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2012 - That elusive Sparkle... I know its in there.

2008 - I was just thinking that the other day on the way to work... What happened to my "sparkle" that joy in my approach to each day, that dash of wonder at each experience, that energy that kept me happy, healthy... I remember saying to myself in that moment... "I need to find my Sparkle"

Three days later, I found this website. I am a single mum with limited resources, debt up my yin yang, and way to many pounds on this poor body of mine... I quit smoking (yeah!!!) about four years ago and compounded with some health issues that slowed me down I very quickly put on over 80 pounds!!

I am so glad to be here and to meet you all... If I can support you in any way in your journey, or you in mine, lets take these steps together... Thanks for taking the time to read... :)

I want to be able to cut my toe nails again...
I want to be able to wrap a single towel around me again.. and actually cover everything!!
I want to feel comfortable with myself
I want to be active and to move easily
I want to have fun with my kids
I want to wear regular socks again and not cut off my circulation!
I want to wear pretty clothes again.
I want to feel good about myself and proud of my appearance.
I want to add more to this list as i think of it...
[edited Aug 7 2008]
~Drink at least 5 x 8oz of water/day
~Stay within Calorie Range
~700 Calorie difference between consumed & burned
~Exercise at least 30 minutes most days
~Log My Calories and Fitness
~Eat at least 5 fruits and Veggies
~Take my Multi-Vitamin
~Watch my Vitamin and Mineral Intake
~Get 7 Hours of Rest Each Night
~Participate on SparkPeople website Daily
Goal Weight Loss 18+ lbs
Starting Challenge Weigh-in = 236

Wk 1: July 22 - 28 Weigh-in = 236
Wk 2: July 29 - Aug. 4 Weigh-in =
Wk 3: Aug. 5 - 11 Weigh-in =
Wk 4: Aug. 12 - 18 Weigh-in =
Wk 5: Aug. 19 - 25 Weigh-in =
Wk 6: Aug. 26 - Sept 1 Weigh-in =
Wk 7: Sept 02 - 08 Weigh-in =
Wk 8: Sept 16 - 22 Weigh-in =
Wk 9: Sept 23 - 29 Weigh-in =
Wk 10: Sept 30 - Oct. 06 Weigh-in =
Wk 11: Oct. 14 - 20 Weigh-in =
Wk 12: Oct. 21 - 27 Weigh-in =
________ Oct. 27- FINAL WEIGH-IN =

Goal is to be 218 by Challenge end! I CAN Do this!
~12 WEEK CHALLENGE GOAL (218 by Oct/27/2008)
~2nd goal Medium Range (180)
~3rd goal Medium Range - Pre-EE (150)
~Long-Term realistic goal (135)~
~Dream goal - 123
Current Weight: 231 lb
Goal Weight: 123 lb
Weight Loss: 108 lb
DailyCalorie Deficit: 700
Time to Reach Goal Weight: 18 months

Member Since: 7/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,295

My Goals:
I want to be here to enjoy my family and be here for their families. I want to feel good about myself and proud of my accomplishment. I am seeking to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, body size and BMI

My Program:
Eat to Live 6-Week Plan

From the book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
UNLIMITED (eat as much as you want):

all raw vegetables, including raw carrots (goal: 1 lb. daily)
cooked green vegetables (goal 1 lb. daily)
beans, legumes, bean sprouts, or *tofu (minimum 1 cup daily in total of these)
fresh fruit (at least 4 daily).
eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomato and other non-starchy vegetables, cooked and raw (unlimited)

*Beans should be eaten daily; tofu should be eaten less frequently.
LIMITED (not more than one serving):

cooked starchy vegetables OR whole grains–Maximum 1 cup per day (butternut or acorn squash, corn, sweet potato, brown rice, cooked carrots, whole grain breads*, whole grain cereals*)
raw nuts and seeds (1 oz. or 28.5 grams a day) or 2 ounces avocado
ground flaxseed (1 tablespoon a day)

Personal Information:
I live in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. I am 48 years old, single mum, with two fantastic boys now aged 14 and 20. We have two black cats and our Peke-a-poo Clan: Murphy, Tara Belle & Eilidh!

Other Information:
"Food is the most widely abuse anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized anti-depressant."-Bill Phillips

~ËœThink in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night~ William Blake

~When my will power is failing at least I have my CONSISTENCY to rely upon~

~We teach best what we most need to truly know~

~Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another~

~Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence~
Calvin Coolidge

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    Welcome to Spark People and the Goonies! What fun we will have getting to know each other on the team. There is someone in every stage of life here so buck up, find a place for internet and join us for support!

    Just a note, Chunk was without a computer for awhile and just about blew a gasket!! He made it and so will you, just remember we are waiting for you!! Jerri
    3519 days ago
    A belated welcome to the Goonies! We are so lucky to have you join us!

    Love you,
    just another goonie
    3519 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend! Appears we both gained a similar amount of weight in our quest of being smoke-free! We're in this together... with Teamwork we can do anything. Everyone at SP has been very supportive in my first two weeks here. I am glad you joined as well!
    Keep up the good work; appears you have made progress already - way to go!!!
    3524 days ago
    Just passing by to say hi and to welcome you to the "Goonies" team! Wishing you well on your journey. We are in this one together ... keep on keeping on! Take care of yourself, make plenty of time to laugh, keep smiling and have a great day!
    3527 days ago
    Welcome to the Goonies... where the friends are more like family! I am sure you'll love the team... the members, the chats... and the challenges. Please don't be shy. Join in on the chats and challenges. We're well on our way into July... but it's never to late to join in! You can do it... and we hope to help!! WHOOT WHOOT!! WE're glad to have you aboard!!

    3528 days ago
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