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[2/21/2013] 2 1/2 years! Wow! I am not the same person as when I began at nearly 250 pounds. I got to goal, bounced around a little, and am slowly trying to take that "bounce" back off! I have so much more energy and I feel so much better. Yesterday, a former colleague who hadn't seen me throughout my weight-loss journey, but has seen me a couple of times since January 1, 2013, came over to me and told me that she couldn't believe the change in me. That reaction doesn't happen so often ...
[2/21/2013] 2 1/2 years! Wow! I am not the same person as when I began at nearly 250 pounds. I got to goal, bounced around a little, and am slowly trying to take that "bounce" back off! I have so much more energy and I feel so much better. Yesterday, a former colleague who hadn't seen me throughout my weight-loss journey, but has seen me a couple of times since January 1, 2013, came over to me and told me that she couldn't believe the change in me. That reaction doesn't happen so often any more because most of my friends HAVE seen me, but it was nice.

I STILL prefer to walk; I still don't really like strength training, but have begun to start it anyway.

I enjoy my Spark friends immensely!

2 years! I have passed the two year mark in August 2012 and am happy with my fitness journey. I have reached my original goal and am slightly below, which makes both my PCP as well as me happy. I am so very happy that I found Sparkpeople and am blessed with all of my Sparkfriends who have encouraged me along this journey.


I feel better! After 16 months, I am within 10 pounds of my goal weight. Walking is no longer a chore for me. I make good nutrition choices most of the time and stay within calorie range most days. Sparkpeople and my
Sparkfriends' help have changed my life!


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"I am going to feel better!"

I wrote the above words in August 2010, and ten months later, I DO feel better, both physically and mentally.

Tracking has ALWAYS worked for me, even 30 years ago as a Weight Watchers member. IF I had continued tracking, I would never have ended up at almost 250 pounds and barely able to move or breathe. I am now almost to the 160s and closer to the weight that my primary care physician wants me to be - 145.

I have actually begun to enjoy exercising as I continue this fitness journey. I could barely walk to the end of my street when I started and those ten minute intervals were hard. Now I try to walk at least 45 minutes at a time and have to remind myself to take breaks.

I enjoy my sparkteams and sparkfriends so much. Thank you for helping me and encouraging me on this journey! I have learned so much from each of you.
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Member Since: 8/14/2010

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My Goals:
[2/21/2013] My goal is to stay around 150#. I was way too lax in my tracking/exercising habits in November and December this past year, so I am re-losing some of it. That's okay! It is a life-long journey.

My preliminary overall goal was to lose 92 pounds. After discussion with my PCP, I am making my goal weight 145. That will be about 40 pounds from what I weigh right now.

I have become more active physically and have more energy since beginning on my Sparkjourney in August 2010.

My Program:
I am using the nutrition tracker. It seems to help me to be more accountable. If I really want something, I eat it in a small amount.

My preferred exercise at this time is walking. I do try to maintain at least 30 minutes each day.

I have added resistance bands; I really like the way I feel after using them.

Personal Information:
I live in a small town in SW Missouri.

I am retired from teaching, but continue to work part time at a local community college. I love it - both the retired life and the part time work!

I play piano and began lessons again at age 51!

I love to crochet, but tendonitis keeps me from doing it as much as I would like.

My husband and I love to travel and purchased a motorhome just last month. We began by tent camping 15 years ago and have gradually added more of life's comforts to the experience.




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My favorite Bible verse: They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...

My favorite authors: Debbie Macomber, Karen Kingsbury, Susan Wiggs

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NORASPAT
7/16/2014 9:51:29 PM

Thank you Tammy, I am taking it all one day at a time.
We are doing well despite the medical issues.
The family downstairs are trying very hard to be of no trouble. I love having them here but I know they must stand on their own two feet, Thanks again Tammy. I think about Branson all the time and then I think of you. HUGS Pat.in Maine.
By the way you are doing a great job with your program. HUGS and much love Spark Friend.

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JD394471
7/14/2014 10:39:11 AM

Good Morning,
are you coming back next round? Would love to have you.
Hugs,
Donna



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SHARONSPARKLE
7/11/2014 6:46:17 PM

The bedroom my daughter renovated turned out beautiful and it truly surprised her husband. She accomplished it all in the week he was down in KY doing Mission Work with their church. He really liked the new decor but was truly amazed that she did it all by herself (he didn't think she could do it). She reminded him she was a divorced single mom for six years and learned to do a lot on her own. She did have to admit that her daddy came and put up the new ceiling fan though. Thanks for remembering and asking!



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7/6/2014 8:53:40 PM

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LILYGAL
7/4/2014 8:46:19 AM

Thanks for commenting on my blog. The tour went well and the weather was great.



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