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I started Spark People on May 1 2009. I liked the free tools. Especially the nutrition tracker. I have since gotten my husband to join also.

I have actively been losing weight since February 2009. I lost about 31 lbs before coming here.

I know how I got this size and why, but I don't like to dwell on the negative times of my life. I have moved on from that place and times. I view life and myself differently now.

Like everyone else, I've tried all the diets. I can only lose weight if I exercise. That can be a challenge for me. But I am dedicated to find ways around my obstacles.

I use to walk 7 miles 5 days a week, and I went to the gym 3 days a week. Then I moved and the Mall and the Gym were too far away to go very often. Then one thing led to another and I gained weight back.

I then lost 50lbs and then got pregnant (we weren't suppose to be able to) For some reason I gain weight after I have a baby. I do pretty good during pregnancy. So I gained back that 50 and then some.

So here I am working at this again.

I love the nutrition and activity trackers. I love the team support on this board. I love that people here get excited for you when you lose 2lbs and cheer for you when you are down.

I am not ashamed of who I am. I am not ashamed of my size. I have been very blessed with my husband of 25 years and our 5 kids. All who love me for me. I want to be here and enjoy life more.

I want to eat healthier and move more.
I want to participate in life, not observe it.
I want to be there to watch my youngest son grow up.
I want to sit in a chair with him and read him stories.
I want to walk Tubbs Hill with my husband and family.
I want to ride amusement rides.
I want to go down the waterslides.
I want to go out on a boat and go sturgeon fishing with my dad.
I want to go into a store an buy clothes off the rack.
I want to run Bloomsday.
I want to plant and take care of my own garden.
I want to get on the floor and play with my son.

I will do all these things and more. I am a determined person. I am not alone. I have help. I will keep putting one foot in front of the other until I get to where I am going.

Member Since: 5/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 11,987

My Goals:
I want to walk every day and increase my distance and time until I reach an hour.

My Program:
I try to eat fruits, vegtables, protein and complex carbohydrates, while staying in my calorie range.

I limit fried food and high sugar foods.

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I have been married for 25 years. We have 5 children ages 24 to 4. I like photography and graphic art.

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    Your Excuse: I'm Always Overeating! I Can't Help Myself!
    The Excuse Buster: Most of us think about weight loss in simple terms of cutting calories, reducing fat and simple carbohydrate intake - eat less, move more and weight loss happens. But living a truly healthy lifestyle involves much more than eating less - it requires learning to listen to your inner wisdom and make choices based on it.

    You may not realize it, but your body has its own natural wisdom regarding food and beverage choices, and even the type of physical activities that make it feel best. This wisdom usually communicates with you through bodily sensations and subtle signals. Have you ever gotten an upset stomach after eating one of your favorite foods? Have you ever felt extremely sluggish after eating a big meal? Have you ever forced yourself to eat foods that don't seem to sit well with your body? All of these situations are great examples of not listening to your body's inner wisdom.

    Tapping into this inner wisdom is as simple as learning to pay attention and listen. This can be challenging to do because you may be used to making decisions according to habit or cultural conditioning, but it's a process that is well worth learning because it will result in a much more balanced way of living. Here's how to start: first, begin developing a keen awareness of how your body feels moment to moment each day. Periodically, mentally "tune in" and pay attention to how you feel all over. Does your stomach feel okay? Do you have enough energy? Are you thirsty or hungry? Use this checking-in process especially when you eat, drink or engage in physical activities. How does it make your body feel?

    Over time, you'll begin to notice that your body sends you very clear signals when you do something that doesn't agree with it. You may get indigestion after eating something heavy, or you may feel tired after a too-intense workout. This doesn't mean you can't make changes, because it's true that even positive changes may feel a bit uncomfortable at first. But at least by listening to your body's wisdom, you will move more comfortably toward better health, rather than trying to force it

    2021 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
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    I have been gallivanting around from my home to the coast since May and I have been loving it but not loving all the work that I leave behind to do when I get back! At my house, work has a life of its own and manifests itself in the form of yard work, garden care, dust, laundry and neglected pets; well, the pets think they are neglected but our son looks after them when I'm not here.

    I just wanted to let you know that I haven't fallen off the earth; I'm still here or there, but mostly "there" until this fall probably.

    Meanwhile I hope you have a lovely holiday and summer and don't work or play too hard.

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    2188 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
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    Hi! Wow! how time flies when we're having fun!

    I've been really busy and enjoying the festivities of the Easter season (which is my favorite holiday by the way) and now I'm about to get ready for some over night company that will be here in the early afternoon tomorrow then we will be getting ready to go to the coast for some fun and relaxation. When the sun comes out...I go out! It's great!

    How about you? Have you been busy or are you getting ready for BBQ season/summer which will be upon us very soon now!

    I read that persimmons have high levels of fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants which are all super weapons against atherosclerosis! Who knew?

    Have a great week and a great Mother's Day on the 8th!
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    2247 days ago
  • v JACKIEB4
    Good Morning just wanted to stop by and wish you a great day.
    2273 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon Hi again!
    You know me; I've been reading again... emoticon
    I just read that a spoonful of cooked black rice packs the same amount of anthocyanins as a spoonful of fresh blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E. I'm not sure that rice is a fruit substitute in that case though; I'll have to give that some food for thought!
    emoticon I'm waiting impatiently for the spring sunshine to come; emoticon I know it's out there somewhere, it just hasn't broke through our continual thick cloud cover yet.

    I hope you are getting some nice weather where you are! Take care and have a wonderful weekend!
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    2277 days ago
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