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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!








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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

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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 SURVIVOR61
    If you are like me and have had or raised children. Then you know that our kids look to us to set examples for them to follow.

    It isn't always easy to do. Especially when it comes to what we eat and fitting in exercise. Most of us lead busy lives and sometimes it isn't easy to fit in regular exercise, but unless you make it a priority, you are risking your child becoming a couch potato and junk food junkie.

    So where do we start. We start by taking them shopping with us and teaching them to pick out healthy whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean meats, poultry or fish.

    I have always tried to make my sons part of the process even in the kitchen. When it comes to handling the food that is just as important as knowing how to pick it out if we want it to remain healthy enough to eat. That is why wash, rinse and sanitize is such an important fact to remember when it comes to food prep and handling.

    After the shopping is done and everything is put away. Dinner is over with, we have the choice of sitting in front of the tv or going to our rooms and playing video games. Not in my house. We would go for a walk, bike ride or often a hike across the canal in the woods around Peanut Lake. The boys to this day are still very active and even belong to gyms. I am so proud that they take an active roll in their relationships as adults in meal planning and exercise.

    Remember that also snack planning is just as important. Not just for the children, but for those of us that want to eat healthy. We can prepare our snacks ahead of time and have them ready to go in a snack bag. This makes snacking healthier and convenient.

    So how about you, are there any suggestions that you can think of ?
    8 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Lesson from a tree emoticon emoticon
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    The secret of OUR Success is we never give up
    lets remember to be like the tree and get our water in today.
    Thanks for stopping by my blogs
    Glad are are not leaving over the changes .
    when i wear my shirt i will remember the job it was to earn my 12k shirt
    Yes i am going to do it next May.
    8 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    i cut the grass and looked very silly shorts knee highs long sleeved shirt hat and scarf to cover my neck and sun screen !!!
    my tracker missed most of my steps when I was cutting the grass 1 light for 60 mins of yard work. went to the gym and forgot to move the tracker to my shoe so 40 mins latter one green light like a good sparker I moved it to my shoe and stayed 25 more and got all the lights on!! so need to put it on my shoe when walking and at the gym still will leave it on my bra when cutting grass don't want to lose it or run over it. timer ready to go off so need to go tidy the kitchen from dinner.
    β˜† Control your inner dialogue! Remember to think, I CAN....not I can't.

    β˜† Avoid the "blame game". Don't find excuses -- JUST DO IT!

    β˜† Shift your focus---Good health should be your goal...loss of weight is the gift.

    β˜† Never Give Up! Gail Lynne Goodwin


    ο‚· We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box. reminds me I need to color!

    11 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    Reading about your parents meeting before WW2 and FOOD being the center of their lives sounds like my husband's parents who married in 1945 after knowing each other for 11 yrs. They lived to eat and yet his Dad died at 90 and his mother never weighed over 115# in her life. She cooked 3 meals a day not to mention all the baking she did. She died at 75, but she'd put up with him for 22 yrs after he'd retired and that was a lot of stress. He was a nagger and she held it all in.
    12 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    It's extremely common to hit a plateau at some point during your weight loss journey. Obviously it can be really discouraging when the number on the scale doesn't move. There is good news β€” We've got some tips to help bust through that plateau and see the number get lower and lower.

    1) We need to re-evaluate our caloric needs - as we lose weight, our bodies tend to burn fewer calories at a slower rate, therefore we need to consume fewer calories. You will either need to burn more calories or consume at least 500 less calories per day

    2) Getting Back to Basics: Writing down everything we eat in a food journal to make sure we are still on track. Remember portion control is just one key to permanent weight loss.

    3) Moving More: Are you still trying to get in those extra movements like you did when you first started losing weight. Once we obtain our weight loss goal, we sometimes slack off on the exercise a bit. And just go to the gym or use our home equipment and forget to park out a little from the grocery store or maybe walk to it if it is close enough.

    4) Choosing Fresh Foods over Pre-Packaged: fresh over processed is always best. You know what your putting into your body.

    5) Getting in Your Daily Water: Yes that still counts. Make sure you didn't slip back into your old latte' ways and now your adding extra calories by drinking them in. Water is still the best way to go. You can still change things up by adding fresh fruit to the mix.

    6) Stress: Stress is always a factor in weight loss and weight gain. It can go either way. So make sure you take some time out for you. Even if it's just a few minutes in the bathroom to relax in the tub. Just lock out the world and do you...You deserve it!


    15 days ago
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