MOMWANTSNOWAIST
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9 lbs. GONE! ~February 2016~ I am a little more than 1/3 of the way to my GOAL of losing 26 total!




This is a CLOSE_UP of the planter by the window~daylilies and impatiens~!






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When I was growing up ,WEIGHT was ALWAYS a MAIN ISSUE!!!! I am the middle child of four other siblings.[Note: There is a 17 year span in the ages from oldest sib to youngest sib.] My Mom and Dad even MET over discussing FOOD {another story...} and married during the Second World War.They were both slim when they married;Mom was learning to cook.After the war,and in the course of starting a family,they both gained some weight. Then, as more children entered the picture and Mom's cooking skills expanded into not only WONDERFULLY-PREPARED EVERY DAY MEALS,she started BAKING GOODIES every day for us kids so that you actually couldn't WAIT to get home to see what 3 different made-from-scratch cookies she had taken out fresh from the oven! My favorite cookies were Molasses,Chocolate chip, Peanut-Butter and Hoot-Owls{reserved only for Halloween!}. She joined TOPS-a weight loss support group--Take Off Pounds Sensibly--but even though she went to weigh-in for her weekly visits,she yo-yoed,losing a lb. here and there,gaining it back,staying the same [they called it "turtle'--ANOTHER reason for my little turtle icon!}. My Dad was a weekend "athlete " in the sense of exercising with all of us ---going boating & fishing,camping& swimming in the pool the KOA -Kampgrounds of America provided,,playing tennis--really just volleying the ball,not any games since 3 of us were taking turns playing & chasing balls. He was a meat & potatoes man so, each night we had some meat {not fish-we kids didn't like it,though my parents did}and veggies and we were shown dessert BEFORE the meal so ,we KNEW to get dessert,you HAD to eat the canned veggies. I tried growing some vegetables[at age 12] in a small patch of land in the backyd.[2'x3'] but I wanted pumpkins & watermelons in too small a space! We last 3 of the 5 were PICKY EATERS and would not try to eat green salads, so my Mom stuck with the canned veggies.Even though FOOD and WEIGHT were issues in our family ,WE TRULY ENJOYED DINNERTIME!!! Everyone was around the table,talking ,eating,enjoying the conversation and the FOOD!!!! When we would go to the grocery store,as soon as the groceries WERE BROUGHT IN,we kids went through them to find the cupcakes, Ding-Dongs,donuts or other baked goodie! A treat for us was to go to Mc Donald's 1x/ A MONTH!!! {Back in my childhood yrs.,eating OUT was a luxury!] And two of my favorite memories with my Dad was 1-going to Sears to shop w/ him on the top floor for something for Mom[didn't HAVE to be an occasion!] and get CANDY on the bottom floor when we were finished--our OWN bag ,even! 2-Each Sunday night each of us kids going with Dad to Savon's Drug Stores{now CVS] and each getting 1 candy bar including my Dad [Mom didn't want any} and then sitting down together for Sunday Night at the Movies !!!! We LOVED Thursday mornings because WED.NIGHTS were Dunkin' Donuts special dozen sale so, we knew there would be donuts to go with our gourmet-whatever -you-wanted -cooked -for breakfast Mom -would-make meals! {THAT'S WHY I LOVE breakfast and loved all the waffles,pancakes,scrambled eggs& bacon or sausage type breakfasts!!! Oddly enough,my two older sisters had more difficulties with weight than us last three. They grew up with eat-everything-on-your-plate mode. We three played sports ALOT and our metabolisms ran non-stop {JUST LIKE my young son NOW!!]!
As happy as these family times were with food, it was BECAUSE of WEIGHT ISSUES and lack of REGULAR EXERCISE ---my parents both being obese, that my father had a heart attack when I was 16 and later when I was 24,my mother passed away as well.My mother DID get to see me become a teacher ,but was too EMBARRASSED because of her weight to go to my college graduation! Both of them never lived to see my son--their FIRST grandson-born. My dad did not live to see ANY of his grandchildren.They both missed my wedding and meeting my husband. I lost out on getting to hear their wisdom of raising kids.So, I am HERE to NOT pass on the family legacy of weight and lack of exercise issues to my family! I am here to show my siblings --you CAN lose weight through the HARD WORK OF EXERCISE AND WATCHING/COUNTING CALORIES---no easy way out--no pills, special diets,JUST HARD WORK!!!!Perseverance PAYS off!!!!! I am here to TEACH my son how to stay healthy through regular exercise and healthy eating! I am changing the way I cook and prepare and choose foods for my family's health! I am here to help my husband lower his cholestrol! And I am here ,by the GRACE of GOD, to be a positive influence to others---IT CAN BE DONE!!!! If I did it,YOU CAN DO IT,TOO!!!!!Note: To help Sparkers,I'll give my Sparks background- I joined SP in late Jan.2010 and achieved my wt. loss the first week of June 2010--during those months,I tracked FOOD & NUTRITION EVERY DAY WITHOUT FAIL,[though I COULDN'T stay MUCH in my caloric range except in Feb./March when I was working out on my Soloflex machine 2-3x and BURNING MORE THAN I WAS EATING,NOT EATING LESS!]Strength Training--lifting weights- MWF- --was the KEY for me,although I did Cardio--morning mile runs -3x a wk.--T/TH/S on alternate days.One day at the gym-Thurs.=yoga-60 min/Gravity machine -30 min./Treadmill-30-40 min. 1x/wk. Though 20 lbs. may not be alot to SOME people on this site,it is to ME who has been fighting with it for the last 12 years and I've won!!!!!!~~~~


Member Since: 1/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 93,237

My Goals:
I would like to live long enough to see my child grow up and NOW I AM HEALTHIER!!!!
I am working at eating HEALTHIER and
I am HAPPIER,MORE ENERGETIC and want to help OTHERS with positive feed back!!!

I am HELPING my HUSBAND to lower HIS cholestrol by BOTH of us eating OATMEAL every day . {He saw MY cholestrol lowered by 77 pts. through oatmeal eaten daily & exercise!}.

I HAVE achieved a healthy weight to show my siblings it CAN BE DONE HEALTHFULLY!!!
I HAVE DONE IT!!!! ~2010
AND I WILL DO IT AGAIN!~2015,2016


My Program:
TRACKING EVERY DAY ~ my food/fitness without fail as THAT really DETERMINES HOW I SUCCEED.! Now I keep to measured portions of food. I do not belong to a gym anymore as we had to cut down on memberships . I do indoor workouts with my Pilates AM/PM DVD {intense for me ,but worth it ~NOTE: I am used to the Pilates as I used to go to a class when we did have a gym membership} for my core strength or Leslie Sansone Walk Slim DVD. I walk on the treadmill {usually during a rainy day or to challenge myself with a trail!}. I walk every other day on our property ,weather permitting,and that helps to get me outside in the sunshine and get my Vitamin D plus being around nature and God's creation uplifts my spirit ! I do Soloflex 1-2x/wk when I can get it in between Homeschooling . I play ACTIVELY with my child when I can .I am burning 1880 calories so I readjusted my caloric intake. My family & I try to do exercise with a family outing at least 1x/week.



Personal Information:
I needed more room for this quote that is helping me now~~
"Obstacles are what you SEE when your EYES are not on the GOAL."-- Unknown


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I like to scrapbook[HAVE DONE 700+ PAGES!], do quilling,crochet baby afghans,decorate cakes-both fondant & buttercream. I like to create REAL egg ornaments. Check out my PHOTO GALLERY to see a small sample of my work and tell me what you think!~~ I have a small, home-based business ~BetsyK.Scrapbooking,Crafts and Creations,but are no longer on the Internet as of this date .We are doing business on a personal basis as it is much easier for our family at this time!




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  • v KURTZIE1998
    Just wanting to say emoticon and to wish you continued success on this journey we are on. emoticon

    Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. Joyce Brothers

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    42 days ago
  • v 2BFREE2LIVE
    Thanks for stopping by my beach photo. Your looking great wow you have lost a lot I am proud of you for sticking to your plan.
    I know you will make it to your goal.
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    42 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon 10 RULES FOR BEING HUMAN emoticon emoticon
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    1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
    2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”

    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
    4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

    5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
    6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”

    7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
    8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

    9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
    10. You will forget all this.
    ~~Cherie Carter-Scott ~~

    emoticon Will you remember these rules, or forget them all? emoticon

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    43 days ago
  • v MAYIE53
    Hi there Spark Friend. Thanks for your kind message on my Spark page and ALL the neato Spark Goodies. I was super surprised and delighted. One day I will hopefully take the time to figure out how to bless others with goodies. So glad you are back in the groove and getting positive results from working your program. I seem to have become a real slacker this summer and am ending up with exactly the kind of results one would expect. School has been out since June 30 and last year was a tough one. Programming at the church also takes a break through the summer months; that kept me dashing from place to place and I think I just got kind of burned out. I allow myself to just sleep in each morning and sit on the balcony enjoying a coffee and whatever book I happen to be reading. I am NOT looking forward to returning to that rush rush rushed pace of living come September. Hope you are enjoying your summer as well. Did you mention somewhere that you have 6 gardens?? Or was that someone else??
    43 days ago
  • v JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    emoticon Hi Betsy, emoticon
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blogs and pictures, you always make me smile.
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    44 days ago
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