We all have a past, the story of which is already written. However, our future is full of blank pages waiting to record our life’s journey. We need to accept what was and look forward to new and exciting chapters being written with God as our co-author.” quote from The Whisper of God

It's time to take my obesity seriously! I'm ready to fill those blank pages with successes!
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 current weight: 253.4 

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Member Since: 10/10/2010

SparkPoints: 34,084

Fitness Minutes: 23,294

My Goals:
Use positive self-talk each day.

Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies per day, on 5 of 7 days.

Do strength training 3 times, and cardio 5-6 times per week.

Drink 8 glasses of water per day.

Lose 1-2 pounds average per week.

My Program:
Live healthier ~ and remember, it's a lifestyle not a diet!

Specifically, monitor food intake by tracking daily; and make exercise a priority when planning my weeks.

Personal Information:
My name is Susie. I've never been married. I'm a 57-year old, retired teacher of children with special needs, from St. Peters, Missouri. I've been blessed with a strong faith, a good family and many friends, all of which are important to me.

Other Information:
Goal: to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week

4/30/09 284.8 lbs
Joined Spark 10/10/10
274 lbs

11/15/10 274 lbs
12/27/10 259.2
1/31.11 255
2/28/11 249.8
3/28/11 242
4/25/11 236.8
5/30/11 239.6
6/27/11 232.4
7/31/11 232.4
8/29/11 227.2
9/28/11 222.2
10/10/11 221.0
53 pounds lost
1 year Sparkversary!
11-1-11 223 lbs
12-1-11 215

1-1-12 220
2-1-12 218.2
3-1-12 217
4-1-12 222
5-1-12 220.4
6-1-12 225.4
7-1-12 225.6
8-1-12 226.8
9-1-12 230.6
10-1-12 228
11-1-12 230
11-30-12 230
(foot surgery)

2-11-2013 228.2
3-12-13 234.6
4-8-13 239.8
6-17-13 245
8-1-13 251
10-20-13 251.6

Time to start fresh!
1-1-2014 248.6
3-3-14 243.6

6-26-14 255.2

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Member Comments:
7/11/2014 11:28:25 AM

Thank you for the comment on my blog post this morning. I think we can all use pep talks from each other (and ourselves!). I added you as a friend!


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7/11/2014 10:11:06 AM

I hope you have a great weekend!

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7/10/2014 4:18:58 PM

Thank you for the goodie. A pedicure would be really nice. Usually I pay my youngest daughter to do it. She is pretty good, but it is hard to find time to sit long enough for her to finish and then not need to put on shoes too soon. Maybe later....My husband is out of town, which puts a different flavor on the day. I would love to try water aerobics sometime. They sound fun. I was out in the field again. Figured out where the calf was getting out and fixed it. Burns calories and saves the garden (I hope!)

Thanks for reminding me about the need for ample fruits and veggies.

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7/8/2014 12:32:18 PM

I hope I didn't botch my cabbage dinner tonight! I found a few different recipes and I tossed in a tablespoon of cumin and paprika, not realizing the last time I cooked with paprika, we hated it! Ah well, we shall see! I browned the turkey, onion, and garlic last night and popped it in the crockpot with the chopped up cabbage, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and a large can of tomato sauce, and about a cup of lentils. I took it out of the fridge and set it on low before I headed to work today. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be edible!!

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7/7/2014 10:13:29 AM

Sounds like you did well on the 4th. I was so crazy busy I didn't try to plan like I should have. I found myself early baking rolls I had made for the day and painting the kitchen ceiling and walls. And it went on from there. The family was (mostly) all here and it was a wonderful time. I was really tired by the end of the day. Even though I didn't do any structured workout, I was on my feet all day running. Glad to get back to normal today. We ran out of coffee so I am drinking a late cup that I walked down to my husband's business to get and checking Spark. Then I am off to our orchard field to cut weeds and brush and haul it out to make a better pasture. That should be a workout for the day:-) I hope you are on plan today. I was happy and inspired to read about your good choices.

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