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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: 59,982

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.






My Program:
Following the WW 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










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Quotes:
"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
Carlson




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  • v MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Hi Ei,
    Don't apologize...it's confusing...the reason I think the rice isn't included is because the carbs are only 7! There's no way they could have included the rice! I am sure the 7 carbs are for the veggies! I even went back to the site where I got it to be sure I didn't make an error but it does say 7 carbs per serving. However, 8 points on WW seems like a lot if that didn't include the 1/2 cup portion of rice! Why would it be so high for the chicken and veggies?
    Sorry it's confusing....there's no doubt in my mind it's a healthy meal...just how to count it!
    Hugs,
    Mary
    11 days ago
  • v SPEDED2
    Thanks for the comment on my DGD's photo. She had her 8th birthday in early June. She's our sweetie and we think she's pretty special. emoticon
    15 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    16 days ago
  • v MOM1014
    thanks Ei. I went to PT last year for my whole back. and yes I do the exercises faithfully every a.m. Big help and gets me through most of the day. I rarely take anything for it. Flexeril was needed this time along with the PT. Thanks for caring. This too shall pass.
    Hugs,
    Lee
    16 days ago
  • v MOM1014
    Thanks for the note Ei. Fighting sciatica and winning Otherwise it is all good.
    Enjoy your summer as well.
    Hugs,
    Lee
    16 days ago
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