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I can't believe I've been with SparkPeople for almost a year.
There were times things went very slowly,
and sometimes... results sped by.

This has been a learning experience:
I've learned that I can take the wheel of my life,
and steer myself into health, wholeness and control.

Like many others, I came into this program wondering if I could do it. The notion of eating healthily, regular exercise, and paying attention to myself seemed elusive.

But here I am! There were times it was a struggle, but now I
simply 'do it,' and I am all the better for it.
In fact, my daughter tells me I'm 'obsessed' with SparkPeople, and I laugh.

What I've learned?

1. Track my food!

2. Plan ahead for meals, shopping, snacks, and life!

3. Take my lunch and dinner if I'm going to be out, or working or
vacationing (yes, I took certain food when I went camping so I knew there would be healthy food that I could eat).

4. Drink the water! This was hard for me to learn because I'm always on the go, professionally, but now I take bottles with me.
Buying 16 ounce bottles of water was a brilliant idea: take a bottle when exercising, take a bottle in the car, take a botte to work, have a bottle in the evening while relaxing. All done for the day!

5. Move it! At first this was so difficult, but I've learned to get up early, and get going!

6. Get a good night's sleep.

7. when people ask, tell them to catch the 'Spark!'

8. When I overate, or made mistakes... I forgave myself,
and got right back in the swing. It's ok to eat pizza, or a hamburger, or even to go out for breakfast. Just track the foods, and adjust the rest of the day.

My life has been changed by SparkPeople, and I'm not done with my journey yet. I can't thank you all enough for your ideas, your support, your stories, your encouragement and your presence.
Spark People is a blessing.

Member Since: 7/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 76,528

My Goals:
To feel good, and take care of my health!

To lower my cholesterol and blood pressure!

My Program:
1. I keep faithful to my meal tracker.

2. To keep faithful to walking every day.

3. To drink water.

4. To pay attention to my eating and drinking.

5. To give thanks for new opportunities.

Personal Information:
I'm a professional woman in Pennsylvania. I am married, I have a grown daughter who lives in California. I love to read, listen to music and laugh with friends. My email is:

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    Welcome to our growing Fruits, Grains and Veggies Oh My! team! I am so happy that you have joined us! Here you will find support and alot of information and fun. Jump in and look around the threads. I there is anything that you need help with please let me know.

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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of women who deserve it. If you receive this, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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    Thank you, dear friends, for your kind comments.

    We are all fighting a similar battle,
    and the compassion and understanding we show one another led to strength, courage and healing.

    Every day.. another step, another new beginning, another victory.
    And when we fail to go forward, another day waits for our next step.

    2322 days ago
    I saw a post of yours on one of the message boards and I found it really cool that you started at the same weight as me, and you have done so well. Its motivating to see people in your boat who are successful!
    Thank you for showing me it can be done!!
    2322 days ago
    Thanks SO much for your comment on my page. It is just what I needed to hear today.
    2325 days ago
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