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March 2016
Here we are another year went by and I have yet to reach my goal weight. On the contrary this has been a year where I have gone past my highest weight.

There is no one to blame because it does not help blaming anyone. This is just a step back and I am going to take the step (or however many steps I need) forward to get myself back to where I need to be.

Life gives us lemons and I have decided to make some lemonade with them. So I am ready to walk forward and if I stumble I will dust myself off and continue the journey.

March 2015

So a few weeks before my next birthday and my weight has gotten out of control. I know I am trying but I guess not hard enough so it is time to get serious and get down to business again. I know I can do this I just need to get my mind back on track and dedicate more time to me.

I wanted to be at my goal weight for my birthday on April 3 but since that won't happen I guess the best birthday present I can give myself is permission to start over.

A new challenge starts the day after my birthday and I am on board. So hopefully I will be writing a different kind of blog.

My birthday wish to get healthy, energized and fit just for me!

December 2014

Another year is ending and new one will begin in a few hours. I have to thank God for all the good things that happened this year and accept all the challenges that were presented to me!

I have to thank my family for always being there and ask for forgiveness if I did anything to offend them during this year (which I am sure I did).

My oldest graduated from college and now he is looking towards the future. My youngest has had the best year in the last 3 years. He is still battling some health issues but he is back to his old cheery self and I can honestly say that he has come so far!! This has been the best thing that has happened in 2014.

My weight on the other hand has not come down the way I would had wanted-but this is due in part to injuries which prevented me from working out the last 6 months the way I needed to do. I also have to blame myself because I did not stick to tracking faithfully so I know what I need to do!

I have started to work out little by little and I am committed to get this done this time! So 2015 is here and now I must do my part!!

Summer 2014

The first day of summer is upon us and it also the first day of our 5% Summer Challenge. I guess most of the time we think of summer as a time to relax and we just forget about our routines. However, since joining Sparks 3 years ago I am constantly reminded that we must continue with our healthy choices and habit all year long.

I have not been able to reach my desired goal - as of yet - but I know that if it wasn't for these challenges and Spark I would definitely be worse off with regards to weight.

This site has given me many helpful tools such as articles, recipes, exercises and most importantly friends that help to pick me up when I am down!

So hopefully this summer challenge will continue to inspire me and Ii know that I will eventually reach my weight goal.

Let the summer begin and let's get those swim suits out!!


Getting ready for my Spring Challenge! Want to make sure that everything is in place and make no excuses.
Gym bag ready to take to work and have to force myself to leave work early and spend some me time.

I am a Teddy Bear!!!!
I am excited and ready to start the challenge!
Welcome to all my Teddy Bears and to all the other teams in the challenge. Time for some fun and challenges!

5% Winter Challenge Commitment:

This is the one year where I commit to really making time for myself. The past years I have neglected to really set aside my time and not let things get in the way. I feel that in order to help my family, children, friends, etc. I need to be healthy and the only way to achieve this is by looking out for number 1-ME

I will make sure that I take my gym clothes to work and leave work at my regular hour so that I can get to the gym and really have some ME time.

I don't want to sound selfish but I feel that I really need this time! I will track my food in take, and follow the LTGL.

My goal for 2014 is to be healthy and at peace!

5% Fall Challenge Commitment:

I will take my gym clothes to work and go straight from work. If something come up I will walk around the block for at least 3o minutes every day.

I will be more consistent with my strength training!

A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

I believe we can all apply this to our lives!

Hi! I am 50+ and I need to loose 10-20 lbs. I have been trying for sometime but I am stuck. I just discovered Sparks and I am getting use to the site and all it offers. I have always exercise and watched what I eat but it seems I just can't make it happen.
This year has been stressful with family illnesses and everyone wanting me to be the strong one, well guess what I am emotionally drained too. However, I will continue to have faith and hope that things will eventually get back to normal.

The start of my next year with Spark. My goals are to focus more on my weight loss and reduce my stress level.
It has been a challenging year, but I fel that I am on the right path. My journey through spark has shown given me so many resources to help me along the way. I have also gained a numbers of spark friends that have encourged and support me through my dark moments.
My goal for this year is to reach my goal weight, be healthy and live a stress free life.
Let the games begin!!!!
All thing are possible if we believe in ourselves and have faith in God.

Fall challenge goal lose 5% -- Hope to do this by exercise, tracking and staying active

Member Since: 7/25/2011

Fitness Minutes: 72,186

My Goals:
Take one step at time and not worry of the times I fall. Get up and keep going!!

My Program:
Walking, tracking, just being accountable!

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I've been married for 25 years.
Proud mother of one college grad and one more to go.
I am a 2nd grade teacher.
I love to read, spend time with my family.
I live in sunny central Florida
Have had a lot on my shoulders last two years but through the grace of God I am still here and moving forward!

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  • v SURVIVOR61
    Here is a New Daily Mantra!! Post it Where you Can see it....

    Pound by pound, inch by inch, choice by choice We will become healthy and fit!
    We struggle, but we grow. We fall, We will get up. Even amid adversity, We keep moving towards our goal weight.
    Today our portion size is shrinking and so is our waistlines.
    Today we are beautiful, We are fit, We are healthy; and more so every day!
    Today We are making the right choices and the right changes to have the body We want!
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    Missed seeing you around, Welcome back, sister!! emoticon
    15 days ago
    I am so happy you will be joining the Keep Walking With Jesus Summer Walking Challenge. It started June 6th thru July 11th. Anyone can join at any time. No judgments or competition, just getting us all to move more with plenty of encouragement. I am cheering you on to getting healthier. Keep those sneakers sparking!
    Your walking buddy, Alice emoticon

    20 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon My Wonderful Spark Friend !!
    Remember just because it is a Holiday Weekend doesn't mean you can't have a good time and stay on track... just watch be sure to weight the hamburger meat out to 3-4 ounces, layer it with plenty of veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, onions, radishes or your favorites!! Try adding some grilled vegetables to the list... Family BBQ's can be the greatest way to get your family on board to trying fresh grilled vegetables and "Yes" even grilled "Fruits"... Try gilled fruit and veggie kabobs... along with your favorite salsa. Even visit Chef Meg for some of her favorite recipes for grilling!!

    emoticon "Memorial Day Weekend Blessings!!" emoticon
    Remember to Plan for those desserts to, no more than 1/8th of a slice if you put it on your tracker!! You should have plenty of room for it!! Let's be Happy with our choices, not sorry about it later! emoticon
    31 days ago
  • v TEDDYBEAR662
    Thank-you for the "thumbs up" for being the biggest loser on week 6. I was very surprised and proud of myself! hee hee.

    Have a SPARKIE day!
    34 days ago
    Thanks Bibi in the midst of all of your challenges you still reach out to your sparkling friends! emoticon I hope things are easing up for you my friend! Summer vacation is coming up and then you will get a little breather that you deserve SO much! emoticon
    41 days ago
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