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In Memory of Knox: April 10, 2011 - June 1, 2013





No longer in plus sizes. 187 lbs. Some more to go.





Me at 230 pounds



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I am an art teacher, close to retirement. I want to take control of my health so I can enjoy my latter years to the fullest. I have put myself to the side for way too long.

Favorite Quote:
DIRECTION - NOT INTENTION - DETERMINES DESTINATION.

I can have lots of good intentions, but if I don't take time to actually follow a direction, those intentions will get me nowhere.
Sparkpeople, thank you for helping me develop my DIRECTION!
I am an art teacher, close to retirement. I want to take control of my health so I can enjoy my latter years to the fullest. I have put myself to the side for way too long.

Favorite Quote:
DIRECTION - NOT INTENTION - DETERMINES DESTINATION.

I can have lots of good intentions, but if I don't take time to actually follow a direction, those intentions will get me nowhere.
Sparkpeople, thank you for helping me develop my DIRECTION!




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 current weight: 178.4 
 
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Member Since: 12/27/2012

SparkPoints: 21,641

Fitness Minutes: 7,170

My Goals:
Goals met so far: 7-11-13
I have lost 45 pounds
blood pressure is normal
I am out of Women's sizes
(I was size 22 - currently size 16)
GOALS TO MEET:
Lose 30 more pounds before the end of the year.
Get BMI in normal range
Tone up with exercise
Be a size 12


My Program:
Track food and stay within calorie range
Exercise a minimum of 10 minutes a day. Exercise 30 minutes a day as much as possible.
Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day

Personal Information:
VOCATION: High School Art Teacher
FROM: Early County, GA
FAMILY: Husband, three grown daughters, nine grandchildren (two in heaven and seven on earth)

Other Information:
HOBBIES: Art - favorite personal activity, drawing people, making pottery;
Music - sing, play "at" guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo;
Camping, fishing; vegetable gardening

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Art Supplies
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SLOPOKE_SAL

Fruit Salad
From:
MAWMAW101

Rainbow
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MAWMAW101

Bullseye
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R2COUNTRY

Valentine
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Happy Face
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Member Comments:
FUNNYFLOWER1
5/26/2013 1:33:06 AM

Hey Thanks for the e-mail. You are an inspiration as you are successfully losing the weight. I have not lost a pound, in fact, I think I may have gained one. It is encouraging to me that you take the time to clue us in on what's happening. Decluttering is good. In fact, it makes me feel lighter for some reason. I like the idea. You should be proud of your accomplishments. Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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TEACHFIRST268
5/11/2013 11:40:16 AM

Awww....Thank you for the goodie!! I hope you have a wonderful mother's day, too!
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PAM_COOPER
5/8/2013 2:23:48 PM

Thanks for the friend ad!!!
So glad I was able to inspire you. Funny thing, I joined SP when I first started my 'diet' but only read articles and did not get active on here until I reached my goal--believe it or not I was too embarrassed and unsure if I could succeed so I stayed in the shadows until I 'arrived'.
Go figure!

I think we do have a few things in common! I love art, I was a professional graphic designer and fine artist for several years, but due to a corporate downsizing I lost my job. I got into Real Estate and eventually ran my own office for about 10 years and I left my art behind for almost 15 years. I used my talent in my office creating ads and doing marketing, but the fine art and decorative art went by the wayside. After the Real Estate collapse, I closed my office in 2009 and have been working out of my home. I was very depressed (I didn't want to close my office) and gained even more weight.

Then, when my younger daughter started talking about weight loss surgery and how she felt destined to be fat if she didn't do something drastic. Suddenly, I felt like a REAL failure as a parent who should have set a better example. So, I set out to show her weight loss CAN be achieved without surgery. And, I did it!!! (She still got the surgery about 6 months later--and is doing well.)

Now, my older daughter is working on losing weight (the old fashion way) and is about the same place you are. She (re) joined SP a few weeks ago and is using the 17 day plan. Surprisingly, it is a very similar approach to how I did it, although I didn't do 17 day cycles. I just figured how many calories I needed and made the food 'fit' into the calorie allotment. When, I felt starved I realized then I needed more protein and added that, then I decided I really like bread and added that back in on occasion, and so it went.

Exercise was and is still a challenge, but I try to do something physical everyday and since getting to my goal weight I am not nearly so hesitant to get up and DO something. I feel great and even the aches and pains I was developing before has been greatly reduced. I can do almost anything within reason.

Thanks again for the friend add and hope we can continue to inspire each other.

P.S. I am reviving my art. Currently, trying my hand at mosaics--which have always fascinated me. We have a nice little cabin not far from the house and I am revamping it for a studio space--it is reviving my spirits in a big way too!


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TURTLE69
4/29/2013 5:54:54 PM

Welcome to the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.

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CORKYTHEMOM1
4/27/2013 12:19:42 PM

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emoticon Cheri on your OUTSTANDING 33 - pounds weight-loss success! I am so PROUD of you! Keep being the WINNER that you are in all that you do! You are an INSPIRATION to us all! Sending you WOOHOO hugs from my sparkpage to yours. Have a wonderful weekend!


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