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Hi. Thanks for checking out my Spark Page. I'm Eileen and people call me Ei or IRISH. I live in Ohio!

I went to Weight Watchers for several years off and on and did lose, 25 #'s, but then put it back on when I stopped going.
In September 2010 when I discovered Spark People and read the book, it really got me motivated to make a decision. I decided I wanted a healhier lifestyle and knew I needed to make a change. I needed to do this on my OWN.
Spark got me going and kicked in and I realized it was up to me to be STRONG and FOCUSED. Motivation is great on this site.

Last Summer - July 21, 2015 I began a New program on a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. I went to a dietician and wellness doctor. They encouraged me to eat whole grain and healthier meals.
That program was the best so far for me to lose weight. I lost 25# in 7 months with this program. It was very filling and satisfying.

May 16, 2016 - I decided to go back to WW. Have always had good luck when I was going to meeting and being weighed. The program works if you work it. After I had been sick for 5 weeks in Feb.and early March, I was having trouble getting back on track due to some prednisone I had to take for 15 days. So now, with WW's help, I am losing weight again and eating well and very determined to lose the weight I need to, to get to my goal.
I do have some health issues, so sometimes I cannot do some forms of exercise or housework, due to this, but do the best I can and try not to ask for help unless necessary. I am positive and
strong natured person and love life. I will challenge myself and I
will never quit.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my page. Spark friends are really great motivators. I know I can do this. I am stronger now making better choices and so glad I am aware of how important it is to be healthy. I want to be trim and fit and look really sexy in my bathing suit. LOL......I need to get rid of my tire, which I never had before. "The BEST is yet to come."

Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 73,852

My Goals:
To lose the weight needed to be healthier and fit for Lifetime following a plan each day.
I want to enjoy my grandchildren and look fit and trim so they are proud of me.
Plan to get to maintenance and then keep control of the weight once a month with staying on top and being
weighed. Life is short, but Life is good. The older I get the more I realize what it is all about. I am now doing this for me and plan to succeed.
1. Stay in my calorie range (and Smart points)daily by eating less
2. Continue to exercise at my gym 4-5 x a week
3. Make better choices with my food
4. Be very careful of what I snack on
5.Be determined, focused, and stronger as I renew my goals.

My Program:
Following the WW Smart points plan
Eating whole grains
Track all meals and portion control daily.
Exercising 5 days a week
Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
Eat at least 3 fruits and 3 vegetables a day.
Always remembering, to Pray and Thank God for His love and guidance in my journey every day!

Personal Information:
I live in Ohio, a suburb on the west side of Cleveland.
I have three adult children, two son- in- laws and three precious grandchildren.
I have many wonderful friends.
My faith and my family are very important to me.
I babysit when I can to help my kids out and enjoy it.
I am active in my church, volunteering in many groups.

I belong to the YMCA and my Recreation center and 5 days a week go to classes and use the other benefits they provide.

I love to read, do the daily crossword puzzle, love music, walking outdoors and on a track.

I enjoy cooking, trying out new healthy recipes, and spending time with close friends.

I try to laugh at myself each day and not take things too seriously.
" Life isn't fair, but it is still good." Regina Brett

Other Information:
"Become the best version of yourself"
Matthew Kelly

"Be, Boldy, The Real You" Jim Smith
"Happiness is a mode of travel, not a destination. Enjoy the ride." Jim Smith

"Read the Psalms. No matter what your faith, they cover every human emotion." Regina Brett

"Do something nice for someone else---and don't tell anyone about it." Richard

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    emoticon emoticon Thank you so much, Eileen, for reading my blog and for the kind reply. Gardening is so much fun and almost meditative. I too have one knee replacement and can't kneel but thankfully my husband built us raised beds so I can bend over to reach.

    Wishing you and your family a "Happy Easter" too. You are a wonderful Spark friend. I really appreciate you. Have a wonderful day. Rainy here but hoping it clears by afternoon.
    Happy that you are feeling better.

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    20 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2017 10:54:53 AM
    Ei, you are so sweet to read my blogs! What a good friend you are--I would call that going beyond the call of duty! I'm very verbose, so please don't worry if you don't get around to them all!

    As I came here tonight before doing my bedtime ritual, it warmed my heart to see your comments and feel your warm support. Friends like you make me so glad I found SparkPeople. Really, I'm touched.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thursday! It'll be Friday soon for me.
    21 days ago
    Ei, thank you so much for commenting on my blog. So sorry to hear you have not been feeling well, but glad you're on the mend. I hope you never, ever worry about keeping up with my blogs! I can't keep up with all my friends' blogs either! Just know that you're in my Spark radar, and I am always wishing you well, my dear.

    It's still rather cold over here in Japan, but I'm hoping it'll warm up enough soon so that I can start to tackle the weeds and disorder in the yard. I hope your weather is more spring-like.

    Stay well, and let's keep at it! Toward health and happiness! Have a great Tuesday!
    23 days ago
    Thank you for the visit and kind words ... so sweet. Sorry to hear you have allergies. I only learned I had allergies a couple years ago. So wild so many people are acquiring them later in life. Take good care and looking forward to sharing the Daisy journey with you.
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    23 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2017 9:05:26 PM
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    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi
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