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Hi, I am a foodie - I love to cook, enjoy figuring out how to make recipes more nutritious, and challenging my friends and family to try new foods. I have been on the South Beach diet since 1/1/2007 and I love it. I have never eaten as healthy as I am now. I decided to just work on maintenance for now. I still use the nutritional tracker here daily. I feel that this is just one of those wonderful tools that keeps you accountable and on track.

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Hi, I am a foodie - I love to cook, enjoy figuring out how to make recipes more nutritious, and challenging my friends and family to try new foods. I have been on the South Beach diet since 1/1/2007 and I love it. I have never eaten as healthy as I am now. I decided to just work on maintenance for now. I still use the nutritional tracker here daily. I feel that this is just one of those wonderful tools that keeps you accountable and on track.

My exercise program is tailored around whatever I can do within my limitations with my rheumatoid arthritis (and the lovely Pacific Northwest weather). I found I really enjoy the WATP dvds which is great considering the amount of days we get rain around here! I also am doing a couple other low impact aerobic dvds to mix it up. I modify as I need to accommodate whatever gimpy joints may be hurting. I do daily beach walks & neighborhood walks with Abe for at least a couple miles. I started the gym about a month ago and now enjoy doing the treadmill - doing increasing incline walking. I normally do anywhere from an hour to 75 minutes. I really am enjoying the exercising - first time I have experienced the endorphin rush through exercise.

I have rheumatoid arthritis which was diagnosed when I was 2 years old. I went into remission when I was about 6. I came out of remission during my junior year of college when I was studying nursing and focusing on midwifery (yes that moment sucked). I ended up changing my focus to psychiatric and truly that was the beginning of my learning to be "flexible".

I have had 20 plus surgeries (I quit counting at 20 for a good reason). I have learned there is no defined "line in the sand". You do the best you can do and you learn to alter your expectations of what you can do or what you want to do - otherwise you get stuck (and depressed). Not a good place to be - I don't do depressed.

What I found with Sparks was a sense of community. This is an important factor with dieting, and especially with anybody who is at home due to whatever circumstances and/or disabled. Sparks has kept me accountable. It keeps me motivated. It reminds me that there are plenty of other folks who are on this journey who are just beginning or on their way - and they need to know that there is hope that their weight goals are attainable. And all I can say is they are! It takes work, patience, and heck - you need to be a pit bull (love my doggies) and push yourself forward. YOU CAN do this - it takes time but if you are persistent, anything is possible!
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Member Since: 3/3/2007

SparkPoints: 177,652

Fitness Minutes: 194,382

My Goals:
I would like to get to 150 pounds by January 2008.

12/28/2007 update: I made my goal plus 4 pounds. I am wearing a size 6. For 2008 try to lose another 5 pounds (to 140) and tone up.

3/28/08 - met my goal of 140.

5/25/08 - going for 135 since I have managed to lose 3 pounds anyways during maintenance. Evidently my body can handle a little more weight loss!

10/1/08 - On maintenance all summer and decided to lower my maintenance to 130 - 135 since still losing. I have a Thanksgiving Challenge going which I hope to lose 3 pounds to hit 130.

11/11/08 - hit 130lbs!

11/30/08 - NY Challenge. Goal to hit 128 for an even 60 pounds by my 2 year SB anniversary.

1/27/09 - hit 127. Considering myself now maintenance

9/12/10 - Survived the summer and continue to maintain although my body doesn't seem to be comfy at 125. More ideal is the 135 range for my lifestyle



My Program:
South Beach Diet since January 1st, 2007. Working on eating clean, adding in some vegetarian/vegan days.

My exercise program is modified due to having multiple joint replacements and rheumatoid arthritis. I am doing dvds during lousy weather: WATP, Richard Simmons, Jillian Michaels. I am also working with light hand weights, bands, and exercise ball. I am doing an hour of treadmill incline walking at least 5 days a week during the winter. During the summer I am walking 4-5 miles out in the trails with Marley.

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I am 52, married with 2 adult children (ages 30 and 34), and one adorable granddaughter, Aliegh. I use to have 2 adorable pit bulls that moved out with my son. Abe, the weimaraner passed in late spring 2012. Now I have Marley who is keeping our household in weimaraner antics. I love to cook, craft in several mediums, read, and am a music fiend and am known to break out in dance regularly.

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IMAVISION
6/26/2013 1:08:09 AM

Thank you for welcoming me to the Smart Carbing team!

I am looking forward to getting involved in the team; however, for now I am sitting on the side lines as I get a feel for the team.

God bless!



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SKINNYYENNY
6/24/2013 4:12:05 PM

Thanks for the message! I am excited to be low-carbing and doing something I have known I should embrace for awhile now!



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KATHRYNS1944
6/24/2013 10:43:10 AM

Thanks for the nice welcome to the South Beach team. I hope to learn lots and really do it this time!



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TRACEY5280
6/23/2013 1:28:44 PM

Thank you for the cornucopia of information you post on the South Beach page. My time is minimal so it really helps me get things started.



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6/22/2013 11:45:26 PM

Awesome that Morticia will be a new co-leader for the South Beach Team! She is a wonderful lady and knows her stuff for sure! emoticon



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