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Hello everybody..My name is Carol and welcome to my Sparkpage! What a journey it has been!! On March 2, 2010 I weighed 240+ lbs. I found myself at 55 years of age lying in CCU in a hospital. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, & was stressed to the max. Luckily my heart was okay, but my cardiologist questioned where I would be in 10 years if I didn't drastically change my life!! Upon my release, I decided it was time to take control of my life. I immediately started on a journey to develop a healthy lifestyle, & I was determined nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goal!! I started walking for exercise, & watching what I ate by counting calories and trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet. All went well & by August 2010, I had lost a total of 35 lbs....but something seemed to be missing! While I had the support of family & friends, for the most part I felt that I was alone on my journey. That is until my doctor recommended I check out the website called!! It changed my life!! Never before had I experienced the support & resources that I have found here. 10 months after joining Sparks, in April of 2011, I met my ultimate goal. . I have reached my goal weight and now have a normal BMI. My blood pressure is normal, and cholesterol has been lowered! I continued into the maintenance phase of my journey with my feet firmly planted in Sparkpeople, & with all my wonderful Sparkfriends at my side!! I have successfully maintained my weight loss for over 2 years!! For me this is probably the most important and difficult part of my journey! I now must break the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting that I have dealt with most of my adult life! This time, with the help of Sparkpeople, I will win the battle! 120 lbs later.... GOODBYE YO-YO are OUTTA HERE!! Thank you sparkpeople for giving me my life back!!

Member Since: 8/22/2010

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Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Maintain my weight

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Help motivate others

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Exercise 5-7 days a week

Monitor calories & sodium

Balanced nutritional meals

8 glasses water minimum per day

Strength training 4 days per week

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I'm a 59+ year old female from America's heartland--Kansas. I have been employed in the aircraft industry for the past 23 years. Always an animal lover I am the proud mama to a Chug, 2 Japanese Chins, and a rescue kitty Lucky. I am married to my loving partner who I have been with for the
past 29 years.

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This is how I Ifound Spark people. I woke up in a hospital bed in CCU in March of 2010, hospitilized for chest pains. I weighed 230+lbs, had high cholesteral & high blood pressure. Luckily my heart was okay & I was diagnosed with stress which caused the chest pains. My doctors advised me to lose weight & get active. Being in CCU was the most humiliating experience of my life.. You don't put a 240 lb person on a bed pan with good results!! I was determined to do whatever it took to prevent ending up in that place again. Upon being released from the hospital I immediately started walking for exercise & watching my calories, sodium, & fat intake. At a doctors appointment in August 2010 I had lost 40 lbs, but it was hard sustaining the enthusiasm & determination I had upon my initial release from the hospital. My Dr. told me about the web site for Spark people & here I am. I look forward to a long wonderful relationship with Spark people!!

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    SO GLAD to hear!!!! Hughughug.

    Thanks for the add - returned! Continued good thoughts
    77 days ago
    Happy Memorial Day ! emoticon
    87 days ago
    emoticon Carol, I’m thinking about you as you remember your beloved mother. Even though we slowly learn how to live without them, they will forever be treasured deep within our hearts. May the heartache from missing her be comforted by the precious memories that only you and she shared together. I’m sending you love, healing and hugs on this Mother’s Day.

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    108 days ago
    emoticon Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own LOVE. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but my doing what you can to make grace happen by following His will yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. Make a difference in your life and the lives of others by choosing joy and sharing it with others. You lead by example. Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon
    194 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Have a happy day!
    198 days ago
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