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[10/19/2014] I have been privileged to meet Sparkfriends in person this year, from my RV Enthusiasts team and also from my local Spark Springfield team. It has been so much fun!


[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 ...
[10/19/2014] I have been privileged to meet Sparkfriends in person this year, from my RV Enthusiasts team and also from my local Spark Springfield team. It has been so much fun!


[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

SparkPoints: 131,661

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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
2/18/2015 10:08:14 PM

The blood is drawn because the scan of the brain uses a contrast medium to emphasize the veins and arteries.

They look for the CREATININE level to be sure the contrast dye will not hurt kidneys or liver.
It can be done with no contrast if it is checking for fractures and some other things. HUGS Pat in Maine.
Take care !
You are sure looking lovely in the photo with DH, he reminds me of a TV star when we first came over here. Family Affair it was Brian KEITH. . Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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NORASPAT
2/16/2015 9:30:48 AM

Thanks for your newsy comment I feel I have a friend who share. I remember you went there and did a walk. I am sure I saw a photo. It is nice to be able to go to friends and families homes. That is what we are missing now. Some go to Florida but some we have lost since our lifestyle is changing. It is only on the outside the inside is fine. My best friend and lover DH is my first love and PRIORiTY. I m attempting to get my house sorted but it is hard to tell them what to do.
Every where is cluttered and it kind of gets me down some days.
((((((((HUGS))))) and much love Pat in Maine.
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SHARONSPARKLE
2/15/2015 12:13:31 PM

Once again thanks for your kind words and the Spark Goodie. I almost feel at a loss today with the challenge over. I'll start brain storming for another challenge to begin soon!



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NORASPAT
2/11/2015 8:29:50 PM

Thanks for the comment, I am also slowing down with my sewing. I do still love to cook. Today we celebrated our DIL birthday. Our son baked the salmon while I did the vegetables and I bought the Key lime pie. It is hers and my favorite. HUGS it looks like you are doing it right.
I am trying to feel better but the cold is getting to me today. Take care I am thinking you must have a cold winter too. Do you ?
I am hoping I can drive the RV full time. DH macular has gone in one eye the other will go some time. Nasty business losing his vision. He still does the snow blowing I go out to make sure he is filling the gas tank etc. HUGS Tammy. Sounds like things are looking good for you. Pat in Maine.



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She turned her can'ts into cans... her dreams into plans. She needed a hero and that's what she became. Happy Valentine's Week! emoticon emoticon

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