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Hi! My name is Les~ and I used to live in Las Vegas...but moved to Kansas recently! 5 years ago, I came to Spark for the same reasons the rest of you did. To get on a healthy track and STOP the self-sabotaging I was (still am) doing to this precious vessel the Lord gave me to live out my life on this earth. I have been treating my body horribly and it's time to TAKE CHARGE and get right or get left! I have had more downs than ups lately...but with God's helping hands on me...I WILL DO THIS!! ...
Hi! My name is Les~ and I used to live in Las Vegas...but moved to Kansas recently! 5 years ago, I came to Spark for the same reasons the rest of you did. To get on a healthy track and STOP the self-sabotaging I was (still am) doing to this precious vessel the Lord gave me to live out my life on this earth. I have been treating my body horribly and it's time to TAKE CHARGE and get right or get left! I have had more downs than ups lately...but with God's helping hands on me...I WILL DO THIS!!
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The following updates are willy nilly....I just throw them up w/out really put them in order. But it's a great reminder on how LIFE can throw you a chink in your chain at ANY GIVEN MOMENT!! All you can do is get back up and start over (and over and over and over)!!!

12/31/11 Holy crap on a whole wheat fat free cracker! Another year has bit the proverbial dust and the scale has moved, but not in the direction it should have! I am not going to beat myself up about it, but instead just move on and pray that I can be the best me I can be!

Update 1/1/11

My 4 Year Sparkiversary is coming next month~ WoW WoW WoW....to think I've been TRYING to get to my healthy weight for 4 years now! Mind blowing....

Go me! Go you! Go us!! Let's do this like Brutus!

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Cervical fusion done 11-16/10. In recovery mode 'til 1/14/11. I'm hoping that I'll be back on track and ready to lose with ya'll, once and again!!
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MRI shows C4 is blown along with the two broken screws in my neck. Here we go again! Another neck fusion is in store for me before the end of the year. In physical therapy right now to get my neck muscles as strong as possible. Walking, walking walking is my friend. I am doing the band exercises and hand weights with the physical therapist's watching. Ugh! I am rolling my eyes right now! Ugh indeed!
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Third Foot surgery to repair Fifth Metatarsil break was done January 7, 2010. Wash, rinse, repeat! Second verse, same as the first....yada yada yada...

Life throws ripples at you....do what you can, get up and move on!

**04.04.10 update**

The ortho foot doc has released me from his care and said I can now resume my cardio activities! He said the foot is FINALLY healed and new bone is growing!

**August 2010** Unfortunately I cannot do any jogging or hardcore cardio 'til I have my neck fusion. Three steps forward, five steps back! Yada yada yada....you know the drill. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO TIRED of this...but I will get through it!!

Sept. 2010

Last week I started Low Impact (nothing strenuous around my neck) Water Aerobics at Desert Breeze....man that is a COMPLETE workout! My calves were KILLING me after the first class....and my gf said "go buy some aqua shoes Les...it saves me every time I do water aerobics"...so I ran, no, I walked VERY FAST to Sports Chalet and got some water shoes. OMGosh it made a HUGE difference and now I can't wait to burn burn burn the calories for an hour on Tuesday and Thursday nights!! Goooooooooooo me!
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Now, to get my MIND SET back in the groove and all will be good. As my g00d friend and fellow DIVA said ... "it's time to make a BLUEPRINT and get ON TO THE NEXT ONE!" Here I goooooooo!!!

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Since joining Spark I've:

Walked 3 Make-A-Wish 5ks...

Did a Cinco Di Mayo walk

Ran a 5k for my 50th b-day in April of '08

Broke my left foot while jogging. Had surgery on that foot on July 31, '08. I was in a cast for 2 months and wasn't able to do any serious cardio for several months afterwards. ** UPDATE 2-8/09 Went for follow-up after doing the bone stimulator for 12 weeks. My foot is STILL broken. It is not healing, period. On top of that I have the added problem of my ankle tendon filling with fluid. I'm on a 6 day regimen of a steriod that's supposed to bring down the swelling and eliminate the fluid within the tendon. The doc said he's not going to do anything further on my foot unless it starts giving me serious problems with pain and swelling. Gaaaaah!! *4-24-09* Well, it's causing me serious problems....and you read it up top....another surgery....here we go!

In 2008, I also dealt with health issues such as being diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism (when no matter how much exercise I was doing, and controlled eating was taking place, I gained 20 lbs back almost overnight)!! Who knew this tiny butterfly gland at the base of the throat had so much power? When it's off, your whole body feels the effects.

I was diagnosed with Lupus many years ago and I deal with the daily joint and muscle pain associated with that. But, I do NOT let any of this get me down and keep me from reaching my ultimate goal.

I can see the FINISH LINE in the distance and I WILL get there!

It's a daily power struggle with myself to just do it...seize the day, etc., etc. We've all been there and I'm still there.

If you need an extra PUSH or PULL from me and if there is anything I can offer you, please let me know. We're all in this together.

"WE IN CHARGE"!!!

2009 Challenges

SPARK "New You" bootcamp challenge 1-2/09 - 1-31/09

12 week 2009 MILEAGE challenge --1-12/09 thru 4-5/09

As a team leader of this CC group, along with DANCE, we have started The Cardio Connoisseurs 2009 mileage challenge. We as a team are going to walk, run, jog, bike, elliptical, precor and step our way into a new record. Last year our grand total was 1,200.23 miles!

**4.12.09 update**

The team has logged over 175 miles into the first week!

Official total miles logged: 470.1 miles! Not bad for only 7 participants! I have to admit that I only did 27 miles of that total due to issues. (
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"You may encounter failure at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. You will never know how close success lies unless you turn the corner." Og Mandino
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No matter how hard you try, no matter how many hours you spend pondering and planning, and regardless of making your hardest efforts, you absolutely cannot please everyone. It is impossible. So do yourself a favor and stop now before you drive yourself further towards insanity. There are many drawbacks to being a people-pleaser. A big one is that you often put yourself in a position of subservience. Sometimes you even put yourself last, which helps no one. Remember that helping yourself and doing what you feel is important should be valued. Find worth in your own opinions and viewpoint, and don’t let your desire to please others compel you to keep yourself in the background. Falling short of perfection only proves that you are a normal human being.

That describes me to a T!

It’s something I struggle with, even now as I work to make changes. I don’t want to let people down, and yet this voice inside of me is screaming to put myself first for a change.

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." - Bill Cosby

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Mirror Mirror
On the wall
Beauty's not found
Here at all
It's not my nose
It's not my chin
It's something hidden
Deep within.

When I gaze in you
And see my face
I know that there's
A deeper place

A place that people
Do not see
My heart, my soul,
My inner 'me'

The place that laughs
The place that cries
The place you can't see
With your eyes

And so, today,
I'm going to start
To show the beauty
Of my heart.

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live................when its your time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say, I've lived my life and fulfilled my dreams ........I'm ready to go HOME!

When God gives you a favor, you can tell your haters, 'Don't look at me... Look at who is in charge of me... '

Be Blessed ya'll . . .
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(¸.*Les~* *´¨)
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1600 cal's or less -- per day. Eating "clean". No fried foods, only lean proteins, veggies, fruits. Nothing white. limited carbs.

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Personal Information:
55 years old (4/9)
Hutchinson, KS
Married to t Tim
Beautiful daughter, Andrea Nicole
SIL - Ben
Grandsons - D'Anthony & Kyrin
Stepson - Jacob
DIL: Megan
Fur kids: Simba (RIP) / Sirabi RIP
Barkley, Bogey and Baylee!!

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Starting over once and again! Ding! Ding! Round 5 (okay, let's make it round 6 for kicks n giggles)

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MRSJONES1307
9/30/2012 8:48:49 PM

How's it going Les!



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MONTANAGAL
6/27/2012 4:44:39 PM

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CAROLISCIOUS
6/21/2012 10:09:44 PM

Welcome back hot stuff!



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1/5/2012 8:01:12 PM

Welcome back and happy New Year!!



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12/24/2011 9:13:07 PM

Hi Les,
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