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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 ...
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 Sparkpeople.com!! 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 DIETER....you are OUTTA HERE!! Thank you sparkpeople for giving me my life back!!
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Member Since: 8/22/2010

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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
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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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SLIM242
1/1/2016 10:42:57 AM

Happy new year Carol!
Wishing you the best in 2016!

I must admit you have motivated me throughout the years. Every time someone tells me I'm losing too much weight, I look at your journey and results. I know I have not reached my goal to be in optimum health; however, when friends see your body changing for some reason they want you to stay in the unhealthy state. I am committed to getting my BMI in the healthy range in 2016. You did it and I believe I can do it too.
Thanks for keeping me motivated!
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12/22/2015 7:37:30 AM

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12/21/2015 12:40:32 PM

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emoticon Carol! I hope you are having a wonderful time on your special day! Have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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Carol, Happy Birthday to you!
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May all of your wishes come true!
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Have a wonderful and memorable day!
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Sending birthday hugs your way!
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12/19/2015 10:22:08 AM

emoticon Actions we take today affect how we live tomorrow. If we know what we want...if we listen to our heart's desire, write down our goals, and keep them in mind with every action we take...we create our dreams. We turn our wishes into goals and our goals into reality. We visualize the life we want and create it for ourselves.

Blessings today and always!

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12/19/2015 6:03:55 AM

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy your holiday! So glad that I have a wonderful supportive emoticon Like you! Be blessed!
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