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I joined SparkPeople on May 25, 2009 to get motivated to eat healthier and get back into an exercise routine. To my surprise I began to lose weight. I did great and was down 29 lbs. until Labor Day 2009 when I decided to let loose and eat all the things I hadn't tasted for a few months. I was only going to do this for the weekend and then back to eating healthy and exercising again. BUT GETTING BACK TO MY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DIDN'T QUITE HAPPEN.

I gained back 19 of the 29 lbs. I shed last spring/summer. I've been back to Spark People since early March, and I'm struggling, but I'm determined to successfully complete this voyage to a healthier lifestyle and a new me.

This website is providing the tools and motivation I need to reach my goals. Thank you SPARKGUY for this free and wonderful forum.

Member Since: 5/25/2009

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My goals are to lose weight and be more active and healthy.

8/2/09 EEEEHAAA! I achieved my first (big) goal!!!!!!! I weighed in at 199 lbs. today.

My Program:
1. Use the nutrition tracker daily and stay within my goals.

2. Walk daily for 33 minutes and increase time a little each day.

3. Carry a step counter in my pocket all day. My goal is to walk 5000 steps each day and increase to 10,000 daily over time.

4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.

5. Get 7 hours of sleep each night.

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My name is Linda. I'm a wife/mother/grandmother/greatgrandmother and have lived in Pennsylvania all of my life. I have 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild. I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, cooking, listening to jazz music and eating good italian food. I retired from state employment after a 37 year career. My husband and I own and operate residential rental properties. We will be giving this up in a couple of years so that we can completely enjoy our freedom in retirement.

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    My Christmas wish for you, my friend
    Is not a simple one
    For I wish you hope and joy and peace
    Days filled with warmth and sun

    I wish you love and friendship too
    Throughout the coming year
    Lots of laughter and happiness
    To fill your world with cheer

    May you count your blessings, one by one
    And when totaled by the lot
    May you find all you've been given
    To be more than what you sought

    May your journeys be short, your burdens light
    May your spirit never grow old
    May all your clouds have silver linings
    And your rainbows pots of gold

    I wish this all and so much more
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  • v BILLPHIL123
    Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. It is so good to know you are not alone!
    2169 days ago
    Just wanted to say emoticon

    " Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
    — Maya Angelou

    Treasure Your Life
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    2214 days ago
    emoticon Hi Linda ... the baby sitting is going good, I do come home tired everyday, but I guess it's a good tired lol lol .... my knee is 100% better since I had the cortisone shot .. I still have to be careful because certain ways I turn or twist causes it to pain .. next Tuesday I start physio on my knee .. thanks for asking my friend


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    Thanks for responding to my post that was featured in a community highlight in the beginning of June title 100 Pound Loss Maintained for 4 Months. I am so sorry that is has taken me so long to acknowledge your post. The community response was overwhelming.

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