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*First a note to YOU & to ME. Whether you just started a Spark or have been here for years NEVER EVER give up on yourself. I'm so sad when I realize people have become inactive. It's a journey. It's a struggle. It's embarrassing. I know all to well how frustrating it is to gain & loose the same stupid pounds time after time. One day my Friend all that past practice will pay off. You will realize your goals. Promise yourself that you are so worth it and you will NEVER give up.
12/29/13 I am totally committed to all I had to say about the Eat To Live plan 4 months ago. I feel much better when following this plan exclusively. The biggest barrier is balancing my new plan with what my husband prefers. He likes the plan too but prefers to add a few things which makes it technically not the ETL plan. I think we have worked that out now The second barrier was to learn to eat totally different then I'm use to. I have learned several new ways to prepare foods & feel I can have easier success. This is "it". This is "the" plan. I have never felt so strongly about nutrition before.
8/27/13 I have began 6 weeks (and beyond) of Dr. Joel Furhman's EAT TO LIVE nutritritain plan. Basically a vegetarian and avoid processed carbs etc. This is a huge step for me but I'm convinced it's the right plan based on it's sound medical science evidence. I will not be hungry and will be nourishing my body with nutrient dense foods. I have wasted far to many years of being obese and malnourished on processed foods. And if nothing else the cows and pigs on my neighbors farm are real happy with my plan.
I'm 50 years old. August 2012 the Drs. told me that they were quite sure that I had cancer in my neck lymph nodes. They removed them and tested for everything. They thankfully found nothing. It's time to quit pushing my luck.Whether I had cancer or thankfully did not; it's time to change my life. If I want to live longer it's time to eat clean and exercise. My health has been good but I fear that parts are wearing out and going to break down soon. Statistics show what healthy eating, healthy weight, and regular exercise decrease cancer risks, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, etc. dramatically. So much of it's in my hands. God blessed me with a healthy body. Why would I try to destroy it?
I'm happily married and blessed with the most wonderful young adult children. I work a very demanding healthcare. I'm a busy person but I need to allow myself to take care of my own health.
I am 100 lbs. overweight. I miss my agility the most. I'm not a real athlete. I too easily forget that I feel so good after a work out. It's honestly not the hard to make right choices. It's a matter of rewiring your brain. What takes longer? Pack a lunch or drive to a drive thru. It's not about lack of time. It's about repeated bad decisions.
My closet has too many sizes in it. Not because of yo-yo dieting but because of going up, up, up every year. I always have hopes that I will go down, down, down.
I can renew me. I'm going to realize my goals and so can you. There is a real inner me waiting to be unveiled.
God has given me many Blessings for which I am very thankful.
By taking better care of my body I will be able to have more stamina and agility and decrease health risks.
2014 will debut the improved me. I have hung in there on Spark. I have learned allot. The support and tools are awesome. It's time to use it consistently.
By becoming better organized at home, work, and Church. I will be better able to realize my lifes'goals.
2016- It's becoming very apparent what the effects of years of nutrition neglect are causing to my body. So many conditions related to inflammation. No turning back to unhealthy behaviors for me.

Member Since: 8/30/2011

Fitness Minutes: 31,775

My Goals:
By loosing 100 lbs. with nutrient dense foods I want to eliminate preventable diseases.
Increase strength.
Increase agility.
Feel & look good.
Enjoy life & the people in it to the fullest.

My Program:
2015 Plan-CONSISTENTLY FOLLOW MY PROGRAM. 8/27/13 day 1 of Dr. Joel. Furhman's EAT TO LIVE Nutritarian plan.
-1 lb cooked vegetables
-1 lb. raw vegetables
-4 fruit (whole) minimum
-1 oz raw nuts or seeds
-1 cup beans
- 10% or less lean protein
No added fats, sugars, flour, or processed foods.
Drink 8-8 glasses of water per day.
Plan Meals.
Pack a lunch 4-5 x per week.
Exercise 10 minutes or more 5 x per week.
10,000 steps or more per day.
Give my Fitbit something to count.
*Move more! (This includes dancing while cleaning etc.)
*Spend more time with family.
*Write in my gratitude journal weekly.
* Give myself permission to read a good book.
* Create more.
* Study- Dr. Wayne Dyer books

Personal Information:
I live in a small USA town in the Midwest.
12/29/2011 248
1/09/2012 242
1/16/2012 239
1/23/2012 236
1/30/2012 234 (first time with new home scale)
2/5/12 235
2/12/12 235
2/20/12 234
2/27/12 234
3/5/12 235
3/12/12 234
3/19/12 234
7/30/12 243 (regained in about 6 weeks)
8/3/12 240.8
8/10/12 239.8
10/22/12 243.8
12/28/12 242.8
8/23/13 247
9/3/13 239.4
12/28/13 238.4
3/4/14 241.4
12/26/14 247.8
January 1, 2015 248.00
January 5, 2016 240.
February 23, 2017 245.5
April 21, 2017 251.7
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Final Goal 135
A loss of 113 lbs which is almost 1/2 my size!

Other Information:
Phenomenon is one of my favorite movies. We all have the ability todo something to change someone else's life for the better. Never underestimate the difference you can make in the World! Everybody can do something to make the World a better place.
What will you do? Start by doing something for persons closest to you and reach out from there.

By the Grace of God I was born in a country that I am free to worship as I choose. I am thankful for all my freedoms and safety. I Pray for World Peace!

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