IRIS221   3,947
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I want to be the gal I used to be

I am 49 yrs. old, happily married & have 4 sons, a stepson, stepdaughter & 3 grandsons and a wonderful daughter in-law. Through the years I have gained weight and am now determined to do something about it. Hopefully I will accomplish my goal this time.
I am 49 yrs. old, happily married & have 4 sons, a stepson, stepdaughter & 3 grandsons and a wonderful daughter in-law. Through the years I have gained weight and am now determined to do something about it. Hopefully I will accomplish my goal this time.



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 current weight: 143.0 

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Member Since: 7/15/2008

SparkPoints: 3,947

Fitness Minutes: 550

My Goals:
My goal weight is 125 lbs. but I would be happy with 135 lbs. at this point. :)

My Program:
I watch what I eat and I count calories. I try to keep my calorie intake at about 1200-1500. I try to walk about 3 miles everyday.

Personal Information:
I am a christian. My faith in God has gotten me through some difficult times in my life. God is everything to me.

Other Information:
When I can find the time I like to fish. I also like to garden , watch movies and read.

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10/21/2012 8:07:16 PM

Thanks for the Sparkgoodie new purse. Those pockets are perfect: my keys go in one pocket, my phone in the other. And the color matches my shoes!



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10/20/2011 7:30:19 AM

Thank you for the friend invite.

You will succeed on your new journey.

Have a peaceful Day !!!!

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10/20/2011 2:10:11 AM

Welcome to spark and thank you for adding me as a friend~ You are right, having faith is a good tool to have in the journey we are on! Best of luck to you sparkfriend!

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5/25/2011 11:07:33 PM

emoticon Greetings and emoticon

Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including plenty of us who have had those 'dressing room moments!!'. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


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5/24/2011 8:06:01 AM

Hello and welcome to Spark People! You've certainly come to the right place for support.

I simply LOVE this site! It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and lots of great resources and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 51 pounds!


Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and please stop by my page any time you need motivation or just want to say, "Hi!"


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