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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: 211,868

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 AMY_1217
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    There are 10 teams, 24 team members each, and it's a 10 week challenge!
    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!
    13 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    It's Wonderful ~ Woman ~ Wednesday!
    ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸♥ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸ To my very strong and powerful friend`*•.¸`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* reading this message right now `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* What ever I set my mind to I can accomplish!*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* My beliefs, and willpower have brought me *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Right to where I find myself today.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* I’ve made these choices and taken my actions.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Even when I sometimes doubted myself.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
    *•.¸ `*•.¸♥* I may not have totally reached my goal,*♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* But I am further ahead than where I was yesterday.*♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Today is a new day with new choices and actions,*♥`*♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* And for those very reasons I will not give up!*♥`*•.¸ *♥`*•.¸
    `*•.¸`*•.¸♥* I hope you have A Wonderful Day!`*•.¸`*•.¸♥ `*•.¸♥ `*•.¸
    *´¨`*.•*´¨ .•*´¨ .•*´¨ .•*´¨ .•*´¨ *´¨`* *´¨`*.•*´¨ .•*´¨ .•*´¨ .•*´¨ .•*´¨ *´¨`*

    ¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨) Focus just for today, and make your choices from a place that feels right to you. Believe in yourself no matter what happens!
    (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´¨`*..•´¨`*♥ Sharon
    13 days ago
  • v NEWSPARKDEBBIE
    You are awesome AND the number 1 in fitness minutes this month for Team INDYGIRL!

    Way to go!!!! emoticon emoticon
    15 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2016 9:07:10 AM
  • v SHARON10002
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    emoticon A - A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it
    emoticon W - Walk your talk.
    emoticon E - Every day is a chance to begin anew.
    emoticon S - Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones.
    emoticon O - Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.
    emoticon M - Make today count!
    emoticon E - Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

    emoticon A - All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
    emoticon U - Unlimited opportunities are waiting for you today.
    emoticon G - Great changes may not happen right away, but over time many raindrops will fill a pool.
    emoticon U - Until you decide to change, nothing else will change.

    emoticon S - Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
    emoticon T - Today you CAN succeed!
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    21 days ago
  • v FERALAUNTIE
    I get a lot of minutes in on housework, but very little done. It just is too hard. No money for help. I do some, rest, do some more, rest. etc all day.
    22 days ago
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