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This isn't a diet, it is a healthy way of life. I had to get used to the fact that my new eating plan is forever. This adjustment involved some mental temper tantrums, I am embarrassed to tell you. Eventually, I have adjusted but it isn't always easy and it can be a real struggle.

For some reason, I thought that just losing weight would make my life the life I have always wanted. I thought all of my personal issues would just float away and life would be a fairytale. That is a pipe dream! I have to learn to love myself as I am at any weight first. Exercise will make me feel good and give me confidence but the major part of weight loss is mental. Getting into the nitty gritty emotional issues and changing my thoughts about myself is my biggest challenge.

It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I have read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all experienced slip ups and plateaus. Since all three lost 80 pounds or more, this gives me hope for being successful on my own journey and you can be successful too!



Member Since: 8/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 214,398

My Goals:
Learn to eat for nutrition instead of medicating myself with food
Log food daily

Learn to pay attention to my body's pain signals

Lose 5% of my body weight Achieved on Nov. 30,2012

Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013

Achieve the addional 10% loss Achieved April 5, 2013

Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 25,2013.

Lose a total of 35 pounds

Lose a total of 40 pounds

Lose a total of 45 pounds

Lose a total of 50 pounds

Earn 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Achieved 4/3/2012

Earn 100,000 Spark Points
Achieved 2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes Met 08/ 2013

Earn 200,000 Spark Points
Achieved 10/20/2014

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes Achieved 3/4/2016

Earn 300,000 Spark Points
Achieved 5/5/2016

Earn 300,000 Fitness Minutes


My Program:
I will use food to nourish instead of using it to medicate myself.

I will drink 8 + cups water daily.

I will eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily.

I will choose foods by their nutritional content.

I will add anti-inflammatory foods to my eating plan .

I will do some sort of cardio for 10+ minutes 7 days a week .

I will keep a food diary daily either written or online.

I will stay away from processed foods.

I will get 7+ hours of sleep per day.

I will pace my activities daily.

I will pay attention to pain levels daily.

I will rest and use pain reduction techniques instead of medicating myself with food.

I will be kind to myself if I slip up and will get right back on my program.



Personal Information:
I'm a retired teacher who still loves to learn new things.

I am an optimist and refuse to dwell on the past. It is better to learn from it and move on.

I love animals. Their love is unconditional!

Doing creative activities always lifts my mood and I'm already a happy person to begin with!


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I enjoy:
Reading, photography, crafts, helping other people, music, creative healthy cooking, exercising in water, using my brain, being creative, acting silly/laughing, and learning new things.




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  • v SHARON10002
    It's Wonderful ~ Woman ~ Wednesday!
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    `*•.¸ `*•.¸ reading this message right now: `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Nothing lasts forever - not even this moment. *♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* So LIVE it up! *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    *•.¸ `*•.¸♥* DRINK it down.*♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* LAUGH it off. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Avoid the drama of it all. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥*Never have regrets. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Take CHANCES - for they are GOD’S LITTLE OPPORTUNITIES. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* If you do this DAILY, when you look back on your life you’ll realize*♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥*Everything you did was exactly what YOU wanted. *♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* What better way to LIVE A LIFE?*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    10 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    COngratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. I hope you are determined to reach your goals.
    I struggle with my self confidence because of my weight. I saw this quote this week. I share it with you hoping it speaks to you as strongly as it did to me.

    "One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself. "Gabourey Sidibe

    We are all beautiful!!!

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    13 days ago
  • v OVERWORKEDJANET
    Bravo on your comment on my blog! emoticon
    15 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    It's Wonderful ~ Woman ~ Wednesday!
    ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸♥ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸To the Wonderful Woman`*•.¸`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸reading this message right now `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The ADVENTURE of life is to LEARN. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The PURPOSE of life is to GROW.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    *•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The NATURE of life is to CHANGE,*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The CHALLENGE of life is to OVERCOME,`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥*
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The ESSENCE of life is to CARE, *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The OPPORTUNITY of life is to SERVE.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The SECRET of life is to DARE.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The SPICE of life is to BEFRIEND. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The BEAUTY of life is to GIVE .*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* The JOY of life is to LOVE .*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* This is what makes you the WONDERFUL woman you are.*♥`*•.¸ `*•
    ** Quoted from William Arthur Ward**
    17 days ago
  • v JANEWATKINS
    OMG! I miss everybody! I can't wait for a get-together. I feel better already, but pretty weak. What an upset. Kept my weight at the same place for two months. I'm anxious to get back on Beck and keep going. I have real need now to quit horsing around and get it done.

    Marsha said something that made me feel you have beek sick, too. Are you OK? I hope your feeling like yourself again. Youve have quit an ordeal this past few weeks. It's your turn to feel fabulous!
    17 days ago
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