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I have always had a figure I was happy with until recently. Due to the loss of my husband, coupled with menopause, the stress has really caused me to gain weight. Loved Spark People before and glad to be back again!
I have always had a figure I was happy with until recently. Due to the loss of my husband, coupled with menopause, the stress has really caused me to gain weight. Loved Spark People before and glad to be back again!



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 current weight: 147.5 

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Member Since: 5/8/2011

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Fitness Minutes: 927

My Goals:
My goal is to lose the weight I gained since the loss of my husband and surviving menopause. Yes, it all happened at the same time and I am here to talk about it!

My Program:
I track my entire day each morning so there are no surprises. In the past, my blood sugar would drop rather fast and I would grab whatever was close to me and pig out. Now, my blood sugar is under complete control. No roller coasters for me and planning out my day keeps me in control.

Personal Information:
My name is Katy. Currently I live in Gautier, Mississippi, along the Gulf Coast. I am a water baby and love sand and surf.

Other Information:
I live a beach lifestyle, meaning you will find me on the beach as often as possible. I love trop rock music, ice cold beer and great friends who love to have fun. Not too shabby for an old girl like me!! My motto is "Don't wait for the storm to pass. Learn to dance in the rain." I dance in the rain!

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Member Comments:
9/15/2012 3:26:49 PM

Hi, My name is Dale and I live in Ocean Springs, MS. I'm trying to get the Mississippi Gulf Coast Sparkers team going again. If you're interested in helping me, just come back and be active on the team page. There is a new member to SP on there. Maybe eventually we'll get it back up and going.

emoticon and see you there !

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8/18/2011 8:09:58 PM

Wow, you are a rock star. Keep up the good work. At times we just have to stand up and fight with that scale, you will win.

With suffering comes great compassion.

Thank you

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7/19/2011 4:21:35 PM

You're doing great! Congrats on your success. emoticon

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5/23/2011 11:34:42 PM

emoticon Greetings and emoticon back!

Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

Sorry to hear about your major trauma but glad you are back - wish I lived close enough to walk with you because it sounds appealing - but sorry, I'm a couple thousand miles away!!

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


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