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The Journey To Health Begins With A Single Decision

So, here I am, overweight and diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol and arthritis. This almost seems like an insurmountable obstacle. Almost - but not quite. Because I see the possibilities - I see myself healthy, active, fit, trim. I am literally sick and tired of being sick and tired and I want to start LIVING. Right now, every day feels like a slow death. I don't want that anymore - right now, today, in this moment I CHOOSE LIFE, I also choose to love ...
So, here I am, overweight and diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol and arthritis. This almost seems like an insurmountable obstacle. Almost - but not quite. Because I see the possibilities - I see myself healthy, active, fit, trim. I am literally sick and tired of being sick and tired and I want to start LIVING. Right now, every day feels like a slow death. I don't want that anymore - right now, today, in this moment I CHOOSE LIFE, I also choose to love myself through healthier eating and exercise. I choose to become the person I am meant to be.




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Member Since: 7/13/2011

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Fitness Minutes: 2,585

My Goals:
My overall goal is to hecome healthy by losing weight and becoming more toned and fit.

My Program:
My program involves exercising everyday, better management of my diabetes, and gradually moving away from processed, unhealthy foods towards raw, wholesome fruits and vegetables.
I have a Pilates machine to help get my body in shape and a professional grade blender for making smoothies and soups and all kinds of other wholesome foods.

Personal Information:
I am a 55 year old, unattached "mature" woman living in a western suburb of Cleveland with my attack cat, Newton

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In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking from scratch, reading, crocheting, sudoku, crossword puzzles (New York Times puzzles are the best). I also enjoy watching reruns of Bones, Monk and Psych, but photography is absolutely my favorite hobby.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69
9/29/2011 11:27:31 PM

Hi and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
Hugs,
Helen
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LKEITHO
9/29/2011 10:30:11 PM

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!



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WHISPERINGPINE4
9/29/2011 6:48:12 PM

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WELCOME to the........50's.... 60's and up.....SAVVY, SEXY AND SENSATIONAL EAM.



You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. All the best to you on reaching your goals.

Welcome on board for some fun and challenges.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS
9/29/2011 4:05:07 PM

Welcome to SparkPeople! emoticon

Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1124

Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on_articles.asp?id=1154

I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120. I am 5'1.5" short, lol.

I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.

Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!

You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!

I spent most of my 59 years in Obesityville - that is one town I never want to visit ever again!
Slim City is way more fun!!

Linda
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OZARKMARY
9/28/2011 1:25:48 PM

Thanks for thinking of me. I'm hoping it's just allergies, but the chest is feeling weird, too. I'll live! ;)~ Have a wonderful day!! emoticon emoticon



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